Culture Inside a Kosher Kitchen Published Dec 10, 2008 10:00 AM Culture SHARE Rebecca and her husband, Joshua Ben-Gideon are both rabbis and therefore often have guests for holiday meals, so a large dining room is essential. Josh Wand Josh Wand Josh Wand Josh Wand The room’s built-in shelving and sideboard give the Ben-Gideon’s room to store the dishes that do not fit in the kitchen, like their serving bowls. Josh Wand Josh Wand Rebecca Ben-Gideon makes challah, a traditional Jewish bread, every Friday in preparation for the Sabbath. Josh Ward Working at the counter of her bright, airy kitchen, she started with a ball of spongy dough that had been rising on her kitchen counter all morning and divided it into six long strands, which she quickly and expertly wove together to form an intricate loaf. Josh Wand The challah is ready for the oven. Josh Wand Josh Wand Josh Wand Josh Wand On the stovetop, pans hold various elements of the dish kasha varnishkas, a family favorite. Josh Wand The Ben-Gideon’s children love to help cook at the kitchen’s island. Josh Wand The kitchen of the Ben-Gideons’ new home had not been designed with kosher cooking in mind, and they knew that they would not be able to remodel it right away, but its generous size appealed to them because they often have relatives (and their three children) helping them cook. “The most important thing was to find a house that would work for our family,” Joshua explained to me. “We could have figured out how to work with almost any kitchen.” Josh Wand Josh Wand As in many Jewish homes, the Ben-Gideon’s serve multiple meat dishes at holiday meals. To accommodate that, Joshua purchased an outdoor smoker so that he can smoke brisket while he has a turkey roasting in th oven. Josh Wand Josh Ward Josh Ward The Ben-Gideon’s have a number of of tableware pieces that are used only for certain holidays or ceremonies, including these silver cups, which are used for saying kiddush, the traditional blessing of wine. Josh Ward Here is one of the sets of dishes used to serve only dairy meals. They have a separate set of white dishes to serve the meat meals. Josh Ward Josh Ward Lifestyle MORE TO READ RELATED Why Did a Seafood Watch Group Red-List American Lobster—and Cause an Uproar? The rating warns consumers to avoid it. Maine lobstermen are pushing back. READ NOW RELATED How to Choose and Cut a Durian, According to a Grower Don’t be daunted by the spikes—this odorous tropical fruit is a sweet, creamy delicacy. RELATED Reservation Apps Have Come for the Cocktail Bar It’s getting harder to drop in for a drink. Is that a bad thing?