Clockwise from top:
Among the three generations digging
in at the taste fest are Aktnna
Cohen, Alissa Cohen, Carolyn
Krieger-Cohen and Winnie Krieger.
Arlene Goldberg holds the Goldberg
Leo Goldberg shows o
"Ruth and Leo's Famous Chicken."
Food Section Contributor
hen Arlene Rosen married Ted Goldberg,
she grew to love her mother-in-law Pearl
"Nana" Goldberg, and her cooking, as
much as the rest of the family.
Although Nana, of Southfield, passed away in 1996
and is missed by three generations of Goldbergs, her
recipes, along with other family favorites, still turn up at
annual family picnics and holiday gatherings.
At potlucks, recipe swaps were often promised, but
exchanges rarely made. Then at last year's Chanukah
party, Arlene Goldberg of Bloomfield Hills got the idea
to create The Goldberg Clan Cooks cookbook as "a way
of remembering Nana."
She adds, joking, "When someone retires (she
worked at JVS for more than 30 years), they need proj-
Arlene distributed a flyer to everyone in the family
with a call to submit their best recipes. Nana's favorites,
along with new traditions, were sent by the deadline.
Even Cousin Kenny Goldberg of Bloomfield Hills' clas-
sic recipe for the holidays — `Call Jane, find out where
I have to be, what time and how much pop should I
bring" — made the collection.
The cookbook was a hit with the family.
"The book is incredible. The minute I saw it, I
knew we had the makings of a new family tradition
and planned the first annual 'Goldberg Clan Cooks
Taste Fest,'"' said Carolyn Krieger-Cohen of West
Bloomfield. (She is Nana's granddaughter from
youngest daughter Winnie Krieger of Farmington
So invitations went out for the family potluck.
About 30 or so Goldbergs came with dishes they'd
made from the cookbook. Carolyn brought Cousin
Jeanette Goldberg's "Glazed Brisket." Uncle Leo
Goldberg of Livonia (at age 89, the oldest Goldberg)
prepared his delicious "Ruth and Leo's Famous
Many of them chose to make Nana's classic recipes,
including "Nana's Bavarian Jell-O Mold," "Nana's Roast
Chicken" and the Goldberg family favorite, "Nana's
Here are a few of Nana and her family's best. A sec-
ond Goldberg cookbook already is being planned!
NANA'S FAMOUS KUGEL
Submitted by Winnie Krieger
1 (16 oz) pkg. fine (or medium) noodles
5 extra- large eggs
2 t. butter or margarine
Salt and pepper, to taste
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cook the noodles in boiling, salted water until
soft. Drain in colander.
In a large bowl, beat the eggs with electric hand
mixer or whisk until light and fluffy,.
Add the cooked noodles to the eggs and beat
together. (Nana insisted that this step was crucial!) Add
the salt and pepper.
Melt the butter or margarine in 9 x 14 casserole.
Pour in the noodle-egg mixture and sprinkle with