We all have fond memories of special food. When Debra Stark's family made the trek each summer to NYC, they always ate in Ratner’s, a famous Jewish deli founded in 1905 (it closed in 2002) that served only dairy foods. In its heyday, Ratner’s served Sunday brunch to 1,200 people each week, and patrons included Al Jolson, Fanny Brice, Jackie Mason, Elia Kazan, Walter Matthau, Groucho Marx, Robert Kennedy, Nelson Rockefeller… and even the occasional mafia member.
This is Stark's version of her favorite dish from Ratner's: their cold vegetable soup made with sour cream.
I have all these herbs growing in my garden. If you don’t have fresh herbs, you can use dried herbs, but use about a third the quantity called for. Can’t do dairy? There are dairy alternatives that work just fine. Do use ONLY organic or grass-fed dairy products. It’s so important.