Although Purim doesn't take place until March this year, you can now get Hamantaschen - the triangular pastry with poppy seed or fruit filling - which is associated with it.
This weekend Kaufman's Bagels & Deli in Skokie had them available. I bought a dozen with poppy seed filling (they freeze well).
I've tried other places on the North Shore, but Kaufmans is my favorite -- brings back memories of my grandmother's baking. Also, a visit to Kaufman's is an excuse to pick up bagels, corned beef, smoked chubs, etc.
If anyone has other recommendations for Hamantaschen, I'd love to hear them.
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