How did the classic trio of bagels, cream cheese, and lox come to be, and who invented it? No one really knows for sure, but it’s widely accepted that this combo is as American as apple pie.
Growing up as part of an extended Jewish family, I can scarcely remember any special occasion at which bagels with cream cheese and lox weren’t part of the buffet table. The combination of yeasty, tangy, smoky, and briny flavors melded into a comfort food that becomes a permanent fixture in a child’s sense memories.
Dipping back into the food rituals we grew up with gives our fragmented, hectic lives islands of comfort and order. For those of us who have gone vegan, our cravings compel us to find ways to re-create what we grew up with.