In Israel, he has a sheep farm and his favorite meat is lamb. His late wife was an expert at preparing lamb. He likes it stuffed with rice and raisins and baked - the Arab style. And he likes stuffed grape leaves and falafel. But, concerned about his weight, there is one kosher food Sharon is cutting back on: "Today he watches his diet. He won't eat bread," Gissin says.

Don Francisco (whose real name is Mario Kreutzberger), host of "Sabado Gigante," the highest-rated variety show on Spanish-language TV. Created in Chile 37 years ago, it has been produced by Univision that has been taped in Miami for the past 14 years and is televised in almost every country in the Americas. He also began hosting the Chilean version of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" on Chilean national television earlier this year: "We cook at home here and in Chile for the big festivities--Passover and the end of Shabbat. I have so many favorite foods because I'm not skinny. I like everything, like latkes."

He adds that because of his diabetes, he's not able to eat as many of his favorite kosher foods these days, including kreplach soup, matzo ball soup and bagels with cream cheese.

His parents are from Germany, and he inherited their love for red cabbage and sauerbraten. "My favorite is blintzes, cheese blintzes with blueberries, although I can't eat it now." He adds that he just returned from Manhattan where he bit into another kosher favorite at the well-known Second Avenue Kosher Deli: "pastrami sandwich on rye bread and matzo ball soup."

Brad Ausmus, catcher for the Houston Astros: He favors latkes with applesauce. "His grandmother made them for him," says Warren Miller, team spokesman.

Sen. Joe Lieberman, the 2000 vice presidential candidate and Connecticut senator: "I'd have to say that my mother's soups are my favorite and most memorable kosher foods. Soup was a regular feature on our kitchen table from the classic Friday night chicken soup to the robust, tangy black bean soup, which warmed us up during the winter. I also have fond memories of coming home from school each day for lunch to a sandwich and a bowl of hearty tomato soup or hot mushroom soup that my mother would have waiting for me."


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