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Emanuel Ax & Mini Reubens

October 7, 2011


I heard Emanuel Ax perform the first time at the Germantown Centre when #1 Son was in 8th grade, being so inspired by the artist that he composed a poem about Mr. Ax while sitting there in the concert. Tonight this classical pianist is performing with the Nashville Symphony at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center.


Ax was born in a part of the USSR, now Ukraine to Nazi concentration camp survivors. The family immigrated first to Poland, then Canada, before settling in the United States where Ax attended The Juilliard School. He graduated with a B.A. in French from Columbia University & became an American citizen in 1970.

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Mini Reubens

This quick appetizer recipe has been used for years because it’s easy, tastes great & looks delicious on a serving tray.


  • 30 slices Party Rye Bread
  • 1/4 cup creamy Dijon-style Mustard Blend
  • 4 ounces thinly sliced cooked Corned Beef
  • 1 8-ounce can Sauerkraut, rinsed, drained & snipped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Caraway Seed
  • 1 cup finely shredded Swiss Cheese


  • Arrange bread slices on a baking sheet.
  • Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 1 minute on each side or until lightly toasted.
  • Spread mustard blend lightly on one side of each bread slice.
  • Arrange corned beef on each bread slice, cutting or folding to fit.
  • Combine sauerkraut & caraway seed; Toss until well mixed.
  • Spoon about 1 teaspoon sauerkraut mixture on top of corned beef.
  • Sprinkle with about 1 teaspoon cheese.
  • Broil 4 to 5 inches from the heat for 1 to 2 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  • Serve at once.
  • Make-Ahead Tip: Toast bread slices; cool. Seal toast in a plastic bag & store at room temperature for up to 2 hours.
    To serve: assemble as directed


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