"Typically, we braid the challah," Debbie Friedner says. "We separate the strands and wind them like this."
The career counselor, 60, expertly twists the glistening dough on her Cherry Hill dining-room table as family members look on.
Making what his host Eric Scott aptly calls "a rare appearance in New Jersey," Gov. Christie sounds happy to be back home.
"Hey - my name's Alex. I'm running for Congress," the affable young fellow says, deftly deploying a handshake that's as earnest as his eye contact.
Kevin Riordan is the Inquirer's South Jersey columnist. He’s been a journalist for nearly 40 years.