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The Whole Foods Kosher kitchen

Maia: New and Best Greek Yogurt. My Product Review

Posted on 23rd of July, 2014 by Lévana

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In a memorable scene of the movie As Good As It Gets, bigoted, homophobic, irascible pet-fiend Jack Nicholson is actually seen crying about a neighbor’s dog he had previously stuffed into a trash chute and who was pulled out miraculously, saying something like “Can you imagine this? I am crying! about...
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Filed under: Greek Yogurt, Kosher Recipes, Product Review, Recipes, Stories, Yogurt Recipes

My Latest Summer Feast Menu and Recipes

Posted on 18th of July, 2014 by Lévana

  Every year I host a Summer Feast for a few wonderful lady friends at my home. Ladies who lunch: highly recommend! Mine is a wonderful group of about thirty amazingly generous, creative and accomplished ladies. What unites us is, we are mostly current or former Upper West Siders. Do not let...
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Filed under: Kosher Recipes

Olive Sun-Dried Tomatoes Dip Recipe

Posted on 18th of July, 2014 by Lévana

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My own take on tapenade. I just love sun-dried tomatoes, and never miss a chance to include them in dishes where I think they will fit. In this dip, pairing the sun-dried tomatoes with basil and olives is a surefire hit. From this fabulous mixture, you can go in several...
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Filed under: Basil Recipes, Dips Recipes, Olives Recipes, Pasta Sauce Recipes, Recipes, Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipes

Fresh Seaweed Noodles in Miso Sauce Recipe. Gluten-Free Friendly

Posted on 18th of July, 2014 by Lévana

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You will be as pleased as I am to see that fresh seaweed is getting increasingly more available, in many supermarkets and in sushi restaurants. It is true I haven’t seen fresh seaweed in any  form other than salad, in other words, prepared, but the salad is natural and its components do...
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Filed under: Asian Recipes, Gluten-free pasta recipes, Pasta Recipes, Pasta Recipes, Recipes, Sake Recipes, Seaweed Recipes, Spelt Noodles Recipes

Crockpot Turkey and Wild Rice Cholent Recipe

Posted on 17th of July, 2014 by Lévana

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Photo via kenblair.com For this fabulous and incredibly easy dish, I gamely share the credit with two brands that devote their expertize to wrapping food in bags. I will explain, keep reading. This dish is called cholent only because it spent the night in a crockpot and was served on Shabbos....
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Filed under: Cholent Recipes, Crockpot recipes, Gluten-Free Grain Recipes, Kosher Recipes, Moroccan Recipes, Recipes, Sephardi Recipes, Turkey Recipes

Vegan Chocolate Chips Are Here!

Posted on 17th of July, 2014 by Lévana

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Trader Joe recently caused an uproar both in the Kosher Community and the Dairy-Intolerant Community by switching their chocolate chips from Pareve to dairy. When I wrote about the Gastronomic Uproar at Trader Joe’s , I positively clamored for our community to urge chocolate manufacturers to fill the void. My war cry...
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Filed under: BenZ's Store, Brownies Recipes, Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes, Chocolate Recipes, Chocolate Sauce Recipes, Recipes, Vegan Chocolate Vegan Recipes, Vegan Desserts Recipes

365 Vegan Smoothies Book Review

Posted on 17th of July, 2014 by Lévana

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Kudos to Kathy Patalsky for her beautiful new book, 365 Vegan Smoothies.  I suspect the 365 allusion is fully intentional, and expresses you would do well with a smoothie a day, a different smoothie every day of the year. How exciting is that? Not for nothing does Kathy run a blog...
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Filed under: Book Reviews, Kathy Patalsky, Kosher Recipes, Smoothie Recipes

I Remember Bubbie

Posted on 4th of July, 2014 by Lévana

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It’s been just a year since my husband Maurice’s mother Fanya – Bubbie – passed away. Bubbie was Fan for her four boys, Maurice, Avrum, Sol and Sam, the ultimate Em Habanim (sons’ mother). My sisters and I gave her name an affectionate old-fashioned Sephardi twist and called her Freha. I never referred to her...
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Filed under: Bubbie Stories, Jewish Food Recipes, Jewish Mothers, Jewish Recipes, Kosher Recipes, Russian Recipes, Stories

Berry Tart Just for the 4th of July!

Posted on 3rd of July, 2014 by Lévana

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Berry Patchwork Tart I wanted to share this recipe with you. It looks so fun and delicious. And simple to make! Fresh berries, mascarpone, honey…What a way to celebrate the Fourth of July. Ingredients: 1 oz dough 1/2 cup honey 1/3 cup water 1/4 cup of mint or basil leaves (loosely...
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Filed under: Blueberry Recipes, Cooking with Fruit Recipes

My Latest Moroccan Feast: Menu and All Recipes

Posted on 18th of June, 2014 by Lévana

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As you know I cook up a storm, along every imaginable (of course always healthy) guideline, playing on every imaginable theme. But making an All Moroccan Feast makes me especially happy, not only because it is my personal favorite, but it makes my guests positively swoon with anticipation and delight....
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Filed under: Almond Recipes, Artichoke Bottoms Recipes, Artichoke Hearts Recipes, Beef Cheeks Recipes, Beef Recipes, Bread Recipes, Dry Fruit Recipes, Dry Spice Rub Recipes, Fennel Recipes, Kosher Recipes, Moroccan Bread Recipes, Moroccan Chicken Recipes, Moroccan Dessert Recipes, Moroccan Food, Moroccan Recipes, Moroccan Salads Recipes, Orange Recipes, Preserved Lemons Recipes, Recipes, Sephardi Recipes, Tomato Recipes