Ask Lévana: Can We Use Processed Spices in Our Cooking?

 Ask Lévana: Can We Use Processed Spices in Our Cooking? At a recent demo, one of the guests asked me, “If I ever run out of garlic powder, can I settle for fresh?” Garlic in every form other than fresh (powder, freeze-dried, frozen, peeled and goodness knows what other calamity) is awful and will ruin […]

Ask Lévana: What does "Salt to Taste" Mean, in a Recipe?

Ask Lévana: What does “Salt to Taste” Mean, in a Recipe?

Ask Lévana: What does “Salt to Taste” Mean, in a Recipe? Exactly that – you need to taste the salt in the finished product. Many people add salt to their full batch that would only suffice for one serving. Don’t be afraid of salt. Think of how many servings you will be getting out of […]

Ask Lévana: Can We Use Canned Food in Our Cooking?

Ask Lévana: Can We Use Canned Food in Our Cooking?

Can We Use Canned Food in Our Cooking? Depends what your recipe is. There are some ingredients that we want processed, and many that aren’t available fresh. Artichoke hearts, hearts of palm and coconut milk are products that you must get canned or jarred. They aren’t available any other way. Processed tomato products are indispensable […]

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Pessach 2014 in Brewster Mass Review

With Bruce Backman, Guest Feige Benshimon and her baby. I almost spelled Brewster Bruce-Ter,  inspired by one of our children’s quips. We Bruced him all day long, so the vamped-up spelling would be quite apt. For more pictures copy and paste the following link: http://on.fb.me/1i4pra4/ Thank you so much Meir Pliskin for the beautiful pictures you took […]

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Baked in the White House and Glazed with Antisemitism

Photo Courtesy georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov My Note to Former White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier Sharing with you a note I sent to Retired 26-year (five Presidencies) White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier, guest speaker at yesterday’s Fabulous Event: Jewish Cuisine Throughout the Ages, at the Omni Hotel New Haven (Sunday March 23rd). He regaled us with endearing […]