Whole Homemade Thanksgiving Turkey with All the Sides
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Let's Talk Turkey: The Whole Scoop. In Search of the Perfect Roasted Bird! Roasting Tips.Turkey Leftovers Ideas and Recipes

Thanksgiving was our busiest day all the years we had our Restaurant, Levana. I suspect the reason was, beside bringing many families together and offering complete and delicious Thanksgiving meals with bells and whistles, quite simply, some…
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Pardes Tasting Menu: A Multi-Dish Multi-Level Feast

Chef Moshe Wendel of Pardes Restaurant looks, sounds and cooks like a force of nature. I was there last Sunday with my friends Larisa and Gene, and their precious daughter Chasya, and rather than order specific dishes, we willingly submitted…
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Are we friends yet?

Today is a big day for me! I've reached 4,900 fans on Facebook  - I even got to watch the dial change from 4,899 to 4,900! Are you a fan of my page yet? If not, please hit the "like" button on our page - you'll be pleased to see and participate…
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Going to Nobo Teaneck soon? Do not order: Trust Chef Josh!

Once in a while when I know the restaurant is great, and the chef perfectly knowledgeable and perfectly at home with his creations, I call the restaurant and tell the chef, make us what you like. I do give him some guidelines, such as, no frying;…
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Rosh Hashanah Menus and Recipes

Cooking up a storm for Rosh Hashana and beyond? I got you covered for the whole month of Tishrei, with no end of exciting dishes, including My Favorite Apple Recipes Although you will find my Rosh Hashanah menu and recipe selections quite eclectic,…
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All About Fruit Salad Recipes

For Fruit Salad and all salads: Please do not find me too finicky if I tell you I treat all salads, whether fruit salad or vegetable ones, just the same way I would a flower assortment. I always look for a short and sweet selection of colors…
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Shopping in a Heimish Store

I got such a kick out of this one! A trip to the suburbs always includes a trip to a Heimish Store. Make no mistake, some of those affectionately called Heimish store are the size of a small ball park. We New Yorkers shop mostly local, and…
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New Children Book in Town! Anita and Juanito

  Oh I know I'm too old to still read a children's book, but when it's so much fun, and I can enjoy it with a grandchild or two, I'm there! Especially when I get lucky enough to meet the author personally: Jackie Theibert: writer,…
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Eating Out: Good Example of Bad Service

  What my order most decidedly didn't look like! This is My Seared Tuna. Nothing like Bad Service to put a damper on a date. The other day I and a couple ladies I was meeting to discuss a cookbook project had dinner at a restaurant in…
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A Dinner to Remember at Pardes Restaurant

Still enjoying the glow of our dinner at Pardes Restaurant. For almost twenty years,  we at Levana Restaurant hosted, indeed pioneered, annual wine pairing dinners. Magnificent dishes, with wines to match them in full measure. The memory I…
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Cheese Cheese Cheese. Natural and Kosher

I'm a cheese fiend, all resolutions for restraint notwithstanding. This morning I received a message from Chani Vogel, who with her husband Moshe manage Kosher and Natural Cheeses, requesting I sample some of  the cheese products from their…
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Para Español, Oprima el Dos!

As a language enthusiast I have often deplored the fact that languages, against all wishes, are not contagious or transmissible by any means. In the absence of some reliable formal base, except for some language geniuses there is rarely ever a…