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My Favorite Pizza: Basil Pizza and Wine Bar!

Every time I go to Basil, I -not so- discreetly eye what everyone seated next to me  - and even a little further: Foodies, what do you expect?- is having. Yesterday it was those luscious poached eggs on toast with saute spinach and home fries,…
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My Menu for Lean Latin Feast

My Menu for Lean Latin Feast My Lean Latin Feast menu for our last demo: It was so fabulous I must share it with all of you: There is not a single asset that my Latin Feast menu doesn't have: Quick, fun, festive, healthy and lean. Looking…
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The Kosher Food and Wine Experience: A Remarkable Journey

Still enjoying the glow of last night's Kosher Food and Wine Experience. Recently I had been trying to firm up a kosher supervision for retail use of Dashi powder. In my catering days I used to order it from Daniel Berlin at Sushi Metsuyan,…
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Party Planning Tips: Have Fun Entertaining!

Party Planning done right is always half the battle. The following chapter is included in my first book, Levana's Table: Kosher Cooking for Everyone, and is all about perfect party planning My readers have always found it very useful,  and…
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New Gluten-Free Product on the block! Pasta and Ice Cream Cones

Just sampled a very good new gluten-free product: Goldbaums Natural Foods. Their ice cream cones and brown rice spaghetti were super: Check it out!
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Crockpot Recipes: Plug it and Forget it

I am often asked if I intend to write a Crockpot Recipes cookbook. No I don't - it's not necessary: there's no end of crockpot recipes and cookbooks - but I do intend to point out what a wonderful utensil the crockpot is: The crockpot requires…
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Shirataki: The Miracle Noodle that lives up to its name

Shirataki Noodles with Sesame Sauce Shirataki is the latest low carb pasta marvel, better known as Miracle Noodles. Every time I come across any food or drink item that boasts zero calories, I remember my mother's admonition, delivered in…

Fear of Flying: Ruminations of a Former World Traveler

Fear of Flying, I have often observed, lingers long after some of us have made their peace with flying. On the eve of our departure to Israel, I am reminded of an email my friend Eve sent a few friends after her flight from Miami to Australia,…

Say No to MSG Forever!

The stats about MSG listed in the picture below are nothing short of alarming. It hadn't occurred to me to include this information about MSG before, thinking by now it was clear to everyone they should stay away from MSG (no, not Madison Square…
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Noidue Restaurant: Panini, Coffee and Nostalgia a la carte

There are several reasons Noidue Restaurant tugs at my heartstrings. Some questions come up about it quite often:  I thought sharing my thoughts would make me feel somewhat more at peace with seeing a whole chunk of our lives behind us.... Here's…
Latkas Recipes: Fear of Frying Therapy! Kugel and all Variations. Gluten-Free Friendly
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Frying Tips: Basic Latkas and Variations

I'll bet Frying tips is exactly what you've been hoping for. This is my Fear of Frying Therapy! Ah Frying! The food we love to hate! To make matters worse, taking the quintessential fried treat, potato latkas, courtesy of the alarmist low-carb…
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Trio of Tuna Recipes

 Tuna Handrolls This trio of tuna is always glamorous, and so simple I demonstrated the three dishes as a small part of a whole cooking demo called "intimate meals": Nothing to it! Tuna Tartare: 1 inch piece ginger 3 sprigs cilantro,…