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In Search of the Perfect Schnitzel Recipe

Too many diners complain that they love schnitzel but are disappointed that they are so easily dried out. My daughter-in-law Ruthie makes the best schnitzel but always keeps insisting she does nothing in particular, so I decided to spy on her…
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New York Beggar, Three Ways

Growing up in Morocco, each family had their own "beggar" they looked after. Our beggar, a courteous middle-aged man dressed poorly but with elaborate dignity, would sit silently on our steps every Thursday night, waiting for my mother to …
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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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Planning a Party? Read This First, Then Have Fun Entertaining!

Planning a party the proper way 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 planning the perfect party.  My readers have always found it very…
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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…
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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,…
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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…