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Levana Cooks with Osem's Matzah Products

Osem often comes to the rescue of people who seek to expedite dinner preparation. I have always chuckled at the old joke that in Israel, every child's first words are "Ima, Abba, Bamba". Bamba is a peanut-butter snack manufactured by Osem that…
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Kitchen Talk With Chef Lévana Kirschenbaum

Great story about my demos by Elizabeth Alpern in the Jew and the Carrot “If I catch one of you putting garlic powder in your soup…oy va voy…I’ll sue you”. On a recent Monday evening, Moroccan born Chef Lévana Kirschenbaum…
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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…

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,…

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…

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,…