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Thanksgiving Feast: Perfect Simple Recipes

Thanksgiving Feast everyone can enjoy without stress! Thanksgiving is a wonderful day, but it is also cause for much commotion. It need not be! You know me: nothing is ever an excuse to lose my head and throw balance and nutrition to the winds…
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Exciting New Kosher Restaurant in Brooklyn: Pardes

Image via Crown Heights My friend Chaim Szmidt, of the Kosher Scene and I just love to talk about food, and of course consume it and then excitedly discuss it, as other people discuss their recent cruises or their recent shopping sprees (I…

Plan your Elopement: There will Always be a Chabad House!

Never mind the popular belief: Elopements are almost always carefully thought out. The only people who deny this simple fact are those who were vexed about not having been consulted, or those who were left behind. This summer has been particularly…
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Cape Cod Cold Kugel Recipe

Huh? Cold Kugel? What's going on, have I lost my head? Who needs a cold kugel recipe? Who would even give cold kugel the right time of day? Or was I just playing with alliteration (Cape Cold Cold Kugel: Does sound catchy!)? Seriously: All of…
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Strange Fruit, Indeed: Horned Melon

Strange fruit is not just a beautiful song by the one and only Billie Holiday. Strange fruit is also what you might come across before Rosh Hashanah or Tu Bishvat on the produce stalls. This past Rosh Hashanah, as every year, my husband…

No Name Calling EVER, Stupid!

Mine is a family notorious for bringing every argument to its - hopefully favorable - outcome, no matter what it takes. Sometimes the argument is conducted in installments, court-style. Thank you, we are not considering reality TV. One guest,…

Ask Lévana!

Do you have a burning question regarding cooking techniques or recipes? Here is the place to ask me! Please leave your question in the comment section below and I will be happy to reply with an answer.  

Renewing Vows, the Virtual Way

Recently I said to Sara, who helps me and tutors me in all things technical, I should have more of a profile on Facebook. My list of friends was expanding, G-d bless, and so it would be a nice idea. So we edited the profile to include my status…

NYC Hick Goes out to Queens

I have been living in the United States almost two generations. I have lived in an apartment structure my whole life, in big cities only: Casablanca, Paris New York, etc.... you get the picture. I am a complete city mouse, don't drive, and cannot…

Kosher Fruit Concentrates

I recently called the Star-K to ask if we could use fruit concentrates without a kosher sign, and they explain that although technically it would be OK, we do need a kosher sign as the processing plant might also be processing grape products,…

A Lovely Thing Happened on the Way to Birdland

First read this email I sent to the ticket office, it will tell the first part of the story: I am so sorry I made a very stupid - but a very honest - mistake. Next week is my daughter's birthday and my gift to her was Birdland-and-dinner.…
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Converting a Rabbi to Gluten-Free Pizza Recipe

Gluten-Free Pizza? Yeah, Right, nice try! https://www.levanacooks.com/recipe/gluten-free-pizza-recipe/ What an adventure it was, trying Gluten-free Pizza on my bread-chomping son Yakov! Reb Yakov is the poster child for the meat-and-potato-and-lots-of-ketchup…