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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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Honor your Mother the Gluten-Free Way! Gluten-Free Pizza Recipe

What an adventure it was, trying Gluten-free Pizza on my bread-chomping son Yakov! Yakov is the poster child for the meat-and-potato-and-lots-of-ketchup diet. When he was little, his biggest compliment regarding my food was, “Delicious beans,…
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Rave Reviews

I often receive feedback about my classes or recipes that just makes me kvell. If you have made any of my recipes and have feedback to share with me, I would love to hear from you! You can leave a note in the comments section below. Here is…
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The Pasta Factory Teaneck

Dinner at the Pasta Factory Teaneck on Mother's Day was a great experience.  We had one of the Mother's Day prix fixe  menus, and it was spectacular: Corn Tomatillo soup, baby rack of lamb, and assorted desserts. Every bit as delicious as…
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A Cold Vegetarian-Fish Shabbos Lunch. Menu and Recipes

As often when we host lots of singles for Shabbos, this week I went Shabbos shopping with a totally open mind. Since I was right in the area of Whole Foods on 97th St and Columbus Ave, I thought to myself, surprise me, and decided my Shabbos…
The Seduction of Dashi

The Seduction of Dashi

This morning I received something which for years I used to perceive as a berating lecture,  but which I have long since identified as an unmitigated compliment, indeed a tribute: It has to do with being dogged, and never taking no for an answer.…
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Caterer, Meet The Mother of the Bride!

I was a caterer many years,  and catered countless simchas.  When my time came to plan for my children's wedding and be a plain-clothes customer, Mother of the Bride, I had a "choice" between striking fear in the hearts of those caterers and…
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Easy Summer Shabbos Entertaining. Menu and Recipes

Shabbos Entertaining can easily get trickier in the dog days of summer. The preoccupation with dreaming up wonderful and easy summer dishes started very early this year for me. Recently I found myself listening, rather incredulously, to the…
Kitchen Wisdom: Grinding Bay Leaves

Passover Cooking. Panning the Perfect Seder Menu: Complete with Recipes. Non-Gebroks

If you would like to start with my induction  Boot Camp Crash Course in Passover Cooking, read my Passover Kitchen Diaries: Anatomy of a Week in the Home Kitchen Trenches. I grew up in a very modest household, but I remember fabulous food…
Kitchen Wisdom: Grinding Bay Leaves

Kitchen Wisdom: Grinding Bay Leaves

Ever get a bay leaf stuck in your throat?  It can create a very suspenseful few minutes! In fact, it just happened to my brother a few days ago, when we attended a dinner party, and the hostess served soup (which was delicious, but she forgot…
Kitchen Wisdom: Grinding Bay Leaves

Ask Levana: Spices and Kosher Supervision

Here is a question I received from Sara M: Lévana, do spices need a hechsher in order to be considered Kosher? Answer: When spices are pure, meaning unblended, they need no Kosher supervision. They do need one when they are mixed, as in…
Kitchen Wisdom: Grinding Bay Leaves

Hope, Utopia, and Friendship in a Crowded Market

This is a must see! It is an opera performance in one of the most unlikely of places. On a day like any other, workers at Spanish food market break out in to song. A great demonstration of hope, utopia and friendship! Even if you do not understand…