horned melon

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.…

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,…

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…
Linguini Puttanesca

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.…