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.…

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…

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…
passover cooking
,

Passover Cooking. Perfect Seder Recipes. Non-Gebroks

Passover Cooking: Just the thought makes everyone shudder Let me 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…
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…