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Our Passover Vacation: Honeymoon at the Fairmont Scottsdale

Posted on 1st of May, 2011 by Lévana

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 Lynda and I at a Wild West BBQ at the Fairmont In nearly thirty five years we have been married (that’s right, my marriage predates my electronic Facebook marriage announcement by about thirty-three years, but thank you all anyway for your recent and misguided avalanche of heartfelt good wedding wishes:...
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Filed under: Fairmont Hotel, FRank Lloyd Wright, Kosher Cooking Demos, Kosher for Passover Recipes, Levana Restaurant, NoBo Restaurant, Nobo Teaneck, Passover Holidays, Pessach catering, Presidential Kosher Holiday, Stories, Tlaquepaque

The Dark Side of Labeling: Read Before You Shop!

Posted on 15th of April, 2011 by Lévana

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This bottle was part of a gorgeous Mishloach Manot/birthday present basket I received from my daughter Bella. Reading the ingredient list created an uproar among my guests. Intrigued, I looked online for the price, which created some more consternation….I am hoping this image and the blurb that came with it...
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Filed under: Misleading Food Labels, Porcini Oil Recipes, Porcini Powder, Recipes, Truffle Oil, Wild Mushrooms Recipes

If I had a Hammer….I Would Eat my Veggies More Often!

Posted on 15th of April, 2011 by Lévana

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In answer to the very frequent question: “how did you get the idea to use a hammer in the kitchen?” You may find the use of a hammer in the kitchen somewhat odd and unbecoming, but you will quickly change your mind when you see how many thankless tasks it...
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Filed under: Hammer for Cutting Vegetables, Stories

My Mother: Learning to Cook, the Sephardi Way

Posted on 14th of April, 2011 by Lévana

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I am always asked whether I have received formal cooking training, and the answer – Machane Imma: I learned mostly from my mother – at first seems somewhat ambiguous, until I introduce her in earnest: My mother, known as Maman to the whole family and even to all our friends,...
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Filed under: Cooking with Mother, Moroccan Recipes, Sephardi mother, Sephardi Recipes, Stories

Levana Cooks with Osem’s Matzah Products

Posted on 13th of April, 2011 by Lévana

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 children in Israel and beyond seem to be connected to almost surgically: Can’t leave home without it! Osem is the oldest and...
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Filed under: Dessert Recipes, Jewish Holiday Recipes, Kosher for Passover Recipes, Kosher Recipes, Osem, Passover Recipes

LEVANA COOKS WITH OSEM MATZAH PRODUCTS: CHOCOLATE BEET COCONUT CAKE WITH CHOCOLATE ICING RECIPE

Posted on 13th of April, 2011 by Lévana

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It is unfortunate that in America, beets invariably conjure up loaded remarks about, uhmmm, never mind . . . I am always looking for ways to sneak them in, as in this cake, where they do their magic even while they totally escape detection: The result is this dense, moist,...
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Filed under: Beets Recipes, Cake Recipes, Chocolate Cake Recipes, Chocolate Recipes, Coconut, Dessert Recipes, Jewish Holiday Recipes, Kosher for Passover Recipes, Kosher Recipes, Osem, Pareve Cake Recipes, Pareve Recipes, Passover Desserts Recipes, Passover Recipes

LEVANA COOKS WITH OSEM MATZAH PRODUCTS: FARFEL WITH ONIONS AND MUSHROOMS RECIPE

Posted on 13th of April, 2011 by Lévana

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Farfel is nothing more than matzah cut up small and calibrated for quick cooking. I use the Osem whole wheat version, with wonderful results. You will love the robustness of the whole-grain flavor. No need to wait for Passover to make this treat! Oh I know it doesn’t exactly look...
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Filed under: Farfel Recipes, Jewish Holiday Recipes, Jewish Recipes, Kosher for Passover Recipes, Kosher Recipes, Kosher Whole Foods Recipes, Osem, Pareve Recipes, Passover Recipes, Side Dishes Recipes

LEVANA COOKS WITH OSEM MATZAH PRODUCTS: APPLE RAISIN FARFEL RECIPE

Posted on 13th of April, 2011 by Lévana

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This delicious and super-nutritious dish is sure to be equally at home as a side dish and as a breakfast or even dessert! Kind of a new-age Matzah Brei but without the eggs. I created it years ago for my then-small daughter Bella, a cereal eater who at first asked...
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Filed under: Farfel Recipes, Jewish Holiday Recipes, Kosher Recipes, Osem, Pareve Recipes, Passover Hot Cereal Recipes, Passover Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

LEVANA COOKS WITH OSEM MATZAH PRODUCTS: PECAN BROWNIE RECIPE

Posted on 13th of April, 2011 by Lévana

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The Passover version of this timeless classic is virtually identical to the year-round one: Osem Matzah cake meal is that good! Secret of delicious brownies, beside of course delicious chocolate: Do not be tempted to bake a minute more or they will harden. Ingredients: 8 ounces best-quality dark chocolate, chopped,...
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Filed under: Chocolate Recipes, Dessert Recipes, Kosher for Passover Recipes, Kosher Ingredients, Kosher Recipes, Osem, Pareve Recipes, Passover Desserts Recipes, Passover Recipes, Pecan Recipes, Seder Recipes

Kitchen Talk With Chef Lévana Kirschenbaum

Posted on 8th of April, 2011 by Lévana

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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 welcomed guests to her Upper West Side home for a cooking class on...
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Filed under: Kosher Recipes