My Latest Moroccan Feast: Menu and All Recipes

As you know I cook up a storm, along every imaginable (of course always healthy) guideline, playing on every imaginable theme. But making an All Moroccan Feast makes me especially happy, not only because it is my personal favorite, but it makes…
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Moroccan Almond Fillo Pastries Recipe. Your Own Almond Paste in a Jiffy!

These fabulous fillo pastries are a staple in our Moroccan Pastry repertoire. There is no Moroccan Dessert display without fillo pastries, first cousins of  Baklava. Although I am showcasing the glorious almond in the filling of these Fillo…
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Great Tips on Fillo Dough

Stick with me: I'll make a Fillo dough pro (you like the way it all rhymes?) out of you! The good news is, fillo dough is wonderfully versatile, melt-in-your-mouth delicious and wonderfully crunchy. We Moroccans and other Mediterranean food…

My Shavuot Menu Lunch with Recipes

I have a huge Shavuot Menu on my blog, with lots of my favorite dairy recipe compositions. This Yom Tov we are hosting just one meal, Shavuot lunch. Here's my Shavuot menu: All at Room Temperature, except what needs to be served chilled…
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A Kid Craving Stuffed Morels: Yuppie City Here I Come!

This comment from Arel Mishory on my blog makes my day. Hardly a day goes by that I don't hear, with undiminished pleasure, how much people miss my eponymous Restaurant. Great to know we left a great legacy! Upscale Kosher Restaurateurs, Pardes…
Ask Levana: Is Coconut Yogurt Dairy-Free?

Ask Levana: Is Coconut Yogurt Dairy-Free?

I was recently asked if coconut yogurt is a dairy-free product.  The answer is Yes!  Coconut yogurt is dairy-free, and most importantly its flavor is very unobtrusive and doesn't compete at all with the other two major flavors I am starring…

Ask Lévana: What is a Terrine?

The term terrine can cover a number of different preparations. All of these preparations have one thing in common - they are made in a large loaf pan. Most commonly, a terrine is a baked meat- or fish-loaf item. A dessert terrine can imply a…

Ask Lévana: Can We Use Processed Spices in Our Cooking?

 Ask Lévana: Can We Use Processed Spices in Our Cooking? At a recent demo, one of the guests asked me, "If I ever run out of garlic powder, can I settle for fresh?" Garlic in every form other than fresh (powder, freeze-dried, frozen, peeled…
Ask Lévana: What does "Salt to Taste" Mean, in a Recipe?

Ask Lévana: What does "Salt to Taste" Mean, in a Recipe?

Ask Lévana: What does "Salt to Taste" Mean, in a Recipe? Exactly that - you need to taste the salt in the finished product. Many people add salt to their full batch that would only suffice for one serving. Don't be afraid of salt. Think of…
Ask Lévana: Can We Use Canned Food in Our Cooking?

Ask Lévana: Can We Use Canned Food in Our Cooking?

Can We Use Canned Food in Our Cooking? Depends what your recipe is. There are some ingredients that we want processed, and many that aren't available fresh. Artichoke hearts, hearts of palm and coconut milk are products that you must get canned…
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Pessach 2014 in Brewster Mass Review

With Bruce Backman, Guest Feige Benshimon and her baby. I almost spelled Brewster Bruce-Ter,  inspired by one of our children's quips. We Bruced him all day long, so the vamped-up spelling would be quite apt. For more pictures copy and paste…

Baked in the White House and Glazed with Antisemitism

Photo Courtesy georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov My Note to Former White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier Sharing with you a note I sent to Retired 26-year (five Presidencies) White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier, guest speaker at yesterday's…