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 bullying them around, and writing up for them the very golden rules […]


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 weather report on the news, one Thursday morning, and the forecast was: Temperature in the high eighties. […]

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 at every meal at my home, especially my mother’s Passover Cooking. So […]

Upcoming demo: Seder Feast. Monday March 15th

Don’t miss next week’s special Passover Seder Cooking Class Demo at Lincoln Square Synagogue on Monday, March 15th.  I recommend you register early, as this demo fills up fast! SEDER FEAST Knock their socks off without knocking yourself out: that’s the idea, especially on Seder night! I will be demonstrating the following: Wild mushroom soup […]

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 to take out the offending leaf!) Boy, were we […]