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Ask Lévana: How Do You Get All Your Cooking Done in Such a Short Time?

Posted on 26th of May, 2014 by Lévana

Ask Lévana: How Do You Get All Your Cooking Done in Such a Short Time?

Ask Lévana: How Do You Get All Your Cooking Done in Such a Short Time? The key to cooking on a schedule is planning. The longer a dish takes to prepare, the earlier you should start preparing it. It helps to have all your ingredients out and prepared before you...
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Ask Lévana: What is a Terrine?

Posted on 26th of May, 2014 by Lévana

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 frozen dessert, molded in the...
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Ask Lévana: Can We Use Processed Spices in Our Cooking?

Posted on 26th of May, 2014 by Lévana

 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 and goodness knows what other calamity)...
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Ask Lévana: What does “Salt to Taste” Mean, in a Recipe?

Posted on 26th of May, 2014 by Lévana

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 how many servings you...
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Ask Lévana: Can We Use Canned Food in Our Cooking?

Posted on 26th of May, 2014 by Lévana

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 or jarred. They aren’t available any other way....
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Ask Lévana: What Type of Pots Should I Buy?

Posted on 26th of May, 2014 by Lévana

What Type of Pots Should I Buy? That is the question I am always asked at demos. Thirty years ago, my mother in law bought me a set of Farberware pots and pans for my shower, commenting they had served her right in all her lean years, and she hoped...
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Are we friends yet?

Posted on 19th of October, 2011 by Lévana

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Today is a big day for me! I’ve reached 4,900 fans on Facebook  – I even got to watch the dial change from 4,899 to 4,900! Are you a fan of my page yet? If not, please hit the “like” button on our page – you’ll be pleased to see and...
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Ask Lévana!

Posted on 29th of July, 2010 by Lévana

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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.  

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Ask Levana: Spices and Kosher Supervision

Posted on 18th of February, 2010 by Lévana

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 curry, gram masala, Ras El-Hanout, Hawaidge etc…....
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