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My Latest Moroccan Feast: Menu and All Recipes

18th of June, 2014

Moroccan-Feast-Levana-Cooks

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 my guests positively swoon with anticipation and delight....
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Filed under: Almond Recipes, Artichoke Bottoms Recipes, Artichoke Hearts Recipes, Beef Cheeks Recipes, Beef Recipes, Bread Recipes, Dry Fruit Recipes, Dry Spice Rub Recipes, Fennel Recipes, Kosher Recipes, Moroccan Bread Recipes, Moroccan Chicken Recipes, Moroccan Dessert Recipes, Moroccan Food, Moroccan Recipes, Moroccan Salads Recipes, Orange Recipes, Preserved Lemons Recipes, Recipes, Sephardi Recipes, Stories, Tomato Recipes

Great Tips on Fillo Dough

17th of June, 2014

Great-Tips-on-Fillo-Levana-Cooks

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 lovers and beyond couldn’t be without it. Amazing, when you think...
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Filed under: Almond Recipes, Fillo Recipes, Moroccan Food, Moroccan Recipes, Recipes, Stories, Tips on Fillo Dough

Shavuot Lunch Complete Menu and Recipes

3rd of June, 2014

Wild Mushroom Soup Recipe

We are hosting just one meal, Shavuot lunch. Here’s my menu: All at Room Temperature, except what needs to be served chilled cold feasts Homemade Spelt Challah with Anise Seeds (I would certainly not include bread unless it is homemade and, you know, well worth mentioning.) Dips: Babaghanoush, sun-dried tomato, olive, seaweed butter...
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Filed under: Baba Ghanoush Recipes, Challah Recipes, Haricots Verts Recipes, Heirloom Tomato Recipes, Lemon Cake Recipes, Mushroom Recipes, Roasted Peppers Recipes, Salmon Recipes, Shavouot menu, Shavuot Recipes, Spelt Baking, Spelt Bread Baking, Spelt Challah Recipes, Stories, Sun-Dried Tomatoes Recipes, Tuna Tartare Recipes, Wild Mushrooms Recipes

A Kid Craving Stuffed Morels: Yuppie City Here I Come!

28th of May, 2014

craving stuffed morels

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  and a few others, the ball is in...
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Filed under: Kosher Recipes, Levana Restaurant, Morels, Recipes, Stories, Wild Mushrooms Recipes

My All-Time Shavuot Favorites! Menus and Recipes

23rd of May, 2014

Dairy-Free Cheesecake Recipe. All Variations. Gluten-Free Friendly

Every year I add some fantastic new creations to this mega Shavuot Menu and Recipe File. So here it is again, , Bigger Better! I think I will be making my ice cream cake for dessert! Hag Sameach!

Filed under: Dairy Recipes, Ice Cream Cake Recipes, Recipes, Shavuot Recipes, Stories

Pessach 2014 in Brewster Mass Review

30th of April, 2014

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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 the following link: http://on.fb.me/1i4pra4/ Thank you so much Meir Pliskin for...
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Filed under: Ash&Crew Advertising, Brewster Mass, Bruce Backman, Daniel Retter, Drimmer's, Eighth Day Band, Ephraim Buchwald, Fitche Benshimon, Gourmet Butcher, Jack Nicholson, Kosher Recipes, Ocean Edge Mass, Passover Holidays, Passover Planning, Passover Vacation, Pessach catering, Reuven Flamer, Shaindy Jacobson, Simon Jacobson, Sruli Subar, Stories

My Note to Former White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier

31st of March, 2014

Mrs. Laura Bush participate in holiday press preview on the State Floor

Photo Courtesy georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov Sharing with you a note I sent to Retired 26-year (five Presidencies) White House Pastry Chef Roland Mesnier, guest speaker at yesterday’s Fabulous Event: Jewish Cuisine Throughout the Ages, at the Omni Hotel New Haven (Sunday March 23rd). He regaled us with endearing anectodes about Presidential quips, pranks,...
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Filed under: Chef Roland Mesnier, Kosher Recipes, Off-Color Jokes, Stories, White House Chef

Jewish Cuisine Though the Ages. March 23rd at the Omni Hotel New Haven

25th of February, 2014

Jewish Cuisine through the ages

Jewish Cuisine Though the Ages. March 23rd at the Omni Hotel New Haven: Y’all, This is a very exciting event, hope you can make it. Come and see us, watch our demos and sample all the delicious foods served, and get a signed copy of my cookbooks. Beside yours truly and...
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Filed under: Chabad New Haven, Cookbooks, Kosher Cookbooks, Kosher Cooking Classes, Kosher Cooking Demos, Kosher Food, Kosher Food Show, Kosher Recipes, Sephardi Recipes, Stories

No Knead Bread Book. The New Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. Zoe Francois and Jeff Hertzberg. Book Review

27th of January, 2014

No Knead Bread Book. The New Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. Zoe Francois and Jeff Hertzberg.

The New Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. Zoe Francois and Jeff Hertzberg:  http://amzn.to/1of8SgA I have a good problem with Zoe François: I don’t mind her radiant smile and her luminous curls. I don’t even mind that she is always photographed in a skimpy t-shirt, even though she lives in...
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Filed under: Anise Recipes, Artisan Bread, Book Reviews, Bread Recipes, Challah Recipes, Cookbook Reviews, Cookbooks, Gluten Free Recipes, Gluten-Free Bread Recipes, Gluten-Free Challah Rolls Recipes, Gluten-Free Pizza Recipes, Jeff Hertzberg, Kosher Recipes, Moroccan Bread Recipes, Moroccan Recipes, No Knead Dough Recipes, Oat Flour Recipes, Recipes, Sorghum Flour Recipes, Stories, Zoe Francois

Exciting New Kosher Digs. Mason and Mugs Restaurant in Prospect Heights New York

6th of December, 2013

Mason and Mugs NYC

Exciting New Kosher Digs. Mason and Mugs Restaurant in Prospect Heights New York:  http://on.fb.me/1gtqIw8 Frankly I am feeling slightly impatient about the bewildering proliferation of oversized overpriced overrated over-everything Kosher steakhouses. I know this for sure: All over the NYC area, midtown guys, downtown guys will greatly welcome a lunch...
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Filed under: Kosher Recipes, Kosher Restaurants, Mason and Mugs Restaurant, Restaurant Reviews, Stories