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California Gourmet Vegan Chocolate Chips Are Here!

17th of July, 2014

Vegan Chocolate chips

Trader Joe recently caused an uproar both in the Kosher Community and the Dairy-Intolerant Community by switching their chocolate chips from Pareve to dairy. When I wrote about the Gastronomic Uproar at Trader Joe’s , I positively clamored for our community to urge chocolate manufacturers to fill the void. My war cry...
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Filed under: BenZ's Store, Brownies Recipes, California Vegan Chocolate Chips, Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes, Chocolate Recipes, Chocolate Sauce Recipes, Recipes, Stories, Vegan Chocolate Vegan Recipes, Vegan Desserts Recipes

365 Vegan Smoothies Book Review

17th of July, 2014

smoothies book

Kudos to Kathy Patalsky for her beautiful new book, 365 Vegan Smoothies.  I suspect the 365 allusion is fully intentional, and expresses you would do well with a smoothie a day, a different smoothie every day of the year. How exciting is that? Not for nothing does Kathy run a blog...
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Filed under: Book Reviews, Kathy Patalsky, Kosher Recipes, Recipes, Smoothie Recipes, Stories

I Remember Bubbie

4th of July, 2014

Bubbie-levana-cooks

It’s been just a year since my husband Maurice’s mother Fanya – Bubbie – passed away. Bubbie was Fan for her four boys, Maurice, Avrum, Sol and Sam, the ultimate Em Habanim (sons’ mother). My sisters and I gave her name an affectionate old-fashioned Sephardi twist and called her Freha. I never referred to her...
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Filed under: Bubbie Stories, Jewish Food Recipes, Jewish Mothers, Jewish Recipes, Kosher Recipes, Russian Recipes, Stories

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

Pessach 2014 in Brewster Mass Review

30th of April, 2014

levana-cooks-demo-nyc-roast-chicken

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

Baked in the White House and Glazed with Antisemitism

31st of March, 2014

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

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 Fabulous Event: Jewish Cuisine Throughout the Ages, at the Omni Hotel New Haven (Sunday March 23rd)....
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Filed under: Antisemistism, 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