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Category Archives: Stories

Dearie: A Biography of Julia Child, by Bob Spitz. My Review

Posted on 9th of September, 2012 by Lévana

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Just finished reading Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child, written by author and biographer extraordinaire Bob Spitz. Let me start with my – very few – gripes, then we’ll move on to the good stuff. I did say Ouf! when I was done, not because I didn’t love it....
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Filed under: Biography Books, Bob Spitz books, Book Reviews, French Recipes, Julia Child, Kosher Recipes, Stories

I Was a Happy Camper this Summer! (and I Learned a New Word)

Posted on 23rd of August, 2012 by Lévana

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Me and my scrunchies: This is the new word I learned. I made one for each kid and each counselor, and gave them out on end of camp party night. Don’t I look like Mr T here? Before summer rolled in, I asked my granddaughter Musia what her summer plans...
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Filed under: Art Camp, Basil Restaurant Brooklyn, Chabad, Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes, Crown Heights, Kosher Recipes, Michael's Crafts, Stories, Summer Camp

Another Feast at Pardes

Posted on 6th of August, 2012 by Lévana

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Another sampling dinner at Pardes Restaurant: I succumbed to the idea yet again, tightening my belt all of that day in prevision for what treats were in store for us. The only thing better than reading and drooling about this menu is actually eating it. I went last week with...
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Filed under: Chef Moshe Wendel, Kosher Recipes, Kosher Restaurants, Nobo Teaneck, Pardes Restaurant, Stories

Vegan A La Mode: Hannah Kaminsky’s Latest Treat!

Posted on 26th of July, 2012 by Lévana

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Hannah Kaminsky, a baker after my own heart, has done it again with her new book, Vegan A La Mode. Mind you, I care nothing about her fabulous treats being vegan, since I am not afflicted with any of those restrictions, dietary, ideological or otherwise. I make her desserts over...
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Filed under: Dairy-Free Frozen Dessert Recipes, Dairy-Free Recipes, Dessert Recipes, Dessert Sauce Recipes, Hannah Kaminsky, Ice Cream Recipes, Stories, Vegan Desserts Recipes, Vegan Ice Cream Recipes

The Art of the Letter Revived

Posted on 23rd of May, 2012 by Lévana

My dear friend Joe Blank, who was my original demo assistant ages ago at Lincoln Square Synagogue, wrote me yesterday that he found in his drawers a letter he sent me almost twenty years ago. It really made my day, so I thought I’d share. Since I am low tech...
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Filed under: Kosher Cooking Classes, Kosher Cooking Demos, Kosher Cooking Demos in New York City, Levana Kirschenbaum, Stories

Delicious New Chocolates: Thank You Dear Coco!

Posted on 23rd of May, 2012 by Lévana

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I think after all the tumult Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chips caused this week, I have the perfect antidote: New Chocolate Kid on the block: Dear Coco. Rachelle Ferneau, the owner, had the inspiration to send me some samples of her chocolate truffles, all twelve flavors in a cool lucite-like box,...
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Filed under: Artisanal Chocolates, Chocolate Truffles Recipes, Dairy-Free Chocolate Truffle Recipes, Dear Coco Chocolate, Stories

My Demo at DeGustibus Last Week!

Posted on 22nd of May, 2012 by Lévana

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An All-Moroccan Feast: Yum! As delicious as it was easy, and of course all natural, all excerpted from my new cookbook, The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen: Judge for yourself from the thank-you note Salvatore Rizzo, director of DeGustibus,  sent me: “On behalf of all of us at De Gustibus Cooking...
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Filed under: DeGustibus, Kosher Cooking Classes, Kosher Cooking Demos, Kosher Cooking Demos in New York City, Kosher Food, Levana Kirschenbaum, Levana Restaurant, Stories, Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen

Trader Joe’s Chocolate Chips Going Dairy. A Gastronomic Uproar

Posted on 17th of May, 2012 by Lévana

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This week I received dozens of messages about these national news that are causing a total uproar: Trader Joe’s delicious chocolate chips are going to be made in dairy equipment from now on To name just one example, here’s an alarmed message  from Rachel: Worst news ever!  Please take action....
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Filed under: Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes, Chocolate Recipes, Chocolate Sauce Recipes, Chocolate Truffles Recipes, Cookie Recipes, Dairy-Free Recipes, Dessert Recipes, Gluten Free Recipes, Kosher Recipes, Menachem Lubinsky, Orthodox Kosher Supervision, Recipes, Stories, Trader Joe's

Thought I’d Share this Rave Review of my Chocolate Demo with You!

Posted on 2nd of May, 2012 by Lévana

From Sharon, one of our demo guests last night: This lovely comment makes my day! And yes, I will be posting these two recipes soon: Do not fret:-)))) Levana, went to last night’s cooking class: chocolate night. Beef stew in black currant chocolate sauce sounded like an unlikely amalgam of...
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Filed under: Chocolate Recipes, Kosher Cookbooks, Kosher Cooking Classes, Kosher Cooking Demos, Kosher Cooking Demos in New York City, Levana, Levana Kirschenbaum, Recipes, Stories, Whole Foods Cookbook, Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen

The Passover Kitchen Diaries: Anatomy of a Week in the Home Kitchen Trenches

Posted on 18th of April, 2012 by Lévana

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 I have been asked countless times by fans, family and friends the perennial Passover question: “How do you do it?” And each time I suspect the person asking is fervently hoping I’ll snap my fingers and brag I do it in my sleep. The reality is, Passover is a titanic...
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Filed under: Kollel Store, Kosher for Passover Recipes, Levana Kirschenbaum, Passover Holidays, Passover Kitchen, Passover Planning, Passover Recipes, Recipes, Stories, Whole Foods Cookbook, Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen