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The Art of the Letter Revived

23rd of May, 2012

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!

23rd of May, 2012

Dear Coco

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 De Gustibus Last Week!

22nd of May, 2012

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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 De Gustibus,  sent me: “On behalf of all of us at De Gustibus...
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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 Chocolate Chips Going Dairy. A Gastronomic Uproar

17th of May, 2012

Trader Joe Chocolate Chips

This week I received dozens of messages about these national news that are causing a total uproar: Trader Joe 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. Spread...
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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!

2nd of May, 2012

Chocolate Demo

From Sharon, one of our chocolate demo guests last night: This lovely comment makes my day! And I’ll bet it will make all chocolate lovers’ tongues smile! So: Are You getting yourself a hammer for your kitchen? Levana, I went to last night’s cooking class: chocolate demo night. Beef stew...
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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

18th of April, 2012

Passover Kitchen

 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 Kitchen is a...
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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

The Unflappable Itinerant Cook: Taking the Cooking Demo Show on the Road!

22nd of February, 2012

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Most of us watch a cooking demo from the comfort of our homes, from the luxury of pristine professional studio kitchens onto our screen: Everything camera-ready, affable and efficient help buzzing around the chef, flowers and dynamic background music everywhere, warm-up guy leading spectators to general applause announcing the star chef’s...
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Filed under: Kitchen Stories, Kitchen Wisdom, Kosher Cookbooks, Kosher Cooking Classes, Kosher Cooking Demos, Kosher Cooking Demos in New York City, Kosher Recipes, Stories

Hot Cereal Recipe for Champions, Future Moms and Everyone in Between. Gluten-Free Variations

11th of February, 2012

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Recently my very pregnant daughter Bella mentioned that her ob-gyn recommended she include more fiber and more vegetable protein in her diet. Always tinkering with the whole gamut of grains, I welcomed the opportunity to experiment, this time setting as my goal, making a hot cereal breakfast that would be...
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Filed under: Barley Recipes, Breakfast recipes, Buckwheat Recipes, Dairy-Free Recipes, Gluten Free Recipes, Gluten-Free Hot Cereal Recipes, Hot Cereal Recipes, Kasha Recipes, Kosher Recipes, Millet Recipes, Oatmeal Recipes, Protein Bars, Quinoa Recipes, Recipes, Soy Protein Isolates, Steel-Cut Oats Recipes, Stories, Storing grains

What Price Protein? Beware of those Protein Bars

26th of January, 2012

Protein Bars

The Dark Side of Soy By- protein Bars It is really fascinating, when we are on the road, or too harried, or trying to loose a few unwanted pounds, that we can find a whole meal snugly fitting in a tiny packet, which we can enjoy with great abandon, whipping...
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Filed under: Buckwheat Recipes, Energy Bars, Gluten Free Recipes, Hot Cereal Recipes, Kosher Recipes, Low Gluten Recipes, Millet Recipes, Natural Foods Recipes, Oatmeal Recipes, Quinoa Recipes, Recipes, Soy Protein Isolates, Stories, Teff Recipes

A Date at Wolf and Lamb Restaurant

6th of January, 2012

Wolf and Lamb

I am guilty, in my typical reverse-chic way, when it comes to serious dining out, of hardly ever considering any of the midtown New York restaurants, preferring the more intriguing adventure of being surprised by some talented young up-and-coming chefs who showcase their creations at some affordable distance from the...
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Filed under: Kosher Restaurants, New York Kosher Restaurant, Stories, Wold and Lamb Restaurant