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Secrets of Good Whole Grain Baking with Recipes

Posted on 2nd of November, 2011 by Lévana

Secrets of Good Whole Grain Baking with Recipes

Since I use spelt flour for all my baked goods (except the gluten-free ones), both sweet and savory, let me start with a word about spelt: While I see no reason to put the whole nation on a gluten-free diet (you will see throughout my latest cookbook that I make...
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Filed under: Bread Recipes, Challah Recipes, Kosher Recipes, Low Gluten Recipes, Recipes, Spelt Baking, Spelt Bread Baking, Spelt Challah Recipes, Stories

Going to Nobo Teaneck soon? Do not order: Trust Chef Josh!

Posted on 7th of October, 2011 by Lévana

Once in a while when I know the restaurant is great, and the chef perfectly knowledgeable and perfectly at home with his creations, I call the restaurant and tell the chef, make us what you like. I do give him some guidelines, such as, no frying; no starches as main...
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Filed under: Chef Josh Massin, Kosher Restaurants, NoBo Restaurant, Nobo Teaneck, Sous Vide, Stories

Shopping in “Heimish” Stores: What Fun!

Posted on 15th of August, 2011 by Lévana

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I got such a kick out of this one! We New Yorkers shop mostly local, and sometime the bill kills. For the most part, we tell ourselves that the convenience of living in NYC has its tradeoffs, and we must suck up some unpleasant experiences of overpaying, at some restaurants...
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Filed under: High Food Costs in NYC, Kollel Store, Manahattan Food Markets, Stories, Wesley Kosher

Eating Out: Good Example of Bad Service

Posted on 5th of August, 2011 by Lévana

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  What my order most decidedly didn’t look like! The other day I and a couple ladies I was meeting to discuss a cookbook project had dinner at a restaurant in Surfside, where I was spending a week. I placed my order, at the waiter’s recommendation: Seared tuna with grilled...
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Filed under: Eating Out, Fresh Tuna Recipes, Kosher Recipes, Kosher Restaurants, Restaurant Service, Stories, Surfside Kosher Restaurants

Cheese Cheese Cheese: Natural and Kosher. Oh, and Delicious!

Posted on 24th of June, 2011 by Lévana

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This morning I received a message from Chani Vogel, who with her husband Moshe manage Kosher and Natural Cheeses, requesting I sample some of  the cheeses from their line. Next thing I knew, when I got home a couple hours later, an enormous and gorgeous basket was waiting for me...
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Filed under: Goat Cheese Recipes, Kosher Cheeses, Kosher Recipes, Natural and Kosher Recipes, Natural Cheeses Recipes, Natural Kosher Cheeses Recipes, Scones Recipes, Stories

Para Español, Oprima el Dos!

Posted on 11th of June, 2011 by Lévana

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As a language enthusiast I have often deplored the fact that languages, against all wishes, are not contagious or transmissible by any means. In the absence of some reliable formal base, except for some language geniuses there is rarely ever a way to just “pick up” a language, in the streets as it were,...
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Filed under: Behind the kitchen scenes, Burritos Recipes, Chocolate Recipes, Espanol Stories, Gluten Free Recipes, Jewish Book Council, Kitchen Stories, Kitchen Wisdom, Kosher Recipes, Latin Cooking, Nice Stories, Recipes, Spanish Recipes, Stories

My Famous Chocolate Chip Cookies: CCC? Si si si!

Posted on 11th of June, 2011 by Lévana

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We all think of cookies as a short-lived and vaguely illicit pleasure. Except I honestly think, and you can ask anyone, there’s no cookie in the world more worshiped and more baked than my smart little chocolate chip cookies. I will attempt to give you an idea just how much mileage it gets....
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Filed under: Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipes, Cookie Recipes, Dairy-Free Dessert Recipes, Dairy-Free Recipes, Gluten-free Cookie Recipes, Household Stories, Jewish Book Council, Recipes, Spelt Desserts Recipes, Stories, Vegan Cookie Recipes

Welcome to our Venus and Mars Home!

Posted on 11th of June, 2011 by Lévana

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I came home late one recent evening, and found my husband uncharacteristically agitated. “I just put out a fire!” he said, panting. “I have no idea how it started, I just wanted to microwave some dinner and put in a foil container to warm, and flames started leaping out!”  Now...
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Filed under: Household Stories, Jewish Book Council, Marriage Humor, Stories, Venus

Have Tea Mug, Will Travel!

Posted on 18th of May, 2011 by Lévana

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Recently I bought myself a great overnight bag, and decided my spiffy and capacious new purchase would be the  bag to end all bags: I would give away all others, but I decided to check into all the pockets first, to make sure nothing valuable was being discarded before the...
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Filed under: Kosher Recipes, Moroccan teapot, Opera, Placido Domingo, Samovar, Stories, Tea mug

Our Passover Vacation: Honeymoon at the Fairmont Scottsdale

Posted on 1st of May, 2011 by Lévana

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 Lynda and I at a Wild West BBQ at the Fairmont In nearly thirty five years we have been married (that’s right, my marriage predates my electronic Facebook marriage announcement by about thirty-three years, but thank you all anyway for your recent and misguided avalanche of heartfelt good wedding wishes:...
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Filed under: Fairmont Hotel, FRank Lloyd Wright, Kosher Cooking Demos, Kosher for Passover Recipes, Levana Restaurant, NoBo Restaurant, Nobo Teaneck, Passover Holidays, Pessach catering, Presidential Kosher Holiday, Stories, Tlaquepaque