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Category Archives: Stories

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 don’t think, and you can ask anyone, there’s a cookie in the world more worshiped and more baked than my smart little chocolate chip cookie. I will attempt to give you an idea just how much...
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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-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 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 Honeymoon

Posted on 1st of May, 2011 by Lévana

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Lawrence, 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...
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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

If I had a Hammer…. I Would Eat my Veggies More Often!

Posted on 15th of April, 2011 by Lévana

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In answer to the very frequent question: “how did you get the idea to use a hammer in the kitchen?” You may find the use of a hammer in the kitchen somewhat odd and unbecoming, but you will quickly change your mind when you see how many thankless tasks it...
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Filed under: Hammer for Cutting Vegetables, Stories

My Mother: Learning to Cook, the Sephardi Way

Posted on 14th of April, 2011 by Lévana

I am always asked whether I have received formal cooking training, and the answer – Machane Imma: I learned mostly from my mother – at first seems somewhat ambiguous, until I introduce her in earnest: My mother, known as Maman to the whole family and even to all our friends,...
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Filed under: Cooking with Mother, Moroccan Recipes, Sephardi mother, Sephardi Recipes, Stories

Three Beggars

Posted on 26th of March, 2011 by Lévana

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Growing up in Morocco, each family had their own “beggar” they looked after. Ours, a courteous middle-aged man dressed poorly but with elaborate dignity, would sit silently on our steps every Thursday night, waiting for my mother to  resurface from her kitchen and come out to him. And every Thursday...
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Filed under: Beggars Stories, Levana Kirschenbaum Stories, New York Beggars, Rudyard Kipling, Stories