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My Mother: Learning to Cook, the Sephardi Way

14th of April, 2011

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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

New York Beggar, Three Ways

26th of March, 2011

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Growing up in Morocco, each family had their own “beggar” they looked after. Our beggar, 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...
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Filed under: Beggars Stories, Levana Kirschenbaum Stories, New York Beggars, Rudyard Kipling, Stories

My Favorite Pizza: Basil Pizza and Wine Bar!

25th of March, 2011

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Every time I go to Basil, I -not so- discreetly eye what everyone seated next to me  – and even a little further: Foodies, what do you expect?- is having. Yesterday it was those luscious poached eggs on toast with saute spinach and home fries, which two young men were...
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Filed under: Basil Restaurant Brooklyn, Good Junk Recipes, Kosher Food, Kosher Restaurants, Stories

The Hot Sauce Happy Family. Charif Recipe.

25th of March, 2011

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 Harissa, Schug, Salsa, Chutney, Hot Pepper Jelly When life gives you jalapenos, make charif! One Saturday night, Erev Purim, my daughter Bella complained that she had placed her Shabbos produce order online, and that something got lost in cyber-translation, turning 4 jalapenos and 6 tomatoes into 4 pounds jalapenos and...
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Filed under: Charif Recipes, Condiments Recipes, Gluten Free Recipes, Halbah Recipes, Harissa Recipes, Hot Pepper Jelly Recipes, Jalapeno Recipes, Kosher for Passover Recipes, Kosher Ingredients, Kosher Natural Foods, Kosher Recipes, Pareve Recipes, Salsa Recipes, Schug Recipes, Sephardi Recipes, Stories, Vegetarian Recipes, Yemenite Recipes

The Kosher Food and Wine Experience: A Remarkable Journey

27th of February, 2011

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Recently I had been trying to firm up a kosher supervision for retail use of Dashi powder. In my catering days I used to order it from Daniel Berlin at Sushi Metsuyan, so when it came time to write my upcoming cookbook, where I wanted to include recipes using dashi, I...
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Filed under: Jamie Geller, Jeff Nathan, Joan Nathan, Kedem Wines, Kosher Ingredients, Kosher Recipes, Kosher Wines, Levana Restaurant, NoBo Restaurant, Nobo Teaneck, Noidue Restaurant, Pardes Restaurant, Pier 60, Stories, Susie Fishbein

Planning a Party? Read This First, Then Have Fun Entertaining!

20th of February, 2011

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Photo Courtesy of www.thekitchn.com The following chapter is included in my first book, Levana’s Table: Kosher Cooking for Everyone, and is all about planning a party. My readers have always found it very useful,  and I gave lectures on the subject several times. Recently I participated in the food preparations of...
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Filed under: Cooking Tips, Entertaining Made Easy, Entertaining Tips, Party Planning, Party Planning Tips, Party Tips, Stories

Your Quick and Healthy Cooking-Without-Cooking Survival Guide

16th of February, 2011

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The Instant Dorm Feast, as I call it We all find ourselves, occasionally and sometimes not so occasionally, in situations that bring us apart from the comfort of our kitchens and the amenities that surround us daily: a vacation week, a business convention, a year away in college, even a...
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Filed under: Chocolate Recipes, Dessert Recipes, Fish Recipes, Gluten Free Recipes, Hot Cereal Recipes, Kosher Fish Recipes, Kosher Food, Kosher Natural Foods, Kosher Recipes, Kosher Whole Foods Recipes, Natural Foods Recipes, Pareve Recipes, Quick Cooking Recipes, Smoothie Recipes, Soup Recipes, Stories, Survival Skills, Vegetarian Recipes

In Search of Chef Moshe Segev’s Bread’s Recipe

27th of January, 2011

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During our recent trip to Israel, my husband and I were delighted with the quality and caliber of the food, that is, just as long as we stayed clear of all forgettable poultry and meat items. Which suited us just fine: All salads, fish dishes, desserts (even store-bought!), ice cream,...
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Filed under: Bread Recipes, Chef Moshe Segev, Stories

Shirataki: The Miracle Noodle that lives up to its name

27th of January, 2011

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Shirataki Noodles with Sesame Sauce Every time I come across any food or drink item that boasts zero calories, I remember my mother’s admonition, delivered in French with a scornful snort, heard all my life, from childhood until now: “Zero fois zero egal zero”. which translates as, Zero times zero...
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Filed under: Kosher Recipes, Stories

Fear of Flying: Ruminations of a Former World Traveler

27th of December, 2010

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On the eve of our departure to Israel, I am reminded of an email my friend Eve sent a few friends after her flight from Miami to Australia, which I would like to share with you, along with my response: You will enjoy this, I guarantee it! It might also...
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Filed under: Fear of Flying, Flying to Australia, Stories, Transatlantic flights, Travel