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

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…

Learning to Cook with a Sephardi Mother

My Sephardi Mother is the original master. 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:…
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Kitchen Talk With Chef Lévana Kirschenbaum

Great story about my demos by Elizabeth Alpern in the Jew and the Carrot “If I catch one of you putting garlic powder in your soup…oy va voy…I’ll sue you”. On a recent Monday evening, Moroccan born Chef Lévana Kirschenbaum…
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In Search of the Perfect Schnitzel Recipe

Schnitzel often doesn't love us back: Too many diners complain that they love it but are disappointed that they get so easily dried out. My daughter-in-law Ruthie makes the best schnitzel but always keeps insisting she does nothing in particular,…

New York Beggar, Three Ways

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 …
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The Kosher Food and Wine Experience: A Remarkable Journey

Still enjoying the glow of last night's Kosher Food and Wine Experience. 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,…
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Party Planning Tips: Have Fun Entertaining!

Party Planning done right is always half the battle. The following chapter is included in my first book, Levana's Table: Kosher Cooking for Everyone, and is all about perfect party planning My readers have always found it very useful,  and…
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Quick Healthy Cooking Survival Guide Quick Recipes

Quick Healthy Cooking: This often seems an impossibility when we are on the go. The logistics of quick healthy cooking often seem impractical. We all find ourselves, occasionally and sometimes not so occasionally, in situations that bring…
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Crockpot Recipes: Plug it and Forget it

Crockpot recipes: I am often asked if I intend to write a cookbook on the immensely popular subject. No I don't - it's not necessary: there's no end of crockpot recipes and cookbooks out there. But I do intend to point out what a wonderful…

Fear of Flying: Ruminations of a Former World Traveler

Fear of Flying, I have often observed, lingers long after some of us have made their peace with flying. 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,…