NYC Hick Goes out to Queens

I have been living in the United States almost two generations. I have lived in an apartment structure my whole life, in big cities only: Casablanca, Paris New York, etc.... you get the picture. I am a complete city mouse, don't drive, and cannot…

A Lovely Thing Happened on the Way to Birdland

First read this email I sent to the ticket office, it will tell the first part of the story: I am so sorry I made a very stupid - but a very honest - mistake. Next week is my daughter's birthday and my gift to her was Birdland-and-dinner.…
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Converting a Rabbi to Gluten-Free Pizza Recipe

Gluten-Free Pizza? Yeah, Right, nice try! https://www.levanacooks.com/recipe/gluten-free-pizza-recipe/ What an adventure it was, trying Gluten-free Pizza on my bread-chomping son Yakov! Reb Yakov is the poster child for the meat-and-potato-and-lots-of-ketchup…

Rave Reviews

I often receive feedback about my classes or recipes that just makes me kvell. If you have made any of my recipes and have feedback to share with me, I would love to hear from you! You can leave a note in the comments section below. Here is…
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A Summer Shabbos Lunch. Menu and Recipes

Shabbos Lunch can be same old same old... Or it can be, as it is here, an exciting cold vegetarian and fish meal. As often when we host lots of singles for Shabbos, this week I went Shabbos shopping with a totally open mind. Since I was right…

Caterer, Meet The Mother of the Bride!

I was a caterer many years,  and catered countless simchas.  When my time came to plan for my children's wedding and be a plain-clothes customer, Mother of the Bride, I had a "choice" between striking fear in the hearts of those caterers and…

Hope, Utopia, and Friendship in a Crowded Market

This is a must see! It is an opera performance in one of the most unlikely of places. On a day like any other, workers at Spanish food market break out in to song. A great demonstration of hope, utopia and friendship! Even if you do not understand…