Farm Fresh Eggs & Why You Should Bother

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

Katy Morris

Eggs. They are a protein staple in most vegetarian-centered diets and offer endless ways to be enjoyed (wait ‘til you try Liz’s Shakshuka recipe).

Now, we know you’re all about eating locally and healthily – we get it and obviously that’s how we roll as well. But when it comes to eggs, is there really a difference between store bought and farm fresh? Continue reading

Top Dad’s Day with These Winning Condiments

Photo: SOSU

Photo: SOSU

Katy Morris

What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than a good ol’ backyard cookout?

Top this year’s party by turning your Pop into a Condiment King! We’ve rounded up some of our favorite toppings – from chutney to ketchup, all vegan, many kosher certified – that are sure to take your grilled meats, treats and everything in between to a whole new level. Continue reading

Oodles of Noodles and How to Chose

 

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

Contributed by Katy Morris

There are oodles of noodles out there – all with different sizes, textures and characteristics.  So where the heck do you start when choosing the perfect kind for a much-needed cold summer salad as the temps continue to rise? Continue reading

How to Store your Spring Produce & Sweet Pea Soup Recipe

 

photo: Liz Rueven

photo: Liz Rueven

 

Marcia Selden Catering

Spring is officially (and finally) here.  If you’re on the East Coast, the local produce is starting to appear at Farmer’s Markets….Yay! If your eyes are bigger than your stomach and you tend to overbuy produce, you’re not alone.

Here are a few of Marcia Selden Catering’s top tips for storing that delicious spring produce to help keep things fresher longer. Continue reading

Warm up with Winter Cooking Classes

Photo: Home Cooking NYC

Photo: Home Cooking NYC

Contributed by Katy Morris

As December’s temps drop we head straight to the kitchen for some extra warmth and long afternoons exploring new ideas and re-visiting old favorites. Looking for inspiration? We love to amp up our game by learning from the experts.

In that spirit, here’s our annual end of the year kosher-friendly cooking class round up. We believe it will satisfy all of your culinary curiosities – at least until next year! Continue reading

Try Cooking with Tea for Nuanced Flavors

Chicken_Quinoa plateThe chilly temps of Autumn have us sipping steaming cups of hot tea while spending more time looking for new recipe inspirations.  When we started wondering about cooking with tea we consulted local experts and CT friends at  Leaf & Ardor Tea Co. to get the skinny. Continue reading

Peak of Summer with Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

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Fiori di zucca or zucchini blossoms are a delicacy in Tuscany but with the farmers’ markets heaped with towers of zucchini here in the U.S. it’s easier than you may think to bring this very Italian dish to your own table.

If your favorite market vendor doesn’t sell these sunny, edible flowers, ask her to gather them for you. They are the flower at the end of the plant from which zucchini grows. Better yet, pluck them from your own vegetable garden or that of your best friend. Continue reading

The Melting Pot that Informs Israeli Cuisine

 

Red Flag on TLV Beach

Red Flag on TLV Beach

When hummus becomes a culture and freekeh is sold at Whole Foods, you know that the “New Israeli Food” has reached far and wide.

Freekeh, a chewy, nutty grain, has roots as far back as the Old Testament and is often cooked in the Middle East.  It’s not a coincidence that the 7 “species” mentioned in the Hebrew Bible are so much a part of the new Israeli cuisine. Continue reading

8 Expert Tips for Better Grilling

veggies ready for the grill

Contributed by Katy Morris

Local chef and well-known foods educator, Cecily Gans, has shared her top tips for becoming a grilling guru just in time for Father’s Day. Why now? Because we know some dads out there that may agree that a well cooked, moist BBQ chicken on the grill is better than a tie… Continue reading

Cooking Classes Celebrate Spring

photo courtesy of Haven's Kitchen

photo courtesy of Haven’s Kitchen

Thinking about Mother’s Day yet?

Any of these cooking classes would surely thrill the Moms in your life. Participants gain new skills along with fresh recipes to enjoy in the warmer months. And these classes are a blast to enjoy with someone you love.

Search the categories and locations below to find kosher, vegetarian, gluten-free and vegan classes sure to lure you into the kitchens at some of our favorite cooking schools and culinary hot spots in CT and NYC.

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