I met Leah Schapira one evening this past fall. We were at an intimate gathering of food writers and magazine editors in NYC. It was a convivial group, focused on networking and learning about each other.
We were asked to give an elevator speech to introduce our own projects and platforms. Continue reading
Reyna Simnegar, author of Persian Food from the Non-Persian Bride, will demo dishes unique to Persian cuisine at an evening of tasting and culture presented by Chabad of Westport, CT. on Thursday, March 29 at 7 PM.
A total of seven dishes will be sampled and discussed as Simnegar shares her riveting story of growing up Catholic in Venezuela, discovering that she was a descendent of Conversos from Spain, and converting to Judaism. Her journey continued when she met her husband, Sammy Simnegar, who was born in Shiraz, Iran and came from a traditional Jewish family where Persian kosher delights are prized and at the center of every family gathering. Continue reading
Invite me to a cooking class? I am in!
I love them all: demos, hands on, famous chefs, home-style cooks … I am eager to be inspired by some unfamiliar flavor or technique.
But with the steep cost of these classes, I need to choose carefully.
For me that means honing in on classes that focus on using health conscious, vegetarian or kosher ingredients.
While perusing the online schedule for the JCC in Manhattan
, I ran into a class being taught by Jennifer Abadi
called Delicious Heart-Healthy Foods
When I saw the menu, I knew I needed to attend.
The powers of dark chocolate have been revealed in study after study.
I admit to feeling giddy each time my disbelief is dispelled. The exciting news, that dark chocolate can help reduce mild high blood pressure, was big enough.
But then came the news that dark chocolate is a potent antioxidant that works hard to battle free radicals that prompt disease.
How happy are we?!
Whether you celebrate St. Valentine’s Day or not (the discussion revolves around its pagan roots in a fertility festival called Jupercalia) the seduction of chocolate
inevitably beckons as mid- February approaches. Continue reading
Take a moment to pause and imagine: Spring is only a few weeks away!
The Jewish holiday of Tu b’Shvat is a day set aside to celebrate the fruit of the trees and to give thanks for their well-being and bounty.
Grilled Fish or roasted chicken are the perfect foil for this flavor packed Creole Sauce that Chef Shabba prepared for us more than once while we ate his delicious food on Canouan Island in the Grenadines.
It also is great as a topping for eggs or alongside a grilled cheese sandwich! Continue reading
This simple soup can be as flexible as you like. Add Creole seasoning or flaked red pepper to heat it up or stir in some dark greens like spinach or kale to boost the nutritional value! Continue reading
photo courtesy of FOOD NETWORK
Did you miss Paula Shoyer, author of THE KOSHER BAKER, on the Food Network’s new baking competition “Sweet Genius”?
If so, you can catch her in Westport on Wednesday, January 25 when she will be offering a baking demonstration and scrumptious tasting at Chabad of Westport.
Living in Fairfield County, CT., we are blessed to have properties that are often zoned with a couple of acres of land. It’s very peaceful but can be a little isolating if you want to connect with your neighbors.
Sometimes we mistakenly imagine that once our kids no longer need friends to ride bikes with “on the block”, we don’t need our neighbors much anymore either.