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

Tell Me More: Six Main

Bar Interior Six Main

Six Main is a bit of a hike from New York City and Fairfield County, but WOW!  It is worth the trip!

This all-vegetarian heaven, housed in a historic bank in the quaint town of Chester, Connecticut, is filled with masterfully crafted, creative vegan, vegetarian, and raw cuisine. And to top it off, most of their produce comes from their very own farm. Continue reading

This Cooking Class Round-Up Has You Covered

Sugar and Olives, Norwalk CT.Photo: Noel Berry

Sugar and Olives, Norwalk CT.Photo: Noel Berry

By Katy Morris

Thanksgivukah is almost here!

In a once in a life-time gastronomical marriage, Chanukah and Thanksgiving, two of the most celebrated holiday feasts, happen to fall on the same exact day this year. And unless you’ve been hiding from all of the hype in your cave, you know it has been dubbed Thanksgivukkah.

To help you avoid the potential stress that this culinary crossover may cause for you in the kitchen and to also provide you with some great Chanukah gift ideas for your food-loving family, we have rounded up some local cooking classes which are sure to inspire this year’s menu or will simply help boost your cooking talents overall.

From kosher classes in NYC where you will learn to create hybridized holiday dishes like layered sweet potato casserole, orange olive oil cake, and root-vegetable latkes alongside well-known chefs, to 100% vegetarian classes on a farm in CT where you will learn scrumptious recipes for your Veg-only Thanksgiving…these classes will be sure to delight every palate. Continue reading

Roll Your Own

When eating sushi, NEVER pass food to someone using your chopsticks. That act parallels passing cremated bones of a deceased relative at a Japanese funeral. Instead, pass the plate, allowing the sushi to be plucked from it.

Good to know.

I learned so much in the “Roll Your Own” vegetarian sushi making class at the Natural Gourmet Institute in NYC, that I will never again eat sushi without deep appreciation and a (hopefully) more discerning and knowledgeable palate. Continue reading

Chef Mark Shadle Shares G-Zen Secrets

This post was contributed by guest blogger and long time vegetarian, Laurel Tuohy.

In addition to being one of the East Coast’s premier vegan food chefs, Mark Shadle partners with Ami Beach Shadle, Master Raw Chef, creating flavorful, vitamin rich, organic foods at their Branford restaurant, G-Zen and on their sustainable vegan food truck, G-Monkey.

Mark also teaches occasional cooking classes at Wallingford’s Delia Center (CT).

 Busy enough? Continue reading

Persian Food from the Non-Persian Bride

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

Sizzling Latkes and Gravlax with Chef Russell Moss in TriBeCa

Chanukah is fast approaching. We celebrate from December 20-27 this year.
My head is already sizzling with ideas for latkes variations.You know what I mean.
How do you like your latkes: bite size, lacy and crisp throughout or voluminous and golden brown all over with extra crunchy edges?
And, what about integrating other veggies into the basic potato recipe?

Loving the Turkey on the Day After

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The morning after Thanksgiving can feel like a letdown.
The big day has passed and there is still mess to contend with.
The bright spot is a refrigerator packed with all sorts of leftovers including  a hefty platter of turkey, sliced and ready to be reinvented.Change it up and everyone will love the reinvention.
 Serve it the same way more than twice, and they will likely be hankering for pizza while your fridge is still full.