TO COOK OR NOT TO COOK? That is the question!
Not everyone has the inclination or the time to prepare holiday meals, especially those that require a lot of sorting through recipes we may use only once a year.
Here are some ideas for resources if you would like to order items for your Passover Seder on April 6 or the week of Passover April 7-14. It is far from comprehensive, rather an overview of some great choices in both CT. and NYC.
I provide both strictly kosher choices and some that are not, with an understanding that my readers come from a wide range of lifestyles and viewpoints on this issue. 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
Last week, I received an invitation from Naama Shefi, Israeli food specialist and past Director of Public Programs and Events at the Consulate General of Israel in NYC. She asked me to join her at Balaboosta in Nolita, NYC, for lunch with a dozen strangers who had signed up to eat with her and learn more about Israeli cuisine.
Through a program called I Want More Food, founded by Jeff Orlick, these food adventure seekers were scheduled to meet and eat with Shefi as their insider guide. 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.
Finally, someone has reinterpreted our favorites and created Jewish food with a twist.
I heard Alan Wilzig and Zach Kutsher in conversation at the 92STY/Tribeca in January. They were chatting about the legendary Kutsher’s Country Club in the Catskills, the namesake and inspiration for the recently opened restaurant, Kutsher’s Tribeca.
These business partners summoned up images from a different era, one where vacationers ate heaping piles of whatever tasted great, without any concerns about fat, chemicals or origin of ingredients. And it was unlimited.
Ah, the good old days! 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.
Heading out of Dodge for a much needed winter break to Canouan Island, in the Grenadines, didn’t require much research other than my same ol’ questions about what there is to eat for those who are kosher like me.
Sandy white beaches, quiet and friendly island, calm emerald waters to swim in, local flavors… what else did I need to know? 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.
Naysayers may ask, “If it is vegan, what is there to eat, really?!”
Think vegan is bland and limited in choices? Think again.
has been on the NYC restaurant scene since 2005
. I have trouble imagining the dining landscape without it. There are a number of great (yes, I said it) vegan restaurants
and I count Blossom
as one of them.
As one who avoids all animal products that are not kosher, I relish having an entire menu to choose from. Yup. It is like a celebration and I get a little giddy when the entire menu is fair game for me. No need to ask tons of prying questions here. Continue reading
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.