Cooking Heart Healthy Foods with Jennifer Abadi at the JCC in Manhattan

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.

Kutsher’s Twist on Borscht Belt Favorites

 

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.

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Introducing: Side Dish

Magazines pile up, the Cooking Channel, Food Network and other bloggers’ beautiful photos and posts cry out for my attention. I am seduced by news of restaurant openings, farm to table dinners, fascinating events, chefs on the rise,  and recipes I never imagined.
Here at Kosher Like Me I have been focusing on the entree, if you will.
But so many other great tidbits of information and inspiration call out to me each day. Beginning today, check out Side Dish, for quick bites of irresistible and compelling food features.

If I find it interesting, I’m going to share it all with you here. Check back frequently to read Side Dish, an accompaniment to the “main course” offered each week.

A special thank you to a couple of honest friends who encouraged me to share more HERE, and less on that social network page that simultaneously attracts and drives us crazy.

And as always, thank you to Jessica Bram, founder and instructor at the Westport Writers Workshop, for her inspired brainstorming with me.

There is nothing better than candid friends and generous teachers (except for delicious eats, of course)!

The Seduction of Dark Chocolate

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

Discovering the Unexpected on Canouan Island

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

Blossom Keeps Me Coming Back For More

Naysayers may ask, “If it is vegan, what is there to eat, really?!” 
Think vegan is bland and limited in choices?  Think again.
Blossom 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 in NYC 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

o.a.t.s. Spells Delicious Granola



Julie Gaines
and Dana Noorily exude the confidence and buoyancy of two 30 something’s on the rise.  It is the vibe of energetic women having a good time together. They finished each other’s sentences, pausing just long enough to catch their breath as they shared their story of creating o.a.t.s. with me.

Eating Out and About During Chanukah

Chanukah has arrived!
And while there is nothing like the sizzling sounds and homey aromas of latkes on the first night of celebration, cooking fatigue may set in by night four or five. Depending on the ages of the little ones and where you live, you may feel inclined to take a break and check out these great choices for eats and treats in Connecticut and NYC.

 

Starting in CT. check out Cake Suite in Westport, where owner and baker Michelle Klem has prepared a riot of  sweets to bring to your party host or to enjoy with your own family.

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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?