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Hocus Pocus

By Michael Israel

August 13, 2013 | 3:39 pm

This juicy pot roast is resting on a bright beet-orange puree.

As I mentioned in last week’s blog, I am always fascinated by the exotic foods that I discover in Encyclopedia of Jewish Food. This week, I am focusing on an ingredient that is not very... read on

  • Do you like to Salsa, Meringue or Amba?

    By Michael Israel

    August 6, 2013 | 10:55 am

    I am excited to announce that I will be competing on the Food Network’s Chopped on Sunday August 18th! Chopped is a cooking competition show that pits four chefs against each other in a three round competition. In each round, the chefs are given a mystery basket of ingredients and... read on

  • Do you like to Salsa, Meringue or Amba?

    By Michael Israel

    August 6, 2013 | 10:55 am

    I am excited to announce that I will be competing on the Food Network’s Chopped on Sunday August 18th! Chopped is a cooking competition show that pits four chefs against each other in a three round competition. In each round, the chefs are given a mystery basket of ingredients and... read on

  • You Say Potato and I Say Aloo Makalla

    By Michael Israel

    July 29, 2013 | 12:14 pm

    Today I am writing a simple blog with a simple recipe that makes for a simply delicious side dish. One of my favorite aspects of Encyclopedia of Jewish Food is learning about the exotic places that Jews have called home. This week’s recipe comes from India and more specifically... read on

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  • The Sleeper Car of Jewish Indgredients

    By Michael Israel

    July 22, 2013 | 1:54 pm

    Pardon me as I go on a brief tangent unrelated to food. I would like to discuss sleeper cars. A sleeper car by definition is one that looks like a normal sedan or average car, but possesses a huge amount of power and performance. Sleeper cars became popular in the 1960’s at the... read on

  • As Jewish as Meatballs

    By Michael Israel

    July 8, 2013 | 10:07 am

    If I were to say that meatballs are as classic of a Jewish dish as brisket and kugel, you would probably call me crazy. Typically, meatballs are associated with cozy Italian restaurants, with checkered tablecloths and oversized bottles of Chianti wrapped in wicker. I say meatball... read on

  • Celebrating the Big Cheese on July 4th

    By Michael Israel

    July 1, 2013 | 9:18 am

    Happy Birthday USA! This week we celebrate July 4th, American Independence Day. Before we get into this week’s recipe, I would like to state how grateful I am to be living as a free Jew in the United States of America in 2013. Also, unlike the past few blogs this week’s recipe will... read on

  • Excitement You Can Taste

    By Michael Israel

    June 24, 2013 | 10:14 am

    Summer has arrived. In my opinion, there is nothing better on a hot summer day than spicy food. Interestingly enough, the greatest spicy cuisines come from very hot regions such as Southeast Asia, Central America and North Africa. Some studies show that eating spicy food on a hot... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Michael Israel is the Chef and Owner of the M.O. Eggrolls food truck in Los Angeles, California where he lives with his wife Emily. In 2005, Michael graduated from the Culinary...

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