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  • Why Some of You Should NOT Cook

    By Elana Horwich

    January 14, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Apparently my favorite word as a toddler was “no.” And my “no” had an exclamation mark after it, so actually it was “No!”

    Who doesn’t love to say no? 

    Put away your toys Elana. No! Drink your milk Elana. No! It’s time to be a big girl and get potty trained. No! (Eventually I... read on

  • Mulled Spiced Pears [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    December 23, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Making desserts has gotten a bad rap. We are convinced it will be a lengthy process that requires flour getting all over the kitchen and some type of custard that requires needle-point precision. But who cares about that when desserts scream out the “f-word” -fattening- so loud... read on

  • How To Stuff Your Face and Stay Thin Over the Holidays

    By Elana Horwich

    December 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Eat only celery! Just kidding. Like that’s an option. People who give that kind of advice clearly could never be good in bed.

    We warm-blooded people are all going to eat a lot…as this is a time to relax, be with loved ones and stuff our happy faces.

    I often talk about how food... read on

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  • Five Ways to Break the Rules this Thanksgivukkah

    By Elana Horwich

    November 22, 2013 | 9:00 am

    1. Start with Latkes, Put Your Guests to Work and Dress Like an Idiot!

    The latke is best, by far, right out of the pan, after it has rested for only a moment on paper towels which soak up some oil. When they are part of the main course they are inevitably room temperature, greasy... read on

  • Chill Out, It’s Just A Dinner Party

    By Elana Horwich

    October 17, 2013 | 9:00 am

    The notion that one person, usually a woman, is responsible from start to finish for a perfect dinner party performance plagues my students with worry. Many cook really well but are too scared to have anyone over to eat! They fret: How can I make sure the dinner party will be... read on

  • La Dolce Villa: Finding Life Purpose in a Tuscan Kitchen

    By Elana Horwich

    September 11, 2013 | 9:00 am

    After my second year of college I decided to take time off studies and moved to Italy. In short, I had an epiphany while on a mushroom-induced psychedelic trip.

    It was a perfect sunny spring weekend and while most of the other students were wasted on cheap beer, I was blissfully... read on

  • Sfratti: An Italian-Jewish Rosh Hashanah Dessert from “Little Jerusalem” in Tuscany [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    August 30, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Welcome to Pitigliano. An enclave of a Tuscan town, it was built up on a hill, like the rest of them, as protection not only from medieval warlords, but also from medieval malaria. Mosquitoes don’t like altitude as much as they like moisture, and hence the peasants who tended to... read on

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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Elana Horwich is the founder of Meal and a Spiel, a boutique Beverly Hills cooking school and online recipe resource based on the philosophy that anyone can learn to cook. Her...

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