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  • 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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  • Heirloom Caprese Salad [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    August 7, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Everyone and their mother thinks they know how to make a caprese salad but they do not. The irony is a caprese salad is so simple that it seems impossible that it is not always made correctly and well. First and foremost, I would like to let the world know that a caprese does not... read on

  • Baked Frangipane Fruit Packets [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    July 31, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Remember, desserts are supposed to be a treat, not a death ticket to the dinner party. So often we feel fine at the start of a meal, but by the time we finish dessert we can’t wait to jump in our car and go home to vegetate away the bloated state. Imagine how that makes your dinner... read on

  • Sally’s Summer Nectarine Tart [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    July 24, 2013 | 9:00 am

    One thing you should look out for in a nutritionist is someone who likes to eat. Far too often I meet nutritionists who seem to follow a textbook with everything they put in their mouths. They clearly know what’s good for them, but if they don’t ever tamper with what’s bad for... read on

  • No Power for Flour

    By Elana Horwich

    July 22, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Understanding the Role of White Flour on our Immune Systems with Sally Kravich

    Many of you are now hearing about gluten-free diets.  Although some of you may actually have a gluten allergy, others may experience an intolerance to wheat that you are unaware of.  Wheat is a... read on

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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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