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  • Lemon zest vs Lemon juice??

    By Elana Horwich

    January 27, 2016 | 11:56 am

    Lemon zest, the yellow part of the peel - not the white bitter part - holds the essential oils of the lemon and is thus filled with pure lemon flavor. Lemon juice, on the other hand, has the acidic, tart taste of lemon. Both have their places in cooking.

    By the way, this is true...

  • Why don’t you need to peel carrots?

    By Elana Horwich

    January 20, 2016 | 11:56 am

    Because, simply, it’s a pain the butt. Who want’s to peel?! And if you buy organic carrots, you definitely don’t need to. A little dirt is healthy. It’s filled with minerals and probiotics, even. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t rinse your carrots though! Trust me, no one will ever know if the carrots you put in soups, stews or roasted vegetable dishes are peeled or not. They’ll just be happy that you cooked for them.

     

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  • Burrata vs Mozzarella, what’s the difference?

    By Elana Horwich

    January 13, 2016 | 12:00 pm

    Mozzarella and burrata are both semi-soft Italian cheeses made from cow or buffalo milk. Both come from Southern Italy (mozzarella from Naples and burrata from Puglia) and both taste great on pizza and bread. There is virtually no difference in flavor.

    Burrata is essentially...

  • How to avoid the Thanksgiving food coma?

    By Elana Horwich

    November 25, 2015 | 12:03 pm

    Eating less is NOT the answer this chef will give you!

    Try these three tips, and they will totally change your holiday experience.

    1. My secret weapon: Digestive Enzymes. They support your belly’s digestion so you will feel less full and bloated, and will have more energy after...
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  • Never trust a skinny chef??

    By Elana Horwich

    November 4, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    Absolutely untrue.


    The answer is yes you should! Overweight chefs may show their love of food, but that food will likely be replete with unnecessary carbs and dairy, unhealthy fats and sugars.

    My cooking is different. I used to be 25-30 lbs overweight, and even though I...

  • How do I get my roasted vegetables crispy?

    By Elana Horwich

    October 7, 2015 | 12:07 pm

    Here are three simple tips:

    1. Don't crowd them in the pan. If you do, they'll steam off of each other and get mushy.

    2. Turn the heat up! Roast vegetables around 450 degrees.

    3. Use more olive oil! That's going to create the crisp.

     

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  • A Noodge Too Far

    By Jill Franklin

    December 3, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    When I got engaged, my mom's dearest girlfriends, whom I affectionately call "The Crones," all sent me a card. On the front it said,

    "Now that you are engaged, no one will ever ask you again 'When are you getting married?'" On the inside it read, "So, when are you going to have a...

  • We Need Blacks’ Aid in Anti-Semitism Fight

    By Rabbi Marc Schneier

    January 8, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    The Jewish people are under attack. Horrific expressions of anti-Semitism are spreading across the United States and the world. These attacks, both verbal and physical, are occurring at all levels of society, from the highest ranks of government to individuals on the street.

    This...

  • Dear Rabbi

    By Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Remarriage After Divorce



    Dear Rabbi,

    When can a woman remarry after divorce?

    Katherine



    Dear Katherine,

    Since marriage is itself a religious enactment (called kiddushin in Hebrew), it requires a religious ceremony to terminate a Jewish marriage. And since rabbis also act as...

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