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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...

  • How To Make The Best Quinoa In Town

    By Elana Horwich

    October 9, 2013 | 9:00 am

    The Basics of Quinoa

    I make the best quinoa in town, and considering I live in the capital of quinoa, Los Angeles, this is quite an accomplishment

    My tricks are:

    1. Make your life easy and buy a rice cooker. (buy here)
    2. Dress the quinoa while it is hot and serve it while...
  • Strawberry Macedonia with Fresh Mint [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    October 2, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Tired of having guests pass out in a food coma on your couch or get up to leave as soon as the meal is over? Dessert shouldn’t be an annihilation. This dessert is a pick-me-up that keeps the party going. Furthermore, everybody swoons and it only takes minutes to make.

    ...
  • The Shores of Capperi Potato Salad [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    September 25, 2013 | 9:00 am

    I am genuinely amazed that despite the revolutionary strides our country has made in the last century in both civil rights law and handheld technology, a dull-colored, gelatinous bowl of mayonnaise-covered chunks is still our national potato salad. This blatant culinary depravity...

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  • Dragonfly Green Tea [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    September 18, 2013 | 11:15 am

    This is my morning crack. I decided to eliminate coffee once and for all when I realized that it actually didn’t wake me up. In fact, if I ended up drinking too much in the morning I would find myself lightheaded and needing to go right back to bed. 

    Now that said, most of you...

  • 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...

  • Maria’s Vin Santo Chicken Liver Crostini [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    September 9, 2013 | 9:00 am

    As a kid, I absolutely loved chopped liver until I understood that chopped liver was actually chopped liver. I would no longer touch it. It broke my grandmother’s heart.

    Now, it’s a different story. Mmmm (hear the foodgasm rolling through my lips), I love chicken liver. Why?...

  • 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...

  • The Braniac Muffin [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    August 26, 2013 | 9:00 am

    It doesn’t take a brainiac to know that bran is good for you. Bran muffins, on the other hand, are a different story. The problem with most bran muffins is threefold:

    one: The bran used is often harsh and can make you feel flatulent, to use the correct terminology. When consumed...

  • Perfect Summer Sangria [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    August 14, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Sangria is tricky. Made well, it is a mouth-enlivening sensory experience formed by the perfect marriage between earthy notes of good wine and the sweet acidity of juicy fruits.

    At worst, it is a hangover that doesn’t quit and a headache that splits temples in two. I’ve been...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Heirloom Gazpacho with Grapefruit and Basil [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    July 18, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Everyone says exactly the same thing when they taste this gazpacho.

    “Oh-my-God.” (And there’s also a large number who follow up with, “and I don’t even like gazpacho.”)

    Well, they’re right. This is God’s work. I can hardly take the credit. I didn’t create the molecular...

  • Summer Stoner Snack

    By Elana Horwich

    July 10, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Don’t pretend like you didn’t inhale. In California it’s considered medicine. It’s ok, we can talk about it.

    And let’s face it, if you do smoke, you are going to want to eat. And if you don’t smoke, you are most likely capable of shoving late night cake into your face while...

  • Meal and a Spiel Cure for the Hangover [Video]

    By Elana Horwich

    July 3, 2013 | 8:59 am

    Partying on the 4th of July? How to freshen up your life, the morning after.

     

    Want to take cooking classes with Elana in Los Angeles? Go to mealandaspiel.com.

  • 10 Tips for Summer Entertaining [Recipes]

    By Elana Horwich

    July 1, 2013 | 9:00 am

    1. Don’t make it fancy. Nobody likes a stuffy party. Let your guests pour their own drinks, take off their shoes and kick their feet up where they want.

    2. Ask your friends to help you during the party! They want to! Slicing bread, setting the table, lighting candles, serving...

  • Rustic Whole Grain Cherry Tomato Bruschetta [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    June 26, 2013 | 9:30 am

    Italians would never make bruschetta on whole grain bread. Believe it or not, it’s not even easy to find good whole grain bread in Italy. But come on, no matter how good a fresh, crusty, country loaf of ciabatta might be, white flour is just not that good for us. (Don’t tell my...

  • Summer Peaches Are Here

    By Elana Horwich

    June 19, 2013 | 9:00 am

    I always figured peaches were a super sugary fruit as they are so darn good. But it is not so. Peaches:

    • are often less than 100 calories, making them a guilt-free snack.
    • have a low glycemic load, meaning this fruit has only a subtle impact on your blood sugar.
    • contain small amounts of beta-cryptoxanthin which has anti-cancer and anti-aging properties.

    When given peaches, make peach cobbler. Here's my Famous Guiltless Cobbler recipe.

    Want to take cooking classes with Elana in Los Angeles? Go to mealandaspiel.com.

  • Chef Jeff Salad [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    June 12, 2013 | 9:00 am

    This salad is named after world class chef Jeff Thickman of Florence, Italy. He is a family friend and was in town this week. I invited him, his partner Igor and friend Lissy down to Santa Monica and was planning on treating them to Shutter’s for lunch and a view. Last minute they...

  • Popcorn Cauliflower [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    June 10, 2013 | 9:00 am

    There’s not much to spiel about here except that when I was researching online to find out what temperature other cooks used to roast cauliflower, to my dismay I found that most put too much “stuff” in their recipes. Cauliflower already has a unique flavor and, when roasted, the...

  • Simple Couscous with Quickest Homemade Broth [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    June 5, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Chances are if you are serving couscous, you are making something else that has onions in it. Well, save those onion peels...the outer layer and the skins. They have great flavor. Scrounge up some celery, a carrot, something green like a bay leaf or a piece of parsley and you'll...

  • Chicken Tagine with Apricots and Prunes [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    June 3, 2013 | 9:00 am

    My definition of good food is that it makes you want to roll around on the floor shouting mammmmmmmma! This dish will make you want to roll around on the floor and shout grannnndmaaaaaaaaa! But this is NOT that bland and boiled grandma meal made from food that is two steps away...

  • Roberto’s Eggplant Parmigiana [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    May 29, 2013 | 9:00 am

    This dish is named after Roberto Benabib, writer and producer of WEEDS. He and his wife Samantha, a college friend of mine, were my first daring clients. I delivered food twice a week to their love-filled home after the delivery of their baby Carolina. We had an initial...

  • Rosemary Spiked Cannellini Crostini [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    May 27, 2013 | 8:59 am

    I became an expert at making this dish in my first years in Rome when my pocketbook was nearly always empty (no complaints on my side, I was a bartender thousands of miles away from the traditional life everybody expected of me and couldn’t have been happier) and when my curiosity...

  • Here’s to You Mrs. Robinson Chicken Fingers [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    May 22, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Seasoned with oregano, sage, rosemary and thyme...if you sing it the right way, pretending the oregano is really parsley, like I do, you have yourself a Simon and Garfunkel tune while you cook.

    Anne Bancroft really deserves more than a finger food tribute but these are not quite...

  • Spaghetti Al Cavolo Nero (Spaghetti with Black Kale) [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    May 20, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Though kale is more commonly known as a staple of the California vegan hippy diet, the darker, flat leaf variety is actually a favorite ingredient unique to Tuscan cooking. If used properly, it will transport you to the rolling countryside of Siena, as this recipe does. However,...

  • A Healthier Shavuot: My Favorite Cheese Plate

    By Elana Horwich

    May 15, 2013 | 9:00 am

    On Shavuot we Jews eat dairy - cheese blintzes, cheese kreplach, even cheesecake. Here's my idea. You don’t need to cook in order to feed your guests. Just choose the best quality items for a simple, yet fantastic, cheese plate.

    Fyi, you only need to serve one type of cheese...if...

  • Pescespada alla Mamma di Edo (Edo’s Mother’s Swordfish) [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    May 13, 2013 | 9:00 am

    A word about the boy and his mom:

    American girls can’t help but fall in love with Italian men like Edo. He has long dark curls that bounce in joy when he walks, grayish blue eyes that sparkle with depth and intelligence, and a smile that loves to come out and parade itself around...

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