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  • 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...

  • The Stardust Margarita [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    May 9, 2013 | 9:00 am

    It’s a little known fact in the world that I used to work as a bartender. If you want to garner experiences that will shape the unique spiritual being that you are, it is imperative that at least once in your life you work nights for a raging alcoholic boss.

    For me it happened at...

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  • Lavender Latte [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    May 6, 2013 | 9:00 am

    You know those beautiful movies set in the English countryside where proper English ladies drink tea served to them by servants amidst a field of flowers and the young damsel falls in love at the end with a gallant gentlemen whose family is the richest in the region? Well, this is...

  • Vigor Triggers: Spring Herbs

    By Elana Horwich

    May 1, 2013 | 12:00 pm

       

    Mint is perfect for an after dinner herbal tea. It:

    • aids digestion
    • is beneficial for nausea and flatulence
    • can help headaches or migraines. (Hint: take a little peppermint essential oil and rub it on your temples and scalp when you have a headache)

    Parsley is...

  • The Faces and Fruits of Mumbai’s Crawford Market: A Photo Essay

    By Elana Horwich

    April 29, 2013 | 9:00 am

    To see photos larger, please click here.

                

    If you live in LA and would like to take cooking classes with Elana, please visit mealandaspiel.com

  • Cooking Mistake Number One

    By Elana Horwich

    April 24, 2013 | 9:00 am

    I will never forget my summer of grad school at Middlebury College in Vermont.  I was in the Italian School which meant that we had to speak in Italian, dine in Italian, play soccer in Italian and have secret rendezvous with the half-black/half-white Puerto Rican in the adjacent...

  • Ingredient Number One: Love

    By Elana Horwich

    April 22, 2013 | 9:00 am

    They say in Italy that each sauce or each dish comes out differently depending on who is cooking it. Even with the exact same ingredients and measurements. Just the way someone stirs the sauce and connects with the sauce is enough to create a unique and personal outcome. In other...

  • Oy Veh, a Vegan Salad [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    April 18, 2013 | 12:00 pm

    While I am away travelling I want to make sure you all eat!

    The last thing a cook wants to hear when she walks into a party that she has been preparing for for three days is that someone, the party-host’s brother no less, is a vegan. Had I known I would have made some of the...

  • Mini “Once You Go Black” Flour-less Chocolate Cakes [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    April 11, 2013 | 12:00 pm

    While I am away travelling I want to make sure you all eat!

    Here's a great recipe, and it's non-dairy, gluten-free, low sugar and pareve.

    “Once You Go Black,” you will never go back to any other chocolate dessert.  They are all about the chocolate, not the sugar, and use...

  • Prepared or Neurotic?

    By Elana Horwich

    April 8, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Going to India and Thailand means possibilities of all kinds of disease. I need to be prepared.

    Is it that I am a highly allergic, food sensitive, obsessively compulsive healthy eater or is it that I have travelled a lot and know what I need? Two years ago I climbed Mount...

  • The Cleanest Cocktail [VIDEO]

    By Elana Horwich

    April 4, 2013 | 12:00 pm

     

     
     
     
     
     

    Contrary to popular belief, lemons are actually alkaline, helping to restore your body’s balance to lower levels of acidity. (It is believed in the alternative health world, and now even in some of the western medical world, that disease cannot live...

  • THE BEST BRISKET EVER. with potatoes. [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    April 3, 2013 | 12:00 pm

    I don’t compliment myself too easily. In fact I have a complex about not being good enough. I am terrified that everything I do will suck and bring embarrassment to my family and the entire Jewish people at large. A neurotic Jew- that is so cliche, which only makes me feel more...

  • Chick-Sa Soup and Matzo Balls [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    March 21, 2013 | 12:23 pm

    The Matzo Ball

    Put a little schmaltz in your balls.

    Those unschooled in Yiddish might suspect that I am suggesting you add a little fire to your life, a spring in your step, a little chutzpah to your decisions. Yes, that too. However, schmaltz is the yiddish word for chicken...

  • Rosemary Almond Cake with Olive Oil and Orange Zest [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    March 19, 2013 | 9:00 am

    For years I had a recurring nightmare that I find myself in the Sienese countryside where Chianti grapes display themselves in Bacchanalian rows, inviting an aimless wanderer, me, in to taste a bite of their intoxicating deep purple fruit.

    With a bunch of grapes ripped off the...

  • Moscato Spice Charoset [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    March 18, 2013 | 9:01 am

    Charoset (pronouned cHa-roset, with an almost silent “c” like cHa-nnuka) is the delicious chopped fruit, nut and wine mixture on the Passover seder table that symbolizes the mortar between the bricks that the Jews laid while slaves in Egypt 3,000 years ago. Why the mortar we eat is...

  • Vigor Trigger: Asparagus

    By Elana Horwich

    March 15, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Asparagus is in season!

    Wondering why it has a unique affect on your potty? Me too. I don’t know why. But it does:

    • strengthen and stimulate kidney function.
    • have an abundance of Vitamin K which helps your blood to clot normally.
    • offer itself as a natural weight...
  • Choosing tomatoes [VIDEO]

    By Elana Horwich

    February 27, 2013 | 10:50 am

     
    To see the health benefits, what I call Vigor Triggers, of tomatoes, click here.

    To see more Meal and a Spiel how-to videos or to take cooking classes with Elana, please visit www.mealandaspiel.com

  • Vigor Trigger: Lemons

    By Elana Horwich

    February 22, 2013 | 12:05 pm

    Contrary to popular belief, lemons are actually alkaline, helping to restore your body’s balance to lower levels of acidity. (It is believed in the alternative health world, and now even in much of the western medical world, that disease cannot live in alkaline environments.)...

  • A cure for the hangover [VIDEO]

    By Elana Horwich

    February 21, 2013 | 8:00 am

     

     

    Since many have asked where to buy my final trick to cure the hangover, here it is: I like E3 Live Brain On in capsule form. Click here to buy from Amazon. Here is the E3 Live Website.

     

    Live in LA and wanna take cooking classes with me? Visit www.mealandaspiel.com

  • Vigor trigger: Dark chocolate

    By Elana Horwich

    February 13, 2013 | 12:19 pm

    The chocolate most of us grew up on wasn’t really chocolate. It was brown creamy sugar bars with chocolate flavor. As a Vigor Trigger, I am referring to the good stuff, to either pure cacao or artisan dark chocolate made of at least 60% cacao. Hershey’s Special Dark is not on...

  • Gluten-Free and Less-Guilty Mac N’ Cheese (RECIPE)

    By Elana Horwich

    February 1, 2013 | 8:00 am

    While preparing for a “food that will impress your man” cooking class, I polled men on facebook. “What food would you most love a woman to cook for you that would inspire you to want to give back to her?” I asked with genuine curiosity. You got it. Macaroni and Cheese. Who knew?

    ...
  • Quinoa Tabouli with Four Fresh Herbs (RECIPE)

    By Elana Horwich

    January 21, 2013 | 11:00 am

    A recipe from last Wednesday's Fab Five Cooking Class....

    I do not propose to make a tabouli that will revolutionize world-wide tabouli. In fact, this recipe is not technically even tabouli at all.  It is made with quinoa and adds fresh basil and cilantro, all of which are...

  • Simple and Basic Tomato Basil Sauce (RECIPE)

    By Elana Horwich

    January 11, 2013 | 4:28 pm

    Learning to make tomato sauce is challenging. This recipe is quite simple as promised, don’t get me wrong.  But there are so many ways of making a tomato sauce, so many good ways, that it’s easy to get confused. The reality is it takes time and practice to get to a point when you...

  • Healing from a Tragedy: A Recipe for Love

    By Elana Horwich

    December 14, 2012 | 2:28 pm

    We are all sickened with today's tragedy. My heart goes out to the families that have lost relatives and to the children who have lost teachers and friends. This terrible incident cannot be undone or excused.

    For a moment today I felt incredibly powerless. And then I remembered...

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