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  • Sugar Free Frozen Hot Chocolate [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    July 15, 2014 | 9:03 am

    It was a hot summer day (why on hot days do I tend to feel more hungry?) so  I  was in my kitchen looking for something sweet but not too unhealthy.  Looking around my pantry, it hit me--I remembered Serendipity’s frozen hot chocolate and realized I could easily re-create the New...

  • “Doctored Up” Trader Joe’s GF Brownies with Sea Salt

    By Elana Horwich

    July 14, 2014 | 12:40 pm

    Who knew that the best brownies in the world would.….

        1. come from a box (or in this case a bag).

        2. take 5 minutes and zero brain power.

        3. be gluten free.

        4. all be bought with a one stop shop at Trader Joes for under ten bucks!?!

     

    These are “doctored...

  • How to Make Kosher Pigs in a Blanket [video]

    By Elana Horwich

    July 3, 2014 | 7:05 pm

    In honor of the good ole USA, I took a slight deviation from my Italian influenced cuisine this week, and made this special video (which my mom calls "award winning") for Kosher Pigs in a Blanket.

    Click the pic of the wieners to see how to make these Kosher bad boys.

    And if...

  • How to Make a Skinny Strong Margarita [Video]

    By Elana Horwich

    July 1, 2014 | 12:49 pm

    Mexico may be out of the World Cup but margaritas win over and over.  This margarita is simple, has no sugar and perfect for anytime you need a cocktail.

     

     

     

     

    For other "skinny" Mexican recipes from Meal and a Spiel click here

     

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  • How to Choose an Olive Oil

    By Elana Horwich

    June 24, 2014 | 5:22 pm

    A common question I receive in my cooking classes is which olive oil to choose. This is NOT a no-brainer question.

    I can walk into any market, glance at my choices and in a matter of minutes, make my decision. Minutes, yes minutes. Not seconds. Choosing an olive oil takes some...

  • How to Eat Pasta Like An Italian for the World Cup 2014 [Video]

    By Elana Horwich

    June 19, 2014 | 11:27 am

    It is hard for me to go to bed at night knowing that the majority of Americans don't know how to properly eat spaghetti.  I am on a mission to get rid of the use of knives as well as sauce dripping down the front of your face. Turns out I like editing my own videos, too.

    For those of you who are rooting for Italy in the world cup, it is time to align your energies by eating your spaghetti the the Azzurri do.

     

     

  • Impress Everyone With This Super Easy Asparagus and Goat Cheese Frittata [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    June 11, 2014 | 9:00 am

    (This article originially appeared on YouBeauty.com)

    What I love about this frittata is that in a relatively short amount of time you can easily feed lots of people brunch. Feel free to double or triple the recipe and leave this baby on the buffet. If you double/triple the recipe...

  • No Dairy Parve Skinny Sundae [Video Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    May 15, 2014 | 12:05 pm

    Eating a sundae doesn’t necessarily need to be bad for you. What if you made a sundae that actually made you stronger? Here’s one with lots of nutrients in it.

    Shopping List

    • Coconut Bliss Coconut Milk Ice Cream - Natural or Vanilla Flavor
    • Sunflower Seed Butter or...
  • Recipes with Roses for Mother’s Day

    By Elana Horwich

    May 6, 2014 | 9:00 am

    In western culture, roses are viewed as romantic and beautiful . No one thinks to actually eat the roses themselves and hence taste the romance and beauty.

    Roses can be consumed in the form of rose water. In fact, Middle Eastern cuisine has utilized the intoxicating flavor of the...

  • 5 “Skinny” Vegetarian Mexican Recipes for Cinco de Mayo

    By Elana Horwich

    April 29, 2014 | 9:00 am

    It's kind of funny that every year on Cinco de Mayo masses of Americans - who are unfamiliar with the history of May 5, 1862 - rush to eat Mexican food and down margaritas . We are ready to celebrate a holiday we know little about - a holiday that in fact is not highly celebrated...

  • Passover Favorites [Recipes]

    By Elana Horwich

    April 9, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Look no further. All the recipes you need for Passover.

    The Best Brisket Ever. with potatoes It really is the best brisket ever. Cooked in red wine and tomatoes with rosemary, it tastes like Italy but feels like Shabbat. Start a day in advance. And read the spiel of the recipe…it...

  • My Charoset Live on KTLA: Video + Recipe

    By Elana Horwich

    April 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Watch me make "the best charoset in the world." Yes, that's what I said live on television with the KTLA 5 Morning News. What chutzpah!

    Watch me Live on KTLA here!

     

    Charoset (pronounced cHa-roset, with an almost silent “c” like cHa-nnuka) is the delicious chopped fruit,...

  • Little Italian Potato Sticks with Rosemary and Thyme [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    April 2, 2014 | 9:00 am

    These are kind of like french fries except one, they aren’t fried, and two, I am choosing not to give the French credit for them. There is no political or historical reasoning behind that decision.

    This is not because only a generation and a half ago, basically after two...

  • Are Gluten-Free Matzo Balls a Thing? Yes they are!! [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    March 25, 2014 | 12:45 pm

    I will first address those of you who are sick of hearing about everything being gluten free:

    I know you think the rising hype of a “no gluten diet” that has taken our country by storm is some sort of psychological weakness emblematic of a consumer society that is easily seduced...

  • Spiced Nut and Cheese Hamantashen - Gluten Free Option [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    March 11, 2014 | 9:00 am

    I think I might have created the best Hamantashen ever. Really.

    Basically these hamantashen are like a cheese and prune danish meets a nutty cinnamon rugelach

    Hamantashen cookies are so often not “wowers.” Plain dough filled with jam shaped in a triangle to mimic the...

  • The Real Way To Make Tomato Bruschetta [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    January 29, 2014 | 9:00 am

    Tomato bruschetta, like all Italian staples, comes along with a set of rules. Unfortunately many of these rules are broken regularly even in top establishments. I am going to set it straight. Right here. Right now.

    1. Bruschetta is pronounced broo-SKETTA, not broo-SHETTA.

    2....

  • Grilled Steak with Arugula and Parmigiano [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    January 24, 2014 | 9:00 am

    This dish requires little introduction except that it is super delicious and as long as he would buy the right few ingredients, EVEN A SHLAMAZEL could make it.

    Based on one of my favorite typical trattoria recipes in Rome, you will find that red meat, the spicy bite of raw...

  • Pollo alla Cacciatora - The Hunter’s Wife’s Chicken [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    January 17, 2014 | 9:00 am

    For years I was misled about the true meaning of the names of famous Italian dishes such as pollo alla cacciatora, penne all'arrabbiata, cotolette alla milanesa. But truth be told, what seems to be the correct etymological reasoning behind these titles is entirely boring. I am much...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Vegan Seize-Her Salad [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    October 30, 2013 | 9:00 am

    All Hail Seize-Her!

    All Hail the unique mystery and power of women that will be passionately seized by this yummy salad.

    All Hail the unique desire of women to crunch and crunch and crunch when we eat.

    All Hail the other unique desire of women to find foods that we can crunch...

  • October Cake [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    October 23, 2013 | 9:00 am

    To be honest, this is more pumpkin bread than pumpkin cake. Yet since I don’t make actual cakes for myself to have on hand for fear that my inner ravenous fat-ass might unleash itself, and since I do have a tendency to uncontrollably devour any carb-y, creamy, cake-like thing I can...

  • 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.

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  • 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...

  • 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...

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