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  • My Charoset Live on KTLA: Video + Recipe

    By Elana Horwich

    2 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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...

  • L.A.‘s Jewish food scene keeps on trucking

    March 12, 2014 | 12:57 pm

    In the years since the food-truck scene took off in Los Angeles, nearly every culinary niche has been represented. Jewish food and kosher specialties have been finding their way to eager, hungry crowds in new corners of the city via the Canter’s Truck, the Reuben Truck, The Kosher...

  • Celebrate Queen Esther with chocolate

    By Judy Zeidler

    March 12, 2014 | 11:50 am

    Queen Esther, the heroine of the Purim tale, was quite a woman. Not only did she outwit the evil Haman and save the entire Jewish population of Persia, she did it all as a vegetarian. According to tradition, when she moved into the palace, she became quite a party girl but limited...

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  • 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...

  • One Israeli creation for the weekend

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    February 7, 2014 | 12:30 pm

    This weekend, I would like to present to you the most Israeli taste there is – Bamba!

    Bamba is a peanut butter flavored snack, unlike anything you’ve ever tasted before. There are many types and kinds of that snack, but the original Bamba is manufactured by the Osem corporation...

  • 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....

  • Broth of a nation

    January 17, 2014 | 2:09 pm

    When you're tired, sick, and grumpy, coughing, sneezing, with a stuffy head and scratchy throat, there's nothing more comforting than a hot, steaming bowl of homemade chicken soup. 

    There must be something to it because chicken soup is common fare worldwide. The poor, who can't...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Yeshiva boy to barbecue sauce master

    November 21, 2013 | 5:19 pm

    On a Saturday evening in downtown Los Angeles, as the somewhat surreal hush started to descend on Broadway following the weekend daytime hustle, diners gathered around an open kitchen at Umamicatessen, the flagship outpost of the reigning champ of nouveau burger chains. 

    For a...

  • Eight chefs’ new Chanukah delights, one for each night

    By Judy Zeidler

    November 21, 2013 | 1:13 pm

    This year, Chanukah and Thanksgiving coincide: Chanukah is celebrated for eight days by candle-lighting, gift exchanges and eating foods fried in oil, an ancient custom, commemorating a miraculous event at the Temple in Jerusalem, while the Thanksgiving meal reminds us of our...

  • How to cook a perfect turkey

    By Elana Horwich

    November 21, 2013 | 11:42 am

    It took a lot of stress and hard work to come up with this hassle-free turkey. Don’t think I didn’t personally slave just because I say it’s the easiest ever. It wasn’t easy to get here. Cookbooks were scoured, recipes were sent from friends, gravies were made and thrown out, my...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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?...

  • High Holy Days Food: Welcoming new breaking-the-fast traditions

    August 29, 2013 | 11:12 am

    On Yom Kippur, after the day’s hard spiritual work is done, the break-the-fast meal poses its own challenges. An upside: No one is terribly picky about what they’re taking in after 24 hours of fasting. Preparing a tantalizing spread can be almost an act of cruelty; better to keep...

  • Gluten-Free Raisin Spice Coconut Milk Kugel [Recipe]

    By Elana Horwich

    August 28, 2013 | 9:00 am

    Kugel That Won’t Kill You

    There’s nothing that Jews like to talk about more than the terrors of disease and who in the community is dying. Death is both our greatest fear and our favorite dinner party topic. Cancer, heart failure, diabetes...if it can’t kill, it’s really not that...

  • 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...

  • Hocus Pocus

    By Michael Israel

    August 13, 2013 | 3:39 pm

    As I mentioned in last week’s blog, I am always fascinated by the exotic foods that I discover in Encyclopedia of Jewish Food. This week, I am focusing on an ingredient that is not very exotic for most Jews, but the way that I am preparing it is unlike any traditional Jewish...

  • 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...

  • Empty nest, full fridge

    By Judy Zeidler

    July 19, 2013 | 2:00 pm

    My son Paul and his wife, Amber, were the original baby boomers, graduating from college in the ’80s, getting married and raising four children. 
     
    They both love to cook, and when their kids were growing up, they always ate family dinners together, every night.  The only rule...
  • 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...

  • 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...

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