A Podcast on Jewish Food:
Its Culture and History
Thanks for visiting the Web site for The Big Schmear, a new podcast all about Jewish food. Over the coming weeks and months, I’ll be posting two new episodes on the 2nd and 4th Monday of each month. I hope you visit my Web site often and while you’re here please let me know what you think of The Big Schmear, share your favorite Jewish food restaurants, your favorite Jewish food cookbooks, and tell us anything else about Jewish food you find interesting. Of course, I hope you’ll subscribe to the podcast so you don’t miss any of the episodes. If you’d like to email me my address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Host, The Big Schmear
Latest Episodes: 20 Episodes & Counting!
Guest: Sonat Birnecker Hart
It’s 5 PM Someplace, Right?
I had a super time talking with President of Koval Distillery, Sonat Birnecker Hart. I’ve known about Koval Distillery and Sonat for probably close to 8 years and I’ve had fun watching the company grow. They have an amazing story and I think you’ll enjoy learning about them as much as you will love experiencing their product first hand. Koval’s spirits are available everywhere.
Guest: Milt’s Owner Jeff Aeder and Chef Bryan Gryka
Talking BBQ with Milt’s BBQ for the Perplexed
It’s MILT’s and here I am in the very secret interview room along with Milt’s owner Jeff Aeder (center) and Chef Bryan Gryka (right).
We had a great time talking all about BBQ, Milt’s, Extra Innings Deli and Jews in Baseball. Both eateries are community focused and enjoyed by lots of hungry folks from the neighborhood and beyond.
Guest: Chef Laura Frankel
Passover with Chef Laura Frankel
We all start talking about and planning for Passover months before the holiday is even close. it’s the most celebrated of all Jewish holidays and there are lots of plans that have to be made, not the least of which is planning the menu for the Seder and preparing the ritual foods. The main mean is all about keeping the food memories alive and what better way to do that than to continue to serve family favorites. But what if you want to start your own traditions? Or change it up this one time? Chef Laura gives some great food ideas and she shares a super delicious dessert recipe.
Guest: Joanne Oppenheim
The Knish Wars
It’s my first ever interview with a children’s book author. And not just any children’s book author…she’s the author of a children’s book called: The Knish War on Rivington Street. How could I pass up the opportunity to talk about this? We had a great time together and Joanne even shares two knish recipes with The Big Schmear! Very generous. Now that the episode is finished the only thing I can think about is eating a knish. I’m in a bad way.
Guest: Gil Hovav
Fun Times with Gil Hovav Part 2
Gil Hovav is back for Part 2. He’s a guy who seems to have a never ending supply of energy and creative ideas. He writes cookbooks, but not your ordinary cookbooks. And he develops shows for television, sometimes about food but not your usual cooking show and finally he defines Israeli cuisine as only someone in love with the food of Israel can describe it. Think truth, fresh vegetables and fruit and exotic spices. The best time to listen to this episode? While cooking middle eastern food!
Guest: Gil Hovav
Fun Times with Israeli Food Writer Gil Hovav, Part 1
I’ve had a great time talking with Gil Hovav in this episode, learning about his family history, his experience as a food writer, as a TV star and all-around fun guy. His energy and cool ideas don’t quit. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I loved being in conversation with him. And a heads up– you may want to have some hummus on hand because you could find yourself awfully hungry for anything Israeli by the time we are finished with Part 1.