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A Podcast on Jewish Food:
Its Culture and History

beth-schenker-the-big-schmearThanks 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: beth@thebigschmear.com

Happy Listening!
Beth Schenker
Host, The Big Schmear

Coming Soon!

Join me for Part 2 of my conversation with Emily Paster when we talk about recipe and farmer’s market advise for your first tries at canning. I’ll even tell you about my canning class experience with Emily as instructor-fun times for summer!

 

Latest Episodes: 22 Episodes & Counting!

Preserving Foods with Emily Paster Part 1

Episode 22

 

Guest: Emily Paster

Preserving Foods with Emily Paster

I can’t think of a better time to find out about preserving foods than summer when farmer’s markets are teaming with beautiful produce. Emily Paster has so much enthusiasm and passion about canning you can’t help but get caught up in her story.

She explains preserving from a Jewish food history perspective and gives us the down low on canning methods. And of course she shares a great recipe with us. I think I might even try this myself at home!

Part 2 with Sonat Birnecker Hart on Koval Distillery

Episode 21

Guest: Sonat Birnecker Hart

Part 2 with Sonat Birnecker Hart on Koval Distillery

Sonat Birnecker Hart is back! We hear about the award winning labels on Koval spirits and we even give you an audio tour of the distillery! Taking your own tour is a must do when you are in the Chicago area.

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.

It’s 5 PM Someplace, Right?

Episode 20

 

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.

Talking BBQ with Milt’s BBQ for the Perplexed

Episode 19

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.

Passover with Chef Laura Frankel

Episode 18

 

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.

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The Knish Wars

Episode 17

 

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.