Delicious Podcast Episodes Celebrating
Jewish Food, Culture & History!

the-big-schmear-joan-nathanThe Big Schmear is a new bi-monthly delicious podcast celebrating Jewish food, culture and history. The Big Schmear is all about your favorite Jewish food restaurants, Jewish food cookbooks, personalities and anything Jewish foodies find interesting.

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Beth Schenker
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The Big Schmear

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M’sabacha (no-blend warm hummus)

  M'sabacha (No-blend warm hummus) 1 cup dried chickpeas1/4 tsp baking soda1 garlic clove (optional)1/4 cup lemon juice1 tsp kosher salt1/2 tsp cumin1/2 cup tahiniOlive Oil (to serve)chilies, pine nuts, cumin, paprika, sumac, cilantro (optional toppings)Tahini...

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Salted Caramel Flan Cheesecake

Salted Caramel Flan Cheesecake 1 cup whole skinned almonds (toasted)2 tbsp granulated sugar1/2 tsp salt1 tbsp unsalted butter (melted)Flan Batter3 8-oz packages cream cheese (room temperature)14 oz sweetened condensed milk (divided)1 large egg (room temperature)5...

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Extra Crispy Passover Chicken Cutlets

  Extra Crispy Passover Chicken Cutlets 2 lbs skinless chicken breasts (cut into strips)1 cup potato starch (aprox)3 cups matzo meal1 tbsp salt1 tsp black pepper1 tbsp garlic powder1 tsp onion powder4 eggsvegetable oil for fryingsalt and pepper (to dust the chicken...

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Mamaleh’s Chopped Liver

Mamaleh's Chopped Liver 1 lb chicken livers1/3 lb carmelized onions (a little burnt is OK!)3 hard boiled eggs2.5 oz Hellman's Mayonnaisesalt & pepper (to taste) Clean livers, always making sure to keep them cold. Toss with schmaltz (or canola oil) and...

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More on Dough with Challah Hub

Episode 33  Guest: Sarah Klegman of Challah Hub More on Dough with Challah Hub I had a great time talking with Sarah Klegman, co-founder of Challah Hub. This is another virtual challah story taking place in Los Angeles. Sarah and I talked a lot about challah and about...

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Mexican Jewish Flavors: Masa Madre

Episode 32  Tamar Fasja Unikel & Elena Vazquez     Mexican Jewish Flavors: Masa Madre It's all about a very cool virtual bakery in Chicago's PIlson neighborhood. The story starts with two college friends from Mexico City that discover they both like to...

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Alicia’s Mexican Za’atar

Alicia's Mexican Za'atar 1 Tbsp Dried Oregano1 Tsp Anise seed1 Tbsp Dried hibiscus flower (crushed)1 Tbsp Coriander seeds1 Tbsp Cumin seeds2 Tbsp Sesame seeds1 Tsp Kosher salt1/4 tsp Lemon salt Toast the coriander and cumin seeds in a 300º for about 5-8...

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It seems like a simple recipe but there's so much Jewish history and love behind it. This particular Challah recipe was given to my guest, Dr. Beth Ricanati by a good friend of hers many years ago in a class at the JCC on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Please enjoy...

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What’s in Your Kitchen in 2019?

Episode 30   Guest: Shannon Sarna What's in Your Kitchen in 2019?  Happy 2019 one and all! It's been awhile since my last new episode. In the interim I decided to branch out a bit and take the opportunity to talk with many more guests located all over the...

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Chef Zachary Engel Part 2

Episode 29  Guest: Chef Zachary Engel Chef Zachary Engel Part 2 Chef Zach joins me in Part 2 to talk about his new restaurant endeavor in Chicago - building Galit, his first restaurant from the bottom up. The goal: to bring fine dining, as in Israeli Cuisine to...

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