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The 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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Episode 31 Guest: Dr. Beth Ricanati Braided: A Journey of a Thousand Challahs Who thought baking Challah could be so magical? Well, it is and especially as seen through the eyes of my guest this week Dr. Beth Ricanati. We talk about Challah and how it can...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
Episode 28 Guest: Chef Zachary Engel Hard Work + Focus + James Beard Award= New Restaurant - Galit! What's it like to be a young Chef with a dream to open your own restaurant? I thought it would be interesting to get inside the process and to hear first hand...read more
Episode 27 Guest: Stacey Ballis Kugel and Kitchens with Stacey Ballis I'm back with culinary writer Stacey Ballis. It's time to talk about Jewish food and for Stacey that means Kugel. Now you can choose to make your favorite family recipe OR you can try Stacey's...read more
Episode 26 Guest: Author, Stacey Ballis Culinary Fiction and Jewish Food with Stacey Ballis I'm in conversation with author Stacey Ballis of culinary literature fame. In this episode I learn about Stacey's most important food mentor and how she managed to...read more
Episode 25 Guest: Surprise Guests Happy Anniversary! The Big Schmear turned 1 this month! I'm celebrating by sharing some great moments from a year’s worth of fun episodes. Join me for a trip down memory lane…and thank you all for listening. It’s been a great...read more
Episode 24 Guests:Be Surprised! Happy Anniversary! August marks The Big Schmear's 1 Year Anniversary. Why not celebrate by sharing some great moments from a year's worth of fun episodes with all of you. Join me for a trip down memory lane...and thank you all...read more
Episode 23 Guest: Emily Paster In a Jam? Emily has been such a fun guest. In this next episode she talks with me in more detail about making preserves and then she shares the story of her other food projects -the food swap and her very excellent food blog. The...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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,...read more
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...read more
Episode 16 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...read more
Episode 15 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...read more
Episode 14 Guest:Exhibitors & Vendors Kosherfest!! It's Kosherfest! And what is that you ask? It's the worlds' biggest event for the business of Kosher foods held annually in November. I had the opportunity to attend this year where it was held in Secaucus,...read more
Episode 13 Guest: Nutritionist Tanya Rosen Jewish Food the Healthy Way Meet Tanya Rosen - star nutritionist and overall health guru. Tanya heads up her own business helping with the care and feeding of your healthy body from workout tapes to nutrition...read more
Episode 12 Guest: Jamie Geller & Chef Laura Frankel Let's Talk Chanukah! Jamie Geller is BAAACK! and Chef Laura Frankel joins in for this episode. We talk about Israeli food and lots about Chanukah latkas and sufganiyot. I think you are going to be so ready...read more
Episode 11 Guest: Jamie Geller Queen of Kosher I'm excited to talk with Jamie Geller of Joy of Kosher magazine in this episode. She's an amazing woman with tons of energy and it's all focused on preparing Jewish food. Join me for learning how Jamie went from...read more