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The Great Big Jewish Food Fest!

The Great Big Jewish Food Fest!

Guest: Lisa Colton, Co-Executive Producer                 The Great Big Jewish Food Fest It's March, the start of the pandemic in the U.S. with lock-downs in most all major cities.  Food and preparing meals for yourself, your family and those in your bubble become a...

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Beth Schenker, Host & Executive Producer

 

The Big Schmear conversations are with prominent chefs, restaurant owners, home cooks and experts talking about their passion for Jewish food.

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Our Episodes

Savage Feast

Savage Feast

Guest: Boris Fishman Novelist, Memoirist, and Hard-working Home Cook   Photo Credit: Stephanie Kaltsas Boris Fishman is a wonderful writer providing a unique immigrant perspective to his work. My new favorite book by Boris is: Three Generations, Two Continents,...

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The Dairy Restaurant

The Dairy Restaurant

Guest: Graphic Artist & Writer Ben Katchor Who knew there would be so much to say about the history of the dairy restaurant? Ben Katchor begins the story for us during biblical times in the Garden of Eden (the first restaurant) and takes us on an amazing...

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The Jewish Food Society

The Jewish Food Society

Guest: Amanda Dell My guest on this episode is Amanda Dell, Program Director from The Jewish Food Society. The work they are doing to capture and archive Jewish family recipes and recipe stories from around the globe is critical to our understanding of our history....

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Our Latest Recipes

A Little Taste of Heaven

A Little Taste of Heaven

  A Little Taste of Heaven 1.5 oz Heaven's Door (or your best bourbon)3.0 oz Tart Cherry Juice1 Lime Wedge Lime Seltzer (optional)1 Lime Wheel Mix Bourbon and Tart Cherry Juice in a rocks glass over your biggest ice cube. Squeeze in Lime Wedge; discard. Top...

Ukranian Chicken Liver Pie

Ukranian Chicken Liver Pie

​Ukrainian Chicken Liver Pie (Pechinkoviy Tort) Photo Credit: Max Avdeev INGREDIENTS 1 lb. chicken livers, cleaned and rinsed 1 medium Onion 4 large eggs 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp. corn or sunflower oil, plus more for greasing 1/4 cup all-purpose flour, sifted 2 tsp. kosher...

Black and White Cookies

Black and White Cookies

Black and White Cookies For the Cookies1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour1/2 tsp baking powder1/2 tsp salt1 tsp pure vanilla extract1/4 cup whole milk1 tsp fresh lemon juice6 tbsp unsalted butter (room temperature)1/2 cup granulated sugar1 large egg (room...

Cholent

Cholent

  Cholent 3 large red potatoes1/2 lb. white malanga1/2 lb. yuca2 onions (chopped)2 1/2 lbs beef brisket (cut into chunks)1 cup dried beans (white beans, pinto, chickpeas, red beans)1/2 cup kasha3 whole garlic cloves28 oz can crushed tomatoes1/2 tsp black pepper1...

Mixed Green Olive-Cannabis Schmear

Mixed Green Olive-Cannabis Schmear

  3 cups Green Olives (Such as Castelvano olives & Cerignola pitted)3 Anchovy filets6 Garlic cloves (crushed)1 tbsp Cannabis infused olive oil *1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil1 Zest of lemon3 tbsp Freshly squeezed lemon juicepinch Crushed red chilies3 tbsp...

Chicken Soup with Potza Balls

Chicken Soup with Potza Balls

  Chicken Soup with Potza Balls 4 lbs chicken bones (wings, carcasses, necks, etc.)12 cups water (aprox)1 large spanish onion (chopped)3 large carrots (chopped)3 celery ribs (chopped)5 Parsley sprigs3 fresh thyme sprigs1 bay leaf1 whole clove1 tsp whole black...

Kasha Varnishkes-A Modernized Classic

Kasha Varnishkes-A Modernized Classic

Kasha Varnishkes-A Modernized Classic 2 cups bowtie pasta 1/2 oz dry porcini mushrooms (Don't skip this ingredient) 1/2 cup schmaltz or extra virgin olive oil (divided) 1 large yellow onion (diced) 1 large leek (sliced thinly) 1/2 lb cremini or button mushrooms...

M’sabacha (no-blend warm hummus)

M’sabacha (no-blend warm hummus)

M'sabacha (No-blend warm hummus) 1 cup dried chickpeas 1/4 tsp baking soda 1 garlic clove (optional) 1/4 cup lemon juice 1 tsp kosher salt 1/2 tsp cumin 1/2 cup tahini Olive Oil (to serve) chilies, pine nuts, cumin, paprika, sumac, cilantro (optional toppings) Tahini...