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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 38 Guest: Rabbi Yisroel Finman Kosher Food Coming Your Way from the Balkans While on a dream vacation in Greece I got a call about a Kosher food company focused on bringing kosher food from the Balkans to the US and Israel and around the world. What a crazy...read more
Episode 37 Guest: Moran Birman, Consul for Public Diplomacy, Consulate General of Israel to the Midwest An Israeli Perspective on Food Diplomacy On this episode you'll meet Moran Birman, Consul for Public Diplomacy with the Consulate General of Israel to the...read more
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...read more
Episode 36 Guest: Marc & Maureen Schulman Cheesecake Time with the Iconic Eli's Cheesecake I've heard about Eli's Cheesecake for years, and not because I live in Chicago. When I knew Shavout was coming up I thought it would be the perfect time to see if I could...read more
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...read more
Episode 35 Guest: Marcy Goldman It's Time for Matzo - Already? Happy Passover! Passover is here and what better way to get into the season of matzo than time to talk with writer and cookbook author, chef and inventor of Matzo Crack, Marcy Goldman! Marcy is my first...read more
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...read more
Episode 34 Guest:Alon MunzerCo-Owner of Mamaleh's Delicatessen & Restaurant It's Always Deli Time at Mamaleh's Whenever I'm in the Boston area to visit with family one of my new favorite restaurant stops is Mamaleh's Deli in Cambridge, Massachusetts. I made a...read more
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...read more
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...read more
The Original Vegan Challah 1 cup warm water1 pkt rapid rise yeast3-4 cups flour1/2 cup sugar1 1/2 tsp salt2 tbsp vegetable or coconut oilflour (extra flour for kneading and braiding)Egg Replacement Mixture2 tsp baking powder3 tbsp warm water3 tbsp vegetable or coconut...read more
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...read more
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...read more
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