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 connect with you, through Jewish history, as a way to think about your own well-being and of course all about baking Challah. I can guarantee you that before you finish listening to this episode you’ll want to have your own Challah baking in your oven… and you can! Check out the recipe section for the ‘how to’ and have a wonderful time with me as we think about bread as the staff of Jewish life.
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 country. There are so many people with a real passion for Jewish food and could be more fun than sharing their stories with you. In my first episode for the new year I talk with Shannon Sarna, a name you’ll want to remember. Shannon and I cover food trends to watch for in 2019, her cookbook, The Modern Jewish Baker and her new podcast beginning this February. It’s an extra long episode, I hope you enjoy it.
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 Chicago.
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 about what it takes to find yourself in a new city about to open your own place. I talk with James Beard winner Chef Zach Engel about his path to Gailit, his new restaurant opening in Chicago in early 2019. This is Part 1.
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 favorite. She is kind enough to provide some essential kugel pointers too! Be sure to listen till the end of the episode when Stacey discusses her kitchen re-do and all the things you’d want to consider if you were redesigning your own dream kitchen.
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 year.