Delicious Podcast Episodes Celebrating
Jewish Food, Culture & History!

Three years of regular noshes and kibitzing have resulted in all the tasty episodes you see below. 

A New Year, a New Beginning

A New Year, a New Beginning

Guest: Leah Koenig It was a treat to spend time with cookbook author Leah Koenig to talk about Rosh Hashanah meals and prep for this very different Rosh Hashana. Leah will even share a great roast chicken recipe with us. You can find out more about Leah @leahkoenig...

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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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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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Koval Distillery Shines as a Hero

Koval Distillery Shines as a Hero

Guest: Sonat Birnecker, President Koval Distillery I am talking with Sonat Birnecker from my favorite distillery, Koval. These days they aren't just producing their excellent whiskeys - they've pivoted; big time. They are now in the new business of producing hand...

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The 100 Most Jewish Foods (#48)

The 100 Most Jewish Foods (#48)

Guest: Alana Newhouse Photo Credit: MIchelle Ishay I love the book, and I think you will too. It's full of history, stories and of course, recipes! Imagine deciding to compile a book of the 100 Most Jewish Foods! Where would you start? How would you decide what foods...

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Flavors of Havana (#47)

Flavors of Havana (#47)

Guest: Cindy White I loved talking with Cindy about this new Bed-and-Breakfast in Havana, Cuba featuring Kosher food. What a great way to encourage Jewish tourism. And Cindy's company stateside will help plan your entire itinerary while in Cuba including a tour of...

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Stirring the Pot (#46)

Stirring the Pot (#46)

Guest: Chef Laura Frankel​ I couldn't think of a better way to begin 2020 on The Big Schmear than with the topic of Marijuana and Jewish food. So many states have now legalized recreational pot that it seemed a timely topic.  I went to my go-to expert on all things...

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Sephardic Journey (#45)

Sephardic Journey (#45)

Guests: Eugenia Moliner & Denis Azabagic I took a bit of a jaunt off topic to introduce you to the musicians of Cavatina Duo- the theme music for The Big Schmear. i think you'll enjoy meeting them and hearing about their story behind the music. I hope you enjoy...

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Introducing the Aussie Gourmet (#44)

Introducing the Aussie Gourmet (#44)

Guest: Naomi Nachman There is this iconic cafe in Skokie, IL. It's called Emma's and it's a favorite place for those wanting a great selection of Kosher food from bagels and lox to wraps and soups. And this is where I caught up with Naomi Nachman. Just off the plane...

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