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How Does a Nice Jewish Girl Become a Mixologist?

How Does a Nice Jewish Girl Become a Mixologist?

Guest: Cheryl Rich Heisler What better way to spend an interview than talking about cocktails? It was total fun talking with Cheryl about her path to becoming a mixologist and starting her company called Mixed metaPours. It turns out you can have your own personalized...

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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

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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Holiday Fast Food (#41)

Holiday Fast Food (#41)

Guest: Chef Laura Frankel Chef Laura Frankel and I talk about holiday food prep and planning for Yom Kippur. She shares some great ideas that will be helpful for menu selection through break-the-fast. We even get a chance to talk about Chef's favorite holiday, Sukkot.

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Our Latest Recipes

Salted Caramel Flan Cheesecake

Salted Caramel Flan Cheesecake

Salted Caramel Flan Cheesecake 1 cup whole skinned almonds (toasted) 2 tbsp granulated sugar 1/2 tsp salt 1 tbsp unsalted butter (melted) Flan Batter 3 8-oz packages cream cheese (room temperature) 14 oz sweetened condensed milk (divided) 1 large egg (room...

Extra Crispy Passover Chicken Cutlets

Extra Crispy Passover Chicken Cutlets

  Extra Crispy Passover Chicken Cutlets 2 lbs skinless chicken breasts (cut into strips) 1 cup potato starch (aprox) 3 cups matzo meal 1 tbsp salt 1 tsp black pepper 1 tbsp garlic powder 1 tsp onion powder 4 eggs vegetable oil for frying salt and pepper (to dust...

Mamaleh’s Chopped Liver

Mamaleh’s Chopped Liver

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 salt &...

The Original Vegan Challah – Challah Hub Style

The Original Vegan Challah – Challah Hub Style

The Original Vegan Challah 1 cup warm water 1 pkt rapid rise yeast 3-4 cups flour 1/2 cup sugar 1 1/2 tsp salt 2 tbsp vegetable or coconut oil flour (extra flour for kneading and braiding) Egg Replacement Mixture 2 tsp baking powder 3 tbsp warm water 3 tbsp vegetable...

Alicia’s Mexican Za’atar

Alicia’s Mexican Za’atar

Alicia's Mexican Za'atar 1 Tbsp Dried Oregano 1 Tsp Anise seed 1 Tbsp Dried hibiscus flower (crushed) 1 Tbsp Coriander seeds 1 Tbsp Cumin seeds 2 Tbsp Sesame seeds 1 Tsp Kosher salt 1/4 tsp Lemon salt Toast the coriander and cumin seeds in a 300º for about 5-8...

Challah

Challah

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...

Rachel’s Hamantaschen

Rachel’s Hamantaschen

Rachel's Hamantaschen 1/2 Cup Butter (or margarine) 3/4 Cup Granulated Sugar 1 Egg 1 Tbsp Milk (or almond milk) 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract 1 Tsp Lemon Zest (grated) 1 1/4 Cups All Purpose Flour 1/4 Tsp Baking Powder 1/4 Tsp Salt Beat the butter and sugar together until...

Beets with Black Garlic Tehina, Pumpernickel and Dill

Beets with Black Garlic Tehina, Pumpernickel and Dill

Beets with Black Garlic Tehina, Pumpernickel and Dill 1 lb. red beets 1 lb. chiogga or candy cane beets 4 slices pumpernickel rye bread ¼ + ⅛ cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil 2 tablespoons Morton’s Kosher Salt 1 teaspoon caraway seed (ground) 1 teaspoon dill seed (ground) ½...