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No Guilt Gelt – Just in Time for Hanukkah

No Guilt Gelt – Just in Time for Hanukkah

Guest: Cheryl Rich Heisler If you are in the mood for fun this Hanukkah then you have to give this episode a listen. Helpful note: you may want to have your own cocktail at the ready. I've invited back mixologist Cheryl Rich Heisler to talk about cocktail ideas for...

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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

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...

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...