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Jewhungry

Jewhungry

Guest: Whitney Fisch We are in the midst of fall and Jewish holidays; my favorite time of year. I loved having a conversation with Whitney Fisch - she's all about Jewish food and family. Whitney has a great instagram account that you can follow, it always has lots of...

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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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Our Latest Recipes

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...

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...