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Jews & Thanksgiving

Jews & Thanksgiving

Guest: Dr. Beth S. Wenger I decided to push the envelope a bit on this Thanksgiving holiday episode. I knew everyone would be stressed with holiday plans, menus and figuring out ways to celebrate the holiday despite all the compromises to put in place to be safe. I...

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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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What’s Up with The Big Schmear? (#39)

What’s Up with The Big Schmear? (#39)

A brief word from Beth Hi Fellow Big Schmear listeners! I can't believe the summer is coming to a close so soon and it's already time to start thinking about the holidays. AND, I've been doing just that. I've got some interesting episodes planned that I think you are...

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Our Latest Recipes

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...

Milk & Honey Punch

Milk & Honey Punch

Milk & Honey Punch 2 ounces KOVAL Bourbon 1 ounce KOVAL Chrysanthemum & Honey Liqueur 4 ounces milk Nutmeg Fill glass with crushed ice. Build over ice in shaker. Shake well and strain into glass over crushed ice. Sprinkle nutmeg over top. L'chaim!   A great...

Pomegranate Brisket

Pomegranate Brisket

Pomegranate Brisket 1 whole beef brisket2/3 cup pomegranate molasses½ cup olive oil4 garlic cloves (smashed)1 tbsp lemon juice2 tbsp kosher salt1.5 tbsp smoked paprika1.5 tbsp freshly ground black pepper6 shallots (sliced)½ cup light brown sugar2 tbsp tomato paste If...

Passover Chocolate Mousse with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Passover Chocolate Mousse with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

You can't go wrong with a chocolate anything recipe for dessert but THIS recipe is amazing! it's kosher for Passover and gluten free too. Passover Chocolate Mousse with Extra Virgin Olive Oil 7 ounces bittersweet chocolate (must be at least 70% cacao) 1/2 cup best...

The Knish Wars

The Knish Wars

It's a knish war and you get to choose the winner yourself! Is your favorite baked or fried? Try them both, how can you loose? Fried and Baked Potato Knishes FILLING FOR BOTH 4 medium potatoes (aprox. 1 1/2 lbs) 1/4 cup oil 2 medium onions 2 eggs (beaten) 3 teaspoons...