Tweaking Traditional Jewish Recipes for Today’s Healthy Eater

Written by Jackie Feldman on . Posted in Food/Dining

Paula Shoyer, local celebrity chef and baker, recently released a new cookbook, her fourth, titled “The Healthy Jewish Cookbook.” Currently a resident of Chevy Chase, Maryland, and a lawyer by training, Shoyer was living in Switzerland when she decided to go to pastry school in Paris “just for fun” and ended up with a catering business in Geneva. Her first cookbook, “The Kosher Baker,” was released in 2010, and “The Holiday Kosher Baker” was released in 2013. When her publisher requested a Passover cookbook, “The New Passover Menu” was born, and Shoyer shifted into writing savory cookbooks.

Got Gelt? Make Cookies!

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Chanukah gelt cookies are a major hit for the under-4 set, and also for anyone who loves sugar cookies. They’re sweet, uncomplicated, quick, and seasonal — exactly what you want a Chanukah cookie to be, and a great way to get rid of all those chocolate coins!

Not Your Average Kiddush Club

Written by Miriam Cleeman on . Posted in Food/Dining

While it often plays host to conferences and conventions in DC, on October 26, the JW Marriott across from the White House welcomed a different kind of celebration. Whiskey vendors from all over the country and the world were brought together with Washington drinkers for the ultimate scotch and bourbon tasting.

Savor the Season With Soup

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The Inbal Jerusalem Hotel is an award-winning, deluxe hotel situated in the heart of Jerusalem overlooking the Old City walls, and minutes away from all the major cultural and historical sites. With its Jerusalem stone exterior, the 283-room hotel is known for its intimate, authentic Jerusalem character and impeccable world-class service. The hotel was recently awarded the 2016 TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence award. Previously, the property was voted the most luxurious hotel in the TripAdvisor Travelers’ Choice Awards, as well as the best hotel in Israel and fourth best hotel in the entire Middle East by readers of the Condé Nast Traveler magazine.

When It Comes to Kosher Food, Arlene Mathes-Scharf of Kashrut.com Knows What’s Up

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The September 2017 Natural Products Expo East in the Baltimore Convention Center was the place to be for anyone interested in health food trends. Thousands of supermarket executives, food industry experts, and inquisitive members of the public attended the tradeshow from Sept. 13-16 to learn what the 1,500 natural product exhibitors offered.

Warm the Body and Soul With a Hot Toddy

Written by Armand Kohn on . Posted in Food/Dining

Fall is by far my favorite season. Flannel shirts, light jackets, and sweaters are my favorite wardrobe; the fall colors in the trees are gorgeous to look at; and the brisk air makes people crave warm comfort foods like hearty soups and fragrant tea.

Chef Ben Walanka Q&A

Written by Jackie Feldman on . Posted in Food/Dining

Big, brassy, and bold, chef Ben Walanka has been wowing diners since he graduated from culinary school in 2002. He even impressed host and chef extraordinaire Gordon Ramsay during his recent run on the fifth season of the hit television show Hell’s Kitchen – All Stars with his delicious food, hard work and passion in the kitchen.

Preserving a Diverse Culinary Heritage, One Recipe at a Time

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Jennifer Abadi’s upcoming cookbook shines a spotlight on Jewish cuisine and culture from Africa, Asia, and Sephardic Europe.

Like many women in the Sephardic world, Jennifer Abadi realized early on that the recipes and cuisine her family brought over from Syria were in danger of extinction. While there are close to 150,000 Syrian Jews spread out across the world, many of the traditional dishes and recipes are being lost due to assimilation, newer food trends and preparation techniques, and the passage of time.