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The Big Schmear Podcast
21 minutes | 5 months ago
The Everything Spice for Everyone
Guest: Chef Laura Frankel Need to spice up your meals? Here’s an easy fix that can be used as your new basic ‘everything spice’ to change up, well everything: fish, chicken, french toast…it’s limitless and so easy. And we have some recipes to share too. Let’s close out 2020 in the best way possible by continuing to share meals and the experience of cooking together in as many ways that we can – in person and via the internet. What matters is staying close. Thank you for listening. Happy Eating and Best Wishes for a healthy and fun filled 2021 The post The Everything Spice for Everyone appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
34 minutes | 5 months ago
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 Hanukkah and she did not disappoint! We’ve got lots of ideas for you from the ‘so simple’ to getting out your shaker for a bit of chocolate and whipped cream to touch off that special drink. I wish you all a very Happy Hanukkah and may you have all the fried foods you desire. Happy Eating! The post No Guilt Gelt – Just in Time for Hanukkah appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
20 minutes | 5 months ago
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 assumed the last thing you needed were more recipes to think about so…why not think about how Jewish America is connected to this holiday. I invited Professor Beth S. Wenger, an expert in the field of Jewish American history to talk with me about just that. I hope you find our conversation interesting. I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving. Happy Eating! The post Jews & Thanksgiving appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
27 minutes | 6 months ago
Woops…Avoiding Missteps in the Kitchen
Guest: Chef Laura Frankel Talking about kitchen safety isn’t the sexiest of topics but I thought it would be a great review for all of us as we embark on holiday cooking – whatever that’s going to look like this year. I always have fun chatting with Chef Laura who knows her way around the kitchen– so I thought it would be a good way to talk about the subject without getting too bogged down on boring details. Hope you find our conversation fun and helpful. As always, wishing you Happy Eating! The post Woops…Avoiding Missteps in the Kitchen appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
38 minutes | 7 months ago
What’s Cooking for YOU on Friday Night?
Guest: Aliza Kline, CEO OneTable This episode is all about Shabbat. OneTable is an amazing organization that provides resources for everything it takes to prepare your meal. Their website includes so much valuable information; recipes, ideas for meal themes, cool ways to present your meal and everything in between. And there are videos too – and new programs being developed as I write this post. OneTable is here to help us all navigate Jewish food and the meaning it can bring to each of us during this stressful time. To find out more about OneTable go to: onetable.org. Happy Eating! The post What’s Cooking for YOU on Friday Night? appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
26 minutes | 7 months ago
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 wonderful photos of her family and of course, lots of food pics. We talked about the holidays coming up and those just passed. She even provided me with a cheesy dinner recipe to share with all of you, called Skillet Pasta. Perfect for serving in the sukkah or anytime this fall. Total comfort food! You can find it on my site. Wishing all of you a healthy and happy beginning to the New Year. And most of all, Happy Eating! The post Jewhungry appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
31 minutes | 8 months ago
Will You Bee Ready for Apples and Honey?
Guest: Ted Dennard Founder, president and head beekeeper of Savannah Bee Company I love learning about bees. I think bees are amazing and I find their life’s work nothing short of fascinating. With Rosh Hashanah coming up I finally had the perfect reason to get int touch with bee keeper, Ted Dennard from Savannah Bee Company. I had so much fun talking with Ted. He was so generous to share his bee expertise and so enthusiastic about every aspect of bees and honey that we touched on in our conversation. I hope you’ll have a chance to try some honey from Savannah Bee Company. Please do check out their website: https://savannahbee.com/rosh-hashanah/. I don’t have to tell you that honey goes well with challah, apples AND your favorite cup of tea. You might say we are going a bit overboard to experience a sweet New Year at my house this year. We decided to have a honey tasting and serve honey cake, baked and decorated by my daughter, Sara Robinson, at our Rosh Hashanah dinner. Bee sure to check out Sara’s honey cake on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CEPFL4-nx0_/. Happy New Year! The post Will You Bee Ready for Apples and Honey? appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
33 minutes | 8 months ago
A New Year, a New Beginning
Guest: Leah Koenig It was a treat to spend time with cookbook author Leah Koenig to talk about Rosh Hashanah meals and prep for this very different Rosh Hashana. Leah will even share a great roast chicken recipe with us. You can find out more about Leah @leahkoenig and Leahkoenig.com. Wishing all of you a very Healthy and Happy New Year. Happy Eating! The post A New Year, a New Beginning appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
36 minutes | 9 months ago
Think Pastrami on Rye, It’s National Deli Month!
Guest: Lara Rabinovitch It turns out August is National Deli month so …find your favorite local deli and treat yourself to a bagel and SCHMEAR while supporting a very important cultural institution. No deli nearby? Many delis now ship overnight to just about anywhere in the country. If all else fails you can make yourself a kugel to enjoy with a cup of tea. My guest for this episode is Dr. Lara Rabinovitch. You’ll learn lots about the history of Jewish delis in North American because we focus our conversation on the food and the cultural impact of Jewish delis. And last but not least, it turns out that some of the most celebrated delis in North America are located outside of New York City so be sure to check out delis in Montreal, Canada, Ann Arbor, Michigan and even Houston, Texas! Yum. The post Think Pastrami on Rye, It’s National Deli Month! appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
46 minutes | 9 months ago
The Great Big Jewish Food Fest!
Guest: Lisa Colton, Co-Executive Producer The Great Big Jewish Food Fest It’s March, the start of the pandemic in the U.S. with lock-downs in most all major cities. Food and preparing meals for yourself, your family and those in your bubble become a monumental activity. You are nurturing your body and your soul. What could be better? Here’s an idea – you could join with Jews from all over the world to cook together and talk about Jewish food! A small team of people lead by Lisa Colton and her good friend and Co-Executive Producer Jeffrey Yoskowitz put together an amazing on-line event in record time. Even if you were unable to attend when it was live, you can learn about it here and then check out the content for yourself. The post The Great Big Jewish Food Fest! appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
37 minutes | 10 months ago
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 cocktail developed – now that sounds like a fun summer activity! All that said, Cheryl is pretty serious about her life as a mixologist and how she discovered her passion. You have to listen to our conversation to learn more of her story but in addition to becoming a mixologist she also helps others find their passion too. A remarkable lady and one we’ll hear more from as time goes on. You can find more about Cheryl here: The post How Does a Nice Jewish Girl Become a Mixologist? appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
42 minutes | 10 months ago
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, and a Dinner Table SAVAGE FEAST, A Memoir with Recipes. Even from the prologue you are drawn into the book by the character profiles and of course, the food. He was so generous with his time for our interview that we talk about lots in addition to food. Our conversation moves from his early life in the USSR to his youth in NY with a lot of insight into his family and his grandfather’s home aid — the inspiration for Boris’s cooking life and for SAVAGE FEAST. I hope you enjoy listening in. BTW, the recipes in his book are mouthwatering for sure. Don’t be surprised if you find yourself in need of cooking up some Russian cuisine while reading this book. The post Savage Feast appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
35 minutes | a year ago
Pilot Light -Shining a Light on Food Education
Guests: Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn & Caitlin Arens Alexandra DeSorbo-Quinn, Executive Director Caitlin Arens, Food Education Support Manager I had a great time talking with Alexandra and Caitlin of Pilot Light in Chicago. It’s an amazing food education organization founded by a team of chefs in Chicago. They share many food resources for families and teachers that we can use anytime but especially now. Please do check out their website and find out more at: pilotlightchefs.org. The post Pilot Light -Shining a Light on Food Education appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
34 minutes | a year ago
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 world-wide ride through his new book, The Diary Restaurant. Our conversation is the perfect way to dig into the holiday; so sit down with a pot of tea, some cheesecake and listen while Ben gives me insight into his book and the world of dairy. Chag Sameach to all. The post The Dairy Restaurant appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
35 minutes | a year ago
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. Amanda talks here about the many programs available through The Jewish Food Society and includes information on the pivot they’ve done since COVID-19. A great example is this program with Hila Alpert for Shavout: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/from-the-kibbutz-to-tel-aviv-conversation-shavuot-cooking-w-hila-alpert-tickets-104987873556. I hope you enjoy the episode AND the recipe which is accessible through the link above. The post The Jewish Food Society appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
30 minutes | a year ago
Koval Distillery Shines as a Hero
Guest: Sonat Birnecker, President Koval Distillery Koval Distillery Founders: Dr. Sonat Birnecker & Dr. Robert Birnecker, Master Distiller & CEO I am talking with Sonat Birnecker from my favorite distillery, Koval. These days they aren’t just producing their excellent whiskeys – they’ve pivoted; big time. They are now in the new business of producing hand sanitizer! It turns out that helping in a crisis is not such a simple matter. Sonat describes this new focus in a most humble and thoughtful way. I hope you enjoy listening to our conversation. The post Koval Distillery Shines as a Hero appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
35 minutes | a year ago
Sharing A Shabbat Meal – May is Mental Health Awareness Month
Guest: Gabrielle Leon Spatt As most of us continue with the stay-in-place orders I decided to invite Gabrielle Spatt of The Blue Dove Foundation to talk with me about Mental Health Awareness Month. The Blue Dove Foundation focuses its resources on the Jewish community to help us work through mental health and substance abuse issues. In this episode Gabby and I talk about the importance of sharing a Shabbat meal. It’s a great opportunity to check-in with those we love and share stories about how we are meeting the challenges of preparing healthy meals and keeping up our spirits. Gabrielle has some easy and helpful food suggestions to give us. And their website has lots more resources at: thebluedovefoundation.org. I hope you find this episode helpful. Wishing all of you good health. The post Sharing A Shabbat Meal – May is Mental Health Awareness Month appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
28 minutes | a year ago
What’s Your Go-To Condiment? (#52)
Guest: Carolyn Sherman Gutierrez I had great fun talking with Carolyn Sherman Gutierrez of ISH. Who knew horseradish could be so versatile? Or come in so many flavors? I’ve had fun experimenting at home (too much time) and even got my husband on-board! But that’s really only part of the story. What is so cool is that Carolyn took this hobby of her dad’s and made it into a serious business on her own. Hope you enjoy the episode. AND if you are the first two people to email me at: firstname.lastname@example.org Carolyn will send you a package of 4 jars (they’ll go way faster than you think) so you’ll get to sample all four flavors! I hope to hear from you soon Happy Listening! The post What’s Your Go-To Condiment? (#52) appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
35 minutes | a year ago
A New Passover for 2020 with Gefilteria (#51)
Guest: Liz Alpern & Jeffrey Yoskowitz Liz Alpern and Jeffrey Yoskowitz, co-founders of Gefilteria join me to talk about creative ways to think about Passover during this time of Covid-19. Passover will be a challenge for sure but maybe we can find a silver lining. The post A New Passover for 2020 with Gefilteria (#51) appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
31 minutes | a year ago
Is Tahini the New Peanut Butter in Your Kitchen Yet? (#50)
Guest: Amy Zitelman Co-founder and CEO of Soom Meet Amy Zitleman, Co-Founder and CEO of Soom. Haven’t heard of them yet? Soom is a tahini manufacturer located in Philadelphia founded and owned by three sisters, Amy, Shelby and Jackie (she lives in Israel). In addition to the best tasting tahini ever, they also make Silan (date syrup) and Chocolate Sweet Tahini Halva Spread! I had a lot of fun talking with Amy about Soom and all their products. Not only did I expand my knowledge of tahini as a healthful and versatile ingredient; as we chatted Amy suggested all kinds of easy ways to include tahini in your everyday healthy snacking. So settle back and listen to a fun episode. Alert: after hearing this episode you’ll have lots of ways to get to the bottom of that jar of tahini in your fridge! Oh, and be prepared to really want some tahini…now. The post Is Tahini the New Peanut Butter in Your Kitchen Yet? (#50) appeared first on The Big Schmear Podcast.
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