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Blogger Spotlight: This American Bite (Yosef...

 

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Yosef Silver is the blogger behind This American Bite, a relatively new blog devoted to healthy seasonal recipes.


 

Blogger Spotlight: Dinner In Venice – ...

 

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Today the spotlight is on Alessandra Rovati from Dinner In Venice our favorite Kosher Italian food blog.

What is your earliest cooking memory?
Making gnocchi while my mother was at work and I was at home with the chickenpox (I must have been about 8). Our housekeeper was a nice older lady who never tried to stop me from experimenting in the kitchen. Apparently, my mom knew what was going on as soon as she walked into the building – and we lived on the fourth floor! – because the traces of flour went all the way down to the street, at least that’s what she told me….


 

Blogger Spotlight: Amy Kritzer (What Jew Wanna Eat...

 

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Tell us about your blog and how you got started:

In December of 2010 I was working at an uninspired corporate job that I wasn’t passionate about, so I started What Jew Wanna Eat (WJWE) as a creative outlet. I called up my Bubbe Eleanor, and of course she was kvelling when I told her about the idea! She sent me dozens of her favorite traditional Jewish recipes. To add my personal touch, I twisted each recipe a bit to make them my own such as pumpkin hummus or dark chocolate mandel bread. Before I knew it, WJWE turned into so much more! I quit my job and now am in culinary school, teaching cooking classes and food writing on the side. I love it!


 

Blogger Spotlight: Lisa Rose (Real Food Digest)

 

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Tell us about your blog and how you got started:

Real Food Digest is about inspiring people to cook more at home from natural unrefined ingredients and the impact this approach has on our health and the sustainability of the environment. Real Food Digest is also about reconnecting to the roots of our Jewish tradition – our holidays are based on an agricultural calendar and many of our customs have a connection to nature.


 

Blogger Spotlight: Mekhal Kramer (Test My Recipes)

 

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Tell us about your blog and how you got started:
I have always been a food enthusiast. I love cooking my own recipe creations along with the traditional foods from my family which is from Iraq/India. My blog is a way to document my recipes, and a place to give my readers easy, healthy and accessible recipes. To come up with a “clean” recipe you often have to do a lot of recipe testing. It can take a great deal of time to perfect a recipe, and be quite expensive. As a busy mom working full time I do not have enough time to test and perfect every recipe. This is where my blog is unique. I post a new recipe each week, and I also ask for feedback from my readers. If I receive enough feedback on a recipe I will revise the recipe and post a new “Final” recipe. In addition to posting a recipe every week, I write a food related article as well. This is where I share some insights as a busy home cook and food lover. Topics range from spices, to food book reviews, to the essentials for your pantry, to cheese.

What is your earliest cooking memory?
My earliest cooking memory is cooking with my Grandma. She used to babysit me while my parents were at work. She always had me in the kitchen with her and used to let me help with whatever she was making, from cookies to meatballs. My grandma used to love watching cooking shows like The Frugal Gourmet and Julia Child and I used to love watching them with her. I also have a lot of memories of my dad and aunt cooking for huge parties and me sneaking around the kitchen trying to see what they were doing.


 

Blogger Spotlight: Sina Mizrahi (The Kosher Spoon)

 

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Tell us about your blog and how you got started:
I fell obsessively into photography as a hobby around the time my daughter turned one. Take it from experience, it’s not a practical time to start learning and practicing with an infant turned wild toddler. She would not glance at the camera without trying to pull the lens out. So I gave in (a little) and gave her a break. A while later, I somehow found myself reading “top 100 mom blogs” on babble.com, and felt an instant connection to the food blog format. I love cooking, I love photographing, and in my imagination I’m a witty, sharp writer (clearly very far from the truth). It seemed the perfect medium for me to express my creativity. Soon thereafter The Kosher Spoon was born, connecting me to my fellow talented Jewish women and giving me the opportunity to shoot things that sit still and look pretty.

What is your earliest cooking memory?
Growing up, my mother’s kitchen was the place the family (and neighbors and friends) would congregate to eat, drink, talk, laugh. But it was exactly that, my mother’s kitchen. None of us even considered cooking or baking, the kitchen was perpetually off limits. Until one time when I was about eight years old, I convinced my mother to let me bake a chocolate cake from one of those boxed mixes. I even promised to clean up after myself. She reluctantly agreed and and with much excitement I put together the three ingredients and poured the batter into a pan. The minutes passed, and I occupied myself with other things. My mom took the cake out of the oven and as it was cooling I knew I didn’t want to be the first one to taste it. I convinced my brother to take just one bite. Poor thing, he couldn’t even swallow it. He spat it out with such an exaggerated gag that it sealed my decision to never step foot in the kitchen. That resolve held up well for 14 years (save for a few necessary stints) until I got married.


 

Blogger Spotlight: Ronnie Fein

 

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About my Blog:

I started Kitchen Vignettes as something like a memoir. Like when Proust nibbled the famous madeleine cookie and it evoked enough memories for him to write a book. There are so many foods, so many different recipes that call up my memories, whether it is for some traditional dish that my mother or grandmother cooked or a special dish I ate in a restaurant or while traveling in a foreign country or while I was experimenting with an ingredient for an article I was writing or even some concoction I remember seeing or tasting at school when I was a kid. So, many of the blog posts on Kitchen Vignettes are just that: little reminiscences that speak to why I am choosing a particular recipe to share. I believe that when people read about food memories it also evokes their own memories. And that may make them want to cook whatever dish it is that I’m writing about. And that makes me feel terrific, as if I have accomplished something not just for me but whoever is reading the blog. And I hope it gives them some good time with their own memories.


 

Blogger Spotlight: Jasmine Guetta (Labna)

 

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What is your earliest cooking memory?
My earliest cooking memory is probably about my mother preparing our family meals. I used to sit on the kitchen floor, obviously getting in her way, and stare at her while she was cooking until she would let me join her. My fondest memory is snapping fresh and plump peas out of their shells: that was fun!

What is your favorite kitchen gadget?
I’m very fond of my Kitchen Aid stand mixer, mainly because it allows me to save time and energy when kneading homemade bread, which is something I love. There’s nothing better than a crunchy bread made from scratch fresh out of the oven.


 

Blogger Spotlight: Lévana Kirschenbaum

 

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Tell us about your blog and how you got started: A dear friend, fan of my demos, suggested I change my website to a more interactive format, and proceeded to not only do the whole format conversion, but to give me a whole tutorial about how to use the blog. It was as if I was learning Chinese. To think I finally got it!

What is your earliest cooking memory? Definitely, cooking with chestnuts. My first encounter with raw chestnuts was brutal. In fact, it was the reason it took me a few months instead of just a few days to establish myself as a talented cook with my new entourage. At seventeen, I was fresh out of my childhood home and living in a dorm on the university campus in Strasbourg, France. Looking out of my window one Sunday morning, I admired a chestnut tree growing right on the campus grounds. Until then, I had always enjoyed chestnuts roasted from the street stands. I had a sudden urge for the delicious nuts and decided to go down and get some. “How hard could it be to roast them?” I wondered. I put them in a pot, covered the pot and put it on the stove of the dorm kitchen. I decided they would be ready in about half an hour, ample time for a bath.


 

Blogger Spotlight: Busy In Brooklyn

 

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Tell us about your blog and how you got started: I started Busy in Brooklyn just one year ago after my husband encouraged me to share my love of cooking and entertaining with the world. I post about my cooking, crafting and coping experiences. You’ll find lots of easy, fun and exciting recipes as well as basic cooking tips and tutorials. I never imagined blogging would be so fulfilling. I feel honored to have become part of the kosher blogging community.

What is your earliest cooking memory? As a teenager, I used to help my mom prepare salads for Shabbos. I loved chopping up the vegetables, but I wasn’t too good at seasoning them. More than once, I rendered a salad entirely inedible by adding too much vinegar or salt. It’s funny because nowadays, salads are my favorite thing to prepare. I love coming up with original combinations of ingredients and thankfully, I havent spoiled one in years.


 

Blogger Spotlight: Melinda Strauss

 

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Tell us about your blog and how you got started: Kitchen Tested is a blog devoted to cooking original, experimental and adventurous recipes and making them accessible in your own kitchen. I’ll practically try anything, especially when I get recipes requests from readers, and I’ll tell you all about the highs and lows of my cooking experiences. My recipes are written in a step-by-step process, including pictures along the way so the readers can practically copy the recipe without questions. I started Kitchen Tested because I was posting pictures of my kitchen adventures on Facebook and was getting tons of requests for the recipes. My wonderful friend recommended that I turn my Facebook album in to a blog and with some help from my techy brother, Kitchen Tested became a reality.

What is your earliest cooking memory? Making chocolate cake in my E-Z Bake oven! I used to sit in the kitchen while my mom cooked and I would bake right along side her. I can still taste the moist chocolate cake baked under a light bulb. Yum.


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