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!
What is your earliest cooking memory?
Definitely baking rugelach with my Mom and Bubbe! I remember rolling out the dough, sprinkling the cinnamony sugar mixture inside and then waiting for them to bake as the scent of homemade baked goodies filled the house. And then I would get kicked out of the kitchen for the cleaning part- I was never good at that! Usually I made things messier. I wish someone would clean for me now…
What is your favorite kitchen implement / utensil / gadget?
I love my Kitchenaid mixer, but lately I have been into my food scale! It helps make baking more accurate, and once you get the hang of it, it is actually quicker than measuring things out in cups. I swear!
What's your favorite kosher dish to cook?
I really love playing around with my challah recipes. I made a pumpkin challah in the fall that I turned into an awesome bread pudding, and cannot wait to play with some spring flavors in the next few months! Maybe an herbed challah? Ooh that may be a keeper!
Who is your cooking inspiration?
Definitely my Bubbe! Not only is she an awesome cook (her brisket is to die for!) but she encourages me in all my endeavors and is just so proud of me! I get all verklempt just talking about her!
Please share a favorite cooking tip or trick with our readers:
I love making homemade whipped cream for dairy dishes, but it can be tricky! Start with using a cold bowl and whisk or mixer and beat the cream until just before stiff peaks form, and then beat in the sugar and extract to a stiff peak. You can have fun with the flavors from basic vanilla to lemon and more!
Which recipes are you sharing with us today?
Even though Hanukkah is months away, I must share my Mexican Potato Latke recipe- it is the most popular one on my blog by far! And my Jerusalem Artichoke Salad (Pictured above) is also a keeper- I make a big batch in the beginning of the week and nosh on it for lunch!