Julie Levine

Food

Let PBS series ‘Food Flirts’ bring your family together

During the school year, my hubby and I don’t watch much TV. Finding free time at home together as a family can be a challenge too — everyone is so busy. When the kids do have downtime, for the most part, they want to be left alone. But summer is different. Life slows down. Our kids like us again.

Enter “Food Flirts,” our new family favorite summer TV show. In each episode, sisters Marilyn and Sheila Brass discover two ethnically diverse dishes then head home to mash them together to create their own inspired recipes. Read more…

Old pots and pans lose their shine, but memories don’t fade

After we got engaged and after we chose a wedding date, we registered for a set of milchig pots and a set of fleishig pots along with dinnerware, flatware, knives, kitchen tools and kitchen appliances such as a stand mixer and a food processor that I still use today.

My hubby says, let’s buy some new pots and pans. We’ve had our pots and pans for over 20 years now. They no longer look pretty and shiny new anymore. But I don’t need new ones. Mine work just fine. Read more…

Holidays Help Revive Food Memories, Family Stories

won’t ever get rid of my Jewish cookbooks. I love them all — from the trendy “Jerusalem: A Cookbook” to the old and out of print “The Molly Goldberg Jewish Cookbook.”

I seek out old ones, especially the worn and lonely looking cookbooks at the bottom of the $5 closeout bin at used bookstores. Read more…

A Favorite Recipe from a Cherished 1949 Cookbook

love “The Jewish Cookery.” It’s a 400-page cookbook by Leah W. Leonard from 1949 that I found in a used bookstore. There are lots of recipes, but not a lot of instructions, which I like because it’s a throwback to a time when we could take some risks in our cooking. It didn’t quite matter how finely we chopped the onions or the precise length of time we sautéed the vegetables. We could trust ourselves and our taste buds to figure it out. Read more…

The One and Only Way I Spoil My Kids

When my kids were toddlers, I read Wendy Mogel’s “The Blessings of a Skinned Knee.”

I didn’t feel the need to read another parenting book after reading Mogel’s. Her no-nonsense approach to child rearing really spoke to me. Her Jewish values serve as the backdrop to her views on raising self-reliant children. I’m Jewish too, and like Wendy, I also think it’s OK for my kids to have skinned knees. Read more…

If Passover is All About Freedom, Why Does it Stress Me Out?

I’ve had Passover fantasies.

In these fantasies I’m in my kitchen making homemade gefilte fish with fancy sustainable wild white fish and three different kinds of charoset (Ashkenazi, Yemenite, Venetian), many matzoh balls, brisket like my grandmother’s or maybe lamb shanks, homemade horseradish, a flourless chocolate cake with dark Scharffen Berger chocolate, a walnut cake, and my favorite macaroons from Alice Medrich. Read more…