Julie Levine

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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…

What Can One Woman Do to Help At-Risk Jewish Women?

My Jewish values have always guided me: helping those in need, tzedakah, social justice, a commitment to Jewish tradition. I strive to raise my kids with a deep connection to these values. I want them to see making the world a better place as their responsibility. I want them to treat people fairly, honestly and as equals. This article is about… Read more…

Curly Hair May be Trending but I’m Sticking to the Straightener

I’ll be 48 this year. And I’m still at war with my hair. I read in The New York Times recently that curly hair is making a comeback. An article by Marisa Meltzer entitled “Curls Get Their Groove Back” featured all these really cool beautiful women who are letting their hair dry au naturel. Meltzer writes, “… a curly look is both natural and modern.” 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…

I Ditched the Dinner but Not the Shabbat

It’s Friday.

This week, I’ve cooked five dinners that included a different lean protein each night, an exciting vegetable and some kind of whole grain. I’ve made five breakfasts that are healthy, protein-filled and free of junk. I’ve packed 10 school lunches and 10 school snacks. Read more…