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Bay leaves, known also as laurel, are what Ancient Emperors and Poet Laureates wore as crowns. (Sometimes they were gilden in gold, as in the case of the emperors, but the leaves you see adorning the heads of regal ancient statues are not from the olive tree; they are laurel. The laurel leaves were a symbol of wisdom in the ancient world, as myth has it Daphne transformed herself into a laurel bush in order to stay off the advances of Apollo who desired her. A couple leaves in a soup or stew would also be a wise choice. Bay leaves:
I am eating only your food and am blessing you with every bite I take. It is so yummy I am not craving anything or do not feel sad and deprived. My kids said my cooking is getting better and better thanks to you! I made the chicken, salmon, cauliflower, and fruit from class. I think it all came out great. I used white meat so it wasn’t as good, I am now converted . You are just the best. May God bless you for all the love and goodness you do for others , and all the light that shines from you.
Janet RosenblattBevelry Hills
The kugel was amazing. My guests couldn’t believe it was non-dairy! Yum! I also made your roasted vegetables recipes. It was a great combination. So easy beautiful and tasted great. Thank you for helping me to make a wonderful meal for family and friends. L’Shana Tova.
Elana, your classes and the recipes I’ve learned have gotten me through the holidays. I cooked the brisket with some English accoutrements (minty peas, ginger carrots and Yorkshire pudding) on Christmas day, along with the pumpkin pie. On New Years I cooked your Chicken Tagine with Couscous, and your Blackberry Chiantishire dessert. Needless to say there was some great spiel over the food cooked and I’ve got you to thank for it. See you in class!
I love love love being in your classes!! You are bringing so much joy to so many people – and families!! Thank you.
Jessica Lori Samuel
Elana is passionate about food and about convincing everyone how much fun and rewarding it is to cook at home. Her creative and simple foolproof recipes emphasize quality, flavor, taste and presentation. With Elana’s informal, energetic, friendly teaching style, everyone is ready to participate. Elana inspires and influences us with her excitement for home cooking because the food is outstanding and each dish is simple to prepare with amazing outcomes.
Once again we prepared and ate a fabulous meal with our chef/instructor Elana Horwich! I’ve been to several classes and every single one has been outstanding – food, company and ambiance.
The Roasted Tomato on Multi-grain Toast with Raw Honey and Fresh Basil was an unexpected surprise!! I loved the combination of the sweet raw honey with the savory roasted tomato. I’ve made it several times already, and everyone loves it as much as I do!
Elana, thank you. The food was scrumptious and the spiels were terrific. I hope I can entice my children to attend one of your dinners.
I loved the class tonight and can’t wait to make the things we made tonight (yummm!) for my family.
Thank you for a most beautiful and delicious lunch. Elana is an excellent chef. It was beautifully presented and delicious.