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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:
Thank you for a wonderful class! You definitely inspired me to want to cook outside my normal flavors. I look forward to reading through your site and emails!
Better than Spago, Cecconi’s, or any other restaurant!
Thank you for this enlightening class! Delicious and fun. I so rarely cook fish – but am off to Citarella for a branzino for the kids today!
See you again soon.
Thank you for all the love & laughter you put in to our cooking class! It was a truly great night and I’m so appreciative of your passion and energy for food and your ability to bring people together!
Elana, thank you so much for last night! It was so much fun and I can’t wait to make the dinner for my hubby. He is the cook in our family and I can’t wait to impress him. You made it fun and not intimidating for all of us.
Stacy Hoffberg Berman
Had an incredible dinner party and made the steak and “potato sticks”… All raved about the meal! Delicious! Can’t wait to have you in the OC!
My husband couldn’t stop eating your Persian lamb meatballs! Your recipes make my whole family so happy. Thank you Elana
It was such an eye opening and amazing night. Your recipes are to die for. I can’t even imagine what else we can cook up with you! We’ll see you again!
We had a choice to go to couples therapy or couples cooking classes so we chose Meal and A Spiel. We’re happy and going on 28 years!
Ron & Tracy Smith
I love cooking with Elana because she’s educating me about how to live a better, healthier, life.