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Beware. These recipes are addictive. But don’t worry, it’s a healthy addiction. Enjoy and share.

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The Passover Recipe Bible

I have worked hard to make Passover food not just something to bear, but a celebration of the senses.

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Meal and a Spiel heats up Miami!

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Just came back from Miami where I taught 4 cooking classes in 4 days! This video says it all --  it's not only about the food ♥

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Lemon zest vs lemon juice??

Both have their places in cooking.

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why don’t you need to peel carrots?

Trust me, no one will ever know if the carrots you put in soups, stews or roasted vegetable dishes are peeled or not.

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burrata vs mozzarella, what’s the difference?

Burrata is essentially mozzarella with cream on the inside. Mozzarella has a firmer texture and can be sliced neatly.

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Peanut-Coated Sesame Chicken

This gluten-free, non-fried chicken will most definitely become a star in your culinary repertoire.

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7 secrets to the best latkes?

You don't start cooking school called Meal and a Spiel if you can't make a mean latke.

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What is a convection oven???

A common question from Meal and a Spiel cooking students.

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What are the best winter veggies?

People think that there aren't good veggies in winter. Not true!

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How to avoid the Thanksgiving food coma?

Eating less is NOT the answer this chef will give you!

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Nature’s Sunshine Chlorophyll

This stuff is energizing, alkalizing, and has a mild, minty flavor. Super yummy in water!

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Amazingly Amazing Root Vegetable Soup

If you can boil water and use a blender, you can make this soup. Complex in it's simplicity.

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Why don’t Italians put cheese on top of seafood pasta?

If you're asking for cheese on top of your seafood pasta, I can promise you, your waiter is making fun of you.

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How can I make desserts without cream?

Try coconut milk, or the even thicker coconut cream.

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What kind of salt should I cook with?

Kosher. It has the best taste for cooking.

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Linguine with Mussels and Clams

Most recipes for this dish mislead you and leave you with watery pasta. I break it down for perfection every time.

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The Green Monkey Smoothie

I call this smoothie The Green Monkey because it makes you go bananas!

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Do I really need to measure Ingredients?

Most savory cooking does not require precision.

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Why don’t Italians drink cappuccino after a meal?

Restaurants in Italy that don't cater to tourists won't even serve you a cappuccino after a meal.

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