Answers to your basic cooking questions and things I feel really strongly about.

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What ingredients should never go in the fridge?

I did not invent these no-­refrigeration principles. The Italians did. I am just the messenger.

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Burnt on the Outside, Raw on the Inside

If this phenomenon regularly happens to you, it might just be that you are missing one simple cooking hint

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What is the difference between baking and roasting?!

The bottom line is that they are essentially the same thing. They both mean "cooking something in the oven."

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What the F*CK is my Broiler?

Fortunately the broiler is easier to find than your G-Spot. It's on the ceiling of your oven.

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Your Complete Guide to Tumeric from Health Perch and GHERGICH&Co


"Turmeric is made from the dried rhizome’s of the turmeric plant. It’s available in many different forms such as tea, powdered spice, and as a capsule. Learn more about the...

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20 Ingredients To Always Have On Hand

"Elana’s approach is simple – with the right ingredients, love, and a little laughter, anyone can make a great meal."


Persian Food is Very Sexy

I am currently deep in the study of Persian cuisine. This involves: eating at restaurants, eating at Perisan friends' houses, getting my hands on the most authentic cookbooks and simply...


4 Healthier Chocolate Desserts for Valentine’s Day

Don't think for a moment that these healthier chocolate recipes are not incredibly indulgent. I got your back. And your belly.


Rosh Hashana: Meal and a Spiel Style

Lighter, fresher versions of your Bubbe's favorite recipes.


How to Choose an Olive Oil

A common question I receive in my cooking classes is which olive oil to choose. This is NOT a no-brainer question.


7 Olive Oils That I Love

Elana's list of the top 7 olive oils for cooking and drizzling.


8 Things That Will Have Your Italian Waiter Laughing Behind Your Back

Trust me. I know exactly why your Italian waiters are laughing at you.


Conscious Entertaining for the 21st Century

People have this belief that a party is an excuse to serve and eat unhealthy food. Elena tells you in this article, it is not.


7 Make Ahead Recipes for a Perfect Summer Cocktail Party

White Sangria, Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho, Fig and Gorgonzola Bites, Grilled Steak Bites, Smoked Salmon Tartar on Cucumber, Burrata Crostini with Honeyed Leeks and Basil


Recipes with Roses

Rose Meringues, Juicy Spiced Chicken with Hazelnuts, Honey and Rose Water, Rose Tea, Risotto with Rose Water and Saffron, Rose Hot Chocolate, Watermelon Rose Granita


5 “Skinny” Recipes for a Delicious Cinco de Mayo

Elana's best recipes for the holiday: Crispy Tlayudas, Un-fried Coconut Black Beans, Guaucamole Two Ways and a Skinny Margarita

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Meal and a Spiel Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2014

My favorite gifts of good food and style. Many of which are discounted for YOU only.


Passover Favorites

Elana's best recipes for the holiday: Brisket, Chicken with Apricots, Matzo Ball Soup, Quinoa, Charoset, Almond Rosemary Cake, Flourless Chocolate Cakes

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5 Healthy Italian Garden Vegetable Side Dishes

recipes to give you freedom in the kitchen


Why Some of You Shouldn’t Cook

Who doesn’t love to say no?


Meal and a Spiel’s Most Popular Facebook Moments of 2013

The 12 top most popular Facebook pics of 2013 that YOU chose.


My Italian Story

Finding Life Purpose in a Tuscan Kitchen

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