The Big Schmear is a new podcast about Jewish food. Each podcast will feature an interview with a chef, restaurateur, cookbook author or folks who love to cook and talk about Jewish food. We'll be talking with guests about the history and culture of Jewish food, holiday foods, Israeli food, Jewish food trends, nutrition, farming, and the politics of food. Each episode runs approximately 20 minutes and is distributed on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of the month. Upcoming guests include: world renowned cookbook writer, Joan Nathan, on her new cookbook, King Solomon’s Table, Stephanie Goldfarb of Seven Species in Chicago, and Tanya Rosen of Nutrition by Tanya in NYC.
We're on the tail end of summer and if you are reluctant to let it go OR if you are already planning your next great trip I know you'll enjoy this new episode of The Big Schmear. I'm off to Yidstock 2022 in Western Massachusetts at The Yiddish Book Center on the campus of Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Through my conversation with Lisa Newman and Seth Rogovoy you'll learn about the Yiddish Book Center and Yidstock, The Festival of New Yiddish Music. I hope you enjoy this taste of Yiddish culture and contemplate a trip to The Book Center. It's a beauitiful spot anytime of year but it's spectacular in the fall!
The Everything Spice for Everyone
Guest: Chef Laura Frankel
Need to spice up your meals? Here's an easy fix that can be used as your new basic 'everything spice' to change up, well everything: fish, chicken, french toast...it's limitless and so easy. And we have some recipes to share too.
Let's close out 2020 in the best way possible by continuing to share meals and the experience of cooking together in as many ways that we can - in person and via the internet. What matters is staying close.
Thank you for listening. Happy Eating and Best Wishes for a healthy and fun filled 2021
No Guilt Gelt – Just in Time for Hanukkah
Guest: Cheryl Rich Heisler
If you are in the mood for fun this Hanukkah then you have to give this episode a listen. Helpful note: you may want to have your own cocktail at the ready. I've invited back mixologist Cheryl Rich Heisler to talk about cocktail ideas for Hanukkah and she did not disappoint! We've got lots of ideas for you from the 'so simple' to getting out your shaker for a bit of chocolate and whipped cream to touch off that special drink.
I wish you all a very Happy Hanukkah and may you have all the fried foods you desire.
Jews & Thanksgiving
Guest: Dr. Beth S. Wenger
I decided to push the envelope a bit on this Thanksgiving holiday episode. I knew everyone would be stressed with holiday plans, menus and figuring out ways to celebrate the holiday despite all the compromises to put in place to be safe. I assumed the last thing you needed were more recipes to think about so...why not think about how Jewish America is connected to this holiday. I invited Professor Beth S. Wenger, an expert in the field of Jewish American history to talk with me about just that. I hope you find our conversation interesting.
I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving.
Woops…Avoiding Missteps in the Kitchen
Guest: Chef Laura Frankel
Talking about kitchen safety isn't the sexiest of topics but I thought it would be a great review for all of us as we embark on holiday cooking - whatever that's going to look like this year. I always have fun chatting with Chef Laura who knows her way around the kitchen-- so I thought it would be a good way to talk about the subject without getting too bogged down on boring details. Hope you find our conversation fun and helpful.
As always, wishing you Happy Eating!
What’s Cooking for YOU on Friday Night?
Guest: Aliza Kline, CEO OneTable
This episode is all about Shabbat. OneTable is an amazing organization that provides resources for everything it takes to prepare your meal. Their website includes so much valuable information; recipes, ideas for meal themes, cool ways to present your meal and everything in between. And there are videos too - and new programs being developed as I write this post. OneTable is here to help us all navigate Jewish food and the meaning it can bring to each of us during this stressful time. To find out more about OneTable go to: onetable.org.
I love The Big Schmear. Beth talks with amazing guests, and she asks wonderful questions. It's different every time - great diversity across episodes. I always learn so much. If you're into food and Judaism, this is made for you!
Now I Must Find Cheesecake
I just listened to the episode, Eli’s. What a wonderful show on the history of food. I live in Dallas, and now I must find an Eli’s Cheesecake...I can’t stop thinking about it.
I just listened to the episode kosherfest. It was such a uniquely produced show and really illustrated the environment of the event. I felt like I was really there! Great interviews by the host.