Vicky’s Blog

December 23, 2013 A Better understanding of Grains

Grains There was a time, not so long ago, when the words whole grain didn’t, amount to a pile of beans. In essence, that’s because that’s what was mostly available. Then came the industrialization of our food and people no longer grew their own wheat, or made their own bread. Progress can, however, be a double edged sword. Yes, this culinary revolution made more food available to more people but a by product of this change meant that the wheat people consumed became more and… Read more >>

November 26, 2013 Norene Gilletz

The author of more than 5 cookbooks, Norene has been one of the leading voices of Kosher cooking in Canada for more than 3 decades. Originally from Winnipeg, this lovely, caring and kind woman who now makes her home in Toronto, continues to amaze me not only with her great food but with her unflappable energy and uplifting personality. She regularly traverses our neighbor to the north, giving cooking demonstrations and talks across the country. Her Facebook page Norene’s Kitchen! is hugely popular, delivering delicious… Read more >>

November 14th, 2013, Vicky’s Donuts

Latkes and Donuts – what says Chanukah food more than these two fried items??  Latkes you may say, to my unspoken query, I can do. Donuts, hmmm, not so much. They take too much time and demand a finesse I don’t have. At one time I might have agreed with you. Conventional donuts often call for two rises, making their pursuit time consuming. However, after several forays into making gluten-free donuts, I am proud to present to you donuts that are light and ethereal and… Read more >>

November 21st, 2013, Post – Paula Shoyer

A classically trained pastry chef who studied in Paris, Paula Shoyer recently published her second baking book, “The Holiday Kosher Baker: Traditional and Contemporary Holiday Desserts” (Sterling, New York). A beautiful tome, Paula has made it her mission in life to make baking easy, accessible and approachable. And, boy, does she know her stuff. She arranges her new book around the major Jewish holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Chanukah, Purim, Passover and Shavuot. But, I’m sure you’re going to want to recreate… Read more >>

November 20, 2013 Post – Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek

Leah Schapiro photo
Although the adjective yummy certainly applies to all of Leah Schapira’s food, I often think of Leah as yummy too! She has the most infectious personality – warm, positive, friendly and caring and absolutely darling. You can feel this confidence throughout the books she has co-authored with Victoria Dwek. She has an uncanny ability to make the readers feel welcome and confident in the kitchen, ready and able to conquer any dish. This is truly Leah’s gift; she unerringly makes you feel like you can… Read more >>
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