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Hi! Thank you for stopping by to watch me, Leah, cook kosher. I've been the owner operator of my boutique catering firm in Seattle, Leah's Catering, for the past 14 years.
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Spicy Chicken Wingettes
December 24, 2012 | 0 Comments

I've resigned myself to the fact that 2012, like 2011, is vacation-less. Doesn't stop me of dreaming of Maui, Oahu or even that tall plastic leaved palm tree that used to sit in Butte, Montana. The closest thing I'm getting to a tropical getaway is Sam Choy's,  "Island... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Vegetarian Fried Spring Rolls
December 11, 2012 | 0 Comments

I've been wanting to make spring rolls for a long time. Actually, I've been wanting to make Filipino lumpia for a long time. Similar, the wrapper is different; lighter. I tried making my own but the results were not great. The recipe warned of potential cracking while rolling. Yeah, so why p... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Ground Turkey Fried Wontons and Potstickers
December 11, 2012 | 2 Comments

As long as I have everything in place for spring rolls, I figure I should make fried wontons and potstickers. I haven't made them before but, as with all things cooking, I think that if someone else can do it, so can I. I channel my ancestral Chinese genes and read the back of the "Twin Dra... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Vegetables in Beer Batter Tempura
December 11, 2012 | 2 Comments

Tempura, when light and crisp and hot out of the oil, is one of my favorite things. This recipe covers all bases. It takes very little of any given vegetable to make an assorted tempura platter. A large yam, a few Japanese eggplant, a handful of green beans, a couple of zucchini and an onion will ma... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Easy Yam Fries
December 10, 2012 | 0 Comments

At the end of my day of testing recipes using my new Waring Pro deep fryer and lots of oil, I find myself with half of a giant red garnet yam. Peeled, long and begging to be cooked, I cut long 1/2" pieces. The oil, still hot at 375', is ready for whatever is coming next. I lay the sliced po... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Strawberry Mango Sufganiyot
December 2, 2010 | 11 Comments

*I'm adding this comment on November 25, 2013 - I decided to shoot a 'how-to' video for this recipe. Apparently, I've simplified things a bit over the years and put the dough together as I do my challah and yeasted sweet dough. Dry ingredients in the bowl and then add the liquids. Si... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Ultra Fabulous Batter-Fried Chicken
December 26, 2011 | 1 Comments

It's the end of the secular year and, in addition to closing out my books, I'm looking at my many photos of food not yet uploaded to this website. Too many fried latkes and doughnuts later, I'm looking for Chanukah appropriate recipes to post that don't require me cooking (and eating... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Classic Potato Latkes - Oven baked (REVISED*)
December 5, 2012 Updated | 8 Comments

*Check out the new video on how to make oven baked latkes! Less time, fuss and oil - more time to party! Scroll below to watch video now.I made these last night for an event. We have a saying in the kitchen these days: "Twelve years later....." Yeah, even for us pros, we continue to learn ... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Old Fashioned Snickerdoodles
June 4, 2012 | 1 Comments

I'm a recovering picky eater who survived many years on a lean diet of Coke and plain bagels. As a kid, I liked baking brownies and refrigerator cookies. Snickerdoodles never popped up on my radar until I had the bakery. Snickerdoodles are not spelled c-h-o-c-o-l-a-t-e so why bother? By request,... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Malasadas ~ Portuguese Doughnuts
December 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

Chanukah is a time of dreidels and sufganyot, latkes. As a convert, hitching a ride on the turnip cart of culinary traditions feels often times like riding shotgun with the real McKleins. Whatever I cook with painstaking authenticity can seem disingenuous to the ritual of lining up at the local deli... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Crusted Acorn Squash
December 20, 2011 | 0 Comments

Chanukah begins tonight. Taking a break from taste testing deep fried doughnuts of various cultures, I want to make something savory that is simple with less oil. Picking up my newest cookbook, Yotam Ottolenghi's "Plenty", I see page after page of vegetarian recipes worth exploring. On... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Potato Leek Green Latkes
December 21, 2011 | 0 Comments

Fiddling around in the kitchen, I come up with a recipe for my 'dream latke'.....leeks, spinach, zucchini and mashed potatoes fried to golden perfection. More Sephardic than Eastern European, I top with sour cream, diced tomato and lemon zest. Greek yogurt would be good but I don't have ... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Bumwelos ~ South African Style
December 18, 2011 | 0 Comments

Thinking I'd keep my mother company as she recoups from a chest cold, I load my car with a pantry of ingredients and equipment. I figure I can make Chanukah treats for the website and visit at the same time. Since her Alzheimer's diagnosis last summer, we siblings are trying to rotate days c... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Falafel Patties with Tehini (Gluten-free)
June 22, 2011 | 3 Comments

Serving falafel last weekend to rave reviews, most guests are surprised that it tastes homemade. It should taste homemade as it is a real little red hen process to make. We do everything short of growing and harvesting the garbanzo beans. Freshly ground beans, chopped herbs, tons of onions and ... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Asian Noodle Salad with Oven Roasted Tofu
January 11, 2011 | 3 Comments

Since opening, this continues to be our most popular pasta salad. I can't imagine how many tons of this salad have been eaten! We use the Chinese style egg noodles and add green onions and toasted sesame seeds. I've started marinating cubes of extra firm tofu in the dressing b... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Yukon Gold Potato and Leek Latkes
December 5, 2010 | 1 Comments

These are my favorite potato latkes. I love the sweetness of the Yukon Gold potato with the mildly pungent leeks. Both the potatoes and the sauteed leeks are naturally moist. We found draining them in a strainer before combining all the ingredients prevented the mixture from becoming too soupy.... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

Red Garnet Yam Latke ~ Gluten Free!
December 5, 2010 | 0 Comments

Grated red garnet yams flavored with genuine maple syrup and then fried in the oven. These are so good ~ earthy but light, a hint of maple...yum! We served them today with sour cream (non-dairy), candied pecans and sweetened preserved ginger. Might be fun to use marshmallow cream, too... (Continue to recipe and instructions)

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