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.
We are consistently voted "The Best Kosher Caterer" by local JTNews readers. Since my Orthodox conversion 18 years ago, I am dedicated to elevating the expectations consumers have about kosher food. The community has been supportive of my catering service in a way that goes beyond business as usual.
It is my good fortune to be from Seattle, a city renown for its foodies and eclectic social conscience. Within this Jewish community, we have a long-standing Ashkenazi and Separdi blend of food and ritual. I learn from some of the best Jewish mothers in the city ~ young and old! Through the pages of this website and over time, I look forward to expanding my own learning of the foods Jews eat; classic and trendy, vegetarian and vegan, gluten-free and dairy free.....and, all kosher.
All aspects of Jewish life are expressed with food, both traditional and trendy. Kashrut adds layers of holiness and meaning. Join me in a community of Jewish cooks who are excited to share their regional specialties and global perspectives on food in a Jewish context. Become a Supporting Member ~ its' FREE! Build your profile, share your recipes and feel free to contact me with questions, requests and comments.
May we all be blessed for the love we share through food ~ Leah
A Tribute to the Jewish Mother
And now, a message to our sponsor Wissotzky Teas ~ thank you for sharing the video tribute. I see Wissotzky Teas and I think Jewish. I see gift boxes of your tea, I think Passover. I like your tea, I like your packaging......
and, my reaction to the video had a Rachel Maddow sort of "huh?" about it. Was that "The Twilight Zone" theme song?
I did share my concerns with Margelit Hoffman of Hoffman Productions who had forwarded the video link to me to share. I wasn't sure I could get onboard with genuine enthusiasm for the video. Yes, I'd love to have someone make me a cup of tea at the end of a long day....as opposed to the 5:00 am Starbuck's crew down the street propping me up after a long night.
But, I have a bit of an issue with the visuals. Every element is elevated to certain unobtainable perfection in my chaotic life. The beautiful woman, more distressing knowing that this is how she really looks, can only be described as "Eishes Chayil on Steroids". I watch this video and I need something stronger than tea, something with a red label and clear.
I'm a "Mad Men" devotee and let the TV run into "The Pitch" while I worked the other night. I'd pay tribute to the Jewish mother with different visuals. Keeping the same soundtrack, I'd like to rework the pitch:
Here's to the mother, the unsung hero who takes on: (wake up at 6:00 am and hit snooze a couple of times)
challenges large and small (show kids aged 2 - 16)
bringing it all together and making it happen (ordering bagels and schmears at the deli)
you wear many hats (a knitted tichel)
and play many roles (drop kids off at school and then teach at same school)
you're a chef (reheat deli)
a homemaker (learn Spanglish)
a stylist (1 day sale)
a chauffeur (mini van that seats 10)
a hardworker (auction chair)
a baker (weird shaped challah and flat cookies)
a doctor (physicians assistant - call the doctor!)
a nurse (Benardryl cures everything)
a fashion designer (smooth wrinkles from clothes out of hamper)
a photographer (take baby photos out of cardboard frame by bar mitzvah)
a spiritual force and revered role model (a force to be reckoned with)
you alone hold the key to your family's heart and soul (it's under the mat!)
and no one else can take your place (call your dad!)
the only occupation that can't be retired from or delegated to anyone else (but can I quit?)
yet, incredibly, you wouldn't have it any other way (INCREDIBLY!)
and while you never want to take a break from being a mother, we think you deserve a break while being one (a week in Mexico - great!)
Tea time is me time, enjoy your moment (s)
Thank you for all you do. (You're welcome!)
To my beautiful daughters, I say "I love you" and you know your mom is silly. Thanks for not quitting being my kids!
Oh, here's the link to the beautiful video:
Severe Weather Worries
It is really hard to imagine all the destruction due to weather happening these past days and weeks on the other side of the country. Between my nose to the grind and the TV off so many days, I had no idea of what was going on. Thoughts and prayers to so many out there affected by tornedos and flooding. As the ClustRmap embedded on this site receives more 'red dots' from areas hit hard, my concern becomes more personal. Here in Seattle, our hearts to go out to those mourning, those injured, those suffering material loss and those suffering mental anguish. May we all find comfort during these seemingly uncertain times.
Status update: I haven't forgotten all of you this week and I appreciate your patience! The situation in Japan has my attention and I find the usual spring in my step somewhat lacking. So much devastation to comprehend.
Juggling many balls as we roll into Purim and then Passover, lots of great recipes are coming your way. All my menus for Hillel are organized and I'll be sharing those ideas with you.
We are also tying up the final section of the website. Wowzers ~ stay tuned!
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