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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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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.

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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

 

Life Cycles
Posted: May 9, 2012

Yesterday, being the first bona fide work-is-optional day since well before Passover, allows me to attend the funeral of a young 40-something mother in the community. Alternating catering funerals and brisses over the past weeks, I'd felt small relief that births outnumbered deaths. My unofficial statistic offers little comfort when confronted with the life-is-optional reason for joining the community in burying one of our own.

My work doesn't often offer time for being on the rejoicing end of a simcha. The back of the house is where my energies are spent. I consider it an honor to assist and suport a seamless celebration of a Jewish lifecycle event. I miss countless weddings, bat mitzvahs, bar mitzvahs, shul dinners and school auctions. I try to never miss a funeral in my immediate community. As a convert, I find the art and functionality of the Jewish burial intensely real and quietly intimate. As friends and family shovel, the sound of metal on rock, gravel on wood fills the hollow of uncertainty within my soul. I don't know what lies beyond. We release the dead and comfort the living. Funerals are important and a community matters.

The Rabbi spoke with eloquent familiarity having been a mentor and friend of the deceased and her family. Speaking with authority, offering insight, wisdom and consolation, his words are heartfelt. He ends his eulogy with encouraging words that in the face of ultimate loss and grief, choose to love more not less and choose to give more, not less. Let us say, Amen.

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State of the Blog 2012
Posted: February 5, 2012

Web Portrait

I want to thank everyone who has visited the site, used recipes and contacted me with questions and comments. Doing a 'soft launch' a year ago, I've never gotten around to big promotions of the site. I'm thrilled at the 22,000+ visits to LeahCooksKosher.com. Using the ClustRmap embedded on the homepage, it is really fun to watch more and more red dots fill the map and get larger. My knowledge of world geography is increasing and I'm intrigued at who might be logging on and where they live.

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Seattle Snow Days
Posted: January 20, 2012

Catering is a time sensitive business; more than even UPS next day deliveries. We don't get 'next day' options. We don't really get 5 minute options (she says with a smile!) The party starts when the client says it starts and that is about it. Enter Seattle snow.

Snow Day Seattle 2

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A View from the U and the JTNews
Posted: January 4, 2012

A friend who spent winter break in Hawaii returns and emails me: "Did you see the full-page fiasco information in the JT News about Marty's column?" I didn't take time over the break to read the paper. I do a search and get the update from Joel Magalnick, editor. It prompted the following letter from me emailed to the JT News last night.

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Technical Difficulties
Posted: October 25, 2011

Just as everyone is scrambling to get a routine back after the holidays...or challah-daze, I am happy to report that I feel human again. Short work weeks and lots of cooking, LOTS of cooking, left me wondering where I was before the madness started. Taking stock of the unopened mail, unpaid bills, proposals sitting waiting to be done all the while juggling the 5 events I have this week, part of me wants to go back to bed.

Staying up until 2:30 am Monday morning, I do triage on the pressures pulling me all directions. Taxes and balancing accounts first, with Hillel expenses categorized, I can focus. My training at Nordstrom back in the day includes learning that balanced accounts clear the mind. Confirming details of my events this week, I know what I'm doing. What remains are proposals for January through June.....I need another week!

The website has suffered a bit through neglect. Not enough hours in a day, not enough days, my photo files sit waiting for me to upload recipes. I'll try to get one up next. I'm having some glitch uploading photos into the blog....hence, I've been quiet on the blog front for a few weeks. Got my guy on it now.

Working through my list, I know I'll be relieved when caught up.

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