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
Happy Chinese New Year! Happy Super Bowl! Go Hawks!
I have tons of work to do. It is a gloriously sunny day, as opposed to the "cloud glare" of yesterday. That's my daughter's term for Seattle's bright sunless days....and, Happy Birthday, Rebekah! And, Happy Groundhog's Day....no wonder it feels like a national holiday here in the city. So much to celebrate. Happy Rosh Chodesh Adar!
Of course, the biggest to do in Seattle is over the Super Bowl game. Even people like me, who aren't avid fans, are nervous and doing whacky things like getting manicures with blue and green polish. Possibly the die-hard fans are resentful of the newly converted. Get over it!
This is my sister Teri's hand.
Tradition! Fun with the Seattle International Film Festival
It's a new fiscal new year. Envisioning this week as a major opportunity to tie up the old and organize the new, my ugly chest cold of the past month is resurgent and I become a lump on the couch for 5 days. Detective Sturgis and Dr. Alex Delaware keep me company closing case after case of distasteful homicides compliments of Jonathan Kellerman. The President is on vacation, maybe war and famine is too: news is light. At some point, I'm a multitasking page turner and channel surfer. Tea steams my reading glasses as I watch Johnny Manziel play the field. Please HaShem! Don't turn me into a football fanatic; I really don't have time!
Where Have I Been in My Life???
It's 11:30 pm but I told myself to get back into the groove. I thank you patient readers and faithful users of the website. What has happened these past 6 months? As an official AARP member of the sandwich generation, I have been catching up on life.
My daughter Aviva graduated high school and I've gotten her settled in film school.
My mother's Alzheimer's has worsened and I spent every day between yontif that I wasn't cooking moving her into a safe, beautiful assisted living facility.
After 2 1/2 years without a real vacation, I took a few weeks off this summer. A rare opportunity for recharging coincided with a break in my catering schedule so I jumped on it. Two weeks on Washington's beautiful Hood Canal, another week in Marin County north of San Francisco was indulgent and necessary.
My siblings and their spouses all pitched in and revamped my mother's home for sale. I don't know if a work ethic is genetic but to the extent each of us had time, we compulsively cleaned, painted, and gardened until the house sparkled. It looks great.
Making Kosher Salads
One of the unexpected consequences of writing this blog is the incredible increase in the catering business (Thank G-d, thank you, customers). Originally, closing left the community without a bakery and erev Shabbat take-out counter. "What do we do now?" was more important than "What are you going to do now?" I thought that if I showed people how easy it is to cook and bake, if I gave them my recipes, if I made videos for some of the items, that everyone would be happy.
Since then, I've had the self-realization that very few people's happiness is dependent on what I do! In fact, some people's frustration is very dependent on what I don't do. For instance, the 7-layer cake isn't an attractive project unless I'm doing enough for 250 people as a dessert to a caterered dinner. The way I make it is too involved, too time consuming. Someone calls and asks if I will make one. I mention that the recipe and video are on my website. They reply that they know that and that is why they called. They don't want to make one and her friend from New York really loves 7-layer cake. She wants to give one to him for his birthday. I explain that it isn't cost effective to make just one cake. I'd have to charge a fortune. "How much is a fortune?" With all the Microsoft gazillionaires in Seattle, I think for all of 2 seconds....bottomline; I really can't make just one cake. I need some time to work on the website. Sigh, another dissatisfied almost-customer.
Taming the Great Outdoors
If you're like me, you are brisketed and chickened out. Trapped indoors for the month of March, I take Wednesday as a personal day. I can't focus on my backlog of event proposals, let alone tackle the invoicing and general bookkeeping. I'm outta here! Tony, my chef and ex-landscaper, is more than willing to pickup some hours after the erratic schedule during Passover. Apartment dweller that I am, all I need is an overgrown yard to tackle. Fresh air and exercise; I know just the place.
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