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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


Leon Israel Bakes - and ROCKS!
Posted: October 2, 2012

The first days of Sukkot are just over; dry weather with only a hint of fall in the air grace the day while the golden orb of a harvest moon shoots light through the pine boughs of the sukkah. Yontif couldn't be more perfect. I find myself wishing that I didn't have to work chol moed. Too bad, we're working every minute that isn't yontif proper or Shabbat. Ignoring my phone messages tonight but going through emails, I happen upon one sent by a reader in Florida.

Leon Israel sends me a photo of some of his holiday baking; awesome Sephardic style challah rolls and biscochos. They are beautiful; I truly see the love that shapes the dough. Leon writes that he has been making biscochos for 50 years ~ seriously, Leon and his baked goods rock. Thanks for making my yontif!

Leon Israel


Shana Tova and Thank You
Posted: September 15, 2012

Shabbat is just out. Since closing the bakery, Rosh Hashana baking madness is modulated. I'm empathetic to everyone in the food business erev yontif; it'll be a long night. I'm only cooking for 100 people tomorrow. Rarely feeling like going into work after Shabbat ends, tonight is no different. I can go in at 5:00 am and get done what needs to be done before yontif, HaShem willing. I'm looking forward to sitting with friends and family tomorrow night. Before that, I'm anticipating the wonderful smell of challah, honey cake and apple cakes I'm baking in the morning.

I'd like to thank all of my readers for using my recipes. A special thanks to those who write and tell me of their successes baking and cooking. My catering business has been crazy this past year; busy, busy. I appreciate that readers continue to check out the site even when my posts are less frequent. I hope the recent uploading of videos inspires many of you to bake. I'm having fun doing them.



Back in the Kitchen
Posted: July 30, 2012

The "Three Weeks" and "Nine Days" are over. I'm guilty of conflicting feelings; on one hand, the period of mourning should be just that and a time of reflection. That said, as a very busy caterer, I look forward to the down time. Parties are incongruous with the solemnity commemorating the destruction of The Temple. Kids are off to camps. I can catch up on paperwork....and, sleep.

People wonder how I do "it", party after party, simcha after simcha. Shabbat is necessary and I love, love that a power greater than myself gives me permission to do nothing one day a week. I need that; boy do I ever. And, once a year, I need the "Three Weeks" and this year more than ever. It's been crazy busy, thank G-d. With Aviva in Israel for a month and the Fourth of July behind me, I relish a few weeks without events....and, a few weeks to play in the new video kitchen.

Back in the Kitchen

Working on new videos


She's Back!
Posted: July 4, 2012

Great news for both Leah's Catering and LeahCooksKosher.com. Cleo is back! Bringing her infectious energy as chef and talented food stylist, I look forward to playing in the kitchen with her. This is a picture from the past ~ we'll need to update our photos.

Leah and Cleo 

Welcome back Cleo ~ we love you!


New Video Kitchen
Posted: July 4, 2012

I am remiss in uploading new content. The catering business is crazy busy (thank G-d) and I've been diligent in producing successful events. I have missed blogging and uploading the many recipes and photos piling up on my desk. In between events, the last 6 months are spent cobbling together a new kitchen for video shoots. Combined with the many hours dedicated to the project by videographer Gordon Modin, we're thrilled to have a space that allows for easy production shoots.



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