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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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Quinoa Treats (gluten-free and non-gebrokts)
For my Passover baking demonstration a couple weeks back, I have this idea that I want to make some sort of quinoa cookie. Thinking of my toasted oatmeal cookie recipe, I figure I can wing it and star...
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Leah's Famous Coconut Macaroons, Chocolate Dipped (optional)
*This recipe is one of my classics for Passover. Video now available!This is my famous, even if only in my own mind, coconut macaroon recipe. Years ago, I knew what I wanted in a macaroon. Somewhere i...
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OUTSTANDING Cake Pops
Sitting at a committee meeting, someone suggests cake pops as one of the desserts offered. I'd heard a rumor that cake pops may be requested but I had hoped not. While I make plenty of time consum...
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Fortune Cookies
It's that time of year; time for Chinese food. We have a vegan place in town that is kosher. That said, I'm a meat eater and I love a quick stir-fry - chicken or beef. I still have some of tho...
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Swedish Almond Tarts
I discover these dainty tarts while developing a menu for our Swedish buffet. There is a trend toward dessert buffets filled with tasty, worth-the-calories morsels that can be casually popped int...
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Chocolate Coconut Balls
Part of our Swedish offering consists of this surprisingly tasty morsel of chocolate and coconut; pretty much my favorite combination. Hesitant about the uncooked oatmeal, I shrug and toss it into the...
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Old Fashioned Snickerdoodles
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...
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Date-Nut Pinwheels
This cookie always reminds me of my daughter Rebekah. They are a favorite of hers and I find that weird. I don't usually think of a date-nut filling as being kid friendly. She's hardly a kid a...
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Rainbow Hamentachen
This is my feeble attempt at wishing everyone a fun and happy Purim. Slammed with catering these past few weeks, my creative Purim urges have been trapped in my brain. Due to my hectic schedule, once ...
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Jam Thumbprint Cookies
Thumbprint cookies are a standby classic that I really don't see all that often. Good parve, they are fabulous made with real butter....and, what isn't? With a simple indentation fil...
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Gluten-free Toasted Oatmeal with Dried Cherries Cookies
I've been wanting to make these cookies for a couple of weeks. I have 4 events this weekend but I want to make a gluten-free oatmeal cookie. Guess what is on the dessert table this Shabbos at one ...
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Hungarian Shortbread with Rhubarb Jam Filling
I told Lucy in May that I'd upload this recipe....hmm, it's only a couple of months later. Sorry! This is one of my favorite bar cookies in the world; the entire world. Ruchie, who eats only c...
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Perfect Lemon Bars (Pareve or Dairy)
Serving these lemon bars the other day, a guest said, "Oh, the world's most perfect lemon bars!" They weren't always the most perfect. Often the center wouldn't set up as much as...
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Rugelach ~ Chocolate, Cinnamon Walnut or Jam (Parve or Dairy)
We don't have a sign reading "over a billion sold" but we have certainly made many, many rugelach. Thumbing through "The 2nd Avenue Deli Cookbook" while looking for the falafel...
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Rice Krispie Treats with Marshmallows and Sprinkles
Lag B'Omer is a picnic day, an upshurin day, a day to be casual and get the kids outside to play. BBQ's, hot dogs, hamburgers ~ nothing too fancy. Desserts are simple, too. Rice Krispie treats...
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Chocolate Peanut Butter Rice Krispie Treats
A customer gives me this recipe for a party. I want to go the natural peanut butter route and use one free of the added oils. I have a tough time getting these bars to get firm enough to slice until I...
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Sephardic Biscochos
Biscochos are in my top favorite cookies to make. They are a Sephardic classic, especially in this town. Catherine Scharon is my adopted Sephardic grandmother and she taught me her way of making these...
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Cocoa Brownies (Kosher for Passover)
I prefer my brownies on the slightly underbaked side. These are simple to make, rich in flavor, and have a great texture. Whip up a few foil pans of brownies (aren't we all baking in foil pans?) a...
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Chocolate Chip Cookies (Gluten-free or Not)
What does 'or not' mean? I have many requests to share gluten-free recipes. This means I have to develop some recipes. Fine with me as I love to learn new stuff. My basic philosophy is&nb...
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Leah's Soon-to-be-Famous Cocoa Coconut Macaroons
I never made cocoa coconut macaroons until today. Using the basic coconut macaroon recipe, I simply added some Dutch process cocoa. Depending on how dark and rich you like the macaroons, 1 - 2 tablesp...
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Chocolate Chip Coconut Macaroons
This is easy; use the recipe for Leah's Famous Coconut Macaroons. Let the mixture cool. Toss in a handful of chocolate chips (I use the mini) and bake as usual. Simple. Done.  Yum.Please refe...
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Nanaimo Bars - Kosher for Passover
This is the kosher for Passover version of this popular Northwest cookie. While making the original version, I realize that the custard powder for the filling is kosher for Passover. I wonder with wha...
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Nanaimo Bars (Dairy or Pareve)
Supposedly, this bar cookie originates from Nanaimo Island located somewhere off Vancouver Island here in the Northwest. If so, it must be because a creative cook had cabin fever as none of the ingred...
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Best Ever and Easy Hamentachen
We rolled out (no pun intended) the first of the hamentachen this week at a Kiddush lunch at Herzl. Three hundred and fifty pieces disappeared quickly ~ poppy seed, apricot, raspberry, strawberry, and...
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Gluten-free Hamentachen
I did not need to find out how wonderful these are....absolutely did not need to know. If I take one more bite I'm going to have to say it again. I made these hamentachen pareve but they taste lik...
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Hamentachen Filling - Chocolate
Purest decry my chocolate hamentachen filling. I say, "Ha! ~ it outsells poppyseed by 2:1!" It's true. Hamentachen cookie dough surrounds a brownie; what could be better? Somehow we'...
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Hamentachen Filling - Apricot
In the past, we've purchased our apricot filling in large 40 pound buckets. It isn't always easy to find pareve. Last year, there was a huge snow storm in the East and the trucks weren't g...
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Hamentachen Filling - Prune
Prune Lekvar is available in bulk quantities by special order at the bakery supply, in 50 pound buckets. Hmm, sort of a lot since it isn't the best selling hamentachen filling. But, it is really e...
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Hamentachen Filling - Poppy Seed
I received an email today asking if I have a recipe for poppy seed filling. I'm thinking two things; 1) someone noticed I didn't put up a recipe for poppy seed filling and 2) I have a can open...
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