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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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Rosh Hashana Recipes

Teriyaki Salmon with Teriyaki Glaze
Well, one might wonder why I'm posting Teriyaki Salmon during Chanukah. Wait until you see what else I'm going to post! That said, let me continue.....There are two parts to this recipe; the t... Read More
WSJHS Italian Plum Shortbread
Cindy Masin, tireless editor and promoter of the Washington State Jewish Historical Society's cookbook, "Yesterday's Mavens, Today's Foodies" asks if I'd make a couple h... Read More
Apple Chestnut Stuffing
Rushing through early Thanksgiving shoppers at the grocery store, I spy chestnuts. Growing up in the Northwest, hazelnuts and black walnuts are nuts that get people excited, especially if you know som... Read More
Apple Raspberry Crisp
I love apple crisp and the addition of raspberries is stellar. Tangy raspberries and tart apples with a crispy cinnamon and nutmeg scented topping. It is the perfect dessert for those not up for attem... Read More
Swedish Apple Pie
Yontif is just out. All of you are breathing a sigh of relief. Looking like a deer caught in headlights, I have 2,000 meals ahead of me in the coming week. A stack of event plans  needs... Read More
Chocolate Honey Cake
(Note: This is a previous post coming to the forefront for the holidays.)So, let's get one thing straight - I don't have a Jewish mother or grandmother. As a convert, I lack the fond memory of... Read More
Apple Crown Cake (yes, the one!)
(For those who missed this, I'm bringing it back to the home page for Rosh Hashana ~ also, this photo was just sent by Marc Jacobson who has to make more for Rosh Hashana as they ate this one!)Thi... Read More
Deluxe Honey Cake
I haven't a clue where this recipe originates. I've been making it for nearly 20 years and in huge quantities since I started catering and baking. I love making this honey cake because when I ... Read More
Moroccan Chicken with Dried Fruit and Almonds
A couple of years ago while in a small town north of Seattle, my radar hones in on the local bookstore. Depression glass and cookbooks; I'm always on the prowl. This trip, I score Faye Levy's ... Read More
Northwest Pear Cake
In a cookbook around here somewhere is a recipe for an Italian Pear Cake. I adapted it to create the Northwest Pear Cake by substituting dried cranberries for currants and almonds for pine n... Read More
Pumpkin Borekas
I love Sukkot. It is like Thanksgiving a month early....and, for 8 days. For me, that means all things apple and all things pumpkin. Catering a couple of sukkah parties is a opportunity to make pumpki... Read More
Mixed Fruit Challah
(Note: This was originally posted last year; and nothing has changed ~ it's still my all time favorite challah!) This is my favorite Rosh Hashana challah; the mixed fruit challah. Back in the... Read More
Quinoa Stuffed Cabbage
Shabbat dinners at Hillel require a vegetarian option when meat is being served. This week is stuffed cabbage so I'm making some with quinoa and baby portabello mushrooms. Using the same sauce as ... Read More
Raisin Crown Challah
(Note: This was originally posted last year. I'm a big believer in baking ahead of the holidays and freezing. No time like the present!)Luckily, luckily we eat crown challah through Simchat Torah.... Read More
Fig and Raspberry Tart with Sesame Almond Crust
This is another favorite of mine from "Baking with Julia" by Dorie Greenspan. Called a "raspberry-fig crostata' in the book, a crostata is a tart in Italian. With Amanda Knox's ... Read More
French Apple Tart
Rosh Hashana and weeks of holidays are fast approaching. I'm crazy busy with catering and want to get more recipes uploaded. Solution at this point: put foods for the holiday onto my catering even... Read More
Pareve Yerushalmi Kugel
Here in the Northwest, this kugel isn't as familiar as a potato or sweet noodle kugel. I think it is popular in some Haredi communities in Israel, hence the name. It is an interesting blend of bla... Read More
Pareve Sweet Noodle Kugel
Over the 10 years that the bakery was open, our kugel selection was intentionally pareve. It wasn't only because of the dairy with meat meals issue. We kept in mind the large Chabad community who ... Read More
Old-Fashioned Apple Pie
Apple pie is very simple to make; especially when using the pie crust recipe from Baking with Julia. Growing up, pie was always challenging...will the crust turn out? Will it be too dry and crack, or&... Read More
Pomegranate Infused Fig and Kalamata Olive Tapenade
Tu B'shevat is a great opportunity to meld flavors and work with interesting combinations of foods. This tapenade, which I'm serving with rye crackers, is easy to make and beautiful to serve. ... Read More
Baked Salmon with Pomegranate Sauce and Salsa
This beautiful salmon dish is very quick and easy to make. I love the deep red of the pomegranate sauce with the salmon. I've made a sweet onion salsa that has a bit of Meyer lemon zest and juice,... Read More
Classic Egg Challah Recipe
When I first converted, the Spice and Spirit Cookbook, A Lubavitch Women's Cookbook Publication, became my go to resource in the kitchen. More than a cookbook, it includes all the necessary halahi... Read More
Citrus Ginger Chicken
This is my favorite Passover chicken recipe. I love the bright citrus color, the freshly grated ginger, green onions and honey. Since the recipe also calls for orange zest, we usually juice the o... Read More
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