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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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Meat Cholent with Tomato and Za'atar
Cholent. It's one of those things that can be very hit or miss. Yet, hit or miss, it always gets eaten. Entrusted to the crock pot for 20 hours or so, a shrug of the shoulders says it is what it i... Read More
Mango Macadamia Nut Bread
This recipe is adapted from Sam Choy's "Island Flavors" cookbook. I promise this is the last recipe I'll post inspired from its pages. There are tons of fabulous recipes sandwiched b... Read More
Ukrainian Poppy Seed Loaf
I really like to give credit when credit is due. Many of the recipes we've used for years have been copied without source notations. Who knew I'd be typing a blog about food on motzei Shabbat ... Read More
Lemon Walnut Tea Bread
I need 'cake' for a tish last week and decide this is the perfect opportunity to make tea breads for the website. Not only will I have an assortment of beautiful loaves, I'll have some new... Read More
Marble Loaf Tea Bread
Tea breads are old school; especially when made with old school ingredients. A good marble loaf is my favorite. I feel less guilty eating a cake without frosting. A thin slice with a cup of tea is Sha... Read More
Baba Ganoush
We frequently come to this website for recipes. Working from my home office, I bring what I need to the kitchen on prep days. Sometimes I forget things and it has been very handy to have so many recip... Read More
Herb Crusted Rib Roast
Working on a marathon event a few weeks back, I have 50# of ribeye roast to cook. I'm busy with baking and Cleo's on salads and sides. 2,000 meals is feeling like a lot. I call in Malika, a ta... Read More
Roasted Red Pepper Dip
I confess. This website has become invaluable to me as a resource in the kitchen. When I forget a recipe, I just go to the archive. Of course, I'm on a 3G Blackberry; great for email but bad for i... Read More
Baba Ganoush 2 (with onion and mayo)
I can't eat eggplant. This leaves me at the mercy of my chefs when it comes to making baba ganoush. This is the recipe I've made for years, that is until Frank came onboard. He's not into ... Read More
Gravlax
Recently hired to cater a Jewish event at The Swedish Club, I joke to the client that possibly they want Swedish food; lutefisk. Seattle, clear cut for civilized living by strapping lumberjacks of Swe... Read More
Quinoa Tabouli
During Passover, doing a quick check through this website's recipe archives to find this recipe, I'm shocked to see it isn't listed. That said, there is nothing shocking about me post... Read More
Salmon Poached in Court Bouillon
I've been making this salmon for Passover for years and years. In my retail Seder packages, it is an alternative starter to the gefilte fish I learned to make from Laurie Minsk. This salmon is als... Read More
Red Horseradish
I can't really explain why I haven't made red horseradish until this year.....yet another of those "14 years later....." mysteries. Multitasking as I do, I throw some beets into a po... Read More
Grated Horseradish
Grated horseradish is a classic condiment for gefilte fish. I used to buy a quality jarred variety but that was when I'd buy frozen gefilte fish. Now, with the homemade salmon and white fish loave... Read More
Couscous with Seven Vegetables
Coming off of an incredible 4 week marathon, I'm staring at my website. Yikes; I'm falling behind in posting recipes! Last night, at my final event before turning the kitchen for Passover next... Read More
Leah's Famous Chocolate Babka
Chocolate babka rules, rocks and was the most popular item after challah in the bakery. It is also the most requested 'next video' and you can now see it here! Putting up an Ind... Read More
Cinnamon Rolls
Not too long after my father passed away, I drove to Seward Park for a meeting with one of the Rabbis. I had only been catering for a year or so and was going to help with his son's bar mitzvah pa... Read More
Huevos Haminados, Sephardic Brown Eggs
Over the months and years, I intend to document many Sephardic specialties of our region. Recently, I was asked to make 'brown eggs' for a traditional brunch. I'd only made them once befor... 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
Parve Spinach Noodle Kugel
Over the years, spinach noodle kugel becomes our best selling kugel. I take it for granted. Knowing that my readers want this recipe, I decide to use it as my entry into the Kugel Throwdown. I need ph... 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
Parve Golden Potato Kugel (that is really purple)
Years ago, back when the bakery was the little space next to the Tree of Life Judaica shop, a woman pulls up curbside and jumps out of the car. Running into the bakery, she stops short staring into th... Read More
Blueberry Muffins (Dairy or Pareve)
Back in the days of the bakery, we regularly make these muffins on Friday. The early morning crowd could hardly wait for them to come out of the oven. By mid-morning, they were usually gone.The b... Read More
Dried Cranberry Scones (Dairy or Pareve)
I'm sad every time I think about it. Last year, after Passover, a friend tells me that he was at a seder and my name/business came up during dinner (let's hope I wasn't a plague!). Apparen... Read More
Mexican Ancho Chili Brisket
This is another one of those recipes that would make a great cholent. Looking to make a Shabbat dinner, I opt for the brisket instead of the stew meat. Believe it or not, this is an adaptation of... Read More
Real Jewish Chicken Soup
I'm sipping chicken broth from a mug as I write this. My allergies have gotten the best of me and I'm trying to get my mojo back (whatever that is!). Hearing in my head my high school Eng... Read More
Matzoh Balls
I prefer matzoh balls to be 'floaters', light and fluffy. My recipe makes 200 matzoh balls, a little excessive for home use. Just a little. We are making 2,500 pieces this Passover season. Hil... Read More
Baked Salmon and Halibut Gefilte Fish
(This is a second posting of this recipe. It is a 'must make' for Passover.)I always bought sweetened gefilte fish in the kosher frozen food section. I would unroll it from the parchment wrapp... Read More
Dobos Torte (original 7-layer cake) (Dairy or Pareve)
This is the original version of the 7- layer cake. Thin layers of sponge cake, thin layer of chocolate buttercream, repeated 6 times and topped with a caramel layer. This photo shows a dripping layer ... Read More
White Bean Cholent with Roasted Fennel
Okay, I don't have the 'after' photo for this pareve cholent for the obvious reason; no photos on Shabbat. Harried as everyone else on an early Shabbat, I don't think to siphon some fo... Read More
Lemon Curd Tart with Fruit
This is an updated post. It's come to light that people love and remember my lemon curd tarts. I make them both full sized and in individual smaller shapes. My original post a few years ago was ma... Read More
Tu B'shevat Whole Wheat Challah
In honor of Tu B'shevat, I decided to make Honey Whole Wheat Challah. This recipe is sweetened with honey and barley malt syrup (available in the organic section) without any refined whi... 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
Apricot Mint Chicken
Pulling the Hip Kosher cookbook off the shelf, I expect to find the recipe for apricot chicken. I made this for Hillelfest last year and know I worked with this great book. To my surprise, there is on... Read More
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