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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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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
Dutch Apple Pie
Yom Kippur ended a few hours ago. Just as there are those who immediately do some token gesture toward building the sukkah, my thoughts turn to apple pie. I love apple pie in the sukkah and alway... Read More
Parve Pumpkin Pie
I can live without a turkey on Thanksgiving but I can't live without a pumpkin pie. It's another one of those "personal pan" items. I need my own pie for dessert and breakfast the ne... Read More
Parve Chocolate Pecan Pie
For pecan pie lovers, the good news is that this is so easy to make. I'm not a fan of pecan pie but repeated orders tell me this must taste good. I tried a different technique last night; pre-baki... 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
Spicy Yellow Dahl Dip
Doing a semi-authentic Indian inspired dinner the other night, semi- authentic only because my experience with Indian food is minimal, I remember that I have a recipe for this dip in my recipe bi... 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
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
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
Oven Baked Yam Fries
Yam fries are very easy to make in the oven. Would have made my life easier knowing that before I did an event last summer; I fried them on the stove top. Took forever and the demand was constant. To ... Read More
Apple Crisp with Oatmeal Streusel Topping
I spend the last of the holidays on the amazing apple crisp diet. Making a couple of pans for my friend Susan for Sukkot, I peel another 5 pounds of apples for myself. The handy apple peeler and corer... 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
Favorite Stuffed Cabbage
I love stuffed cabbage. Aviva loves kasha varnishkes. Our Hebrew birthdays are the 1st and 2nd days of Sukkot so stuffed cabbage and kasha are our celebration fare. Tonight, we celebrated early since ... 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
Kasha Varnishkes with Piccolini (mini Farfalle)
Aviva and I love kasha varnishkes. I'd never seen it before until I converted and always found it an unusual blend; kasha and pasta. This past summer I saw Barilla's Picocolini for the first t... 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 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
Baklava
Layers of fillo separate ground nuts tossed with spices, repeated to a stack of yum and drizzled with a lemony syrup. I should make baklava more often. Always disappearing from buffet tables, I love t... Read More
Chicken Marbella
Chicken Marbella, I believe, originates in the original Silver Palette Good Times Cookbook. It is a catering standby because of its fragrant Meditteranean scent and how great it packs and holds for ev... 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
Balsamic Herbed Chicken
I found this recipe while browsing through my kosher for Passover collection used at Hillel. I love balsamic vinegar and kudos to Bartenura for making it kosher and kosher for Passover. This recipe ha... Read More
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