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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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Chocolate Nut Cake - Passover - non-gebrokts
Video Now Available! Scroll down to watch.Thinking I have plenty of time before Passover, I agree to do a baking demo for Rebbetzin Devorah Kornfeld's women's group. Two funerals with the... Read More
Chocolate Mousse Tart (non-gebrokts, gluten-free)
I found this recipe in Susie Fishbein's "Passover by Design". The series of cookbooks is quite lovely; I envy the cast of contributors who make the books so attractive. The photo of the ... Read More
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... Read More
Grandmother Sarah Mozersky's Farfel Puffs
I have another question; how is this year different from all other years? We started the Passover kashering on March 10th, prep on March 13th, put the equipment back in storage on Friday and kash... Read More
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... Read More
Marzipan (uncooked method)
Marzipan is especially popular in our Sephardic community. Making some for a recent wedding, I hunt for my pan of tiny majestic shapes. For years, the pan has been moved from right to left in sto... 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
Chicken or Salmon Chimichurri
Call me desperate; it's okay. Passover is in a week and I'm scrambling.....catering two funerals while kashering for Passover has put me behind in uploading new recipes. That said, I'... 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
New Potato Salad with Cucumber and Fresh Dill
I love this potato salad. It is another of James McNair's, from his "Fish" cookbook. Tender new potatoes and handfuls of fresh dill scream summer time. True, it has a mayonnaise bas... 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
Israeli Salad
Israeli Salad, it doesn't get any more universally Jewish than this. Served with pita and hummus, falafel....it is simply the easiest salad to serve to add fresh crispness. I believe that there is... Read More
Egg Noodles (Gluten - Free, Kosher for Passover)
Well, I'm getting this recipe up just under the wire for the last days of Passover. These egg noodles are Aviva's favorite and I've been meaning to whip up a batch all week. Simple, s... Read More
Quinoa Stuffed Tomatoes (or chef's choice of vegetable)
We served 350 lunches at Hillel on Thursday. Friday's crowd was slightly less at about 300 guests. Having 6 hours before serving 125 for Shabbat dinner, I send my exhausted crew home. Dinner is pr... Read More
Roasted Vegetable Frittata (Kosher for Passover)
Frittatas are standbys for Passover. Easy to make, they can be dairy or pareve. We use whatever vegetables we have on hand; especially onions, leeks and roasted red peppers. This one has yellow squash... Read More
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... Read More
Carrot Cake - (Kosher for Passover)
This is the most moist and amazing carrot cake. I've turned this place upside down looking for the cookbook which I took this from way back in the beginning of baking for the community. I'... Read More
Apple Rhubarb Crisp (Kosher for Passover)
This is my favorite Passover dessert. I ate an entire 8" round pan of this for breakfast and lunch yesterday and today. Forget the plate. I just stuck a fork into it and told my crew 'don'... Read More
Flourless Chocolate Cake
This is a must make for Passover. Similar to the Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cake in appearance, this cake is much lighter. Many flourless chocolate cake recipes are similar so what makes one better t... 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
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... Read More
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... Read More
Cleaning for Passover Olympics!
Today we cleaned the kitchen for Passover production. Tomorrow, ingredients arrive and by Tuesday, we'll be ready to start baking and cooking. Stay tuned for kosher for Passover recipes and, don&#... Read More
Oven Roasted Asparagus
Okay, so I'm uploading this picture after saying this would be a week of chocolate. Scroll to the next recipes...and, more chocolate tomorrow! The sun came out today with a whopping 60 degree... Read More
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... Read More
Pareve Chocolate Mousse (Kosher for Passover)
Years ago, before I started catering, some friends and I decide to do a series of fundraiser dinners for Chabad. Utilizing the cooking skills of women in the community, we develop menus based on ... Read More
Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cake (Kosher for Passover)
The Chocolate Raspberry Truffle Cake is to Passover what the Apple Crown Cake is to Rosh Hashana. We make it yearly for individual seder packages and by the 1/2 sheet pan for the Hillel lunches. It is... Read More
Chocolate Ganache (Pareve, Dairy or Kosher for Passover)
I make this rich chocolate ganache in bulk and refrigerate it for future use. Depending on the temperature of the ganache, it can be used in many forms. For a bright shiny glaze, I nuke it for a ... Read More
Roasted Golden Beet Citrus Salad
This beautiful salad reminds me of my friend Chami who now lives in Fort Lauderdale. I enjoyed this ten years ago at her Shabbat table, a table always abundant and novel. Roasting the golden beets in ... Read More
English Cucumber Salad with Fresh Dill
English cucumbers, thanks to the hothouse method of farming, are in abundance year- around. Cucumber salad is another good basic salad to have in your repetoire. It is always lovely with sal... Read More
Balsamic Vinaigrette
Robust and flavorful, this balsamic vinaigrette is a basic that should always be on hand. Make it by the pint and store it in the refrigerator. Use it on green salads, roasted vegetables and pasta sal... Read More
BBQ Beef Brisket
Wowzers ~ Leah is putting up her famous brisket recipe! But wait, it isn't my recipe really, I've just made hundreds of pounds of it. The recipe comes from the informative and elegant cookbook... 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
Raspberry Mint Chicken
I love this chicken in the spring and summer. The ingredients are available kosher for Passover so it is great for a festive lunch served at room temperature. I have to call out Kedem raspberry syrup ... Read More
Raspberry Vinaigrette
I don't have a long-winded story to accompany this recipe for my famous Raspberry Vinaigrette. We have served this from the beginning and it is our standard salad dressing at Passover. I'm cal... 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
Oven Baked BBQ Chicken
This is my kosher for Passover BBQ sauce, great on chicken or ribs. Remind me tell you the BBQ rib story sometime on the blog. Ridiculous. At any rate, this is a good basic sauce that you can change u... 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
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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