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For you locals, there’s a fun event coming up with Top Chef Spike Mendelsohn @ 6th and I Synagogue.

Spike Up the Matzah


Sunday, March 22, at 6:00 p.m.

“Matzah brei, matzah pizza, matzah mania! Chef Spike Mendelsohn dazzled us last December with his suave latke-making skills. Just in time for Passover, he’s back with recipes to rev up your matzah. Matzah Master Spike will offer an entertaining demonstration of how to create 10 tasty meals, snacks and treats with matzah. And who knows, maybe Spike’s mom will join him on stage again? The cost of the event is $9.”

Tickets are available on this website.


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Usually, I’m fairly confident in the kitchen.  This past Thanksgiving, though, I was a little nervous cooking in front of our houseguest (an experienced cook).  Whether thickening the gravy or prepping the Brussel sprouts, I kept worrying: “Does she think I’m doing it wrong?  Do I look like an idiot?  I bet she’s dying to step in and do it her/the correct way.”

I’ve mostly gotten over my paranoia (and Thanksgiving was awesome, thanks to our collaborative efforts).  Even so, there’s still a ton I’d like to learn about proper cooking techniques. 

The first of those is handling knives.  Slice, dice, jullienne, mince, chop, chiffonnade, etc.  What does each look like, and what’s the most efficient way to get there without looking ridiculous?  (more…)

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