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Friday, September 25, 2020

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Elana Horwich

158 ARTICLES
Founded in 2010 by Elana Horwich, Meal and a Spiel is a private cooking school based on the philosophy that anyone can learn to cook. We offer cooking classes both online and in person, recipes, videos, guidance for healthy living, and of course, spiels.

How to Cook the Ultimate Jewish Chicken Soup (with Bok Choy)

There’s no substitute for homemade chicken soup at any time but particularly when sick. This is the soup I make when I’m under the weather....

Sweets for Your Sweetie

I had just arrived at my friend’s house in Sonoma when she ran inside carrying a huge jar of milk and a carton filled...

Ready, Set, Hummus (And How to Shop for Spices)

My students timed how long it took me to make this hummus (while explaining the procedure) and it was close to 3 1/2 minutes....

In This Ragù, Don’t Forget to Add Love

Ragù, in Italian, means meat sauce. When I was a kid, my family made ragù by dumping a jar of Ragú spaghetti sauce into...

Mushrooms Plus Eggs Equals Frittata

In Italy, eggs aren’t considered breakfast fare. Most Italians wake up to espresso and a pastry. Frittatas are for dinner. There are two types of...

Rustic Chicken for a Chilly Day

The first time I went to Italy, I road-tripped in with some Italians I’d met while backpacking around Europe. We crossed over from the French...

Stirring Radicchios in Risotto

It’s hard for me to accept that some people just can’t stomach radicchio because I love it so much that I stock my fridge...

Fry That Oil: Latke Recipes 5 Different Ways

As someone who has catered many Hollywood parties in Southern California, I know what people will and won’t eat. It’s important that people enjoy...

A Vegetarian Meal That Won’t Make You Miss Meat

The word on the street is that polenta must be stirred constantly while it cooks, similar to risotto. There are even automatic polenta stirrers...

This Thanksgiving Eat Your Veggies Then Have Dessert

Every year for Thanksgiving, I teach a very full and merrily hectic class called “Everything But The Turkey.” It’s the same menu every year....

These Must Eat Potatoes Are Italian, Not French

One night, after returning from an art opening, I had a chance to tell a couple of Italian friends what I was preparing for...

Make Your Own Sophisticated Tuna Spread, Italian Style

Jews have a long history in Italy. In fact, Rome has Europe’s oldest Jewish community. When the Roman Empire conquered Jerusalem 2,000 years ago,...

Not-Too-Sweet Spiced Pumpkin Bread

To be honest, this is more pumpkin bread than pumpkin cake. Yet because I don’t make cakes to have on hand for fear that...

Cookies With a Taste of Tuscany

In Italian, biscotti means cookies — any type of cookies, not only the oblong, crunchy ones that we consider “biscotti” in America. If you...

Fall Is the Season for Soup

For me, Tuscany is a place where time slows down and afternoons stretch out like golden pathways leading toward long, soul-nourishing meals. In the...

Why I Chose to Self-Publish

After telling people that I self published Meal and a Spiel: How to Be Badass in the Kitchen, I typically, get one of two...

Rosh Hashanah Dessert: Caramelized Apples for Dummies

Sometimes I enter into the Jewish New Year without intention, and just use it as an excuse to eat a nice meal with family...

Easy GrainFree Vegan Cheesecake

Spiel written by Meal and a Spiel operational guru Rachel Davidson. This vegan cheesecake surpassed all my expectations. Seriously. I am not a person who...

Chicken ‘Crack’

Here is a dish, chicken meatballs, that pays homage to the lost Jewish heritage of Sicily. In the Middle Ages, the vibrant merchant posts...

NO-STRESS THANKSGIVING PREP PLAN

Every year I teach a sold out Thanksgiving Class with waitlisters begging to be admitted. Why? Because this is THE American food holiday, and...

A plant-based diet can boost body and mind wellness

Over the decades, the baby boomer generation has found many ways to differentiate itself, from its role in the counterculture to the rise of...

Tuna Garbanzo Bean and Sumac Salad

I know I’ve said this before, but it’s time to say it again: necessity is the mother of invention. This Tuna Garbanzo Bean and...

Matzah Bruschetta

Improvisational Passover Appetizer: Matzah Bruschetta! Because I’m just too Italian for plain Jewish food, or so I think. And it was a huuuuge hit...

How to Make Brisket for the Masses

In my recipe for The Best Brisket Ever, I have you sear and slow cook your 6-8 pound brisket in a dutch oven. And...

How to Make Brisket If You Don’t Have a Dutch Oven

I’m going to assume that you have already read my recipe for The Best Brisket Ever and would love to have the world’s most...

GRAMMY 2017 RECAP: MEAL AND A SPIEL KNOWS HOW TO PARTY!

The Grammy Awards is THE biggest night of the year for the music industry. For the entire weekend, nominees and celebrities are invited to...

Watch Joan Nathan Braid Challah and What I’m Making for Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is only days away- oy veh- and there is so much to think about. I mean, so much FOOD to think about. Last...

Braiding Challah with the Legendary Joan Nathan

Last week I had the unique opportunity to be a student in a cooking class. Usually, I am the teacher of such events, but...

3 Secrets for the Best Avocado Toasts

Look, I'm going to be honest. If you put avocado on bread, even with no garnish or no extras, it will still be good....

Mushroom Matzo Kugel

Within a twelve hour window, I received two emails asking me for a recipe for a Mushroom Matzah Kugel. To be honest, I had...

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