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Amuse Bouche: Pork Cookbook in Israel Challenges a Taboo

By on Sep 30, 2010 in amuse bouche, Food News | 0 comments

Dr. Eli Landau, a retired cardiologist and food writer from Tel Aviv, has written “The White Book”, the first Israeli pork cookbook. Israel has had laws that prevent pork sales since the 1950s. Source: September 28, 2010 NY Times article ****************** Amuse Bouche: Noun. Etymology: French: literally, entertains the mouth. A small, complimentary appetizer served at the beginning of a meal to awaken the taste buds. Leena Eats definition: a quick shot of gastronomic knowledge for the brain. ~LTG!

Leena Eats: The Big Cheese Penis, Day Two (Chez Panisse)

By on Sep 29, 2010 in Berkeley, California, East Bay, Leena Eats | 2 comments

I recently had the pleasure of dining at Chez Panisse Cafe, and not nearly a week later, I was invited to go try the restaurant downstairs out with new friends. What are the differences, you may ask? Well, the cafe is upstairs, less formal, and has an a la carte menu. The restaurant is downstairs, more formal, and has a set four course meal the chef changes daily. Cafe more affordable, restaurant more expensive. The first course of the evening was awesome—a refreshing and light tomato salad with ricotta salata and cucumbers. The tomatoes were juicy and tasted as only a tomato can taste in season, at it’s ripest, simply perfect. The salad had a cooling effect, which was great, especially considering that Berkeley was having a freakishly and untypically hot 100 degree F evening. More food porn and info on the meal and sticking to seats after the jump. I wish the weather...

Amuse bouche: Halal foods on the rise in France

By on Sep 28, 2010 in amuse bouche, Food News | 0 comments

France has the largest population of Muslims in Europe, and the halal foods industry is twice the size of the organic industry in France. Some suggest this might be because France is trying to promote the culture in other ways since it banned the wearing of full facial veils in public places this summer. Source: September 8, 2010 NY Times article ******************** Amuse Bouche: Noun. Etymology: French: literally, entertains the mouth. A small, complimentary appetizer served at the beginning of a meal to awaken the taste buds. Leena Eats definition: a quick shot of gastronomic knowledge for the brain. ~LTG!

Amuse bouche: Our troops can eat burgers again!

By on Sep 28, 2010 in amuse bouche, Food News | 0 comments

A ban on fast food and retail outlets on U.S. army bases in Afghanistan put in place 8 months ago by former Gen. Stanley McChrystal has finally been lifted. McChrystal set the ban because he felt the Burger Kings and Oakley stores on bases made them feel like an amusement park, but his replacement, Command Sgt. Maj. Marvin Hill, feels there is nothing wrong with an occasional burger for the troops. Source: September 10. 2010 Slate article ************** Amuse Bouche: Noun. Etymology: French: literally, entertains the mouth. A small, complimentary appetizer served at the beginning of a meal to awaken the taste buds. Leena Eats definition: a quick shot of gastronomic knowledge for the brain. ~LTG!

Leena Cooks n Cans: Raspberry Jam

By on Sep 27, 2010 in Canning, Jam, Leena Cooks, Sweet | 1 comment

As I get older, one of the things I love most about being an adult is the ability to make the rules in your own life. Want to stay up all night playing video games? Do it. Pizza for breakfast? Why not! I particular enjoy making up holiday food traditions, ones I will force my future children to follow for years to come, whether they enjoy it or not. The first one I’ve decided on? Homemade brioche doughnuts filled with raspberry jam for Christmas morning. To me, nothing says decadence and simplicity more than a proper raspberry jelly doughnut, and after making some with my old culinary school friends in Chicago, I was hooked. I knew it had to be a special, once a year only sort of treat, because fried foods and my ibs aren’t the best of friends, so Christmas it was. And what is the key ingredient in raspberry jelly doughnuts? Say it with me–RASPBERRY JELLY! But since I...