June 21, 2010
"Sundays With Marlena" - it's a wrap

Eight months and 150 recipes later, Melody Elliott-Koontz and her "Sundays With Marlena Crew" have finished their ambitious Jewish cooking project. As I reported in December, Elliott-Koontz wanted to get in touch with her Jewish heritage by tackling each recipe in "Jewish Cooking" by Marlena Spieler. She was joined in the endeavor by two local food bloggers - Eileen Makishima Thornton and Shankari Easwaran - and it was soon like "Julie & Julia" with a Jewish twist.

Well it all wound down last week, after Elliott-Koontz finished a cheesecake recipe. So what's next on her menu? A big break.

"It's kind of bittersweet really," said Elliott-Koontz. "I'm not wanting to cook through another book right away, but I met some of the coolest people doing this. I began this project for personal reasons and learned that Jewish food isn't just matzo balls and latkes. It can be very elegant. I'm very grateful I had this opportunity and had so much fun doing it. It was just a lot of work."

We'll be keeping tabs on Elliott-Koontz through her "Cooking Schmooking" blog. And congrats again to the "Sundays With Marlena" gang!

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