Aliza Green

Chef | Consultant | Author

First Christian Church

Where’s Aliza

Aliza to Lead Culinary & Cultural Tour of Northern India January 29-February 12, 2017

Mortar & Pestle with Garam Masala   If you love travel, spices, and exciting food experiences, please consider joining me, Aliza Green, author of 15 cookbooks including my newest, The Magic of Spice Blends, in an exclusive small group (maximum 12 guests) on this culinary and cultural tour of Northern India. Lots of market tours, cooking classes and unique meals with local experts on this journey departing January 29th and returning February 11, 2017. India Culinary & Cultural Journey with Aliza

We’ll be flying in and out of Delhi with several days each in the fabulously beautiful cities of Jaipur, Agra, and Lucknow before our return to Delhi. This 12-night journey is being organized by Kipling Travels, our local highly experienced travel professionals in India. We will also have a local escort traveling with us throughout. We have chosen all 5-star hotels with character and high ratings on Trip Advisor. Delhi: The Imperial, Jaipur: Tree of Life, Agra:Trident, Lucknow: Vivanta By Taj. Travel will be by our private air-conditioned mini van with one train ride and one internal flight from Lucknow back to Delhi.

At least some of the group will be leaving from Newark on United’s direct flight to Delhi and I will be hiring a driver and van to drive the group up from the Philadelphia area.

The price (not including international airfare but including all in-country travel) is $4,450 per person, double occupancy with an $800 supplement for a single room.

If you’re interested and would like a detailed itinerary, please send a message with your email address to chefalizagreen@gmail.com and I’ll get in touch within a day or two.

March Thursday Night Dinner Party events with live music at Material Culture

Rose Geranium Pound Cake I hope that you can join me for one (or more!) of the upcoming series of Dinner Parties to be held at Material Culture for the first four Thursday evenings in March: Please click on this link to go to the Material Culture website to purchase tickets: March Thursday Night Dinner Party Events. We have just completed a very successful series in February and the March events promise to be just as much fun with delicious food, lively music, and a stimulating atmosphere! If you love great food, conversation, live music, and meeting new friends, we’d love to see you on a Thursday Night soon.

We will also be running our very popular prix-fixe brunch on Easter Sunday, March 27th, Mother’s Day, and also on Father’s Day. Homemade Bloody Mary mix is just the start!

Aliza in Philadelphia Inquirer Thursday, 2/25/16

Here’s a link to an article about my long and varied culinary career, Dinner Party series at Material Culture, and my newest book, The Magic of Spice Blends: Palate Pioneer. Lots of opinions and stories here!

New Thursday Night Magic of Spice Blend Dinner Party Series at Material Culture

Join Us for a Series of 4 Very Special Thursday Night Dinner Parties with Chef Aliza Green at Baba Olga’s Celebrating my new book, The Magic of Spice Blends

Click the link below for more details: 

The Magic of Spice Blends

Tickets: $55 per person/per dinner
Live Music
Limited Reserved Seating
7:00 to 10:00pm
Free Parking

BYOB

Books are available for signing by the author.

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Aliza to be Guest Chef at The Inn at Woodloch, January 7 to 9, 2016

I am happy to say that I will be guest chef in residence from January 7 to 9th at the gorgeous spa/retreat in the Poconos, The Inn at Woodloch. Follow this link for details: Aliza at the Inn at Woodloch. I’ll be doing a demo of a spice blend and a delicious vegan soup from my newest book, The Magic of Spice Blends, attending a reception and Q & A in my honor, and meeting with the chefs for a career discussion. Many thanks to my friend, Tina Breslow, of Breslow Partners for arranging this culinary get-away.AKP-TLAW-WINTER-2014-1

 

Three veteran Philly chefs

20151102_180055I attended the recent Philly C-CAP Gala honoring the major culinary contributions to the city of Philadelphia of Chef Jean-Marie LaCroix, longtime executive chef of the Four Seasons Hotel in Philadelphia and mentor to a generation of chefs. With him is his colleague and sometimes rival, Chef Georges Perrier. I never worked with Chef LaCroix but know him as a fellow Philly culinarian from my days at A’Propos in the 80s where I worked with his lovely wife, Vivienne. And, I almost went to work for Chef Perrier but instead chose to go work at A’Propos where I cooked Mediterranean-inspired California-style cuisine with a wood-oven and mesquite grill. Although I was torn by it, I made the right decision because three months after I started, I got pregnant. A few years later, I was honored to be asked by Chef Perrier to co-author his cookbook–a wonderful opportunity for me and an experience that I will always treasure. Vive La France!

 

Calling all Spice Lovers! Aliza’s new book, The Magic of Spice Blends, out December 1st

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Spices are the foundation of flavor and are used in virtually every recipe in every home around the world, yet many  cooks are intimidated by how to choose and use spices to enhance their cooking. My new book, The Magic of Spice Blends, is an authoritative, global overview of spice blends, including background information on individual spices and how to create and adapt classic blends to suit your personal taste without losing their essential character. Here I provide a fully-illustrated guide to spices, creating 50 spice blends and 50 recipes using flavor profiles from around the world. A pinch of this and a dash of that, and you’ll be creating distinctive and delectable flavors in every dish!

Today, more than ever, we have access to almost every spice and herb imaginable. But it’s the careful blending of herbs and spices that is the true art of the spice handler.

The Magic of Spice Blends reveals the secrets of creating and cooking with the world’s classic spice blends from seven regions: Africa, the Far East, Europe, India, the Middle East, North America and the Caribbean, Mexico, and South America.

I guide you through the principles of choosing, working with, and blending spices. Join the fun of creating personalized spice and herb blends and knowing just what goes into them—no ancient, bitter, musty dust here! Find resources on where to purchase great quality herbs and spices, even organic, non-irradiated.  You can even grow your own and use them to make those wonderful spice blends.

Along with background information on the history, culture, and culinary uses of each blend, The Magic  of Spice Blends includes recipes and variations for 50 spice blends and an additional 50 recipes featuring blends including: Spicy Moroccan Steamed Mussels with Charmoula (Africa); Vietnamese Chicken Bahn Mi Sandwich with Chinese Five Spice; Swedish Gingerbread Cookies (Europe); Grilled Vadouvan Salmon with Date Tamarind Chutney (India): Watermelon, Labne, and Mint Salad with Lime Advieh Dressing (the Middle East); Louisiana Spicy Boiled Crayfish (North America); and Jerk-Spiced Turkey Wings (the Caribbean).

The Magic of Spice Blends is available for pre-order on Amazon right now and will be in bookstores starting December 1st.

A Brazilian Feast to Celebrate the Painted Bride Art Center’s Anniversary

This spring, I had the pleasure of creating a Brazilian menu for the Painted Bride’s 46th Anniversary Celebration held at Material Culture in East FAlls. I prepared Feijoada, the iconic Brazilian dish of black beans, smoked and cured meats, sauteed kale, and sliced Navel oranges (native to Brazil). This rich and flavorful dish was accompanied by plentiful Caipirinha cocktails–like a daiquiri made with cachaca (Brazilian sugar cane spirits) that can be dangerously delicious and lead to spirited dancing. See the clip here:  Painted Bride Celebrates its 46th Anniversary Brazilian Style!

Community Seder at Baba Olga’s Cafe on Saturday, April 4

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I’m very excited to be hosting our first Community Seder at Baba Olga’s Cafe on the second night of Passover. Everyone is invited to this celebration of Sephardi and Ashkenazi food, freedom, and building community. Please join us for this delicious meal accompanied by the traditional (minimum!) four glasses of wine.

Spice Blends Cooking Classes at Baba Olga’s Cafe

Please join me and a group of food lovers at my series of three international spice-based cooking classes at Baba Olga’s Cafe. The first class is coming up in just two weeks and will include cooking demo, a take-home packet of spices for each guest and lunch featuring dishes that we have made and other recipes from my forthcoming book, The Magic of Spice Blends. Please visit http://materialculture.com/cooking-classes-at-baba-olgas-cafe/ for more information and to purchase tickets.