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Rachael Narins is a classically trained chef, writing instructor, recipe developer and the author of two cookbooks focusing on cast-iron. Her work can be seen in the L.A. Times, Simply Recipes, AllRecipes.com and many other outlets. In addition to founding the culinary event company Chicks with Knives, she’s a certified California Master Food Preserver and Master Gardener, working with underserved communities in L.A. to teach people how to grow and preserve food. As a Jewish educator, Rachael has been teaching cooking to the children in the OEC Sunday school program at Congregation Tikvat Jacob in Manhattan Beach since 2012. She has also been a guest chef and lecturer at the Skirball Center, LACMA, The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and USC. A native of Los Angeles, Rachael is an avid food photographer and can be found posting pictures on Instagram, (http://www.instagram.com/chickswithknives) when she isn’t cooking or working in her garden.


Purim Cocktails


Here are three Purim themed Cocktails for everyone to enjoy. L’chaim!


Makes one

2 ounces bourbon
1 ounce silan (date syrup)
3 dashes orange bitters
1 small orange

1. In a cocktail shaker combine the bourbon,
silan and orange bitters.

2. Using a vegetable peeler, remove a few strips of
orange zest, add to the shaker and top with ice.

3. Shake until combined and strain into an old-fashioned
glass. Garnish with additional orange peel.


Makes six

1 bottle chilled sparkling wine
6 ounces pomegranate juice
1 lemon cut into wedges
Sugar for rimming the glasses

1. Rub the rim of the glasses with lemon
juice and then dip into sugar to coat.

2. Add one ounce of pomegranate juice to
each glass, top with sparkling wine and serve.


One punch bowl

1 bottle Manischewitz Concord grape wine
¼ cup Chambord raspberry liquor
Juice of one fresh lemon
1 liter club soda

1. Combine everything into a large punch bowl.
Serve immediately.


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