It’s time that I introduce you all to one of the biggest names in the kosher blogger’s world, Chanie Apfelbaum. She is the woman behind the blog, Busy in Brooklyn. She is well known for her creative recipes and beautiful photography. She has a large presence on social media with over 18 thousand followers on Instagram, as well as more on other platforms. If you consider your self a foodie, you need to follow her. Whether it’s a pictures of her son eating a huge cinnamon bun, one of her recipes, or some of the outrageous food she makes for shabbos, it’s all interesting and will make your mouth water.
I had the privilege of going to a cooking demo of her’s a few months ago. It was right here in Teaneck. It happened to be an all-women event so her husband and I were the only two males in the room. But it was super fun to watch, I learned a lot and I was happy to support a fellow foodie. It was cool to see how the pros do their demos.
My favorite part of the demo was that she gave out samples of each dish that she made. My favorite was her Pea Soup Shooters. It has now become a favorite in my house. It’s super creamy, fresh, and really easy! Another one of her recipes that my family loves is her Drunken Hasselback Salami recipe. You need to try it right now! It’s amazing! (Click -> here <- for the recipe.)
Meet Chanie Apfelbaum!
Eitan: Who are you, what do you do and where do you live?
Chanie: My name is Chanie Apfelbaum and I’m a food blogger, recipe developer and food photographer from Brooklyn, where I live with my husband and four adorable kids.
Eitan: What’s your favorite part of your job?
Chanie: That would have to be when I see my recipes recreated in other people’s kitchens, especially during the holidays. I love fan mail!
Eitan: If you could only have one form of social media for the rest of your life… what would it be?
Chanie: Instagram, hands down. Although with Facebook owning Instagram, it’s just a matter of time before our posts become less visible.
Eitan: What’s the most adventurous things you’ve ever made in the kitchen?
Chanie: That would probably be my barley ravioli, stuffed with braised short ribs and smothered in a wild mushroom sauce. It was a play on classic mushroom barley soup and it tasted OMG amazing!
Eitan: What is the craziest food you have ever eaten?
Chanie: Definitely dorian!
Eitan: What was your favorite food when you were a child?
Chanie: I imagine it involved candy. I wasn’t much of an eater back then. I definitely make up for it now though!
Eitan: What is the one food you would never give up?
Chanie: Runny eggs. No, potatoes. Runny eggs. No, potatoes!
Eitan: Worst kitchen disaster?
Chanie: Making candy apples as a newlywed for our Purim shalach manos. There was burnt caramel and red food coloring everywhere!
Eitan: Haute Cuisine or Comfort Food?
Chance: A fusion of the two.
Eitan: What inspired you to start your blog?
Chanie: I’ve always been creative and after I had my third child, I stopped working outside the home and needed an outlet for my creative energy.
Eitan: What is your favorite meal of the day?
Chanie: Breakfast ‘cuz I can have it for lunch and dinner too!
Eitan: What is one kitchen tool you can’t live without?
Chanie: My julienne peeler.
Eitan: What is your favorite recipe from your blog?
Chanie: My drunken hasselback salami. I once read that people have a custom to eat salami on Purim, since it’s hung like Haman, so I post a salami recipe every year. My drunken hasselback salami recipe went crazy viral and to this day, people stop me in the street to tell me it’s become a family favorite!
Eitan: Which part of blogging excites you most: the recipe development, the post writing, or the photography?
Chanie: I get so excited when I come up with a crazy new recipe idea, but I also love food styling.
Eitan: Favorite Ice Cream Flavor?
Chanie: orange creamsicle. It takes me back to my childhood!