|Todd Levine cooks up matzo balls for the deli's own chicken soup. (Wendy Maeda/Globe Staff)|
Lotsa matzo balls, and more
Time was when a Jewish woman proved her merit in the kitchen with her chicken soup and matzo balls. Move over mama. Todd Levine is at the stove. The fourth-generation owner of Larry Levine’s Kosher Meats & Deli in Peabody produces a dense but light ball, made with matzo meal, eggs, and oil (12 for $8.99). They go into his consomme-like soup, which comes plain ($3.99 per quart) or with carrots and succulent chicken ($4.99 per quart). Delicious matzo farfel kugel with fresh mushrooms ($7.99 for 6 pieces; $21.99 for 18) is also in this large selection of prepared Passover foods. The shop is strictly kosher and offers Catering by Tevya (Todd’s alter ego). He may be the answer to every Jewish mother’s dream. Although he isn’t a doctor, he still makes house calls, er, home deliveries — within a 50-mile radius. Cash and checks only. Larry Levine’s Kosher Meats & Deli, 474 Lowell St., Peabody, 978-535-6449, www.levineskoshermkt.com.