Souad Nigri, a 74-year-old Lebanese Jewish cook, is a spirited woman who won't let a recession dampen her commitment to tradition. The founder of Lebanese Cuisine, a store and catering company in the Gravesend section of Brooklyn, New York, Nigri is known for preparing traditional fare like zesty, parsley-laden tabbouleh and other various mezes. For just over 30 years, Nigri has also been making kosher meals for such holidays as Passover, but for one person the kosher process, which involves sweeping, scrubbing, and scouring in an effort to eliminate any trace of leavened products from the kitchen, can be overwhelming. This year, facing a tighter budget and limited help in the kitchen, Nigri improvised and kosherized only a fraction of her kitchen. Now, she's happily cooking Passover-friendly fare on a smaller scale—just enough to keep herself and her customers happy and well fed during this holiday season.