Monday, March 27, 2023

Food & Wine

Go With Oreos

Oreos have been around for many years. I’m not exactly sure when the original Oreos became certified kosher, but what I do know is that they are a fabulous cookie to eat as is and to use in many different ways. Here are some super, easy ways. (To simplify the following recipes, I am using the name Oreo


The Beit El Winery’s Rich Soil and History

When winemaker Hillel Manne moved to Beit El in 1996 he asked about agricultural land. He was told that the shallow Terra Rosa soil on limestone, coupled with harsh winters, made agriculture here unlikely. That was when he got excited. With his experience managing the vineyard at Israel’s Kibbutz Shaalavim and studying


Broccoli: A Delicious Green Veggie

Broccoli Dijon


1 lb. broccoli florets, fresh or frozen

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tbls. Dijon mustard



In Flowing Cups Freshly Remembered: The Best New Wines Of 2014

The past year has offered some truly splendid wines, from golden bubblies made in the heart of Champagne, to bold boutique reds from California’s Sonoma Coast. Here’s a list of the best 10 new wines I tasted in 2014.

This is not a definitive list; it’s idiosyncratic. With more


Super Bowl Sriracha Chicken Wings, Succulent, Spicy, and Perfect

With Super Bowl Sunday upon us, there’s a good chance that those who are congregating in man caves across the nation will consume more food than they ordered, and you might be stuck…so here’s a quick recipe for chicken wings embellished with the hot sauce of the moment, the hot sauce that almost caused a revolution, Sriracha,


A Super Feast for Super Bowl Sunday

The Super Bowl is nearly upon us. Some people watch the game to be social, some watch for the commercials, and some actually love the sport. But the biggest thing about Super Sunday is not the parties, commercials, or the game. It’s the food. Hey we’re Jews aren’t we—so, let’s talk nosh. Well, the local


Easy and Elegant: Fresh Herb-Crusted Petit Filet of Beef

Several years ago, I discovered petit filet, a cut that seemed too good to be true. This flavorful tenderloin section of beef shoulder is as ideal for a busy weeknight as it is for entertaining. Petit filet is cut from the teres major muscle along the blade of the shoulder. The cut reminds one of filet mignon but at one-fourth the


Once Upon a Wine: A Winter Tale of Winemakers

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away, a wintery season brought a chill to the people. To ease the dark evenings, imaginative winemakers of the land shared delicious winter recipes with great wines, adding a touch of magic to the dish. A glass of wine with a delicious supper by a toasty fireplace became an enchanting evening. And we still


The Digital Appetizer for a Terrific Way to Tour Israel: Israel’s Top 100 Ethnic Restaurants

Livingston— We were invited people to a book party, one locally and one in a trendy Israeli eatery in the city… But alas, fates intervened. And then we discovered this was not a party for a conventional book. In fact, it wasn’t even a conventional e-book. It’s more like an app. A yummy


Estihana: No. Not That One. The One in Teaneck!

Navigating New Year’s Eve is a young man’s game. At some point, you turn the streamers and horns over to your children, and simply hope for a decent dinner with good friends. And, so, armed with a bottle of wine and 10 of my closest friends, we headed to chaiko,


The Success and Promise of Top Israeli Wines: 2014 in Review

As 2014 came to a close, Galil Mountain Winery’s Head Winemaker, Micha Vaadia, shares some of the year’s highlights. Vaadia has been at the winery since 2006. He previously worked at wineries in California, New Zealand, and Argentina prior to dedicating his life to bringing the Israeli Galil Mountain Winery to


The Compound Behind All Those Stories About Red Wine Being Good for You

If you’re a teetotaller, your friends have likely tried to convince you to taste red wine by swearing on its multiple health benefits. These benefits have been credited to a compound found in red wine: resveratrol. But claims for this compound have been a subject of major debate–while some argue that it can prevent cancer and promote

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