Friday, January 21, 2022

Food & Wine

Ode to Cholent

What is it about cholentthat makes otherwise rational people go slightly nutty? Recently while attending a Kiddushwhere I was nestled near, you guessed it, the kugel and cholent table, a disturbing thing occurred. Suddenly there was an abrupt and alarming announcement.

“We just ran out of cholent!”

No one could believe it; there


More Grocers Turn to Lucrative Catering

New York—An increasing number of supermarkets, mostly kosher independent stores, are offering kosher catering, not so much as a spin-off of their retail grocery business, but as a way of raising the bar on the upscale foods they sell. Some of the supermarkets say that “catering is a good way to build awareness and even brand loyalty.” For some who have invested


Over the Kosher Kitchen Sink: Fall Soup Ideas

Now that the days are cooler, and the air feels like Fall, I have begun to incorporate soups into my family’s nightly supper. Arriving home when it is dark and cold outside, my family enjoys the warmth and coziness of soup waiting for them! We like thicker soups, with lots of vegetables. Sometimes my kids comment that they need a fork rather than a spoon,


Stuffed Cabbage

Stuffed cabbage is a classic Ashkenazi Jewish dish, and everybody seems to have their favorite way of making it. Also known as holishkes, stuffed cabbage leaves were a central part of the Eastern European Jewish diet. When we talk about these types of dishes, it nearly always comes down to one question: “How did Bubbemake it?”

As a child


The Whole Enchilada

I have discovered chocolate with sea salt. I am smitten. And of course, this got me thinking, then reading, about chocolate and cuisine. Enter cocoa, that sublime ingredient which takes proper Mexican cookery to such a delectable level you will never again see jarred enchilada sauce in the same way.

Once you try this aromatic sauce, you will agree that the rest


Autumn Pizza

(This is a prep-ahead recipe because of the dough! Think ahead two days.)

Nights are getting colder, so before I have to sweep all my basil into a batch of pesto, I’m finding ways to perch those fragrant green leaves in just the right places.

Pairing fresh basil with goat cheese and rich, earthy sautéed mushrooms drizzled with truffle oil is


Homemade Fun for The Kiddies

Children are always looking for something fun and crafty to do. I know my grandchildren love creating things that they can use. Here are some really cool recipes you can make with your own kiddies and I know they will love them.

Recipe for Play Dough (Jell-O)

1 cup of flour

2 tbsp salt

2 tbsp cream of tartar

2 tbsp


Deadline for New Product Entries for Annual Competition is October 9th

PORTLAND, ME — The annual Kosherfest New Product Competition, which names the best new retail and foodservice kosher products of the year, will take place on October 17 thwith the deadline for submissions being October 9th. Kosherfest exhibitors with new products introduced within the last year are eligible for participation in the competition,


The Best of the Best

We’ve just finished a marathon of cooking and eating.The sprint from Rosh Hashanah to Sukkot was full of possibly even more cooking than usual as Rosh Hashanah, and the first and last days of the Sukkot holiday each led into Shabbat, making for what has more popularly become known as a “three-day Yom Tov.”This means that households had to do quite a


The Psagot Winery: An Ancient Craft Thrives at an Ancient Site

Fifteen years ago, in the course of working the ground at a family winery that was being established on the rocky hills on the West Bank, an opening was discovered which led to an amazing cave from the period of the Second Temple. This cave now serves as a naturally cool and perfectly humid wine barrel cellar directly next to state-of-the-art winemaking


Quinoa Salad with Beets, Feta and Figs

I am not of fan of fruits in my meals.  I shun entrees such as Cornish game hen stuffed with dried fruits, and forbid the use of any such ingredients in or around my Thanksgiving turkey.  This dish, however, is the exception to the rule.

Beets, in my book, are the gateway to sweeter produce.  And I adore them.  So it was only a small step in the


Apple Cakes

As Rosh Hashana creeps closer and closer, it is time to talk about a dessert that represents this special Yom Tov. Here are two apple cakes. The first one uses canned apples to make it quick and easy as you have so many other things you will need to prepare. The second one you will have to peel and chop the apples (have the kiddies help you with that if they

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