Monday, September 26, 2022

Food & Wine

Laundry Lessons

What happens when something you’ve counted on for so long is no longer there to help you? Well, the piles of laundry begin to grow—literally. When our washing machine’s interior began smoking during a wash, I was annoyed. I still had three loads of laundry to do, how dare it break down? Then I was in denial; I’ll just let it rest for a while and maybe it’ll


Tempest in a Coffee Pot

Mainstream news will lead you to believe something diplomatic or political is the talk of the day in Israel. But for most Israelis the big news right now is whether a new cheap coffee chain that recently opened in the heart of Tel Aviv will spark a coffee revolution and bring down the prices at cafés around the country.

Entrepreneur Avi Katz—the guy who


Will ShopRite Listen to Requests for More Kosher?

Springfield, NJ—The ShopRite chain is considered to be one of the leading supermarket chains in the country when it comes to kosher. Its “Kosher Experience” was a trailblazer in the supermarket world. A neighboring store in Livingston includes plenty of kosher products on the shelves and in freezers and refrigerators. Yet according to the New Jersey Jewish


Calorie-Free Pasta and Much, Much More At Kosherfest 2013

Secaucus—There are not that many places where you can see the world’s largest chicken nugget, sample kosher “ham,” and bite into a halachically permissible cheeseburger while drinking kosher spirits from various regions of the world. Welcome to Kosherfest. Celebrating its 25 thanniversary, Kosherfest brings together tried and true kosher products and


Finding Fort Lee

Leaving the city is not easy, especially just as everything else in your life is changing… but with our first baby on the way our “future” demanded a responsible plan and all young Manhattanites know that responsible planning at the home-buying stage usually means saying goodbye to the Upper West Side. Like many city-lovers, if we could have afforded it, we would


Chopstix Cholunt Recipe

1 Order of Scallion Pancakes from Chopstix

3 Onions peeled and sliced

2 Flanken Bones (add as much MEAT as you love!!)

1/2 Cup of Barley

5 large potatoes, peeled and cut in to thirds

2 tablespoons of hoisen sauce (from scallion pancake order)

1 tablespoon of garlic powder

1 tablespoon of Honey

1 tablespoon


Move Over Leftovers

With all the cooking that we tend to do for Shabbosimand yom tovimand other celebratory occasions, there is bound to be leftovers. Some people cannot be bothered and they quickly throw them away. Others use every morsel that they can and become very creative. I, too, have a very hard time throwing away leftovers, so I try to use them in a


This Year’s Thanksnukkah Menu: Latkes, Doughnuts and Turkey

New York—Because of a quirk in the calendar, the first day of Chanukah this year falls on Thanksgivings Day, something that has not happened in many years and is not scheduled to happen again for 77,000+ years. What this means is that the customary promotions for the two holidays will merge this year. Look for the FSI’s to include turkey along with the


Skirting the Issue: Grilled Marinated Skirt Steak in Lettuce Wraps

The writing is on the wall: fewer and fewer families are sitting down to a dinner table where beef is the featured entrée. Between concerns about high fat and cholesterol, and the growing evidence against aspects of factory farming, a large steak dinner raises more red flags than excitement. What to do when the craving calls for steak?

The solution:


Flavor Per Calorie

I’ve been reading an interesting book that I found in the amazing Bergenfield library. It is called Culinary Intelligence: The Art of Eating Healthy and Really Wellby prolific food writer Peter Kaminsky.

As a food writer, I related to his challenge. Peter loved tasting food and in his line of work was reaching an unhealthy weight. He came up with an



Yes, much to the surprise of those of you that know me personally,  I am tackling the subject of diets.  I firmly believe that any diet you go on works, if you follow it.  This means, when you have had a good day of drinking kale and beets, you should not celebrate your success with a box of munchkins. It doesn’t work.  Though bigger than a size six for most of


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

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