Monday, March 27, 2023

Food & Wine

The Hot Toddy: A Little Zing for Fighting Wintertime Blues

It’s wintertime and the weather is freezing. Interminable weeks of cold and snow can have even the hardiest among us feeling down (particularly when walking home from hashkama minyan when it is 18 degrees and windy outside). At times like this my thoughts turn to that most delightful of pick-me-ups, the hot toddy.


To Cook or Not to Cook With Wine?

This is not a Shakespearean cooking term, but rather something that should be a very common question in the kitchen. Home cooking is trendy and a lot of fun. We cook all the time in order to make formal, nice and enjoyable meals on a regular basis. There should be no reason to be afraid of cooking with


A Golden Calf Does Not Make a Good Steak

In this week’s parsha, Bnei Yisrael make a golden calf because Moshe wasn’t coming down from Har Sinai in time and they got very impatient. Moshe was so upset when he saw this, he cracked the luchot in half. So this week, we will make a delicious steak—even though it’s not gold.


Holy Schnitzel Opens in WO/Livingston

When the new Holy Schnitzel kosher restaurant opened in Roseland, in close proximity to West Orange and Livingston, it wasn’t just a “nice thing” for frum Jews in the area. It was a sign that the observant Jewish community there had reached a significant new plateau, by being able to support a


Authentic Traditional Balsamic Vinegar—A Kosher First

As I wrote in an earlier article, there are two types of balsamic vinegar. Every kosher balsamic vinegar currently on the market is IGP, which is about 80% wine vinegar, plus 20% grape must, caramel color, gums, and matured for about two months. The product can be made anywhere, so long as it is bottled


Terumah and Tetzaveh: Red (Fruit) Leather and Olive Oil & Orange Cake

Parshat Terumah inspiration: “You shall make a Cover for the Tent of red-dyed ram skins, and a Cover of tachash skins above.”

Tachash has always been a bit of a mystery to me, but red-dyed ram skins are easy to imagine. I thought I could dispense with the dying, however, and just


Glittery Cookies For Parshat Teruma

In this week’s parsha, Hashem commands the Jewish people to make many things out of gold, such as the Mishkan. So this week we will be making gold-glazed glitter peanut butter (or any flavor you like) Oreos … Yum!

  • 1 package peanut butter (or other flavor) Oreo cookies

‘Nothing But Bundt Cakes’ Opens in Paramus

The new and kosher (RCBC-certified) Nothing But Bundt Cakes opened in Paramus in the last few weeks and held their grand opening and ribbon cutting event on Friday, January 21. The guests truly appreciated the delicious bundt cakes, and wished Justyna and her crew much success.

Visit Nothing But Bundt Cakes at 393 Route 17 South or


Jams, Jelly and Preserves for Winter Cooking

If you’re kept in by the winter weather, it’s a good time to make jams, jelly, preserves or marmalade.

Jams are mashed fruit with sugar added. Jelly is strained fruit juice without pieces of fruit. Marmalade is jellies with citrus fruit pulp and a type of jelly. Preserves are whole or pieces of fruit


Herring Is Not Just Herring

In recent years many companies have tried to market a grand selection of herring to Jewish consumers. All these efforts required a lot of marketing, and asking the consumers to look afresh on this old-world dish. The flavor varieties of the herring brought to the consumers are endless, some with more success than


Yitro and Mishpatim: ‘Mont’ Sinai and Financiers

Parshat Yitro inspiration:

“In the third month from the Exodus of the Children of Israel from the land of Egypt…they arrived at the Wilderness of Sinai and encamped there…opposite the mountain. Moses ascended to God, and Hashem called to him from the


Balsamic Vinegar: The Misunderstood, Classy Sweet-and-Sour Condiment From Italy

Two new products are now becoming available that are poised to change the kosher balsamic vinegar market. One, a higher quality PGI (protected geographical indication) vinegar that I tasted at the 2021 Kosherfest trade show and reviewed below. The other, not at the show, is the first PDO (protected

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