Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Food & Wine

From My Kosher Jerusalem Kitchen: Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a root vegetable from Central America domesticated around 5000 years ago.  In 1492, Columbus took some back to Europe. There are references to them as early as 1740 and they were known to be used by American colonists who had brought recipes to America with them. The “candied” sweet potatoes may have originated


Collaborative Smokehouse Pop-Up at Sender’s Takes a Bite Out of Teaneck

The evening seemed made for Instagram foodies, or at least for fans of kosher smokehouse combinations like pulled brisket-and-smoked veal pizza or duck confit tamales, part of a niche jokingly referred to as “Yiddish haute/high” cuisine, but might be more accurately identified as kosher


Susie Fishbein Shares Cooking Tips for an Intimate Thanksgiving

Can Thanksgiving be celebrated during COVID? What can we do when large family gatherings and festive meals are on hold due to a second wave of coronavirus infections?

The Highland Park Conservative Temple-Congregation Anshe Emeth (HPCT-CAE) presented a solution to these dilemmas with an evening


A Perfect Cocktail for Dreary Days

The other night as I was driving home from a cold and wet Mincha/Maariv under the marquee in my shul’s parking lot, I decided that I deserved a bit of a liquid pick-me-up after such a dreary half-hour. By the time I had pulled into the driveway I had come up with the perfect choice—the Gloom Lifter.


A Pandemic Mom Coach on Food

Hi there! My name is Sivan Greenspan and I’m a teacher-turned SAHM (stay-at-home-mom) of three kids and one puppy with voracious and varying appetites. My household is (usually!) happy and busy. One of the many projects I’ve undertaken during the COVID-19 era is learning more about nutrition in an effort to make healthier meals and


Fair Lawn’s Zevy’s: Amazing Pizza and Service With a Smile

Pizza is pretty much the same everywhere: Crust, sauce, cheese, toppings, Italian seasoning. Right?

Wrong! Zevy’s pizza is so extraordinary that you’ll find yourself talking about it, telling others and looking forward to the next time.



Kosher Restaurants Plan for Winter Weather

One of the bright spots of the precautions taken during the pandemic has been watching the creativity and resilience of our communities’ kosher restaurants. A small joy of suburban religious life is the availability of tasty and affordable kosher cuisine; we’re heartened that our restaurants have risen to the challenges of the


Limes Are for Pies

When I was growing up in Kansas City, Missouri, one of our favorite “hang out” places after events was a restaurant that served limeades and cherry limeades. When I moved to Israel, limes were not in the market. When they did come into the market, they had a short season.

One day, I


Teen Entrepreneur Starts CO2 Soda Business

An unintended side effect of the current stay-at-home orders and social-distancing regulations is the abundance of free time many people seem to have. Now more than ever, people are taking up new hobbies and activities, such as learning an instrument, trying out new recipes or exercising. For Yosef Goldstein, a 17-year-old Frisch


Life in a Bubble Is Warm and Relaxed at Lazy Bean Cafe

Lazy Bean Cafe is not going to let cold weather spoil your fun. The tables that have sprung up in front of the café are now protected by plastic bubbles; each can hold up to six people. With openings on two sides for proper airflow and disinfectant spray used throughout the day and on request, safety is


STAR-K Kosher Certification Looks Ahead to Continued Growth in the UAE

(Courtesy of Star-K) The historic “Abraham Accord” peace agreement between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) has not only fully normalized the diplomatic relations between the two countries, it has paved the way for cooperation in tourism, education, healthcare, security and trade. Even prior to the accord


From My Kosher Jerusalem Kitchen: Apple Butters

It’s not fall in Israel, but when the apples come into season, I immediately think of making apple butter. Apple butter originated with the monasteries which grew fruit, during the Middle Ages, in Belgium, Netherlands and Germany. It also was popular in 19th century colonial America.

The first recipe is one I repeat every year because it is the