Sunday, May 28, 2023

Food & Wine

What’s Cooking? ST Elefant’s Scrumptious Catering Takes Pesach Cooking Off Your Hands

It was all because of a dare, explained North Miami Beach’s ST Elefant of What’s Cooking? “A friend of mine called me and said you’re either going to law school or you’re going to start catering. I have a job for you and you have 15 minutes to decide.” So ST took her up on the dare and thus


Carob Is the New Chocolate

Carob Fudge

12 squares

This came from a very old Gourmet magazine with a few of my changes.

  • 1 ¾ cups brown sugar
  • ½ cup carob powder

‘Wine-Tune’ Your Mishloach Manot Game

Every year, as is probably the case in many Jewish homes, my dear wife Yael and I discuss what to include in our mishloach manot packages. Like everyone else, we distribute them on Purim to rabbis, teachers, friends and relatives around town. I call it the


Ruth Book’s Famous Hamantaschen

Editor’s note: This is a reprint from March 2019.

My mom’s recipe for hamantaschen, developed in California and then adapted by five daughters and daughters-in-law, is the best recipe any of us have ever used or eaten. It’s soft-baked, it’s incredible and best of all, it’s impossible


Hamantaschen for Purim

Mom’s (z”l) Cookie Hamantaschen

  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 ¾ cups flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ cup margarine

‘What’s Cooking?’ in Your Kitchen

We were considering Florida this year for Pesach as so many of our friends and neighbors have been doing for years now, and began to explore the various options still available.

Pesach programs, per se, are all-inclusive and the kids certainly would be


500 Degree Chicken: Perfect for Erev Shabbat

Over the decades I tried every method of roasting chicken I could find. Long, slow-roasted … vertical roasted “Coke can” chicken … sous vide. When I finally found this recipe, my favorite by far, it turned out to be particularly well suited for Friday nights when Shabbat begins early, because it extends some of the cooking


Enjoy Sweet Dreams Cafe and Bakery in The Blue Moon Hotel

In 2021, Clifton resident Randy “Yisroel” Settenbrino, originally from Crown Heights and who grew up in Borough Park, was on a mission to prevent his award-winning project, The Historic Blue Moon Hotel, from becoming a casualty of the COVID-19


BIS: A Taste of the Middle East in NY

I love a good laffa stuffed with shawarma as much as the next guy. In fact, I don’t really get tired of the typical fare that you might find at any given Israeli restaurant in America. But there are many components of the broader Middle Eastern flavor palette that the standard


Favorite Foodie Bites From Royal Wine’s KFWE

Royal Wine's Kosher Food and Wine Experience (KFWE) returned to Chelsea Piers in Manhattan on Feb. 6 for the first time since 2020. In 2021, the KFWE was an all-digital event; last year a different format was presented at the Hilton


Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Purim or Anytime

Whether you’re inviting friends or just having a nice evening at home, try these non-alcoholic drinks with snacks or appetizers.


Mock Champagne

6-8 servings

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Drunken Cherry-Chocolate Hamantaschen From ‘The Giving Table’

No, it’s not alcoholic.

Yes, the alcohol cooks out…leaving a lusciously decadent filling.

Yes, cherries and chocolate need to be together.

And yes, give some to your friends…if there are any left.

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