Friday, May 20, 2022

Food & Wine

Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of OU Kosher, Presents Shiur at STAR-K

By Margie Pensak

In November, at the annual Kosherfest trade show, the president of STAR-K Kosher Certification, Dr. Avrom Pollak, met with Rabbi Menachem Genack, CEO of OU Kosher. During the conversation, Pollak extended to Rabbi Genack an invitation to visit STAR-K headquarters and deliver a


Visiting the Kosher Oreo Cafè at American Dream Mall

No, you’re not dreaming... you just arrived at the entrance of IT’SUGAR, a whopping three-story candy shop inside the American Dream Mall. Kosher visitors are welcomed by an entire kosher candy section on the first floor, appropriately labeled “IT’SKOSHER.” But a slight turn to the left, and


Snacks for the New Year and Whole Year

Around the year 1300, the word “snack” came into use from the Middle Dutch or Flemish word meaning to snap or chatter. I’m not sure when it came to mean a small bite.The oldest potato chip company was founded in the early 1900s. You can offer these to family and friends any time.


A Look at Vegan Foods at Kosherfest

After a COVID-induced hiatus, Kosherfest returned to the New Jersey Meadowlands Conference Center this year with a variety of products, some new and others returning, as vendors sought new buyers. While smaller than previous years, there was an energy and excitement as vendors and buyers were


Get a Taste of India at Yalla

Jacob Goldberg is trying something new at Mediterranean restaurant Yalla in Teaneck—Indian cooking joins the menu on Monday nights. Chef Sangeeta, who has been making and selling kosher Indian food in Passaic, began cooking at Yalla on December 20. The first night was sold out with pre-orders shortly after Goldberg


Shemot and Va'era: Burning Buche & Hardened Hearts

Parshat Shemot inspiration:

“An angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from within the thorn bush, and behold, the thorn bush was burning with fire, but the thorn bush was not being consumed.”

This sounds like the perfect


Company’s Coming for New Year’s Eve

No-liquor cocktails: What a cool idea! Appetizers and no-liquor cocktails for New Year’s Eve can be a new treat. Here are some ideas for the drinks.

Mock Pink Champagne

10 Servings

I am not sure where I got


Now Kosher: Cinnabon/Carvel at the Livingston Mall

It isn’t everyone who spots an opportunity to do good, looks into it, and follows through to get it done. The person who stays with the idea, from start to finish, can accomplish something truly remarkable.

For the Jewish communities of Livingston and West Orange and


Easy and Delicious Marble Cake

Time to bring out the old recipes.

I thought that I heard recently on the radio that the year 2022 would bring back many of the “oldie” types of recipes. It spoke specifically of round cakes which was the norm years ago, and staying away from individual serving types of offerings. When I


Less Is More for Weighless Cookies at Kosherfest

Every year, Kosherfest showcases a multitude of vendors in the health food sector. One which stood out this year was Weighless cookies. The company was established by Abie Maltz eight years ago. At the time, Abie owned a restaurant in Brooklyn called Nu Cafe 47. Due to the lifestyle of running a busy restaurant, access to


Oranges for a Healthy Winter

All different types and sizes are plentiful in the Israel markets today. Jaffa oranges (also known as shamouti) are the primary fruit seen in the Israeli markets today. Jaffa oranges were developed by farmers in the mid-19th century and were the first fruit produced in Jaffa for export. In the early years, Jaffa was the center of the citrus


Mustachudos and Linzer Tarts for Vayigash and Vayechi

Parshat Vayigash inspiration:

“And they took their livestock and their possessions that they had acquired in the Land of Canaan and they came to Egypt, Jacob and all his descendants with him. His sons, and his sons’ sons with him, his daughters and his sons’

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