Sunday, May 31, 2020

Food & Wine

The Virtues of Hydrogen Peroxide & Epsom Salts

Hydrogen peroxide is so versatile and it is an amazing household tool.  Most people use it to cleanse a wound, but there are many more uses, too.

Wash vegetables and fruits with hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of HP to a sink of cold water. After washing, rinse thoroughly with cool water.

In the dishwasher, add 2


Fried Fish Fingers/Petits Batons de Poisson

Sometimes you ache for a food from your past.  Fish and chips bring me back to childhood times in London. With a dash of vinegar, I’m in a Proustian moment, watching the “telly” with my sisters, and eating fish and chips off newspaper.  Here is a version of fried fish, lower in oil and with a lighter coating. These petits batons can be served for


Pesach Baking Can be Easy

Baking for Pesach is somewhat challenging for some, but if you have the right recipes, it is fairly easy. I highly recommend buying a very good mixer with two bowls because so many of the recipes require separating eggs. If you are a Pesach “stayathomer,” tell your husband this is not a luxury, but a necessity. Here are a few of my


BBQ Lovers Rejoice: Wandering Que Pops Up in Teaneck

Teaneck—Get out your napkins, bibs and Wetnaps! March 23 is the first of two planned visits to Teaneck this spring by Jewish BBQ pitboss Ari White and his Wandering Que, the 20 foot, 4,700 pound mobile kitchen. Ari is bringing a full smokehouse menu of genuine Texas-style barbeque to Congregation B’nai Yeshurun, to feed customers while they shop


Magnificent, Delicious and Easy? A Taste of Pesach Promises to Deliver

Pesach: a time when we have the maximum amount of work on our plates, but a minimum amount of time to get it all done.

Maybe that definition didn’t come straight out of Webster’s, but it sums up what Pesach is all about for so many of us. Every year, I find myself on a quest for recipes that look and taste amazing but don’t require


Tnuva Introduces Pareve Jell Desserts

Tnuva has announced the launch of Jell Desserts. These new Jell Dessert treats taste great, and the face on the package will make people smile. Tnuva’s Jell Desserts are fun to eat and will be enjoyed by all. The four delicious flavors—peach, lemon, pineapple, and raspberry—are gluten free and low calorie. The entire line is certified kosher


Pulled Brisket

A roast with a bang!

The recipe instructions include cooking the sauce, but if you are short on time you can just blend the sauce ingredients, and that also works well.

1  (3-4 pound) second cut brisket

1  Tablespoon prepared horseradish

1  Tablespoon imitation mustard

½-1  cup ketchup, to taste

1  cup


Purim Pilaf Fit for a King

Spring is finally approaching! We’ve moved the clocks ahead, huge chunks of ice are falling from our roofs and Purim is here. It’s a time for festivity, bright colors and celebration. And this fragrant rice pilaf, with its sweet carrots, butter, raisins and toasted almonds fits the bill. Just the perfect Persian-style dish Queen Esther would have served to


Celebrate Purim’s Sweet Victory with Sweet Wines

Purim is unique in the cannon of Jewish holidays in that while wine is a critical component of most holidays, it is only on Purim that one is encouraged to overindulge. While one can fulfill this mitzvah of drinking on Purim with any sort of wine, one of the most delightful ways to fulfill the mitzvah is with a good dessert wine, one to linger over at the end


Hold the Jam: Creative Hamantaschen from “Queen of Kosher” Jamie Geller

We all recognize that poppy seed or jam taste when we bite into Hamantaschen on Purim every year. But given the right filling, or dough, the traditional pastry has a lot more to offer.

Hailed as the “Queen of Kosher” and the “Jewish Rachael Ray,” best-selling author Jamie Geller is the founder of the Kosher Media


Elegant Tastings on the Hudson: Kedem’s Kosher Food and Wine Experience Goes Upscale

New York City—Imagine a room the size of a football field and a triple-decker bateau mouche (yes, a boat tied to Pier 60) filled with literally thousands of alcoholic beverages and tons and tons of kosher “bites”—the kind we would see on ABC’s The Taste…or the bottles and bottles of mixologist competitions on cable


Comfort-Stuffed Vegetables

Attractive stuffed vegetables dress up any fish or dairy meal, and their petite size is ideal for your next hors d’oeuvre platter. You don’t have to wait for small, spring vegetables; a mature zucchini or yellow squash cut in quarters, mushroom caps, and year-round small tomatoes are perfect. I like to use a small melon-baller to scoop out the interior