Friday, August 06, 2021

Food & Wine

Cholent: Something to Stew About

During quarantine, as the number of things to think about started to run out and boredom began to set in, I turned my thoughts to an age-old question that has baffled wise men and philosophers for generations. I was in the shower, where a surprising amount of my good ideas are cooked up (Cholent Pun #1), when I had my epiphany! I realized


The All-Kosher Binah Winery Puts Down Roots in Allentown

Binah Winery, which made about 1,000 cases of kosher wine in Allentown, Pennsylvania in 2019—its initial bottling year—opened its direct-to-consumer website in April of 2020, in the early days of the pandemic. In retrospect, it turned out to have been a good business


It’s a Tradition! Brisket

Brisket is the boneless meat on the lower chest of beef or veal. It worked its way into Jewish cuisine because of the location of the meat and the low cost. In the 1900s, it appeared on Jewish deli menus, particularly in Texas where the butchers, who emigrated from Germany and Czechoslovakia, had trouble selling the slow-cooking


Warm Winter Drinks

A good friend of mine recently called and asked if I was going to be in the shuk (market), to please get her cinnamon sticks. She was co-sponsoring the Shabbat mitzvot luncheon at our synagogue and wanted to make hot apple juice instead of the regular cold soda.

I remembered when I entertained


Noah’s Ark Wins Teaneck Chili Cook-Off

It was a close competition. But Noah’s Ark won the Teaneck Chili Cook Off organized by Jacob Goldberg of Yalla! on December 15. The judging was done by 50 families who brought home a package with samples of chili, identified only by letter on the containers, and ranked the samples from


Noam Sokolow On His Winning Chili Recipe

“We are honored to have been selected this year’s winner, and we look forward to having all those who did not participate order in for a taste on their own.

Our award-winning chili recipe was created back in 1992 when it was first added to the menu. It’s a traditional Spanish chili, made with fresh


Beloved New York Restaurants Plan for Change

Changes are coming to popular kosher restaurants in New York City. Since March, over 1,000 restaurants in the city have permanently shut down. To survive, restaurants adjusted their menus, added delivery options and created outdoor dining spaces. In addition to those tactics, Noi Due Cafe, the Italian eatery on the Upper West Side,


Seth Warshaw Opens Restaurant Group in Boca Raton

Seth Warshaw has a long commute from etc. steakhouse in Teaneck to the five new restaurants he’s opening in Boca Raton, Florida, but he doesn’t mind. In Florida, the air is balmy, the palm trees sway, and there are no restrictions on indoor dining. Snowbirds are happily returning to their southern nests. Warshaw is


Morad Winery: A Fruitful Glass of Wine

Sometimes Steve (my hubby) and I get tired of wine. I know that sounds like such a cliché, but it happens. There are times where we indulge in cocktails, but lately we have been trying out non-grape wines from the Morad winery in Israel. Morad is unique since they take all sorts of fruits or sometimes


Who Makes the Best Chili in Teaneck? You Be the Judge.

It’s Chanukah! Think latkes, doughnuts and … chili. Yes, chili. Several Teaneck restaurants are competing to be named the Champion of Chili with the cook-off taking place on Tuesday, December 15. The competition is being organized by Jacob Goldberg, who recently took over Yalla!, a Mediterranean-themed restaurant at


‘Dinner, Done’ Will Become Your Go-to Cookbook

Maybe there are people out there who have enough time in their day to cook fresh, elaborate and, of course, scrumptious meals every night of the week, but to be perfectly honest, I haven’t met any of them. Sure, we all have our moments when we go all out and make recipes that truly dazzle, but in reality, that isn’t what life


Syrian Nachos (Meat)

“Ma, you have to make this every week now!”

This recipe has gone viral in Victoria’s extended family and now every sister-in-law has made it part of her rotation. And though it looks so pretty when it’s all assembled on one big platter, if you want to keep it practical for a weeknight, you can

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