Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Food & Wine

From Sukkot to Simchat Torah, the Party Goes On

The two holidays on the Jewish calendar symbolizing simcha (joy) the most—Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret-Simchat Torah—are coming upon us. They are indeed referred to in our machzorim as Zman Simchateinu, as the time of our joy. These holidays being attached to one another make it the longest holiday in the Jewish calendar. For


‘Variations,’ a Delicious New Cookbook, Is Now Available

Highlighting: “Variations: Simple and Delicious Dishes Two Ways,” by Daniella Silver. Mesorah Publications. 2019. 296 pages. Hardcover. ISBN-10: 1422623335.

We have already been charmed by the creativity and thoughtfulness that Daniella Silver presented in her


Top Ten Crowd-Pleaser Wines to Try on Sukkot

Sukkot, the time of our rejoicing, is my favorite holiday. It’s always wonderful to gather with family and friends and enjoy an al fresco dinner in the sukkah. We hope the weather will comply this year and leave us neither sweltering nor frozen


A Dream Comes True in the Form of Crumbs

Raphi Cooper is known to many in the New Jersey area as the dynamic senior program director of Yachad in New York and New Jersey. What many do not know about him is that while Yachad takes up much of his time, he is also developing and expanding a food-related brainchild—Cooper’s Crumbs.


Inserra ShopRite of New Milford To Offer Butterflake Bakery Kosher Desserts and Breads

Just in time for the holidays, Butterflake fresh-baked authentic round holiday challah, old-world babkas and meltaways to be featured in the ShopRite bake shop in New Milford.

(Courtesy of Inserra) Authentic desserts, breads, cakes, including challahs and babkas from Inserra Supermarkets Inc.,


Getting Started Right

On Rosh Hashanah, I believe that most of the focus shouldn’t be just a retrospective of the year that just ended, with its successes and mistakes on both spiritual and material levels, but on the new year that just begins. This year, rather than simply discuss the merits of new and


Netofa’s Offbeat, Wonderful ‘First Fruits’ of the Season

Netofa Winery, located in the Galilee in the foothills of Mount Tabor, is again being imported to the U.S. after a multi-year absence. Its availability has caused considerable excitement among the members of our wine tasting group, and not one of us left our tasting without a newfound joy in tasting wine


The Honeyed Rose: A Trifecta of Simanim in a Cocktail Glass

The other day I was putting together my Rosh Hashanah shopping list, and as I looked at the first three items on the list—apples, honey and pomegranates—I thought to myself, “that combination of flavors should make for a tasty cocktail.” After tinkering at the bar for a while, the results, I believe, have proved me


Juicing With ‘The Good Neighbor’

In today’s culture, where kale is a superfood and green is a lifestyle, the juice bar concept is trending. The Good Neighbor, a premier juicer, recently opened and already has health and wellness junkies lining up for a daily dose of goodness. Julia and Delano Dowdie, owners of The Good Neighbor, are busy serving up


Delicious Dessert Recipes for Rosh Hashanah

Honey Cake (very large)

Preheat oven to 325°F.

Make a well of these ingredients in a large bowl:

  • 3 cups flour
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder

Playa Bowls in Franklin Lakes Adds Kosher Certification

Playa Bowls, the national acai bowl/smoothie shop chain, has announced its Franklin Lakes location is now kosher certified by National Kosher Supervision under Rabbi Aaron Mehlman.

Playa Bowls has a completely customizable menu of made to order superfruit bowls, smoothies, juices and oatmeal bowls. It


Fair Lawn’s Zadies Bakery to Reopen This Sunday

It’s been a long and busy eight weeks for the Steinberg family, the owners of Zadies Bakery in Fair Lawn. Two months ago, a car accidentally plowed through the front of the store and the retail part of the bakery has been closed ever since. The Steinbergs pledged to all their customers that they would be