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Wines of the Year

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For the first time ever, Kosherwine.com has released its Top 100 list where the KosherWine.com team selects the most exciting wines of the year from the thousands that they carry. Click here to see the list.

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 Chocolate Chip with Halvah 320X480
By Lauren Stacy Berdy
Recipe is an excerpt from: Remaining Kosher Volume Two: A Cookbook for All with a Hechsher in Their Heart- Publication Volume Two: Spring 2016 UDJ Productions; All text © 2015 Lauren Stacy Berdy- All photos © 2015 John White

Zaftig! This parve chocolate chip cookie is like my aunt Nina: both are full figured. When we were kids, my mother used to talk about women having castles or pancakes: I’m talking castles here. Have you noticed that some parve cookies look deflated? This cookie looks pumped. It boasts a well-rounded shape. All in all, this is a parve cookie that gets noticed. It has pinup sexy looks.
These parve chocolate cookies also have street cred. They hide behind nothing and can stand up to being in the sunshine of some kind of parve cookie paradise. This cookie stands on the shoulders of the mighty halvah, a splendid foundation. Be sure to measure the halvah just like brown sugar, solidly packing it into the measuring cup. I buy pre-packaged halvah at the kosher market. I always choose the one wrapped and sealed in foil because it is always moist with life.
The most important part about this recipe to state right up front: this cookie is parve that doesn’t taste like ones you have gotten used to. Yet there is no shortening here, no margarine either, nope. Tahini is also here. Like its cousin peanut butter, tahini does a great job. While baking, the raw, oily tahini courses through this cookie and delivers an incredible tasting fat. It’s also deliciously nutty.
I chop up parve dark semi-sweet Belgium chocolate from a much larger manufactured bar. I am not stingy with the chocolate. Use packaged parve chips- their waxiness won’t signify the way a good dark chocolate does. Walnuts are here, too- leave out if a problem.
The last ingredient I want to talk about is the vanilla bean. I use lots of them in my kitchen. I am of the opinion that its “caviar” always results in a better tasting sweet. I buy vanilla beans in bulk. They don’t seem so exotic after they arrive by mail and tied in a bundle. Splitting the order among friends will save you even more. Your baked goods will never be the same. Of course, use real vanilla extract as an alternative or convenience.
The point is: good ingredients matter. Bake these cookies and get the same thrill I had once this recipe came together. Best yet, these chocolate cookies are so easy to make and so great to eat!

Yield: about (30) 3” cookies
Chocolate Chip with Halvah Ingredients 320X480Ingredients
1¾ cups all-purpose flour
1½ cups bread flour
1¼ teaspoons baking soda
1½ teaspoons baking powder
1-cup sugar
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1-cup halvah: grated, packed like brown sugar
1 vanilla bean, scraped (or 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract)
2 large eggs: broken and checked
½ cup creamy tahini: stirred and measured
⅛ cup cold water
1½ cups dark chocolate: chopped or chocolate chips
1-cup walnuts, broken

Directions
Check the eggs and set aside. Measure out all the ingredients, beginning with the two flours: fill the measuring cup using a tablespoon. Use a long knife to level and sweep off the excess. Sift both flours, along with the baking soda and baking powder, into a bowl. Set aside.
Make sure that the halvah isn’t hard and dry. Place into the microwave for 5 seconds at a time to soften appropriately.
Press and pack the halvah down into the measuring cup. Level it off by scraping the top off with a knife. Place in a bowl. Add in the cup of sugar. Press and pack the brown sugar. Add it into the bowl.
If using a vanilla bean: lay the bean in front of you, so that it is parallel. Slice evenly in two lengthwise. Use the blade of a knife to scrape the inner caviar of one side. The vanilla “caviar” resides in the beans inner hollow. Carefully scrape the vanilla bean directly into the “sugar” bowl. Repeat with the other half. Be sure to get all the “caviar” out: scrape again if necessary.
Measure out the tahini.

Finishing
Place all sugars, softened halvah and vanilla bean caviar (or vanilla extract) into the standing mixing bowl. Add the eggs. Beat on medium high for 30 seconds. The mixture should look smooth, no lumps.
Pour in the tahini, using a rubber spatula to scrape it all in. Beat for 5 seconds.
Add in all the sifted ingredients and the kosher salt. Beat on low for 5 seconds. Scrape down the sides for any flour and continue beating.
When all the flour is incorporated, add in the water. Beat for another 5 seconds.
Add in all the chopped chocolate (or chips) and the broken walnuts (if using). Beat for another 5 seconds. The dough will be dense.
Scape the dough into a bowl, seal with plastic. Refrigerate for at least an hour.

Baking
Preheat the oven to 350 ºF. Line the baking sheet with parchment paper (or silicone mat).
Use your hands or scoop to make mounds of dough golf ball-sized for large (3”) cookies or walnut-sized for smaller (2”) cookies. Place the dough balls at least 1½” apart on the paper/mat.
Any leftover remaining dough is good for about three days if refrigerated. The dough can be frozen in a zip-lock bag for about a month.
Bake the cookies for about 21-25 minutes or until the cookies are a deep golden brown. Make sure you bake long enough: the final color determines both taste and crunch.

Serving
If you like, these cookies can be served warm and oozing: to do so, just wait 15-20 minutes. Then slip off the baking sheet with a metal spatula and serve. Alternately, completely cool the cookies and store appropriately.

Rethinking Sweet Parve
by Lauren Stacy Berdy
My first interest here is to start a sweet parve conversation. Think of this as parve ecology. I changed the way I view sweet parve by changing my attitude towards it. I have faith in my skills. They have supplied me with a living for many years. Even with decades of culinary expertise, it’s always challenging working kosher to create parve desserts. I tasted many parve cookies, cakes and pastries that are disappointing to eat. They give taste the skip, often due to the use of margarine and other faux ingredients. Yet our world is also filled with wonderful sun filled ingredients, splendid staples like extra virgin olive oil, halvah and tahini.

Maintaining the kosher standard should have less to do with fast substitutions and wishful thinking (about taste) and more to do with just being in the nature of all things kosher. A sideway glance can rotate one's point of view.
I also ask: who doesn’t appreciate a delicious cookie?

Lauren Stacy Berdy earned her professional diploma from Ecole de Cuisine, La Varenne Paris, France in 1978, then spent a few years working in Europe before bringing it home. She spent more than three decades as a private chef-caterer. She now resides 130 paces from the beach with her husband in Hollywood, Florida, where she wrote Remaining Kosher Volume One: A Cookbook For All With A Hechsher In Their Heart. This eBook is available on iTunes. Volume Two is well on its way.

Even with more than three decades of culinary expertise it was always challenging when working kosher as a caterer to create parve desserts. I have tasted many parve cookies, cakes and pastries that are disappointing to eat. They give taste the skip. The fact is that most parve sweets, even homemade ones, have been co-opted by faux industrial ingredients like margarine. Margarine and I have no real relationship. It is like the friend of a friend of another friend. It’s a stand-in replacement. It is really just tasteless oil.
But nothing says that cannot be changed constraints can sometimes teach us more about ourselves. We are not bound by tradition. We do not have to be bullied by ingredients. Maintaining the Kosher standard has less to do with wishful thinking and fast substitutions and more to do with just being in the nature of all things kosher. My personal take on cooking kosher food is simple. It is valued because it invokes a delicious idea not just an adherence. My desserts are no different.
I have adopted another point of view, a new direction. I want to get the past into perspective. My interest is to start a sweet parve conversation. Think of this as parve ecology. I changed the way I viewed sweet parve by changing my attitude towards it. I have faith in my skills. They have supplied me with a living for many years.
Our world is filled with wonderful sun filled ingredients, splendid staples like extra virgin olive oil, halvah and tahini. I would be the last person to say that I am an originator of anything. All it takes is a sudden leap of thought to transform what seems like an elusive subject like non-dairy sweets and make something not only delicious but also memorable. A sideways glance can rotate one's point of view.
It is my hope in sharing these recipes that I help to expand the landscape of tempting parve sweets. Choices abound and many new roads have been explored. It’s all in the laws of succession. Replacement rather than continuity!
Also, I ask you who doesn’t appreciate a delicious cookie.

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Wholly Wholsome logo
The foundation for Wholly Wholesome was paved in 1972 in Morristown, New Jersey when Bob Wintz began a family business to bring baked goods to consumers. As the years passed and the company prospered, the Wintz family expanded their business and founded the Run-A-Ton Group.

Wholly Wholesome™ was born in 1996, founded by Bob’s son, Doon Wintz. It is a company dedicated to both quality and taste for the ingredient conscious consumer, with products “that taste as good or better than any other baked product in both the natural foods and conventional market”.

pieblueAs part of the Run–A–Ton Group, Doon Wintz along with his corporate team combined their passion for natural foods and great baked goods, with a commitment to wholesome, yet tasty baked foods and ready to bake products. Wholly Wholesome pie shells are parve.

product pie shells and gf‘Tis the season for baking pies! These “bake at home” pie shells and pie crusts are naturally wholicious and a great base for homemade pie filling. Just keep them frozen until you are ready to bake! Or, buy the pie dough and roll it out yourself when you need it. Wholly Wholesome pie shells are "guilt free" and taste homemade. We are longtime fans because the products are made without the use of animal products, artificial ingredients or hydrogenated fats. They are kosher certified OU Parve- and free of artificial preservatives, colors, flavors and sweeteners.

For more information, visit whollywholesome.com

Enjoy this recipe for Chocolate Angel Pie made in a Wholly Wholesome pie shell!

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Rethinking Sweet Parve
by Lauren Stacy Berdy

My first interest here is to start a sweet parve conversation. Think of this as parve ecology.I changed the way I view sweet parve by changing my attitude towards it. I have faith in my skills. They have supplied me with a living for many years. Even with decades of culinary expertise, it’s always challenging working kosher to create parve desserts.I tasted many parve cookies, cakes and pastries that are disappointing to eat. They give taste the skip, often due to the use of margarine and other faux ingredients. Yet our world is also filled with wonderful sun filled ingredients, splendid staples like extra virgin olive oil, halvah and tahini.
Maintaining the kosher standard should have less to do with fast substitutions and wishful thinking (about taste) and more to do with just being in the nature of all things kosher. A sideway glance can rotate one's point of view.
I also ask: who doesn’t appreciate a delicious cookie?

Click below to See Lauren Stacy Berdy's recipes for:
Glazed Lemon Tahini Cookies

Toasted Hazlenut Skinnies
Crystallized Ginger Zingers

Lauren Stacy Berdy earned her professional diploma from Ecole de Cuisine La Varenne, Paris, France in 1978, then spent a few years working in Europe before bringing it home. She spent more than three decades as a private chef-caterer.
Lauren resides 130 paces from the beach with her husband in Hollywood, Florida, where she wrote Remaining Kosher Volume One: A Cookbook For All With A Hechsher In Their Heart. This iBook is available on iTunes. Volume Two is well on its way.

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Announcing
5th Annual KosherFEAST Media Dinner
Monday Nov 9th

Kosher Food Industry Innovators and Influencers set to gather in NYC
More than 100 world-renowned kosher food personalities, cookbook authors, chefs, brands, and foodies are expected to meet, eat, greet, and recognize several individuals who have made important contributions to the world of kosher. The event, which is an annual highlight for the kosher media, will take place at T-Fusion Steakhouse in Brooklyn on Monday, November 9, 2015 from 5:30-9PM. Shlomo and Shifra Klein of Joy of Kosher Magazine have arranged and are overseeing a fabulous, innovative 10 course tasting dinner. 

This memorable evening will reflect the diversity and reach of kosher cuisine. Attendees will enjoy a sampling of cocktails, new and exceptional wines, along with swag bags filled with food and culinary related goodies. A portion of the evening's proceeds will support a food charity. Special transportation is being arranged.

Register on EventBrite
Early Bird Pricing through October 1st $85 pp
Pricing after October 1st $90 pp

 

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 KosherFEAST 10 Course Tasting Menu, T-Fusion Steakhouse, Brooklyn

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HAMACHI CRUDO

Miso Caramel, Crispy Tortilla, Popcorn Shoots, Ananas Salsa
VEGETABLE CEVICHE
Local Fall Vegetables, Ginger, Soy, Lime, Yuzu
SUFGANIYOT
Chicken Liver Foie Gras, Orange Muscat Liquid Jelly, Sea Salt, Sugar
MODERNE WAFFLE
Sesame Schnitzel, Fig Marmalade, Lime Foam
FALL SHOOTER
Kabocha Squash, Nutmeg Essence, Anise Fried Goat “cheese”
RESERVE CUT STEAK ALA PLANCHA STYLE
Chipotle Cinnamon Dusting, Sake Teriyaki, Crispy Rice Cube
Or
TRUFFLED SALMON
Herb Crostini, Truffle Cream Sauce, Poached Celery
CLIPBOARD
Pulled Brisket, Salami, Marrow, Breakfast Sausage, Tartar, Cornichons
PARASOL CHURROS
Butler Served, Cinnamon Sugar, Strawberry Ginger Coulis
CHOCOLATE ESPRESSOS
Warm Mint Hot Chocolate, Coconut Milk, Almond Foam
LIME CHEESECAKE
Saffron Vanilla Glass, Cashew Cinnamon Crumble, Chocolate Orchid Petals

Menu may change due to ingredient availability

T-Fusion Steakhouse - A Culinary Treasure in Brooklyn
T-Fusion Steakhouse is a much acclaimed, unique and creative fine dining destination nestled in the vibrant Marine Park neighborhood of Brooklyn. The glatt kosher restaurant has been serving elegant, seasonal cuisine to loyal Brooklyn customers, as well as regional and international visitors for several years. The T-Fusion staff, led by manager Allison Kahn and executive Chef Daniel Rivera takes enormous pride in excellence of food, beverage and service from inception to completion.

Executive Chef Daniel Rivera has been leading the culinary team at T-Fusion Steakhouse for three years. Raised with a diverse cultural influence, Chef Daniel has vivid memories of his mother's Puerto Rican style creative cooking in their Newark, NJ Portuguese neighborhood. Chef Daniel learned culinary technique at the Art Institute of New York City and first dabbled in kosher cuisine as a young teenager. He was featured on The Food Network (2013), previously worked at NOBU 57 in NYC and was Chef de Cuisine at L'ASSO in Nolita.

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Rosh Hashanah Décor from MiChicas

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Gold glitter sprayed apples lined up on natural log base. Wooden chargers on a crisp white cloth with linen napkins. Each place setting has a bright green apple with a cinnamon stick leaning on it, a placecard with name written on in bright green marker. Glitter gold votives are interspersed throughout the table to add elegance.

MiChicas is a full-service meat & dairy kosher catering company, incorporating elegant and beautiful or fun & trendy decor - all included! These creative ideas were submitted by MiChicas owner Davii Mandel.

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A Winner from the Iowa State Fair
Chocolate Marshmallow Malt Fair Squares

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Fair Squares are the "official treat" of the 10-day event, according to a spokeswoman from the Iowa State Fair Blue Ribbon Foundation, which sells them each year. The recipe for this year's new flavor: marshmallows, cocoa puffs, malted milk powder, and chocolate chips.

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Apples for Cooking, Baking and Noshing

Apples
Since many of us are already thinking fall and Rosh Hashana, we’re also thinking apples. Similar to wines and olive oil, different types of apples are best for different uses. NPR host and kosher food writer Eileen Goltz provided the chart below. We keep a copy handy!

An Apple Guide
A very useful guide to apples that will help you make your choice of variety easier and help you gauge exactly how many apples you’ll need to create your culinary masterpieces.

Apple Quantities:
• 1 lb. = about 4 small, 3 medium, or 2 large apples
• 1 lb. sliced apples = about 2 cups
• 1 lb. diced apples = about 3 cups
• 2 medium grated apples = about 1 cup

Apple Tips: When you slice an apple it has a tendency to brown quickly if you don’t use it right away. The best way to prevent this and not use lemon juice (which tends to change the flavor of the apple is to mix a quarter cup of apple juice with a cup of water and pour over the sliced apples. Drain and use when needed.

When you choose your apple look for FIRM and brightly colored apples. Apples do not ripen after being taken off the tree, so the color you see is the color you get. Wash them well.

Types of Apples and What To Do With Them:
• Braeburn Apples: These are usually is orange/red on a yellow color. Delicious raw, in salads, and good in pies, sauces and baking.
• Cortland: Sweet/semi-tart red apple on green/yellow color. Delicious raw; great in salads. Not great in pies, sauces and baking.
• Empire: A green and red apple that has a sweet/tart taste. Delicious raw and, good for pies, sauces and baking.
• Fuji: A sweet, red/pink apple. Delicious raw and great in pies, sauces and baking. Short shelf life.
• Gala: Has pink stripes on a yellow background. A very sweet apple. Delicious raw and salads. Also great for pies and baking.
• Golden Delicious: A sweet, yellow apple that is wonderful for just about everything you want to make.
• Granny Smith: This is a very tart green apple. Terrific for anything you want to make and available year around.
• Honeycrisp: This apple is best raw and ok baking and sauces but not for pies.
• Jonagold: A cross between the Jonathan and the Golden Delicious apple. Sweet and tart combined. Good for just about anything.
• Jonathan: A tart red/green apple. Good for most just about anything you want to make.
• McIntosh: This is a green/ red apple that’s mostly sweet with just a hint of tart. Best raw or in sauces.
• Red Delicious: Sweet and popular; available year around. Best raw- not recommended for baking.
• Rome Beauty: One of my favorite baking apples. Not too sweet and can be used for just about anything.

 

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For summer grill cooking...spiral cut your hot dogs. So easy to do - more surface for mustard, onions and relish.
Watch this video to see how:

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Grilled Corn on the Cob

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The most delicious summertime corn ever. Grill! Baste! Devour!

Ingredients

6 whole corns

Directions

Pull back husks (do not detach) and clean silt from corn
Replace husks
Soak corn in ice water for about 30 minutes; Drain and shake off water.
Heat grill to about 350-400 degrees. Brush grill with oil.
Grill cobs for about 15 minutes, turning often with tongs, until corn is tender.
Optional: For last 5 minutes, pull back husks so corn browns a bit.
Remove from grill. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Optional: Brush with margarine, olive oil, butter, lime butter or herb butter.

Serves 4-6

Notes

Recipe: Kosher, parve or dairy, side dish, vegetarian

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