The KosherEye 2013 Wish List
Gathered from the wishes of our staff and readers, we present our annual KosherEye culinary wish list. Several “unfulfilled wishes” return from past years. Although some of these items may be available in large, metro areas, our readers across the country hope to see them more accessible locally and on the Internet.
Clean kosher restaurants with sanitation grade A, smiling capable wait staff, caring management, quality food and fair pricing. Let us know when you find kosher restaurants with these attributes. We would like to write about them. We also wish that kosher restaurants would be so excellent that many of their patrons were not even there because it is kosher.
Food trucks and pop-up restaurants rolling across the U.S.
Fish sauce, Oyster sauce
Washed, ready−to−eat packaged greens such as kale, chard, romaine and leafy vegetables
Healthful and ready to heat meals in family sized portions
More and better kosher airline food
More fine kosher cheeses
More fresh–frozen fish
Bailey’s Irish Crème liqueur. More kosher sherry, brandies and fine kosher liqueurs
Sherry vinegar, Champagne vinegar, Truffle vinegar
Bread and AP Flour in cup measurement units within 5 lb. packages
More kosher certified store brands
Poultry without residual hair shafts and feathers
Online vendors listing specific kosher certification, rather than just term “kosher”
A more unified and complete kashrut listing in a central online location.
We invite you to share your kosher finds and wish list with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. or on our Twitter or Facebook page. We look forward to a year of exciting and innovative kosher introductions.Add a comment
Red Star PLATINUM Yeast
Sampling/Baking Competition Winners
We are delighted to announce the winners of the Red Star PLATINUM Yeast baking competition:
Grand Prize: Judy Stern, Soft Onion Rolls.
Prize: A PLATINUM wood cutting board and apron, PLATINUM yeast for a year (52 packages), and a $50 King Arthur Flour Baker’s Catalog gift card.
Photo: Soft Onion Rolls by Judy Stern
Prize: A PLATINUM wood cutting board and apron, along with 12 packets of PLATINUM yeast.
Diane Krutsch, 60 Minute Dinner Rolls
Photo: 60 Minute Dinner Rolls,by Kiane Krutsch
Lynn Teichman, No Knead Bread
Photo: No Knead Bread by Lynn Teichman
All of the recipes we received were wonderful and it was not easy for us to select the ones we submitted to Red Star for the final decision.
And how did Linda and Kelly from Red Star make the final decision?
"For judging the entries, we looked at content, pictures and their experience using our Platinum yeast.
We loved reading about Judy Stern’s excitement to try the Platinum, and also about her success with the product. Her soft onion rolls were beautiful and would make a great addition to a holiday dinner or for leftover sandwiches.
Lynn Teichman made a recipe using whole wheat flour, which we loved. She had incredibly detailed photos of the bread making process and we liked how she showed two different ways to make the breads.
Diane Krutsch had nice comparison photos of rolls made with Platinum and with another yeast. The Platinum rolls looked so light and fluffy!"
We thank everyone who entered – the quality of the recipes and the accompanying pictures were terrific. We have some very good bakers out there. KosherEye thinks that every entry was a winner. We have posted the three winning recipes, and plan to post more in the coming weeks.Add a comment
Kosher Latke Cook-off
Whole Foods Briarcliff, Atlanta, GA sponsored the first–ever Whole Foods Kosher Latke Cook–off competition. Team KosherEye (yours truly) competed against the fabulous, talented Whole Foods Demo Teams of Elisheva Robbins and Steve Rosetti. Whole Foods Team member Matt assisted. They grated – we didn't because we used frozen hash browns – we mixed, and we fried! In addition to our Fast, Fabulous Potato Latkes In–A–Hurry recipe, Elisheva prepared Sweet Potato Latkes and Steve prepared traditional Potato Latkes. Steve used a hand grater, Elisheva used a VitaMix Blender for grating and KosherEye used readymade frozen and defrosted grated potatoes. Toppings included fresh apple and pear sauce, sour cream and chives, nova, and a nova, cream cheese, caper, dill topping. What a fun time was had by all!
Roberta & Lois setting up
Team KosherEye ready to fry
Elisheva frying Sweet Potato Latkes
Lois frying Latkes In–A–Hurry
Steve frying Traditional Latkes
Hungry onlookers waiting for a taste of
Steve's Traditional Latkes
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Iron Chef Latke Cook-off
Whole Foods Briarcliff
Sunday, December 9th, 12 – 2:00
Kosher Latke Tasting & Competition. We invite everyone to come taste the latkes! Lois and Roberta from KosherEye.com will be frying against Elisheva and Matt from Whole Foods Briarcliff in the first Whole Foods Briarcliff Kosher Latke Cook-off! Team KosherEye will be frying up an easy recipe for “Latkes in a Hurry”. Team Whole Foods Briarcliff will be preparing Elisheva's secret latke recipe.
You be the judge – Let the Latke Cook–off tasting begin! Ready, Set, Fry, Eat!
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Old Jews Telling Jokes
Non-Stop Laughter off Broadway
Humor has always been considered Jewish Novocain. So, if you simply want to laugh and set aside your “tsuris”, we recommend heading right to the off–Broadway production of the hilarious Old Jews Telling Jokes currently at the Westside Theater, 407 West 43rd St. in NYC.. Created by Peter Gethers and Daniel Okrent, Old Jews Telling Jokes showcases five actors in a revue that pays tribute to and reinvents classic jokes and one–liners of the past and present. The show also features comic songs as well as tributes to some comedy icons of the past. The production is based on the website that actually inspired the show: Old JewsTellingJokes.com. If you’ve ever had a mother or visited a doctor – Old Jews Telling Jokes will make you smile. The jokes span the passages of everyday life – personal, business, love, marriage, and old age. And as others have qvelled: “You’ll laugh ‘til you plotz”. Be aware, however, that some of the humor is R–rated.
if you would enjoy some weekly laughter sent to your inbox, do subscribe to their newsletter at oldjewstellingjokesonstage.com.
"Why don't Jewish mothers drink? They don't want to dull the pain.
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Social Media Dinner - Abigael's
What a night, what a meal, and what a gathering – it was a sold–out event! The "who’s who" of foodies, magazine editors, and lifestyle bloggers dined on an exclusive menu created by celebrity Chef Jeff Nathan at Abigael's on Broadway in Manhattan. We would like to share the highlights of the evening.Add a comment
2nd Annual Pre-Kosherfest Dinner and Wine Tasting
Abigael's on Broadway, NY
Monday Nov 12th from 5:30 - 8:30
Food writers, culinary editors, social media personalities, recipe bloggers, cookbook authors and food brand professionals are invited to attend an exciting pre-Kosherfest event on Monday November 12th. Fabulous Menu, VIP Swag Bag included!
Eat and drink the night away at an evening of tweeting, greeting, meeting relaxing and chatting with other foodies. Three course gourmet dinner and wine tasting presented by TV personality, cookbook author, restaurateur Chef Jeffrey Nathan. $55 per person — reservations limited. Live Facebooking and Tweeting, too! This event will also support Masbia, the NY area kosher food soup kitchen.
A special menu prepared by Chef Jeffrey Nathan
Stir Fried Bell Peppers, Napa Cabbage and Bok Choy with Coconut Rice and Sweet & Sour Rice
Wild Mushroom Polenta
Creamy Soft Polenta with a Fricassee of Wild Mushrooms, Herbs and White Truffle Oil
Smoked Brisket Eggroll
Texas Style, with BBQ Vinaigrette and a Chipotle Potato Salad
On Table to Share
Cedar Plank Salmon
Oven Roasted, with Whipped Sweet Potatoes and maple-Bourbon Honey Drizzle
A Petite Ballantine with Herbed Sourdough Stuffing,
Paired with a Pan Seared Semi-Boneless Breast,
Topped with Sausage in a Light Sauce of Dijon Mustard and White Wine
Brazilian Rib Steak
28 day Dry Aged Prime Cut; Served on the Bone with Potato Hash and Ancho Chile Ketchup
On Table to Share
Honey Roasted Potatoes
Vegetables of the Season
Warm Apple Cobbler
Bourbon Caramel Sauce and Cinnamon Dust
Molten Chocolate Cake
Served Warm with Fresh Berry Compote
Served with a Pina Colada Drizzle
Questions? Contact email@example.com
Reservations: Social Media Dinner
Dinner Event Sponsors:
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Kosher Food Blogger Conference
The Carlton Hotel, Manhattan
Monday, Nov 12th from 10 – 4:30
The mission of the 1st annual Kosher Food Blogger Conference is to educate kosher food bloggers and vendors on how to enhance the value of their blogs and overall brands through best practices, sponsorships, technology and partnerships.
The Conference programming is built around the topics that are crucial for building an education on social media, photography, writing, branding, marketing, and technology in our current environment.
Grab a cab and head over to The Social Media Dinner and Wine Tasting at Abigael's on Broadway, which follows the conference at 5:30.
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Separating Egg Whites/Yolks
An EGGciting Internet craze on YouTube! A new way to separate egg whites/yolks using an empty plastic soda bottle. We saw it demonstrated, live, at a cooking demonstration and LOVED the idea The original video is in Japanese − just watch the pictures as it is self explanatory! The second video is in English and is a "take" on the original. We are posting this one just in case you need further explanation. Wish that we would have thought of this – so easy and so clever!
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