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Pomegranate Infused Cranberries for Rosh Hashanah

The KosherEye team is always searching for delicious foods, especially those appropriate for the season. One recent find is Ocean Spray Pomegranate juice infused Craisins®OU certified kosher. These are sweet dried cranberries infused with pomegranate juice. They’re naturally fat–free, cholesterol–free, and a good source of fiber. We suggest adding these berries to Yom Tov salads, or using them in this fabulous recipe for Cranberry Rice Apple Stuffing. 


Wild Rice Cranberry Apple Stuffing
A KosherEye Signature Recipe inspired by

This is the most fabulous stuffing recipe we have ever made.  It has lots of steps, but worth it. Most of the recipe can be made ahead and refrigerated.


4 cups water
1 cup wild rice (such as Lundberg’s mixture of brown and wild rice)
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2–pound crusty white bread, cut into 1/2–inch cubes (6 cups)
1 stick (1/2 cup) parve margarine such as Earth Balance, plus 2 tablespoons melted
2 cups diced (1/3 inch) onion
2 cups diced (1/3 inch) celery
2 cups diced (1/3 inch) apple
1/4 cup finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh sage or 1 1/2 teaspoons dried, crumbled
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh marjoram or 1/2 teaspoon dried, crumbled
1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme or 1/4 teaspoon dried, crumbled
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup Pomegranate infused Craisins*
1-cup turkey stockor chicken broth, or veggie broth


Bring water to a boil in a 2–quart heavy saucepan, and then add rice and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until rice is tender and most grains are split open, 1 to 1 1/4 hours (not all liquid will be absorbed).

Drain well in a colander and spread out in a baking pan to cool completely.

Put oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 350°F.

Spread bread cubes in a shallow baking pan and bake in upper third of oven until dry, about 20 minutes.

Melt 1 stick margarine in a large nonstick skillet over moderate heat, then sauté onion and celery, stirring, until softened, about 8 minutes. Add apple and sauté, stirring, until crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Stir in herbs, pepper, and remaining teaspoon salt and simmer, stirring, 2 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl and toss with rice, bread, and dried cranberries.

Increase oven temperature to 450°F and grease a shallow 3-quart baking dish (13 by 9 inches).

Spread stuffing evenly in baking dish. Drizzle with stock and melted margarine. Bake, covered tightly with foil, in upper third of oven until heated through, about 20 minutes. Remove foil and bake until top is browned, 10 to 15 minutes more.


Rice can be prepared 2 days ahead, cooled, uncovered, then chilled, covered.

Instead of drying bread cubes in oven, they can be spread in a shallow baking pan and dried, uncovered at room temperature for one day.

This entire stuffing recipe can be assembled (without drizzling with stock and melted margarine) cooled and refrigerated.  When ready to bake, bring to room temperature, drizzle with broth and margarine, and proceed by following cooking directions above.

* If you cannot find infused Craisins, use any sweet dried Cranberries.

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Whole Foods Market and Products from Israel

KosherEye feels compelled to share this statement in support of Whole Foods Market. As we all are aware, false rumors and innuendo may be damaging to a person or even a company. In our own interactions with this company, we have experienced not just a willingness, but a strong commitment to serve the kosher community. Both the ADL and Snopes support this point of view. Our local Briarcliff Whole Foods Market in Atlanta has even hired an on-site Mashgiach (kosher supervisor) to expand and enhance its healthful, kosher selection.

In response to our inquiry, regarding the rumor about Whole Foods boycotting Israeli products, we received the following prompt reply:

Products from Israel at Whole Foods Market

The rumor that Whole Foods Market has boycotted products from Israel or is anti-Israel is absolutely not true

The Anti-Defamation League investigated this false rumor and denounced it: also confirms that this information is false:

We have never boycotted products from Israel or any other country for that matter. Whole Foods Market is discerning when it comes to quality and taste, not country of origin. We are proud to carry great-tasting products that meet our high quality standards from countries around the world, including Israel.

It’s worth noting that at the exact time this rumor began to circulate, some of our buyers were actually on a sourcing trip to Israel!

As a decentralized company, we have 12 different operating regions. Those regions and even individual stores have the leeway to source their own products in addition to what is carried nationally. This is why product availability varies greatly among our stores, including products from Israel that are primarily found in our grocery, wine and Whole Body departments. Some are mainstays and some are offered seasonally, depending on customer demand in each individual community.

Whole Foods Market will certainly continue to offer products from Israel, so we thank our customers for helping us clear up this misinformation.

September 1,2011

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Black Russian Cake Recipe

No one would guess this delicious Black Russian Cake started with a cake mix. The addition of vodka and coffee liqueur give it that extra zing! Try it – it is a moist and delicious cake.

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Here’s the Scoop – What a Party it Was!

Our Ciao Bella Gelato Twitter Party was an evening of chat, fun and prizes!  And, may we say there were prizes galore from Ciao Bella and from our co–sponsor Chef’n. Lucky attendees won Chef’n ice cream scoops and Bananzas, Chef’ns newest banana slicer. Prizes from Ciao Bella included The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato and Sorbetto, Pint Coozies and the gala grand prize – a freezer full of Gelato! It was all about using Gelato in recipes for smoothies, cocktails and pies. Do you know Oprah’s favorite Ciao Bella Sorbet flavor? Blood Orange of course!

Do join us for our next Twitter Party – coming soon. Hint:We promise you that it will be SWEET! Stay tuned!

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Thought of the Day

We love this one...

Please save Earth . . . it's the only planet with chocolate!

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Ciao Bella Twitter Party

Join us, Monday, August 22nd at 8:30pm EDT — Hashtag: #CBGelato.

  • Gelato and Sorbet tips, recipes, prizes.
  • WIN a freezer full of FREE Gelato and Sorbet to enjoy for a YEAR! 12 coupons for 12 pints of Gelato or Sorbet.
  • WIN one of two copies of The Ciao Bella Book of Gelato & Sorbetto cookbook
  • Visit the Ciao Bella website

Party co-host, Chef'n has sweetened the party prizes!

  • WIN one of five candy colored ice cream scoops or one of their new  Bananzas. Wanna know what a Bananza is?

  • ciaobellotops ciaobellabook
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Ami Living Magazine

Whisk, the food insert in Ami Living Magazine, is featuring KosherEye in their July 27th weekly issue. Titled, The Southern Sleuths by Victoria Dwek, managing editor of Ami Magazine, the article also includes five of our recipes. Do read it!


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A Meaningful Fast on Tisha B’Av

As we approach the end of the nine days, mourning the loss of our holy temples and our exile, we fast and pray for a better future for the Jewish people. At the end of the fast on Tuesday evening, enjoy Tomato Cheese Casserole, a simple dairy one–dish meal that is both healthful and delicious.Summer fruits,bagels and lox can be added as a side dish.

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Taku Smoked Salmon Giveaway

The randomly selected winner of four, six-ounce packages of Taku sockeye lox trays is Sherry Taxman!  And how would Sherry serve the fabulous Alaskan Taku sockeye lox? "...with fabulous bagels from the Bagel Bin in Omaha, Nebraska!"

Congratulations to Sherry and thank you to everyone who entered. All of the serving suggestions were yummy and creative! A special Thank You to Taku Smokeries, Juneau, Alaska.

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Ben & Jerry's FREE Ice Cream Coupon Winners...

benandjerryconeYes, we said "winners"! The folks at Ben & Jerry's wanted to "make coming in second and third just a little bit sweeter!" So they are awarding additional coupons for FREE pints of B&J's ice cream.

Randomly selected as the winner of 12 FREE Ben & Jerry's ice cream coupons:
Carrie Wells! "Chocolate Covered Pretzel – Vanilla ice cream, crunchy salty pretzels, and chunks of chocolate."  

Randomly selected as the winner of 6 FREE ice cream coupons:
Batya Novogroder! "Boston Cream Pie – Chocolate, creamy Éclair ice cream."

Randomly selected as the winner of 3 FREE ice cream coupons:
Denise Viola! "M&M Twister – Frosty Creamy Vanilla Bean Ice Cream with regular M&M's, almond M&M's, peanut butter M&M's, pretzel M&M's and peanut M&M's." 

Congratulations to Carrie, Batya and Denise and thank you to everyone who entered – all of the flavor suggestions were winners! A special Thank You to Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream.

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