You Read it Here First!!
Our November 30, 2009 feature on the wonders of the Hourglass Cold Brew Coffee Maker — well, Guess What? Chris Kimball, host of "America's Test Kitchen" apparently agrees with us. The Hourglass coffee maker was featured on the Today Show's Cooking School segment, The Best Brunch — Building Tools, hosted by Chef Kimball on February 3rd. We do pick winners!!
Our KosherEye friend, Sara Rivka, has some wonderful, creative, easy-to-make ideas for Purim. We loved her plastic purses. They are perfect for Purim presents, and so pleasingly pretty for Purim Parading!
Honey Mint Spritzer
We visited with the Savannah Bee Company during the AmericasMart Gift Show in Atlanta, GA. They wanted to share this "honey of a recipe" with the KosherEye readers. Enjoy a Honey Mint Spritzer — refreshing, rum-less, version of a Mojito!
by Kim Severson, The New York Times
Due to detailed ingredient transparency and extra product supervision, kosher certified foods are growing in popularity with all consumers.
Read about it at New York Times.
Any word on whether Kahlua will be getting their Hashgacha back? Any news for the future?
EE Atlanta, GA
A very good question regarding an old time favorite! Neither the CRC (Chicago Rabbinical Council) nor the AKC (Atlanta Kashruth Commission) currently recommend this product and they have no information regarding future kosher certification. We suggest the following products as excellent substitutes for Kahlua: Sabra Coffee Liqueur, Binyamina Coffee Liqueur or Starbucks Coffee Liqueur. All are parve.
December Newsletter, The Wink, Drawing Prize Winner
Congratulations to our December Newsletter drawing prize winner, David Mitnick of Baltimore Maryland.
David has won KosherEye’s very first giveaway, the Hourglass Cold Brew Coffee Maker.
"I look forward to receiving The Hourglass… It looks so interesting online and for Shabbos is probably a great improvement over my options now", said David.
I follow tons of kosher (and regular) food blogs and love Twitter for this as well. I just posted my TURDUCKEN adventure on Facebook and love spending time in the kitchen.
My favorite gadget? I love my Weber Genesis Grill with over 507 square inches of cooking space. We'll cook chicken for a crowd or indirectly roast whole chickens and even turkeys. Adding soaked wood chips imparts an amazing flavor. Before we shovel a walk way to the cars, I've been known to make sure the path to the grill is clear! One day, I'll get a real smoker and try my hand at smoking ribs and a pastrami the right way!
My favorite recipe is surprising, even to me, because it is such a traditionally Jewish item. It is a potato kugel that stays so perfectly white (I hate when kugel comes out brown) and is delicious each and every time. The key is, after cubing the potatoes, keep them in water until you are ready to add them to the blender (and don't try this in a food processor- blender is the best way). Here is the recipe:
David Mitnick's Potato Kugel recipe:
4 large potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 onion, cubed
1/2 cup oil
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
Grease baking pan and place in oven for 5 minutes.
Soak cubed potatoes and onion in cold water.
Combine all ingredients including drained potatoes and onions in blender and blend until very smooth. Take baking dish out of the oven and immediately pour mixture into the hot pan (so it sizzles) and bake at 450 degrees for 1/2-hour. Reduce to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 1/2-hour.
If you need a larger quantity, after you have poured the first batch into the pan, make another batch in the blender and pour over top of the already baking part.
2010 SAVEUR 100 List
Guess what is number 82 on the 2010 SAVEUR 100 List? Yes, it is one of your grandmother's favorite ingredients! To view the rest of the list www.saveur.com
"Schmaltz makes everything taste better. That staple of Jewish cooking — rendered chicken fat flavored with a little onion — goes into all my favorite dishes: matzo brei (fried matzo with caramelized onion), mashed potatoes, and chopped chicken liver, to name a few. I often render my own schmaltz, after asking my butcher to save a few pounds of chicken fat and skin for me. It's the epitome of slow food; I simmer the ingredients in a large pot over low, low heat for hours and ladle out the crispy bits, or gribenes, that float to the top. I save most of those cracklings to add to chopped liver; my kids always polish off the rest."
Jonathan Labovich, San Rafael, California
Since we are chocoholics, we also love #10 — Can't wait to try!
Starbucks Coffee Liqueur
Is Starbucks Coffee Liqueur kosher?
MH via koshereye.com email
According to CRC: Starbucks OU even without designation on the bottle. White Chocolate is Dairy.
Help! I want to serve caviar on New Year's Eve. Can I buy kosher caviar? Is caviar kosher at all?
Most legendary caviar (fish eggs) are from a fish called a sturgeon which is a non-kosher fish. However, do not dismay, kosher caviar is available from kosher fish. When purchasing however, be certain that the container is marked with an acceptable kosher certification.
KosherEye found OU certified kosher caviar for you online.
Many supermarkets including Kroger sell a line of OU certified "black" whitefish caviar by Romanoff.
Romanoff caviar is also available on Amazon and Romanoff Caviar online.
To make your caviar go a long way (it is pricey!) make a mound of egg salad and top it with caviar.Try both red (salmon caviar) and black (white fish) caviar
And here's the best news of all. Kosher caviar is usually not as expensive as non-kosher caviar from sturgeon. Now that's a once in a lifetime turn-about! Enjoy, and Happy 2010!