KosherEye Featured Product
KosherEye Featured Product
Zojirushi Virtuoso Bread Maker
Selecting a Breadmaker can be confusing – especially if one has not previously owned a bread machine. So many choices - one paddle or two? vertical loaves or horizontal loaves? A machine that makes a 1 lb. loaf or a 2 lb. loaf? Size of actual machine? Ease of use? Settings? Decisions... decisions... decisions!
So let's talk! We have recently tested the newest model, of the Zojirushi (pronunced zo-jih-ROO-shee) bread maker, the Virtuoso BB-PAC 20. In fact, since we have grown so attached to it, let's use its nickname, the Zo. It has moved to a position front and center in our kitchen, right up there with our stand mixer, Vitamix, Coffee Maker and food processor. Not only are we busily making whole wheat bread for weekday sandwiches, challah for Shabbos, and cinnamon rolls (yumm) much too often, but we have also made jam. strawberry jam to be exact. So simple! Making jam was so easy, that we plan to progress to blueberry and peach jam later this summer.
Stumptown Coffee is all about cafes, baristas, relationships and the world. From the first café and roastery opened in 1999, the mission has remained the same.
Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Stumptown was started with the goal of doing things differently, with a vision focused on quality. The company strives to source the best coffees in the world, understanding and monitoring quality, and how the coffee is grown, picked, separated and processed. In addition Stumptown works to maintain close relationships with their farmers. "We are committed to the well-being of everyone we work with, from the farmers and the communities they live in, to our employees and communities here in the States." The roastery facilities have now expanded to three cities across the US, and expanded to several cafes and wholesale partnerships around the country, including Whole Foods.
We sampled several Stumptown coffees:
Our favorite was Hair Bender – We were delighted with this full-bodied, rich cup – perfect for espresso and cappuccino as well.
Hair Bender is complex blend featuring coffee from every major producing region. It is described as "complex sweet and savory blend, which yields flavors of milk chocolate, caramel, jasmine, Meyer lemon, apricot and pineapple".
Hair Bender is $14.00 for a 12 Oz Bag
Coffees range from $14.00 to $25.50 for 12 ounce bags
Stumptown offers an informational Brewing Guide for consumers.
Visit stumptowncoffee.com to explore the current selections and to order whole bean coffee or the grind of your choice.
Follow Stumptown Coffee Roasters on Facebook and on Twitter - @stumptowncoffee
Each batch of Harvest Song Award-Winning Preserves begins with the fertile ground of the biblical Ararat Valley, famed as the landing site of Noah's Ark. The company prides itself as one of the few preserve makers that uses only fresh, hand-harvested fruits grown in volcanic soil, slowly simmered in small batches and allowed to thicken without use of any pectin (jellying component).
In the Fresh Walnut Artisanal Preserves, whole walnuts float in sweet sugar syrup. The fresh baby walnuts are picked green from the tree before they have a chance to age. They are preserved, cured, and to be enjoyed and eaten complete with their tender shells.
• Use to complement cheeses, cakes, pies and frozen desserts
• Eat the sweet walnuts as a snack
• Add a candied walnut to a cocktail
• Kosher Certified by the OU
• Approximately $10 for 18.9 ounce jar
Buy this product at specialty grocers including many Whole Foods Markets and online at harvestsongventures.com.
Freezer to Microwave to Oven to Table
We look at the Emile Henry bakeware and ovenware line as providing heirloom quality pieces for our kitchens. They are culinary accessories that although sometimes pricey, can last a lifetime and beyond. If a bride adds these to her gift registry, she can be confident that she will not have to purchase replacement pieces for a very long time. The company too is confident in the quality of its products and offers a 10-year warranty.
Our newest Emile Henry culinary wonder is the roasting/lasagna dish we have been testing. It is versatile, and our "go to" ovenware casserole dish for baking or roasting family sized entrees, sides or desserts. This rectangular baking dish is durable, functional and stylish. It multitasks...going directly from freezer to oven, to table, and then into the sink for a hand washing or into the dishwasher. And, due to the hard glaze, cutting and slicing in the dish is possible without the worry of damage or scratches. It is also resistant to chipping. Whew!
We tried our recipes in a large 16.7" x 11" – 3.8 quart family-sized dish, deep enough to hold mounds of ingredients, large enough to feed a crowd. We like the deep colors of the glaze – ours is in the sand color. Although this rectangular shape is popularly known as a "lasagna" dish, we think that its versatility reaches far past lasagna, useful for any casserole or layered recipe. Since we used ours for meat, we plan to purchase another for dairy. There will be no problem confusing the two, since there are many colors and sizes from which to select. In fact, for our dairy cooking, we likely will select a smaller one.
Since 1850, Emile Henry's ceramic bakeware and tableware has been made in Marcigny, France. It is still made from high fired Burgundy clay, a type of natural clay superior for conducting and retaining heat, keeping food warm longer than traditional bakeware.
Emile Henry cookware and ovenware is most definitely a KosherEye gift yourself gift others culinary selection. Any cook, beginner or seasoned will treasure this in the kitchen.
Kale Chips, produced by New York Naturals, are handmade in Brooklyn, NY. The chips are prepared by a process of slow dehydration for about 12 hours at temperatures below 115 degrees to maintain their living enzymes and nutrients, including vitamin K and A, iron and fiber. They are raw, vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free, and they are a healthful alternative to fried snack chips. Kale chips can be enjoyed as snacks, dippers, soup toppings and salad garnish. So go ahead and munch on this new kosher snack, and let us know what you think. By the way, new flavors are on the way this month!
• Vegan Cheese - Tastes like cheese,
but is dairy-free
• Sea Salt and Vinegar - This version is nut-free
• Spicy Miso - A spicy accompaniment to Asian dishes
• Bombay Ranch - Flavor is similar to combination of
mild curry and cool ranch
Three - 3 ounce packs $21.99 or an assorted 4 pack $27.99
OU kosher, parve
Available at many Whole Foods Markets, Safeway stores and can be purchased online. Read more, or purchase kale chips at nynaturals.com.