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De La Rosa Foods and Vineyards

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De La Rosa Foods was founded on the principles of compassion for living things, and for being guardians of the Creator’s handiwork. Their products are always non-GMO, always kosher and whenever possible, organic. “The House of De La Rosa” is dedicated to providing the highest standards in food & wine. The name of the company itself was selected to reflect its mission. The name honors the 18th century sage Chaim De La Rosa, a Jewish spiritual master who believed in natural healing. The words “de la rosa” – describes a rose and the Jewish people in Song of Songs. Plus according to co-founder Yehudith Girshberg, the name sounded quite “cosmopolitan”. (We agree!) 
We are sharing news of some the newest De La Rosa products that we have recently sampled

De La Rosa Avocado Oil
This was a favorite. We didn’t really know how to use it, but we did know that we love, love, love avocados – both for their taste and nutrients. According to our research, avocado oil is actually made by taking the pulp, the creamy inside, and pressing it in a centrifuge, which separates both the oil and the water from the pulp. The oil comes to the top and is then removed and filtered. It takes 15 to 20 avocados to make one (eight-ounce) bottle of oil. So, how did we use avocado oil? Avocado oil has a high smoke point- up to 520 degrees, making it a good oil option for sauteeing and frying.

  •  In homemade mayo – instead of canola oil
  •  In salad dressing for our faux kosher corn crab salad
  •  Drizzled over fresh tomatoes, or over hot tomato soup and gazpacho

Delicious! Try it, and let us know how YOU use it!

De la rosa wine MobileNEW from De La Rosa - Kosher Organic Wines
The vineyards selected for these wines are historic; they date back 800 years. The wines have been cultivated on the famed Burgenland Austria family estate. For its first entry into wines, De La Rosa is offering a selection of 8 organic wines, plus ice wine and organic grappa. 

We sampled:
Shaarei Orrah – Sweet red late harvest “blaufrankisch”, layered with red and black grapes Suggested for Kiddush, as an aperitif or alongside desserts. This was a silver medal winner at the 2015 AWC wine challenge. A good choice for those who like sweet wines.

Ur Kasdim -  Sparkling and sweet with a flowery aroma Pair with chicken, fish, pasta or cheese. The name “ur Kasdim is the birthplace of the patriarch Avraham
3 time gold medal winner 2015 wine challenge, International Wine challenge and Burgenland competition. We enjoy sparklers, especially when served with a fruit garnish. This one was lovely, with a fresh peach and strawberry placed in each glass.

Binah Merlot – Structured with medium tannins. We found it full bodied, and paired it with London Broil. We suggest that this vintage could benefit from some additional aging.

Sasson Dry Sauvignon Blanc—fruity with a dry finish. Low acidity Certified Histamine Free- so no sleeping after this lovely wine. A favorite!

Coming soon from De La Rosa — a Yakeer Cabernet Sauvignon and an Ashray Chardonnay. We look forward to the tasting.

Visit De La Rosa at Delarosa613.com, Facebook.com/delarosarealfoods, Twitter: @delarosa613
Buy their food products at De La Rosa Real Foodsand their wine at kosher friendly liquor stores across the country or online at kosherwine.com.

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Delicious and Dairy

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When in LA  a few years ago, we had the pleasure of meeting Leah Adler at The Milky Way −her kosher, dairy restaurant on Pico Boulevard in the center of “kosher” Beverly Hills. Aside from enjoying Leah’s delicious dairy dishes, including her famous blintzes, why was this visit special? It was her welcoming greeting, her non–ending smile, and her extreme pride when she speaks of her famous son; none other than director/producer Steven Spielberg.

At that time Leah, who is now 96, still worked six full days weekly, making restaurant customers feel like special guests, or should I say newly found friends! By the way, framed posters of Steven’s acclaimed films hang on the back walls of the restaurant. W certainly hope to return to the restaurant on our next trip to LA.

We thank Leah for sharing several of her recipes with KosherEye. And, Leah, “til 120” in good health!

Enjoy the following recipes from The Milky Way Restaurant:
Best Dairy Blintzes
New England Style Kosher "Clam" Chowder 
Pistachio Pasta

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Photo credit: Food Network

Fresh challah, homemade toasted pita, artisan breads are all enhanced by dips. We are sharing 11 dips we love-- from the KosherEye table to yours. These are all SUPER dips and Shabbos staples for us.

Smoked Tuna Dip
Herbed Garlic Oil
Kosher Faux Crab Dip
Eggplant Dip by Neil
Salmon-Pecan Dip
Guacamole Autentico
Egg salad with caviar 
Hummus Dip
Green or black olive dip tapenade
Spinach Dip
Layered Taco Salad Dip

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Leticia
Chef Leticia Moreinos Schwartz
Photo credit Kate Sears, Published by Kyle Books

Chef and cookbook author Leticia Moreinos Schwartz was born and raised in Brazil. Leticia has a BA in economics, and she moved to the US to pursue a career in cooking. She graduated from The French Culinary Institute with degrees in Culinary & Pastry Arts, and she worked in legendary restaurants in NYC.

Leticia then studied journalism and is the author of award winning books The Brazilian Kitchen and My Rio de Janeiro. Her work has been featured extensively on media outlets such as The New York Times and Saveur, and she has appeared frequently on TV shows including The Today Show, Fox Morning News, and ABC EyeWitness News. chefleticia.com.

In celebration of the Rio 2016 Summer Games, Chef Leticia has provided KosherEye readers with two favorite authentic and delicious Brazilian recipes. Enjoy!

Açorda Alantejana - garlic and cilantro soup with poached eggs and croutons
Rocambole de Laranja - orange roulade

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Beyond Meat's 100% plant-based products taste good, are widely available, and when labeled as such, are kosher certified by the Star-K. We could stop writing here, but want to share more on why this is a great addition to a healthy, kosher lifestyle. We remind you that we do love meat and poultry (the real thing) . . . braised, grilled, fried, seasoned, succulent. We are not vegans or vegetarians, however, we were delighted to discover a product as flavorful as Beyond Meat because it can reduce our meat consumption and help us serve healthier meals. Also, we always enjoy creating copycat kosher recipes, and these parve chicken and beef products help in our quest.

lasanga2Many of Beyond Meat products are Star K certified when noted on the packages. We added the beefy crumble to our Mexican style rice, cheese and beans; We made “chicken eggplant parmesan” with the lightly grilled chicken strips; we crumbled beef-free crumbles over cheese pizza, and on quesadillas, and we made delicious cheesy lasagna. Beyond Meat products were named the #1 Food Innovation for 2014.

From the company: “Based in Los Angeles, California, Beyond Meat is on the cutting edge of plant protein research and development. With a goal of driving innovation and progress, the company provides plant-based protein foods - without sacrificing the taste, chew or satisfaction of meat.” Their impressive list of investors include Bill Gates, Twitter co-founders Biz Stone, and Evan Williams; Seth Goldman, founder of Honest Tea; and the Humane Society of the United States.

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Visit www.BeyondMeat.com, Twitter @BeyondMeat, or Facebook.com/BeyondMeat.

Note: Beyond Meat’s much heralded Beast Burger is NOT yet under kosher certification. We can’t wait to taste it, and when it is kosher certified, we will let you know!

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