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Marich Premium Chocolates is located in Hollister, California, and it is a second-generation family business with a 60-year tradition of fine confectionery art. Marinus van Dam grew up in his native Holland during World War II. To help support 
his family, at the age of 15 he found a job at a local candy factory. His job was to take a sheet of metal and scrape up the candy that had become stuck on the factory floor. He diligently worked the four floors of the building every day.

Because of his work ethic coupled with an interest in learning, Marinus was
 chosen to attend Candy Technology School, paid for by the company (quite an achievement in 1945!). He eventually learned every aspect of candy making from chocolates to jellies, caramel, taffy, nougat, gum, mints, licorice and more.

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In 1957, Marinus left Holland to come to America where he had heard "the streets were paved with gold". Continuing in the confectionery field, he worked in Chicago and then in California where in 1983, along with several partners, he founded Marich Confectionery Company. Eventually, his sons Brad and Troy joined the company and now work alongside their dad. Their dad's philosophy was "You cannot be a leader if you do not understand the job from the ground up. Once you learn how to keep a plant clean, you can learn how to make candy". Over the years the sons both learned the art of fine candy-making alongside their Dad. "True to our family business form, we also learned to weld stainless, sweat copper, install equipment, electrical work and all the types of things that have to be done to keep a business running. Rarely a day goes by that we don't eat at least a little candy. If you are a candy maker, you have to love candy and you have to be a perpetual kid. Work should be fun."

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Even before the founding of KosherEye, we have personally always been fans of the Marich Holland mints, creamy pastel peppermint candies combed with rich dark chocolate and a crispy minty shell. We have enjoyed them for years, and the problem seems to be that we never can eat just one – it's always (at least) a handful. They are the perfect ending to a dairy meal.

Recently we had the pleasure of sampling several of Marich chocolate confections. Marich believes in supporting local growers and sourcing most of their ingredients and materials from California. This combination of rich, deep chocolate with butter, cream crunchy nuts, premium fruits, and handcrafted toffees and caramels is a chocoholics dream. And, we tried very hard NOT to eat a handful at a time.

Some of our favorites include:
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  • Chocolate Toffee Almonds
  • Dark Chocolate Sea Salt Caramels
  • Chocolate Spiced Apples
  • Pumpkin Spiced Caramels
  • Chocolate Toffee Pistachios

And we are still tasting! Marich products, as indicated on the label, are dairy, and under the kosher supervision of the Kof-K.

Order Marich here: Marich Premium Chocolates, or find them at better gift, food and candy stores across the U.S.

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Visit Israel with "Israel by Daniel"
Experience the beauty & history of Israel
Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Family or Group Tours
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Dantsj@gmail.com
972-011-97252-3114373

Tour guide Daniel Jacob is extraordinary. We have recently had the pleasure of touring Israel with him as we celebrated the Bar Mitzvah of our grandson. He is knowledgeable about the country, its history, its beauty and its conflicts. As a captain in the IDF, he is an advocate for the land and its people. Best of all, Daniel shares his knowledge in way that inspired and educated our family. It was truly one of the most memorable experiences of our family's lives. More than ever now, consider touring Israel, and consider Daniel Jacob as your guide. Please contact us if you have questions: Roberta@koshereye.com

On a side note – we have just received an email from Daniel; he is still serving in the IDF- in the reserves and was called up to active duty in the Protective Edge conflict. We wish Daniel and his soldiers, safety and shalom.

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Reserve Cut at The Setai

In 2000, 12-year-old Albert Allaham emigrated from his native Syria to New York City to live with his brother in Brooklyn. He eventually took up his family trade - butchering. The name Allaham means, "butcher" in Arabic, and the Allahams take pride in the family legend that their butcher business in Damascus began over 200 years ago. The family butcher shop, The Prime Cut, still thrives in Brooklyn, but Albert has taken the business to new levels. And Albert's cousin Joey Allaham is well known for his Prime Hospitality Group which now consists of 7 restaurants in the New York area.

In the fall of 2013 Albert Allaham opened Reserve Cut at the Setai, a 300 seat upscale steakhouse. It is located at 40 Broad Street in lower Manhattan in the heart of the Wall Street Financial District. The space is contemporary – spacious and, elegant, but not stuffy by any means. We were there for dinner on a Monday night in July, and every table of this restaurant seemed to be full. Indeed, we spotted a waiting line as well.

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As for the food, our accolades go on and on - each course was exceptional. Our party of 3 enjoyed a sumptuous feast.

Dragon_roll2_1000wStarters included two kinds of sushi: a platter of classic tuna sushi rolls, and Red Dragon Rolls – crab, avocado, almond, spicy tuna with a special sauce. We also sampled the wagyu beef potstickers served with a sweet Thai chili sauce - a memorable dish you should not miss.

vealphoto3_smFor the entrées, the veal chop cote de veau arrived perfectly cooked (medium well) topped with a sweetbread croquette and a sage cognac sauce. The steak, the Prime Reserve Cut was flavorful, and perfectly cooked as ordered (medium rare). Reserve Cut steaks are all prime beef, and aged for a minimum of 36 days in the restaurant's dry aging room. Sides included creamed baby spinach with artichoke hearts and French Fries.

Portions are large, and as much as we wanted to sample items from their extensive dessert menu, we could not eat one more bite. So, if you go, and you should, bring along a large appetite and yes, a wallet to match.

Reserve Cut at the Setai – Open for lunch and dinner
Reservecut.com 40 Broad St., New York, NY 10004
Phone: 212.747.0300

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Photo - Bourbon Chicken in a Pan
by Guest Contributor Eileen Goltz

We recently had a potluck party and one of the couples brought a bottle of white whisky as a hostess gift. They had recently been to the KOVAL distillery in Chicago and knew my husband to be a fan, so they brought a bottle back for him. They raved about the tour they took and not being a drinker of whisky myself and trying to show off just a little, I made the mistake of asking if it was bourbon or whisky. What followed was a discourse on the difference between whisky and bourbon and I learned the following.

Every bourbon made is a whisky, but not all whiskys are or become bourbon. To become a bourbon the whisky has to go through a pretty extensive distillation process and bourbon is strictly an American product. Whisky on the other hand can and is, made anywhere in the world. The color can vary from clear to deep golden brown.

The white whisky we received was a big hit and made the half of bottle of the other stuff we've had on the shelf for the past 10 years (not big drinkers here) seem like something we needed to get rid of to make room for the good stuff. Not wanting to "waste", I decided that, much like I use the last bits of wine in the bottle for cooking, I'd whip up a few recipes utilizing the stuff we had left.

The following recipes are sort of a hodgepodge of fun and different ones that will help you utilize any and all leftovers that might be gathering dust in your liquor cabinet.

CAVEAT; The following recipes all use some form of liquor and for those that don't or can't include liquor in any form in their diet, I will suggest that you use white grape juice as a substitute or flavoring such as rum or almond. You should know, however, when you cook with alcohol of any kind the cooking process burns off the alcohol and leaves only the flavor.

KosherEye Note: According to Wikipedia the work whisk(e)y is spelled differently in different regions. The spelling whisky is generally used in Canada, Japan, Scotland, England, and Wales—while whiskey is more common in Ireland and the United States.

Eileen Goltz is a food writer and host of Slice of Life on NPR. Born and raised in the Chicago area, she graduated from Indiana University and the Cordon Bleu Cooking School in Paris and currently lives in Fort Wayne. She writes for the Journal Gazette and various newspapers, magazine, websites and blogs throughout the United States and Canada. She is the author of the Perfectly Parve Cookbook (Feldheim) and is a contributing writer for the Chicken Soup for the Soul Book Group, Chicago Sun Times, Detroit Free Press and Woman's World Magazine. Visit Eileen at her website: CuisinebyEileen.com.

Enjoy Eileen's bourbon and whiskey recipes:

Bourbon Chicken in a Pan
Bourbon Chicken in the Oven
Jack Daniel's Whisky Cake with Hot Buttered Glaze
Glazed Sweet Potatoes
Tequila Lime Chicken

 

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Paleo Desserts
by Guest Contributor Shoshana Ohriner

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Over the past few years there has been a rise in the popularity of a paleo diet. So what is the paleo diet? A paleo diet primary consists of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, and healthy fats. It gets its name from the fact that the majority of these foods could have been available to early humans before the agricultural revolution changed the way in which humans eat.
Excluded from the paleo diet are grains, legumes, dairy, processed sugars, and all of the highly processed foods that make up much of the standard American diet. The reason behind removing these things from the diet is not simply to revert to an earlier time. Many of these foods have elements that cause inflammation in the body that can lead to a whole host of health problems, from autoimmune diseases to obesity and heart disease. Many people who adopt a paleo lifestyle (myself included) report significant improvements in their overall health and energy. It may sound limiting to avoid entire categories of food but once you start eating a whole host of fresh, delicious, nutrient dense foods it becomes clear just how delicious and satisfying wholesome nutritious food can be.

That being said, even within a healthy paleo lifestyle, there are occasions that call for a little bit of a treat. These healthy Banana Almond Ice Cream Sandwiches are a truly delicious way to beat the summer heat. They are sweet, creamy, and refreshing, everything an ice cream sandwich should be. My kids absolutely adore these, but I have to admit the adults love them just as much.

Another treat that I like to keep on hand are these delicious Black Forest Coconut candies. The candy has a texture that is kind of a cross between a coconut macaroon and a piece of fudge and a small serving is totally satisfying. The combination of chocolate, cherry and coconut is utterly delicious, and it is lightly sweetened with maple syrup. Even better, the candy can be made in less than ten minutes so it is easy to whip up a batch whenever a craving arises.

Although I am pretty content eating eggs and veggies for breakfast, most days my kids get a bit bored with that and want more variety. I make these pecan muffins as a special treat and they are always a hit. They are great as a quick breakfast or a snack on the go. I always have a bag of these in the freezer ready to throw in a lunch box or snack bag.

Shoshana Ohriner is the creator and author of the popular blogs Couldn't Be Parve (specializing in naturally delicious dairy-free desserts), and Paleo Kosher Kitchen (providing delicious kosher recipes for a Paleo lifestyle). Her recipes and articles have been published in a variety of newspapers, magazines, cookbooks, and websites. She lives in California with her husband and three little boys.

For more great paleo recipes, including healthy gummy candies check out her blog Paleo Kosher Kitchen.

Enjoy these Paleo Dessert Recipes from Shoshana:
Healthy Banana Almond Ice Cream Sandwiches
Black Forest Coconut Candy
Maple Pecan Muffins

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