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As we start a new year, leading food trend forecasters have shared their predictions.  Topping our list is an important trend relevant to the kosher consumer. A top trend recently reported by Mintel, the world's leading market intelligence agency, is a consistent rise in kosher product claims... “Kosher claims on labels are on the rise and gaining traction. In 2014, 40.6% of new products claimed to be kosher; in 2013, 36.3% and in 2009, 25.6%. Consumers believe that kosher is more wholesome”.

  • It is the year of the Jewish Deli - Welcome back schmaltz.

  • Frying is back – Fat is ok, again

  • High-end bourbon and whisky replaces scotch at #1

  • Communal boozing- sharable drinks and punch

  • Tastes of the year include: savory ice creams and yogurts

  • Flavored salts and smoky flavors; Sriracha and more sriracha

  • Root veggies gain in popularity – Hello parsnips!

  • Technology abounds – same day grocery delivery, instant calorie counts, smart phone couponing, new apps, restaurant ordering, time saving tech

  • Golden Grazers - Older people eating smaller and more frequent meals and searching for “longevity friendly” foods

  • Millennials and GenZs gravitate to their grandparents taste for pickled and fermented foods - pickled herring, pickles, sauerkraut, and modern ferments such as kimchi…

  • Everyone’s a home chef – Artisan foods and ingredients made at home

  • Social Food- Supermarkets convert to socializing spaces with classes, tastes, demos, events - (sounds like Costco and Whole Foods doesn’t it?)

  • New BFF's - Best Food Friending online - new closer relationships with food vendors, supermarkets, food bloggers, chefs and brands

  • Pistachios - (move over almonds) to reduce blood pressure and lower insulin levels

  • Better sourcing... more organic, sustainability, local, emphasis on whole grains; authenticity in nutrition labeling and sourcing; grass-fed, anti-GMO movements

  • Food waste reduction - throw away less,  re-use, re-purpose, re-cook; transparency and better education in spoilage dating

  • Expanding types of foods that offer digestive health, such as pro-biotics

  • A new wave of functional plant-based waters – beyond coconut water and energy drinks

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2015 KosherEye Culinary Wish List

Gathered from the wishes of our staff, readers and food blogger friends, we present our annual KosherEye culinary wish list.

YAY! The kosher certified food selection expanded again in 2014. Each year we are excited about the increase in the number of brands choosing to go kosher.

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by Guest Columnist Eileen Goltz

 

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For many the concept of chicken soup is either tied to matzo balls or feeding a multitude of sick family and friends. Let me suggest that we take a step back from what we think we know and talk about how almost every culture has a version they believe is the ORIGINAL one.
We know that all you really need to make chicken soup is a chicken and a liquid (usually water) of some kind. What parts of the chicken make the best soup? Well, hold on to your collective cooking hats because

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Introducing Herzog "Variations"

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For centuries, the Herzog name has stood as a standard for exquisite wine and superior winemaking. Since 1985, the Herzog family has brought their artisan craftsmanship to California, producing wines of exceptional quality. Through their vision, hard work, innovation and foresight, the Herzog family changed the taste, availability and perception of kosher wine throughout the U.S. and the world, and redefined the kosher wine industry. Royal is the global leader in sourcing kosher wines and beverages. The Herzog family, with David Herzog at the helm, personifies the American dream.

Through the years, the family, along with their brilliant winemaker Joseph Hurliman has carefully explored each of California's growing regions – noting the subtle variations in soil and climate, and how each influences the grapes.

"Variations is a celebration of the unique qualities that the Herzogs have discovered in each region – a celebration of California Cabernet Sauvignon. We hope that you enjoy drinking these wines as much as we have enjoyed making them, and that you will discover the variations of California's incredible wine regions for yourself."

They are all priced in the $25 range. We found them each extraordinary to drink now – or as the winemaker Joe Hurliman recommends, graceful vintages to store for later.

A brief description of the Variations follows. . . but our take is that you cannot go wrong with any one you select. Our recommendation: try all three!

Each of the Variations is named for the number of different kinds of Cabernet it contains: the first three wines released are called "Three," "Four" and "Five" respectively. These cabernets stand as a tribute to California, the home of Herzog winemaking for nearly thirty years. The label design reflects the state's borders.

We have had the privilege and pleasure of visiting the Herzog Wine Cellars in Oxnard, California. In addition to the sensational selection of wines, the restaurant Tierra Sur is superb. If you are in the Los Angeles area, do not miss this experience.

Variations--What a lovely way to toast the New Year! We have listed the wines along with the winemaker's descriptions. Each of these wines can age gracefully for 5-8 years if stored at 55-60 degrees.

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Variations 3

Cabernet Sauvignon-California - 2012
From Paso Robles: lush notes of strawberry preserves
From the Napa Valley: a touch of dusty minerality
From Santa Ynez: a rich finish of cocoa

 

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Variations 4

Cabernet Sauvignon- California - 2012
Napa Valley: concentrated notes of plum
Paso Robles: aromas of fresh red cherry
Alexander Valley: hints of red currant
Santa Ynez: toasted coconut finish

 

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Variations 5

Cabernet Sauvignon –California - 2012
Santa Ynez aromas of ripened blackberry
Napa Valley bold flavors of blueberry
Alexander Valley notes of cassis
Paso Robles old world structure
Chalk Hill dried sage in the finish

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Rosh Hashanah Stars - 2014/5775

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In celebration of Rosh Hashanah and the fall holidays, our popular series, Cooking with the Stars, returns. We are delighted to present holiday recipes from our galaxy of shining culinary Stars. Let's gather around the Yom Tov table sharing our best!

This year, we are focused on contemporary family favorites and classics from past generations. To us, each of these beloved heirloom recipes is a jewel. They make the Yom Tov table sparkle with joyful memories. We thank our  culinary Stars for submitting their food gems and wish them all a spectacular year!

We will be adding more recipes through Yom Tov.

All of our Stars’ recipes, from past years too, can be found on our Yom Tov Recipe Listing along with other Yom Tov menu, recipe and favor suggestions.

Our KosherEye Yom Tov cooking HOTLINE is open for your questions. Our Stars are standing by, ready to help! You can ask your question via Twitter or Facebook, or email your question to: contactus@koshereye.com

Our  STARS and their recipes are listed alphabetically. Please click on their names to get to know them, and enjoy some of their favorite recipes.

 

 

 

Our KosherEye YomTov Cooking HOTLINE is open for your questions. Our stars are standing by, ready to help! You can ask your question via Twitter or Facebook, or email your question to: contactus@koshereye.com

 

 

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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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