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Puff pastry is delicate and complex, simply NOT something that you want to make yourself. Yes, we love to create all types of baked goods and yeast doughs, but not puff pastry dough. Even expert baking professionals prefer to buy ready made puff pastry. And Dufour is their brand of choice. It is simply the best that we have ever tasted. Dufour is made with pure butter and can be used in sweet or savory dishes, perfect for appetizers and desserts. After constantly hearing accolades about this award-winning line, we were delighted that Dufour became Kof-K kosher certified in 2014. From founder and CEO Judi Arnold:  "We are extremely happy to respond to the many requests we've received for kosher certification. All of our pastry ingredients have passed KOF-K's requirements, and we continue to produce the exact same high quality products that have earned us our reputation as "the chef's secret source." By the way, KosherEye was one of those voices!

We were not disappointed. It was everything we expected buttery, flaky, rich, and so easy to work with. It can now be found in specialty supermarkets, gourmet shops, natural food stores and catalogues nationwide. Dufourpastrykitchens.com

Try these recipes... We tested and tasted each. Coming soon – our creation with Dufour chocolate puff pastry dough. We are also working on a new rugelach recipe.

Easy Sticky Buns
Tuna Pot Pie in a Puff Pastry Crust

 


 

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What do vodka and art have in common? Both Van Gogh vodka and Vincent Van Gogh's art are to be appreciated and slowly savored. Both were born in Holland. And, as noted by the company, "Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh was famous for his emotional honesty, use of bold colors and for pioneering the post-impressionist movement. Van Gogh Vodka celebrates its namesake with beautiful, artist-inspired packaging and innovative flavors with vibrant, true-to-life tastes."

Van Gogh Vodka was founded in Holland in 1999 by David Van de Velde. Its distillery is still located in Schiedam, Holland, and lead by 2nd generation master distiller Tim Vos. The company currently produces 22 different hand-crafted flavored vodkas-one of the largest selections of any brand. Van Gogh Vodka is crafted using only the finest fruit, grains and purified water. The grain alcohol goes through a multiple distillation process followed by an all-natural double infusion flavoring process. The company has won numerous awards and accolades. Best of all for the kosher consumer, some of Van Gogh's flavors are now OU Kosher certified.

How delighted we were to discover that several flavors of Van Gogh vodka are now OU kosher certified. Lucky KosherEye! We have had a chance in the past few weeks to taste some of these newly kosher certified flavors, and it is our pleasure to share some of our favorites with you... yes, we are still sipping, so come on over, "y'all"!

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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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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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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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