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CKCA Produces Iron Chef Competition at Kosherfest

 

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The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts (CKCA)—the world’s only professional Kosher Culinary Arts school, will be co-producing for the third straight year the “Iron-Chef” culinary competition at the Kosherfest Expo in the Meadowlands Exposition Center on October 30th.

Three top chefs will have thirty minutes to cook one entrée from scratch using only a basket of mystery ingredients and a limited pantry of basic staples. The winner will take home a cash prize of $1000.   And this year our very own Jamie Geller will be hosting the event!!!


 

In Season Persimmon Recipes

 

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Persimmons are tropical-tasting fruit that come in various shades and textures; the most common being the Fuyu persimmon (firm, round and light orange) and the Hachiya persimmon (soft texture, oval and dark orange). The firm, pale orange persimmons are the most versatile and can be eaten both raw and cooked. The deep orange varieties are extremely soft and are best used in soups, purees or jams. Fuyu persimmons ripen after they are picked, while Hachiya do not. Make sure not to eat unripe (firm) Hachiya persimmons as they can leave an uncomfortable, dry feeling in your mouth.

Persimmon tart

Persimmon Tart


 

A to Z of Thai Cuisine

 

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What is it about Thai cuisine that makes it so very irresistible?  Anyone who has travelled in Thailand will be captured by the smells alone.

It’s the mixture of hot, salty, sweet and sour flavours that makes the food so very distinct and it’s a taste that we can replicate and make kosher when we get home from a magical Thai adventure.


 

Best Rice Cookers to Buy

 

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From my experience it doesn’t really matter which one you buy, all rice cookers make good rice, it is really more about you.  No matter what, getting a rice cooker will change your life.  Sure you might say, I make great rice on my stove top or in my microwave, what do I need another gadget for.  If you only make rice once in a while then sure you are right. If you only make rice out of a box with a mix of flavors then you probably don’t need it either.  However, if you like rice regularly, a rice cooker is a valuable gadget and doesn’t even have to cost a lot of money.


 

An Early Fall Menu

 

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Now that the craziness of the holidays are behind us and Summer is officially over, it is time to get back to normal, every day life.  Of course, that doesn’t mean we are going to stop planning and cooking and celebrating with food.  I know you all like to browse through my interesting menu ideas and so here is one specially made for you to use right now.  Whether you use it for Shabbat or maybe you are having the girls over for a fun night in, this menu is seasonal, flavorful and ready to be savored and enjoyed by family or friends.

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup

Pumpkin Black Bean Soup


 

KosherFeast Honors Chef Laura Frankel

 

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The third annual kosher social media dinner that precedes Kosherfest will be held on October 28th at the J Soho restaurant.  Tons of food bloggers, writers and personalities head to NY for Kosherfest.  The dinner is a time for them to get together, socialize and learn about some of the new products even before the show.  It follows our day long, Kosher Food Bloggers Conference, an event for food bloggers and professionals to openly discus, learn and network together.  This year to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Kosherfest, they are honoring some of the kosher food pioneers, Susie Fishbein, Chef Laura Frankel, Norene Gilletz, Gil Marks, Levana Kirschenbaum, Menachem Lubinsky, Joan Nathan and several more.

Chef Laura contributes regularly to our site (click here to see all her article and recipes) and our magazine and we are so happy for her recognition along with so many other of our talented foodie friends, all of whom have paved the way for the rest of us.


 

Types and How To Melt Chocolate with Parve...

 

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What better way to end a meal than with decadent chocolate desserts?

Here is your source for all things chocolate:


 

Enter the Joy of Kosher Candy Sukkah Contest

 

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While some are building the real sukkah you can keep busy building a CANDY SUKKAH!!

Enter now through September 29th for your chance to win!!! Sponsored by Mike and Ike and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews.


 

How To Choose The Right Bento Box For Lunch

 

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Before you start putting together fun lunches for your kids with a Japanese style you have to pick the right box.  Here is an overview of what is available:

What’s Your Style? Although the concept of bento is Japanese, just about anything can be used as a bento box, as long as it’s easily washable, and relatively watertight.


 

Use Your Leftover Brisket For New Meals

 

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I hate wasting food. I hate throwing out leftovers. It’s a hangover from my upbringing. I can still hear my parents’ voice in my head, telling me about the poor starving children in Europe.

Usually there’s no waste at my house though because these days I’m cooking just for two, which means small portions and not much extra. But at holiday time it’s back to mama for my grown daughters and their families, and like most other old-fashioned Jewish mothers, I always cook too much of everything. My kids leave with doggie bags. Still, there’s always plenty of food left in the fridge.


 

A South African Rosh Hashanah Menu

 

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Smoked Steak Sushi Cake

What do you do if your family believes that a meal is not complete without meat? Smoked Steak Sushi Salad was created for my son Ryan who loves sushi, but won’t eat fish. As most of the starters in our home are meat, I like to serve this with a plate of chopped liver puffs. The length of the ingredient list doesn’t make the recipe lengthier and harder, sometimes just a little tastier!


 

A Rosh Hashanah Menu From Kim Kushner

 

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After talking to Kim and looking through her new cookbook, The Modern Menu, I knew you would love these recipes for your High Holiday meal planning.   Kim suggests menus in her book, but recommends readers to pick and choose and make it their own.  Read our interview with Kim here and enter our giveaway and then enjoy a sampling of her recipes in this Modern Rosh Hashanah Menu.  Mediteranean Sea Bass is a snap to prepare and the perfect starter for your High Holiday meal.


 

Kosher BBQ Festival in Kansas City

 

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I’m pretty excited. It’s not every day that I get to cook for a Food Network celebrity. That’s right… thanks to the Kosher Connection I connected with Simon Majumdar who was conducting research for his upcoming book, Fed White and Blue. As Simon journey’s across America, exploring the variety of culture, experiences and food this country has to offer, he also wanted to experience the best of Kosher Food. Well, there’s no kosher restaurant here in Kansas City (KC), so I invited him to a Shabbat meal.

Simon’s been to KC before, he has a passion for BBQ and competes in the American Royal each year. This year’s no different, but as well as spending shabbat at the This American Bite table, he’ll also be judging the second annual Kosher BBQ Festival. I had the honor of judging the festival last year, but passed on the opportunity to do so again this year because this time, I’m competing!


 

Grilled Duck Sauce Recipes

 

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I’m basically a make-it-from-scratch cook. But there are a few store-bought, packaged products I couldn’t do without: canned stock, pizza dough and Gold’s Duck Sauce. Two kinds of Gold’s Duck Sauce actually, Sweet & Sour and Hot & Spicy.


 

The Village of Hope

 

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Just north of the Jezreel Valley, slightly east of Haifa is a small town called Kfar Tikva or Village of Hope. This town was started in 1964 with the idea of creating an environment where disabled people of all ages, type of disability, and level of personal capability would be able to develop and realize their potential, though various jobs and projects that also help to integrate them into typical everyday society. The community now numbering some 200 people is also the home of Tulip Winery.

Tulip Winery joined the community in 2003.  They developed a program where these very special individuals could participate in the harvest of grapes, the bottling process and assist on guided tours of the facilities.  The Yitzhaki Family, founders of the winery, had a vision to provide premium wines that offered the best value for your money.