In the joyofkosher Kitchen

 

Putting More Joy into Kosher: Our Best Restaurant...

 

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The voters have eaten. And the eaters have voted.

Why did fans come out in force when Milt’s Barbecue for the Perplexed (named for an off-beat uncle and Maimonides’ Guide for the Perplexed) was in the running for Joy of Kosher’s Best Restaurant of 2013?


 

Israel Joy of Kosher Cookbook Parties

 

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With the success of our Joy of Kosher Cookbook Parties in the US, we decided to do them in Israel too.  We had over 100 people from throughout Israel volunteer to host, we selected 12 participants spread out around the country and each host invited friends to share in a fun night surrounded by food. Here is a recap from some of our hosts with pictures so you can see how much fun it is, we encourage you all to host your own!!


 

In the JOK Kitchen with Meatless All Day *Giveaway...

 

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Don’t let the name fool you, this book is not just for vegetarians.  For our health and our environment all of us should be eating less meat and this is easier for some than others.  Meatless All Day aims at helping anyone out there trying to incorporate more vegetarian food into their diet with lots of flavorful recipes.  While some of the recipes are vegan even more can be adapted and most of them are perfect for a kosher lifestyle as well.Dina gives tips on how to make your meatless meal more robust/meaty so that even the meat lovers won’t notice.  Give it a shot, we have three recipes to start with that Dina is sharing, read on.


 

In The JOK Kitchen With Eating The Bible *Giveaway...

 

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Rena Rossner was inspired about ten years ago while eating a hot bowl of red lentil soup.  That fateful soup began a journey for Rena that culminated in her first cookbook, Eating the Bible.  Eating the Bible takes us through the weekly Torah portions with quoted verses and a little bit of commentary that connects us to a recipe.  Rena find connections similar to the way I do in our Shabbat Menus and I had fun going through and finding new ideas I had never thought of before.  I also love the way Rena explains her connections going into just the right amount of detail and adding alternative recipes options as well as questions to help keep the conversation moving from cooking to table. Let’s learn a bit more about Rena and preview a few recipes here:

The red lentil soup served to you the same week we read about the one Esau sold for his birthright inspired your journey.   What else inspired you through the whole process?


 

In the JOK Kitchen with Tina Wasserman *Giveaway*

 

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Tina Wasserman has been in the food writing business for a while, but two years ago when she wrote her first cookbook, Entree to Judaism: A Culinary Exploration of The Jewish Diaspora, she really appeared on the map.  Tina loves to share the history of our food and helps us all connect to our Jewish roots through food.  Her new book, Entree to Judaism For Families, is filled with the tools to help kids of all ages learn to cook in the kitchen and learn bits of history too.  I had the chance to meet Tina recently and I came away with so much amazing knowledge.  Let’s see what we can learn now.

Your books are filled with little history lessons connecting the food to Jewish history, how did you learn all these facts?


 

A New Educational App For Your Kids

 

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If your kids are anything like mine, they can’t get enough of your phone.  At this point my older boys have their own devices, but my 5 year old daughter is stuck stealing my phone whenever she can get her hands on it.  I wish I was a more disciplined parent, but when I have to get some work done, nothing works as well as handing over that phone.  The compromise is finding games for her that are at least educational.

That is where Animal Alphabet Singers comes in.  Developed for 2-6 year olds, this educational app will keep your little one busy and leave you with a little less guilt.  From the singers and songwriters of Sesame Street, including Emmy and Grammy winning writer Christopher Cerf, renowned animator Jane Aaron and internationally recognized reading specialist and educational expert Marilyn Jager Adams, Ph.D. , I want to introduce you to the new app for all iOS platforms Animal Alphabet Singers set to debut today, December 10th.


 

How To Use Gefen Wonder Melts and Cookbook...

 

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Wonder of wonder, miracle of miracle melts… Versatile, creamy, colorful and easy to use, Gefen Wonder Melts can be used to satisfy all your candy-making and candy-dipping desires.  Gefen Wonder Melts are mouthwatering melt-in-your-mouth candies that come in a variety of bright colors and are non-dairy — so they can brighten your baking and crown your cookies in so many different ways.  Here we have a few ways that you can use these versatile sweet treats in your kitchen:


 

Cookbook Spotlight – The Holiday Kosher...

 

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Two years ago Paula Shoyer came to market with The Kosher Baker.  A cookbook that filled the void for many to create amazing non dairy desserts that left no need for apology.  Check out our first interview with Paula and learn more about her transformation from lawyer to pastry chef to cookbook author.  Now, Paula is back with more amazing recipes to add to your holiday repertoire.   The Holiday Kosher Baker Cookbook is a go to bible filled with tips and tricks for any new or seasoned baker.  Paula is especially gifted and making our favorite desserts without any dairy, although this book does include some specialty dairy recipes for Shavuot.

 


 

Chocolate Gelt For Grown Ups *Giveaway*

 

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Chocolate Gelt is all grown up and dressed up and it has plenty of places to go.

Veruca Chocolates is now making their specialty, hand crafted Hanukkah gelt with CRC kosher certification.  Veruca Chocolates was started by Heather Johnston, a pediatrician who got frustrated with the medical system and was looking to add some sweetness to her life.  She wandered into a chocolate making class and fell in love with the craft of the chocolatier.  Heather began creating high quality artisanal chocolates that seduce the eye as well as the palate.


 

In the JOK Kitchen with Chef David From The Prime...

 

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The Prime Grill is the premier kosher restaurant in New York.  In 2000, Joey Allaham, a Syrian Jewish immigrant born to a family of butchers, saw a gap in the marketplace for a kosher steakhouse that could rival the best steakhouses in New York City.  Opening in midtown Manhattan, Joey took a gamble that really paid off.  Hiring Chef David Kolotkin early, the two pioneers of upscale kosher cuisine brought kosher dining to a higher level.  With the publication of their first cookbook, we can now try to recreate some of their most popular recipes at home.  I probably need to get started on my dry-aging room…


 

In the Joy of Kosher Kitchen with Balaboosta

 

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I know what you are thinking, aren’t we all balaboosta? Or maybe you are thinking I am in a no way a balaboosta or what is a balaboosta? A balaboosta is the Yiddish term for the perfect housewife. The dream of little girls long ago was to be a balaboosta just like their mothers.

Some of that changed with the feminist movement, but just as women have evolved, Einat Admony believes that the term “balaboosta” is to be embraced not embarrassed. A twenty-first century balaboosta navigates the pitfalls of life with courageous heart, a head filled with determination, and a spirit of risk and adventure. The modern balaboosta can be anyone, young or old, male or female, religious or not who lives with gusto, shuns fear and relies on instinct over precision.


 

Gastronomic Journal of Mendy Pellin

 

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New Joy of Kosher Cookbook Q&A *Giveaway*

 

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I figure you may be wondering about my new Joy of Kosher cookbook, like what’s the Mah Nishtanah this time. So I interviewed myself, asking the questions people ask me.   If I missed anything you just gotta know, ask in the comments and I will answer you – a whole lot more fun than talking to myself.

Q: So this is your third cookbook. Did you always want to write cookbooks?


 

And Then There Was Cake, Cookbook From Montreal ...

 

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As the Hebrew Academy of Montreal looks ahead to their 50th anniversary they decided to assemble the new kosher cookbook, And Then There Was Cake, desserts to enjoy and impress.  Throughout the years the leaders of the parent association found themselves in kitchens and around food as they worked to build a better school.  Now they are passing on these recipes to the next generation.

Glazed Pear Tart


 

The Ultimate Kosher Gift Basket for Rosh Hashanah ...

 

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There is something so exciting about receiving a kosher gift basket filled with unexpected (and delicious) gourmet goodies.   I am reminded of that magic Mary Poppins purse and wonder how they fit so many yummy foods in one basket and made it look so pretty!  As our thoughts turn to celebrating the Jewish holidays with family and friends and sharing our love with those who live too far away or aren’t able to join us around the table, I am reminded again why a specially made Rosh Hashanah kosher gift basket is the perfect gift to give or get right now.

Many kosher gift baskets come filled with store bought cookies and crackers and a bottle of generic Kiddush grape juice.  Now don’t get me wrong, I still enjoy opening these thoughtful gifts, but they typically get left in my pantry and forgotten or brought to work to share.  I knew there had to be a company out there that made gift baskets that I would want to keep all for myself!  That’s when I discovered Manhattan Fruitier, a 25 year old gift basket company offering kosher gift baskets filled with a combination of fresh fruit and gourmet goodies with a sense of style that will make Martha Stewart jealous.