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Why Hummus Makes Me Happy **Giveaway**

 

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It’s been a real surprise to see classic Israeli and Middle Eastern food take center stage in America’s supermarkets.  Packaged hummus used to be thick, grainy and not at all like the hummus I fell in love with in Israel.  All that changed a few years ago when Sabra came to market.  They introduced Israeli style Hummus and made it mainstream in the regular grocery stores.  Then hummus shops opened up all over New York City and random places around the country.  Remarkable.

Hummus has gone beyond the kosher, Jewish and Israeli market to broader mainstream appeal and with good reason.  Hummus is made of chickpeas, sesame paste, lemon, garlic and olive oil.  It is a healthy, protein filled, snack or lunch that is gluten free and nut free.    It doesn’t spoil easily and is delicious spread on crackers, pita, carrot sticks or even a bagel. For those counting, 2 tablespoons contains 50 calories, 3.5 g of fat, 4 g of carbohydrates, 1 g of fiber and 2 g of protein.


 

Blogger Spotlight – More Quiche Please (Tali...

 

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Tali Simon is a regular contributor to JoyofKosher with gorgeous photographs and tasty recipes.  She is a vegetarian from birth who lives in Israel.  She writes for many print publications including Bina Magazine.  It has been so much fun getting to know Tali through her writing and recipes and we are so glad to have her as part of our community. We can tell you she is a perfectionist so that means her recipes are spot on perfect, give them a try.  Today we chat with Tali to find out a bit more behind the recipes.

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The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen by Levana *Giveaway...

 

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It’s finally here.  Chef Levana’s magnum opus.  Her masterpiece.  Levana has worked in the kosher food industry for over 30 years and has published four best-selling cookbooks.   The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen includes more than 350 recipes, 250 of which are gluten free and 250 can be made for Passover.  This cookbook has all the basics of healthy whole food cooking with tips and stories that make it a must have for every kosher home.

Caesar Salad


 

Blogger Spotlight – Food Wanderings (Shulie...

 

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This week we talk with Shulie Madnick from the blog, FoodWanderings.blogspot.com.  Shulie was born and raised in Israel by Indian parents, both greatly influence her cooking style.  Shulie currently lives in Washington, DC where she is a recipe developer, food writer and photographer and a cooking instructor.

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Drink Up! Herbal Water Is Fun *Giveaway*

 

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For a while now, I’ve been making my own herbal iced tea.  Stick a few fruit flavored teas in some water, put the pitcher by the sun and voila, flavored water everyone enjoys with no added sugar.  We barely serve soda at home, but recently the kids have been getting into seltzer.  It’s their special treat and since there are no calories or sugar, I’m happy to oblige.  But it’s starting to get a little boring.

Along comes Dr. Ayala, who recently introduced me to her line of herbal waters.  She is a mother and pediatrician who was looking for an alternative to the sugar laden beverages everyone  else was seeking.  In 2005, she started to blend her own unique blends of herbs with water.  When demand grew so did this company.


 

Blogger Spotlight: Lil Miss Cakes (Melissa Kaye...

 

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The blogger spotlight is posted every Friday and gives us a little peek into the person behind the blog.  We are grateful to learn about all the wonderful bloggers out there and hope they continue to help us grow this kosher food community.

Today we shine our spotlight on Melissa Kaye Apter from LilMissCakes.com.  Melissa has become a favorite guest blogger of ours with her ever popular Peanut Butter and Jelly Hamantashen and Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies.  She has been baking from a very young age and clearly is also artistically talented (take a look at some of the cakes on her site).  Now it is time to find out more about Melissa.


 

Vegan Cream Cheese Really Tastes Great *Giveaway*

 

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I know vegan cream cheese has been available for a while now.  To be honest, I only bought it when I couldn’t find vegan sour cream that I like to use to make dips and dressings for meat meals.  I never even considered using it as actual cream cheese on a bagel, after all it’s not like I’m making sausage or kosher bacon for breakfast every day.


 

Blogger Spotlight: Baking and Mistaking (Amy Spiro...

 

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Today, our spotlight is on Amy Spiro of BakingandMistaking.com, she loves to bake and doesn’t mind sharing some of her mistakes for all of us to learn from.

Tell us about your blog and how you got started:
Well, my blog is called Baking and Mistaking, and as you can guess it focuses 90% on baking and desserts. I always loved making desserts and cookies and cakes and all sorts of sweet things, and I would constantly take photos of everything I made and send them to friends. One day my friend said “why don’t you just start a blog!” and the rest is history. Now I’ve been blogging for a little over three years, including a 6 month stint in a pastry course at the Jerusalem Culinary Institute!


 

In the JOK Kitchen With Stephanie Pierson ...

 

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Stephanie Pierson recently wrote The Brisket Book: A Love Story with Recipes.  This book is the first of its kind, the first book solely devoted to this cross-cultural wonder, brisket.  The Brisket Book compiles everything you ever wanted to know about Brisket and more.  From cooking advice, to chef interviews to butcher wisdom and it’s remarkable history way beyond the Jewish history of brisket we are more familiar with.  With colorful photographs and every different kind of brisket recipe you can imagine this book is a must have.  Note: not all the recipes in this book are kosher, but most can be adapted with minor substitutions.  Here we find out more about the author and what inspired this book.

1.       What inspired you to write a book about brisket?


 

Blogger Spotlight: This American Bite (Yosef...

 

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Yosef Silver is the blogger behind This American Bite, a relatively new blog devoted to healthy seasonal recipes.


 

Sun Dried Apricots from Enduring Sun

 

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Fresh apricots have too short a season for such a yummy fruit.  That is why dried apricots have always been a popular treat.   Drying is an easy way to preserve the taste and be able to enjoy them all year round.  To be honest I have never been a real fan of the regular Turkish apricots available in most supermarkets, I find them somewhat bland, with sweetness but no real apricot flavor.  Over the years, I prefer the more flavorful and tart variety of dried apricots I find at Trader Joe’s.

 


 

In the JOK Kitchen with Amy Atlas *Giveaway*

 

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Sweet Designs – Bake It, Craft It, Style It, by Amy Atlas, brings the sweets stylist to the stars into your home.  Amy created this gorgeous book of sweets to help us make every occasion unforgettable.  The book is filled with 15 chapters, over 100 recipes, and 75 DIY crafts.  Learn to melt chocolate, work with fondant, use fabric to colorfully accessorize a cake pedestal and create a sweets centerpiece people will be talking abut for months to come.  Amy also happens to have a kosher kitchen. Today, we talk to Amy to find out more about her delicious new book.


 

Best Kosher Supermarket – Pomegranate

 

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Pomegranate Kosher Supermarket is known around the country as the preeminent kosher supermarket to rival the non-kosher gourmet markets.  Located in Brooklyn, NY visitors from all over travel far and wide just to experience this store.  Pomegrante was voted as the Best of Kosher Supermarket 2012 by the JoyofKosher.com community and now we talked to Pomegranate to find out more:

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Best of Kosher Hotel Winner – Pardes Rimonim...

 

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Pardes Rimonim, the kosher B&B of Venice, Italy is the winner of our Best of Kosher Hotel/B&B as voted by our JoyofKosher community.  Now it is time to learn a bit more about them.

Last May, the Jewish Community of Venice opened the new Hotel – Kosher House “Giardino de Melograni” (Pardes Rimonim/Pomegranate Orchard) and hopes to spread the word amongst Jewish communities and organizations around the world. Because the hotel is owned by the Jewish Community, all it profits go to tzedakah projects, initiatives for the Jewish Venitian youth, the elderly and students as well as the renovation of the ghetto and its 5 ancient synagogues. The Giardino is the only kosher accommodation in Venice.


 

Blogger Spotlight: Dinner In Venice – ...

 

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Today the spotlight is on Alessandra Rovati from Dinner In Venice our favorite Kosher Italian food blog.

What is your earliest cooking memory?
Making gnocchi while my mother was at work and I was at home with the chickenpox (I must have been about 8). Our housekeeper was a nice older lady who never tried to stop me from experimenting in the kitchen. Apparently, my mom knew what was going on as soon as she walked into the building – and we lived on the fourth floor! – because the traces of flour went all the way down to the street, at least that’s what she told me….