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Blogger Spotlight – Trini Gourmet (Sarina)

 

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Allow me to introduce Sarina, form Trinigourmet.com.  Sarina comes to us all the way from Trinidad via the Jewish Jamaican community and her blog all about Caribbean food is fully kosher.  When I first found Trini Gourmet I couldn’t believe there was a Jewish, kosher person from Trinidad writing about food, it is such a pleasure to get to know our new friend Sarina.  Make sure to leave any questions for her in the comments below.

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In the JOK Kitchen with Herbivoracious – Michael...

 

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Herbivoracious is the not only the name of a new cookbook with 150 original Vegetarian recipes, but also a fabulous food blog both by Michael Natkin. Michael became a vegetarian at the age of 18 and taught himself to cook. His ideas of a vegetarian lifestyle is not one that compromises taste. He is inspired by global cuisine and is inventive in the dishes he prepares. Michael is an Ashkenazic Jew and he grew up in Louisville, Kentucky, he is married to a Sephardic woman now and they both identify strongly with the Jewish community. I had the pleasure of meeting Micahel and learning more about him and how we can all benefit from his vegetarian teachings.  Visit his blog, Herbivoracious and Buy the Book.

When and why did you decide to go vegetarian?


 

The Balabusta Next Door: Meet Marnie

 

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It’s an interesting twist of fate that Marnie cooks mostly Syrian foods nowadays—she wouldn’t have predicted that growing up as an all-American Ashkenazi girl in New Jersey. Her father and extended family were all in the food service business—catering, prepared foods, baked goods, and deli were the backdrop of her life. Though her mother came from American stock, she was a versatile and broad cook. Marnie fondly remembers her mother’s foray into Oriental cooking and the many Sundays she’d return home bearing bags of food to cook and entertain. “As a kid I found my mother’s cooking style motivating and exciting.”

When Marnie married, her kitchen IQ gained a boost under the direction of her Moroccan mother-in-law. Her status as a successful wife and kitchen pro were confirmed when Pesach during her first year of marriage arrived. After preparing and serving alongside her mother-in-law, her husband’s family couldn’t tell who had cooked what—the ultimate compliment.


 

Blogger Spotlight: The Itsy Bitsy Balebusta ...

 

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We recently met Victoria, the Itsy Bitsy Balebusta on Twitter, her joy and passion for food came across immediately.  Her tag line, adventures learning how to make a home and take life with a grain of salt (& a bit of chocolate too!) and her sharing her love and memories of her grandmother is inspiring.  Victoria lives in Montreal.  It is so wonderful to welcome her to the JoyofKosher Kitchen where we get to find out more about this young up and comer.

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Inside the Kitchen at ETC Steakhouse

 

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Chef Seth Warshaw’s food is fueled with the intense desire to discover new flavors and deliver them on the plate. Now, this inspired chef shares his signature dishes with Joy of Kosher readers.


 

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.