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Jeremy Lin’s Fame Goes Beyond the Basketball...

 

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If you don’t know who Jeremy Lin is you must be living under a rock.  On Shabbat, the Rabbi (at my shul) referenced him in the Dvar Torah and Saturday Night Live’s opening sketch was all about the New York Knicks new super star basket ball player.  Now, I find out his name is being used to name sandwiches and drinks.

Jeremy Lin graduated Harvard in 2010 and after being dumped by two teams, Golden State and Houston, was picked up by New York in December.  In the last two weeks he went from bench-warmer to super star and from sleeping on his brother’s couch to living in his own Trump Tower apartment with his $800,000 contract with the Knicks.


 

What Does Fair Trade Mean?

 

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I have a friend who’s a bit of a “free spirit.” The other day, she had a sip of my Maxwell House coffee and remarked, somewhat wistfully, “I wish you had some rich fair-trade coffee.”

Umm, rude. But more than it was rude, it was awkward that I didn’t know what fair trade really meant (hence my offense; I couldn’t care less what my coffee drip made). Never one to be shy of learning new things, I asked her what fair trade was. “It’s uh…you know…like not store brands I think?”


 

Monday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web including hamantashen, a hand blender and a rice cooker.


 

Trinidad Moruga Scorpion Chile Named Hottest...

 

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There is a new winner of the hottest chile on the market title. It is the Trinidad Moruga Scorpion. Even its name makes you shake! The experts at New Mexico State University’s Chile Pepper Institute have classified the Scorpion as the hottest pepper.

Heat from chile peppers are measured in Scoville heat units. A regular jalapeno pepper rates between 2,500 and 8,000 on the Scoville scale, whilst a Habanero is between 100,000 to 350,000 SHU. This Trinidad Moruga Scorpion pepper rates more than 1.2 million on the Scoville heat scale – and some of these peppers can reach higher, over 2 million!


 

Chew On This: Fun Facts About Food

 

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The banana tree is not a true fruit at all but a giant herb and the banana is actually its berry. A banana plant produces only one bunch or “hand” in its life, but that bunch may have between 100 to 400 bananas. Despite its phallic shape, the banana is sterile and no fertilization takes place in the banana flowers. A banana plant grows when one of its shoots is planted.

Toussaint-Samat, Maguelonne. 1993. A History of Food. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell Publishers.


 

Best of the Web This Week

 

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In the past little while we have been eating a lot of chocolate so that we could bring you a plethora of posts devoted to that subject. It’s been a hard job, but we were willing to make the sacrifice. Click to read all about our chocolate  adventures


 

Kosher Food and Wine Experience 2012

 

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On Monday, February 13, 2012 Jamie Geller, Hadassah Sabo-Milner and I joined 1300 other Jewish food and kosher wine lovers at the 6th Annual Kosher Food and & Wine Experience at Pier 60 in New York. We had the chance to sample over 200 wines from 20 wineries from all over the world, although I lost track after about 50! Some of the best known kosher wineries were featured, like Herzog, Castel, Covenant, HaGafen, Teal Lake and Bartenura.  There was food samplings from 20 kosher restaurant and caterers.

Royal Wine introduced several new wines, including a new Herzog single vineyard wine from Napa’s Mt. Veeder and an “Old Vine” Cabernet from The Cave in Israel. With preparations for Purim and Passover a little over a month away, kosher consumers were able to experience the most comprehensive tasting of kosher wines in North America and meet wine makers and oenophiles from all around the globe.


 

Thursday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web including cookware, knives and a blender.

 


 

Kellogg’s is Buying Pringles

 

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What do Frosted Flakes, Keebler, Cheez-It, and Special K chips have in common? They are all a part of the Kellogg family, which will soon include the Pringle brand as well. Originally, Procter and Gamble Co. were going to sell the Pringles brand to Diamond Food Inc. for $1.5 billion. However, an investigation into Diamond Foods Inc. showed that there had been improper payments to walnut growers. The CEO and CFO were thus replaced, and Diamond stock slid considerably, impeding the company’s ability to finance the deal. The sale would have made Diamond, which produces Emerald nuts and Pop Secret popcorn, the second largest snack-maker in America.

In its stead, Kellogg will be purchasing the Pringles brand for $2.7 billion, a deal Kellogg expects to complete by June 30. The reason for this expensive acquisition is that Kellogg wants to “become as big globally in snacks as it is in cereal,” according to CBS news. I can personally attest to Kellogg’s popularity when I see Israelis purchasing 36 NIS (shekel) boxes of Special K and Froot Loops. Their goal is to have that same foothold in the global snack arena. With the attainment of the savory Pringles brand, they hope to accomplish this.


 

Wednesday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web – including a blender, a coffee maker and a pastry decorating set.

 


 

Vote Online for Manischewitz Finalist

 

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Your Vote Will Determine One Finalist in the 6th Annual Man-O-Manischewitz® Cook Off

Vote online at www.manischewitz.com from February 13-24, 2012.


 

Tuesday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web – including specialty ice cube trays, sushi and a wine cooler.


 

Brazilian Coffee Gets More Recognition

 

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For the longest time Brazilian coffee was considered boring and plain. It was the kind of coffee that was used for instant coffee or for regular mass market blends that didn’t promise too much in the way of flavor or taste. “It was common knowledge that Brazilian coffee was just garbage,” said Danny O’Neill, a specialty wholesale coffee roaster in Kansas City, Mo.

No longer. Brazilian coffee is finally getting the recognition it deserves. Brazil is one of the largest exporters of coffee – they produce up to a third of the world’s coffee beans.


 

Chocolate Goodness From M&M Designs

 

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As we count down to Purim my Facebook and Twitter streams are all about Mishloach Manot themes. Some people go all out and some go the easy way. Whichever way you go, M&M Designs can customize their delicious goodies to your specific theme or send a stunning basket to whoever you wish to treat.


 

Monday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web – including a cookbook, wineglasses and cookware.