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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 flatware, a mini food processor and kid friendly kitchen tools.

 


 

Disease Resistant Strawberry Created

 

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The regular strawberry crop often falls victim to parasites – including black root rot which is caused by a microscopic worm, and the black vine weevil – a nasty bug brought in from Europe in the 19th century. These infestations can ruin a strawberry’s root system.

Scientists at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven have created a parasite resistant strawberry called the Rubicon. Once they are granted a patent for the Rubicon, they plan to grow the strawberry and sell to commercial growers and farms in the US.


 

Best of the Web This Week.

 

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We have kicked our Purim preparation into high gear – less than two weeks left, folks, have you got all your mishloach manot planned? What’s on your menu for the seudah? Do your children have their costumes ready? Enjoy some of our favorite posts from this week.


 

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 a frying pan set, a Dutch oven and a bamboo utensil set.


 

Should Crying Children Be Banned From Restaurants?

 

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The Huffington Post reported on Tuesday that a Grand Central Pizza, a restaurant in Georgia, had enacted a new “no noisy children” rule in the establishment. Grand Central Pizza has added a note on the bottom of their menu stating:

“Dear all present and future patrons: GCP is proud of its reputation as a family restaurant, a title that we will work to keep. Unfortunately a number of our diners have posted unpleasant experiences because of crying and unsupervised children. To ensure that all diners have an enjoyable lunch or dinner with us we respectfully ask that parents tend to their crying tots outside.”


 

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 grill, a portable coffee mug and a food prep station.


 

Food Fight at Citi Field

 

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The Mets have banned Kosher Sports Inc from selling their glatt kosher hot dogs, burgers, peanuts, pretzels and knishes at their games on Friday night and Saturday home games. Kosher Sports Inc are able to sell their products at other times, but not over the Jewish Sabbath. This move has lost Kosher Sports Inc well over hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The issue? According to papers filed officials were worried that there would be “undermined credibility with Sabbath observing [fans]”. JoK Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff weighed in on whether food prepared on the Sabbath would be kosher or not . “If food is cooked from raw on Shabbat it may not be eaten on Shabbat. Warming food and preparing it is okay when certain precautions are added.”


 

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 a pasta boat, fine dining and a George Foreman grill.


 

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.