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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 knives, chopping boards and a lemon lime squeezer.


 

Sweet Designs

 

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I feel like Amy and I are friends. Yes, we both do share a really good friend, Judy, who turned me onto Amy in the first place. But when you read her stuff and get the warm and fuzzies from her beautiful creations I think you’ll also feel like you’re friends with Amy. Amy’s first book is now available for pre order (it’s at the top of every list B&N, Amazon etc…) and I can’t wait to get my copy.

Sweet Designs, just like her Sweet Site will inspire you to no end. She’s actually a Sweets Stylist (to the stars) — is that the coolest thing ever? Now the question is how does she stay so skinny? While the book is not kosher per se, from following Amy I know there are so many recipes that are inherently kosher (Amy does keep a kosher home) and recipes that are easily adaptable so we can go ahead and recreate these in our kitchens. The book, her site, the picts will all make you smile.


 

Chinese New Year – Year of the Dragon!

 

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This week saw the start of the Chinese New Year 4710. Each year in a 12 year cycle is assigned to a different animal. This year is the year of the Dragon.  According to legend a person takes on the traits of the year in which s/he was born. I was born in the Year of the Ox – and I can be extremely bull-headed, so there may be some truth to this legend. People born in the year of the Dragon are said to be innovative, brave and full of passion!

At Chinese New Year celebrations people wear red clothes, decorate with poems on red paper, and give children “lucky money” in red envelopes. Red symbolizes fire, which according to legend, can drive away bad luck. The fireworks that shower the festivities are rooted in a similar ancient custom. Long ago, people in China lit bamboo stalks, believing that the crackling flames would frighten evil spirits.


 

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 pyrex dishes, a slow cooker and a knife set.


 

Fuego Mundo-South American Kosher Restaurant...

 

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A few weeks ago, I traveled to Atlanta to attend my nephew’s bris.  It was a short trip, but I packed a lot in (and on).  One of the best casual kosher restaurants I’ve been to in a while is Fuego Mundo located in Atlanta, Georgia.

I first heard about Fuego Mundo when someone nominated it for a Best of Kosher Award.  I looked it up and saw that its advertisement as: “A healthy taste of South America”.  With grass fed beef and a wood fire grill I knew it wasn’t going to be hard to convince the rest of our family to give it a try. On Saturday night, you can even catch live music!


 

The Growth of Greek Yogurt

 

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In recent years Greek yogurt has become very popular. In Chobani’s New York plant, they produce 1.5 million cases of yogurt each week! In fact, Chobani’s Greek yogurt has become so popular that they are expanding so that they can kick their production up a few notches. Chobani is expanding their current plant, and building a new plant in Twin Falls, Idaho. (Most of Chobani’s flavors are Certified Kosher)

So, let’s examine the difference between regular yogurt and Greek yogurt. Greek yogurt is much thicker than regular yogurt, higher in protein, lower in sugar, it contains more probiotics than regular yogurt (probiotics are dietary supplements containing possibly healthful bacteria or yeasts), it is lower in sodium, has less lactose, and it’s lower in carbohydrates. However, Greek yogurt does contain less calcium than regular yogurt.


 

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 measuring cups, steak knives and cookware.


 

Does Color Affect Appetite?

 

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Have you ever taken a moment to stop and think about your eating environment, your plates, tablecloths, serving bowls and utensils? If you eat out often, have you ever noticed the color scheme at your favorite restaurant? Color may possibly influence your eating habits.

While it’s obvious that the size of the plate has a correlation to the amount of food that can fit on it, the color of the food and of the plate has a similar effect. Before we bite into anything, we have already assessed the food, and its presentation, with our eyes. Food that looks well-presented will be far more appetizing that an unattractive plate. It is at this time, when we are eating first with our eyes, that food’s color will have an effect.


 

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 kosher dining, pressure cookers, and a Mikasa dinnerware set!


 

Coffee Can Reduce Your Risk for Diabetes

 

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Can a Starbucks a day keep the doctor away?  Past clinical research has suggested that people who drink 4 or more cups of coffee per day have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.  A new study by Chinese researchers share the science behind this finding.

Studies have shown that those who drink four or more cups of coffee per day have a 50 percent lower risk of Type 2 diabetes.  Every additional cup provides another 7 percent decrease in risk. New data by Chinese researchers have cited the protective benefits of three major compounds (Caffeic acid, chlorogenic acid and caffeine) in coffee that inhibit a substance called human islet amyloid polypeptide (hIAPP), which has been linked to diabetes.  They found that decaffeinated coffee contains higher levels of caffeic acid and chlorogenic acid (the compounds with the greatest effect) so benefits may be even better with decaffeinated coffee.


 

Best of the Web This Week

 

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It’s been a busy week, a week full of delicious food, great recipes, news, tips and a whole lot more besides. In case you didn’t manage to check the site every day this week, here is a mini-round up of some of our posts, followed by some fun stuff we found elsewhere on the web that we thought may interest you.


 

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 fine kosher dining, a tabletop grill and a pizza stone.


 

Paula Deen Announces She’s Diabetic

 

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The rumors have been flying for a long time that Paula Deen, 64, is diabetic. These rumors were finally addressed this week with Paula’s admission on the Today show that she does indeed have diabetes. She was diagnosed three years ago, has been taking diabetes medication, but has kept this diagnosis from her fans – something that has upset many of them as she continued to cook her high calorie and fat laden dishes, and write her cookbooks with similar recipes.

In fact, not only is Deen now a Type 2 diabetic, she has teamed up with a drug company (the one that manufactures the drug that she takes) and is part of an ad campaign promoting them and their ways in which to help people manage their diabetes. Some wonder why she waited to announce her condition until she was representing a drug company – would she have kept it quiet if the drug company had not come calling with their large paycheck? Is her publicity machine working overtime so she can bring some attention to her son’s new cooking show “Not My Mama’s Meals”? Or is it all purely coincidental?


 

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 brownie pans, cutting board, superbowl party food and more.


 

Michel Cluizel Launches Line of Gourmet Kosher...

 

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Michel Cluizel is a world renowned luxury chocolate maker.  For Hanukkah, Chocolat Michel Cluizel, on 5th Avenue in New York City, launched its first line of OU certified kosher truffles, pastries and macaroons.  This is the first time the 63 year old French company is producing chocolate in the US.  The chocolate is produced in a brand new state of the art facility built especially for this Kosher Non-Dairy line.

With this first line they are producing 5 flavors of truffles.  My personal favorite is Joy, with almond and hazelnut praline and cocoa nibs coated in dark chocolate.  Now, all of us can experience the Joy of Kosher through chocolate.  I was privileged to receive a sampling of these chocolates and  can’t get enough!  Enjoying these chocolates on a Friday night with a glass of red wine after a nice Shabbat dinner is just pure heaven.