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Super Bowl Sunday: How a Foodie Keeps Score

 

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I’m not a football fan, my favorite sport is eating.  When I found out that the Super Bowl is the 2nd biggest eating day after Thanksgiving, I realized I’m not the only one.  Besides the commercials, I show up for the Super Bowl for the food.  That is why I shared some great tips for a healthier party and tips for a great game from tailgater extraordinaire Elliot Chrem. Last year, our friend Ari Yokult shared his favorite game day recipes.

Did you know that there is a 25% increase in carrot eating on Super Bowl Sunday as compared to other Sundays?  The Wall Street Journal shared this statistic as well as the idea that healthy food makers “vie for a spot on game day”.  Yogurt makers want you to use their products in dips and what’s a party without guacamole?


 

Best Of The Web This Week

 

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This has been a busy week – our new Joy of Kosher Magazine Purim Edition hit the news stands, Punxatawny Phil promised us six more weeks of winter, and we’re all preparing for the Superbowl. Here are some of our favorite features articles and some fun pieces we have seen around the web. Enjoy!


 

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 sandwich grill, a warming tray and a fabulous cooking demonstration with Levana!


 

Romney Says No To Kosher

 

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This past Tuesday, January 31, Newt Gingrich’s campaign released a Robocall in Florida in an attempt to smear Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. The focus of the attack: a restriction on food. The New York Post reported last Friday about an old bill from 2003 that Romney had vetoed while he was serving as governor of Massachusetts. The bill was proposed at a time when the recession was hitting hardest and nursing homes were contemplating closing down their kosher kitchens to save money. The bill was not actually to eliminate the option of kosher food for the observant Jews in nursing homes; rather to bus in kosher food from an outside location, and save the cost of running a separate kosher kitchen. The vetoed bill did not force Holocaust survivors to eat non-kosher food for the first times in their lives, as Gingrich claimed. The facilities actually kept their kosher kitchens, and no one lost their food options. Gingrich publicized this while campaigning in Florida in an attempt to gain the vote of the elderly Jewish community.

What amazed me the most about this news report was how many different sources published articles about it—The Huffington Post, the New York Post, www.downloadpolitics.com, and Fox News, for a small sampling. Was it the fact that one candidate was trying to hurt another’s campaign, and this is exciting gossip to cling to? Did this veto go against something Romney had previously said to the public? Or was the fact that he was potentially restricting Jews from eating the only food they can eat according to their religious convictions so appalling to the masses that it received this strong of a backlash? In my opinion, the answer is the latter. Food is so central in people’s lives that the notion of restricting one’s access to food could seem criminal, and to an opponent like Gingrich, is the perfect target point for an attack. This just goes to show the force that food holds over our lives.


 

Groundhog Day – Six More Weeks of Winter

 

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Punxatawney Phil saw his shadow this morning and that means, according to popular legend, that we have six more weeks of winter. To help you through the chilly weeks to come I bring you some great soup and stew recipes to warm you up.

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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 toaster oven, a pressure cooker and a pasta cooking set.


 

The Rise of the Veggie Burger

 

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It used to that veggie burgers, or any type of fake meat, really tasted like they were soy, or tofu, or bean burgers. They didn’t taste anything like the meat burgers or hot dogs that they were trying to mimic.

With vegetarianism on the rise, the companies that produce these meat substitutes are looking to produce burgers and hot dogs that closely taste like the real thing. They are mainly targeting a group of people called “flexitarians” – those who are mostly vegetarian but sometimes eat meat.


 

Joy of Kosher Announces Winners of First Annual...

 

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We are very excited to announce the winners today of the first annual Best of Kosher awards, an online contest recognizing the best of kosher in ten exciting categories, as voted by visitors to JoyofKosher.com.  Click on each category to see all the nominees.

And the Best of Kosher 2011 winners are:

Best Kosher RestaurantPardes in Brooklyn, NY
Best Kosher ChefChef David Kolotkin
Best New Kosher Cookbook (2011)Feed Me Bubbe
Best New Kosher ProductJack’s Gourmet Jamaican Style Jerk Sausages
Best Kosher Food BlogKosher Camembert
Best Kosher SupermarketPomegranate
Best Kosher WineryTerra di Seta
Best Passover ResortHyatt Regency Valencia
Best Kosher Catering Company – Beth Torah Glatt Kosher Caterers
Best Kosher B&B/HotelPardes Rimonim B&B of Venice Italy


 

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 KitchenAid, coffee maker and storage set.


 

Do Cellphones Belong in Restaurants?

 

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You have gone out for a quiet romantic dinner with your partner to the expensive restaurant you have been dying to go to for months. When you get there, the maître d’ seats you at a lovely candlelit table for two and hands you your menus. As you stare into each other’s eyes and appreciate the break from screaming kids you hear the unmistakable tones of a cellphone ringing. It isn’t yours. You look around and you see plenty of other diners either speaking on their cellphones or texting away.

It is becoming increasingly common to see people using their cellphones at restaurants – to have conversations, to check email, to text, and (I am guilty if this) using the cellphone camera to tweet / facebook pictures of the food placed in front of the customer.


 

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 steak knives, a kosher superbowl party and a wine accessories gift set.


 

The Top Five Superfoods We Need in Our Daily Diet

 

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What is a Superfood? A superfood is considered to be a food that is rather nutritious and / or beneficial to health and overall wellness. They are full of nutrients that help to ward off illnesses and promote good health. They are generally high in antioxidants and other important nutrients.

Here are our top five picks:


 

Best of the Web This Week

 

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So happy it’s Friday – a nice weekend ahead of rest and relaxation. We’ve been working hard all week to bring you new content, recipes and menu ideas. Here’s a mini round up of some of the articles featured this week. To be kept more up to date sign up to receive our daily recipe and our weekly newsletter.


 

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.