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New Products From the Fancy Food Show

 

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Who says nothing can get done in Washington?  I recently came back from a food-filled day trip to Washington, D.C. where I attended the 57th Summer Fancy Food Show.  It is the largest marketplace for specialty foods and beverages in North America. The exhibit halls were filled to capacity with as many as 180,000 products including the latest in single-origin chocolate, artisanal cheese, olive oil, salsas, snacks, teas and spice blends, many of them with kosher certification.

I want to share with you a few of my favorite discoveries.


 

PopBar Gelato Goodness ***GIVEAWAY***

 

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It’s summer and there is nothing quite as refreshing as ice cream or sorbet – well, if you don’t have a pool to dive into to cool off.

A new concept in frozen desserts has hit the streets of New York. Frozen Gelato on a stick – and it’s KOSHER! [National Kosher Supervision (Rabbi Aaron D. Mehlman)]  Less fat that ice cream, using fresh ingredients and no preservatives, the many varieties of PopBars are a low calorie refreshment sure to please. PopBar also makes Sorbet Pops and Yogurt Pops too. In fact, they have such a wealth of flavors that you can create your own bar with your own combination of flavors and toppings.


 

CKCA Introduces New Curriculum

 

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America’s Only Kosher Professional Baking & Pastry Program Introduces New Curriculum

French Pastry Chef Instructs Students in Advanced Pastry Arts


 

5th Annual Man-O-Manischewitz Contest

 

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Jamie Geller was one of the judges at the 5th Annual Man-O-Manischewitz Cook-off at which Stuart Davis, 45, from Cherry Hill, NJ with his Chicken and Egg Donburi (recipe can be found on the Manischewitz website) was crowned King of Kosher on Thursday March 31 2011. Davis received a grand prize worth $25,000 which includes: state of the art kitchen appliances, cash, over night stay in NYC, crystal trophy, and Manischewitz product.

Stuart was selected as a finalist through the “Online Voting” component that allowed consumers to have a say in the finalist selection process. The other four contestants were selected from thousands of entries.


 

Jamie Geller’s Quick & Kosher Recipe...

 

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Are you a Jamie Geller fan? Do you have her cookbooks?

In order to help you be more organized in your kitchen there is now a user-friendly Recipe Guide listing all the recipes in both Quick & Kosher cookbooks, organized by course, with all Passover recipes clearly indicated.


 

Jamie Geller to Judge Annual Cholent Cook-off

 

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Yeshiva University students will hold a “Cholent Cook-off” to determine who makes the tastiest and most original of the quintessential Shabbat dish on YU’s Wilf Campus in Weissberg Commons, 2495 Amsterdam Ave. (at 184th St.) on Thursday, April 7 at 2:45 PM. The event is sponsored by YU’s Office of University Housing.

In keeping with the tradition of slow-cooking the stew dish, 16 teams of four students will prepare their dishes the night before. The next afternoon, a panel of discriminating palates will crown the winner.


 

5th Annual Man-O-Manischewitz Cook Off

 

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On Thursday, March 31st at the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan, the Manischewtiz Company will host their 5th Annual Man-O-Manischewitz Live Cook Off.  The purpose of the competition is to encourage home chefs to experiment with kosher products while preparing delicious recipes that could become a new family favorite or that have been shared from generation to generation.  Jamie Geller, returning for a second time, will be a judge on a panel lead by legendary Chef , TV Personality, and Cookbook author, Jacques Pépin!

The five finalists come from all over the country with ages ranging from 26 to 61. While some are new to kosher cuisine, they all share a passion for cooking:


 

Meet Jamie Geller in Wesley Hills, NY!

 

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Come cook with the “Bride who Knew Nothing” – Jamie Geller

When: Wednesday March 23, 2011 6:30 pm


 

Meet Jamie Geller in Teaneck!

 

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Jamie will be the featured speaker at the “Nechamah Awareness Evening”, Tuesday evening, March 15, 2011 at 7:45 PM, in the Marian Social Hall, Holy Name Medical Center, Teaneck NJ.

Jamie Geller, Cookbook Author and Speaker, will tell the gathered guests about her interesting life journey as well as demonstrate delicious comfort food recipes.


 

A Taste of Cholent

 

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It is hard to explain our love affair with the slow-cooked meat stew called cholent. It is not pretty, not healthy and proudly mocks the trend towards modern, gourmet kosher cuisine.   Yet, cholent defines Shabbat lunch for hundreds of thousands of Jewish people every week… and it has been this way for nearly two millenia. (more…)


 

Kosher Food and Wine Experience – WIN...

 

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How would you like to win a pair of tickets to come to the Kosher Food and Wine Experience on Feb 22 2011 at Chelsea Piers in NYC? This is going to be an awesome event – featuring kosher food from some of the most delicious and famous kosher restaurants, more than 200 kosher wines and the most amazing kosher chefs, including our very own Jamie Geller. Jamie will be there to shmooze with you all and sign books. Kosher.com will be showing off our goods too – it is going to be a major kosher experience!!

These tickets are $100 a pop, but if you want a chance at winning a pair of them, and are prepared to come to NYC on your own dime – here is what you need to do. Remember when Jamie recently told us about her failed snowman cake? What is one of your memorable kitchen disasters? Tell us about it in the comments – and Jamie will pick a winner.


 

2011 Kosher Product Spotlight

 

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The remarkable evolution of the kosher food industry was apparent at Kosherfest, the two-day trade show connecting kosher food buyers and sellers from around the world.  This year there were almost 8,000 people  in attendence  and  over 200 exhibitors.  At any point, you could hear a cacophony of Hebrew, Spanish, Yiddish, Chinese, Italian and French.  At times, it felt more like a meeting of the U.N. General Assembly than a kosher food show. (more…)


 

Two Terrific Tuna Casserole Recipes

 

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A tuna noodle casserole is a perfect dinner for a weeknight when the kids come home from school, cold and “starving.” They get one whiff of that warm, cheesy aroma and they are instantly soothed. In fact, just to guarantee that the kids will gobble it up, serve it with potato chips on the side, or crumble the chips on top. Who can pass up a meal that comes with chips?

And listen, Hubby’s favorite lunch is a tuna sandwich with a side of chips – he could eat that every day. So I say, let him think of this casserole as the dinner version of a tuna sandwich.


 

The Next Great Kosher Chef

 

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Photo Credit: Eric Michael Johnson for The New York Times

On Sunday in Long Island City the “Next Great Kosher Chef” was crowned. The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts held the final part of their competition in Long Island City. In front of a TV crew, a crowd of reporters and select guests, and three well known judges, three contestants passed over many culinary hurdles in quest of the title of “Next Great Kosher Chef” and the $5,000 scholarship to the CKCA.


 

The Next Great Kosher Chef Scholarship Contest

 

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The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts (CKCA) is searching for The NEXT GREAT KOSHER CHEF. The search concludes with its final round on Sunday, December 12th. The three finalists are competing in a filmed competition at the Entrepreneur Space in Long Island City, NY. The prize is a full scholarship to the CKCA Winter 2011 Professional Program in Culinary Arts (Cash value: $5,000). Winning the competition will also grant the winner the title of NEXT GREAT KOSHER CHEF. The two runners up will get gorgeous gift baskets from Kosher.com.

Our very own Jamie Geller is one of the judges at what promises to be an intense competition. The other judges are Elan Kornblum of Great Kosher Restaurants Magazine and Chef Seth Warshaw from ETC Steakhouse in Teaneck NJ.