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Join the Frumchat Twitter Party with Jamie Geller

 

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Join the #Frumchat Twitter Party With Jamie Geller – 5 Chances to Win Prizes!

We’re happy to be the host of this week’s #frumchat being held this Sunday, November 21, 2010 from 7:30pm-8:30pm Eastern. For those that have not yet heard of it, #frumchat is a weekly Twitter online gathering where we discuss Orthodox Jewish topics. Last week was the initial chat which was lead by @h2opinklabel and discussed tznius issues for women.


 

Walking in Memphis

 

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Since a traditional Memphis barbecue usually consists of smoked pork served as a rack of ribs or “pulled” (hand shredded and sauce covered), it is understandable that the city’s 8,000 Jews might try to find a way to bring their five-thousand-year-old tradition of slow cooked meat to the land of the Delta blues. Memphis barbecue is more than a way of cooking, it is a way of life. The World Championship Barbecue Cooking Contest, held during the Memphis in May International Festival, cemented the city’s claim as the Barbecue Capital of the World with more than 250 teams competing over three days for more than $110,000 in prize money. Memphis is best known for its dry barbecue. In the dry process, the ribs are coated with a rub made from a combination of ingredients that can include salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, brown sugar, chili powder, dry mustard, cumin, and other spices. They are typically cooked in a smoker until they fall off the bone, soft and tender.

Twenty-one years ago, Anshei Sphard-Beth El Emeth (ASBEE), an orthodox synagogue that can trace its roots to the Civil War, decided to offer a kosher alternative to the traditional Memphis barbecue contest.   It is not without precedent; after all, Passover was the very first barbecue festival.

ASBEE hosts the World Kosher BBQ Championship, which is one of the most anticipated events in the Memphis Jewish community.  Last year, the ASBEE Championship had 40 teams and more than 3000 attendees. This year the World Kosher BBQ Championship takes place on Sunday, August 29th. You won’t find any swine tasting at this event, but the intoxicating smell of slow roasted brisket and beef ribs will make a pig out of any hard core carnivore.


 

World Cup Kosher – Plenty of Kosher Choices...

 

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With the largest Jewish population in Africa, South Africa, host of the 2010 World Cup, has a great variety of kosher food available.

Kosher consumers heading to  the 2010 World Cup will  have no difficulties finding kosher restaurants and groceries stores. Reporting on the global soccer showdown,  Our friend Dani Klein of the YeahThatsKosher travel blog compiled a full list of South Africa’s kosher establishments. This is great news for the U.S. Men’s National team, which boasts three Jewish players—the largest Jewish contingent on a single team in World Cup history.


 

Living on the Wedge

 

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Growing up kosher, I never really liked cheese. The only cheese we really had around the house was Miller’s Muenster in the blue package, Miller’s Swiss in the green package and some unmemorable mozzarella. I can’t really blame my parents for the lack of exposure to quality cheese, there simply were not that many kosher cheeses available back then.  A lot has changed over the past fifteen years. Now you can pretty much find any cheese variety with reliable kosher certification and even try cheeses you never heard of before and can’t pronounce!


 

L’Chaim! Glenmorangie Scotland’s...

 

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Kosher whisky drinkers can now add two single malt choices to their collections; Glenmorangie Original and Glenmorangie Astar have received kosher certification by the Orthodox Union (OU).

The Glenmorangie Company announced that two Glenmorangie products have received kosher certification from the OU, the world’s leading kosher certification agency. Glenmorangie, recently named “Distillery of the Year” at the 2010 San Francisco World Spirits Competition, said packaging and promotional materials bearing the OU symbol will be distributed throughout the US beginning in the next few months. According to the OU, Glenmorangie is the first major single malt scotch brand to receive kosher certification.


 

Celebrate American Jewish Heritage with an...

 

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Barley, one of the seven species mentioned in the bible, takes a star tour in this make-ahead salad perfect for Memorial Day or Shabbat lunch.

On Thursday, May 27, 2010, the White House will host the first ever reception honoring May as American Jewish Heritage Month. We can join the celebration with this fabulous recipe from my friend and colleague, Tina Wasserman. Tina is an award-winning cooking instructor specializing in contemporary kosher cuisine. She is one of only four members of Les Dames d’Escoffier in the United States honored as an expert in Jewish cooking and culinary history. Tina’s book,  Entrée to Judaism: A Culinary Exploration of the Jewish Diaspora, is available from the URJ Books and Barnes & Noble.


 

Masada International – Innovative Israeli...

 

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Israeli  food products have grown in sophistication and popularity in the United States. Food distributor Masada International specializes in importing some of Israel’s best and most innovative choices.

Having married into the family as the 4th and final sister-in-law and the ONLY non-Israeli, I had a bit of a complex—I wasn’t born knowing how to make kubeh from scratch—krembos weren’t a dessert staple in Abington, PA.


 

Obamas to Host First Ever White House Reception...

 

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The White House announced this week that Barack and Michelle Obama will host the first ever White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.

The White House has celebrated May as Jewish American Heritage month since the George Bush administration, but this is the first time that the President and the First Lady will host a White House reception to honor the event. In his proclamation, the President said the United States is a “stronger and more hopeful country because so many Jews from around the world have made America their home.” The reception guest list will include “a range of community leaders and prominent Jewish Americans,” the White House announced, but the menu and other details were not released.


 

Jerusalem the Golden

 

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May 12, 2010 is Jerusalem Day, which commemorates the reunification of the Golden City in 1967.

If I forget thee, O’ Jerusalem, let my right hand wither, let my tongue cleave to my palate if I do not remember you, if I do not set Jerusalem above my highest joy. (Psalm 137: 5-7)


 

Living on the Wedge: A Brave New World of Kosher...

 

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Growing up kosher, I never really liked cheese. The only cheese we really had around the house was Miller’s Muenster in the blue package, Miller’s Swiss in the green package and some unmemorable mozzarella. I can’t really blame my parents for the lack of exposure to quality cheese, there simply were not that many kosher cheeses available back then.  A lot has changed over the past fifteen years. Now you can pretty much find any cheese variety with reliable kosher certification and even try cheeses you never heard of before and can’t pronounce! (more…)


 

Kosher Cooking for a Cause

 

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Join me for a fun-filled night of culinary delights to benefit the Tomchei Shabbos of Queens on Wednesday, April 28, 2010.

Can you think of a better way to spend an evening than whipping up fabulous kosher dishes for a worthy cause? Me neither! Well, this Wednesday night, April 28, 2010, I’ll be appearing at The Chai Traditions Program’s second installment of their Kosher Cooking Series benefiting the Tomchei Shabbos of Queens.


 

Shvitz in Style: Gatorade Gets Kosher...

 

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Last week the JTA (Jewish Telegraphic Agency) reported that Gatorade Thirst Quencher and its lower calorie cousin, G2, will be be available this spring with kosher certification from the Orthodox Union. We’ll have a review as soon as the bottles hit our shelves.


 

Helping Those in Need: Miklat Confronts Domestic...

 

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PlaceholderOne out of every seven Israeli women has been the victim of violence in her own home. Miklat is confronting the problem through education and action.

I want to get serious for a moment. Earlier this month I had the honor of appearing at an event in support of Miklat.  For those of you unfamiliar, Miklat means “shelter” in Hebrew, and this organization provides social and legal services to religious Jewish women in Israel who are the victims of domestic violence and abuse. Miklat´s domestic violence prevention seminars have reached thousands of community leaders, rabbis, teachers and government officials. Let’s face it, no one wants to admit that bad things happen in our communities, but reality is a lot less rosy.  Miklat is the only organization of its kind serving the particular needs of religious women.


 

Savoring the Simply Man-O-Manischewitz Cook-Off

 

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The Fourth Annual Man-O-Manischewitz Cook-off winner, Sarah Freedman-Izquierdo, with Head Judge Chef Jacques Pepin and Manischewitz CEO David Yale. Source: Manischewitz.com

Mayor Michael Bloomberg officially named March 18th “Man-O-Manischewitz” day, and not a moment too soon!

Manischewitz, the company that single handedly brought matzo to the masses, hosted their 4th Annual Man-O-Manischewitz Cook-Off yesterday at the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan.  Five contestants battled it out for the grand prize – $25,000 in cash and prizes including brand new, GE Stainless Steel kitchen appliances for their home.

Our day began with a private tasting with none other than legendary international chef and author of Fast Food My Way, Jacques Pepin. Chicken Supremes with Tapenade and Mushroom Sauce and a Chicken Bouillabaise brought our chattering mouths to a silence as we savored the culinary works of genius being served up. The uber-charming and elegant Pepin worked the room like a rock star. He was generous with his time and kindly signed autographs and posed for photos with his adoring foodie groupies.


 

Purim in Crimea – Simferopol Jewish...

 

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Kosher.com donated Purim food and supplies to the Bais Menachem School in Crimea.

PlaceholderLast month, Kosher.com donated mishloach manot supplies for Purim gifts to the Bais Menachem Jewish School of Simferopol, Crimea in the Former Soviet Union. Leah Lipszyc, the school’s administrator, wrote us a beautiful thank you note and sent us photos. Here’s some of what she had to say and some pics from Purim in Simferopol: