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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:


 

Man-O-Manischewitz 4th Annual Cooking Contest...

 

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And Then There Were Five …

5 Finalists Named in the 4th Annual Manischewitz Cook Off


 

My Date with Jacques Pépin at the Man-O...

 

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The 5 finalists in 4th Annual Manischewitz Cooking Contest have been announced. The Grand Prize Winner will be selected in New York City on March 18th at the Jewish Community Center of Manhattan

That’s right folks, yours truly, Jamie Geller, will join host Jacques Pépin as a guest judge at the Man-O-Manischewitz 4th Annual Cooking Contest.


 

Butterflake Nut-Free Kosher for Passover Bakery

 

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Jamie talks with Richard Heisler of Butterflake Bakery, the only kosher-for-Passover bakery that is also 100% nut-free.

I would imagine getting a bakery ready for Passover is a major job. Do you prepare your kosher-for-Passover items in the same location as your year-round products?


 

Passover Chocolate: Matzel Toff! Premium...

 

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Jamie speaks with Abigail Hendel Levy, co-founder and CEO of Matzel Toff!, makers of a gourmet confection featuring matzah covered in delectable toffee and dipped in the highest quality chocolate.

PlaceholderI have to say, I’ve never had such a yummy treat made with matzah of all things. What inspired Matzel Toff!?

My co-founder, Phillip, made toffee-chocolate-matzah as a boy, inspired by a treat his paternal grandmother, Bubbie Edith, used to make. He fine-tuned his recipe in graduate school. In 2006, I started making toffee-chocolate-matzah and had the vision for Matzel Toff! A year later, we started the company together. This year we partnered with Streit’s. If Bubbie Edith were alive today, she’d be shepping nachas (proud) to see that so many people are enjoying her delicious Passover-inspired treat.