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Introducing Jamie Geller

 

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Jamie Geller

This blog is proof of G-d’s infinite humor.  If you had told me a couple of years ago that I would be doing a blog on cooking or food, I would have escorted you out the door, laughing all the way.  I’m very upfront about this: my mom was allergic to stoves and I grew up on take-out food.  I thought all meals come out of little cartons or were served to you by someone wearing a black bowtie.  This wasn’t all bad.  Preparing dinner consisted of deciding which restaurant to dial.


 

For Jewish Mothers on Mother’s Day

 

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When it comes to honoring mom, some Jews view Mother’s Day as an occasion that  shouldn’t be limited to the second Sunday in May.  Since we are commanded to honor our parents every day, the Jewish attitude suggests that expressing gratitude to mom should be more than a once-a-year event.

But, I’m sure there isn’t a Jewish mother (me included) who does not appreciate the flowers, phone calls, cards – and most importantly, the hugs – that result from this special day.  And rightfully so.


 

7 Reasons Obama has Gone Kosher

 

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In an effort to better prepare himself for the grueling emotional and physical strain of the Presidency, Barack Obama has pledged to go kosher, citing the food’s proven health advantages over that of the typical American diet. Though most White House staff (and even Michelle Obama) have balked at such a drastic culinary shift, they should have seen it coming. Here’s why:

  1. It was meant to be. How many people do you know whose name contains the letters to make the word kosher? Barack Hussein Obama’s name does.
  2. Though McCain visited the Kotel (or Western Wall), Jerusalem’s holiest site, while touring the Middle East, only Obama was seen roaming the shuks of the city afterwards, Blackberry in one hand and bowl of cholent in the other.
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What if Obama Went Kosher?

 

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Barely having settled into the White House, there have been some surprising developments which may carry serious implications for Presidential staff and the overall running of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.


 

It’s Official: Kosher is the Best Thing...

 

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Well, better than sliced challah, anyway :) Recent information gathered from Mintel’s Global New Products Database for the year indicated that kosher foods are the leading the pack for new product launches!

What’s really interesting is that the growth isn’t entirely from the religious market.


 

Don’t Become A Vegetarian So Fast, Kosher...

 

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Newspapers and reporters around the country are reporting a “kosher meat shortage.”  Agriprocessors kosher-meat plant ceased all of its operations due to a raid on its plant in May, charging them with employment of illegal immigrants and underage workers.  “Financial problems at the company that was the target of one of the largest immigration raids in U.S. history have triggered a shortage of kosher meat and raised prices nationwide,” says USA Today.  The meat shortage has affected most butchers and supermarkets around the country.


 

Entertaining Kosher Education DVD From The OU

 

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The Orthodox Union is now offering four entertaining DVD’s, as an outreach program to the public. The DVD’s are entitled: Kosher Kidz, The Kosher Fish Primer, Kosher Birds: Who Are They, and Kosher Meat: Unexplored Frontiers With Rabbi Belsky. All DVD’s offer kosher consumers, and their kids, a chance to explore the world of Kashruth and Jewish Law in a fun and exciting manner. OU Kosher’s educational programs also include the “OU Kosher coming” project, which sends OU’s Rabbinic coordinators to schools, synagogues, college campuses and communities – enlightening thousands. To purchase a DVD at $5, a complete set at $24, or to request “OU Kosher Coming” program for your institution, or community – contact Safrane@ou.org.

Source:  www.ou.org


 

Kosher Food Online Now Delivers!

 

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Kosher.com has now opened its website “doors” to Manhattan local delivery orders. In the past, Kosher.com has solely relied on third-party delivery services such as UPS and FedEx. Our continuously growing company offers you a convenient, time-saving alternative to one of America’s top five least-liked household chores – GROCERY SHOPPING! When considering a grocery shopping and delivery service provider, compare just some of the many benefits of placing your grocery shopping and delivery order through Kosher.com.

Our purpose is to eliminate all the countless hours you spend shopping for your groceries and household supplies, standing in line, and fighting traffic. Now you can spend your time doing the things you really enjoy. In just minutes you can place your grocery delivery order by phone, fax or online and Kosher.com will have your groceries delivered right “From The Store….To Your Door!” No more dragging the kids in and out of the car, no more drudging through the rain and no more sweltering in the heat. Look for our truck or check us out to see if we deliver to your area.


 

Free Kosher.com Election T-shirt Giveaway!!!

 

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The Kosher.com Free T-Shirt Giveaway!!!

Place an order today over $100, and receive a FREE t-shirt.


 

Kosherfest 2008 Celebrates 20 Years

 

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Kosherfest 2008 will offer a vast array of lectures, educational seminars, culinary demonstrations and events for the food professional at its new venue, the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ November 11-12, 2008.

Kosherfest offers the world’s largest trade marketplace for showcasing kosher food, food ingredients and beverages, and provides an opportunity for supermarket retailers, specialty stores, caterers, restaurateurs, food service and hospitality professionals to find the newest products under one roof.


 

Why is This Coke Different From All Other Cokes?

 

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Coca-Cola is Kosher for Passover! Why? Because each year, around passover, the company makes a special run of Coke that replaces the high-fructose corn syrup with real, delicious, pure sugar. So when the alert goes out, they make some great sales, because the recipe harkens back to a taste that is really “Classic,” not to mention: “Kosher!”

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Up until the 1980′s, the formula for Coke actually used real sugar, however, the company switched to high-fructose corn syrup. And since Passover requires refraining from eating certain grains, the corn-based sweetener is usually avoided. But, the Coca-Cola company has been able to continue producing this special variety this time of year.
The yellow cap and special labeling shows that “Passover Coke” is ready for your table! Coke has done a great thing, and having a product like this has even helped in their sales, so much so that even people who do not celebrate Passover request this seasonal recipe. Enjoy your soda this Passover, and savor the flavor of Kosher Coke.


 

Passover and Earth Day: A Lot in Common!

 

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Celebrate Passover and Earth Day at the same time? Yes, you can! You can be green while enjoying all the traditions. Remember, Passover includes cleaning out the old and starting fresh. Just by ridding your home of excess, that is, allowing yourself and your environment to ‘breathe’, you have done at least one small thing to ‘improve your world’.

When we look at Passover as a celebration of being “set free”, we can apply this toward being also “set free” from things and possessions that tend to ‘clog up’ our lives. Freedom is a great feeling, but comes with a responsibility to take care of who we are, where we live, and the world we leave behind. Today, we deal with the plagues of climate issues and the such, things that really affect us all.


 

Kosher Cheese Goes A Cut Above

 

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During the past five years, kosher cheeses have passed beyond the basic varieties. No longer are there just a few choices, but so much more now that there has been an increase in all the kinds available. After waiting for years for kosher cheese to be on par with non-kosher kinds, consumers now have plenty to choose from. And because of the surge of competition, kosher cheese sometimes gets more attention from customers who don’t even eat kosher.

Israel and Europe export many exotic flavors of cheeses, and this has added to the growth of choices now available. It seems as if lately this ‘cheese rivalry’ has created an explosion of the kinds of quality kosher cheese. Cheese makers are adding spices and flavors to their kosher cheese, and selling cheeses to all markets, not just kosher consumers alone. This would include vegetarians and upscale restaurants, looking for quality in taste and purity in the product.


 

There’s Heartbreak In New Jersey This...

 

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The tears that flow cannot be subsided, and children wail in despair. Who knew that such a loss would destroy the very souls of our Generation? The loss, of course, is that Tam Tams, the perennial bite-sized matzo favorite for years upon years, will not be available for this Passover season. The producer of these tasty crackers, Manischewitz, is unable to produce this delectable variety of product.

Although many fans of the zesty munchable snack are grieving, others are giving up on what it means to enjoy this crispy treat. Most are just walking around the house in a somber daze, waiting for a sign that their favorite noshable joy just might wind up on shelves in the next few weeks. The root of this loss of flavor apparently comes down to production issues in the plant that makes them in New Jersey, specifically, a state of the art, mult-million dollar, delicious Tam Tam baking oven just didn’t come online in time to meet the seasonal demands.


 

Zabar’s maven Klein helped push Jewish food...

 

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PlaceholderIt may not offer only kosher fare, but Zabar’s delicatessen in New York City’s Upper West Side played a significant role in recent decades in lifting the image of traditional Jewish food from the ordinary to the gourmet.

The reason we’re thinking about this now is because of the recent death of Murray Klein (z”l), a part-owner of Zabar’s, and the man most visible to the public in that store, now a New York institution.