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Kosher Cupcake Bake Off **Win Tickets**

 

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We are so excited for the upcoming Kosher Cupcake Bake Off to be held in NY next week.  Jamie Geller will be the host of the event and our executive editor, Tamar Genger will be participating as one of the judges.  We will all get together to have fun, eat and raise money for Hurricane Sandy Relief with Achiezer.  Stay tuned for the winning recipe to be featured here on JoyofKosher.com.  We hope you will join us, see below for more info.


 

Our Feb/March Magazine Is Here – Get A Sneak...

 

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The February/March issue of Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller is out and boy is it loaded.  We have hamantashen 3 ways and a Cowboy Seudah menu for Purim.  We got comfort food recipes and tons of edible gifts you and your friends will love.


 

Jamie Geller Will Be The Head Judge for The Man-O...

 

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I am so excited to announce today that I will be the head judge and guest of honor for the 2013 Man-O-Manischewitz® Cook-Off Contest, the seventh year of this now iconic national competition.

The entry period for this competition is going on right now. The competition encourages at-home chefs to experiment with kosher products while preparing delicious recipes that could be a new family favorite or one that has been shared from generation to generation. The deadline for entries is February 4, 2013.  Recipes must include one of the Manischewitz All-Natural broth flavors-NEW Turkey, Chicken, Reduced Sodium Chicken, Beef or Vegetable, as well as one other Manischewitz products as well, with no more than 9 ingredients.


 

2012 Best of Kosher Awards

 

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The second annual Best of Kosher awards is here!!!

Our online contest recognizing the best of kosher in seven exciting categories, as voted by visitors to JoyofKosher.com.  You, our dear readers, are the arbiters of taste in all things, but especially in all things kosher. Who better than YOU to select the best of the best in kosher? I can think of no one better suited.


 

New Kosher Culinary School Opens in Tel Aviv

 

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There is a new way to hone your culinary skills and learn to become a chef in a kosher environment.  The Dan Gourmet School of Kosher Culinary Arts recently opened in Tel Aviv, Israel.  It is a first time collaboration between the ORT Vocational Schools and the prestigious Dan Hotel chain.

The new $2 million center is fully equipped and ready to train Israel’s next generation of chefs and pastry chefs.  The center which claims the largest kosher learning kitchen in the world will offer an internationally recognized cooking and baking curriculum for aspiring chefs.  The full program will take 8 months to complete.  The classes are based on the Culinary Institute of America, where Amir, the head chef/teacher studied, however they are taught in Hebrew.  Writing exercises are not expected in Hebrew and some English translations can be accommodated, so if you have some basic Hebrew you should be able to get by.


 

Jew In The City’s Orthodox Jewish All Stars

 

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Allison Josephs of “Jew in the City” recently produced its Inaugural “Top 10 Orthodox Jewish All Stars Video” and we are so proud of our very own Jamie Geller for being included.   The video includes Joseph Lieberman (US Senator), Alex Clare (Top 10 Billboard Artist),  Faye Kellerman (best-selling author), basketball star Tamir Goodman, former HBO senior writer/producer Jamie Geller, YouTube a capella sensation The Maccabeats, former U.S. Supreme Court law clerk and founder of non-profit breast cancer support group Rochelle Shoretz, comedian Mendy Pellin, and Rhodes scholar Miriam Rosenbaum.


 

Joy of Kosher Magazine is the Perfect Gift

 

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After working on this magazine and holding the final, expanded, special  Israel/Chanukah edition in hand I knew immediately I needed to write you all a dedicated email.

It’s worth saying that since our merger with the talented and award-winning Bitayavon team our ALL NEW magazine has enjoyed a HUGE upgrade.  We use words like jam-packed, chock-full, can’t-miss but those words start to feel empty, they tend to be so overused like most calls for action these days tend to be so overstated.  So instead I will quote dear JoK friend and frequent online and magazine contributor Melinda Strauss who said we “killed it” this issue.  And honestly she is totally spot on.


 

The Chocolate Show

 

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A while back, maybe 6 years ago or so, before I became the chocolate snob I am today, I happened to attend Chocolate Show New York.  I remember feeling like the place was packed and I spent a hefty ticket price for some small tastes of chocolates, fighting with kids (including my own) and adults for each bite, after all I had to justify my admission price!  It was not a comfortable or enjoyable experience and I did not intend to go back.   This year, I overheard some people talking about the Chocolate Show and I thought maybe it was time to give it another chance.  After all, it would give me the opportunity to find new kosher chocolates that I could enjoy and share with all of you.  I’m taking it for the team.

Overall, the show was much better than I remembered.  It was crowded, but not the ball pit of hell I had feared.  The samples offered were generous and the chocolate cooking demos were entertaining.  They even had some nice activities for kids, but you had to sign up early and spend a significant amount of time waiting for your class.   As for my chocolate finds, there were lots to satisfy the kosher crowd and even some vegan and parve options, but two really stood out for me and I’m so excited to share them with you.


 

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There are so many ways for us to say thank you, we love you, you make our site, our day our JoK community — but right now we can think of only one.  We are pleased to offer you a FREE 1-YEAR SUBSCRIPTION TO JOY OF KOSHER WITH JAMIE GELLER MAGAZINE.  Take advantage of the 1-day Small Business Saturday (read Motzei Shabbos) Promotion from AMEX.  Register TODAY so you don’t miss out and SHOP THIS Saturday, November 24th (after Shabbos of course)!

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Thanksgiving From Manischewitz

 

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With Thanksgiving Thursday fast approaching and an endless shopping list on our mind, Manischewitz is introducing some fantastic new products to make our Thanksgiving holiday (a little easier).  While they can’t tell you where Uncle Max should sit or how to carve your turkey, these new products promise to make things a little less stressful in the kitchen this time of year.


 

‘My Grandmother’s Ravioli’ Will...

 

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The new show, ‘My Grandma’s Ravioli’ debuts on October 24th on the Cooking Channel.   The show will follow, Mo Rocca as he learns treasured family recipes from grandparents across the country.  Mo grew up on his grandmother’s ravioli and although the memories will never be forgotten, the recipes are.  In each 30-minute episode, Mo will learn from other people’s grandparents how to make traditional specialties from their families.

In the first episode Mo visits 76-year-old spitfire grandmother Ruth Teig in Scarsdale, NY for a lesson in classic Jewish cuisine.  He will learn to make kreplach, gefilte fish from scratch and coffee cake.  Ruth includes family anecdotes and gives Mo a hilarious tutorial in Yiddish expressions.  As a holocaust survivor, Ruth shares her true appreciation for all the wonderful things in life and we look forward to watching her.


 

The First Kosher Food Bloggers Conference To Be...

 

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The first Kosher Food Blogger (KFB) Conference, coming to New York on November 12, 2012, is an event not to be missed. An all-star lineup of experts including our very own, Jamie Geller, are ready to show food bloggers, brands and foodies how to build a better brand, blog and audience and turn that passion into profit.

The KFB Conference brings together well-recognized food bloggers and professionals and makes them accessible to conference participants. Speakers are chosen for the experience and innovative thinking that they bring to the kosher food blogging community. The Conference programming is built around the topics that are crucial for building an education on social media, photography, writing, branding, marketing, and technology in our current environment.


 

CBS To Explore The Relationship Between Food and...

 

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CBS will begin broadcasting a show called “Food, Faith, and Culture” next week.

This program looks at the relationship between food and faith in three world religions: Judaism, Islam and Sikhism.


 

Saying Good Bye

 

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No furniture?  No problem.  Leave it to Jamie Geller to make moving look easy.  Two weeks after the lift left with her family’s furniture, Jamie and her husband Nachum invited friends and family to a farewell barbeque before her family’s aliyah to Israel next week.

Shoshana Neiman from Ambiance Events planned the party and chose a soft yellow and white color scheme to convey a warm, summery feeling.  The whole event came together effortlessly thanks to Shoshana’s help even though rain threatened and they had to move the party inside with much anxiety over fitting so many people in such a small place.  They nixed the large tables and lined the chairs up against the wall, you would never have known there were 100 people there.


 

New Kosher Restaurant In SoHo – Jezebel

 

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The new kosher restaurant in SoHo has created such a buzz that there was a huge article a few weeks ago in the Wall Street Journal on the New York City kosher restaurant scene.  The new restaurant, Jezebel, is hoping to find a place in the high end, hip restaurant scene that has made Prime KO so successful.  Recently, I visited Prime KO, a kosher Japanese steakhouse on the Upper West Side, late on a Saturday night.  The place was packed and I was surprised by how many didn’t fit any obvious Jewish stereotype — many of the patrons were not even Jewish, let alone kosher!  Prime KO simply serves great food and a fun atmosphere that attracts all kinds of people.

Jezebel in SoHo is the first restaurant for B&Y Hospitality, standing for British and Yiddish, and the owners, Senderowicz and Stimler, hope to bring kosher up to a whole new level.  Starting with the decor, they have infused the space with a Jewish theme.  They showcase family heirlooms and black and white photos that pay homage to their families.  As well as original artwork featuring Jewish icons superimposed in place of the original visage of famoust portraits – Mayor Bloomberg as George Washington, for instance.