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Come See Me at Fairway in Paramus on Sunday!


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Cleaning the kitchen can wait!

I’m so excited to be back in New York right before Passover to share my latest Passover recipes and help “spread” the word about Temp Tee Whipped Cream Cheese!


RSVP for the #matzahfatigue Twitter Party and Win


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You’re invited to join our Passover Twitter chat!
Hosted by @JoyofKosher and sponsored by Temp Tee Whipped Cream Cheese

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Vegetarian Food Festival In NYC This Sunday


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The third annual vegetarian food festival will be hosted this weekend in NYC.  This festival features a whole range of vegetarian food companies,  restaurants, and health and wellness vendors including some that are kosher certified.  Even if you don’t go for the food, you will want to go for the entertainment.  There will be three stages at the event, one for speakers talking about a variety of topics, one for amazing food demos and one for kids.

You don’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy this festival.  If you simply want to find out more about living a healthy, sustainable lifestyle, you should attend.  It has never been a better time to see for yourself what the vegetarian buzz is about.  There is still time to get your VIP ticket, which gets you express entry into the festival (you avoid the long general admission lines we’ve had in the past and are guaranteed admission) plus 5 raffle tickets per day pass. The raffle benefits For The Animals Sanctuary.  Click here to get your tickets.  \


The New Passover Magazine Sneak Peak


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This issue of Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller magazine is a real eyeopener.  Every scrumptious thing in this issue is kosher for Passover and uses absolutely no processed ingredients!  Zip. None.  It’s a totally different way of thinking about food that your body will thank you for.  We have over 50 new Passover recipes including Gnocchi 3 Ways and inspired homemade Popsicle recipes perfect for a Passover dessert or snack.  We also go fishing for some fabulous seafood recipes with Alessandra Rovati.


Announcing the Best of Kosher 2012 Winners


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Thank you all for nominating and voting on your favorite Best of Kosher companies.  You will be happy to know that you can continue to see all the nominees in each of our 7 categories whenever you like from our Best of Kosher 2012 Page.  Now without further ado, The Winners Are…



Kosher Food and Wine Experience 2013


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Monday night Jamie and I had the pleasure of experiencing a lot of kosher food and wine. We also got to meet so many of our online friends, it’s wonderful to see so many of you in person. This was the 7th Annual Kosher Food and Wine Experience hosted by Royal Wine Corporation at Pier 60 in New York City. This event offers the opportunity to taste over 200 wines and sample foods from over 25 restaurants and caterers.

I started the day early so I could get some pictures during the daytime light and sample some of my favorite wines before the crowds. Here were a few of my favorites for you to consider for an upcoming special occasion, Purim or Passover.


Kosher Cupcake Bake-Off Won For Achiezer


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Over 100 people attended the very first annual Kosher Cupcake Bake-Off at Breezy’s in Cedarhurst on Sunday, February 3rd. A portion of the proceeds from this event will be donated to the Achiezer Hurricane Sandy Fund. It was so nice to see the tremendous support from the community, which was a mixture of foodies, friends, and fans of everything cupcakes.


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  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  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.