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Artisinal Food – What Does It Mean?

 

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It seems like I can’t walk down one aisle in the supermarket or drive down one street without seeing the word “artisan.” Domino’s has a new line of artisan pizzas, Dunkin Donuts has a new line of artisan bagels, and Tostitos has a line of artisan tortilla chips. What’s with this new trend, and what does it really mean?

Literally, an artisan is a skilled craftsman or worker. In the context of food, artisan usually refers to an item of food that is handcrafted, rather than mass-produced. Until recently, the term “artisan” was mostly used for bread; artisan bread is prepared in smaller batches, with special attention to the quality and number (the fewer, the better) of ingredients, the process, and a return to bread with a tougher texture than its preservative-enhanced store-bought counterparts.


 

Best Of The Web – Ice Cream

 

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This week we shared a lot about Ice Cream, it is June.  Just in case you missed anything, here are the best ice cream articles and recipes from our site this week.  Then below, we explored the web to find a few more outlandish ice cream related recipes – take a look.


 

Best of The Web – Chefs and Kitchens

 

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This week, a short one for us all, our most popular article took us into the kitchen at ETC. Steakhouse.   We got to see what happens behind the scenes and take home some recipes to try out ourselves.  We also delighted in pictures of a modern kitchen to get design ideas.  Take a look at a few other fun articles we want to make sure you didn’t miss.  Then we found secret restaurant recipes around the web and more gorgeous kitchens as well as a few fun recipes.


 

Tonight at 10pm – A Few of My Favorite...

 

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Jamie is back on television with all new episodes.  Tune in tonight at 10pm EST to watch Jamie cook up her Quick & Kosher meals.

Tonight’s episode is A Few of My Favorite Recipes Part 2 Featuring:


 

Tonight at 10pm – A Few of My Favorite...

 

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Jamie is back on television with all new episodes.  Tune in tonight at 10pm EST to watch Jamie cook up her Quick & Kosher meals.

Tonight’s episode is A Few of My Favorite Recipes Part 1 Featuring:


 

Best of The Web – Cheese

 

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This week all our thoughts turned towards Shavuot, which is only one week away now.  The three day (for most of us not living in Israel) holiday that is fast approaching.  Here on JOK we brought out the cheese plate, we helped you construct one for an appetizer or serve cheese for dessert.  The Cheese Guy gave us a cheese primer and we had so many wonderful lessons to get ready for Shavuot, from blintzes to cheesecake to surviving a 3 day yom tov.  Here are the top 5 articles form the week on our site and below that we scoured the internet for cheesey recipes for more inspiration.


 

Tonight at 10pm – Comfort Food

 

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Jamie is back on television with all new episodes.  Tune in tonight at 10pm EST to watch Jamie cook up her Quick & Kosher meals.

Tonight’s episode is Comfort Foods featuring:


 

Best of the Web – Mother’s Day

 

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Looking back this week we have so many great articles for Lag BaOmer (hope everyone had fun yesterday) and for Mother’s Day coming up on Sunday.  Here are some articles we want o make sure you didn’t miss from our site and below that are some fabulous Mother’s Day recipe ideas from the around the web.

Potato Pancakes with Guacamole and Poached Eggs


 

Food Network Star Returns May 13

 

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Are you as addicted to the Next Food Network Star as we are? This reality show returns for its eighth season with some new surprises in store. Bobby Flay and Giada De Laurentiis will be joined by Alton Brown this year and each will serve as mentor/producer to their own  hand selected team of finalists.

This year the judges are entering the race to find and develop the new talent.  Each will hand pick a team of five finalists who they will produce and mentro through the ‘Star’ experience to find one winner who has the personality and the kitchen chops. If you are wondering how they choose their teams, tune on May 12th for the casting special.  Then make sure to cast your vote before July 22nd when the winner will be announced.  


 

Do You Have a Fear of Fleish?

 

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Picture this scene: you’re cooking dinner and realllly want to have that piece of shnitzel that’s dangling off of the whole chicken breast. But you hold off.

Or how about this: your friend offers you a taste of her salami that has been drying in the kitchen for 2 months. She never shares but is willing to give you a bite of this aged delicacy. But you hesitate.


 

Best of The Web This Week – Meat

 

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This week we shared a lot of information on meat (that is before we start focusing on dairy for Shavuot) and we have some great meat highlights we have to make sure you didn’t miss it.


Starting with this Kosher Beef Cut Guide you can use to reference as we teach you about each cut every month.


 

Best of the Web This Week – Israel

 

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This week, in fact, yesterday we celebrated Israel’s Independence Day, Yom Ha’atzmaut.  Many of us like to celebrate Israel all the time, because let’s face it, the food is just so good.  Looking back at this week we had some great posts on Israeli food on our site and around the web.

Jamie shared her Chicken Shawarma recipe and all her favorite Israeli recipes.  She puts Tehina and Hummus on everything, what about you?


 

National Pigs-In-A-Blanket Day

 

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Everyone knows what these little babies are, no matter where you are from pigs in a blanket have their place.  Usually found during cocktail hours for celebrations or the fun easy pass around appetizer everyone pulls out of the freezer, thank you, Cohen’s. The kids gobble them up, but so do the gourmands.  They are a true crowd pleaser.

In Israel they have ketchup inside them and call them Moshe Ba’Teiva (Moshe in the Ark), this was confirmed via a poll on facebook and many like to serve it on Parshat Shemot.    In England they traditionally wrap bacon around the dogs in place of a dough and here is our version using beef fry or pastrami, created for the Superbowl, Pigskin Puppies.


 

National Cherry Cheesecake Day

 

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If you are wondering what you should make today (with your spare time) then get ready to celebrate National Cherry Cheesecake Day.  There is no debating here, no wondering if you should go for raspberries or oreos, today we celebrate Cherry Cheesecake alone with all its glory.  What is it about cherries and cheesecake that is so enticing?  Is it the bright red contrasted with the stark white of the cake?  Is it the subtle tartness with the almost savory cheesy dessert? Whatever it is people love it so much that it has it’s own day and there is no better way to celebrate than having a slice.

We usually reserve our cheesecake talk for Shavuot (which is only 33 more days), but the only cherry cheesecake on the site is this fun Deconstructed Cherry Cheesecake.   This recipe plays with that tradition by re-imagining cheesecake as an ice cream sundae. With a rich cheesecake ice cream topped with a cherry sauce and graham cracker streusel, it has all the classic flavors of a New York Cheesecake in a fun and different form.


 

National Jelly Bean Day

 

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Today, Aprill 22nd is and always will be national jelly bean day.  A day to enjoy the the chewy sticky treats kids of all ages love to munch.  Jelly beans date back  the 1860′s, but no one really knows their true origins.  It is believed  that they are descendents of Turkish Delight (have you ever had this?).  The Jelly Belly company revolutionized jelly beans with gourmet flavors starting in 1976 with 8 new flavors - Very Cherry, Lemon, Cream Soda, Tangerine, Green Apple, Root Beer, Grape and Licorice. With the help of Ronald Reagan who was known for his love of Jelly Beans, they have risen to the top.  Jelly Belly beans were the first jelly beans to go to space with the Challenger Shuttle.  Today, Jelly Belly is the world’s #1 gourmet jelly bean, the bean of choice for all those with the most discerning taste, and made in 50 amazing and tasty flavors.

Remember when Jelly Belly became kosher?  (they are currently certified by the OU) Have you ever played the guess the jelly bean flavor game? Or created your own flavor by combining two jelly beans and eating them at once? There’s so much fun you can have with Jelly beans and they make beautiful decorations in glass jars too.