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19th Annual Kosher Chili Cook-Off Held in Dallas

 

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DALLAS – Tiferet Israel on Sunday held its 19th annual Dallas Kosher Chili Cook-Off, a daylong event that benefits local nonprofit organizations. The event was held on the grounds of Tiferet Israel in Dallas, drawing an estimated 4,500 people.

Organizers of the cooking competition called the event the “19th annual funnest, tastiest, healthiest chili cook-off in Texas.” All chili prepared was kosher.


 

Monday’s Deals of the Day – Five at...

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web including dishes, knives and a fruit bowl.


 

Workplace Calories Add Up

 

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Much of the time I work from home. With an internet connection and a quiet house when the children are out at school, it’s the perfect work environment. I do have the best of both worlds – I can throw a load of laundry in the machine, and be writing about croissants within 30 seconds, and I can whip up supper for the whole family while testing out a recipe. Many people have said to me that their huge downfall if they would work from home would be the fridge and pantry. They feel that they would be tempted to eat all day long.

But working in an office with other people doesn’t necessarily keep your waistline trim. How many of you have colleagues that bring in the baked goods that their spouse who just started a diet doesn’t want in the house, or cookies that you just have to try? Someone has a birthday? They bring in donuts or cake, or you all go out to the café round the corner for lunch. These calories can all add up. Try saying no or refusing – sometimes there is tremendous pressure to join in. Team playing is not just about meetings and project collaboration.


 

A Jewish Star Competition – Live in Brooklyn

 

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Don’t miss the most anticipated Jewish music event of the year.  Jewish Star singing competition Live finals.  8 Singers, but only one winner.  Also featuring Jewish star junior competition.  Hosted by Country Yossi with judges Avraham Fried, Yossi Green, Eli Gerstner, and Mendy Pellin.  Takes place Monday, March 19th at 7:30 pm at Brooklyn College.  Get your tickets now.

Meet the judges

Meet the contestants


 

Best of the Web This Week

 

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Sunday morning the realization hit me. PASSOVER IS COMING! But hey, no need to panic – we have you covered. Everything from recipes and menus to crafts and tips and tricks – Click to view our Ultimate Passover Guide.


 

Thursday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web including cookware, storage jars and blenders.


 

Kosher For Passover Guides

 

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Passover is coming and we need all the help we can get.  I don’t know why I seem to forget everything from year to year and even what I do remember seems to change. There are some products that don’t require a special Passover designation, like Extra Virgin Olive Oil and certain cocoa powders.  It is hard to keep it all straight.

OU Kosher is here to help.  They know that Passover is the most complex holiday on the Jewish calendar, with rules and customs — not to mention preparation — that require expertise challenging even the most knowledgeable families.   But they are doing everything they can to help.  OU Kosher’s special website, www.oupassover.org, is up and running for the seventh year.  The website highlights articles on kashering for Passover; purging of utensils; and hints for Passover cleaning.  Most important, it has a searchable guide of all their Kosher for Passover products.  I have already found this guide extremely helpful as I search for coconut milk that I can’t believe does not seem to be available.  (I am going to show you all how to make your own soon).


 

Wednesday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Should I Worry About Pink Slime?

 

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There has been a lot in the media lately about pink slime. I had never heard about it until recently – and what I read has turned my stomach. Basically pink slime is an ammonia treated filler – the ammonia is used to kill E-coli bacteria – used in conjunction with ground beef.

According to the Huffington Post  pink slime is “also known as mechanically-separated meat (or, when made by Beef Products Inc., “Boneless Beef Lean Trimmings”). This ammonia-treated scrap meat — the same one some fast food giants recently phased out — has been widely used since the early 1990s, is reportedly present in 70 percent of all ground beef products, and is a staple in school cafeterias (seven million pounds (!) are expected to be served in school lunches across the country over the next few months).


 

Tuesday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web including dishes, a deep fryer and chocolate coated matzah.


 

Red Meat Raises Cancer Risk

 

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We used to eat a lot of red meat in our house – meatballs, and steak, hamburgers and brisket. With four hungry boys to feed, it seemed meat was the perfect way to feed their empty bellies. Now we limit our red meat intake to holidays and special occasions. It wasn’t just a financial decision, it was a health-based decision too. It seems that eating red meat often just is not good for our overall health. I always knew that it was linked to heart issues, but excessive consumption can also lead to cancer!

A new study, published online in the Archives of Internal Medicine, has concluded that eating red meat increases death from cancer and heart disease. The more red meat one eats, the bigger the risk. The  study followed over 120,000 women and men over a 26 year period. In that time, over 23,000 people involved in the study died, almost 6,000 of them from heart disease, and over 9,400 from cancer.


 

Monday Deals of the Day – Five at Five

 

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Mondays through Thursdays at 5:00 PM EST, we will showcase the best food / kitchen deals of the day. We hope you find them useful. We present to you today’s round up of deals from across the web including iced beverage cups, whisks and a coffeemaker.


 

Truvia Sweetener To Be Used in French Sprite

 

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Coca Cola and PepsiCo have long been looking to reduce the amount of calories in their sodas without sacrificing the taste. Both have started using sweeteners extracted from the Stevia plant that grows in South America. But they have started using these no calorie sweeteners on the smaller brands – not the big name sodas.

Coca Cola is now starting to produce Sprite and Nestea with Truvia (the name of the sweetener) and sugar. This reduces the calorie and sugar content by thirty percent.


 

Best of the Web this Week

 

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This week we brought you a plethora of Purim posts. So many new ideas and fresh takes on the classics. I rounded up all our Purim posts and put them in one place for you to reference for next year. Of course we will have more Purim ideas and recipes then – but some of these will be perennial favorites.

Here are some other topics we covered this week:


 

Cola Not as Bad as You Thought

 

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I don’t remember the last time that I saw somebody buy a soda without me judging them. Over the years, I’ve heard so many different reasons why not to drink soda: the sugar will rot your teeth, the chemicals in the food coloring are poisonous, and most particularly in relation to diet sodas, that the artificial sweetener will give you cancer.

However, even the recent findings of the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) were quickly denounced. The CSPI argued that the amount of the chemical 4-methylimidazole, or 4-MI, present in Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and their diet versions caused cancer in lab rats ad mice. 4-MI is a byproduct of the reaction that produces the caramel color of the drinks. Since these findings, the state of California has listed 4-MI as a carcinogen; any food or beverage containing enough of it that could cause cancer in as few as 1 in 100,000 people is illegal to sell.