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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 grilling utensils, Seder plates AND a portable grill.


 

Jiro Dreams of Sushi

 

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It isn’t often that there are movies based solely on food, let alone one particular type of food. I love to watch any show on the Food Network – but David Gelb’s movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi brings culinary excellence to the silver screen.

Jiro Dreams of Sushi is the story of 85 year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. He is the proprietor of Sukiyabashi Jiro, a 10-seat, sushi-only restaurant inauspiciously located in a Tokyo subway station. Despite its humble appearances, it is the first restaurant of its kind to be awarded a prestigious 3 star Michelin review, and sushi lovers from around the globe make repeated pilgrimage, calling months in advance and shelling out top dollar for a coveted seat at Jiro’s sushi bar. A 20 course meal costs about $300 and is over in 15 minutes. But his customers firmly believe it is worth it.


 

Best of the Web this Week

 

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Insanely busy week here over on JoK. Not only are we bring you awesome content and recipes so that your Passover is the best ever, we are also trying to make Pesach in our houses AND Jamie is up to her eyeballs in recipe testing for her new book.

Some JoK highlights from the week:


 

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 wine glasses, utensils, and salt and pepper shakers.


 

Cookbook Ghostwriters

 

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One of the first things I learned last summer at the Center for Kosher Culinary Arts (CKCA) from Chef Avram Wiseman is that a chef needs to be talented, creative, and passionate, but cannot have an ego. The culinary creations a chef produces should not be out of pride, and a desire to advance their career and become more famous, but simply because they love cooking and want to share their food with others.

However, ghostwriting, where individuals write recipes and articles through the voice of a particular chef instead of them, is the prevalent mode chefs use to further their stardom and popularity. Perhaps it is my naïveté, but this came as a shock to me when I read an article about ghostwriting in the New York Times. As Julia Moskin says in her article I Was a Cookbook Ghostwriter, “In most cases, the job of a ghostwriter is to produce a credible book from the thin air of a chef’s mind and menu — to cajole and probe, to elicit ideas and anecdotes by any means necessary.”


 

Wednesday’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 ice cream, dishes and storage containers.


 

James Beard 2012 Award Finalists Announced

 

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Covering all aspects of the food industry — from chefs and restaurateurs to cookbook authors and food journalists to restaurant designers and architects and more — the James Beard Awards are the highest honor for food and beverage professionals working in North America. The awards are presented each spring at Avery Fisher Hall at Lincoln Center. Nominees and winners are fêted at a weekend of events in New York City that has become the social and gastronomic highlight of the year. Winners will be announced on May 4th and 7th 2012.

Here are the final nominees, listed per category.


 

Tuesday’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 a coffee maker, knives and wine.


 

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).