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How Do You Take Your Coffee? New Deluxe Confection...

 

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Kosher chocolate-covered coffee beans may be an old confection, but a company called How Do You Take Your Coffee? has redefined this treat in remarkable ways.

Not too long ago, Kosher.com began carrying an innovative and deluxe new product called Javaz from a company called How Do You Take Your Coffee? As you can guess, their product does have something to do with the black stuff. Yep, I’m talking about Java, Juice, Joe or whatever you call coffee. But in this case, the coffee in question is specially sourced to be eaten as a gourmet chocolate confection—what the company calls their Eating Roast. Now, chocolate coffee beans may not be new, but How Do You Take Your Coffee? has taken these coffee confections to new heights. Here’s my interview with Sam Williams, Jr. from How Do You Take Your Coffee?


 

¡Oy-lé! Can Kosher Get a Spicy Mexican Makeover?

 

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Kosher cooking can get a bad rap when it comes to spice, but there’s no reason you can’t up the heat with the help of some kosher Mexican food.

The U.S. take on Mexican food is heavily influenced by the flavors of the border and the Mexican region of Puebla. Even Cinco de Mayo, which many think is Mexican Independence Day (it’s actually September 16th), celebrates a Mexican victory over French invaders in Puebla on May 5, 1862. Like American cooking, Mexican cuisine is a hybrid, combining indigenous traditions and ingredients like corn (maize), chocolate and chilies with Spanish, French and German cooking. In the U.S., Mexican cooking has been very influential, especially in border states like California and Texas.


 

Cinco de Mayo – Authentic Kosher Mexican

 

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The start of tomato season is almost upon us. While we wait, another member of the tomato family, the tart green tomatillo, prized in Mexican cuisine, starts to appear in markets.

Tomatillos are a tart, green fruit that resemble tomatoes but are very lemony and brightly flavored. Often overlooked, this sprightly member of the nightshade family is too puckery to eat raw, but adds a piquant citrus flavor when toasted. I love this creamy sauce with its earthy, nutty flavor. I serve Pipian, or green mole, with roasted or BBQ chicken, roasted fish, grilled vegetables and my kids favorite, chicken schnitzel. The vibrant color and flavor wake up the plainest piece of chicken or fish. Tomatillos are in season during the summer months. The sauce can be made and stored, covered, in the refrigerator for three days or frozen for one month.


 

DIY Kosher – How To Make The Perfect Pesto...

 

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On a hot June day, I open the freezer in my mother’s kitchen looking for a tray of ice. Instead of clear, slippery cubes, I find green, coarse ones. Although I am eight years old, I am puzzled how the cubes changed color and texture overnight.

At dinner that evening, my mother brings out a plate of steaming pasta the same verdant shade as the cubes. Like many cooks, she makes batches of pesto when basil is in abundance during the summer, storing and freezing them in ice trays and transferring them to Ziploc bags for use during the fall and winter. And so began my love affair with pesto.


 

Salmon Gefilte Fish West Coast Style

 

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Whether you buy it in a jar or make it from scratch, gefilte fish is a Passover staple. West Coast cooks have found a new twist on this old stand-by—salmon!

Gefilte fish,  parve balls of ground up fish, which do not require deboning and thus can be eaten on the Sabbath, are traditionally made with a mixture of pike and whitefish. In many Jewish families, gefilte fish recipes date back to Europe and the shtetl.


 

20 Simple Ways to Reuse Leftovers

 

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One of the easiest ways to cut down on your grocery bill is to view leftovers as ingredients for completely different meals. With a good dose of creativity, you’ll be amazed at the minimal amount of food that will end up in the trash, and at the money you’ll save by utilizing what’s in your fridge.

Many leftovers like cold rice or congealed meat lack culinary appeal. Whether you transform pita with leftover vegetables, pasta sauce and cheese or blend overripe fruit with yogurt, here are 20 tips to make zero-waste meals a part of your life.


 

Shop Smart – 10 Easy Ways to Save Big at the...

 

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Whether you reuse leftovers, efficiently cook with what’s in your pantry or prefer seasonal produce, to really save money, budgeting begins when you grocery shop. Here are ten cardinal rules to help you cut costs before you check-out.

1. Shop Online or Leave the Kids at Home