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Jerusalem_Sky_200wWe are delighted to partner with Carly Q Creations once again for a fabulous giveaway. The giveaway winner will be issued a generous $150 gift certificate to choose one of her beautiful, colorful, joyful pieces. Select a 20x16 Giclee (reprint on canvas) , a custom wall hanging, or a gorgeous custom print for a happy... Read more...

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Zachlawi

Zalkawi_300w Zachlawi -  you may not yet know the name, but you will. The Zachlawi Distillery is located on the Jersey Shore and has been in operation since 2004. Its spirits are all hand crafted in small batches, and certified OU... Read more...  

Chinese New Year

It's the year of the goat. . . and time for some kosher Dim Sum by guest columnist Lauren Stacy Berdy.

These recipes are excerpts from:

Remaining Kosher Volume Two: A Cookbook for All with a Hechsher in Their Heart
First Publication Volume One: July 2013 Publication
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Kosher Kitchen Remodeling - Part 1
by Roberta Scher

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What are the symptoms of a kitchen needing a remodel? For us it was 2 out of 4 non-functioning cooktop burners; a double oven with torn insulation; 2 un-repairable melted cabinet doors (no more laminate cabinet doors for us!); a non- working icemaker; a trash compactor which hasn’t been used in years, a pantry filled to the brim with hidden-in-the-back foods; and an aging Corian countertop.
We deliberated for over a year whether to take this major step. . . there was always that little voice inside, remembering that we grew up in homes with kitchens the size of closets without any of these “fancy” appliances; we had the basics - a refrigerator, a sink, a small range and a single oven. One of our grandmothers did not even have a refrigerator. . . just an icebox. By the way, the meals in our childhood homes were delicious.

We read an encouraging statistic which helped with our decision: In the current real estate market, experts say that you likely can recoup up to about 80 percent of your kitchen remodeling investment when selling your home.  Ok, true, we are not selling, but . . .
Yes, we decided to go forward.

Part 1: Planning Renovating a kitchen is a costly undertaking -- one that involves a lot of money, a lot of time and a lot of stress. Once the decision is made to go forward, the next step is deciding on the extent of the facelift. Very soon after making that decision, that remodeling disease we are all too familiar with enters: “Since we are already doing it, we might as well. . .”  And the “might as wells”, with the possible add-ons, seemed endless -  at least they were for us:
   • Should we refinish the 18-year-old wood floors in the kitchen and adjacent rooms? YES.
   • Should we paint not just the kitchen, but the adjacent rooms as well? YES.
   • Since we have to move everything anyway for the floors to be refinished should we send the 18-year-old kitchen chairs, and the 30-year-old sofa and family room chairs to be re-upholstered? YES.
   • Should we update the 18-year-old fluorescent kitchen light fixtures? YES.

As is evident, the simple single kitchen update project expanded well into the “might as wells” territory.

Prior to launching the project we also waivered as to its management. Should we find individual contractors, and act as the project managers ourselves, or should we hire a general contractor to oversee it all? After consulting with friends and other homeowners, we decided to hire a general contractor.  And so we did.  That was a great decision for us because we did not realize how many moving parts are involved in kitchen construction. When things go as planned, there are no issues. However, when unexpected problems arrive, it is re-assuring to have a knowledgeable, experienced contractor in charge.

Sab__bath_oven1_300wKosher Considerations
There are no reliable estimates for how many people in the United States keep kosher, however, it is very interesting that most of the major appliance manufacturers have now installed a Sabbath mode in their models. There obviously is sufficient demand and financial reward for appliance brands to include Shabbos compliant features in their products. As we know, many kosher consumers order two of each appliances. But this could not be the only rationale. For information on Sabbath compliant appliances, visit the Star K:  http://www.star-k.org/cons-appl.htm

First Step: The plans
Several meetings were set up with a kitchen designer to share the requirements for our newly designed kosher kitchen. We planned for two of each appliance and created a design, which would offer efficient placement and lots of storage space.  We went through several plans and finally settled on one similar to our prior layout. We were not remodeling due to dissatisfaction with the functionality of our space; we were remodeling due to the age of our appliances and cabinets.


Emptying_IMG_1186_300wEmptying the kitchen:
What a job! Both labor intensive and lengthy. We gathered empty boxes and bins and more boxes and stacks of old newspapers and plastic grocery bags. We emptied the kitchen in an organized way, used markers for labeling, and then we cleared space to store the boxes. We were fortunate to be able to use our basement for storage, but do be aware before starting to have an ample storage space. And, remember to not pack up essentials needed for kitchenless meal prep.
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Every cabinet, every drawer, every counter top appliance, all cookbooks had to be emptied or moved – that’s years and years of accumulation. We did discover one shortcut: we took some of the old cabinet drawers, still full of flatware and utensils, to our basement storage area and left them until it was time to set up the new kitchen. This reduced part of the work.  In addition to preparing boxes for storage, we prepared a huge trash box and a huge giveaway/donation box.  This was our chance to purge cracked, broken and no longer needed items.

Shop ‘til you drop!
As we planned for the new kitchen we visited appliance stores both online and in person. Factors to consider in appliance selection included customer satisfaction ratings, repair records, price, visual appeal, energy efficiency, ease of operation and cleaning, and of course Star-K Shabbos compliance.

Researching appliances is a full time job . . . especially adding the kosher kitchen factor.  Here’s a quick summary of what we chose:

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Dufour Pastry Kitchens PDF Print E-mail

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Puff pastry is delicate and complex, simply NOT something that you want to make yourself. Yes, we love to create all types of baked goods and yeast doughs, but not puff pastry dough. Even expert baking professionals prefer to buy ready made puff pastry. And Dufour is their brand of choice. It is simply the best that we have ever tasted. Dufour is made with pure butter and can be used in sweet or savory dishes, perfect for appetizers and desserts. After constantly hearing accolades about this award-winning line, we were delighted that Dufour became Kof-K kosher certified in 2014. From founder and CEO Judi Arnold:  "We are extremely happy to respond to the many requests we've received for kosher certification. All of our pastry ingredients have passed KOF-K's requirements, and we continue to produce the exact same high quality products that have earned us our reputation as "the chef's secret source." By the way, KosherEye was one of those voices!

We were not disappointed. It was everything we expected buttery, flaky, rich, and so easy to work with. It can now be found in specialty supermarkets, gourmet shops, natural food stores and catalogues nationwide. Dufourpastrykitchens.com

Try these recipes... We tested and tasted each. Coming soon – our creation with Dufour chocolate puff pastry dough. We are also working on a new rugelach recipe.

Easy Sticky Buns
Tuna Pot Pie in a Puff Pastry Crust

 


 

 
Van Gogh Vodka PDF Print E-mail

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What do vodka and art have in common? Both Van Gogh vodka and Vincent Van Gogh's art are to be appreciated and slowly savored. Both were born in Holland. And, as noted by the company, "Dutch artist Vincent Van Gogh was famous for his emotional honesty, use of bold colors and for pioneering the post-impressionist movement. Van Gogh Vodka celebrates its namesake with beautiful, artist-inspired packaging and innovative flavors with vibrant, true-to-life tastes."

Van Gogh Vodka was founded in Holland in 1999 by David Van de Velde. Its distillery is still located in Schiedam, Holland, and lead by 2nd generation master distiller Tim Vos. The company currently produces 22 different hand-crafted flavored vodkas-one of the largest selections of any brand. Van Gogh Vodka is crafted using only the finest fruit, grains and purified water. The grain alcohol goes through a multiple distillation process followed by an all-natural double infusion flavoring process. The company has won numerous awards and accolades. Best of all for the kosher consumer, some of Van Gogh's flavors are now OU Kosher certified.

How delighted we were to discover that several flavors of Van Gogh vodka are now OU kosher certified. Lucky KosherEye! We have had a chance in the past few weeks to taste some of these newly kosher certified flavors, and it is our pleasure to share some of our favorites with you... yes, we are still sipping, so come on over, "y'all"!

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2015 Food Trends & Wish List PDF Print E-mail

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As we start a new year, leading food trend forecasters have shared their predictions.  Topping our list is an important trend relevant to the kosher consumer. A top trend recently reported by Mintel, the world's leading market intelligence agency, is a consistent rise in kosher product claims... “Kosher claims on labels are on the rise and gaining traction. In 2014, 40.6% of new products claimed to be kosher; in 2013, 36.3% and in 2009, 25.6%. Consumers believe that kosher is more wholesome”.

  • It is the year of the Jewish Deli - Welcome back schmaltz.

  • Frying is back – Fat is ok, again

  • High-end bourbon and whisky replaces scotch at #1

  • Communal boozing- sharable drinks and punch

  • Tastes of the year include: savory ice creams and yogurts

  • Flavored salts and smoky flavors; Sriracha and more sriracha

  • Root veggies gain in popularity – Hello parsnips!

  • Technology abounds – same day grocery delivery, instant calorie counts, smart phone couponing, new apps, restaurant ordering, time saving tech

  • Golden Grazers - Older people eating smaller and more frequent meals and searching for “longevity friendly” foods

  • Millennials and GenZs gravitate to their grandparents taste for pickled and fermented foods - pickled herring, pickles, sauerkraut, and modern ferments such as kimchi…

  • Everyone’s a home chef – Artisan foods and ingredients made at home

  • Social Food- Supermarkets convert to socializing spaces with classes, tastes, demos, events - (sounds like Costco and Whole Foods doesn’t it?)

  • New BFF's - Best Food Friending online - new closer relationships with food vendors, supermarkets, food bloggers, chefs and brands

  • Pistachios - (move over almonds) to reduce blood pressure and lower insulin levels

  • Better sourcing... more organic, sustainability, local, emphasis on whole grains; authenticity in nutrition labeling and sourcing; grass-fed, anti-GMO movements

  • Food waste reduction - throw away less,  re-use, re-purpose, re-cook; transparency and better education in spoilage dating

  • Expanding types of foods that offer digestive health, such as pro-biotics

  • A new wave of functional plant-based waters – beyond coconut water and energy drinks

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2015 KosherEye Culinary Wish List

Gathered from the wishes of our staff, readers and food blogger friends, we present our annual KosherEye culinary wish list.

YAY! The kosher certified food selection expanded again in 2014. Each year we are excited about the increase in the number of brands choosing to go kosher.

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Your Personal Assistant Is In… PDF Print E-mail

It’s the Sensational Slow Cooker!

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We all need a full time kitchen assistant. There is so little time for food preparation during the short, cold, busy months of winter. And, winter is just the season that we need to prepare hot meals, FAST! Or, shall we say, SLOW!

Yes, we consider our slow cooker the answer to our cooking dilemma; how to prepare delicious, healthful family pleasing comfort meals with minimal hands–on time, and in fact, while we are not even at home!

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Slice of Life: Chicken Soups PDF Print E-mail

by Guest Columnist Eileen Goltz

 

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For many the concept of chicken soup is either tied to matzo balls or feeding a multitude of sick family and friends. Let me suggest that we take a step back from what we think we know and talk about how almost every culture has a version they believe is the ORIGINAL one.
We know that all you really need to make chicken soup is a chicken and a liquid (usually water) of some kind. What parts of the chicken make the best soup? Well, hold on to your collective cooking hats because

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