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The Chicken Do-Over

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For us non-dinner-planners, the benefits of a well-stocked pantry can’t be over-emphasized. It makes throw-dinner-together-at-the-last-minute doable. It also makes recycling leftovers possible, if not easy! And since I consider myself a non-dinner-planner (even though I know planning is so very important) the very least I...

In a Hurry? Garbage Soup is the Best!

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With a chill in the air, soup is always a delicious way to fill your belly and warm the cockles of your heart. A hearty, geshmack soup with sandwiches and salads on the side would fit the bill. You can order them in from your favorite caterer or take out place, or take the time to prep your favorites. This recipe makes enough soup for a small army—you will need one of those huge stock pots, the kind you use for koshering for Pesach.


1 lb. of lean beef, cut into cubes *optional

About 2 lbs. of cracked marrow bones *optional

3 onions, diced

1 cup of chopped celery

1 chopped parsnip

1 turnip cubed

All the tired veggies in your fridge

just dice ‘em slice ‘em and...

The Beit El Winery

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When winemaker Hillel Manne moved to Beit El in 1996 he asked about agricultural land. He was told that the shallow Terra Rosa soil on limestone, coupled with harsh winters, made agriculture here unlikely. That was when he got excited. With his experience managing the vineyard at Israel’s Kibbutz Shaalavim and studying agriculture at the University of California, he had a gut feeling that he was onto some excellent wine territory.

He was right. Israel’s warm climate ensures the right sugar level, and the cool evenings of Beit El (altitude: 2,854 feet) produce excellent acid retention. The result is grapes maturing with the perfect balance between sugar and acid, a balance that...

The Dinner Lady: Veggie Chili

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They expect to eat dinner. Every. Single. Night. It’s not so much that I mind making dinner, as much as I mind those three little words: “What’s for dinner?” The texts start pinging mid-day. Never have three words had the power to instill anxiety and tension like those. Especially at 4:00, when you realize you haven’t actually thought about dinner yet. Yikes! Is dinner really such a pressing issue that during the day you start to wonder what you will eat when you get home? “It’s a surprise,” I text back. Why do you have to ask me what’s for dinner? Am I the dinner lady?

In my mind, I start the calculations. Are there any leftovers? Are there any leftovers the kids...

Red Tape and Snags Delay Opening of New York City’s First Kosher Smokehouse in Crown Heights

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Crown Heights—When Izzy Eidelman announced plans to open the city’s first kosher smokehouse, Jewish gourmands began to salivate. But six months later and counting, the Crown Heights eatery still doesn’t have an opening date due to a multitude of pitfalls and a slew of city inspections still needed.

“We thought we’d be able to get this done quickly,” said Eidelman, 27, a Crown Heights native who says he was inspired by the “Wandering Que,” a popular popup purveyor of Kosher barbecue, to get into the business.

He expected to have Izzy’s BBQ Addiction opened by the fall, and says he never could have anticipated the delays. “The process working with the city is just...

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