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Spirits to Be in Good Spirits and Keep the Body Warm for Sukkot

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The French always have their own way of talking about wines or spirits. Some liquors are called aperitifs, as they open the appetite before a meal. The ideal drinks for Kiddush would thereby fall into that category. Other spirits are called digestifs, as their purpose is to ease the digestion after a festive and copious...

Chef Y’s Creamy Tomato Soup With Pesto Swirl and Cheesy Croutons

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Serves eight.

This is a take on a tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich. I love the creamy silkiness of the soup along with the crunch from the cheddar croutons and the zesty basil pesto. It is a sure crowd-pleaser and your guests will be begging for seconds!



 ¼ cup olive oil1 Spanish onion, diced4 garlic cloves, minced1 (28-oz.) can crushed tomatoes2 ½ cups vegetable broth2 tablespoons homemade or store-bought basil pesto1 tablespoon light agave nectar, optional½ cup heavy creamKosher salt and pepper



 1 day-old French baguette, cubed4 tablespoons butter, meltedKosher salt and pepper1 cup shredded cheddar cheese


For the soup:

In a...

Smokey Joe’s BBQ Restaurant in Teaneck Closes Its Doors

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The fire has gone out for good at Smokey Joe’s on Teaneck’s Cedar Lane, the world’s first authentic, kosher, pit-smoked barbecue according to owner Joseph Godin. In an interview, Godin said the landlord refused to extend or renew his 10-year lease despite intervention by town officials who pleaded on his behalf.

On the night before closing, customers who usually have smiles on their faces had downcast expressions and incredulity in their eyes, as they enjoyed their last brisket, ribs and chicken at Smokey Joe’s. “I’m very upset,” said Gilda Winters of Bergenfield, who came with a friend. “I like coming here and I will miss it. I hope it opens in a new...

Falling Down Over a Standing Rib Roast

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For our first Rosh Hashanah as a married couple I wanted to make a standing rib roast to impress the in-laws. I read in a cookbook that a standing rib roast was approximately 10-12 pounds, and in 2004 it was going for around $10 a pound. I excitedly called a butcher and placed my order for a standing “whole” rib roast. My wife went to pick it up during her lunch break and almost fell over that it cost $210 and not the $100 she had anticipated. Once I got home and looked at the gorgeous meat I realized that there were three floating ribs and an end cap that my cookbook had left out (or I skimmed over).

I learned from that purchase to be more specific when placing meat orders. Here...

Sweet Recipes for a Sweet New Year

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Rosh Hashanah is a holiday that even Jews who don’t consider themselves religious often celebrate.  While people pray in Shul for many hours, they do look forward to going home and eating the many traditional foods that we all love.  Apple Cake is one of the many popular items  on people’s menus.  I am going to share my beloved Aunt Elsa’s recipe.  She is 96 years old and still loves to cook and bake for all her children, nieces and nephews.


Aunt Elsa’s Fabulous Apple Cake

3 large eggs

3/4 cup honey

1/2 cup white sugar

1/4 cup light brown sugar

1 1/4 cup canola oil

1 1/2 tsp vanilla

3 cups all-purpose baking flour

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda


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