Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Food & Wine

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

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

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

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!

Smokey Joe’s BBQ Restaurant in Teaneck Closes Its Doors

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

Falling Down Over a Standing Rib Roast

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.

Sweet Recipes for a Sweet New Year

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

Late and Last Minute Works Too

So you’d think I would know better by now. I should, really. That after all these years, my routine hasn’t changed. It’s pretty simple. And yet, sometimes, yes sometimes, the kids come home from school and there is no dinner. “Why not?” you may ask. Why not, indeed. I have no answer. I have no idea where the day went, and

Figs Are for Fall

Figs remind me of my grandmother. Don’t ask me why. Actually, you can ask me why, it’s a funny story! My cousin once related to me an anecdote about my grandmother, which occurred when she was studying in Israel for the year. My grandmother lived in Rechavia, and after a hot sweltering day out and about in

Bistro Classics Are the Stars at Riverdale K Grillhouse

An upscale bistro serving comfort classics as well as extraordinarily tender cuts of meat, Riverdale K Grillhouse was a pleasure to visit last week. Tucked cozily between SAR High School and Carlos & Gabby’s on Riverdale Avenue, the full-length windows were thrown open so diners could enjoy the light breeze on the late summer evening.

A perusal of the

Uncorking Twin Suns: Weiss Brothers and Naharis Bottle Superior, Accessible Vintages

A new kosher wine revolution has begun in California. While today there are many good-to-great kosher wines available, a new effort is being made to bring previously unavailable varietals to the kosher marketplace.

The revolution includes exciting wines imported by a growing company called The River Wine, a relatively new importer led by husband and wife team

The Tart That Went Around the World

Many years ago, when I lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a friend of mine introduced me to her mother—an elegant woman named Julia Kronhill, who told me her amazing story. She and her husband, Jacob, had left their home in Lublin, Poland, and crossed the border to Lithuania on September 6, 1939, just after WWII started. They

Who Said Red Wines Are Not Fit for the Summer?!

The sun is shining, the birds are tweeting and the nights are warm. Isn’t it beautiful out there? While we are still in the summer, enjoying some refreshing rose and white wines, many of us are craving some nice red wines to go along with their grilled steaks, BBQ ribs and burgers. However, I also often hear complaints that red

Yogurt-Filled Apple Parfaits

Yogurt parfaits are such a delicious snack that everyone always wants to eat the whole thing. And now you can—even the bowl! This fun twist on a classic snack is easy to make, easy to eat and a great activity to work on with your kids. All you need is an apple, some yogurt and whatever toppings you want to put in for

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