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Kefta Kabobs on the Grill

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The kebabs, which are eaten primarily in Sefardi homes or in Israel, come in various versions. The word kefta or kufta comes from the Syrian word kooftah, which is pounded meat.

The following lamb kabobs are loved by all when barbecued.


1/3 cup chopped parsley1 medium onion, finely chopped (about 1½...

Chenin Blanc and Riesling: Two White Wines Worth Trying

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As we leap into the summer season and start thinking about lighter warmer-weather meals and the traditional dairy foods of Shavuot, kosher-wine lovers will once again be contemplating their white-wine options. Two grape varieties that have much to offer, both in terms of range and food pairing adaptability, are Chenin Blanc and Riesling.

The Chenin Blanc grape is believed to have been first cultivated in the Loire Valley of France in the ninth century, though it has long since migrated across the globe from California to South Africa, and most recently to very good effect in Israel where it seems to grow nicely with the climate. Indeed, when made with a little tender loving care and...

How to Make Eggplant Caviar

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This Azerbaijani salad is a harbinger of summer anywhere in the world.

Azerbaijan is home to one of the oldest and most enigmatic Jewish communities in the world. Some say Jews arrived as early as the eighth century BCE from Persia; others say they came later, seeking a safe place to hide from the persecution of warring tribes. Speaking a language known as Judeo-Tat, they built homes on the sides of Azerbaijan’s beautiful mountains.

By the time of the 1926 census, about 59,000 Jews lived there. With the opening up of the Soviet Union in the late 1970s, Jews started emigrating; only about 5,000 remain today, many of them living in red-roofed houses in the Red Village of Quba, about...

The Rise of Rosé—Why Pink Is the New Darling of Wine Lovers

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According to a recent study, Rosé wine sales are growing at least 10 times faster than the growth of overall table-wine sales in the United States. In fact, “US retail sales of premium imported Rosé wines (those priced at or above $12 a bottle) grew by 41 percent on volume and 53 percent on value in recent years,” Nielsen reported in January. “This is compared to growth rates of 1.0 percent on volume and 3.3 percent on value for the total table-wine market.”

So why is Rosé taking the wine industry by storm?

Rosé is wonderfully refreshing, pairs beautifully with foods and because there are so many different varietal blends to choose from, there’s a Rosé wine for every...

Wave Hill and Moss Cafe Partner to Offer Kosher Options to Patrons

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The historical Wave Hill is partnering up with kosher restaurant Moss Cafe at North Riverdale’s beautiful gardens. Beginning on June 5 and on Sundays only, Moss Cafe will be serving its local, sustainable and made-from-scratch menu at The Cafe at Wave Hill. This is a pilot program that will extend into July. Moss Cafe, under the Va’ad haRabbonim of Riverdale, will offer Wave Hill patrons salads, sandwiches, yogurt parfaits and pastries.

Moss Cafe has been one of Riverdale’s hottest—if not the hottest—eatery as of late. Its options have been exciting all types of tastebuds, and it’s held public chef’s tastings in the evenings that have been met with tremendous success. The...

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