Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Food & Wine

Spice Up Your Life With (Kosher) Thai Curry Paste

After a bit of research, I found that traditional Thai curry paste contains shrimp paste, so it’s pretty much a no-go for us Yids. While there is an extraordinarily wide array of kosher products available at the many kosher stores here in Teaneck, I have not yet found a fantastic curry paste that brings to mind all those spicy, herby piquant flavors of the

Robust, Rich Tishbi Reds: Perfect With Cheese and Crusty Breads

When I was asked to try a few of Tishbi Winery’s most elite selections before Shavuot, it was with a considerable thrill that I asked the winery’s importer, The River Wine’s Ami Nahari, to help me reach the winemaker, Golan Tishbi, and get his advice on how best to decant and serve the wine

S&S Cheesecake Offers Delectable Delights in Time for Shavuot

S&S Cheesecake has been a staple at its Riverdale location, 222 West 238th Street, for generations. As Yair Ben Zaken, the bakery’s current owner, says, he followed in the footsteps of his father-in-law, Fred Schuster, who was a Holocaust survivor who escaped from Germany. After settling in Manhattan, he worked in a bakery and

A Special Sauce Saves the Day

Sometimes, it’s easy to fall into a cooking rut. You know what I’m talking about—you make the same dishes over and over again and wonder why no one is eating them anymore.

Lately, when I go into the supermarket looking at the vegetables, I realize there aren’t that many

Strawberry Shortcake, Cream on Top

People seem to think that cheesecake is the only dessert for Shavuot. And there are so many different variations of cheesecake that there isn’t even enough holiday to eat them all. (It almost seems like a good reason to make Shavuot eight days!) Even I tend to think of Shavuot as the “cheesecake holiday.” So how did

Memories of Shavuots Past

In our family, as a child growing up, I remember the chart that my mother would hang over my father’s armoire. It was her annual sefirah chart. If we would each remember to count sefirah each day our reward would be an individual cheesecake. Interestingly, perhaps a sign of the way things used to be, my mother never counted

Put an Egg on It!

Considering how many eggs we went through on Pesach (personally I used 20 dozen), I thought it would be a good time to talk about eggs in general.

It seems like every dish nowadays is being topped with an egg. Why are eggs so popular again? You do remember when they became the

Enjoy Delicious Chummus

My family and friends love this dip. It is very popular. The creaminess of the beans pairs well with the chick peas. The combination of the bright lemon, pungent garlic and olive oil makes this dish flavorful and will have you craving more. I serve this chummus with challah or fresh, warm pita bread for dipping.

Grace Under Pressure, Like All of Us: The Joy of Kosher Magazine Pesach Preview

Invited to an exclusive tasting event of recipes featured in the Pesach edition of Joy of Kosher Magazine, I was excited to meet Jamie Geller and her talented magazine staff. An eight-course meal was planned, promising some innovative takes on the standard and expected fare for Seder night. Well, I quickly learned that it

‘Perfect for Pesach’ Hits the Mark

Reviewing: Perfect for Pesach by Naomi Nachman and Miriam Pascal (2017) Hardcover. 240 pages. ISBN-10: 1422618676. $25.03.

Naomi Nachman was testing a new recipe for her catering clients when she had a culinary epiphany: “This would be perfect for Pesach,” she thought. That became

Stay Calm and Start Planning

So Pesach is coming and I’m calm, I really am. I mean, this is not my first rodeo, and besides, I have an entire folder full of Pesach shopping lists, menus and recipes from previous years. Lists are good, right? I feel completely in control of my Pesach planning, so I can now focus my attention on repairing the

Inbal Jerusalem Hotel’s Executive Chef Presents Unique Passover Dessert for 2017

With Passover fast approaching, award-winning Executive Chef Nir Elkayam of the Inbal Jerusalem Hotel has created two mouthwatering recipes for the holiday.

“The greatest challenge of Passover is creating tasty recipes despite the restrictions of the holiday,” said Elkayam. “These recipes

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