Saturday, November 25, 2017

Food & Wine

Scenes From Kosherfest

Everyone in the food industry came to Kosherfest to meet, mingle and make new contacts. Producers met distributors, who met retailers. New products joined classics. And we all nibbled our way through the aisles. Here’s a taste

Missing Thanksgiving

For the third year in a row I will be missing Thanksgiving at home. I’ll be in Israel. Part of me feels bad about it, but just a small part. Festive family meals at home that we spend together are so important for our traditions, for our family bonding time and for relaxation. As my kids are

Pumpkin-Flavored Everything Is Here Again

Did you know that last Thursday was National Pumpkin day? First of all, if there is one thing that doesn’t need a National Day, I think it’s the pumpkin. I mean National Ice Cream Day, National Chocolate Day, National Mole Day (yup, it’s a day!), but

A Comeback Kosher Product

 “A filled pastry, either baked or fried,” explained culinary historian, Gil Marks, in his book, “The Encyclopedia of Jewish Foods,” “the knish is a classic example of peasant food evolving into comfort food and even sophisticated fare. The origins of the knish

Soup Is a Complete Dinner in a Bowl

I opened my front door today to a blast of chilly air. Well, maybe not arctic by any means, but certainly enough to make me say, “Wow, it’s chilly out there.” I had almost forgotten it was October, let alone almost forgetting that I lived in New York. Jerusalem and Miami were more likely

As Mideast Diet Trends, Top Israeli Wineries Release Food-and-Wine Pairing Guide

(Courtesy of Yarden Inc.) In response to a growing American demand for wine-pairing advice for an increasingly trendy Middle Eastern cuisine, Israel’s leading Golan Heights and

Keeping Traditions Alive, Like It or Not

It’s a little weird, but I’m jealous of all the people who actually love their traditional Yom Tov meals—the foods and recipes they must

Sukkot Wines and Spirits to Cool Off the Body and Warm Up the Soul

Sukkot this year looks to be more of a dilemma than ever when it comes to menu planning and wine picking.

These past few weeks, we have indeed been exposed to constant ups and

Apple Rosettes

Ingredients (yields 10 tarts):

  • 2 lbs. frozen puff pastry, thawed and spread into rectangles
  • 4 apples of your choice

Beat the Post-Yom Tov Blues

This might be a little premature, as we still have Sukkot ahead of us; but, I have to admit, in spite of the stressful days before Yom Tov, there’s nothing like the day after Yom Tov is over to make you feel a little blue. After all, the intense preparation and cooking marathon is over, the

Or Haganuz French Blend Will Make Sukkot Meals Shimmer

This time of year has a certain, special atmosphere. The rituals of the holidays bring families together and somehow all those preparations make finally sitting down to enjoy your meal all the sweeter. Those special Yom Tov meals are a good time to break out a noteworthy wine to pair

Favorite Fruits: Israel’s Best and Brightest Bordeaux-Style Red Blends

Imagine tasting a single sip of wine that includes a fusion of the very best grapes grown in Israel. Nice. Now, let’s take it a step further. Imagine Israel’s most experienced winemakers working for years to produce the choicest grapes from

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