Monday, February 24, 2020

Food & Wine

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

My Mom’s Deep, Dark ‘Perfect’ Honey Cake

This is my mom Ruth Book’s easy recipe, altered extensively from “The Taste of Shabbos,” published by Feldheim in 1987. Among other tweaks, what my mom stressed in changing the recipe is to add the ingredients in the correct order, and above all, don’t overmix the

DŌ Cookie Dough Confections: A Dream Come True?

Ever wish there was an eatery that served uncooked cookie dough? DŌ Cookie Dough Confections in downtown Manhattan (certified kosher by Rabbi Aaron Mehlman) is that place! But

The Nine Days Menu

If you are one of those people who refers to the time between Rosh Chodesh Av and Tisha B’Av as the Nine-Day Fast, you are not alone. (Although, technically, there are probably only six dinners that need to be dealt with.) Thankfully, I am not one of those people, because I happen to enjoy

Don’t Judge a Wine by Its Color: These Reds Are Perfect for Summertime Sipping

Experts recommend top four red varieties for ‘chilling out’ with when the heat is on.

Bayonne—Conventional wisdom holds that red wine is too heavy to drink during the summer. It’s true that many

Vegetarian on the Fly? No Problem!

I was putting my Shabbat meal together, plating everything in the kitchen, while a group of hungry young people waited impatiently in the next room. It looked like I had a pretty impressive lineup, with my glazed corned beef, zaatar chicken pargiot, a nice mesclun salad, a quinoa salad, some roasted cauliflower, sweet potato and

Great Wines for a Cheerful Wedding

Bayonne—Planning a wedding? Filled with nervous excitement? Faced with butterflies every time you think about the table arrangements or ever-burgeoning guest list? It’s no surprise: Planning a wedding is both uniquely exciting and unimaginably stressful. You want everything to be perfect. The bride’s dress, groom’s suit,

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