Monday, October 23, 2017

Food & Wine

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,

Cookies for Dinner?

It’s the end of the school year. Everyone’s working on term papers and studying for final exams. The atmosphere is tense, as we all sense that vacation is just around the corner, but we just need to get through the last week.

I’m tense because at the end of the school year I’m all out of

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

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