The Buzz from Kosherfest
At first taste – We present some of our favorites:
Matzel Toff – A triple combo of toffee-chocolate matzah. Our favorite was dark chocolate with sea salt. We agree with Martha Stewart’s choice! And yes, it will be kosher for Passover.
Shiloh sauces – Béarnaise, Harissa and more; attractive bottles, terrific flavors. KosherEye foodie friend Ronnie Fein suggests this one as well.
Imani Chocolatiers – Parve chocolate and sprinkle dipped pretzels. So crunchy, so chocolatey and so beautiful!
Kind Fruit and Nut Bars – All natural, gluten and wheat free. New flavors – Apple Cinnamon & Pecan, Peanut Butter & Strawberry, Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew.
Beit Yitzhak – 100% natural fruit spreads and jams from Israel.
Lily Bloom’s Kitchen – Decadent gourmet chocolate macaroons.
Strub's Banderilla Skewers – Skewers of sour gherkin, green olive, pearl onion, pepper slice. We pick this pickled paradise on a skewer.
Gus’ pickles – A New York classic!
Schmerling – Rich deep dark chocolate with hazelnuts- irresistible! Parve! Passover!
The Kosher Cook – Challah dough cover. We can’t wait to try this item!
We Toast Five New Spirits:
Bravo Sol Sangria and Pompillo Mojito, both pre-mixed ready to drink in a box.
Heering – New Heering Coffee liqueur and classic Heering Cherry liqueur; kosher.
Glenmorangie – Single malt scotch whiskey – recently kosher certified.
Moses Vodka – From Finland; gorgeous bottle, ultra premium vodka, kosher and kosher for Passover. Made from sugarcane.
Walders – Vodka & Vanilla Creamy Liqueur (read our full feature)
And more… Belgian Crepes, artisan breads, flavored sausages, Asian specialties, frozen ready to eat meals, pastries, ice cream, Greek yogurt, organic juices… We will be reviewing, featuring and sampling additional Kosherfest products in the coming weeks. We just couldn’t taste it all!
“Here Comes The Judge”…
How delighted we were to be invited to judge the Kosherfest 3rd Annual Chefs Culinary Competition. This year the competition was for Best Cold Appetizer. On the panel with us, (KosherEye co-founders Roberta Scher and Lois Held), were Dr. Ted Merwin, Dickinson College professor and Jewish food expert, and Gil Marks, James Beard award winning author, who just introduced his newest publication The Encyclopedia of Jewish Food.
Chef Salim Fysal of Dashkin Glatt Kosher Indian Bistro, Chef Albert Bijou of Heaven’s Kitchen Corporation, Chef Avram Wiseman of The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts, Chef Chef Pini Ben-Ari of U-Café
And the winner is…
Chef Avram Wiseman, who presented a filet of locally caught Long Island striped bass rubbed with a tandori spice mix, grilled and placed over a lentil salad. The fish was topped with a spicy pineapple salsa and plated with a tarragon vinaigrette dressed micro green salad. Sounds delicious? It was!
Kosher Inspired Magazine and KosherEye.com
The inaugural edition of Kosher Inspired Magazine, the newest publication from the Mishpacha magazine group, will be launched at Kosherfest on October 26th and available to the public for purchase on November 3rd. Guess who has written an article for the first edition? None other than – KosherEye.com!
Read our report on Susie Fishbein's new cookbook, Kosher By Design Teens and 20-Something, and all about the kickoff tour of her College Road Trip Cooking Demo!
Thank You KosherEye
We are delighted to share a Thank You email from one of our readers. We are sharing this because we are thrilled that our story "made a difference" in someone's life.
"I just wanted to write a thank-you for your "A Kosher Chicken in Every Pot" segment. I have been a vegetarian for nearly half a decade and I am looking to go back to eating some meat for health reasons. I knew I wanted organic and humanely produced chicken, so I naturally looked to kosher products.
I really wanted some honest reviews of the kosher meats, which were not from self-promoting companies or frowning PETA supporters. I felt you did an educated report on some major kosher companies and offered a first person perspective on whether they met your standards.
It was a very appreciated article, thank you for helping me choose kosher foods! "
Samantha, Kingston, Ontario, Canada
Kosher Turkey Talk
Coming in November. Our 1st annual Kosher Turkey Talk – How to make the PERFECT turkey for Thanksgiving, recipes, questions and more.
Kosherfest 2010 New Product Competition Winners
Kosherfest 2010 will be held October 26th & October 27th, Meadowlands Exposition Center, Secaucus, NJ. The 2010 New Product Competition was held October 13th, in NYC at the JCC. The winners of the competition are:
Best in Show
Mountain Bread Wraps (8 varieties), No Worries Natural Foods
Runner Up Best in Show
Chocolate Macaroons, Lily Bloom's Kitchen
Best New Jam, Preserve or Spread
Healthy Top Whipping Cream, Green Rabbit
Best New Cheese or Dairy Product
Les Petit Fermieres-Reduced Fat Cheddar Sticks, Anderson Int. Foods
Best New Foodservice Product
Manna-Soy gourmet meat alternative, Luck Chen
Best New Kosher Organic Product
Petite Select Shepherd's Pie baby cuisine, Nature's Select Food Group
Best New Packaging/Design
Pop N'B ox Microwave Popcorn, Golden Fluff
Best New Passover Product
Yidels gluten -free chocolate rolls, Cinderella Sweets
Best New Snack Food
Klein's Natural Dried Guava, Klein's Naturals
Best New Health & Wellness
Cacao Powder, Health Matters America
Best New Pasta Rice Bean or Soup
Garden Lites Zucchini Marinara, Classic Cooking
Best New Dessert, Candy, Cookie or Cracker
Chocolate Coconut Macaroons, Lily Bloom's Kitchen
Best New Baked Good, Bread, Grain or Cereal
Mountain Bread wraps, No Worries Natural Foods
Best New Fine Food From Israel
Vegetal Vegetarian Hot Dog in Blanket, Blue & White Foods
Best New Giftware and Novelty Product
Challah Dough Covers, The Kosher Cook
Best New Savory condiment, Spice, Sauce, Oil, Vinegar or Salad Dressing
Zeta Olive Oil with Garlic & Basil, Kedem
Best New Beverage
Elite Watermelon Juice, Elite Natural/Organic Juice USA
Best New Meat, Seafood or Poultry Product
Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods Lightly Breaded Tilapia, Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods
Best New Wine, Beer or Spirit
Vodka & Vanilla Liqueur, Kedem
Manischewitz Vegetable Broth
We sampled the 32–ounce carton. All natural, No MSG, Parve, OU Kosher. Tasty broth to use when preparing parve or vegetarian meals and as a substitute for either chicken or beef broth.
Rodelle Vanilla Beans
From the summer Fancy Food Show in New York, we loved the sample of Rodelle Vanilla Beans. Used it to make homemade vanilla ice cream and it was vanilla heaven. We purchased a package of 10 at our local Costco Store - great price and a seasonal item. Try this yummy recipe for Decadent Vanilla Bean Hot Cocoa. Visit the Rodelle website; good information and recipes.
In a pickle as to what to serve in the Sukkah? Well, Fried Pickles, alongside Ranch Dressing dip, help to make us joyful! A celebration of tangy, sweet and salty, Enjoy!
"On the Lamb"
The luscious kosher Strauss - A.D. Rosenblatt lamb is back in stock at Costco.com. After KosherEye featured this delicious lamb in early September, it sold out! However, most cuts are now back in stock including lamb shank, ground lamb, and the special occasion luxury cut – rack of lamb
Keep Kosher, Keep Pesticide Free
According to the TheDailyGreen.com the following foods are:
LOW in pesticide residue: onion, avocado, corn, pineapple, mango, asparagus, peas, kiwi, cabbage (Star-K Red Cabbage Consumer Alert), eggplant, watermelon, broccoli, tomato, and sweet potato.
HIGH in pesticide residue: celery, peaches, strawberries, apples, blueberries, nectarines, potatoes, spinach, kale, cherries, grapes, leafy greens, bell pepper, carrots, and pears.