I’m notorious for my sweet tooth so when a sample of Ready-to-Eat, Dried Beef came from Joburg Kosher, I knew just the right person to test out how great the beef really was. My husband is a meat man. He loves his burgers and steaks so it only seemed fitting for me to hand this one over to him. – Nina
“”As a meat lover, I can’t remember how many times I have been to a 7-11 and looked at the beef jerky or slim jim and wished that I could snap into it like Macho Man Randy Savage used to scream. Well, a year or so ago, I remember going into a kosher super market and seeing kosher beef jerky. I almost fainted, but then I tried it and it tasted the opposite of what I had imagined, it was like someone dumped soy sauce on a piece of beef and called it beef jerky. Wasn’t beef jerky supposed to be DRIED meat? Just as I was about to give up on Kosher beef jerky, I was introduced to Joburg Kosher Beef Biltong. I wasn’t in the mood for disappointment, but figured that since I still had high hopes for the possibility of having a kosher counterpart to just about any food product, I should try it. Thank Hashem I did
An iced coffee a day keeps that sluggish 3:00 PM feeling away. Whether it be summer or winter, I need my caffeine fix in iced form– not piping hot or close to room temperature, I need it chilled all the way. And not because I favor the slushy drink; iced coffee is my childish attempt to drown the flavor of coffee into a whole lot of milk and sugar. Because while I need coffee’s instant boost to compensate for sleep deprivation as a new mom, I really don’t like the taste of the bitter bean. Recently though I tried a refreshingly strong brew without the usual bitter aftertaste which may have just won me over. The Chosen Bean is the new kid on the block with authentic old school flavor. My husbands intern, who is a Starbucks snob, had a cup of the new brew and gave it two thumbs up for it’s rich flavor and incredible freshness.
I was intrigued when I heard about this Single Origin Coffee that claimed to be the Chosen Bean. I liked the idea that their beans come from small family run farms in remote regions of Mexico, Central and South America, Africa, Indonesia and India. Instead of traveling the long path of other beans, they are from one location and maintain their natural flavor so that when you open the package to have a cup of coffee, you know you are getting the real deal. The different blends have quirky names like “Boca Diablo” and “Solomon´s Choice” and come in nicely packaged designs that could pass themselves off as bible trading cards. So for coffee aficionados and iced coffee fans alike, this coffee is something to try. To start your collection, enter the contest below to win a FREE sample of “The Chosen Bean”
I am always skeptical when a new cookbook comes out. Many claim to have a diverse selection of tasty recipes that will make your collection complete, however most of them fail to deliver. So when I heard that Susie Fishbein just released her seventh cookbook, Kosher By Design Teens and 20-Somethings: cooking for the next generation, my question was; is my kitchen really going to be lacking without this latest cookbook on my shelf?
I have a sweet tooth. Ok, that is putting it lightly. I am a sugar junkie, craving all things doughy and sweet – cupcakes filled with custards and jellies, topped with a thick layer of
rich frosting. There is nothing more satisfying than ending a meal with a slice of moist rich chocolate cake. I am the girl who makes chocolate chip cookies just to eat the raw dough. Brownie batter? That’s my drug of choice when I need an instant mood lift. When going out to eat, I would often choose a restaurant based on their dessert selection – naturally, my husband and I often found ourselves at dairy places! You can imagine my dismay when my doctor recently told me to avoid all things dairy while nursing my son. I can easily give up my pizza and Greek salad, but what about dessert?
Good news! Just in time for my non-dairy diet, I found “The Kosher Baker”, by Paula Shoyer, which contains over 160 dairy-free recipes! When I saw the photo on the cover of an Orange Tea Cake being drizzled with white icing, I knew I had found the bible of dessert cook books. I spent an entire Shabbat looking through all of the recipes, eagerly turning each page in search of my next favorite treat.
Not only is every imaginable dessert listed, but Paula has organized them into sections, such as “Quick and Elegant Desserts,” “Two Step Desserts,” and “Multiple Step Desserts and Breads.” This makes it a breeze to sort both by preparation time and how much you want to impress your guests.
Enjoy this tasty sampler for “Summer Fruit Galette” from “The Kosher Baker:”