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The Jewish Year
by Carly of Carly Q Creations

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This 16 x 20 Giclee (reprint on canvas) will make a beautiful, colorful, happy addition to any home. The piece will arrive ready for hanging, and make any wall smile! Retail value: $140

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Five Kitchen Tools for One Lucky Winner

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Apple, honey and pomegranate are three of the stars of the Yom Tov table. Apples dipped in honey are symbolic of our hopes for a sweet new year. And the pomegranate, often used as the new fruit, also embodies our hope that our good deeds be as plentiful as its seeds. It is customary for all three foods to appear at Jewish New Year... Read more...

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Red Star Platinum Yeast
A year of yeast - 52 packages
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It is our pleasure to announce a free "yeast for a year" giveaway, sponsored by Red Star Yeast for KosherEye readers. Send us your delicious sweet or savory challah or... Read more...

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September Featured Recipe
Herbed Stuffing with Jack's Gourmet Sausage
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The KosherEye Exchange is all about YOU! We want to exchange ideas.

Features are based solely on opinion! KosherEye does NOT accept financial remuneration for product articles from featured vendors, nor share contact information with others!  We want the BUZZ on your newest kosher finds- anywhere-anytime. If you spot a new certified product, contact us and we will post it. If you wish to see a product become certified, let us know!

Kosher Recipe Conversions – Send us a non-kosher recipe that you “covet”, classic or contemporary, famous or family - and we will have one of our expert chefs or fabulous food magicians convert it to kosher! Visit us often and enjoy all of our kosher recipe and ingredient translations. If you have a special recipe that you have converted to kosher, please share it with KosherEye.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

 

Holiday Recipes
By Guest Columnist
Cindy Hodkin

Welcome to SIFTED. I consider myself a reformed attorney and currently give kosher cooking classes. We cook with the seasons, utilizing herbs and vegetables fresh from my garden that make you feel fresh and light in the summer, warm and fuzzy in the winter. Right now, we are cooking for... Read more...  

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Let the Kosher Feasting Begin
KosherFeast 2014 will be held on Monday evening, November 10th, at the historic Streit's Building in lower Manhattan, 5:30PM to 9PM.

Food writers, culinary editors, media... Read more...  

Rosh Hashanah Wine Picks

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Guest Post by Hana of @kosherwinereview

I always love to try new wines; Every time I see a new kosher wine, I have to taste it! When my friends are looking for wine, they always call me for recommendations. It is not always... Read more...  



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2013 Kosherfest New Product Winners PDF Print E-mail
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Winners of the 2013 Kosherfest new product competition were announced today. An impressive 140 new products were entered . The overall best of show winner was the the Corim Single Serve k Cup, available in three flavors – chai tea, pareve cappuccino and hot chocolate – introduced by Corim Industries of Brick, New Jersey, was selected by judges today. The product also won in the "Beverages" category. Read about all the winners.

 

CorimBevCups

Best New Beverage

*    BEST IN SHOW/BEST NEW PRODUCT

Single serve beverage cups (Cappuccino, hot chocolate, and chai tea) for k-cup brewers, Corim Industries

 

Goldbaums

Best New Bread, Grain, Cereal or Cracker

Goldbaum’s Gluten Free Flatbreads, Natural and Tasty LLC

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Best New Candy

Sugarless Rosemarie Parve & Rosemarie Milk Chocolates, Schmerling's

Anderson_cheese

Best New Cheese or Dairy Item

Natural & Kosher Cheese Maker Selection, Anderson International Foods, Inc.

KJPoultry

Best New Deli Meat

Breaded Chicken Fries, KJ Poultry

Melissa

Best New Desserts/Baked Good

Baked by Melissa Cupcakes, Baked by Melissa

Oxygen

Best New Dip/Spread/Salsa

Oxygen Pomegranate & Teriyaki Sauce, Oxygen Imports

Tassotortila

Best New Frozen Entree

Tássol Tortilla Española, Sterling Sales

PassHaggadah

Best New Gift or Novelty Item

Passover Haggadah (in shape of wine bottle), AGN Ltd – Publishers

 

Rashis

 

Best New Kosher for Passover Item

Finchi's Decadent Chocolate Mousse, Finchi's by Aunti Rashi dba/Aunti Rashi's  Goodies LLC

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Beat New Meat/Seafood/Poultry

Hickory Smoked Beef Brisket, Premier Tasty Meats Inc.

 

MikeeMac

 

Best New Pasta, Rice, Bean or Soup

Mikee Mac Non-Dairy Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, Exotic Sauce Packaging, Inc.

 

SolomonsSippets

Best New Savory & Salty Snack Food

Solomon's Sippets - Soup Croutons, Kashrut Authority / R.Solomon & Co P/L

BuffaloZinger

Best New Savory Condiment, Spice, Oil, Sauce, Vinegar, Dressing or Marinade

Buffalo Zinger Sauce, Carlos and Gabby's Smokehouse

MattsMunchies

Best New Sweet Snack

Matt's Munchies Premium Fruit Snack, Mauzone Mania

HappyHearts

Best New Wine/Beers/Spirit:

Domain Ventura Merons, Happy Hearts Wine

 

Kosherfest 2013, October 29 - 30 at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ, marks the show’s 25th anniversary.  The event is sold out with an excess of 300 exhibitors.  Open to the trade only, Kosherfest 2013 is expected to attract more than 6,000 food and food service professionals from all over the world, and will showcase thousands of kosher products from more than 20 countries.

The two-day show will host a series of educational programs, seminars, an “Authors Hour” featuring new kosher cookbooks, and a Culinary Cook-off featuring chefs competing from among the area’s top kosher restaurants.  The kosher food business is a $12 billion market growing at a rate of 15%.

For information and a complete list of show events and exhibitors, visit www.kosherfest.com

 

 
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Who's Watching the Hen House

Follow-up to KosherBuzz Antibiotic Resistant Chicken

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This editorial is co-authored by Timothy D. Lytton   a professor of law at Albany Law School. and Joe M. Regenstein, Ph.D,  professor of food science in Cornell University’s Department of Food Science. It discusses the recent findings of  high levels of antibiotic resistant  e-coli in kosher chickens.

A more likely explanation for the elevated E. coli levels lies in feather removal. The most efficient and common way to remove chicken feathers is to soak the carcass in scalding water, which makes the feathers easier to pluck mechanically. Kosher restrictions do not allow for any form of cooking a chicken — which includes immersion in scalding water — until after the meat has been soaked and salted to remove the blood. As a result, kosher production requires chickens to be dry plucked or soaked in very cold water to firm up the flesh so that it survives an automatic plucking process. Immersion in scalding water prior to plucking of non-kosher poultry production reduces microbial load, by either washing microbes away or by killing them, which might account for differences between kosher and other production methods. This merits further investigation.

Drs. Lytton and Regenstein both agree that recent findings  may raise food safety concerns. However, the exact implications of this research with respect to both kosher and non-kosher poultry merits further research, and it must be based on a better understanding of kosher poultry production and regulation.

Read their entire editorial.

 
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Antibiotic Resistant Kosher Chicken

A Troubling Report

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We are always searching for the cleanest, safest, highest quality kosher poultry brands. That is why we were concerned with the report we received last week in a study funded and published by food scientists from the University of Arizona, The study outlines the prevalence of antibiotic-resistant E. coli bacteria in retail chicken, comparing conventional, organic, kosher, and raised without antibiotics. KosherEye spoke with Jack Millman, author of the study and a student at The University of Arizona. Millman, along with a team of scientists from the university, will be delving further into the issue. They declined to disclose the brand names involved in the research. We will be following up.

The report summary can be found here.
See more at here.

This week we also read about a salmonella outbreak sourced to a non-kosher California poultry plant.

Do practice safe handling, storage and cooking to avoid contamination from poultry and meat bacteria. Please see the following for poultry safe handling and preparation tips:

http://www.nationalchickencouncil.org/important-food-safety-tips-for-poultry

http://www.fightbac.org/component/content/article/2/250-chicken-and-other-poultry-basics-of-safe-handling-and-preparation

 

 
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Kosher Update: Wonder Bread

The OU is now certifying Wonder Bread products in certain (but not all) regions of the US. Wonder Bread products that are certified will bear an OU symbol. Those products that don't bear an OU are not certified.

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Sukkot Coloring Page

From our friend Ann D. Koffsky — artist, illustrator and children's book author — another delightful creation, a Sukkot Coloring page for kids. Just print the page and let your "little" artists create their own masterpiece; they will have such fun! While you are visiting Ann's website, please browse and view her wonderful Judaic art work.

 
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KosherEye is happy to support jgives.

Our lives are so busy that it's often hard to find the time to relax let alone to give tzedakah. Along with the founders of jdeal, we introduce a new philanthropic tool – jgives.com, a website where you can sift through jgives approved charities so you can easily choose where to make your donation. The best part is after one donation, your payment details are securely stored so that next time it's just a click!

This week is the 10 days of repentance (Aseret Yemei Teshuva), and jgives wants to make sure that everyone is a part of this new giving revolution. So, for this week (September 9th – September 13th), every donor will be entered into a draw to win a further donation of $50 to the charity of their choice AND a further $50 credit for jdeal as a reward for giving!

This is a chance not to miss out on. With a simple donation of as little as $9, you could have the chance to give $50 to your charity of choice!

 

 
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Rosh Hashanah Symbolic Foods

An explanation of some of the symbolic foods of Rosh Hashanah
From various sources

We eat different vegetables, fruits and other foods whose names are an allusion for the good:

  • We dip apples in honey to signify our wish for a "good and sweet new year."
  • We eat beans (rubiyah) to 'increase' and carrots (mehren in yiddish) to 'increase'-we ask the Almighty for our merits to increase; some believe these indicate fertility and prosperity.
  • We eat leeks, which in aramaic are karasai, also meaning 'to cut off'. We ask Hashem to cut off our enemies.
  • We eat beets, in aramaic silka, also meaning 'remove' and pray that our adversaries be removed.
  • We eat dates, in aramaic tamrai, and we ask Hashem that our enemies be consumed (yetamu).
  • We eat gourds (eg. Pumpkin, squash), in aramaic kara, and ask the Almighty to tear (kara) our sentences and proclaim (kara) our merits.
  • We eat pomegranates and ask that our merits should be as numerous as the "613" seeds of a pomegranate.
  • We eat fish heads with a request to be fruitful and multiply like fish.
  • We eat (or at least mention) the head of a sheep with the wish that the Jewish people should be the leaders.

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KosherFeast Social Media Dinner
Let the Feasting Begin!

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The third annual pre- Kosherfest Social Media Dinner, KosherFeast 2013, will be held on Monday October 28th from 5pm – 9pm at The J Soho restaurant in Manhattan. Influential Food writers, culinary editors, media personalities, recipe bloggers, cookbook authors and food brand professionals are invited to attend. The 2011 and 2012 event were both sold out, with a waiting list.  This year marks the 25th anniversary of Kosherfest, and some of the pioneers in the kosher food industry will be recognized including  luminaries such as Susie Fishbein, Laura Frankel, Norene Gilletz, David Herzog, Gil Marks, Levana Kirschenbaum, Menachem Lubinsky, Joan Nathan, and several more kosher industry stars. The Manischewitz Company  is a premier sponsor of the event. A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the Met Council, a New York area organization focused on Jewish poverty.

A three-course gourmet dinner, including a chef’s surprise tasting and wine pairing will be presented by J Soho restaurateur, Henry Stimler and his culinary team. Tickets are  $70 per person.   The evening is being coordinated by Esti Berkowitz, of PrimeTimeParenting.com and Roberta Scher of KosherEye.com.

Click here to order tickets.
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KosherFeast Social Media Dinner
Monday evening, October 28th at the JSoho, NYC
Networking and Wine Tasting 5-6      Feasting and Program 6-9

A Peek at the Feast

Starters
Creamy Romaine Salad
  with Black Peppercorn dressing, Garlic & herbed Croutons
  Spring Rolls with Julianne Cucumbers, Sweet Mustard

Entrées
  Petit Fillet  Steak ~or ~
  Salmon with Tomato & Arugula Salad ~or~
  Butternut Squash Risotto

Sides
  French Fried Potatoes finished with truffle oil
  Whipped sweet potatoes, Oven Roasted Vegetables

Dessert
  Chocolate cake ~or~ Strawberry short cake
 
Wine sampling & Chef's surprises throughout the evening

Click here to order tickets .
Includes a Brimming Swag Bag to Go

For More information or for sponsorship inquiries
Contact: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Follow the Feast on Twitter: #kfeast13

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Real Honey for Rosh Hashanah

Chances are the honey you purchased to dip apples into on Rosh Hashana is not truly honey. According to Food Safety News (www.foodsafetynews.com), which tested over 60 honey containers sold in 10 states and the District of Columbia, 76 percent of samples bought at groceries and 77 percent from large retail chain stores had all the pollen removed, which is the only real way to identify the source of honey. All honey sold in drugstores and given out in fast food restaurants had been ultrafiltered, which heats, sometimes waters down and then filters the honey to remove pollen. This is different from traditional straining methods that retain pollen. 

Although the Food and Drug Administration states that any product without pollen is not honey, the FDA does not inspect honey, and illegal, contaminated honey from China—many hiding unhealthy sweeteners and antibiotics—has flooded the North American market.

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This article is reprinted from Hadassah Magazine, and certainly offers food for thought when purchasing honey. There are so many varieties. Bee educated....to make a sweet choice!

Vaughn Bryant, professor at Texas A&M University and a pollen expert who analyzed the 60 containers, found the full amount of pollen in every honey sample from farmers' markets, food cooperatives and health stores like Trader Joe's; 71 percent of organic samples from major grocery chains passed the test.

Raw, unprocessed honey that is harvested by beekeepers has medicinal properties and antiallergenic benefits. It contains nutrients, enzymes and antioxidants and appears in many varieties, depending on the flowers and plants where bees seek their nectar. —Sara Trappler Spielman.

To read the entire article, originally reported in 2011, click here: Show Most Store Honey Isn't Honey

To read all about honey, as reported by the National Honey Board, click here: Honey Varietals

 

 
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Rosh Hashanah Coloring Page

From our friend Ann D. Koffsky — illustrator and children's book author — another delightful creation, a printable Rosh Hashanah coloring page.

Just print the coloring page and let your "little" artists create a masterpiece; they will have such fun! While you are visiting Ann's website, please browse and view her wonderful Judaic art work.

And another crafty bonus:
jCreate Magazine took Ann's apple and bees coloring page and very cleverly made it into a pretty painted dish craft. Check it out: jCREATE. (it's on page 14).

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