McKosherEye Copycat Burger Spread
Just in time for July 4th, we have adapted a popular creamy, burger sauce for slathering on kosher meat hamburgers and veggie burgers. We call this yummy new creation– McKosherEye Copycat Burger Spread and think that you will love it. We do. It works with meat, dairy or parve burgers.
Summer Coloring Page
Summer coloring fun from our friend Ann D. Koffsky − illustrator and children's book author. Ann created the coloring page from her children's book, Noah's Swim−A−Thon. Just print the page and let your "little" artists create a masterpiece; they will have such fun! What a fun gift – a copy of the book and the coloring page! Enter to WIN a FREE copy of the book. While you are visiting Ann's website, please browse and view her wonderful Judaic art work.
2012 Summer Fancy Food Show
How do we briefly describe aisles and aisles of gourmet foods, all there for 3 days of sampling? Our experience at the massive Summer Fancy Food Show held this week in Washington DC was simply one continuous gala tasting party. We deem the event a “Disneyworld” for foodies, including kosher foodies. As we tirelessly, walked aisle after aisle of this fabulous food show, we were dazzled and delighted with the wide kosher selection. Kosher was almost everywhere! At first glance, or shall we say first tasting, we present a few winners. Many more will follow as we review our extensive list of new kosher discoveries.
Yogurt…Our favorite new find for drinkable yogurt was Siggi’s, a high protein yogurt, and Siggi’s Skyr, a spoonable traditional yogurt of Iceland
Just when we thought we had yogurt covered we discovered the very delicious, Karoun Dairies Mediterranean style yogurt. We tasted the honey flavor, and it was a HONEY!
Then came the frozen treats such as gelato, yogurt and ice creams:
Chozen is an all natural ice cream. We sampled 3 flavors (Well why not!) Apples and Honey, Ronne’s Rugelach and Matzoh Crunch. This brand is currently distributed primarily in the Northeast, but stay tuned. It can be ordered online. The company owners are a mother-daughter team.
And of course, how could we resist a taste of one of our very favorites, Ciao Bella – and their new introduction Adonia Greek Frozen Yogurt – so refreshing! By the way Greek frozen yogurt is a creamy new trend!
Yes, we did finally proceed in our tasting to healthful snacks. We found at least 15 kinds of chips in addition to various types of potato chips including chips made of lentils, veggies, pita, beans, pretzels, dried fruits and more. There were gluten free and salt free, baked and fried. We particularly enjoyed our taste of Snikiddy brand snacks. And, if you follow this link, we are providing a Snikiddy coupon.
There was infused everything, including salt and olive oil; Lots of pasta in so many flavors—but we certainly wish more of the Italian pastas were kosher certified! And then, of course the chocolate—in many guises - infused, flavored, ground, bars, chips, cocoa. It was a “Willy Wonka” chocolate dream. Ask us about the rich, deep flavors of Guylian.
The product choices were infinite – Himalayan salt, fig and ginger jams and jellies, unusual ketchups, cookies, sorbets, olives, soups, salmon jerky, smoked fish delicacies, coffees, candies, and more — much globally sourced, but even more made in the USA!
We enjoyed seeing friends from “our sweet hometown” Georgia company, Savannah Bee and head beekeeper, Ted Dennard. (We think this is one of the world’s best honeys!) A highlight of the show for us was our chat with one of the top bean counters on the globe…the amazing CEO of the Jelly Belly company, Herm Rowland. He is an extraordinary businessman, and a nice person. More about this chat in future columns. How wonderful to see multiple generations of a family working together. Our kosher sweet tooth is appreciative to have this product available to us! Want to know what’s in the Jelly Belly pipeline? It’s going to be hot – Tabasco!
We think that the Summer Fancy Food show trends can be summed up as: healthful, low calorie, protein packed, gluten–free, natural and happily kosher! In fact, according to a recent finding by Mintel, a well recognized London–based leading global supplier of consumer, product and media intelligence, kosher is now the #1 claim on new products.*
Do visit KosherEye often in the next weeks and months, so that we can introduce you to some of our favorite new kosher products, brands and finds!
* “It was found out that among the commodities from the beverage and food industry, “Kosher” garnered 27% (5,606 out of 20,455) making it more popular than the most common claim, “all–natural product”. Lagging behind “kosher” and “all–natural products” are “no additives/preservatives” ,"low/no/reduced allergen," and "gluten–free."
The Kosher Home Kitchen
Appliances, Design and Décor
Share your kosher kitchen design advice….We have received many notes from our readers, searching for advice in designing, refreshing and updating the kosher kitchen for their homes. The kitchen is the heart and soul of the Jewish home. It is where food memories are made; recipe creations are treasured, and culinary heirlooms are born and shared. From time to time we will be sharing information about new appliances, kitchen design, kitchen layouts and more, all focused on the kosher and Sabbath observant lifestyle.
To launch our new series, we are researching the following questions with kitchen experts including, retailers, designers and appliance manufacturers, and of course, with our readers, Facebook followers, Twitterpals and new friends on Pinterest.
We invite you to send pictures, blueprints and suggestions for creating spectacular kosher kitchens, large or small, budget or luxury. We can’t wait to hear from you! ContactUs@KosherEye.com.
- What do you love about your Kosher Kitchen design?
- What would you do differently in your Kosher Kitchen design?
- Do you prefer meat and milk dishes in cabinets on opposite sides of the same wall or in cabinets on opposite walls?
- How do you manage your baking space and your other food preparation space?
- Other than going out of town, what are your favorite Passover kitchen design idea?
- Have you integrated a blech (hotplate) into your kitchen or do you use a warming drawer?
- Which Sabbath/YomTov friendly appliance brands are best? What’s new?
- What one mistake can be avoided in a kosher kitchen?
- Which are the best countertop materials to consider, and can they be easily “kashered” for Passover?
Egg-free Chocolate Mousse
Our Twitter foodie friend, Shalom Weberman is sharing his unique egg free, parve, gluten free Chocolate Mousse recipe with KosherEye readers.
Easy Cheesecake Pie
Isn't it nice when the words easy + delicious + recipe can be used together. Well, we have an easy delicious dessert, perfect for Shavuos or anytime. We even like it for breakfast. We are happy to share a classic family Cheesecake Pie recipe - which can be made in 30 minutes or LESS!
Trader Joe's Chocolate Chip Petition
Sign the Petition - KosherEye friend Iris Richman contacted us with the following information:
I just created a petition: Trader Joe's: Keep chocolate chips non-dairy - certified as pareve, because I care about this important issue. Similar to the success when Duncan Hines and Stella D'Oro reversed plans to make previously pareve products dairy, I'm hoping that we can convince Trader Joe's as well.
I'm trying to collect 1000 signatures, and I could really use your help. To read more about what I'm trying to do and to sign my petition, click here: http://www.change.org/petitions/trader-joe-s-keep-chocolate-chips-non-dairy-certified-as-pareve?share_id=aRVKxTYmUKpe=pce.
It'll just take a minute! Once you're done, please ask your friends to sign the petition as well. Grassroots movements succeed because people like you are willing to spread the word! Iris KosherEye has signed the petition and we are asking our friends to do the same and share it with their friends. Thank you Iris!
Trader Joe's Chocolate Chips
No longer Dairy Free. The OK Kosher Certification Agency has announced that Trader Joe's chocolate chips are no longer going to be parve. In our opinion, these are the best parve chocolate chips available to the home baker. Parve chocolate chips are popular with both kosher observant cooks and dairy free households. We suggest you contact Trader Joe's and let them know how you feel. They are usually very receptive to customer comments.
Shavuot Coloring Page
From our friend Ann D. Koffsky — illustrator and children's book author — another delightful creation, a Shavuot Coloring page for the kids. The details are wonderful! Just print the 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.
Our Pinterest posting of homemade Honey Vanilla Marshmallows, recipe compliments of our friend Tish Boyle, has gone viral on Pinterest. It is pinning like the "Domino Theory" - a pin and a repin and a re-repin, and a re-re-repin...you get the idea! Thank you Tish, thank you Pinterest friends – we love marshmallows! Visit us on Pinterest.