2010 SAVEUR 100 List
Guess what is number 82 on the 2010 SAVEUR 100 List? Yes, it is one of your grandmother's favorite ingredients! To view the rest of the list www.saveur.com
"Schmaltz makes everything taste better. That staple of Jewish cooking — rendered chicken fat flavored with a little onion — goes into all my favorite dishes: matzo brei (fried matzo with caramelized onion), mashed potatoes, and chopped chicken liver, to name a few. I often render my own schmaltz, after asking my butcher to save a few pounds of chicken fat and skin for me. It's the epitome of slow food; I simmer the ingredients in a large pot over low, low heat for hours and ladle out the crispy bits, or gribenes, that float to the top. I save most of those cracklings to add to chopped liver; my kids always polish off the rest."
Jonathan Labovich, San Rafael, California
Since we are chocoholics, we also love #10 — Can't wait to try!
Starbucks Coffee Liqueur
Is Starbucks Coffee Liqueur kosher?
MH via koshereye.com email
According to CRC: Starbucks OU even without designation on the bottle. White Chocolate is Dairy.
Help! I want to serve caviar on New Year's Eve. Can I buy kosher caviar? Is caviar kosher at all?
Most legendary caviar (fish eggs) are from a fish called a sturgeon which is a non-kosher fish. However, do not dismay, kosher caviar is available from kosher fish. When purchasing however, be certain that the container is marked with an acceptable kosher certification.
KosherEye found OU certified kosher caviar for you online.
Many supermarkets including Kroger sell a line of OU certified "black" whitefish caviar by Romanoff.
Romanoff caviar is also available on Amazon and Romanoff Caviar online.
To make your caviar go a long way (it is pricey!) make a mound of egg salad and top it with caviar.Try both red (salmon caviar) and black (white fish) caviar
And here's the best news of all. Kosher caviar is usually not as expensive as non-kosher caviar from sturgeon. Now that's a once in a lifetime turn-about! Enjoy, and Happy 2010!
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We Just Can't Wait!
Slated for summer 2010 from Wiley Publishing, The Encyclopedia of Jewish Food,by James Beard Award Winner Gil Marks.
Gil is a respected authority on culinary subjects in general and Jewish cuisine in particular. The information for this highly anticipated book has taken Gil twenty years to compile, and two years to write, edit and organize. It is meant for the reader interested in Jewish food and culture. We are certain that many of our KosherEye friends will consider this a must read—as we will!
Atlanta "Top Chef" Going to New York
Atlanta chef Eli Kirshtein, a contestant on Bravo Network's "Top Chef" show, is headed to New York to become a "guest chef" at Solo restaurant in Manhattan. Solo is an eclectic kosher restaurant serving Mediterranean and Asian inspired food.
Read their picks for NYC's 10 Best Kosher Restaurants. Or, if you just want a quick bite, there are seven choices listed.
Whole Foods store brand "365 Everyday Value" mild sliced cheddar cheese, natural, vegetarian, no added hormones 12 ounce package $4.99. STAR D certificaton.
My grandchildren will be visiting for the holidays and I would like to prepare their favorite summer camping dessert.. namely s’mores. But it is much too cold to venture outdoors and build a campfire or start the grill! Can s’mores be prepared in my oven?
from MS Atlanta
For kosher indoor s’mores we recommend using graham crackers (For example, Nabisco and Keebler are both dairy and kosher) and kosher marshmallows (If these are not available in your area, many brands of marshmallow "fluff" cream are kosher; And, great news, KosherEye has recently spotted kosher marshmallows in Whole Foods Market). For the chocolate bars – Hershey’s milk chocolate bars are fine!
Cut an approximate 6” x 6” square of foil. Place on counter and layer as follows: graham cracker, chocolate, marshmallows, graham cracker. Wrap foil around packet gently but tightly (try not to break cracker!). Bake in pre-heated 350 degree oven for about 7 minutes- just until marshmallow and chocolate melt!
For parve s’mores, use a dairy-free brand of graham crackers (We have found Wal-Mart’s Great Value store brand grahams to be parve) and use a parve dark chocolate such as Alprose, Noblesse or select Scharffen Berger bars.