Established in 1980, we specialize in growing tropical fruits such as mango, papaya, lychees, bananas, avocados, rare and exotic tropicals, winter vegetables and herbs. Our practice of organic farming is one of exceptional quality, using only nutritive components on our trees, garden and soils. It is our dedication to working and living with nature that allows us the pleasure of offering you foods of such exceptional quality.
Prepared in our own farm’s certified kitchen, our recipes use the fruits, vegetables, flowers, sprouts, and herbs grown on our farm. In addition, we also select the finest produce and certified organic ingredients from local organic farmers and certified organic growers from around the world. It is our special privilege to be able to use our own farm grown organic ingredients in our raw food creations bringing them direct from the garden to the kitchen to you.
We sprout our nuts and seeds to start the live growth process. We then monitor our dehydrators to assure low temperatures are consistent so as to maintain the integrity of the ingredients and to preserve the nutrient rich state of raw food. We are proud to be using our own uniquely designed dehydrators to create our dehydrated specialty raw foods such as Nori Crackers, Chickpea Carrot Croquettes, Flax Seed Crackers, and Sprouted Essene Breads. We offer some naturally delicious hand prepared raw sweets such as Rawies, Temple Balls, Snow Balls, and Carob Fudgy Brownies. We also provide an array of freshly prepared refrigerated Gourmet Raw Foods too; salad dressings, sprouted spreads, raw fruit pies, pestos and sauerkrauts.
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DotandArmy.com Cloth Bowl Covers
Bonus! In conjunction with our Bread Toast Crumbs cookbook giveaway, the creative team at DotandArmy.com
is gifting the first place cookbook winner with two of their very special cloth bowl covers. These are favorites of Alexandra Stafford, the author of the cookbook, and perfect for covering dough, including challah, when making bread! If you would like to know more about these functional, reusable and nostalgic covers along with other handcrafted creations, visit DotandArmy.com
The winner is: Beth Meister, Milwaulkee, Wisconsin: Bonus Giveaway
Bubbles Your Way, Again
Design meets function. SodaStream has partnered with Yves Behar, world-renowned designer, to create the new SodaStream Play™ home carbonation system. Behar's minimalistic sleek design re-shapes the interface and shape of the SodaStream system, and makes it ultra-simple to use.
According to SodaStream chief innovation & design officer Yaron Kopel, said: "After a successful collaboration with renowned global designer Yves Béhar on SodaStream Source, we decided to partner with him once again to create Play – a machine which maintains the design language of the Source family, but still has a clear identity, is priced lower and appeals to more segments of the market."
Here's how to "PLAY"
You can turn plain water into sparkling drinks in seconds with the SodaStream PLAY home soda maker. It is the first SodaStream model to feature a new, innovative easy snap-lock bottle insertion and automatic auto lift slider. which carbonates tap water in just three seconds. The slider automatically returns to its original position after carbonation. It also includes a snap-lock mechanism, which locks the carbonating bottle into the bottle rest in one single-push motion. Why the name PLAY? We think the name is appropriate because of its lighthearted playful design and yes, it's is fun to use.
PLAY™ Starter Kits:
- PLAY home soda maker
- Reusable 1 Liter BPA-free carbonating bottle with fizz-preserving cap
- 1 15 Liter starter carbonator makes up to 15 liters
- The Play is flexible, and works with either the 60L or 130L CO2 cylinders,
- Sodamix flavor taste sampler (6 flavors)
- Available colors - white, black, red, blue
- 3 year limited warranty
The SodaStream Play is currently available at Wal-Mart and WalMart.com, and is coming soon to Bed, Bath and Beyond and major housewares retailers
See the SodaStream PLAY in action:
Special Note from KosherEye: SodaStream is headquartered in Israel and has numerous production plants; its principal manufacturing facility is located in the West Bank settlement of Ma'ale Adumim. The World Bank estimates the unemployment rate in the West Bank at 22 percent. SodaStream employs hundreds of Palestinian workers from East Jerusalem and the West Bank making it one of the largest employers in the area.
We encourage our readers to consider purchasing a SodaStream for either personal use or as a gift. Add SodaStream to your Jewish New Year hostess or corporate gifts. SodaStream produces superb products, and it employs thousands of Israeli Jews and Arabs. We encourage our readers to shop Israel, and shop SodaStream.
For over 30 years, The Pampered Chef® and its sales force of Independent Consultants have been selling select kitchen products to help families create quick, delicious meals that are as much fun to prepare as they are to eat. The business was launched in 1980 by company founder, Doris Christopher — an educator, home economist and mother who saw the need for professional-quality kitchen tools in the everyday kitchen.
Capitalizing on her knowledge of food preparation techniques and talent for teaching, Christopher amassed an inventory of what she considered to be the essential home kitchen tools, promoted them under the name, The Pampered Chef®, and began showcasing them at in-home cooking demonstrations called Cooking Shows. The rest is history. The Pampered Chef is known and respected world wide, still marketing a collection of tools with the mission of making cooking simple, easy and fun.
Simple Summer Sipping
Flash Chill Lemonade Maker
What could be better than refreshing lemonade on a hot day? The Takeya Flash Chill Lemonade Maker is easy to use and can serve a crowd healthful, tart, sweet fresh lemonade… like having a lemonade stand right in your kitchen.
Here’s how you do it:
- Fill the 66-ounce pitcher with ice
- Attach the juicer and squeeze about 7 lemons in the juicer (Yes, we wash our lemons first with a veggie wash solution)
- Remove the juicer top, add water to the pitcher, add desired sweetener and lemon slices (optional)
- Cover the pitcher with the lid and seal; shake gently
- Store the lemonade in the refrigerator
We loved this – it was so easy to make. We also tried the same recipe using limes instead of lemons. Delicious. And then, we added a few sliced strawberries to our lemonade mix. Lovely. And the piece de resistance: we created a refreshing lemon drop–like cocktail, adding in 6 ounces of vodka. Needless to say, we all toasted Takeya!
Oxo challenged bloggers to “slice it up” and create original recipes. What fun; we think that OXO is a cut above, and loved using wonderful chef friendly tools to chop, slice, cut and grate!
Oxo Mandoline Slicer
This versatile V-Blade slicer makes cutting vegetables a cinch. It takes a lot of slicing to cup up 6 onions – but the mandoline makes even, thin slices in half the time. And, the vegetable holder protected the fingers of “this cook in a hurry”. By the way, slice thickness is adjustable, and all parts are top rack dishwasher safe except the blades.
Watch the OXO Mandoline Slicer video demonstration:
Oxo Box Grater
This is not your mother’s grater –which by the way – we still cherish as a kitchen heirloom. The Oxo Box Grater has sharp stainless steel blades, for easy bi-directional grating. We grated our apples using the medium grating blade, but could have chosen coarse or fine as well. There is even a slicing surface. It also has an attachable catch–container to catch, measure, and store freshly grated foods. And, once again, easy cleaning since the entire grater is dishwasher safe.
Oxo Swivel Peeler
Peeling apples is time consuming. We have had our Oxo peeler for years. (Guess, we should peel ourselves to the housewares store, since it’s likely time for a new one.) But, our peelers still work beautifully and accomplish the peeling quickly, efficiently and effortlessly. The OXO Good Grips Swivel Peeler is an essential kitchen tool. The sharp, stainless steel blade removed our apple peels in a jiffy. (It also does a great job on potatoes, but that’s another food story.) The peeler’s soft, ergonomic handle doesn’t slip even when our hands are wet. Yes, yes, yes, it too is dishwasher safe.
Presenting: The Recipes
So now back to the recipe challenge. We had so much fun creating these dishes, tasting them, testing them, tasting them, tasting them….. Both recipes are truly delicious, and both are easy to make using the right kitchen tools. We present two new KosherEye signature recipes – one sweet; one savory. Enjoy!
May 6, 2012
Like Standing on Marshmallows
The company, WellnessMats was founded in 1996 by Daniel Bouzide and has become the mat–of–choice for the Department of Homeland Security and TSA. They are popular in the healthcare field, beauty salons, hotels, professional kitchens, and in numerous retail locations across the country. In 2010 WellnessMats launched a line of consume–friendly mats to provide the same comfort and relief to people in their homes, offices, and more. And that’s where KosherEye comes in. Just as many other home cooks, we spend countless hours standing on our feet and preparing meals in our kitchens. After a long busy day this is wearing, especially when planning to entertain,or preparing for Shabbos and holidays. Oh, our aching feet!
We were delighted to discover our new therapeutic kitchen friend, WellnessMats. Although the company roots are industrial, their newest mats are the same quality, have the same attributes and the same warranty, as the original industrial mats, and are intended for home cooks, chefs, crafters, etc. WellnessMats understandably has many longtime fans in the professional culinary world. These anti–fatigue floor mats provide both comfort and support. They are even high–heel friendly – but we ask, who wears high heels while cooking????
We found WellnessMats to feel like cushy marshmallows – soft, resilient, forgiving, “a pillow for the feet”. What a pleasure to stand on these mats while cooking and washing dishes. Here’s why…The company explains that the mats are made with 100% polyurethane – (Advanced Polyurethane Technology) to ensure maximum comfort, performance, and longevity. They are ¾” thick, have a 7–year warranty, one piece construction, beveled edges, are heat resistant, are anti–microbial and PVC free. All Wellness Mats are 100% made in the USA.
The mats are easy to clean. They can be vacuumed or swept, wiped with a damp cloth or sponge, or cleaned with a household product such as 409, Windex, etc. There are numerous sizes colors, patterns from which to select.
We think that a WellnessMat would make a welcome gift for Mother’s Day! After all, most moms and grandmoms need life made easier, more comforting, with less physical fatigue, especially in the kitchen.
Enjoy this recipe for making homemade Honey Vanilla Marshmallows while standing on your "soft as marshmallows" WellnessMat.
For product and purchasing information, visit WellnessMats.com.
by SILPAT®, the Original Non-Stick Baking Mat
Not only do the ingredients we use in baking affect the results of the finished product, but so do the tools and techniques. The color of the pan − dark or light; regular or non−stick; to grease or not to grease; to line with parchment paper; too much flour used when rolling dough − each is a part of the baking equation.
Demarle, Inc., the makers of SILPAT® the original non-stick baking mat, have two additional products that are wonderful and useful tools for the home baker: The Roul'Pat® non–stick countertop workstation and the SILPAIN® non–stick baking mat. Both of these tools help the home baker achieve professional results.
We love to bake pies and, when time allows, make our own pie crusts. We also love to make pizza, and again when time allows, use fresh pizza dough. And of course, homemade bread – there are even those of us who love to knead the dough. The Roul'Pat® non–stick countertop workstation mat is the perfect surface to use for kneading bread dough and rolling out dough or pie crust.Just place it on the countertop and it doesn't move; it actually adheres to the counter surface and doesn't slide. And the dough does not stick to the mat during kneading or rolling – a small amount of flour can be used. Clean up is easy; just wipe with a damp sponge and rinse with water. After it is thoroughly dry, roll up and put away or store flat.
The Roul'Pat® non-stick workstation is available in three sizes:
- Half Size 11-5/8” x 16-1/2”
- Full Size 16-1/2” x 24-1/2”
- Large Size 23” x 31-1/2”
The SILPAIN® is a non-stick baking mat used for baking bread. Its unique design is perfect for baking homemade pizza, rolls, buns, biscuits, and bread. The mat has perforated qualities that allow water from the bread dough to seep through the mat, resulting in a crusty finish. It can be used in all types of ovens and provides even heat-transfer to the baked goods. And it can be placed directly in the oven, on the rack without a pan, to bake individual pizza slices. The SILPAIN® mat can be reused thousands of times and can also be used in the freezer. No greasing is required because nothing sticks to it. Like the Roul'Pat®, clean up is easy - just wipe with a damp sponge and rinse with water. After it is thoroughly dry, roll up and put away or store flat. We love this mat and suggest having two – one for dairy pizza and one for parve bread. If you like the SILPAT® you will love this mat.
The SILPAIN® mat is available in US Half Size, 11 5/8” x 16 1/2” and fits a 13” x 18” Pan.
These amazing products are the creation of M. Guy Demarle, who founded Dermarle Inc.in 1965 in Northern France. Being an experienced baker, he was seeking a better way to make baguette bread with forms using non–stick silicone coatings. Not only did he invent the first non–stick baguette baking trays, but he also proceeded to invent and create the original SILPAT® mat.
All SILPAT® products are made in France and are coated with food grade silicone. The Atlanta Kashruth Commission (AKC) allows usage, without a kosher certification, of non–food products containing food grade silicone. We suggest that you also check with your local kashruth authority.
The Roul'Pat® Work Station and the SILPAIN® Mat make a great couple – one is used for the prep and the other for the finished product. We vote to keep them together!
The adage "A picture is worth a thousand words" is so true, especially with these two fabulous baking aides. Watch the two video demonstrations and you will see why we love them!
Roul'Pat® Work Station. We like to use Yves Veggie Cuisine Meatless Pepperoni on our pizza. It is OU kosher, parve, vegan.
February 23, 2012
When Temperature Counts!
Many kosher cooks spend even more time in the kitchen preparing meals than the typical homemaker. Therefore, it follows that we are always searching for innovative and unique kitchen accessories to make the cooking experience more efficient, more pleasurable, more accurate and more delicious. Enter the Thermapen, by Thermoworks.
Initially we were attracted to this instant read digital thermometer by the luscious color range (yes, we admit it, who can resist outer beauty?) But then, we tested it and found it to be an essential and easy to use kitchen tool, one that can keep us both healthy and happy. Most people are aware that a common problem in cooking and baking is overdone or underdone food. The former tastes bad and the latter can be dangerous. A cooking thermometer can overcome this concern, but until now, we have not found one that we liked. Some are too slow, others inaccurate and uncalibrated.
Thermoworks, located just south of Salt Lake City, Utah, markets products that are manufactured in both the U.S. and in partnering factories in Europe and Asia. The company’s specialties are “all things thermal” and the Salt Lake City location actually runs its own calibration lab and service departments. From Thermoworks: “Whether you want to measure temperature in a backyard BBQ, a chain of a thousand hamburger shops, or in the transport of critical pharmaceutical products, we'll take your call and help you find a solution.” The Thermapen is a professional tool (originally designed for commercial kitchens, labs and manufacturing plants) that has become the top consumer-cooking thermometer for home use.
We have previously used lower cost thermometers, only to be disappointed with results. Why invest, yes we said invest, in a Thermapen and not purchase a $6.99 food thermometer at a discount store? First and foremost is accuracy, then flexibility of use, and finally longevity. Many home cooks expend much money, time, and effort in meal preparation. Knowing the optimum readiness temperature and when that temperature is reached is important-- likely the difference between a good meal and a sensational meal. In addition, using a thermometer and understanding temperature effects can avoid bacteria and food borne illnesses such as those caused by salmonella.
A Thermapen™ can be used for virtually anything that needs to be cooked or chilled, such as meats, poultry, fish, vegetables, casseroles, re–heated foods, breads, cakes, deep-frying and candy and more…
We tested the Thermapen at a special family occasion when we served a boneless standing rib roast. The meat was costly, so if overcooked, it would have been quite disturbing. What we especially liked about this thermometer is that we could easily insert it in various parts of the roast both at the ends and center, and immediately knew whether the meat was ready to remove from the oven. (Our preference is rare at the center, 120 degrees, and medium rare at the ends. We removed it from the oven when the center reached 120 degrees, covered it with foil, and served it about 30 minutes later. We tried our Thermapen on roast chicken, and also when making our strawberry jam recipe. Our next trial will be on bread and baked goods. Can’t wait to try it on challah.
The Super-Fast Digital Thermapen™ is fully sealed and splash proof:
- Measures temperatures from 52 degrees to 572 degrees
- A needle thin tip for inserting – very versatile
- Display can be changed from Fahrenheit to Centigrade
- Stainless steel probe folds back to compactly store locked in place
- Simple to operate – and fun! Just open the probe and the Thermapen™ comes on. Close it and it shuts off.
Jack Bishop, the gadget guru of America's Test Kitchen, a popular cooking show on PBS, calls it the Rolls Royce of thermometers, and it was selected as a Cook's Illustrated Test Kitchen Winner. According to Bishop “It's something you can be pretty sure most people don't own, or if they do own one, they don't own a very good one. If you're on a quest for culinary perfection, you will want a Thermapen™. Add up the expense of wasted meats alone and you'll justify the cost of this professional tool”
We agree with Jack! The Superfast Thermapen is a KosherEye gift yourself or gift others pick. We even like the instruction book, which accompanied our Thermapen. We could actually understand it! Consider one of these as a pre-Passover purchase, a bridal shower gift or a gift for your favorite cook. And then those colors – luscious! KosherEye will busily continue to measure temperature and report on our findings.
From Thermoworks, Chef–Recommended Temps chart.
Features of the Splash-Proof Thermapen.
Visit Thermoworks.com for purchase information.
February 21, 2012