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Passover Guides 2018
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Most kashrut agencies have released their 2018 Passover guides,
including information about items that can be used without special Passover certification.  

We will be updating our listings as additional information becomes available.

Three versions of the OU 2018 Passover Guide are available:

1. The OU 2018 Passover Guide - Online Version is available HERE

2. PDF copies of the OU 2018 Passover Guide sections may be downloaded HERE

3. You may order the printed version of the OU 2018 Passover Guide HERE:

The OU 2018 guide is available. Click HERE to see ordering information.  If you are an OU member and you already receive OU's Jewish Action magazine, the guide was mailed along with the spring issue of Jewish Action.  Online Passover information which includes information from the 2017 guide is available on the OU website at  Also, the OU app gives you access to this information as well as providing interactive information on food items.

Star K passover book 2018
For Star-K Passover Directories, Guides, Abridged Web Edition,
and more, click here: Star-K 2018 Passover Directories and Information

CRC Pesach 2018 Guide Small
Click Here for the CRC Passover 2018 Guide

COR 2018 Passover Mag Small
Click Here for the COR Passover 2018 Magazine

 OK Passover Products Food Guide 2018

Click Here for the OK Guide heading 
Click HERE for Passover 2018 information.

Canada Passover Magazine 2018
Click HERE for Canada's Passover Magazine

2018 Trader Joe's Update



The following Trader Joe's products without special Passover certification are approved for Passover use by Kosher Check (BCK)
as long as the BCK is on the label.

Unsweetened Coconut Chips
Unsweetened Coconut Flakes
Coconut Flour 
Triple Filtered Coconut Oil 
Extra Virgin Coconut Oil 
Reduced Fat Coconut Milk 
Regular Coconut Milk 
Coconut Cream


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King Arthur Flour -- Whisk, Rise, Shape, Bake!

The bakeware and tools used for baking bread and cakes are just as important as the recipes - they can be the difference between success and failure. We are fans of King Arthur Flour - their flour, cake mixes, baking accessories, not to mention their online resources and friendly service. This post may sound like a commercial, but we just can’t help ourselves. We have recently tried, tested, tasted and created with some of KAF’s newest introductions- what delicious fun we had!
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Essential Goodness Baking Mixes

These mixes include “the best of everything you need along with the absence of everything you don't”…just the good stuff. There are no hydrogenated oils, no artificial colors, no preservatives…non-GMO, and they are all certified kosher. We mixed up a batch of Sour Cream Coffee Cake OU-D, and Ancient Grain Cranberry Bread Mix (OU parve). They are both convenient, and baked up moist, with a crumbly texture perfectwith our morning coffee! There are 10 convenient essential mixes including pancakes, cupcakes, cookies and frostings….all kosher.

Unbleached Cake Flour
We like to use cake flour when creating soft, delicate cakes – and like to use KAF because it is unbleached. Cake flour gives a lighter texture, for tender cakes with a fine, moist crumb.

Unbleached Bread Flour We have this in our pantry (or actually our fridge) 350 days of the year. It is only missing during Passover season. This is the star ingredient in our Shabbos and Yom Tov challahs and breads. It never disappoints. We think that it is the secret to better breads, with consistent, dependable results. Flours with a higher protein content create loftier yeasted breads. KAF bread flour is 12.7% protein - a full point higher than other national brands. It strengthens the rise.  We use it whenever bread flour is listed as a recipe ingredient.

SAF Instant Yeast Of the thousands of products KAF offers in their catalogs and online, SAF Red instant yeast is their #1 top-seller. Use in any recipe calling for active dry yeast: artisan loaves, pizza, sandwich bread, bagels, rolls, and more. It’s fast-acting, dependable, and long-lasting, and it’s especially easy to use. This yeast requires no proofing or pre-dissolving. From France’s LeSaffre Yeast Corporation

In addition to using the best ingredients, the baking tools and pans make quite a difference. No one likes to spend 30 minutes mixing up a batter, baking it and then it sticking to the pan or unevenly baking. The KAF 9” round layer pans will prevent sticking and promote even baking. When we use these, we line each with the KAF 9” round parchment (so convenient) and our layers pop right out. “Make baking a piece of cake! “
The eco-friendly and easy-to-clean pans are manufactured from a mix of 65% recycled steel (for strength and durability), and aluminum (for superior conductivity). They are made exclusively for KAF by USA Pans, the gold standard in professional bakeware. The unique corrugated surface provides air circulation all around, for more even baking, and release. KAF customers, and test kitchen bakers, (including KosherEye) love these pans. Use them for layer cakes, rolls, cinnamon rolls, challah and more…

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Nordicware is known for their iconic Bundt pans. King Arthur Flour sent us the limited edition Party Bundt Pan. The pan's shiny cast aluminum finish) reflects heat to prevent over-browning of cakes. The non-stick coating helps cakes release cleanly from the pan. We all know how disappointing it is to have part of the Bundt cake remain in the pan upon release. This pan offset that problem for us. Nordicware is made in Minneapolis, and is a family-owned company. The pan we have has a 10 cup total capacity.  

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Bread Baking Bowl

This clay-baking bowl perfectly bakes dough into a round loaf. Dough rises and bakes up crispy in this pan. The bowl is made with porous clay and shaped into a round baking bowl We especially like it for no- knead bread. The bowl is also microwave-safe. It is custom made for KAF in the USA. Click here for our favorite no knead peasant bread recipe from the book Bread, Toast Crumbs by Alexandra Stafford.

KAF Whisk
Dough Whisk

Introduced in their very first catalogue over 20 years ago, this dough whisk has proven to be an extremely popular item--with thousands sold. The premise of the design is that it mixes yeast dough (stiff or soft) and the dough does not stick to the whisk wires. The whisk is 15-inches in size, made of beachwood and stainless steel. Once you try it, you will love it! It works perfectly in the recipe for no knead peasant bread.

King Arthur Flour often has discounts, specials and free shipping offers, and is a knowledgeable resource for thousands of baking recipes. It is simply our favorite place to purchase baking supplies. Many of their items are kosher certified.
See the entire baking collection at

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UN Plaza Grill

When traveling, many people seek out the finest museums, the most sensational architecture, and the best shopping. However, when we travel, food is at the very top of our list. We research the top rated and newest kosher restaurants (thank you Elan Kornblum, Dani Klein and our best friend, Google!).

IMG 6608E MobileOn our most recent trip to NYC in November, when we attended Kosherfest and KosherFEAST, we did our research and decided to visit and write a feature about the UN Plaza Grill. When we contacted the restaurant, not only did they graciously offer to host us as their guests, but included a small group of additional media influencers as well. We were joined by Ronnie Fein of, Gloria and Richard Kobrin of and Sharon Matten of

So, how did the UN Plaza grill come to exist? A successful business entrepreneur moved into the midtown east neighborhood and couldn’t find a good place to eat. He had no restaurant experience, so he assembled a seasoned team headed by Ghandi Kimia and gave them a challenge and incentive to open and operate a fabulous kosher establishment. And so the UN Plaza Grill was born.

Our group was served family style, with tastings of some of the restaurant’s signature dishes. If you are like we are, we always must have all of the food details….so here goes:
Appetizers: Ahi tuna tacos, corned beef hash empanadas, seafood croquettes with cilantro and truffle cheese, waygu potstickers and Veal ossobucco dumplings.

Entrée: Two steaks perfectly grilled - UN Petite Filet And a Butcher’s Cut Ribeye served with Bordelaise, Sichuan Peppercorn and Bearnaise, dipping sauces.
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Sides: White Asparagus with Forest Mushrooms, Bok Choy, Artichoke and Spinach Gratin

Desserts: The desserts are creations of the acclaimed pastry chef Felencia Davis.

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French Beignets with 2 sauces                    Chocolate Fudge Bombe

Our favorites? Everyone had different thoughts of course, but our favorites were the seafood croquettes, the butcher’s cut rib eye, the spinach gratin and the warm French beignets. (We took the extra beignets home for breakfast in our NY hotel!)

The restaurant’s ambiance is elegant, yet welcoming, a lovely setting for special occasion dining. There is a second level seating area as well. Even so, seating will soon be expanded to accommodate family groups. Although the menu is pricey, we feel that both the quality of the food along with the attentive service and luxurious setting make the UN Plaza Grill a memorable destination for fine dining. The restaurant just announced a new executive chef, Diego Sanchez, and we requested a few of his recipes to share with our readers. Stay tuned. We plan to return to the UN Plaza Grill on our next trip to NYC, and can hardly wait. The restaurant is OU Kosher certified.

For more thoughts about our “food glorious food” dinner party at the grill, visit:, or, or
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Italian Coffee at home

As many of you know, here at KosherEye, we enjoy wine, chocolate, & coffee! Our morning coffee offers just the fuel we need to face the day. And, sometimes, we repeat this at lunchtime. (Yes, we realize that it’s the taste along with the caffeine buzz we like.)
In the early morning, we like our coffee full bodied, steamy, hot and black, and make it daily from freshly ground beans. But, for that late morning/or mid-afternoon cup we enjoy a creamy rich latte, or our latest love, flat white.

The Moka Express stovetop espresso maker allows us to brew authentic Italian like coffee, in just minutes. The pot was created in 1933, by Alfonso Bialetti and it revolutionized home coffee brewing in Italy. Today, the easy-to-use pot is still found in nearly 90% of Italian homes and in homes around the world.

We learned to use our new Bialetti and make these creamy dreamy drinks by simply watching this quick You Tube lesson:
Video how to use the Bialetti Moka Espresso Maker play

Latte in Bialetti mugWe have the one-cup size of the Bialetti Moka Express Pot and use it very often. We simply fill the bottom half of the pot with water; spoon some full bodied ground coffee into the filter cup, affix the filter cup and the top of the pot, and place it on the cooktop over a medium flame. The pot’s handle stays cool. For the cream, we warm some whole milk in a separate pot, or in the microwave and then froth it. When the Bialetti is ready (about 4 minutes later) we pour the hot espresso into a mug, add the frothed warm milk and enjoy every sip.

How to Froth Milk:
We like our Bonjour Primo latte frother – Simply warm milk on stovetop or in microwave and then froth until creamy and foamy. We use dairy whole milk, but soy or almond milk can be used.

Alternatively, if you don’t have a frother, just heat milk; place it in a mason type glass jar. Screw the lid on tightly and shake, shake, shake.

Fancy up your lattes by topping with a shake of spice such as cinnamon, cinnamon sugar, cocoa powder, vanilla powder

From a Starbucks barista: Flat Whites were born in Australia, and popularized in the U.S by Starbucks. Lattes were born in Italy. A latte tastes like a coffee with added warm milk. A flat white tastes more like a velvety, smoother, creamier espresso shot. Enjoy this video demonstration of how a Starbucks barista makes a Flat White:

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