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Toasting the New Year Part 2

We consider Yarden and its Golan Height Winery to be the "royal family" of Israel’s wine production. This globally respected company has grown over the years, and paved the way for so many smaller Israeli vintners to produce and ship wine all over the world. We were pleased to taste the following selections, and highly recommend them. These are lovely wines for your yom tov sipping.  We know that everyone is familiar with the Bordeaux region of France and the Tuscany region of Italy, The Golan Heights, known for its volcanic basaltic soil, suitable topography and cool high-altitude climate is Israel’s “wine country.” The Golan Heights Winery markets its wines under four leading brands – Yarden, Gamla, Mount Hermon and Golan. It is considered one of Israel’s leading wineries. Since its founding in 1983, Golan Heights has altered the way Israeli wines are perceived worldwide, and has firmly placed Israel on the world wine map.

We tasted these wines and have provided a description from the winemaker. We requested both affordable and splurge-worthy vintages for our samplings, and here are our favorites along with the vintners notes:

Mount Herman 2016- a refreshing fruity white medium dry white- fresh, vital and drinkable now. Pair with appetizers, poultry or fish. 
Mount Herman Red $12.99- A wonderful medium body everyday table wine. Exhibits berries, cherries and nuances of Mediterranean herbs. Drink now, or enjoy witching 3 years. Pair with grilled meats, cheeses or vegetarian specialties. 
Gilgal Syrah 2014 $16.99 Varietal in character with berry and plum notes and nuances of earth smoke and spice. Lovely with hearty meat meals. Should remain in excellent drinking condition for 5-7 years 
Yarden Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 $34.99 A congratulations is due the winery for producing this exceptional red wine which just earned 91 points from Wine Enthusiast Magazine. Dry, Full bodied; Ready to drink now or can be aged for 10-15 years (Wow!) Pair it with beef, lamb or hearty meats.

Click HERE to meet Golan Heights Winery winemaker Victor Schoenfeld.

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Toast 5779 - Wines for the New Year

As we head toward the Jewish holiday season, we will be sharing suggestions for wines to pair and enjoy with Yom Tov meals. We start our series with Covenant.
Jeff Morgan of Covenant Winery provided us with a few of his favorite wines for tasting. The company offers wines in the splurge category of $150 +  along with more affordable vintages from $20-$40. We requested wines in the latter price range, and think that they are exceptional wines to consider for your holiday table.

After an 8 year writing stint at Wine Spectator magazine, which included an assignment to write about kosher wines, Jeff Morgan went on to found the much acclaimed Covenant Winery,
When writing for the magazine, Jeff often wrote about kosher wines and learned that they can be made just like non-kosher wine—no boiling or sweetness required. Both he and vintner Leslie Rudd decided that “with top-notch Napa Valley Cabernet, they could produce the greatest kosher wine in 5,000 years.” The two colleagues decided to give it a try.
Jeff and Leslie are both Jewish, but neither was Sabbath-observant. To keep Covenant kosher, the partners needed a fully Sabbath-observant crew in their cellar. Jeff believed that Herzog Wine Cellars, in southern California, was the only California winery with a kosher cellar crew able to follow his winemaking protocols. Nathan Herzog agreed to help, and in doing so, changed Leslie’s and Jeff’s lives profoundly. Not only did they begin to make kosher wine, but they were also drawn closer to their Jewish heritage—in spirit and in practice.

From the very beginning, Covenant was critically acclaimed by such reviewers as Robert Parker and Wine Spectator. In 2014, Jeff and his wife Jodie decided it was time to build a new urban winery in Berkeley, California, close to their vineyards. The 7,000-square foot winery is now situated in a neighborhood that is also home to other urban wineries and breweries. Across the street is an organic farm and Jewish cultural center called Urban Adamah. In Yiddish, this would be described as “beshert”—meant to happen.
In 2013, Jeff expanded the company, and teamed up with Israeli/American winemaker Ari Erle—to create Covenant Israel. Today Covenant is the only American winery making wine in both California and Israel.
We have included our personal thoughts about these wines, as well as some professional tasting notes from Covenant. Enjoy!

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We tasted Covenant Israel BLUE C Viognier.. “a vintage created from one of the premiere white grapes from France’s Rhone Valley, Viognier, and now from the hills of the northern Galilee” We found it fruity and refreshing and think that it makes a lovely pairing with appetizers or poultry. C Viognier ($28)

Covenant Israel BLUE C Adom ($40) is modeled after the RED C wines made at Covenant California, “A blend of Syrah and Cabernet, the wine offers easy-drinking enjoyment in its youth; but can also age well.” We found this wine exceptional—served alongside a grilled rib steak. ($40)

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The Tribe® wines are made with a flash-détente technique which allows flash-heating grapes straight out of the vineyard. The wine itself is never heated.. The Tribe® Proprietary Red 2016 is sourced from a single vineyard in Sonoma’s Dry Creek Valley. This is a velvety blend of Syrah, Petite Syrah and Zinfandel all picked together and co-fermented, showing elegant, ripe red fruit flavors highlighted in silky tannins. Rated 93 points by Wine Enthusiast ($38)

The Covenant Mensch Roussanne 16 (Don’t you love the name?) is a crisp, light white wine – with hints of fruit, citrus and jasmine, sourced in Lodi California. The 2016 is said to be its best year yet, at a very affordable price ($20).
Congrats to Covenant winemaker Jonathan Hajdu for just being selected one of Wine Enthusiasts 40 under 40 tastemakers of the year!

To purchase Covenant Wines, and explore the entire line, visit  Covenantwines.com. To purchase Covenant wines along with many other fine kosher wines, CLICK HERE 

For more information, see our previous article about Covenant wines HERE: THE COVENANT KITCHEN

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Meatless Meal for the Nine Days
or Any Day

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Each year, in the midst of the “lazy, hazy” days of summer, Jews worldwide remember and pause some daily activities for a three week period. The final nine days of this three week period, which are the first nine days of the month of Av, are observed with even more intensive remembrances. During this period, Jews mourn both the loss of the Holy Temples in Jerusalem and exile from our holy land.

During this final nine day period most observant Jews do not participate in recreational summer activities such as swimming, concerts, weddings etc. Additionally, many refrain from eating meat and drinking wine except on Shabbos.

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KosherEye presents 35 delicious meatless dishes to enjoy during the nine days or any day year round:

•  Baked French Toast with Praline Topping Topping
•  Beet and Fresh Pear Salad
•  Betty's Beet Borscht
•  Broiled Red Snapper w/Lemon–Asparagus
•  Burrito-less Rice and Cheese
•  California Avocado Mille Feuille Salad
•  Carrot Dill Soup
•  Cheese Blintz Casserole
•  Chickpea Fritters
•  Chobani Spinach Quiche
•  "Crabmeat" Quiche
•  Creamy Chilled Cucumber Dill Soup
•  Easy Eggplant Parmesan Casserole
•  Egg Frittata with Potatoes and Peppers
•  Eggplant and Potato Casserole
•  Herb Roasted Salmon
•  Herbed Tilapia in Lemon Butter Sauce
•  Huevo Rancheros
•  Ice Cream Cone Torte
•  Leah Adler's Pistachio Pasta
•  Linguini with Mushrooms
•  No–Boil Lasagna
•  Quinoa Tabouli Salad
•  Rigatoni Pasta Pie
•  Salmon Corn Cakes
•  Salmon with French's Fried Onions
•  Slow Cooker Cajun Gumbo with Rice
•  Spinach Pie
•  Strawberry Mango Salad
•  Sushi Salad
•  Tomato Cheese Casserole
•  Tuna Casserole
•  Tuna Quiche
•  Vegetable Frittata
•  Vegetarian Chili

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KosherEye is delighted to share more than 200 new and classic recipes and design suggestions for your Yom Tov table. 
May your family be blessed with a sweet, peaceful, delicious, inspirational 
and kosher New Year 5779  

Appetizers/Salads:

Apple-Beet Herring Appetizer  
Beets with Herring and Apples 
Creamy Parve Pickled Herring 
Cucumber Tomato Salad
Eggplant Salad with Lemon & Olive Oil
Fruited Barley Salad

Gefilte Fish Chopped Salad
Gefilte Fish "Crab" Cakes 
Geflite Fish with Italian Sauce
Kosher Chicken Liver Pate
KosherEye Faux "Crab" Louis Salad Platter
Matbucha - Tomato & Pepper Salad
Moroccan Carrot Salad
Pear and Spinach Salad by Chef Shlomo Schwartz
Pomegranate, Citrus and Avocado Salad
Roasted Beet Salad with Garlic Almond Dressing
Sefardi Gefilte Fish
Simanim (Good Omen)
Salad - POM Salad Dressings
Smoked Trout Salad
Smoked White Fish Stuffed Tomatoes
Three-Bean Salad with Olives

Breads:

Apple Harvest Challah 
Apple Raisin Cinnamon Bread
Breakfast Danish
Cinnamon Buns w/Cream Cheese Glaze 
Grape Harvest Bread

Heirloom Challah 
Meira's Famous Challah  
My New Favorite Traditional Challah
Perfect Challah, Every Time  
Raisin Challah
Real Cheese Danish w/Easy Danish Dough
Rebbetzin Kanievsky's Challah
Round Challah   (with video)
Round, Frosted Pull-Apart Honey Challah
Sweet Challah by Marcy                 
Sweet Cinnamon Challah
Whole Wheat Honey Bread
YomTov Frosting for Challah
Infused Honey   

Soups:

Amazing Apple Rutabaga Soup
Award Winning Chicken Soup
Beef and Barley Soup
Betty's Beet Borscht
Bubbies Chicken Soup
Carrot Dill Soup
Chick Pea Soup
Chicken Satay Soup  
Chicken Soup w/Matzah Balls
CKCA Parve Vichyssoise Soup 
Cream of Parsnip Soup
Flanken Mushroom Barley Soup
Green Matzoh Ball Soup
Heirloom Tomato and Beet Minestrone
Lemon Parsnip Soup 
Lentil Soup
Nancy Gordon's Split Pea Soup 
Smoked Salmon Chowder
Split Pea, Potato and Barley Soup

Chicken Kreplach
Manischewitz Mandarian Surprise Matzo Balls

Sides:

Aliza's Sweet Potato Casserole with Pecan Streusel Topping
Apple Brandy Sauce
Asparagus in Lemon Vinaigrette
Barley Risotto
Bulgar Salad with Nectarines, Parsley & Pistachios
Bulgar with Almonds and Raisins   
Carrot and Sweet Potato Tzimmes 
Carrot Kugel
Carrot Soufflé
Cauliflower Cake
Cauliflower Curry Puree
Classic Tzimmus with Flanken
Cranberry Cobbler
Easy Cole Slaw
Easy Corn-Bread Stuffing
Eggplant with Garlic
Fasoulia - Green Bean Sephardic Style 
Infused Honey
Jeweled Rice Pilaf
Keftes de Prassa, Leek Patties 
KosherEye Corn Pudding
Moroccan Potato Pancakes with Smoked Salmon and Crème Fraiche 
Parsnip Mango Rolls
Peach Fritters
Pumpkin Seed Gremolata
Quinoa Pilaf
Sweet Basmati Rice
Vegetarian Tzimmis 
White Bean and Heirloom Tomato Ragu 
Wild Rice by Chef Shlomo Schwartz 
Ziggy's Kasha Varnishkes

Kugels:

Best Healthy Kugel
Broccoli Noodle Kugel
Crunchy Topped Noodle Kugel  with Almond Crust and Winter Squash
Deluxe Noodle Kugel 
Lokshen Kugel with Plums
Mom's Fruit Noodle Kugel   
No-Noodle Apple Kugel
Potato Kugel
Simple Potato Kugel
Upside-Down Noodle Kugel 
World's Best Potato Kugel

Entrees:

2nd Avenue Deli Brisket
Braised Beef Brisket
Braised Veal Brisket 
Brined Veal Chops with Peach Fritters and Apple Brandy Sauce
Brisket with Bubbie's Seasoning
Butternut Squash Risotto
Chef Avram's Roast Turkey
Chicken Marvelosa 
Chicken Fricassee with Garlic and Red Wine Vinegar 
Chicken with Apples
Chicken with Duck Sauce
Chicken with Pomegranate Sauce
Classic Beef Stroganoff
Coq au Vin
Crispy Honey Glazed Chicken with Tsimmes
Dried Fruit Couscous with Meat & Poultry Variations 
Easy Chicken with Orange Honey Sauce
Falling Off the Bone Short Ribs
Gloria's Stuffed Cabbage 
Honey Chicken-Pomegranate
Kosher Beef Bourguignon
KosherEye Marinated Turkey Chops
KosherEye “Stuffed” Turkey Chops
Mighty Good Meatballs 
Pistachio Crusted Salmon by Chef Shlomo Schwartz
Pomegranate-Braised Lamb Shoulder with Fava Beans
Orange Chicken
Ronnie's Stuffed Cabbage
Roasted Spatchcocked Turkey with Stone Fruit Compote 
Teriyaki-Glazed Chilean Sea Bass with Cauliflower Curry Puree
Turkey OssoBuco
Short Ribs with Butter Beans 

Desserts:

All American Apple or Peach Crumb Pie
Almond Streusel Coffee Cake
Apple and Honey Turnovers 
Apple Pie Shooters
Apple Upside–Down Cake
Apples and Honey Bread Pudding w/Butterscotch Sauce
Apples and Honey Tart 
Aunt Belle's Spicy Honey Cake
Aunt Goldie's Mandelbrot
Aunt Ruthy's Apple Strudel
Baker's Best Cinnamon Bubka w/Crumb Topping  
Babka Bites 
Caramel Apple Cake

Black Russian Cake
Blueberry-Lemon Parfait
Chocolate Babka Meltaway
Chocolate Pomagranate Bark
Challah Beer Bread Pudding with Caramel Sauce
Cinnamon–Apple Pie with Raisins & Crumb Topping
Coconut Panna Cotta with Lime Curd
Dried Fruit and Olive Oil Cake
Easier than Pie-Fig-Plum Galette
Easy-No Bake Chocolate Pomegranate Bark
Espresso Panna Cotta
Fresh Apple Cake
Fresh Family Apple Cake 
German Apple Cake
Hilda's Pound Cake
Honey Cake
Honey Cupcakes with Chocolate Honey Glaze 
Honey Chocolate Tart
Honey Spice Cake
"Jewish" Apple Cake (video)
Kolatin Chocolate and Vanilla Mousse Parfait
Kolatin Chocolate-Banana Panna Cotta
Peach or Apple Crisp
Perfect Peach Cobbler
Quick Fruit Tart 
Royal Apple Cake 
Teiglach 
World's Best Apple Cake 

Cooking and Baking with the Stars

Cooking with the Stars I
Baking with the Stars II
Cooking with the Stars III
Cooking with the Stars IV

Videos:

How to Make Apple Cake
How to Make Apple Cinnamon Challah
How to Make Round Challah for Rosh Hashanah
How to Seed a Pomegranate

Helpful Information:

Apple Guide: A very useful guide to apples that will help you make your choice of variety easier and help you gauge exactly how many apples you’ll need to create your culinary masterpieces.

Centerpieces and Place Cards:


Rosh Hashana Decor from MiChicas
Rosh Hashanah Holiday Centerpieces 
Rosh Hashanah Place Cards - DIY
Yummy Earth Lollipop Centerpieces

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KosherEye Shavuos Cookbook

 Our Best, Most Popular Recipes

Meatless, Dairy or Parve
Ready to Print, Share, Pin and Cook!

Yes, we've made these. Yes they are fabulous. Most can be made dairy or parve. If you have questions, we are here to answer them. Share your comments below or send them to contactus@koshereye.com.

  1. "Crabmeat" Quiche - dairy
  2. Easy Eggplant Parmesan Casserole
  3. Julie's Caesar salad dressing –parve
  4. Caesar salad dressing – dairy
  5. Salmon with Fried Onions- parve
  6. Dairy Noodle Kugel for a Crowd- by Estee Kafra
  7. Deluxe Noodle Kugel by Tina Wasserman
  8. Risotto- KosherEye signature recipe – parve or dairy
  9. Roasted Corn Chowder by Pam Reiss – parve or dairy
10. Creamy Butternut Squash Soup by Mark Bittman - dairy
11. Beet Salad with goat cheese - dairy
12. Cinnamon Buns with Cream Cheese Glaze by Susie Fishbein- dairy
13. Strawberry Bread – The Amish Cook's Baking Book
14. Whole Wheat Honey Bread by Red Star Yeast
15. Meme's Biscuits by Virginia Willis - dairy
16. Ice Cream Pie – KosherEye Signature Recipe Parve or dairy
17. Cheesecake Pie in a Hurry– A KosherEye Family recipe - dairy
18. Cheesecake The Mile End Cookbook - dairy
19. Chocolate Lasagna – parve or dairy
20. Chocolate Ice Cream, Philadelphia Style by David Lebovitz
21. Vanilla Ice Cream, Philadelphia Style by David Lebovitz
22. No churn – 4 Ingredient ice cream
23. Lemonade Iced Tea by Southern Living Magazine - parve
24. Heering White Russian- by Peter F Heering dairy or parve
25. KosherEye Special Sangria- parve
26. Cinnamon Roll Cake
27. Sushi Cake and Sushi Trifle
28. Crustless Tomato Cheese Quiche
29. Tomato Pea Bisque
30. Alton Brown's Sour Cream Cheesecake
31. Caramel-Apple Cheesecake
32. Triple Berry Fruit Soup
33. Parmesan Roasted Zucchini
34. Hash Brown Potato Cheese Quiche 
35. Tuna Quiche
36. Creamy Corn Pudding

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Visit often! We add new recipes daily. Share your favorites with us by email to  contactus@KosherEye.com.

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