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Soom Foods is a family business, developed and operated by three entrepreneurial sisters —Shelby, Jackie and Amy Zitelman. All three, originally from Rockville Maryland and graduates of the Charles E. Smith Day School, have a passion for business, food and a healthful lifestyle. Their company is dedicated to introducing their treasured tehina to the American market and educating Americans to its nutritional benefits and many uses! Ask the sisters and they will reply "tehina goes great in everything from traditional middle-eastern dips (hummus), to sauces, marinades, sweet spreads, and even baked goods!".

How did they learn about tehina? The answer is all in the family. Jackie moved to Israel, eventually marrying a tehina expert (Omri) who introduced the three to tehina made from Ethiopian sesame seeds. They loved it, and decided that the "tahini" found in the states was far misrepresenting such a delicious ingredient.

Soom Foods tehina is imported from a factory in Northern Israel and is made from white Humera sesame. It is a pure sesame butter with a wonderful flavor, and it makes for a very versatile ingredient in both savory and sweet recipes. (Think of it as peanut butter made from sesame seeds!). We think that this tehina is truly delicious and is good enough to just lick off a spoon. (Yup, we have!)

Soom Foods believes that health, honesty, sustainability and philanthropy are essential elements for living a quality life and running a quality business. To support their philanthropic mission, they have joined the organization One Percent for the Planet.

  • Gluten Free, Peanut-Free, Vegan, Non-GMO, All Natural
  • Manufactured in Israel
  • Certified kosher, parve by the OK
  • Provides protein, fiber, essential vitamins and minerals

Try these sample recipes using Soom Foods Tehina:
Black Olive Hummus
Zucchini Baba Ganoush
Sesame Noodles, a KosherEye Signature Recipe

 

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Girl_Scout_CookiesEach year, we look forward to munching on our thin mints while we wonder about the origin of Girl Scout cookies and why they became kosher? Judging by the enterprising spirit of the Girl Scout troops we know, we assume the kosher certification was to expand sales. Quite a success story isn't it? You Go Girls!

Girl Scout Cookies began in the ovens of members with the help of their moms. The sale of cookies was a way to finance troop activities started in 1917 in Muskogee, Oklahoma. American Girl magazine, published by Girl Scout national headquarters, featured an article by Florence E. Neil, a local director in Chicago, Illinois. Miss Neil provided a cookie recipe for the council's 2,000 Girl Scouts. She estimated the approximate cost of ingredients for six- to seven-dozen cookies to be 26 to 36 cents. The cookies, she suggested, could be sold by troops for 25 or 30 cents per dozen. In the 1920s and 1930s, Girl Scouts in different parts of the country continued to bake their own simple sugar cookies with their mothers. These cookies were packaged in wax paper bags, sealed with a sticker, and sold door to door for 25 to 35 cents per dozen.

Girl Scout Cookies are now sold by the millions and are manufactured in kosher certified bakeries. Currently two commercial bakers are licensed by Girl Scouts of the USA to produce Girl Scout Cookies: ABC Bakers and Little Brownie Bakers. The cookies are for sale annually, from January through April.
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On behalf of the kosher community worldwide, we thank the Girl Scouts for this decision as we enjoy our OU-Dairy kosher Girl Scout cookies. By the way ALL flavors of Girl Scout cookies sold in the U.S. are kosher. Now, if we could only convince the Girl Scouts to deliver a bit earlier so that we didn't have to gobble these up before Pesach!

To learn more about the history and flavors of Girl Scout Cookies visit: Girlscouts.org

Meet the Cookies
Some of the current cookie flavors are: Thin Mints, (our favorite) , Samoas, Tagalongs, Trefoils, Do-si-dos, Girl Scout S'mores and Toffee Tastic. New this year: Lemon-ups.

Which is your favorite flavor? Wanna make your own? Just in case you do, we present the original recipe:  The Original Girl Scout Cookie Recipe Circa 1922

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Comfort Desserts

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Guest Columnist - Alex 'The Kosherologist' Idov

We are delighted to introduce a fellow Atlantan, with a new blog. Meet Alex 'the Kosherologist' Idov who is the man behind the blog 'Kosherology' and a regular contributing food columnist to The Five Towns Jewish Home.

Kosherology is a fun new kosher blog, which shares great recipes, cool kosher products & places, restaurant reviews, kosher/Jewish food nostalgia, and an inside look into the college classes of the Kosherologist's culinary degree. Alex is currently studying for his bachelor's degree in Culinary Sustainability (a cutting-edge culinary degree).

Visit the 'Kosherology' blog at exploretheworldofkosher.com and like the Kosherology Facebook page as well.

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Jerusalem, The Movie
Professor Jodi Magness
You'll Dig It!

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We recently had the opportunity to view the film, Jerusalem, screened at the Imax Theater located at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History in Atlanta. The experience was captivating, breathtaking and meaningful. This extraordinary film presented the multi-cultural and cherished sites of the city of Jerusalem, its history and its people. The film captures the intersection of science, history and religion in Jerusalem: a city sacred to half the people on earth; fought over more than any other place in history; conquered and destroyed, rebuilt and reinvented repeatedly for over 5,000 years. This is a family friendly film, a dazzling visual journey for older children and adults.

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Cake Boss Bakeware

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It's early 2014, and while we are inside staying warm. It's time to cook, bake, clean up and clean out. We have been spending a lot of time in our kitchens. To us, especially this year, the winter frost says "time to crank up those ovens." Hot ovens mean comfort in the kitchen - steamy casseroles, warm breads, homemade pastries, cookies and cakes. In our homes, winter is definitely baking season.

So, let's take a look at a baking guru, Buddy, the Cake Boss. For those of you that are not regular TLC cable fans, you might not know about Carlo's Bakery (Hoboken, New Jersey) and it's owner, Buddy Valastro...but he is the role model for bakeries, bakery owners and budding bakers across America. His business expertise, his talents, and his stunning, creative cake designs have become a phenomena.

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