web analytics
October 25, 2014 / 1 Heshvan, 5775
At a Glance
Sections
Sponsored Post
Meir Panim with Soldiers 5774 Roundup: Year of Relief and Service for Israel’s Needy

Meir Panim implements programs that serve Israel’s neediest populations with respect and dignity. Meir Panim also coordinated care packages for families in the South during the Gaza War.



The Sights, Sounds And Smells Of Kosherfest 2006

         Two of the most interesting and exhausting days of the year come every November when representatives of every facet of the kosher food industry gather at Kosherfest. The brainchild of Menachem Lubinsky and his staff, Kosherfest has become the place to see and be seen since 1987.
 
         For those whom kosher food is an integral part of daily life, this is a crucial show to attend. For two days, I had the opportunity to visit dozens of booths and speak with over 100 people in the kosher food industry. Over the next few weeks, I hope to share with you some of what I heard and tasted.
 

Quality Frozen Foods

 

         I had a chance to spend a half-hour at their booth and got the scoop on some wonderful new products that they are distributing. Coming soon under the Nicci Beverage label are five powdered mixes – brazilian hazelnut (sure to be a favorite in my house), French vanilla mocha, Swiss chocolate, fruit crush (100% fat-free) and cappuccino. For these mixes, you basically add water or hot milk and a treat awaits your taste buds.
 
         In you local kosher market, you can find Meged puddings, which are nondairy (soy) and come in vanilla and chocolate. Also under that label will be a parve ice coffee drink.
 
         Coming soon from Samolux is a 12-pack of pareve smoked salmon pinwheels. These great tasting, adorable looking hors d’oeuvres pop right out of the package and makes entertaining simple and easy.
 
 
         Healthy, organic and great tasting, the Everything Spelt Company has a pan crust pizza that is truly yum. Ungar’s has two great new products out – a pas Yisrael garlic bread and a bakery-style cinnamon stick that comes pre-cooked with an icing pack.
 
         Can life get better than this?
 
         Yes. One company produced many of the candy products that you would find in your local kosher grocery. However they decided not to renew their hashgacha. The very resourceful Gitel at Quality tracked down a new company, Bubble King, and is now exclusively distributing their amazing line of assorted candies. Keep your eyes open for sour balls and bubble gums under their label.
 
         Zoglo’s now has mini cocktail franks that are pareve – great for that non-meat party or get-together. Additionally, Florida’s Natural has new roll-up like Flips.
 
         Last but not least, Snack Delite Marshmallow Bars now come in rainbow- and chocolate-covered. For those of you not familiar with this product, you don’t know what you are missing. These bars, in all their flavors, combine two childhood favorites, Rice Krispies and marshmallows. And best of all they are peanut-free. You can buy them individually-wrapped or in packs of six and all can be found in your local kosher grocery or supermarket. Coming soon – amazing shelf-stable soups and cholent.
 
         We all know the importance of maintaining a healthy diet. Low-fat and low-carb may be the way to go, but none of us are interested in cutting back on taste. Many of the booths we stopped at featured products that are healthy for your body and a treat for your taste buds. Dr. Praeger’s, a favorite in our home, highlighted the veggie chicken nuggets and their line of veggie burgers. These products are great for an easy snack or light dinner. At Glenny’s, we took a look at their new 100-calorie bars called Slim-1. These bars come in interesting combinations like double fudge with green tea and peanut butter caramel with hoodia. They are made with whole grains and contain nine vitamins and minerals.
 
 
         We visited the Z Sweet booth (which was in the Expo Comida Latina section) where they were distributing samples of an all natural zero calorie sweetener. We tried some on a piece of fruit and were very pleased. With many artificial sweeteners, there is a distinct aftertaste. But this one had none and the sweetness only enhanced the food.  (They also gave out a great cheesecake recipe, which can be found below.)  Kikkoman (at the All Asia Food section) featured their line of organic soymilk in four flavors: original, creamy vanilla, green tea and tropical delight.
 

Strawberry Cheeze Cake

 
Servings: 4
Serving Size: 1 piece graham/2ounces topping
 

Ingredients

2 teaspoons z sweet®

4 ounces ricotta cheese – part skim milk

4 ounces whipped cream cheese

1 graham cracker sheet

4 small strawberries
 

Method

- In a food processor bowl combine Z Sweet®, ricotta cheese and whipped

cream.

- Cover and blend or process until smooth.

- Cover and refrigerate until chilled.

- To serve, cut the graham cracker sheet into 4 pieces at the seam.

- Top each piece with the CheeZe mixture.

- Garnish with a strawberry.

 

 

 

Nutritional Guide

Per serving

Calories 151.2

Fat (g) 9.0

Saturated 5.0

Unsaturated 4.0

Protein (g) 6.4

Carbohydrates (g) 14.3

Fiber (g) 1 3.5

Cholesterol (mg) 29
 
 
         Our old friends at Dr. B’s have exciting news to share. They have opened a gourmet and caf? on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn, where their world-famous cheesecakes have a wonderful new package. Also, they have some new food items: cheesy quiche in mushroom crust, a lite baked ziti and a potato lasagna. Gryfe’s Kosher Bakery has a wonderful whole grain muffin line that includes pomegranate bran and fruit, flax and fiber. But what I enjoyed most at their booth (I went back at least twice) was the whole grain pizza. Pareve soy ice cream; are you scared to try? Well, honestly, the Temptations brand is just that – tempting! I tried the Mint Chocolate Chip and it was great. It had just the right combination of flavors – mostly organic ingredients, zero cholesterol and zero trans fat. It is healthy and has a great taste. How can you turn that down?
 

 
         But the best news in eating healthy was the EnLITEned Kosher Cooking cookbook on display at Feldheim. This cookbook has taken the country by storm and one glance will tell you why – great recipes (I tried a bunch of them for Sukkos and each one was great), fantastic nutritional information and pictures that just leap off the page.
 
         There were a number of booths featuring cheeses, but the one that stood out most in my mind was Anderson International. Under the Brigitte line were two outstanding cheeses we tried. First was the silky sliced feta, which is to be bought not just for the taste, but also for its easy use. Have you ever tried to slice feta into nice looking slices and not chunks? Not easy. It always comes out messy; now it doesn’t have to. The second was their Brie with pecans. Now I am not an expert on Brie, but this was wonderful, soft and smooth, with a pleasant hint of pecan flavor and not too cheesy tasting. This would be great cheese to serve at a wine and cheese gathering or with some fruit. Both items and many of the others they carry are chalav Yisrael.
 

         That’s all for now. Coming next week: R.A.B. Foods (including a sit-down with Susie Fishbein), Sabra, Empire and much more.

About the Author: Magazine Editor, The Jewish Press


If you don't see your comment after publishing it, refresh the page.

Our comments section is intended for meaningful responses and debates in a civilized manner. We ask that you respect the fact that we are a religious Jewish website and avoid inappropriate language at all cost.

If you promote any foreign religions, gods or messiahs, lies about Israel, anti-Semitism, or advocate violence (except against terrorists), your permission to comment may be revoked.

No Responses to “The Sights, Sounds And Smells Of Kosherfest 2006”

Comments are closed.

SocialTwist Tell-a-Friend

Current Top Story
Do you know where your vegetables grow?
Not So Kosher Shemittah L’Mehadrin
Latest Sections Stories
Nimchinsky-102414-Flag

This past summer was a powerful one for the Jewish people. I will always remember where I was on June 12th when I found out that Gilad, Eyal and Naftali were kidnapped. I will always remember the look on my sister’s face on June 30th when she told me that they were found. I will […]

Schonfeld-logo1

Avromi often put other people’s interests before his own: he would not defend people whom he believed were guilty (even if they were willing to pay him a lot of money).

Kupfer-102414

The Presbyterian Church USA voted to divest from three companies that do business with Israel.

How can I help my wife learn to say “no,” and understand that her first priority must be her husband and family?

My eyes skimmed an article on page 1A. I was flabbergasted. I read the title again. Could it be? It had good news for the Miami Jewish community.

Students in early childhood, elementary, and middle school were treated to an array of hands-on projects to create sukkah decorations such as wind chimes, velvet posters, sand art, paper chains, and more.

It is important for a therapist to focus on a person’s strengths as a way of overcoming his or her difficulties.

Sadly, there are mothers who, due to severe depression are unable or unwilling to prepare nourishing food for their children.

Michal had never been away from home. And now, she was going so far away, for so long – an entire year!

Though if you do have a schach mat, you’ll realize that it cannot actually support the weight of the water.

More Articles from Chumi Friedman
Winter-112213-Secrets

August 1937, Cheyenne Wyoming – Sally Levin, an Orthodox Jewish teenager has been diagnosed with Schizophrenia and her family is preparing to institutionalize her.

The first few post-Pesach days are filled with the hurried rush to consume as much “chometz” as possible – and then the weight concerns begin. For some, the gut reaction (pun intended) is to stop eating – never a good idea. We all know that the best way to lose those extra pounds is by focusing on eating healthy.

WORLD CHEESE COMPANY AND MILLER’S CHEESE CORP. IN VOLUNTARY RECALL OF SHREDDED CHEESE DESPITE TESTING NEGATIVE   World Cheese Company, producer of Haolam cholov yisrael cheese products, and Miller’s Cheese Corp. have issued a voluntary recall on a limited amount of shredded cheese packaged in a Wisconsin plant.   The Voluntary Recall was requested by the […]

Is there a more perfect way to end your day then with a bowl of soup?  They soup is comfort food – even during the summer months.  So, how about sharing soup with a group of friends? That’s the idea behind a “soup soiree”.  Click here for recipes and tips. Visiting Chicago or want to send […]

For those of you looking for a great place to eat in New Jersey, look no further than Fumio, a steak and sushi house in Livingston. From all I have read they have a great selection of meat and fish dishes, plus great desserts. They are under the supervision of the Vaad Harabonim of MetroWest.

Ever wonder if baking fortune cookies is halchically permitted?  I never thought about it, but really how do you know if the ink is kosher?  Well, according to HaRav Aviner, it is okay. The Kosher Chef blog has a recipe for low-fat blueberry cobbler that sounds good enough to make us cheat on our diets, while […]

   If you love cheese, take a look at this deal on Parmigiano-Regginao cheese from igourmet.  This one-pound block is made in Italy and kosher for Pesach and all year round.        The green edition of the Kosher Cooking Carnival can be found by clicking here.     Add raisins to the list of foods that have become problematic.  According to […]

Printed from: http://www.jewishpress.com/sections/food/kashrut-scene/the-sights-sounds-and-smells-of-kosherfest-2006/2006/11/22/

Scan this QR code to visit this page online: