The babirusa is a cousin to the pig and lives in the islands around Indonesia. It seems there was some discussion as to whether or not it could be kosher – it has split hooves. However, it doesn’t meet the other kosher siman of chewing its cud, so it doesn’t make the list of meats you will find in your kosher butcher. Hat tip here to Ugly Overload.
Also in the news is the Turning Stone and Casino, which has recently opened a kosher kitchen under the supervision of Rabbi Yaakov Rapoport, Chabad of Syracuse. With one of the largest convention centers in the Northeast, its kosher kitchen will now make it a perfect venue for weddings, dinners and more.
The folks at JTN Productions have announced that one of the programming channels to be available at JewishTVNetwork will be a cooking channel. Users will be able to follow great American chefs, including Jeff Nathan and Bradley Ogden, as they produce great kosher recipes.