In Praise Of Merlot Wine

Like Cinderella, wines based on the Merlot grape have too often been forced by their older and better- established sisters to sit in a corner, just a bit ashamed to make a public appearance.

A Great Salad

An exquisitely set table with fine china, dazzling stemware and beautiful flowers - we create perfect settings for the perfect meal.

Slim Down for Summer

We are back to that time of year again. The winter clothes are going to the back of our closets and the summer clothes are starting to come out. This is the time to make changes, so we will be prepared for summer.

Great Soup

In the Northeast we have been experiencing one of the coldest winters on record, with temperatures regularly below freezing, and periods of snow, ice and heavy winds.

Tzimmes As A Main Dish

I decided to twist things up a bit and turn tzimmes into a satisfying main dish.

The Sauciest Meal

Half the fun of cooking, I have found, is coming up with my own recipes.

Kosher Tidbits from Around the Web – March 4, 2009

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.

Masbia Soup Kitchen Passover Food Distribution Network

Masbia Soup Kitchen Network to provide 18,000 meals this Passover season. Volunteer!

Why Soy?

"Whole soybeans," was the answer. "They have all the advantages of soy without being processed with hexane," she added.

A Cozy Respite On Coney Island Ave.

Curious as to whether Sophie’s Bistro is able to host events like a sheva berachot or a pidyon haben, I asked about party rooms. Amar answered with a broad smile and a display of Sophie’s party room, which is at once spacious and intimately elegant.

Who’s Ready For A Delicious Chanukah?

The menorahs are polished, the dreidels are ready to make their annual appearance and donuts and latkes seem to be just about everywhere. Yup,...

A Sweet New Year

Rosh Hashanah and the ensuing Sukkos holiday season are nearly upon us, and if you are a busy person but still like to serve nice meals, then you are surely thinking about how and what to cook. Below, you will find some great recipes that can be prepared in advance and then frozen. This way you can concentrate on yom tov itself and enjoy time with your family.

Clever And Flavorful

One of the best perks of writing about restaurants is that we often have the opportunity to taste a broad sampling of menu items and the chef at Brasserie Halevi kept up a steady stream of food to our table.

One – Skillet Suppers

The all-purpose stovetop to oven skillet is a kitchen essential. Mine works overtime and never lets me down. My skillet and a pair of tongs turn out delicious dinners for my family. Here are three special skillet suppers:

Kosher Food And Wine Experience

Kosher wines have improved greatly in the last 20 years. Much of the credit can be given to the Golan Heights winery in Israel, which ignited the quality wine revolution when they released their first wines in 1983. Stateside, however, it has been the Herzog family and their Royal Wine Corporation that has introduced U.S.-based kosher consumers to premium wines.

Chanukah

I can’t really help with candles and gifts, but fried goodies are my specialty.

Vegan Black Tahini Truffles

The nuttiness of the sesame adds a lot of depth to the dates and chocolate coating.

Wine Survival Guide for 3 Day Yom Tov

Practical tips from an Israeli wine expert on how to serve wine over the holidays without wasting money on wine that won't be used.

Blogger Spotlight: The Happy Healthy Hippie

I love meeting fellow food bloggers. Valerie White is the author of The Happy Healthy Hippie and just might convince me to try granola. We all know I have a sweet tooth but after all the carbs and calories I have been consuming over the holidays, I am ready for a healthy fix! Below are just a few of her recipes, all tasty and light. To view more of her recipes, check out thehappyhealthyhippie.com

Fabulous Fare From Under The Sea And Beyond

In the few short months since its opening, Pescada has made a name for itself and the restaurant was full, with a nice mix of people on the Monday night that we were there.

Adventures In Sourdough

In theory, it all made sense. But would it really work in practice?

Chanukah Cooking: Sweet Potato Latke

A sweet potato isn't really a potato, but for Chanukah it's all about the oil.

A Purim-Themed Fairytale

The children miraculously and unanimously agreed to wear pajamas as their costumes this Purim!

Rule The Kitchen!

Ever since I got my copy of Quick & Kosher, Jamie Geller's first cookbook, I've been hoping for a sequel. And after meeting this adorable, down-to-earth powerhouse (and interviewing her for the Jewish Press) back in 2007-she was working on new recipes even as she was out promoting that debut volume-I was even more eager to see what else she would have in store. Three years in the making, Quick & Kosher: Meals in Minutes hits stores this month.

Roast Duckling ? l’Orange

Roast duck      Preheat oven to 375

Tzimmes Chicken

Come Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot, there are extra guests for dinner; I am always looking for a tasty family meal that everyone will enjoy.

How Sweet It Is!

Unfortunately, sweet kosher wines have the reputation of being inferior, simple table quaffers that lack any complexity and appeal for the fine wine drinkers.

Pesach – Let My People Cook!

Pesach. Ahhh. All that scrubbing, all that shopping, and most of all, all that cooking! How is it possible to keep Pesach costs to a minimum, while still maintaining a wide variety of foods that are both tasty and attractive? And how is it possible to keep Pesach cooking (relatively!) healthy, delicious, and even matzo meal and gluten free?

Instant Countertop Cooking

For those of you who have never cooked in a pressure cooker, it helps to back up a little and understand why they work as well as they do.

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