Start Your Ovens!

121313_start-your-ovens

The iconic Pillsbury Bake-Off Contest keeps going strong. I attended this year’s event at the stunning new Aria Hotel in Las Vegas. This truly American competition started in 1949: No-knead water-rising twists (a nut sweet roll raised under water) won the grand prize, and Eleanor Roosevelt attended as a guest. The contest keeps evolving to… Read More

Raising a Thanksgiving Toast this Chanukah

111513_Raising-a-Thanksgiving-Toast-this-Chanukah_sm

This Chanukah will offer a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to make a Thanksgiving toast to the lights of the festive candles. With the table decked with rich and decadent fare, these wines will make the perfect accompaniment to the Thanksgiving turkey (and Chanukah latke). Gilgal Pinot Noir 2011 The elegant and complex flavors in a Pinot Noir… Read More

Thanksgivukkah

111513_thanksgivukah_lg

It hasn’t happened since 1888, and it won’t happen again until 2070 and 2165. After that, it will be 70,000 years until it happens again. So grab your dreidels, latkes and gravy boats, because this year Thanksgiving and Chanukah collide. Yes, the first day of Chanukah falls on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28. Time magazine calls… Read More

Kosherfest And More

110813_kosherfest-and-more_sm

This year, the annual Kosherfest celebrated its 25th anniversary. A lackluster economy may be the reason that the 2013 event seemed scaled down. However, there was no lack of enthusiasm by the many attendees, who scoured the aisles for delicious products to sample. Each year, there are competitions for the best in show in many… Read More

Dancing With Chickens In 10 Easy Steps

101113_food_sm

What’s Shabbat without chicken? What’s any day without chicken? With meat and fish prices soaring, chicken is still your best bet for nutritious and economical meals. But it’s easy to get stuck in a chicken rut. Here are some ways to shake up your routine and add new culinary steps to your chicken dance. If… Read More

Novel Flavors

082313_novel_flavors_sm

Each Jewish New Year, as we greet each other with a joyous shannah tovah, I add a happy birthday for myself. Being born on Rosh Hashanah, a holiday with a tradition of tasting new food, as well as being the owner of The Classic Catering People, I relish in the discovery of novel flavors. Rosh… Read More

Never Too Early …

080913_never_too_early_sm

It’s not too early to start planning for the High Holidays — or to think about Chanukah. Yes, I said Chanukah. This year, Chanukah is so early, it falls on Thanksgiving Day. This calendar event will not happen again in our lifetime. So, after a summer of warm weather, vacations and staycations, it’ s time… Read More

Farm Fresh

071213_farm_fresh_sm

The Maryland foodie’s hallmarks of summer used to be a proliferation of snowball stands, then tomato stands, then stands for silver queen corn. In the past few years, the demand for healthy, organic and local food has popularized a new culinary staple of summer in our state: the farmers’ market. It starts right now and… Read More

Simply Delicious

071213_simply_delicious_sm

Move over hamburgers. Out of the way, hot dogs. There is something new to bite into — and it has nothing to do with meat. Jennifer Polt, a stay-at-home mom who recently turned vegan, this summer debuted Sound Bites crackers and granola. Selling the product at the Towson farmers’ market on Allegheny Avenue from 10:45… Read More

OU Kosher Presents: Top Consumer Questions Received For The Summer

OU Kosher presents frequently asked questions to-date on the OU Kosher Hotline (212-613-8241) by consumers received for the summer. Questions may also be submitted to kosherq@ou.org. These questions are answered by Rabbi Benjamin Geiger, the voice of OU Kosher’s Consumer Hotline; the OU’s Webbe Rebbe; and Rabbi Eli Eleff, rabbinic coordinator and consumer relations administrator…. Read More