The Nosh Pit: Chunky Mushroom Barley Soup

It was a frigid February, and I figured a hearty bowl of soup would be perfect for my small gathering

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The first time I ever made this soup was in a tiny Manhattan apartment for an improvised Super Bowl party - the kind where you mute the game and avidly watch the commercials.

It was a frigid February, and I figured a hearty bowl of soup would be perfect for my small gathering.

But as I hunted around my closet-sized kitchen, I realized I had no saucepan even close to big enough for this recipe. I was disheartened, until I spied my crockpot in a closet. Suddenly, all was well again with the world.

Chunky Mushroom Barley Soup. Photo Credit: Amy Spiro

From The Nosh Pit

A zucchini galette with carmelized onions evokes summer.

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As the weather is beginning to cool I'm desperately trying to hold on to the last vestiges of summer. I know that before long I'll be stepping in slush puddles at the curb, wearing four pairs of socks and pulling my gloves on and off every time I get an e-mail.

So in an effort to delay that as long as possible, I'm still cooking with summer ingredients, like in this Zucchini Galette. Galette is a fancy (and French) word for a free-form tart, and you can make them savory or sweet - filled with apples, berries - even chocolate - or tomatoes, cheese and squash.

Zucchini Galette with Caramelized Onions. Photo Credit: Amy Spiro

Moving out to the Sukkah – A Reflection on Ethical Consumption

Special to the Jewish Week

Each fall after the High Holidays have passed, the Jewish people move from comfortable homes into impermanent huts in backyards, driveways and on balconies for the festival of Sukkot. By eating and living in these fragile shelters, we train ourselves to temporarily subordinate our gashmiut (materialism) to the value of ruchaniut (spirituality).

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Intermarrieds Cooking Up Trouble

A few years ago, when I wrote an article for The Wall Street Journal about increasing numbers of gentile moms raising Jewish kids, I was amused by the editor’s headline choice: “But Will The Chicken Soup Taste As Good?”

In fact, a sizable number of non-Jewish men and women who have married into the Tribe are taking on the responsibility of cooking the family’s chicken soup, along with other traditional Jewish dishes.

A Farm-To-Synagogue Shidduch

Special to the Jewish Week

Like many setups, this one started with some Jewish mothers.

Brooke Saias, who was working for Hazon, the Jewish environmental organization, thought it would be a good idea to bring a CSA (community-supported agriculture project), to the synagogue community where she had been raised, Congregation Sons of Israel in Briarcliff Manor.

“When she came back this past winter, we talked to the rabbi, who was very interested,” said Sharon Saias. “He’s very interested in sustainability, and he championed this.”

Brooke Saias and Jonathan Kirschner: The greening of a Briarcliff Manor synagogue.

Kosher Couscous: Or, How Paris Got Its Jews Back

The publishing trend of telling history through food may be approaching its end. In any event, Mark Kurlansky pretty much has the genre cornered, telling history through oysters, cod and salt.

Kosher Waffles On Wheels

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If you’ve had enough of kosher Chinese food or shwarma, there’s a new option for lunch: waffles. 

A new food truck, Quick Stop Kosher, is traveling around Manhattan offering kosher-certified sandwiches, omelets, sushi, blintzes and waffles. This week the truck is parked on 33rd Street and Ninth Avenue, outside the Jewish-owned B&H Photo. 

Kosher to go: A new waffle truck joins the growing food truck trend.

Apps for Torah Study & Grace After Meals

As the Apple iPhone has become even more popular and an increasing number of Apple fans have picked up the iPad, there has been a wave of new applications created for these devices. Some are good and useful, while others... well, let's just say I'm not going to take the time to write a bad review.

Rabbi Eli Garfinkel, now calling himself "The App-ter Rebbe," has announced the publication of a new commentary on the Torah for Apple’s iOS devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad.

Torah Commentary On the Go

There's a Kosher App for That

As someone who not only keeps kosher, but also works as a mashgiach (kosher supervisor), I often find myself away from the computer and searching for kosher food options. There are two good iPhone apps that help users locate the closest kosher options, whether it's a box of cereal or an Italian restaurant you're looking for .

RustyBrick's kosher app links to the largest kosher database on the web at the Shamash site. With over 2,000 restaurants in the database, the Jewish Kosher App for the iPhone or iPod Touch looks up the nearest kosher place to eat from your current location, using the iPhone's GPS features. (If GPS or localization isn't on or available, a location or name can be typed in.) Additionally, a kosher symbols database is available to quickly look up what kosher symbols are backed by which organizations or rabbi. As a bonus feature, all of the food blessings and prayers in Hebrew are included in this app so one can give proper thanks before and following the meal.

Another new iPhone app to help the kosher eater locate food is called My Grocery Master. It allows users to browse and search a database of over 100,000 Kosher, gluten-free and lactose-free items across the United States, meeting the user’s lifestyle and dietary requirements. Created by Nosh Maven LLC, My Grocery Master enables people following kosher diets to find acceptable food near their location.


New Apps Locate Kosher Fare

Power to the Pita

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The prospect of Greenwich Village’s best falafel enticed more than 120 hungry New Yorkers onto the cold streets late last month.

A “falafel crawl,” — which hit five kosher and non-kosher establishments in close proximity — was the latest adventure of NYC Food crawls, a group that began last October, with a dumpling crawl around Chinatown.

Mamoun’s Falafel on MacDougal Street received the most votes for taste and value on the Greenwich Village falafel crawl.
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