Wonder Bread, that squishy, snowy miracle of engineering both gastronomic and financial – the company that originally made it, Hostess, recently emerged from bankruptcy and sold the brand to another company – is getting kosher certification in the New York area by no less an authority than the Orthodox Union, according to a bulletin from the agency.
Kosher barbecue competitions started and first proliferated below the Mason-Dixon Line, but recently, Yankees are starting to hone in on the action – there’s a festival on Long Island, and a new one will launch in New Jersey next year.
For kosher carnivores, news of the world’s first “test-tube burger” prompted daydreams of forbidden fare. Think sizzling strips of kosher bacon grown from the cells of a pig, or a kosher, all-beef slider topped with melted cheese.
Israeli tech start-ups are known for creating new efficiencies. Think GetTaxi, a taxi-finding service, and Waze, the Israeli navigation app which recently sold to Google for over a billion dollars. EatWith, the newest young, web-based Israeli company to come to New York, likewise uses the Internet to make connections, but its mission is more to slow things down than speed them up.
It’s the newest pastry craze sweeping the U.S.: the not-so-appetizingly named cronut. And recently the first cronut — a flaky/chewy cross between a croissant and a doughnut — made landfall in Israel, becoming the first kosher-certified cronut available in the world.
It seems like everywhere you look in the food world these days, chefs and diners alike have the same buzzword on their tongues: umami. Known as the “fifth taste”—in addition to bitter, sour, salty and sweet, that is — umami (a Japanese portmanteau of the words “delicious” and “taste”) refers to that rich, savory flavor we taste in foods like cured meats and cheeses, mushrooms, ripe tomatoes, and in fermented products such as soy sauce and sauerkraut.
It’s summer, and it’s time for a kitchen make-under. Why sweat for hours over the stovetop when you could be done in a few minutes and enjoy your food outside?
For example: now is the time to experiment with chilled one-course meals, like pasta salads. Add vegetables and some type of protein, and you’re good to go. Enjoy on a bench in a shady spot right by your office, or pack them into the trunk and head to the beach. They keep well in the refrigerator for days, and always taste more grown-up than a simple sandwich.