Food & Wine

A ‘Sideways’ View Of American Pinot Noir

A decade after the Paul Giamatti film helped catapult the varietal, a sampling of five kosher versions good for the Thanksgiving table.

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Ten years ago last month, Fox Searchlight Pictures released an art house film that almost overnight became a blockbuster success (grossing $110 million, in ticket sales). The film, “Sideways,” is the story of two middle-aged men on a stag weekend in California wine country.

Jewish Soul Food, Pumpkin Added

In honor of Thanksgiving, we tweak the knish.

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This is the next installment in our series The Remix, in which we seek to gently rework the more challenging dishes in the Jewish culinary canon. With a little bit of love, we’re convinced we can make any Jewish dish delicious, even ones that seem a bit bizarre to the modern palate.

A pumpkin-spiced dough and a homemade cranberry mustard sauce. Amy Kritzer/JW

When Life Hands You An Etrog, Make Etrog Cake

When you're done shaking your etrog, use it to make cake.


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Find this among other scrumptious recipes in The New Jewish Table (St. Martin's Press), by husband-and-wife team Todd Gray and Ellen Kassoff Gray of Washington D.C.'s Equinox restaurant. Billed as a book of "modern seasonal recipes for traditional dishes," The New Jewish Table also offers delights like Pickled Herring Fillets in Citrus Dill Creme Fraiche, Not Exactly Aunt Lil's Matzo Ball Soup and Rye Bread Salad with Cucumber and Asparagus.

2 etrogs (or 2 lemons)
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed etrog or lemon juice
1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
2 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), softened
1 3/4 cup sugar
3 large eggs
1 1/4 cups freshly squeezed orange juice (3 to 4 juice oranges)
3 tablespoons Grand Marnier
Orange and blood orange segments for garnish (optional)

New Wines, Outside

Toast the harvest holiday of Sukkot with flair by laying in a stock of these new kosher wines.

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With festive eating aplenty in the offing, including as many as 22 square meals in the sukkah, what more opportune time to explore some of the new wines hitting the kosher market?

Psagot Edom 2011

A Second Temple period wine press inspires a winemaker.

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Given the importance of wine in ancient times, it is not surprising that the writing on a clay jug fragment found in Jerusalem dating from the time of King Solomon is actually part of a wine label. University of Haifa Professor Gershon Galil believes the inscription indicated the vintage and appellation as well as quality of the wine contained within.

Psagot Edom 2011. Courtesy of Joshua E. London and Lou Marmon

The Lighter Side

A veggie-filled frittata is perfect at any summertime meal.

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There are days that you want to sit down to a steak and potatoes, and days you want a little bit of a lighter meal. Enter the frittata. Traditionally a breakfast food, I've been known to eat it for lunch or dinner. Throwing in a variety of roasted vegetables keeps it interesting and colorful.

1 red bell pepper
1 medium carrot
1 medium zucchini
1 tablespoon canola oil
4 eggs
1/3 cup milk
Salt and pepper
Optional: grated parmesan cheese

Top Ten: Your Summertime Shabbat Guide

From cold soups to stone fruit, a roundup of the season's yummy, speedy and easy.

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It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy. Read: “Get me out of the kitchen quickly.”

4 salmon fillets or steaks, about 6 ounces each, about 1 1/4 inches thick
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 teaspoons finely grated fresh lemon peel
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
2 tablespoons crushed pistachios

Celebrate Burgundy

Drink an Israeli Chardonnay to toast Burgundy's UNESCO nod.

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Led by the owners of two of the region’s most renowned vineyards, France’s Burgundy region has applied to become a recognized UNESCO World Heritage Site. A principal aspect of their application is their long history of winemaking, which dates to the Middles Ages. Beginning in the year 910, monks classified, subdivided and named their vineyards depending upon the quality and character of the grapes and resulting wines.

Domaine du Castel “C” Chardonnay 2012

Kosher Trucks Catching Up

'Sandwich Factory,' serving schwarma, brings fleet to five.

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A new kosher food truck has joined the small fleet of five similarly-certified mobile restaurants roaming the streets of New York.

The Sandwich Factory is NYC's newest kosher food truck. Courtesy of Great Kosher Restaurants Magazine

Cherry Season Has Arrived!

Celebrate the beloved stone fruit with this delicious pie.

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The day is near, the day is here: It's cherry season! While some fruits are better in the summer months, but you can get them all year long (think strawberries, raspberries), cherries are only around on the shelves for a few short months! That's why I get excited every year when I spot them. That and because they're delicious. 

2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
3 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
6 tablespoons shortening, cubed and frozen
10 tablespoons butter or margarine, diced and frozen
4 to 6 tablespoons ice water
About 2 cups cherries, pitted and quartered
2 cups blueberries, rinsed and patted dry
1/3 cup sugar
3 tablespoons cornstarch
1 egg white
Turbinado sugar
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