Food & Wine

Kosher Trucks Catching Up

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

06/18/2014
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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. 

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Crust:
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
Filling:
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

From “Save The Deli” To “Enough With The Cupcakes!”

Journalist David Sax’s new book examines the wild world of food trends.

06/11/2014
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No More Schlepping

Shelsky's of Brooklyn offers a full range of fun and funky Jewish appetizing — no trip to Manhattan required.

06/08/2014
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There was a time, in the dark ages of the past, when Brooklynites craving a quality whitefish salad or a heaping plate of kippered salmon had to delay the gratification, hopping the subway or piling into the car for a too-long trip to the Lower East Side. But since 2011, all that’s changed.

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Peter Shelsky in his new Cobble Hill shop. Lauren Rothman/JW
The salmon spread. Lauren Rothman/JW
Fun sandwich options. Lauren Rothman/JW
The Great Gatsby: salmon, honey mustard, cream cheese and onion on rye.

Step Into Summer

Detox from dairy-heavy Shavuot with an unexpected salad.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

Remember the fully-loaded cheesecake I presented last week? Well some commenters weren't too happy with it, declaring it way too decadent, even for once a year. So I think they'll be happier this week, with a light summery salad celebrating the best produce has to offer - a perfect post-Shavuot detox.

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1/2 cup pine nuts
1 bunch thick asparagus
2 medium zucchini
1 teaspoon honey
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper

Quality Israeli Wines

Excellent vintages are showing up all over.

06/02/2014
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A recent visit to Israel has reaffirmed our enthusiasm for the Holy Land’s developing wine culture. New wineries seem to crop up every week, and there is a palpable sense that enjoying wine is becoming as fundamental to Israelis as their love of coffee.

While wine bars are not yet as numerous as the coffee shops, they’re certainly growing more crowded. Wine lists at restaurants are likewise ever more thoughtful, with an improving range and better alignment with chefs’ cuisine. Even wine selections in supermarkets have grown.

Courtesy of Golan Heights Winery

Cheesecake, Fully Loaded

This Shavuot, embrace all-out decadence for 48 hours.

Jewish Week Online Columnist

I try to eat fairly healthy a good chunk of the time, but cheesecake is a major weakness of mine. Though I avoid it most of the year, when it comes to Shavuot I feel fully justified in giving in.

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For the Crust:
3 cups graham cracker crumbs
10 tablespoons (1 1/4 sticks) butter, melted
For the Filling:
20 ounces (2 1/2 packages) cream cheese
1/2 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup mini peanut butter cups, roughly chopped
For the Cookie Dough:
5 tablespoons butter, softened
1/3 cup light brown sugar
3 tablespoons sugar
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon vanilla
3/4 cup flour
1/2 cup mini chocolate chips
Chocolate ganache, for serving (optional)

Breaking Records In Tel Aviv

World's largest Shabbat dinner to take place in the White City next month.

05/29/2014
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Courtesy of Nefesh B'Nefesh

On the evening of Friday, June 13th, a diverse group of Jews will gather together at sunset to break bread and celebrate Shabbat. There will be baked chicken, fluffy rice, and steaming-hot potatoes, as well as elegantly braided challahs and plenty of wine.

High-Tech Mevushal Wine

A flash-heat technology preserves grape flavor.

05/27/2014
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One trend that’s on an uptick in the world of kosher wines released on the US market is “mevushal,” or “cooked,” wines. These are wines that have been thermally processed in accordance with religious strictures so as to inoculate the wine from being rendered not-kosher by the handling of non-Jew or a non-Sabbath observant Jew.

Courtesy of Wally Wine

Go Beyond Plain Old Vanilla

For this Shavuot, try an avant-garde ice cream flavor: fig with orange and rosemary.

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Ronnie Fein/JW

Can you guess America’s favorite ice cream flavor?

If you said vanilla, you’re right—by a large margin. Vanilla’s runner-ups, according to the International Ice Cream Association and the International Dairy Foods Association, are chocolate and butter pecan.

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Ingredients: 
4 ounces chopped dried figs
1 tablespoon honey
2/3 cup orange juice
3 cups half and half or light cream
½ cup sugar
3 large egg yolks
1/8 teaspoon salt
2 teaspoons orange zest
1 sprig fresh rosemary
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