Big news in the Jewish food world! Ben and Jerry’s is finally making non-dairy ice cream. They announced four wonderfully rich and indulgent flavors today. If you thought that news couldn’t get sweeter, they also announced via Twitter that this new line will be marked Kosher-DE (manufactured with Dairy Equipment).
You’re not just imagining it–Jewish food is really popular right now. And this trend will only grow, according to the world’s top restaurant consultants, Baum + Whiteman, in their annual 11 Hottest Food & Beverage Dining Trends report. “There’s a resurgence of Jew-ish food,” they say.
Dafina is an iconic slow-cooked Moroccan stew served especially on Shabbat. It has a long history and no two are the same. For centuries, Jewish women around the world have prepared some kind of similar dish each week, usually prepping the ingredients Friday to be served for lunch the next day. Although recent generations have immigrated around the globe to different countries, the tradition of this classic dish has prevailed and is close to each family’s heart.
If you are anything like me, you have no idea who is playing in the Super Bowl. Yet again. But you probably have a good idea what you are going to be making for the party, right?
My general approach to cooking kosher and vegetarian food is to focus on celebrating what is not restricted, as opposed to attempting to make a “fake” version of something. Veggie burgers, for example, often get this wrong. Don’t try to convince me I’m eating beef if what is on my burger bun is vegetarian. Rather, let the legumes and vegetables that came together to make this patty shine! Distract me from what is not really there by showing me what is, in all its glory.
Sweet dairy noodle kugel is a quintessential Jewish-American comfort food, and many families often have their own beloved recipe.
You know that old bumper sticker, “My bubbie’s kugel can beat up your bubbie’s kugel”? (The one in the minivan of my mind?) Well, it really shows how beloved and intensely devoted people are to their family’s kugel recipes.
A few years ago, before binge watching had really caught on, my husband and I heard of a new show called Homeland. The season had just finished airing, but was On Demand in its totality. It was smack in the middle of winter, and we had my in-laws’ vacation home entirely to ourselves. With wine and snacks in hand, we settled in for the weekend by a roaring fire to happily devour the entire season.
Much as every culture showcases their individual form of the dumpling (um, matzh balls) arroz con pollo, or chicken and rice, is a dish for which every Latin country has it’s own unique spin.
Navigating a butcher shop can be super intimidating, even for an experienced home cook. And it doesn’t help that the names of different cuts of meat can vary widely regionally or even from shop to shop along the same street, particularly in the kosher meat world.