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This blog is set up to explain how people can cook Kosher without having to do the same old dishes night after night. Experimenting with different food styles and ingredients, this blog will be updates with recipes, new cooking techniques, and my own views on the food industry.

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11 Comments

  1. Maria Gatti replied:

    Hello! Good site.

    When I was a little girl, I had a serious milk allergy, so my mum, on advice of Jewish friends, sought out kosher products, as they took food labelling seriously.

    I’m just wondering, after your rice noodle entry, about “products that aren’t marked kosher but should be”. In particular, a product imported from Belgium called Belsoy (brand name) creamy soya preparation for cooking – organic. In Europe, this product is known as Provamel soya cuisine. It contains nothing that violates kosher laws, or halal ones for that matter.

    There are many such products – I’m thinking in particular of people like me who have food allergies and already are restricted in what they can eat.

    Since I can eat goat cheese, I’m happy to point out that Skotidakis goat ricotta, produced on a farm between Ottawa and Montréal, is certified kosher.

  2. Ya'aqov Ben-Yehudah replied:

    B”H Not sure if/when this will get to you. I did not submit my Zucchini post twice. Perhaps someone submited it, though I do not know why. My apologies. As this is my work only e-mail address. Thanks. BTW, I was born and raised in San Diego. In which neighborhood do you live?

  3. avrohom adler replied:

    Shalom,

    I was wondering if you would link to my Daf Yomi site please?

    Thanks a lot

    Avrohom Adler

    http://dafnotes.blogspot.com//

  4. Dana Ginsburg replied:

    Please check out a new kosher cookbook for sale at http://www.kehotonline.com.

    http://store.kehotonline.com/index.php?stocknumber=EWO-MEAL

    With 350 recipes, Meals and Memories: A Collection of Recipes Old and New is a fantastic collection containing a wide variety of cuisine, from traditional Jewish recipes to Italian, Mexican, Indian, Asian, and American sources. Recipes include the contributor’s name, thus enabling you to find the recipes of family and friends. In addition, each book contains its own small easel stand that will allow it to sit open on the counter while you have hands-free recipe viewing during preparation.

  5. Robert replied:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/pages/live/articles/news/news.html?in_article_id=440302&in_page_id=1770&ico=Homepage&icl=TabModule&icc=NEWS&ct=5

    The rice with human genes
    By SEAN POULTER – More by this author » Last updated at 08:57am on 6th March 2007

    The first GM food crop containing human genes is set to be approved for commercial production.
    The laboratory-created rice produces some of the human proteins found in breast milk and saliva.
    Its U.S. developers say they could be used to treat children with diarrhoea, a major killer in the Third World.
    The rice is a major step in so-called Frankenstein Foods, the first mingling of human-origin genes and those from plants. But the U.S. Department of Agriculture has already signalled it plans to allow commercial cultivation.
    The rice’s producers, California-based Ventria Bioscience, have been given preliminary approval to grow it on more than 3,000 acres in Kansas. The company plans to harvest the proteins and use them in drinks, desserts, yoghurts and muesli bars.
    The news provoked horror among GM critics and consumer groups on both sides of the Atlantic.
    GeneWatch UK, which monitors new GM foods, described it as “very disturbing”. Researcher Becky Price warned: “There are huge, huge health risks and people should rightly be concerned about this.”
    Friends of the Earth campaigner Clare Oxborrow said: “Using food crops and fields as glorified drug factories is a very worrying development.
    “If these pharmaceutical crops end up on consumers’ plates, the consequences for our health could be devastating.
    “The biotech industry has already failed to prevent experimental GM rice contaminating the food chain.
    “The Government must urge the U.S. to ban the production of drugs in food crops. It must also introduce tough measures to prevent illegal GM crops contaminating our food and ensure that biotech companies are liable for any damage their products cause.”
    In the U.S., the Union of Concerned Scientists, a policy advocacy group, warned: “It is unwise to produce drugs in plants outdoors.
    “There would be little control over the doses people might get exposed to, and some might be allergic to the proteins.”
    The American Consumers Union and the Washingtonbased Centre for Food Safety also oppose Ventria’s plans.
    As well as the contamination fears there are serious ethical concerns about such a fundamental interference with the building blocks of life.
    Yet there is no legal means for Britain and Europe to ban such products on ethical grounds.
    Imports would have to be accepted once they had gone through a scientific safety assessment.
    The development is what may people feared when, ten years ago, food scientists showed what was possible by inserting copies of fish genes from the flounder into tomatoes, to help them withstand frost.
    Ventria has produced three varieties of the rice, each with a different human-origin gene that makes the plants produce one of three human proteins.
    Two – lactoferrin and lysozyme – are bacteria-fighting compounds found in breast milk and saliva. The genes, cultivated and copied in a laboratory to produce a synthetic version, are carried into embryonic rice plants inside bacteria.
    Until now, plants with human-origin genes have been restricted to small test plots.
    Ventria originally planned to grow the rice in southern Missouri but the brewer Anheuser-Busch, a huge buyer of rice, threatened to boycott the state amid concern over contamination and consumer reaction.
    Now the USDA, saying the rice poses “virtually no risk”. has given preliminary approval for it to be grown in Kansas, which has no commercial rice farms.
    Ventria will also use dedicated equipment, storage and processing facilities supposed to prevent seeds from mixing with other crops.
    The company says food products using the rice proteins could help save many of the two million children a year who die from diarrhoea and the resulting dehydration and complications. A recent study in Peru, sponsored by Ventria, showed that children with severe diarrhoea recovered a day and a half faster if the salty fluids they were prescribed included the proteins.
    The rice could also be a huge money-spinner in the Western world, with parents being told it will help their children get over unpleasant stomach bugs more quickly.
    Ventria chief executive Scott Deeter said last night: “We have a product here that can help children get better faster.”
    He said any concerns about safety and contamination were “based on perception, not reality” given all the precautions the company was taking.
    Mr Deeter said production in plants was far cheaper than other methods, which should help make the therapy affordable in the developing world.
    He said: “Plants are phenomenal factories. Our raw materials are the sun, soil and water.”

  6. Justin replied:

    Steven,

    Your site is great!

    My partner and I just released a Kosher Bacon Salt and I wanted to send you some info but couldn’t find an email address.

    Bacon Salt is a fat free, zero calorie, vegetarian, Kosher approved, gourmet, bacon flavored seasoning salt that tastes like bacon.

    Please take a look at our website at http://www.baconsalt.com at let me know what you think.

  7. Andy replied:

    Hello Steven,

    I thought you would be interested in submitting a recipe for the KPBS Celebrates Home Cooking cookbook. We’re collecting recipes from people all over San Diego county for this cookbook. Please forward this to any fellow food enthusiasts and consider posting it on your blog. Here is something you can post:

    Submit your favorite recipe to KPBS today and you could end up on TV!

    KPBS is collecting recipes from all over San Diego for the KPBS Celebrates Home Cooking cookbook. For more information and to submit your recipe, go to http://www.kpbs.org/cook.

    We’ll publish your recipe in our cookbook and pick some of the best recipes for broadcast on the KPBS Celebrates Home Cooking television show. Entrees, appetizers, salads, desserts… we’re looking for everything. So pick your favorite recipe and go to http://www.kpbs.org/cook. But hurry, the deadline is at the end of November!

    If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to email me.

    Best regards,

    Andy
    On-Air Fundraising Production Coordinator
    KPBS

  8. Julia replied:

    A new Kosher cookbook from Da Capo Lifelong Books, “Hip Kosher: 175 Easy-to-prepare Recipes for Today’s Kosher Cooks”, is now available!

    Presenting delicious, quick, and modern recipes that adhere to traditional Jewish dietary law, Ronnie Fein’s “Hip Kosher” covers a wide variety of cuisines and dishes. To read more about the book, please visit our website at http://www.perseusbooksgroup.com/dacapo/book_detail.jsp?isbn=1600940536.

  9. Judy replied:

    Hi Steven,

    I noticed you won a cooking contest on ChefClub for an appetizer dish. I was wondering how long it took you to received the $50 Amazon Gift card.

  10. Bradley replied:

    Nice website – some good ideas for recipes.

    Please can you add our website to your links? We offer a wide range of curry receipes, all kosher.

    Thanks!

  11. Stu replied:

    For readers in UK and Europe, we distribute (Kosher-certified) BaconSalt by mail order here – works out about the same price as sold in USA but with much cheaper postage. Very popular with vegetarians too.

    Tastes great!

    http://www.crazy4flavour.co.uk

    Amanda & Stu

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