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Ann Koffsky renowned artist and book illustrator is author of the new "must have" children's book "Frogs in the Bed". The paperback is based on the popular song of the same name, originally written by Shirley Cohen Steinberg. In words and illustrations the book "Frogs in the Bed" shares the story of the morning Pharaoh... Read more...  

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"4 Bloggers Dish: Passover, Modern Twists on Traditional Flavors" is live on Amazon.

This Passover eBook is the collaborative effort of 4 popular bloggers sharing ideas for how to cook healthy, seasonal, modern dishes for Pesach. The eBook offers over 60 recipes, each with photo, all clearly labeled (including gebrokts and non-gebrokts). There are plenty of... Read more...  



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KosherEye Passover Links & Tips

Have a Passover question? Want to know some tips for shopping for less? We have it!

Passover for Less Tips: (Consult with your Rabbi)

•  Heinz wine vinegar, Heinz garlic wine vinegar certified OU-P (certification must appear)

•  Coffee any plain, unflavored beans; grinder must be clean. Instant requires certification

•  Any dishwashing soap

•  Pure frozen concentrate orange juice- any

•  Frozen fruit-acceptable if not sweetened or cooked, and contains no additives

•  Raw Pecan halves or wholes are acceptable without Passover certification. Also, other raw nuts that are not blanched or roasted and free of bha/bht are also acceptable

•  Kirkland and Trident salmon – OU (no special Passover certification necessary)

•  Quinoa – Some Rabbis allow its use on Passover and some Rabbis don't.  This year it has been found that a lot of the quinoa available has been processed in facilities that process grains. We have been advised  that it only be purchased from Bolivia (where they commonly do not process it with grains.) Ancient Harvest brand, lot code 3.01.14 k, sold in small retail 12 oz boxes. When ordering directly from them, mention that you want the Passover run. http://www.quinoa.net/; (310) 217-8125.  It should be checked thoroughly by hand for grains before Passover. Check with your Rabbi.

•  Soaps – any

•  Styrofoam - any

•  Real lemon in bottle – OU (no special Passover certification necessary)

•  Tea bags – any unflavored

•  Bigelow, many varieties

•  White sugar – any without additives, Brown sugar must have Passover certification

•  Make your own vanilla sugar Make your own noodles Make your own stawberry jam -- sugar, lemon, strawberries

•  Baking soda -all kosher without certification

•  Extra virgin olive oil – all kosher without certification

•  Cocoa –any 100% pure no additives such as Hershey's

Here is a convenient link to the three top kashruth sites for answers: CRC Passover 2011 Guide, Star-K Passover 2011 Guide and OU Passover 2011 Guide.

 
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Kosher Apps

Is it kosher? App: A new App for iPad and mobile devices, shares lists of kosher fish, animals and sushi. This app educates and informs consumers as to whether an animal is considered inherently kosher. Kosher preparation, certification and kosher slaughter (shechita) of course would be necessary for kashrut. This app is handy for “kosher on the go” consumers and shoppers as a first step toward understanding kosher. This app is priced at .99. iTunes.

OU Kosher App: The OU has introduced an App to search the kosher status of all OU products for Passover and year-round. The free app is available for download for iPhones, iPads, iPod Touch, and Androids at the OU website or directly from ITunes

Kosher Cookbook App: Kudos to KosherEye friend Gloria Kobrin for her kosher recipe app, the Kosher Cookbbook. This app is priced at $1.99 and available for iPhone and iPad and available for download from iTunes.

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Sending Edible Flowers

KosherEye friend, Gilly Cannon shared her delightful Purim Mishlach Manot theme with us and we are sharing it with you. It is very clever, cost effective, and totally delightful.We suggest that this is a wonderful idea year round!

"Sending ( edible) Flowers. My son and I used flower molds from Michaels to make chocolate roses and daisies. We used melted chocolate and cake decorations to cover Oreos and sprinkles to put on pretzels and cookies we had left over. I found party bags in a flower vase shape – 15 for $2.00 at Target and we made Purim messages from blank business cards with a flower stuck in the corner. I also wrote about the idea on my blog and explained that we received so much love and care when my husband had brain surgery recently that we are so glad to be able to give and receive in equal parts this Purim, by “sending flowers” to our friends as well as receiving mishloach manot from them." Thank you Gilly for sharing –  visit her blog Brainstorm. There are pictures there too!

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Photo - Gilly Cannon, Oreo Flower Cookies

 
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Hagafen Kosher Wine at the White House

At the luncheon following the March 5th historic meeting between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, wine from Hagafen Cellars was served. Hagafen Cellars was honored to offer 2010 Lodi Roussanne, a luscious dry white wine, perfect for the occasion.  This marks a more than 30 year, long–-standing relationship between the Hagafen Napa Valley winery and the White House. According to Hagafen winemaker/founder Ernie Weir “It is an honor and pleasure to have had our wines enjoyed at the White House over the course of the past decades by the leaders of our country and their guests.”

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Reader Question

We received an important question from a KosherEye reader and posed this question to Naftali Hanau, CEO and Founder of Grow and Behold Foods.

Q: Do you know if kosher meat sold in the U.S. comes from animals fed on animal based feed?
A: It's very hard to generalize about "kosher meat sold in the US" coming from feed that contains animals. Kosher meat sold in the US comes from many different producers, and some meat comes from other countries. Practices for feeding vary widely. If you are concerned about eating beef that may have had animal by-products in it's diet, look for claims on the label or from the producer that the beef is "vegetarian-fed". This is a commonly made claim, and most domestic produced kosher beef likely meets this standard. It's worth noting that vegetarian fed as a claim does not have any implications for animal welfare or nutritional profile of the meat. At Grow and Behold Foods, our cattle are fed a pastured-based diet consisting ogrowandbeholdlogof grass and grains, never animal by–products.

 
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Kosher for Passover Quinoa

There has been much discussion regarding quinoa and whether it can be used during Passover. The following bulletin was sent by the CRC, Chicago Rabbinical Council:, 

Chicago Rabbinical Council
2701 West Howard Street
Chicago, IL  60645

(773) 465-3900         Fax: (773) 465-6632

email:  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Rabbi Sholem Y. Fishbane
Kashruth Administrator

February 28, 2012

In 2007 HaRav Gedalia Dov Schwartz, Shlit”a, the Av Beis Din of the Chicago Rabbinical Council, issued a p’sak that quinoa is not considered kitniyos and therefore may be used on Pesach. Most of the quinoa comes from Peru and Bolivia and has been grown in areas where other (problematic for Pesach) grains were generally not grown. However, as the popularity of quinoa has risen, this is no longer the absolute case.  This was confirmed this year by a Star-K mashgiach who visited Bolivia and found that barley does indeed grow in those areas. It was also recently discovered that some farmers cover their quinoa with barley and/or oats to keep the birds from eating the quinoa while it dries. Finally, there is a concern that the sacks used to transfer the quinoa may have been previously used to hold barley or oats.

We have, therefore, determined that the only way to allow quinoa for use on Pesach is to track the quinoa from certain farms that are free from the above concerns. The Star-K spearheaded this endeavor and sent a mashgiach to find such a farm. While they were successful in their search, it proved to be challenging from a practical point of view, as the company visited generally sells their products in large quantities. The Star-K has now worked with other companies to pack the usable quinoa into smaller packages, and the following three options have been approved for Pesach quinoa consumption:

  1. Andean Naturals with a lot code beginning SCI-JI sold only in 1,000 lb increments.  The contact information is:

Sergio Nuñez de Arco; Andean Naturals; Organic Quinoa and Quinoa-based Ingredients
Brought to you by Specialty Commodities, Inc.
Toll Free (888) 547-9777 x 711 www.andeannaturals.com

  1. Andean Naturals with a lot code beginning SCI-JI sold in wholesale 25 lb bags.  The contact information is:

Tania Petricevic; This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it
194 Orange St. Oakland, CA 94610
Sales Support: (914)220-2974; Customer Service: (954)336-1743
Hours of Operation     M-F (PST) 10:00am-4:00pm
http://www.layapaorganic.com/Contact_Us.html

  1. Quinoa Corp, Ancient Harvest brand, lot code 3.01.14 k, sold in small retail 12 oz boxes. When ordering directly from them, mention that you want the Passover run.

http://www.quinoa.net/; (310) 217-8125

It is important to note that even the quinoa from the above approved sources should be carefully checked before Pesach for any foreign matter before use. This can be done by spreading the quinoa out on a plate and carefully checking there are no other grains or foreign matter mixed in.

The cRc would like to thank Rabbi Zvi Goldberg of the Star-K and Rabbi Reuven Nathanson of the OU for their help on researching this issue.

 
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Coffee & Donuts

We just had to share this recipe from the Cooking Channel, Drinks with Alie and Georgia episode. We love coffee, cocktails, and donuts and were delighted to find a drink that combined all three! And the ingredients in the cocktail include some of our favorites. What a great drink to serve for Purim. Enjoy this recipe for Drunken Donuts Cocktail. Thank you Alie and Georgia!

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Homemade Purim Treats

We are sharing several of our favorite homemade snack mixes for Purim. All are easy to make — yummy to munch — and fun to share with family and friends. Fill homemade decorated tins, baskets, clear cellophane bags, jars − the choices are up to you. These are so good, you will make them all year. Tasty Party MixPuppy Chow Mix, Cookie Crunch Bark, Praline Almonds, Southern Spiced Pecans, and Snap, Crackle Popcorn and Nuts.

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Purim Coloring Pages

From our friend Ann D. Koffsky — author and illustrator of more than 20 books for kids— 2 delightful Purim Coloring pages. Just print the pages and your "little" artists will create a masterpiece...or two, and will have such fun! And while you are visiting Ann's website, please browse and view her wonderful Judaic art work. Ann is also giving away a copy of Barbara Diamond Goldin’s book, “Cakes and Miracles, A Purim Story”, so do enter.

To print:

page 1, click here                         page 2, click here
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Add Extra Crunch

Want to add an extra "crowning" touch to your Bundt cakes? Anne Byrn, author of The Cake Mix Doctor cookbook series, shares a quick and tasty tip to achieve this yummy result. One of those  "why didn't we think of that" ideas!

 
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