Blume Honey Water (OU): Ginger Zest

Press Release

Suspend reality and spend a moment savoring the bright, full-bodied flavor of our Ginger Zest Blume Honey Water. Ginger infused water plus fresh ginger juice creates delicious complexity and leads the way to a lingering finish of sophisticated spice and invigorating natural energy.

Ingredients: ginger infused water, honey, fresh ginger juice, lemon juice

Posted on July 24, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Chef Edward Brik Rubs

People on the West Coast know that Chef Brik is an amazing, Michelin trained chef.  We had the privilege of spending some time with Chef Ed in Jerusalem this summer.

Go on line and check out his line of kosher certified rubs:

Original Sweet and Spicy

Honey and Worcestershire

Black Garlic and Shallot

Smokey Citrus and Habanero

Check out the chef on YouTube, and visit his web site.

 

Posted on July 21, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Lo Carb Chocolate Cloud Cookies

From Mr. Food Test Kitchen

 

What You’ll Need:
  • 1/2 cup rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup margarine, softened
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup plain low-fat yogurt
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar-free chocolate chips
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Place oats in a food processor or blender. Cover and process until ground; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, beat margarine, brown sugar, baking soda, and salt with an electric mixer until combined. Beat in yogurt, eggs, and vanilla. Add flour and mix until combined. Using a wooden spoon, stir in oats and chocolate chips.
  3. Drop dough by rounded teaspoons on an ungreased cookie sheet. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes, or until bottoms are browned. Transfer to a wire rack to cool.
Posted on July 20, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Ozery Bakery Buns

Press Release

All Ozery Bakery products are inspired by the philosophy that you can eat well and feel healthy. The product range includes Morning Rounds, Snacking Rounds and OneBuns. Made with real fruits and grains, Morning Rounds make for an easy, on-the-go breakfast. They’re available in Cranberry Orange, Muesli, Apple Cinnamon, Cinnamon & Raisin, and Date & Chia varieties. Snacking Rounds are 70-calorie, bite-sized flavorful buns available in Apple Cinnamon, Cranberry Orange, and Muesli varieties. OneBuns are presliced, thin sandwich buns made with 100 percent whole grains. They come in Multi Grain, Whole Wheat 100 Calories, Organic Wheat, and Multi Grain Slider varieties. Designed to inspire a whole new way of enjoying bread, all of the products are free of artificial flavors, colors, preservatives, additives and GMOs. They’re also certified as kosher by the KSA.

Posted on July 19, 2017 at 5:07 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Snortable Chocolate

THIS PRODUCT IS PROBABLY NOT KOSHER, BUT THE STORY IS WORTH READING ANYWAY.

Snortable chocolate is so dangerous that its health effects must be investigated by the feds, Sen. Charles Schumer is urging.

Coco Loko — a raw cacao powder infused with a “special energy blend” — is marketed like a drug and should be closely regulated, Schumer demanded in a letter to the Food and Drug Administration on Saturday.

Teens have been buzzing for months about the caffeinated powder, but little is known about its health effects, the lawmaker said.

“I can’t think of a single parent who thinks it is a good idea for their children to be snorting over-the-counter stimulants up their noses,” Schumer blasted. “This suspect product has no clear health value.”

The FDA hasn’t said yet whether it has the authority to regulate the snuff-like chocolate.

The makers of Coco Loko, Legal Lean, claim the powder gives partygoers a burst of energy that helps them “dance the night away without a crash,” according to its website. The company also claims it makes users feel euphoric and that it produces mental clarity.

Coco Loko, which sells 1.25 ounces of the powder for $19.99, did not return a call seeking comment. The product contains gingko biloba, taurine and guarana, ingredients often found in energy drinks.

“There’s really no negative publicity, so I felt we’re good to go,” company founder Nick Anderson said Thursday on “Good Morning America.”

 

Posted on July 18, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Chicken Osamara

FROM THE DECADENT DIABETIC

What You’ll Need:
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 lemon, zested
  • 1 clove garlic, grated
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 shallot, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
What To Do:
  1. Between two sheets of plastic wrap or waxed paper, using a rolling or flat-bottomed heavy skillet, pound chicken breasts to 1/2-inch thickness.
  2. In a bowl, top chicken breasts with 1 tbsp. oil, salt, pepper, lemon zest, garlic, rosemary, and parsley; place in fridge for at least 40 minutes or overnight.
  3. Lightly dredge the chicken breasts in flour and allow to dry for 2-3 minutes. Heat 1 tbsp of oil over medium heat; cook chicken breasts for 3-5 minutes per side or until chicken is nicely browned and cooked through. Remove chicken from pan.
  4. In same pan, add 1 tbsp of olive oil. Cook shallot for a minute or until soft, but not brown. Add lemon juice, white wine, and mustard; cook for 2-3 minutes until slightly reduced.
  5. Plate the chicken breasts and top with sauce.
Posted on July 17, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Broccoli Tots (Diabetic safe)

FROM MR FOOD TEST KITCHEN

What You’ll Need:
  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Coat a baking sheet with cooking spray. Place broccoli in boiling water and blanche 2 minutes; drain well.
  2. Finely chop broccoli and place in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients and mix until thoroughly combined. Shape about a heaping tablespoon of broccoli mixture into “tater tot” shape and place on baking sheet. Repeat until all mixture is used.
  3. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

 

Posted on July 14, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Knowing The Kosher Code Words

Knowing the Kosher Code Words

Fear of law suits has made all of the kosher agencies very careful in what they say about other hashgachot (supervisions).  The phrase NOT RECOMMENDED is their way of saying they believe the product is not kosher, or, at least, not acceptable to them.

This plays out in many ways. For example, most of the national agencies will never comment on products supervised by other agencies.  In the case of small, single rabbi agencies, the big boys say not recommended because they want us to believe that the single rabbi agency cannot possibly be acceptable as kosher.

The irony is that often times the local, single rabbi certifying a local, mom and pop business is probably more reliable than alternatives.  The rabbi knows the community, knows the operator, and recognizes his reputation as a mashgiach is at stake.

Yet, this is where the Kosher Code Words game begins.An innocent customer, perhaps not familiar with the kosher label, phones a major kosher agency and asks about a product.  Should you phone and ask about for information about a product that is not under their  supervision, they will tell you either that they do not know, or, that they have never heard of the supervision about which you ask.

Some years back in Teaneck, NJ, the local Stop and Shop had a bakery certified by the KVH (Boston).  A rabbi we know phoned the local vaad, the RCBC, and asked if the certification was good or not.  The response he got was most illuminating.  The rabbi who took the call said, “We have never heard of that certification. “  Of course, that was just absurd.  There is no kosher agency in the United States that has not heard of the KVH.

We phoned the RCBC and asked them if they allow Kellogg’s cereals at events. We were assured that Kellogg’s was entirely acceptable. Really?  Kellogg’s puts a simple K on it products.  The K in that case is the KVH.

So why the game?  Why can’t all the kosher agencies cooperate?  They do manage to hold an annual meeting of so-called Kashrut Officials whereat they all collude on certain things and standards.

No agency ever explains why something is not recommended. Why is it such a secret?  What don’t they want us to know?  Are they afraid that educated consumers might make their own decisions about a product?

At times, we actually agree with the mainstream organizations that a practice by a particular mashgiach/agency may not represent our standards, and we have no problem explaining that to anyone who asks. The laws of “motzi shem rah (besmirching a name)” and of denying a livelihood are grave.  Yet, in the world of kashruth, they are the rules of which games are played.

There was a kosher certifying agency that did not require places to change their dishes for Passover.  There is a basis for that in Sefardic  halacha, but, by and large, people have rejected that position.  The position of the large agencies was to tell people that the supervision was not reliable.  No explanation was ever forthcoming.

We had no argument with the position other agencies took in regard to that matter, because we knew from inside information that the supervising agency was very lax in its rules and in its supervision.  There was also the problem that the rabbi of that agency took a position regarding the kashruth of cheeses that was unique in the field, and basically rejected by pretty much the entire world of kosher supervisors. The problem was that no one ever said to the kosher keeping public, “We reject the stance of Rabbi X on cheese.  Rabbi X claims x, y, z, and we believe him to be wrong.”

No More Games

It is time for the games to end.  If you feel that a product is not recommended, tell us why.  We have a right to know just what went into your decision. The kosher agency being rejected deserves to not have its reputation sullied without its day in the court of public opinion.  Let the consumer decide, for example, whether non glatt meat is acceptable, rather than suggest that regular kosher is not kosher. Let the consumer choose whether to hold by a leniency on cheese even if most of the kosher keeping public does not.

Some years ago, the Vaad of the Five Towns decided that a certain brand of matzah was not acceptably kosher for Passover.  The matzah for years had been under the personal supervision of a major rabbi. Later on, when the rabbi passed, his son took over, and that is when things got intersting.  The Vaad of the Five Towns piously told us that, while the rabbi’s father was a great rabbi of huge stature and probity, they just were not so sure about the son.

They did this just before Passover when people had mostly stocked up on Passover supplies of the nonperishable sort.  Then they said that you should not buy it, but if you had, you could use it on Passover.  It fell into the category of NotRecommended.

Huh?  You cannot have it both ways.  Either it is kosher for Passover or it is not.  Clearly, the whole thing was economic blackmail meant to get the company to pay for a different supervision.

Frankly, the whole thing was disgusting.   As is telling people something is not recommended, but not saying why.

 

Editor’s Note: what do you think? Share your opinions with Rabbi Rappoport at rebrapp@gmail.com

 

Posted on July 13, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Deep Fried Ice Cream!!

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 50 g crushed corn flakes
  • oil, burning hot (for frying)

Directions

  1. Give the ice-cream scoops a perfect round.
  2. Put the 4 scoops in the deep freezer for 15 minutes.
  3. Give it an egg wash once you remove it from the deep freezer.
  4. Roll on the crushed corn flakes and give it a nice coating.
  5. Put it in the freezer for 20 minutes.
  6. Repeat the process twice.
  7. Heat the oil.
  8. Make sure it is burning hot.
  9. Deep fry the ice-cream quickly for 5-8 seconds.
  10. Make sure that the oil is very hot or the corn flakes won’t get its colour.
  11. Now add little brandy or cognac and flambe it on the table.
Posted on July 12, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Broccoli Gratin

FROM MR FOOD TEST KITCHEN

 

What You’ll Need:
  • 1 (14-ounce) package frozen broccoli florets, thawed
  • 1 cup sliced mushrooms
  • 1/3 cup  mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. In a 9- x 13-inch baking dish, place broccoli and mushrooms.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine mayonnaise, mustard, lemon juice, pepper, and Swiss cheese; mix well. Spread evenly over broccoli. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake 20 to 25 minutes, or until golden brown on top.
Posted on July 11, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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