KUMQUATS, AH YEAH, KUMQUATS……

ONLY THOSE OF YOU AS OLD AS WE ARE WILL GET THE REFERENCE IN THE TITLE…….

FROM PHIL LEMPERT, SUPERMARKET GURU

This month in honor of American Heart Month, every day, we’re calling out the top foods for your heart!

Kumquats, the tiny olive-sized citrus are full of disease-fighting antioxidants, contained in their sweet, edible skin. Yes, that’s right kumquats are meat to be eaten whole!

A serving of eight – which contains about one hundred calories – also contains about one third of your daily fiber, along with a healthy dose of potassium and vitamins A and C. Both vitamin A and C are potent antioxidants helping to protect the body against free radicals and oxidation, thus helping boos the health of the heart and vessels. Kumquats are also rich in phytonutrients flavonoids, including carotene, tannin, zeaxanthin, and pectin that also act as antioxidants helping to protect the body.

Because kumquats are fiber rich they help to carry excess cholesterol out of the body. The potassium contained in Kumquats also helps the heart, helping to balance sodium and keep a steady blood pressure and heart rhythm.

At the market, look for firm fruits that are bright orange in color. Green indicates they aren’t ripe yet. Store kumquats at room temperature for a couple of days, or for up to two weeks in the refrigerator. You can also find kumquat in preserves or pickled!

If you haven’t yet tried this sweet and tart fruit, now’s the time to try them!

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Posted on March 5, 2015 at 12:04 am by rebrapp · Permalink · Leave a comment
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MENSCH ON A BENCH CHOCOLATE BARS

Praim Group Launches All-Natural Mensch on a Bench Chocolate Bars for 2015

PRAIM Group, a food licensing, marketing and distribution company today announced an agreement to create and distribute a line of all-natural premium chocolate bars for The Mensch On A Bench, a cultural phenomenon that has captured the hearts of the media, Jewish children and interfaith families throughout North America. Recently featured on Shark Tank, The Mensch On A Bench is a 12-inch plush doll with an accompanying hardcover storybook that explains Hanukkah from the view of “Moshe” the Mensch. The book introduces children to the story and traditions of Hanukkah, while emphasizing the characteristics of a good and honorable person. Throughout the eight nights of Hanukkah, the Mensch celebrates with the family playing dreidel, singing songs, and helping watch over the Menorah.

Featuring Moshe the Mensch, PRAIM Group will launch two different bar designs with “Mensch Munch” in milk chocolate and “Gelt-Y Pleasure” in dark chocolate. The bars are 3.5 ounces, all-natural and kosher. This year, the bars will ship June 1, 2015.

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ONE MINUTE COFFEE CAKE

FROM COFFEE GIANT

Take a quick break with a cup of coffee. And a cup of coffee cake.
It’s fast. It’s fun. And oh-so-easy to whip up this delicious treat for one! Make it today. And let us know what you think.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 minute

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon butter
2 teaspoons white sugar
¼ cup all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon applesauce
1/8 teaspoon baking powder
2 drops vanilla extract

1 pinch salt
10 blueberries
2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon brown sugar
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon

Directions

Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a microwave-safe mug for 10 seconds. Stir white sugar into butter until dissolved. Mix 1/4 cup flour, applesauce, baking powder, vanilla extract, and salt into butter-sugar mixture until batter is smooth. Gently fold in blueberries.
Mix 2 teaspoons flour, 1 teaspoon butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon together until the texture of lumpy sand is reached; sprinkle over batter.
Microwave until coffeecake appears to be barely set — 50 to 80 seconds. Let cool. And enjoy.

Double the recipe, and share with a friend!

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Posted on March 3, 2015 at 12:03 am by rebrapp · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: General Topics, Kosher Desserts, Kosher Kitchen, Kosher Recipes

MANISCHEWITZ GOES AFTER THE LARGER MARKET PLACE

New York – In recent years, Jews who keep kosher rejoiced when popular foods that had been off-limits gained kosher certification, from Oreo cookies in 1997 to the Tootsie Roll in 2009.

According to Mintel, the market research firm, the growth in sales of kosher products – up 41 percent from 2003 to 2010 and projected to grow an additional 23 percent by 2013 – owes less to the popularity of keeping kosher or to new products than to existing products becoming certified.

Now, as mainstream brands increasingly pitch to kosher consumers, Manischewitz, the 123-year-old kosher brand, is doing the opposite: creating kosher products that also appeal to gentiles.

While Manischewitz items like matzo are popular Passover fare stocked in a supermarket’s kosher sections, new products have no such association.

“Instead of taking the older products we have out of the kosher aisle and forcing them into the main aisle, we’re creating new products that have a place in the main aisle,” said Alain Bankier, who along with Paul Bensabat became co-chief executive of the company in 2008.
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A new line of broths, for example, is being shelved in many supermarkets not with most Manischewitz items but rather in the soup aisle alongside such popular mainstream broths as Swanson and College Inn (Campbell Soup Company and Del Monte Foods brands). A new line of Manischewitz gravies also will be stocked with other mainstream brands. Manischewitz ads traditionally have emphasized Judaism, showing yarmulke-wearing celebrants at, say, a Seder. But new ads, by Joseph Jacobs Advertising in New York, the Manischewitz agency for more than three decades, take a decidedly more secular approach.

“Don’t miss the boat,” says a print ad for beef gravy, which shows it being poured from a sauce boat onto mashed potatoes – no shofar or Star of David in sight.

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Posted on March 2, 2015 at 12:04 am by rebrapp · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: General Topics, Kosher Kitchen, Kosher New Products, Kosher News