Archive for August, 2004

KOSHER PETS REDUX

If you look back to our last entry on the Kosher Pets (www.kosherpets.com) / cRc (www.crcweb.org) certification issue (Aug 4), you will see a new letter added by a reader. Ms. Gershona Marcus sent mail to Kosher Pets and received a most interesting reply. Ms. Marcus alludes to her letter, but we thought a brief […]

Posted on August 19, 2004 at 9:52 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: General Topics, Kosher Alert, Uncategorized

NATIONAL FELAFEL DAY

We just loved this story from the AP (www.ap.org): By J.M. HIRSCH, Associated Press Writer “Feeling festive? Stock up on mustard, vinegar and oregano, and plan to give away some zucchini because the food industry’s marketing wizards have deemed August time to celebrate National Mustard Day, Vinegar Day, Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch […]

Posted on August 18, 2004 at 6:13 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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LETTERS, WE GET LETTERS…

One of the most common questions we receive (usually via email) concerns finding a dairy spoon in the meat silverware drawer (or vice versa). What to do, what to do? Simple solution: take it out of the meat drawer and put it back in the dairy drawer. You can use it immediately. (Rema on YD […]

Posted on August 17, 2004 at 11:32 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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HUH? WHAT WAS THAT?

Some names just add to the confusion. So, here are a few terms and what they are: Agar agar- made from seaweed, agar agar is a substitute for gelatin. It needs no hashgacha. Catalese- Catalese is used as a coagulant, and it comes from cow liver. It obviously needs hashgacha. Cholic Acid- needs hashgacha as […]

Posted on August 16, 2004 at 6:13 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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ORGANIC COOKIES AND CRACKERS

From NATURE’S PATH (www.naturespath.com) comes some mighty fine organic cereals, crackers and cookies. Certification is OU-D. The company features a Signature Series line of upscale products all which are USDA certified as organic. In addition, the cereals are loaded with vitamin B-12, folic acid, calcium and Omega 3’s. You might want to try Optimum Power […]

Posted on August 13, 2004 at 12:46 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: General Topics, Health, Uncategorized

YOU CAN’T TUNA FISH- ONLY A PIANO

JUDGE BARS U.S. FROM WEAKENING RULES FOR “DOLPHIN SAFE” TUNA By LISA LEFF, Associated Press (http://www.ap.org/) SAN FRANCISCO (AP) – In a victory for environmentalists, a federal judge ruled Tuesday that the Bush administration cannot change the standards commercial fisheries must meet before the tuna they catch can carry the “dolphin-safe” label. […] A U.S. […]

Posted on August 12, 2004 at 9:00 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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SHOP ISRAEL

There are many valuable websites to assist you in ordering Israeli products. Some suggested sites are: www.finefoodsisrael.com ? will tell you which supermarkets and grocery stores near you carry Israeli foods and beverages. Also try www.shopinisrael.com , www.israelshop1.com, www.israelexport.org, www.allforisrael.com, www.israeldirect.co.il (RJR)

Posted on August 11, 2004 at 1:06 pm by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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RESTAURANT MANNERS

Houston’s restaurant chain launches dress code, cell-phone limits for patrons By Karen Robinson-Jacobs, The Dallas Morning News ( www.dallasnews.com ) Knight Ridder/Tribune Business News ******************** Aug. 7– Houston’s, a 27-year-old upper-end, casual dining chain, is just the kind of place you might visit for a sit-down meal after shopping or for a more special occasion. […]

Posted on August 10, 2004 at 8:30 pm by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: General Topics, Kosher Restaurants, Uncategorized

AND NOT A MOMENT TOO SOON

We were reading one of the myriad of food mags to which we subscribe (some food mags, others mags about the food industry), when one article caught our eye. The title of the article was something along the lines of LIME IS THE NEW LEMON. That was a real eye opener. We had no idea […]

Posted on August 9, 2004 at 2:04 pm by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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CHEF WEAR

We confess: we have an inordinate fondness for chef’s clothing. With the possible exception of surgical scrubs, nothing is ever as comfortable as chef’s wear. In the Kosher Nexus test kitchen facility, we favor chef wear over just about anything else. Put a pair of chef’s clogs on your feet, and see if your poor, […]

Posted on August 6, 2004 at 12:31 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
In: General Topics, Kosher Kitchen, Uncategorized