Old Fashioned Potato Soup


This recipe is dairy, but it can be made pareve, too

What You’ll Need:
  • 1 1/2 cups diced onion
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter or  pareve margarine
  • 4 cups large-diced potatoes (about 2 to 2-1/2 pounds)
  • 1 carrot, coarsely grated
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried dillweed
  • 3 cups milk or pareve milk substitute
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/4 cup potato flakes
What To Do:
  1. In a large saucepan, brown the onion in the butter. Add the potatoes, carrot, water, salt, pepper and dillweed.
  2. Cook on low until potatoes are creamy, about 45 minutes. Stir in the milk and parsley and continue cooking until mixture is heated through. Stir in the potato flakes.
  • If you’d like, add frozen peas or broccoli at the milk stage.


Posted on September 6, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Pereg Raw Bars

Press Release


 Pereg Raw Bars are the newest healthy alternative to candy bars. With no refined sugar or corn syrup, they satisfy the sweet tooth with only simple, nutritious, organic ingredients, and pack wholesome energy into eight combinations.

“Consumers are trending toward the mantra ‘don’t eat anything you can’t pronounce,’” says Gill Schneider, CEO, Pereg Natural Foods. “They’re reading the labels, and they’re wary of long lists of ingredients. Now they can choose ‘clean’ snacks made from only a handful of ingredients they know and trust, like organic dates for sweetness and quinoa for crunch.”

Pereg bars are individually wrapped and sold individually, and in boxes of six, making them a convenient grab-and-go treat for the office or for a post-workout burst of energy. Parents can feel good about packing healthy Pereg bars in their children’s lunch boxes or serving them as a nutritious after-school snack.

Pereg Raw Bars are made only from raw ingredients, fruits, and nuts. Like all Pereg products, they are vegan, kosher certified, dairy and lactose-free, and all natural, with no additives or preservatives. They are also certified gluten-free and non-GMO.

Posted on September 5, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Greek Gods Seriously Indulgent Yogurt (OU-D)

The Greek Gods® brand introduced a decadent yogurt concept, Seriously Indulgent Yogurt, made with whole milk, cream and unique fruit flavors and combinations on the bottom of each 5.3-ounce cup. The single serve yogurts provide multiple occasions for customers to enjoy—as part of a balanced breakfast to a dessert. The Greek Gods® Seriously Indulgent Yogurt is an excellent source of calcium and contains live and active cultures.

Available in four flavors: Lemon, Marionberry (a type of blackberry from the Pacific Northwest), Raspberry Ginger and Tart Cherry. Look for The Greek Gods® Seriously Indulgent Yogurt in the yogurt section in markets nationwide in July.

Posted on September 4, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Our Little Rebellion Bean Crisps

Our Little Rebellion Bean Crisps

Snacks come in three varieties

Our Little Rebellion’s Bean Crisps are thin and crispy popped crisps that claim to have so many peas and beans, you can see them. The crisps feature minimally processed ingredients, and are Non-GMO Project Verified, Certified Gluten-Free, OU Kosher and never fried. The three flavors – Salt of the Earth, Cha Cha Chili and Saucy Salsa (Verde) – all pack 4 grams of protein and 3 grams of fiber per serving. SRP is $2.99 per 6-ounce bag.

Posted on September 1, 2017 at 12:03 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Ben & Jerry’s Pint Slices

  • Americone Dream® Pint Slices
  • Americone Dream Ice Cream
  • Americone Dream Ice Cream
  • Americone Dream Ice Cream
  • Americone Dream Ice Cream
  • Americone Dream Ice Cream

Americone Dream®

3 Vanilla Ice Cream Bars with Caramel Swirls & Fudge Covered Waffle Cone Pieces, Covered in a Dark Chocolatey Coating with Waffle Cone Pieces

Americone Dream is not only the best caramel-swirled, wafflecone-loaded ice cream you can get, it’s the only flavor that gets a s’cream of approval from The Late Show host, Stephen Colbert.

Posted on August 31, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Cold Brew Cocoa Coming To You Soon


“There’s a new way to drink chocolate, one that provides its mood-boosting, sensual, buzzy benefits, with none of the sugar: cold-brewing.” Jenni Avins, Lifestyle Reporter, Quartz

The tea and coffee markets have each successfully made the jump from hot to cold drink, the former most recently with the cold brew and nitro coffee trends. Now, cocoa may be braced to make a similar transition into the chilled drinks fixture.

While cold-brewed cocoa is not yet available in retail, it has emerged in the US on a limited number of menus of artisanal coffee parlours and high-end chocolate shops. Some recipes use cacao nibs – the fermented, dried bits of cacao beans – while others use cocoa beans, also known as cacao beans. According to reviews, it tastes less acidic than its coffee counterpart yet is similarly nuanced, nutty and also has the faint flavour and aroma of chocolate. Although still a niche concept, the public awareness of cocoa as a cold brew alternative to coffee is likely to have increased in 2017 after Starbucks launched a ready to drink (RTD) Cold Brew Cocoa & Honey drink into select US stores. Despite being more of a cold brew coffee than cold brew cocoa, and containing cream and sugar, it gained sizeable press attention and may inspire consumers to see that cocoa can be an ingredient in cold drinks other than chocolate milkshake.

Posted on August 30, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Toosum Oatmeal Bars


Toosum Oatmeal Bars

Cherry & Plum and Cranberry & Acai among varieties.

Toosum Healthy Foods introduces a new line of oatmeal bars. Free of all refined sugars and artificial ingredients, the 100-calorie oatmeal bars are certified gluten free, non-GMO, and are low in sugar. The bars come in a variety of flavors, including Cherry & Plum, Cranberry & Acai, Coconut & Banana, and Blueberry & Sunflower Seeds.

Posted on August 29, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Shapiro Beer 2017 IPA

From Janglo

Shapiro 2017 IPA

Every summer for the past three years, the Shapiro Brewery has been bringing out a seasonal India pale ale, brewed to the same recipe except for the hops.  This year, they’re using Simcoe, a proprietary hop from the U.S., known for its pungent, citrusy and piney aroma.   The alcoholic content has remained 6.5% every year.

The Shapiro 2017 IPA pours out a clear reddish amber.  In addition to the citrus, we got some aromas of tropical fruits, specifically passion fruit and mango.  The taste is bitterer than the aroma suggests it might be, but it doesn’t overpower the fruit and citrus flavors.  Ripe mango remains predominant here as well.

In short, the Shapiros have once again brought out an excellent seasonal IPA — balanced, mid-bitter, full of delicious fruit flavors.

Posted on August 28, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Rabbi, Is This Chicken Kosher?


A debate has recently been raging in Israel’s haredi, or ultra-Orthodox community. Is a new form of imported chicken kosher?

The chicken breed, called Braekel, has actually existed for centuries, but was never exported to major Jewish communities abroad, and originates from a region of Belgium where Jews have never historically resided as an organized community.

As Jewish law does not provide clear identifying features for kosher fowl, as it does for other animals, Jews have relied on a tradition telling them which birds are permitted to eat. The bible has a list of non-kosher birds, all of which are birds of prey.

The crux of the question is this: Is Braekel a new breed of fowl, and as such, forbidden to eat? Or should it simply be considered a variety of chicken, which does have a tradition, mesorah, deeming it kosher?

According to Yeshiva World News, one of Israel’s most prominent haredi religious courts, the Eida Hachareidit, debated the issue last week for over four hours. While Rabbi Nissim Karelitz, nephew of the famed Rabbi Avraham Yeshaya Karelitz, (better known by the name of his work, the ‘Hazon Ish’) permits it, Rabbi Moshe Shternbuch ruled that it does not have the necessary mesorah to make the bird kosher.

A letter released by other top rabbis Tuesday reassured the public that Braekel is permitted. “We have been introduced to a chicken called ‘Braekel’, and we do not see any thing in it that goes against tradition, but we checked the issue to remove any doubts,” read the missive.

These recent events are not the first time this sort of controversy existed. Small pockets of Jews still refrain from eating turkey, contending that its North American origins render it outside the mesorah of kosher birds.


We are always amazed at how some rabbis can take a great religion, and ruin it with their narishkeit.  A chicken is a chicken, rabbotai.

Posted on August 25, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Coca-Cola Zero Sugar

Coca-Cola Zero Sugar

New recipe tastes like a Coke with zero sugar and zero calories

August 2, 2017

Since its 2005 introduction, Coca-Cola Zero™ has refreshed hundreds of millions of fans across America with its real Coca-Cola taste and zero calories. From its US introduction into the Coca-Cola® trademark brand portfolio to its global expansion, the brand is sold in nearly 160 countries around the world.

Now, through in-house innovation and extensive market testing, Coca-Cola Zero is getting a new name, new look and even more taste. The no-calorie fan favorite will deliver an even better-tasting recipe and now be called Coca-Cola Zero Sugar.

“More than 10 years ago, we launched Coca-Cola Zero with a revolutionary recipe that gave fans real Coca-Cola taste without the sugar and calories. The brand grew strongly after its launch and gained millions of loyal fans over time, but we recognized an opportunity to give the brand another boost and to encourage more Coca-Cola fans to try a great-tasting zero-sugar product,” said Stuart Kronauge, business unit president, USA Operations and senior vice president, Marketing, Coca-Cola North America.

“We’ve used our in-house innovation capabilities to make the great taste of Coke Zero even better and a lot like a Coke. To achieve this, we optimized the unique blend of flavors that gave Coke Zero its real Coca-Cola taste in the new and improved Coca-Cola Zero Sugar recipe. It’s delicious, refreshing and our best-tasting zero-sugar Coca-Cola yet,” Kronauge continued.

As the company continues to create new beverages and evolve its recipes, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar represents the company’s latest zero-sugar product innovation. It joins a roster of nearly 250 other no- and low-calorie beverages offered in the US.

With more Coke Zero fans in the US than in any other market in the world, consumer testing of the new recipe was conducted for over a year.

“We’re confident our new and improved Coke Zero Sugar recipe delivers a great taste that Coke Zero fans in the US will love. We also hope that people who love the unforgettable taste of Coca-Cola, but want less sugar, will try it and enjoy,” Kronauge added.

Along with the improved recipe and taste, Coca-Cola Zero Sugar will have a new design that looks more like Coca-Cola. The updated package design will feature the iconic red Coca-Cola disc – a signature brand image synonymous with great taste – against the familiar black background known by loyal Coke Zero fans. In addition, the design prominently features “zero sugar” text to emphasize the drink does not contain sugar.

These packaging changes support the company’s “One Brand” strategy to bring its Coca-Cola portfolio of beverages together as a single trademark brand to show fans we have a Coca-Cola for everyone. The changes also support the company’s continued efforts to increase promotion of no- and low-sugar Coca-Cola options to help people looking to reduce their consumption of added sugars.

Posted on August 24, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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