ROJO’S ORGANIC TRADITIONAL SALSA

PRESS INFORMATION

 

What is Rojo’s?
Rojo’s is a delicious line of fun, flavorful foods that make people happy. We offer artisan-crafted,  fresh-cut salsas to deliver great, homemade taste that celebrates our authentic Mexican family tradition. From our family to yours.

What makes Rojo’s different from jarred salsa?
Unlike jarred salsa, Rojo’s salsas are made in small batches using premium, fresh cut ingredients and seasoned to perfection to deliver great, homemade taste. Rojo’s salsa is cold processed for fresh flavor unlike jarred salsa which is cooked.

Why was Rojo’s created?
Rojo’s was created with the belief that life tastes better when you share the best with others!

Where is Rojo’s headquartered?
We are headquartered in Cypress, CA.

When was Rojo’s founded?
Rojo’s was founded in 1985 with a secret homemade salsa recipe made by a family in Mexico and brought to the U.S. Rojo’s delivers authentic flavor to every salsa variety.

Are Rojo’s products/Gluten-free/ Kosher?
All Rojo’s salsas are gluten free. All Rojo’s salsa, except Mango Chipotle, are certified Kosher.

How much does Rojo’s cost?
Rojo’s salsas pricing ranges from $3.29 – $4.59. Our 5-layer dips are $4.99! Enjoy!

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Posted on May 15, 2017 at 12:02 am by Rabbi Jeffrey Rappoport · Permalink · Leave a comment
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KAMPAI STREET WOK (JERUSALEM)

We have been to Kampai Street Wok more times than we can remember. The last few times we went (Dec, Jan, Feb), we were somewhat disappointed in the food. The portions had shrunk, and the taste was not as good as it had been.

We were there on May 1, 2017, once again. We had a most amazing meal. Whatever was wrong has been fixed, and fixed well. The portions are back to their original size. The taste was supremely good. Cook time was fairly quick.

We were two people. We shared the wings as an appetizer. They were crispy, not too spicy, and wonderful to eat. The sesame seeds on the wings were a nice addition.

We each had a main course, and the food was excellent. It was tasty, quite fresh, and very good.

We are glad we went back! The restaurant is well lit, the place is clean. The bathroom is clean and sanitary. You go to the counter and order your food. They call you when it is ready, and you take it to your table. I don’t think we waited more than ten minutes.

We never stopped going, and for sure we will continue to go back again and again.

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GLUTEN FREE BROWNIE BRITTLE (OUD)

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Gluten-Free Brownie Brittle

The original is a cult snack favorite all over the world, and now, it’s available made with gluten free ingredients.

Sheila G’s Brownie Brittle has released two gluten free flavors in 2017. Traditional Chocolate Chip and Dark Chocolate Sea Salt flavors will hit shelves later this year in a five ounce resealable package.

Both flavors will boast the same rich, chocolate taste with the unmistakable crunch that Brownie Brittle fans have come to adore-all made with gluten free ingredients.

Fans have requested a gluten free option since Brownie Brittle’s inception and this line addition will allow those with gluten sensitivities and celiac disease to indulge in the cult-favorite under 150-calories-per-serving treat.

MSRP: $ 3.39
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ENTENMANN’S CHOCOLATE BARS

If you are lucky enough to live in an area where they sell Entenmann’s, you will be happy to know that they have introduced two new, amazing chocolate bars.

Here is the company’s press release:

Two Entenmann’s chocolate bars were recently released by Praim Group. Inspired by Entenmann’s baked goods, the bar varieties include Dark Chocolate Raspberry Burst and Dark Chocolate Mint Cookie Crunch. The bars, which are 2.15 ounces and kosher, have a suggested retail price of $1.99.

 

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DO YOU KNOW WHAT COULD BE IN YOUR FOOD?

Here is a most fascinating list of things that could be in your food. Some of the items can not be in kosher food, but others can.

 

Cellulose is made from wood. It is an anti-caking agent.  Kosher/Pareve

Carmine is a natural food color.  It is a deep red.  It comes from the shells of cochineal beetles in Mexico. The shells are crushed and made into a dye.  Almost all authorities consider Carmine to be trefe.

Cholic Acid is animal bile.  It is used as an emulsifier mostly in powdered eggs.  It could be kosher.  It requires kosher certification.    If you served in the US Armed Forces, you had it in your morning eggs!

L Form Cysteine is most commonly made from the hair of dead, white women.  It can be from feathers, but they are not a good source, and are, therefore not economical. In China, cysteine is made from pig hair.  Not kosher.  Found in non-kosher bread.

Musk comes from a gland between the testes and the anus of a deer. It was used in baking, in particular to flavor butter crème.  Musk is not kosher. Today in the US, musk is only used in perfume, and the baking industry only uses synthetic musk.

Ambergris comes from the intestines of whales.  It is used as a flavor enhancer.  It is not kosher.

Castoreum is the secrete of a gland located between the pelvis and base of the tail of the beaver. It is used as a flavor enhancer mostly for vanilla, strawberry, and raspberry flavors. The total world production of castoreum is under 300 pounds (136 kilos).

I once asked a famous food technologist how they discovered castoreum.  His first answer is that most of these things are accidents.  He went on to ask me if I had ever smelled a beaver’s tush.  I gave him a look that said, “Are you nuts?”  What I said was, “Um, no.  I have never been in a close relationship with a beaver.”  It turns out that a beaver’s tush smells very sweet. Ultimately, they found that the secreted fluid was good for a flavor enhancer.   Not kosher.  Not used today.

Lac, Shellac, Resinous glaze is made from the secretion of an insect. It is what makes hard candies shiny.  It is totally not digestible. The way it goes in is the way it goes out.  Although there are some authorities who say it is not kosher, overwhelmingly, the kosher world accepts it as kosher.

Civet comes from cats. It is similar to castoreum in that it comes from the anus of the cat. The difference is that civet smells like a dead animal (shtinkt vi a pegger).  However, if you dilute it to 1/10th of one percent, it smells lovely.  It is used to simulate caramel, rum, or butter flavors.  Civet was harvested by scraping the anus of the cat every two weeks.  Thankfully, today we use civetone, a synthetic that is kosher. Civetone smells like butter and lilly.

Methylparaben is the vaginal discharge of dogs in estrus (ie,when they are capable of conception).  It is not kosher.  It is added to ice cream and soda.  Many countries today have banned this substance.

Sperm Oil comes from whales and is not kosher.  It is used as a lubricant and a release agent in baking.

Amylase comes from saliva and pancreatic fluid.  It converts sugars into starch. It comes from pigs.  It is not kosher.

Lactic Acid is always pareve.  It comes from cornstarch and molasses.  The lactic acid used in ice cream is made from whey, and is dairy. It is used as a preservative and flavoring.

Lactose is made from milk sugar and is dairy.  It is a sweetener.

Lecithin is made from soybeans or corn oil. It is used as an emulsifier most commonly found in chocolate.  It is almost always pareve.

The second most expensive coffee in the world is Kopi Luwak coffee.  Coffee beans are eaten by a breed of Asian cat.  The beans pass directly through the cat’s system without being digested.  When the cat poops, the beans are harvested, sanitized, and roasted.  They say it makes the very best coffee.   It is kosher, by the way.

For those of you who grew up in America, you might remember Maxwell House Coffee. Their motto was good to the last drop.  Here, the motto is good to the last dropping.

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LIVIA SOPRANO’S BAKED ZITI

  • 1 pound ziti
  • 1 (15-ounce) container kosher ricotta cheese
  • 3 cups (12 ounces) shredded kosher mozzarella cheese, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 (28-ounce) jar spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup grated kosher Parmesan cheese
What To Do:
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 9- x 13-inch baking dish or 3-quart casserole with cooking spray.
  2. In a large pot of boiling, salted water, cook ziti until just barely tender; drain and place in a large bowl.
  3. Add ricotta cheese, 1-1/2 cups mozzarella cheese, garlic, salt, and parsley to the ziti; mix well. Spread half the spaghetti sauce over bottom of prepared baking dish. Spoon ziti mixture into baking dish; cover with remaining spaghetti sauce, then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  4. Bake 25 minutes, then top with remaining mozzarella cheese and bake 10 additional minutes, or until heated through.
Notes
  • Use your favorite type of flavored spaghetti sauce to add additional flavor to this ziti. And don’t worry if you don’t have ziti on hand — just substitute any other equal-sized shape.
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ARTISAN KETTLE ORGANIC CHOCOLATE CHIPS

PRESS RELEASE

The industry’s first retail organic baking chocolate with impeccable taste!  At Artisan Kettle, we selectively source our organic, Fair Trade Certified™ cocoa from small, family farmers in South America.  We then blend our cacao with only a few, simple ingredients to create the best tasting organic chocolate there is to offer.  Our unique recipes and connection to the far off places the cocoa comes from, makes this product truly special.  Available in Bittersweet, Semisweet, Milk Chocolate and White Chocolate baking chips, here’s a sneak preview of our new delectable product below!

Non GMO, Gluten Free, Soy Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Milk Free (only the pareve ones)

USDA Certified Organic

Kosher  (OU and OUD)

Vegan

 

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PEPPERIDGE FARM FARMHOUSE THIN & CRISPY COOKIES (OU-D)

PRESS RELEASE

Pepperidge Farm’s latest home-inspired recipe, Farmhouse Thin & Crispy cookies, features “real food” ingredients the customers are demanding. The item also constitutes something the brand calls an entirely new product line, with recipes specially crafted according to the Campbell Soup Co. Real Food Philosophy.  Baked with cage-free eggs, creamery butter, real vanilla extract and other choice ingredients, the product is available in three traditional flavors  — Milk Chocolate Chip, Dark Chocolate Chip and Triple Chocolate Chip — and is now available nationwide at a suggested retail prie of $3.29 per package.

We may have to take a trip to America just so we can taste these new cookies.

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HERSHEY MAKES “200 CALORIES OR LESS” COMMITMENT BY 2022

FROM CONVENIENCE STORE NEWS

HERSHEY, Pa. — The Hershey Co. is reaffirming its commitment to choice and transparency.

Through the company’s latest commitment, Hershey will make 50 percent of its total portfolio of individually wrapped standard- and king-size confectionery products with 200 calories or less by 2022. Hershey is also committing that 100 percent of its standard- and king-size confectionery products will feature Facts Up Front, easy-to-read front-of-pack calorie labels, by the end of 2018.

According to Hershey, it is the first confectionery and snacking company to make such a commitment for its entire standard- and king-size range of products.

“Consumers are at the heart of all that we do and we have been at the forefront of providing the choice and transparency they want,” said President and CEO Michele Buck. “We aim to delight our consumers and these steps will provide an even wider range of portion options and clear information to help them select treats that fit their lifestyle.”

Currently, about 31 percent of Hershey standard- and king-size confectionery products are already 200 calories or less and 70 percent of products carry the Facts Up Front calorie label.

The company expects that the 200-calorie commitment will be achieved through a combination of reformulation, innovative new products and adjusting the size of certain items in the portfolio, Hershey stated.

As part of its commitment, by 2020 new king-size options will also enable consumers to more easily share or save a piece for later.

 

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JULIE’S ORGANIC ICE CREAM (KEHILLA KOSHER)

PRESS RELEASE

Julie’s Organic Ice Cream is relaunching with an elegant rebrand and fresh new line of super premium organic pints. Ripe strawberries and blackberries, dark chocolate chips and fresh organic mint leaves are among the pure ingredients featured on the stylish new packaging, which was inspired by the “pure delight” of the brand, bringing clippings from localblackberry bushes and fresh strawberry plants at the peak of summer freshness to the photoshoot.

Along with the rebrand on its top-selling novelties, Julie’s Organic is introducing 11 new pint flavors in 2017. The new pints are sweetened with unrefined organic cane sugar and are free from added or artificial colors, added or artificial flavors, high fructose corn syrup, carrageenan, tapioca syrup and tapioca starch. The sorbet flavors are non-dairy, vegan and soy free. All Julie’s Organic products are USDA certified organic and non-GMO.

Julie’s eight super premium ice creams include: Classic Vanilla, Blackberries & Cream, Coffee, Cookies & Cream, Milk Chocolate, Mint Chip, Sea Salt Caramel and Strawberries & Cream. Additionally, three refreshing and silky sorbets follow the same organic pure delight approach with Just Lemon, Mango and Raspberry. SRP is $5.99-$6.99.

 

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