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New Wines for the New Year

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On Rosh Hashanah we are asked to reflect on two thoughts, the year that came before and the year to come. As wine lovers, we hold these same thoughts in our glass. 5771 is shaping up to be a wonderful year, with exciting new releases from some of our favorite wine regions: Australia, California, Israel and Italy.  As you finalize your guest list and prepare your menu, joyofkosher highlights several new wines for the new year that would feel right at home on your holiday table!

Tackling the Aid Crisis in Pakistan

Originally posted on Food Forever – the AJWS Food Justice blog

Though media coverage of the flooding in Pakistan is far less robust than the coverage of the Haiti earthquake, there’s been some recent buzz in the blogosphere. In assessing Pakistan’s crisis, many bloggers have asked some version of the question “Why is no one helping?”

Vegetarian Food and Kosher Meat in a Kosher Nation

Sue Fishkoff’s Kosher Nation: Why More and More of America’s Food Answers to a Higher Authority (Schocken Books) doesn’t come out until October, but I was lucky enough to get a galley in advance. Frankly, what I enjoyed most about the book were topics I don’t have any particular reason to blog about: the true meaning of kosher wine, the globalization of kosher certification, how far people will go to make sure that insects aren’t in their food, and the life and times of a mashgiach. Fishkoff also has a great deal to say about the connections between vegetarianism and kashrut as well as kosher meat.

I might not agree with everything Fishkoff has to say, but she didn’t write an opinion-based eater’s manual. She’s a journalist who presented a very compelling, enlightening look at the scope of kashrut in 21st century America, and it’s a must-read for anyone interested in Jewish connections to food issues of any kind.

Nutritious and Delicious Breakfast and After School Snacks

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Weekdays are challenging when it comes to feeding a family. Getting the kids off to school with an energizing breakfast in their bellies and making it to work on time is tough. And by mid-afternoon when they get off the school-bus you know they’re going to be ready for a snack, regardless of what they ate for lunch. Making sure that your kids eat balanced and healthy meals that are still filled with flavor is no easy feat, but it can be done.

(x-posted from The Wet Sprocket)

A new award has been developed by the Seedling Projects in San Francisco designed to support food producers who put as much thought into how they produce their foods as they do to what they are producing.  For sustainably minded, small-scale, artisanal and craft producers, this should be your thing.

According to the Seedling Projects, “Winners will receive a Good Food Awards seal to place on their product, an invitation to participate in the ceremony and marketplace tasting, and connections to a network of national buyers who seek out foods that meet the holistic Good Food Awards Criteria.”

Interview with Bonnie Taub-Dix

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We are excited to invite Bonnie Taub-Dix into our joyofkosher kitchen.  Bonnie is a national spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and Director and Owner of BTD Nutrition Consultants.  Bonnie’s website can be found at  

Bonnie collaborated with Susie Fishbein to create Kosher by Design Lightens Up: Fabulous food for a healthier lifestyle.  Her new book, Read It Before You Eat It: How to Decode Food Labels and Make the Healthiest Choice Every Time  will show you how to make sense of food labels and avoid tricky marketing ploys. 

Feast in the field: the afterglow

Just got back from Feast in the Field, where we were treated to a veritable feast cooked with produce from the Adamah harvest, served to us in a beautiful tent right in the field where the vegetables grew.

One Adamahnik, Rachel English, exclaimed, “I never knew our vegetables could be cooked like this!”  Indeed, the roasted red pepper coulis, eggplant caponata and fatoosh-roasted garlic flatbread chicps tossed with cucumbers, tomatoes, feta and mint in a lemon-sumac citronette dressing are hardly your standard hippie stirfry.  The meal also featured egg tarts, asian chopped salad with nappa cabbage, carrots and scallions, and platters of “the freshest tomatoes of the season, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and dusted with sea salt and fresh herbs.”

Is a Nature Deficit Depressing Children?

A new study by John Guthman, PhD, director of counseling services at Hofstra University, uncovered more severe depression among college students. In 2009, 41% of students counseled at his college were diagnosed with moderate or severe depression, compared to 34% in 1997. Fewer were suicidal, however, perhaps due to improved services or perhaps because being surrounded by other depressed people makes you feel less alone.

Future Shocked?

Dr Guthman opines that the reason more students have more severe depressive symptoms is that more of them are being diagnosed with depression before coming to college. Doesn’t that just put off the real question: Why are more kids depressed?

A Kosher Chicken in Every Pot – Part 2

Wise Organic Pastures – The Poultry Farm

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Now it’s on to the Farm – a 50-mile drive from the plant.

As city dwellers, we did not know what to expect at the “chicken” farm. Wise Organic Poultry contracts with farmers willing to raise chickens to its high specifications – combining humane methods, proper feed, and ample space. To visit one such farm, we traveled to a picturesque well–maintained farm, owned by a grower in the Susquehanna Valley of Central Pennsylvania.

A Victory for Factory Farming Opponents in Ohio

An article in the New York Times this morning reported that a truce has been made between factory farmers and animal rights activists in Ohio.  Much of the discussion is focused on caging methods for chickens.

According to the article:

Hoping to avoid a divisive November referendum that some farmers feared they would lose, Gov. Ted Strickland of Ohio urged farm leaders to negotiate with opponents, led by the Humane Society of the United States. After secret negotiations, the sides agreed to bar new construction of egg farms that pack birds in cages, and to phase out the tight caging of pregnant sows within 15 years and of veal calves by 2017.

Argan Oil: From Morocco to Israel

Jacob Levenfeld, who has spent extensive time in the Negev, writes about Orly Sharir’s project to grow argan oil in Israel’s desert. Orly, a supplier of herbs and spices for Negev Nectars in the United States, writes more on the subject on the Negev Nectars blog.

Isn’t it frustrating when you eat something delicious but you can’t quite put your finger on that little ingredient that pulls everything together? In Moroccan cuisine, that extra spice could just be a little-known delicacy known as argan oil. Used in all sorts of food recipes, lotions, and creams, this reddish oil is derived from argan tree nuts native to Morocco. Lately, though, a small number of farms in Israel’s Negev desert have also forayed into argan production.

Achieving Food Justice in India. What Will It Take?

Originally posted on Food Forever – The AJWS Food Justice Blog.

The headline of Sunday’s front page New York Times article reads, “India Asks, Should Food Be a Right for the Poor?” Of course it should. The article recounts the sobering fate of India’s countless citizens who, after enduring extreme starvation and malnutrition, have fallen through the country’s social safety net.

Chickens and Compost in Brooklyn

I moved back to Brooklyn just under two months ago.  Although formerly a city-dweller, three years at Adamah in the peaceful countryside of Lichtfield County had gotten me used to a few things.  Quiet, for one.  Also unlimited farm-fresh eggs, as orange as the sun.  And the possibility that at any moment, I might have to shlep compost.