Friday, March 27, 2015

Stone's Chocolate Covered Matzah

Attention all chocolate covered matzoh lovers...there's no need to look any further for an awesome Passover snack. Allyson Stone is open for business and is taking customized orders for the holiday. If you want white, milk, or dark chocolate...Stone's Chocolate Covered Matzoh is for you. She can also do a mix if it's too difficult to choose one type. 
Packaged in adorable mason jars, this is the perfect gift for family, friends, or just a treat for yourself!

Allyson is an entrepreneur and baker all wrapped in one. She's been making her famous chocolate covered matzoh for family and friends for 12+ years, and realized that the public has been missing out!
How to order?  Email Allyson (she's very friendly!):
Pint: $12.00 (plus shipping)
Quart: $20.00 (plus shipping)

Oh yeah, did I mention that she ships nationwide? This NYC baker can ship to your California home. That's right, convenient and delicious. 

~Suggestion from the baker: To help maintain that crunch, store it in the fridge
For all Kashrut questions, please email Allyson.

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Wine for the Holidays

Passover is in 9 days, and meal preparation is coming into full swing. When planning out your dishes, a vital element to take into account is WINE. Pairing the wrong wine with a dish, can ultimately change the taste of your food. I had the opportunity of attending City Winery's Grand Wine Tasting in New York last week, and tasted many amazing wines, cheeses, dips, and sausage.

I've listed my top 10 favorite wines from the event, and paired them with Seven Bites recipes.

1. Herzog Late Harvest Orange Muscat

Grown in California, this wine carries a bold orange peel, grape and apricot flavoring. If you like any beverage with citrus, then this smooth and full-bodied textured wine should be the next bottle you open.

This wine can be paired with dessert or sharp cheeses.
Example: Strawberry 'Cheesecake' Parfait 

2. Moses Celebration Cava Brut

This Spanish wine speaks for itself. My first sip felt like a celebration. The grapes are fermented and aged for months, which gives this wine its crisp bubbly texture.

This wine can go well with any part of your Seder!

3. Moses Date Vodka 

Okay fine, you caught me. I didn't just try wines at the wine tasting. Wine tends to put me to sleep, and if it does the same thing to you as it does to me, then I suggest switching things up with Moses Date Vodka. It's made with natural ingredients, and infused with sweet red dates.

4. Carmel Moscato di Carmel

In photo number 4, the woman is holding a delicious semi-sweet wine with a hint of peach and citrus flavors. This is best served chilled and with dessert.

Example: Inside Out Chocolate Covered Strawberries

5. Recanati Shiraz 

Recanti Shiraz encompasses layers of raspberry and plum flavoring intertwined with traces of spice, nutmeg, and mocha.

This wine can be paired with roasts, grilled meats, and tuna steak.

Example: Red Wine Top of Rib

6. 2012 Malbec Reserve

If you're looking for a deep flavored wine, then Malbec Reserve has your name on it. This wine is infused with a smokiness flavoring and a hint of dark chocolate and cherry spice.

This can be paired well with a red meat.

Example: London Broil

7. Agua Dulce Cabernet Sauvignon

This complex, bold wine has a red berry fruit filled flavoring, with many additional citrus layers such as  candied fruit, and black plum.

Agua Dulce can be paired with a steak or hearty stew.

Example: Veal Stew 

8. Hagafen Cabernet Sauvignon

I love this wine for its mixture of flavors. Infused with dark berries, this Cabernet Sauvignon embodies rosemary and herb flavoring, giving this wine its rich, yet soft taste.

This wine can be paired with a bold flavoring dish.

Example: Apricot Glazed Duck Confit

9. Tura Rose Valley 'Semi Sweet Red Wine'

The aroma of this wine is all I can think about.  The deep citrus flavors made me feel as if I could individually taste each piece of fruit my glass.

Tura Rose Valley can be paired with a salty and/or meat dish.

Example: Chuck Steak

10. Gush Etzion Spring River Cabernet Sauvignon-Merlot 

This wine is a full-bodied red wine blend. Basically, everything I can ask for in one glass. This has a subtle spicy cedarwood revealing currant and blackberries.

This wine can be paired with any type of barbecued meat/poultry or sharp cheese.

Example: Sweet n' Smokey Chicken

~Happy Passover~

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Red Wine Top of Rib

Using only seven ingredients, our Red Wine Top of the Rib recipe is easy to make and fall-apart delicious! The trick to tenderized meat is to slice it against the grain after the initial cooking process and put it back in the over for a final roast. We highly recommend that you use a red wine that can be enjoyed when your rib is complete; try a full flavored wine such as a Merlot or Shiraz. This will add additional flavor to the dish and will help tenderize your meat.

We used Grow & Behold'sTop of Rib. This cut of meat can be compared to a brisket in terms of its cooking method and texture. The difference is that the top of rib is smaller and more tender. What makes Grow & Behold meats so different is the way they raise their animals. The cattle are raised in an environmentally safe and managed pasture. The majority of the animals' diet is grass-based. These animals are raised by the dozens, not by the thousands. Additionally, all cattle are humanely slaughtered and Glatt Kosher, 

Serving: 6-8
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours and 20 minutes
[Kosher for Passover]
1 Top of Rib (4.5 lb)
1 tablespoon of Worcestershire Sauce
2 cups of Barbecue Sauce
1 cup of Red Wine
3 tablespoons of garlic powder
3 tablespoons of onion powder
3 tablespoons of paprika

1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees
2. Lay on a flat surface the top of rib. Generously coat each side with garlic powder, onion powder and paprika.
3. Place the meat in a baking dish. If the meat is too long for the baking pan, you can fold over in order for the top of rib to fit. 
4. Place in the oven for 10 minutes uncovered. 
5. Remove rib from the oven and flip over. Place back in the oven uncovered for an additional 10 minutes. 
6. In a large measuring cup, add 1 cup of red wine and 2 cups of barbecue sauce. Mix well. 
7. Remove rib from the oven. Pour wine mixture over the meat, making sure that it is thoroughly covered in the sauce. 
8. Tightly cover the meat with tin foil, and place back in the oven for 1 hour. 
9. Remove meat from the oven. Flip the rib over and place back in the oven for 30 minutes. 
10. Remove meat from the and slice against the grain. Here's a great article on How to Slice Meat Against the Grain.
11. Place meat back in the over covered for an additional 30 minutes. [Slicing the meat will allow each piece to get absorbed in the sauce]. 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Apricot Glazed Duck Confit

We used Grow & Behold's Duck Legs  for this recipe. The classic way for duck legs to be prepared is "confit", which is a French culinary method of cooking the duck in its own fat. This slow-cook technique allows the duck to become very tender and rich tasting.  All of Grow & Behold's products are Glatt Kosher and pasture raised. As soon as the birds are large enough to be moved outside, they spend their entire lives on grass. They live in spacious, movable pens  that are moved each day allowing them to access a growing salad bar of natural food. The birds are also fed a special blend of non-GMO food. 

Serving: 4
Total Time: 26 hours and 25 minutes
Prep: 30 minutes
Inactive: 24 hours
Cook: 1 hour and 55 minutes
[Kosher for Passover]

4 duck legs (including thigh joints)
1 cup of duck fat 
(It is unnecessary to buy extra duck fat. Please see directions for duck fat removal process) 
1 cup of Apricot Jam
1/2 cup of red wine vinegar
Salt and Pepper to taste
1/2 cup of  rosemary

1. Meat Curing: Place salt and pepper in a large bowl. Rub seasoning over the duck, making sure to run underneath the skin. Tightly cover the bowl for 24 hours.
1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees.
2. Place the duck on a cutting board. First remove fat from the duck and set aside. Second, trim away any fat extending up the bone. 
3. Place duck in a cast iron pan. Set aside. (If you do not have a cast iron pan, a baking pan will suffice). 
4. Rendering the duck fat:  Cut duck fat into very small pieces. Evenly spread the duck fat in a frying pan. Cook on a low flame allowing the fat to melt. Take a spoon and remove the duck fat from the frying pan. Continue this process until you have 1 cups worth. This process should take approximately 20 minutes.  
5. Pour the duck fat over the duck. Cook on a medium low heat for 10 minutes. Flip duck over, and cook in the pan for an additional 10 minutes. 
6. In a large measuring cup, mix red wine vinegar and apricot jam together. Pour this mixture over the duck fat. 
7. Tightly cover the pan and place in the oven for 45 minutes. 
8. Remove from the oven and flip the duck over. You can take spoon fulls of the apricot mixture and pour top of the duck. 
9. Pour rosemary over chicken. Tightly cover the pan and place back in the oven for an additional 30 minutes. 

Monday, March 2, 2015

Garlic Lemon Chicken

We were very excited to work with Joy of Kosher and use Grow & Behold's, Sara's Spring Chicken to make this recipe as their products are known to be of the highest quality. In addition to being Glatt Kosher, Grow & Behold's birds are pasture raised. As soon as the birds are large enough to be moved outside, they spend their entire lives on grass. They live in spacious, movable pens that are moved each day allowing them to access a growing salad bar of natural food. The birds are also fed a special blend of non-GMO food, which enhances its flavors, giving it a fresh and pure taste. When making this recipe, we highly recommend you to order your chicken from Grow & Behold

You can also find this recipe on Joy of Kosher's website.

Serving: 5
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours and 30 minutes
[Kosher for Passover]

1 Whole Chicken (2.5-3.5 lb)
10 Lemons
2 cans of Chicken Broth (10.5 oz, each)
1/2 cup of Thyme
1 tablespoon of Crushed Garlic
1/4 cup of olive oil
Pepper to taste

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Place your chicken on a baking rack inside the roasting pan. 
3. Pat the chicken dry.  Using a pastry brush, generously brush the inside and outside of the chicken with olive oil. 
4. Lightly sprinkle pepper inside and outside of the chicken. 
5. Thinly slice 1 lemon and place about 4-5 of those slices inside the cavity of the chicken. [The cavity is the hollow space of the chicken]. 
6. Add 1/4 tablespoon of thyme inside the cavity.
7. Coat the bottom of your roasting pan with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and line with an additional thinly sliced lemon. 
8. Using your pastry brush, lightly coat the chicken with crushed garlic. 
9. In a large measuring cup squeeze 1 cup of lemon juice. Add 1 can of chicken broth. Mix well. 
10. Pour mixture of chicken. 
11. Place in the oven for 15 minutes.
12. Lower oven temperature to 250 degrees and cook for 1 hour. 
13. Remove the chicken from the over. Take the second can of chicken broth and pour over the chicken.
14. Thinly slice an additional lemon and place on top and around the chicken. Add 1/4 cup of thyme and add on top and around the chicken as well.  (you can leave the thyme on the stem if you would like).  
15. Place back in the oven for 45 minutes. 
16. Remove the chicken from the oven and tightly cover in order that the chicken doesn't dry out. Place back in the oven for an additional 30 minutes. 

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Mediterranean Tuna Salad

Serving: 3
1 can of White Albacore Tuna with oil. (10 oz)
1/4 cup of chopped Spring Onions
1/4 cup of chopped Red Onion
1/4 cup of chopped Red Bell Pepper
1/4 cup of sliced Green olives
2 1/2 tablespoons of Lemon Juice
3 teaspoons of Paprika 

1. In a bowl, add the tuna (do not remove the oil), spring onion, red onion, red bell pepper, and green olives. Mix well.
2. Once combined, add the lemon juice and paprika. Mix well. 
3. Serve cold and enjoy!