KosherEye Featured Product
Carolina Plantation Stone Ground Grits
A Charleston, South Carolina Specialty
We've got the people of Charleston on our mind this week. We are touched, comforted and encouraged by their unity and shared sense of loss, a lesson for the world and the country. To celebrate thie beautiful city of Charleston, one of our favorite destinations in the U.S., we are sharing a favorite product and some recipes.
We consider Carolina Plantation Stone Ground Grits the Rolex of grits. These grits are coarse-ground the old fashioned way, processed between the granite stones of an antique Meadows gristmill. Chefs in several upscale Southern restaurants serve Carolina Plantation Grits on their menus, and we serve these at home. The grits have a rich taste and a thick, creamy texture. The longer they cook, the creamier they get. Top them with grated cheddar cheese, or just plain butter...delicious!
Carolina Plantation stone-ground grits are packaged in 2-pound cloth bags. According to most orthodox rabbis, plain corn grits do not need kosher certification. For information, recipes, and to purchase, visit the Carolina Plantation web site.
How to make grits and serve grits: We love our grits with eggs and toast - or sometimes, we serve them like the mainstream chefs with shrimp (faux kosher shrimp of course) or alongside grilled or fried fish. Here are recipes for Cheese Grits and Easy Slow Cooker Grits.
Whoopie Pies by The Piping Gourmets
The Piping Gourmets was launched in October 2011 by co-founders Leslie Kaplan and Carolyn Shulevitz. The pair created Whoopie Pies, a line of all natural and certified gluten free desserts. The mission - to offer a variety of innovative, delicious, healthier desserts for today's health and taste conscious consumers. Both founders are well seasoned in the food world with experience in both catering and hospitality. Carolyn Broome Shulevitz is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, NY. Leslie Kaplan is a graduate of Florida International University's School of Hospitality Management.
So what is a Whoopie Pie? It has been called a cupcake sandwich. Legend has it that these delicacies actually originated in the Amish country. When Amish farmers found the confection in their lunchboxes, they shouted WHOOPEE! And you will too when you taste these. Each individually wrapped Piping Gourmet Whoopie Pie consists of two cake halves generously filled with richly flavored cream. They can be stored in the freezer, and defrosted in minutes. Yumm!
Piping Gourmet Whoopie Pies:
- All natural
- Certified GFCO gluten free
- OU kosher-parve
- Vegan – dairy free, egg free, non GMO
- And the flavors: Chocolate Chocolate, Chocolate Vanilla, Chocolate Mint, Vanilla Vanilla, Vanilla Lemon, Chocolate Raspberry
The Piping Gourmets is a subsidiary of Batter Up, LLC - a woman owned company. Whoopie Pies are available in the freezer department of many Whole Foods Markets, Wegman's, Safeway and can be ordered online.
For more information: thepipinggourmets.com
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Fleishmann's Simply Homemade Baking Mixes
One day recently when walking the food aisles of Wal-Mart we spotted a new Fleishmann's box on the baking aisle - and the box had a large OU right on the front. What a delicious find this turned out to be. We had discovered Fleishmann's new kosher parve baking mixes.
Three varieties were available: Cornbread, Pretzel Creations and Country White.
Of course, those of you who know that we live in Atlanta can guess which we chose for our first test pick! Yes, we chose the cornbread - our favorite of course – maybe because we live in the south, or maybe because we just love corn. Our results- to our delight, this baking mix was as good as homemade from scratch, but much faster to prepare. We followed the basic recipe directions. It took 10 minutes and one bowl to mix the batter by hand, and then about 30 minutes to bake. Delicious!
The Cornbread mix is:
- OU Kosher, parve
- Dairy Free, Trans–fat free
- 10 servings per box (box says 16 - but not in our house!)
- Made with real corn
On our 2nd try, we proceeded with some of the add-ins suggested on the box – we added canned corn and jalapeños (directions on the label). Results, even more scrumptious with this extra touch, and layers of spicy flavor.
And next - we are intrigued by a video recipe (see below) - combining Simply Homemade Cornbread Mix with diced apricots and mascarpone cheese. Of course, we love sweet and plan to top this with a dollop of honey or blueberry preserves. Results forthcoming.
The Olive Tree USA
How delighted we were to discover Ezuz Olive oil from Israel – Not just because of its origin (Yes, we tend to support Israeli products), but even more so because of taste, and how it is grown. Ezuz Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil is cold pressed, delicate and mild -- lovely when a fine olive oil is warranted. It is delicious for dipping, in salad dressings and as a topping for vegetables and breads. The olives for this exceptional oil are only harvested in the fall, in small, limited quantities.
Two women – a native New Yorker and a native Israeli own the Olive Tree USA. The company has partnered with several small, boutique Israeli olive oil producers to introduce very special and high quality products. The Organic Olive Plantation in Ezuz was planted by one of the founders of the Ezuz community, on the ruins of an ancient agriculture farm.
The cultivation and care of the trees, the manual olive harvest, and the quick delivery of the olives to the press all help to produce an exquisite oil. The trees are cultivated without the use of fertilizers or insecticides and special care is taken to maintain the equilibrium in the ecological environment.
In addition, the unique desert conditions of the Negev enable the olive trees to produce olives that have been scientifically tested to contain high levels of anti-oxidants and Vitamin E--all benefits for the body.
• Grown without insecticide and fertilizer
• Low in acidity
• Manually harvested
• Quick delivery of olives to the press
• Kosher Lemehadrin and Kosher for Passover
• Available in 16.9 oz. bottles at $25
For information or to order visit: theolivetreeusa.com
Quinoa ("Keen-Wa"), was first brought to the United States from Chile over 25 years ago. It has been cultivated in the Andes Mountains for thousands of years.
Kosher for Passover Status: Most rabbis have determined that quinoa is a non-grain, a member of the "goose foot" family, which includes sugar beets and beet root. Therefore, quinoa, when not contaminated by chometz in the growing process or in handling , is now considered kosher for Passover. When purchasing quinoa, check for special Passover certification on label or verify brand kashrut with the kosher certifying agency.
Kosher for Passover Quinoa:
OU-P required on label: Setton, Pereg, Goolbaum
Star-K-P required on label: Natural Earth
Ancient Harvest White Quinoa - No special Passover certification is required, just Star-K
Quinoa is delicious in both salads and pilafs.
Basic Quinoa Recipe: In a pot, add 1 part quinoa with 2 parts boiling water; turn off flame, and cover tightly. The quinoa will continue to cook itself, is ready in about ten minutes. The grains will look "squiggly" when ready. Use in lieu of rice. Quinoa is a has more calcium, iron, and protein than wheat, and is gluten free.
Try this Quinoa Pilaf recipe - a KosherEye family favorite.
The Star-K 2015 Passover Directory
The OU 2015 Passover Guide
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