Secrets to Cooking with Red Wine Vinegar

According Readers Digest Food in an article written by Perri O. Blumberg

Red Wine Vinegar adds surprising brightness to multiple dishes and foods. The growing demand for salads as a snack item is making Red Wine Vinegar the perfect substitute for other dressings.

Look at the other ways Red Wine Vinegar can enhance your meals:

  • Can be used as a marinade for meats
  • Pair with sautéed onions for a delicious garnish
  • Great for summer salads with sweet fruits
  • Add a dash to cilantro-infused guacamole
  • Use as a sauce to finish dishes

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Lemon Olive Oil Cake

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Lindsey from Kosher Art Cooking used our 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil in their olive oil cake recipe and it tastes delicious!

Our extra virgin olive oil provides powerful anti-inflammatory antioxidants and polyphenols loaded with health benefits for a unique flavor. No preservatives or additives added either.

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Lemon Olive Oil Cake

By Lindsey  http://www.kosherartcooking.com/

Prep Time: 60 min Serves: 12

1/2 cup De La Rosa 100% Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1/4 tsp salt

4 eggs

1 Lemon Zest lemon

2 lemons

1/2 tsp baking powder

1 cup flour

1/2 cup powdered sugar

6 slices dried lemon

1 cup sugar

Get all ingredients together! Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put a little bit of Olive Oil in a pan. Line the bottom of the pan with parchment paper. I used a Heart pan! Beat together the eggs and sugar until very Fluffy in a mixer on high setting for 6 minutes. After beating it together put the olive oil and 2 lemons juice into the eggs and sugar. Use a rubber spatula and fold the ingredients together. Take another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Then fold in all ingredients together.

Beat together the eggs and sugar until very fluffy in a mixer on high setting for 6 minutes. After beating it together put the olive oil and 2 lemons juice into the eggs and sugar. Use a rubber spatula and fold the ingredients together. Take another bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt and lemon zest. Then fold in all ingredients together.

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Pour Cake batter into pan and cook for 35 mins

Wait 5 mins till cake is cool. Then sprinkle Powered Sugar on top of the cake.

Top cake with 6 dried lemon slices!

Enjoy!

 

Is Kosher Organic?

imagesThe thing with Kosher food is that it has to be made in a certain way, and it has to follow very strict guidelines. The guidelines are so strict that most Kosher food plants are actually exempt from inspections and certifications because the standards are so high there is no need to inspect. This then begs the question about whether or not kosher is actually organic.

Organic food is concerned with how food is contaminated with various chemicals and through the use of GMOs. Organic food is food that is not harmful to human health, and does not have anything in it that can harm the person, nor the planet, from the process of growing to ingesting.

Kosher is a bit different in that it is concerned with how the food conforms with the dietary laws of the Jewish people. Any contamination of these rules could compromise the laws, and that is why Kosher products are certified so highly. A person who only eats organic, eating an apple grown in an inorganic way, is not going to have a question of faith, but a Jewish person eating something that isn’t kosher can have that crisis.

In both organic and kosher processing of products, the equipment must be certified in a certain way. Organic food can’t have any equipment that uses harsh chemicals, while kosher products can’t be made by equipment that makes non-kosher items.

One of the biggest differences between the certifications is that organic certification is managed by the United States Department of Agriculture, and is set down in laws from the federal government. In contrast, kosher is only answerable to the rabbi at the particular kosher certification agency handling that product or processing facility.

So, is kosher organic? No, it is not. Organic food can be made in a non-kosher way, and kosher food can be made in a non-organic way. A chicken can be made in a kosher way, but that doesn’t mean it wasn’t raised in harsh conditions, or with certain by-products in it.

If you want kosher, then get a kosher certified food. If you want organic, then go with an organic certified food.

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Written by: Yehudith Girshberg

What does Organic Certification Mean?

usda-organic-sealWhen a product in the United States is considered to be organic and has passed all the tests related to organic produce, it receives a sticker that says USDA Organic. This sticker, issued only through the United States Department of Agriculture, certifies that the product is organic. It is impossible for a product to receive this certification without passing the strict guidelines put in place by the United States government.

Through the United States Department of Agriculture, organic is defined as products that are made in a method that preserves the environment and avoids synthetic materials including antibiotics and pesticides. To be certified, farmers must grow their crop and manage their livestock in a way that follows the standards of the USDA. Standards can include:

  1. Irradiation, sewage sludge, synthetic fertilizers, prohibited pesticides and GMOs were not used in the process of growing the organic food.
  2. Producers must meet animal health and welfare standards. They cannot use antibiotics or growth hormones and animals must have access to the outdoors. The feed for the animals must also be 100 per cent organic.
  3. The product has 95 per cent or more certified organic content.

The USDA supports the organic trend because it preserves natural resources and the biodiversity of the country, while supporting animal health and welfare. It also supports it because organic food from livestock means that animals had access to the outdoors so they could exercise their regular and natural behaviours.

Organic is growing at a very fast rate in the United States. Currently, 25,000 farmers and ranchers get benefits from the organic certification, and they are part of a market that has reached $35 billion a year in sales.

The standards put in place by the USDA help ensure that the products you buy with an organic label on them are actually organic. That label is the best way to ensure what you are buying is truly organic and healthy for you and the environment.

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The Health Benefits of Tahini

imagesMost of us probably don’t know what Tahini is exactly, but we should. Tahini is a paste that has been consumed by humans in the Middle East and India for thousands of years. This dish is used in a large number of recipes, and is highly versatile and can be used in many different ways.

There are other reasons to eat Tahini, beyond just how great it goes with other dishes. It is an extremely healthy food that can do you a lot of good. Made from whole sesame seed, it keeps the nutritional benefits of sesame seeds intact. You should try Tahini, for these many benefits:

  1. First of all, it is incredibly rich in many minerals including iron, potassium and magnesium.
  2. It is one of the top sources of calcium that you can find today.
  3. It is also extremely high in Vitamin E, Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B5 and B15.
  4. It promotes healthy cell growth.
  5. It helps with muscle tone and keeping your skin healthy.
  6. It is one of the best sources of protein you can find, and actually has a higher amount of protein than nuts.
  7. Your body can digest it easily, which makes it great for people with digestive problems.
  8. It is high in the good fat of unsaturated fat.
  9. It is a good source of Methionine, which is important for the liver and its detoxification of harmful things in the body.
  10. If you are worried about being anaemic, consuming Tahini can help prevent that.

If you are thinking of cooking it, there are many ways that you can do it.

You can have it as a dressing in your salad for one, or you can mix it into the stir-fry that you are cooking up. Add some avocados and mash them into the Tahini and you have a great dip. You can also mix it with garlic and chickpeas.

 

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Organic Kosher

imagesEating kosher is very important to people of the Jewish faith. It is central to their belief. Just because they need their food prepared in a certain way, that doesn’t mean they should be going without food that is organic. No different than everyone else, they deserve to have the option of organic. So, where can one get organic kosher?

The laws regarding kosher slaughter are so strong that the USDA has exempted kosher butchers and slaughterhouses from regulations, so you already know you are getting good quality food. Of course, that doesn’t mean you are getting organic food. Under kosher law, kosher food must be prepared in accordance with Jewish dietary laws. Foods that are not kosher include any shellfish, reptile, birds such as eagles and owls, and mammals such as pigs and rabbits. For other species, the meat must be slaughtered in a certain manner to be considered kosher, often under supervision of a rabbi. In addition, meat and dairy products cannot be consumed at the same time. Any kosher food that is prepared with, or from, non-kosher food is no longer considered to be kosher.

As foods have become more complex, with more ingredients and more processing, more and more kosher foods have kosher labelling. Kosher is also not just for Jewish people, but Muslims as well. Roughly 16 per cent of the $100 billion spent in the United States on kosher food comes from Muslim individuals.

Kosher food has more supervision than other foods, so many see it as an alternative to unhealthy processed foods.

Where does organic kosher come in then? Well, organic kosher is the same as regular kosher food in that it has to follow the same rules and regulations that are seen with other organic food. The only difference is that it is kosher. Although, given the large guidelines in place, it could be said that kosher food is more organic than many other “organic” brands out there. If you are concerned about what you are eating and want a healthier option, then you may want to consider eating kosher. You don’t have to be Jewish to eat kosher, and organic kosher is probably the cleanest food out there.

Give it a try.

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Finding Organic Tahini

imagesTahini is a great food that has been used for thousands of years throughout the world. Sometimes called sesame seed butter, Tahini is actually more than that.

There are some who feel that Tahini is not a great tasting food. The taste is not considered to be sweet and can be a bit bitter. That being said, it is very popular with vegans because of how much protein can be found in it.

Several cooking recipes, especially vegan recipes, use Tahini and when mixed with other foods rather than standing on its own, it can become quite good.

When used with sauces, entrees, creamy dips, hummus and salad dressings, it can be an excellent and healthy addition to cooking.

Tahini is an excellent source of calcium and iron, as well as B1 and magnesium and dietary fiber.

When you decide to buy Tahini, you want to make sure that it is organic. Why should it be organic? Well, with all the health benefits associated with it, you need to make sure you are keeping those health benefits and not losing them through the use of chemicals, pesticides and herbicides. Not to mention, organic is just better for you, and the planet as well.

There are many tips to finding organic.

First, look for labeling that identifies it as organic. In the United States, you would be looking for an organic certification through the United States Department of Agriculture. This certification proves that the product has gone through the testing needed to be certified organic in the United States.

Next, look at the farm where it is coming from. Is it a small family farm, or a large company farm that throws the word “natural” on something to make it seem like it is organic. Always do your research.

Going organic isn’t just about no chemicals, it is about making sure your food comes from a local source. See if you can find a local source for your food, including a local source of Tahini.

The best thing you can do is just do your research and know where your Tahini is coming from. Natural doesn’t mean organic, so make sure your organic Tahini is actually organic.

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What Is Real Food?

downloadYou may have heard of real food, but what is that exactly? Some may wonder that if they are not eating real food, are they eating fake food? Is real food something that is not imaginary? It may seem odd to call food “real food” but it is actually a revolution in food that many people are starting to jump on.

Real food is described as food that nourishes producers, consumers, communities and the entire plant as a result. It is a system of food, that runs from seed to plate, that is steeped in providing health, human dignity, animal welfare and social justice, as well as environmental-sustainability. It has been called by other names, including green food, slow food and local food.

If you decide to go on a real food diet, there are rules in place. You can eat:

  1. They must be whole foods that are a product of nature, not a product of industry.
  2. Fruits and vegetables.
  3. Dairy products.
  4. Whole-wheat grains.
  5. Seafood
  6. Locally-raised meats
  7. Drinks such as water, natural juices, coffee, tea and milk, as well as wine and beer.
  8. Snacks such as nuts, popcorn, seeds and dried fruit
  9. All natural sweeteners.

Things you cannot eat are:

  1. No refined grains. This includes white rice and white flour.
  2. No refined sweeteners. This includes sugar, cane juice, Splenda and corn syrup.
  3. Nothing out of a box, bag or bottle that has more than five ingredients.
  4. No deep frying of foods.
  5. No foods from fast food joints.

In order to buy foods that are real foods, you should always read the ingredient label to know what you are getting, while increasing your consumption of whole foods. You should buy your bread from a local bakery, and you should always go for a whole-grain option no matter what type of food you are eating, including pastas, crackers and cereals, as well as rice. Stay away from products bought from the store that are high in high-fructose corn syrup, and do not order off a kids menu when you are out for dinner with the family.

A great place to visit is your local farmer’s market, and stay away from eating any sort of junk food that you can.

It may seem like a lot of work, but after you begin eating the food, you will find that you are suddenly much healthier, and feeling much better. It is a great way to live, and a great way to eat. 

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What is so great about grape seed oil?

grapesThe world provides us with many different things to help us be healthy and happy. There are many things you can consume, but few things are better than fruits and vegetables. When we think about eating fruits and vegetables, you think about eating crunchy apples and leafy greens, but what about the oils of various fruits and vegetables?

One such oil is grape seed oil. This oil, created from the pressing of the seeds of grapes, is used in a variety of applications, and is a huge by-product of winemaking.

Grape seed oil is often used in cooking, especially as a salad dressing and mayonnaise, as well as a base for various infusions like garlic and rosemary. It can be sprayed on raisins to help the raisins keep their flavor, and grape seed oil is also put on pancakes, waffles and baked goods.

Cosmetics also use grape seed oil heavily, especially as an ingredient to keep moisture of the skin. Light and thin, grape seed oil is great for creating a glossy film over the skin when used as a carrier oil. Grape seed oil is also used as a lubricant in shaving. It can also help to grow and strengthen hair.

Grape seed oil also has a lot of health benefits attached to it. In a study done in 1993, it was found that grape seed oil helps to increase the good cholesterol levels in the body, while reducing the levels of bad cholesterol. Grape seed oil also contains a lot of antioxidants and biologically-active compounds that are believed to help combat cancer. It is believed that the antioxidants in grape seed oil is 50 times stronger than the antioxidants in vitamin C and E.

The linoleic acid in grape seed oil also helps deal with diabetes. Grape seed oil can also help to strengthen and repair damaged or broken capillaries and blood vessels. For inflammation, grape seed oil has been found to be anti-inflammatory in nature, helping to relieve pain and swelling caused by arthritis. It can also help to increase blood flow in the body, while also helping the immune system.

For wounds, grape seed oil can also help to heal wounds thanks to the linoleic acid levels. If you are looking for Vitamin E, grape seed oil is great because it is extremely high in the vitamin, which is essential to helping to fight cancer.

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Food Label Terminology 101

Today labels on food products use a lot of different key words and phrases to indicate health benefits to their product. We have all seen the “cage free” declaration on eggs, or the “all natural” proclamation on various items throughout the grocery store. Now many of you may be thinking, ” Well the FDA monitors that.”, and yes that logic is correct. The FDA does have strict requirements as to the ingredients that must be listed, as well as the truthfulness of any claims made on the label. But that does not keep food production companies from using other phrasing to allude to health benefits of their product. Meaning if an item does not say Kosher, Organic, or GMO- Free then it is not. These words and certifications are not synonymous with any other phrase in the food industry. So do not be fooled by the bait and switch done in regards to product labeling, get yourself informed in regards to the information being presented by these labels. Do your own research and draw your own conclusions, just do not let any one fool you into believing what is not true. The picture illustrates big differences between foods that are “natural” and foods that are Organic….amazing isn’t it?

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