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Kosher Cook Claims Prize in 5th Annual Manischewitz Cook-Off

Stuart Davis, a father from Cherry Hill, NJ, was the big winner at the 5th Annual Manischewitz Cook-off last month, which the company sponsors to get more people cooking with kosher food products.

Famed French chef (and Julia Child culinary co-conspirator) Jacques Pepin judged the competition.

Davis’s winning recipe is a donburi, which is a Japanese food loosely translated to mean a “rice bowl dish.” It typically consists of meat, poultry, or vegetables served over rice.

Davis is a father of four who speaks fluent Japanese and teaches a “Digesting Hebrew” class at Temple Beth Shalom in Cherry Hill. For his award-winning recipe, Davis received $25,000, including cash and GE appliances.

Of the five finalists, three are not Jewish. One of the finalists became familiar with kosher food after dealing with Celiac disease, which is best managed with a dairy- and gluten-free diet.

The cook-off is a great way to get people thinking about food, challenging their assumptions, blending flavors and cultural influences, trying new things and – hopefully – learning about more about the intersection of food, religion and culture.

With Passover around the corner, now is a great time to do a little research on kosher food and maybe try a new recipe or two.

Check out Davis’s winning recipe for chicken and egg donburi.

For more recipes and a Kid’s Corner with games for children to play, visit the Manischewitz website.

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Exploring Japanese Food

Most people immediately think of sushi when they think of Japanese restaurants, or even hibachi restaurants. If you’ve been there, tried that, consider choosing something new next time you’re in a Japanese restaurant.

I admit that one of my proudest moments as a mother and amateur chef was the day my son tried sushi for the first time. Still, I understand that sushi is not everyone’s idea of a good time. So if you’re eager to introduce your child to new foods, start with something simple.

For example, gyoza are delicious Japanese dumplings that are often served with raw, diced vegetables.

Noodles are usually a big hit with kids. If your children are adept at spaghetti, try them on soba noodles, which are made from buckwheat flour and served either in a soup or with a dipping sauce on the side. Be careful – the dipping sauce can be spicy.

Udon noodles are wheat-flour noodles that are usually served in a soup paired with tofu, shrimp, and vegetables.

Whatever you choose, you can’t go wrong. Japanese food is thought to be among the healthiest in the world. Just watch out for the tempura.

 

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Food, Family, and Chinese New Year

There are few better – or cheaper – ways to introduce your child to other cultures than through food.

With so many great ethnic restaurants, it’s easy for parents to get children accustomed to foods from different countries from an early age.

However, parents may be unsure of what to order that’s kid-friendly.

In honor of Chinese New Year, which runs February 3-15, over the next few days KidCulture will provide some suggestions to help parents choose food in Korean, Japanese, and Chinese restaurants.

In each of these countries, people celebrate Chinese New Year by sharing good food with their families and friends – and that’s a custom worth adopting.

So stay tuned for some fresh, fun, food ideas to help you introduce your child to other cultures.

 

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