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Wines That Won’t Break the Bank

Entertaining friends and family on Shabbat and holidays can be expensive enough just on the food front; adding several bottles of $30+ wines can easily tip the balance from festive towards extravagance.

To help, I’ve rounded up a handful of affordable options to consider:

Quinoa & Veggies In Acorn Squash Bowls

Quinoa and harvest vegetables, above served in acorn squash bowls. Flickr CC/Meal Makeover Moms

Quinoa & Veggies In Acorn Squash Bowls

Kosher Winery Damaged As Wildfires Rage On In Northern California

The scene at Hagafen Cellars after wildfires raging in Northern California burned land, vegetation and equipment, Oct. 10, 2017. (Courtesy of Hagafen Cellars)

(J. The Jewish News of Northern California via JTA) — A kosher winery in Northern California sustained widespread damage from a wildfire still raging along the southern part of the Silverado Trail in Napa County.

Ernie Weir, owner of Hagafen Cellars, the North Bay’s only kosher winery, said Wednesday that all employees are safe and the main winery building is intact, but that the fire destroyed fencing, all of the agricultural equipment, a guest house, nearly an acre of Cabernet Sauvignon vines and all of the property’s trees.

8 Fall-Inspired Holiday Dishes

Tomato Basil Challah

The tomato paste adds both a beautiful red hue and a touch of sweetness to the dough. You can substitute with puréed sun dried tomatoes or sun dried tomato paste if you prefer.

Italian Apple Rose Pastries

Laura Raccah and Joseph Matalon's family recipe for individual apple cakes that look like roses. Courtesy

Italian Apple Rose Pastries

In the newest Eataly, the culinary marketplace of all things Italian, there’s a small slice of Jewish Rome.

Laura Raccah, a pastry chef, makes kosher artisanal cookies from fine ingredients, and sells them all over Italy – including train stations, from large glass containers --  and now in New York City. Last month, her husband Joseph Matalon was at Eataly, offering samples of several varieties of cookies make by “Mondo di Laura.”

Matzah Ball Pho

Matzah Ball Pho. The Nosher.

Matzah Ball Pho

The Nosher – Growing up in Seattle, it’s easy to fall in love with pho. Nearly as ubiquitous as coffee shops or teriyaki spots (yes, teriyaki), pho restaurants seem to be just around every corner of the city. They welcome you in from the cold and the rain with their steamy glass windows and equally steamy giant bowls of soup.

7 Solid Wines For Sukkot

When it comes to thinking about kosher wines for specific Jewish festive holidays, such as Sukkos, I invariably find myself looking to the Israeli wine scene for inspiration. This is only natural, of course – Israel is the Jewish State, after all. Further, Israel produces a terrific volume of kosher wines (roughly 50 million bottles annually), and while the Israeli lake of kosher passable plonk is both wide and deep at times, some Israeli wine is not only very good indeed, but truly exceptional.

Your Sukkot Menu

A bountiful sukkot table. © JW Food & Wine

Alon Shaya’s traditional challah recipe

At NY Allied Event, Tasting New Wines & Whiskies

Recently, Allied Importers USA, Ltd. held its first “Portfolio Tasting of Fine Food, Wines & Crafts Spirits” at the swanky Midtown Loft & Terrace in Manhattan. For those new to the kosher wine scene, Allied is the second largest importer and distributor of kosher wines in the US.

Mujaderra Stuffed Kabocha Squash Recipe

Mujaderra Stuffed Kabocha Squash Recipe. The Nosher/JTA

Mujaderra Stuffed Kabocha Squash Recipe

The Nosher/JTA – One of my favorite weeknight meals to make these days is mujaderra. Just rice and lentils cooked together and topped with a glistening pile of sautéed onions. It’s easy to see why it’s known as Middle-Eastern comfort food. There are so many variations of this recipe, but my favorite involves just five ingredients — rice, lentils, olive oil, salt and onions.