Spice Up Your Life
We have rarely met a company so confident about their product that they told us that we would fall in love. When Lawhorn's tweeted us that this spice made almost everything taste even more delicious, we simply couldn't resist challenging the claim. After all, that's one of the missions of KosherEye -- seeking out the newest, best and most convenient products for the kosher kitchen.
First, however, we validated kashrut with our consulting Rabbi Reuven Stein of the AKC since the product simply bears a "K". Our findings: it was recommended. Rabbi Howard L. Seif of Hollywood, Florida supervises it as kosher, parve. Once the kashrut was approved, we began to shake, shake, shake. We were anxious to see if Lawhorn's original Signature Seasoning was as special and versatile as its spokesmen declared. It was! (Do read our full feature (LINK)
Consumers agreed, and now Lawhorn's has developed 3 new spice flavors.
And the new low sodium blends are:
• Italian for sauces, pastas, meatballs, veal, chicken, salads, garlic bread and breadcrumbs
• Hickory Smoke for a "wood grilled" flavor indoors and out-- ribs, chicken, brisket, steaks, prime rib and more
• Tex-Mex for a taste of old Mexico. Try on tacos, fajitas, quesadillas, enchiladas, Mexican rice, chili, salsa and even tortilla chips
KosherEye developed a special recipe for guacamole using Lawhorn's Tex-Mex seasoning. Enjoy!
Lawhorn's is available in supermarkets such as Publix, Winn Dixie Wal-Mart, and Kroger.
For more information, visit Lawhorns.net.
KosherEye has made a new discovery and what a find it is! We try to follow up on suggestions from our readers, and so when a KosherEye friend recommended Papergoods.com we checked it out. We found a huge online store of disposables, paper and plastic goods for entertaining, everyday use, Shabbos and special occasions. In fact, we were so impressed that we contacted the company – requested samples and decided to share this site with our readers. Our sample order was shipped promptly and arrived intact. (According to comments on their site, this is the norm!) We don't know how they do it, but orders $49 and over are shipped free. Freight for orders under this amount, cost only $5. And, for even more savings, yes, KosherEye is very frugal-minded, we love their weekly "steals and deals".
A bit about the company: Sholom, the founder of Papergoods.com was brought up in a family of 9 children. His education includes yeshivas in the U.S. and England. While growing up, he shared many of the weekly supermarket shopping experiences with his mom and siblings, laboriously dragging home groceries and paper goods. So, as an adult, Sholom, realized how convenient, time saving and budget friendly it would be to have paper goods delivered. The option of affordable delivery was common for large offices, but not realistically affordable for families, especially small families. Thus, along with a childhood friend, he founded PaperGoods.com.
Zojirushi Virtuoso Bread Maker
Selecting a Breadmaker can be confusing – especially if one has not previously owned a bread machine. So many choices - one paddle or two? vertical loaves or horizontal loaves? A machine that makes a 1 lb. loaf or a 2 lb. loaf? Size of actual machine? Ease of use? Settings? Decisions... decisions... decisions!
So let's talk! We have recently tested the newest model, of the Zojirushi (pronunced zo-jih-ROO-shee) bread maker, the Virtuoso BB-PAC 20. In fact, since we have grown so attached to it, let's use its nickname, the Zo. It has moved to a position front and center in our kitchen, right up there with our stand mixer, Vitamix, Coffee Maker and food processor. Not only are we busily making whole wheat bread for weekday sandwiches, challah for Shabbos, and cinnamon rolls (yumm) much too often, but we have also made jam. strawberry jam to be exact. So simple! Making jam was so easy, that we plan to progress to blueberry and peach jam later this summer.
Stumptown Coffee is all about cafes, baristas, relationships and the world. From the first café and roastery opened in 1999, the mission has remained the same.
Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, Stumptown was started with the goal of doing things differently, with a vision focused on quality. The company strives to source the best coffees in the world, understanding and monitoring quality, and how the coffee is grown, picked, separated and processed. In addition Stumptown works to maintain close relationships with their farmers. "We are committed to the well-being of everyone we work with, from the farmers and the communities they live in, to our employees and communities here in the States." The roastery facilities have now expanded to three cities across the US, and expanded to several cafes and wholesale partnerships around the country, including Whole Foods.
We sampled several Stumptown coffees:
Our favorite was Hair Bender – We were delighted with this full-bodied, rich cup – perfect for espresso and cappuccino as well.
Hair Bender is complex blend featuring coffee from every major producing region. It is described as "complex sweet and savory blend, which yields flavors of milk chocolate, caramel, jasmine, Meyer lemon, apricot and pineapple".
Hair Bender is $14.00 for a 12 Oz Bag
Coffees range from $14.00 to $25.50 for 12 ounce bags
Stumptown offers an informational Brewing Guide for consumers.
Visit stumptowncoffee.com to explore the current selections and to order whole bean coffee or the grind of your choice.
Follow Stumptown Coffee Roasters on Facebook and on Twitter - @stumptowncoffee