Tuesday, May 27, 2008

Latest addition to our menu

Our Research and Development Department is still working on new items.

We are now able to offer chocolate cookies for $12 a pound. That can also be a chocolate cake. It depends on whether or not you cut it into pieces. And we can make different shapes - stars, half-moons, gingerbread men or diamonds.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

New items in our menu

We are constantly working on new dishes to add to our menu.

Right now we are working on some kind of whole wheat item with raisins. The shape has not yet been worked out.

We are also working on main dish pies. While many kinds of pies are available in England, but in the United States you can mostly get only fruit pies (usually eaten for dessert) or, possibly, chicken pot pie.

The pies I am talking about are eaten at the start or middle of the meal.

The latest item added is potato and carrot pie. Next on the list is butternut squash pie, and the third one will probably be eggplant pie. (The recipe we are using for the potato pie originally also contained eggplant but we took it out because some people have allergies to eggplant. But eggplant may be a separate pie.)

Friday, May 16, 2008

Picture from Chanukah Party

Click below to see picture:

http://www.snurl.com/29s7d will also work.

(But don't type http://www.snurl.com/29sd7. That goes to somebody else's site altogether, whose pictures arejhosted by Mac web gallery, and Mac web gallery may warn you that your browser might not be high quality enough. Not so at Picasa.)

While this was before Excellent Kosher Food Catering was started, this is an example of what we can do. It was all prepared by me.

Note: If you want to open the picture in a separate window, press the Shift key down while clicking the blue link with the mouse. (This is a general property of Internet Explorer for opening links ina separate window but I don't know what other browsers do) You can then return to the blog by pressing Alt-Tab - that is holding down the Alt and Tab keys at the same time.

Important: First press down the Alt key and then, while holding it down, also press the tab key - the reverse will not work.

You can also get back to the blog in any way that you know how to maneuver - maybe clicking the minimized button for the window - usually on the bottom of your screen - or, if different Internet Explorer windows are tabbed, picking the blog out.

Another thing you can try is to click on http://www.snurl.com/29s8b to go just to this post alone. The word Home is at the bottom center of the post, and, by clicking on it, you can then go to the entire blog. In fact you can click on the word Home - right here in the previous sentence - and that also will work! And so will Older Post.)

Otherwise use the Back button. This will work for everyone except me when I am logged in.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Ora's Bread now available for sale on the street at Vitamins Plus

You can now buy Ora's bread (rolls or Challah) in bags containing at least 12 ounces at Vitamins Plus. Vitamins Plus is now located at 1340 Coney Island Avenue, 5 or 6 store fronts (depending on how you count) north of Avenue J.

That is on the west side of Coney Island Avenue between Avenue J and the post Office (and needless to say, much further up, Avenue I)

Years ago - it's been some time now - the same store used to be on Avenue J just east of Coney Island Avenue a bit ahead of Rite Aid but still very close to where the bus stopped. You could get off the bus and almost step right in. It was there in 1995 and had been for many years. I am not sure exactly when it had to move but it has been some time now.

Things have changed so much that, now, on that side of Avenue J, a separate stop, near E. 12 St has been created for the B6 bus (the B11 still stops by the bus shelter and on the other side. They are both still in front of the bank) Rite Aid is gone too, replaced by Down and Dirty Liquidators, which is a new business that now has a few outlets.

Of course before Rite Aid there was a Pathmark and before that a number of small stores including a newsstand. The Jewish Press was 50 cents then (this goes back to sometime in the 1980s)

The telephone number of Vitamins Plus (you might want to telephone to see if any are left, or you just might want to have that number available anyway for reference - is (718) 258-6162.

Our telephone number, of course, is (718) 338-6043.

Update Friday May 9, 2008: Next week, we will also have our Nut Oat Cake available there.

Update May 19: It is there now since the middle of last week. If you don't find it, call 718-338-6043.

New organic fruit delivery service

We can order a many different kinds of organic fruit (there is a wide selection, from apples to yams) and deliver it to your home.

We would need to have your order by Monday for delivery by Thursday.

This can also be a regular weekly order.

As far as we can tell, there is no place now to get fresh organic produce anywhere in the 11230 Zip code.

This is besides getting fruit bowls (say of pineapple) for catered events.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

Dr. Daniel Eisenberg in the Nov 2007 Jewish Observer

There is a good article by Dr. Daniel Eisenberg (preceded by one by Leon Zacharowicz) on pages 18-27 in the Nov 2007 Jewish Observer.

There is quite a bit about a tendency to eat bad food (at other places as well as at Simchas ) in a long article. It is the second in a section entitled Guarding Our Lives. Go to pages 21 and 22 if you can find a copy.

[Update May 5: I did find it online in PDF format at http://www.daneisenberg.com/JOhealthylifestyles150.pdf . It had not turned up in Google search although some PDF documents are turned up by Google. I found it by looking up more about Dr. Daniel Eisenberg.]

It is not online, as only excerpts from Sivan 5762/May 2002 through the Tishrei 5767/October 2006 seem to be online.


But the article gives some quotes from the Chicago Jewish News of January 19, 2007, and that article *is* online.

OVERWEIGHT IN JEWISH CHICAGO: A new study shows an alarming rate of obesity

By Pauline Dubkin Yearwood (01/19/2007)


It quotes this:

There are many in the community who don't dispute the study's shocking conclusions about weight. Aside from the problems of unhealthy food and a sedentary lifestyle that beset all segments of American society, they cite problems specific to the Orthodox community: a tradition of huge Shabbos and holiday meals, a busy lifestyle that often precludes taking time to prepare healthy low-fat, low-calorie meals; and, for children in Jewish day schools, a long school day that doesn't allow much time for sports or other physical activities.

This part is not quoted but is worthy of note:


Another community leader says he is well aware of the problem but believes it is a long way from being fixed. Rabbi Douglas Zelden, assistant rabbi of Congregation Ezras Israel, principal of the JCB Therapeutic Yeshiva Day School and host of a cable TV show on Jewish subjects, says he too, is uncomfortable with his weight, as is his wife.

"I think what we do is, we have a lot of yontifs (holidays), and Shabbos every week. During the week, with our kids coming home at 5 o'clock from school, the parents are working and running around, they throw dinner on the table and don't even consider the health factor or a balanced diet," he says, speaking for many in the Orthodox community. "My kids are not overweight but they eat pasta all the time. They love pasta."

Shabbat meals, he says, are generally large. "You go to someone's house for Shabbos, they make four main courses, everybody feels obligated to eat a little of everything." At holidays, "you might have six or seven gigantic meals in a row. This is my personal weight problem, Shabbos and yontif," he says.

So it really is important to have better and healthier meals at catered and other events. We haven't entirely worked this out - we're still new - but are willing to discuss this with anyone who wants to use us. We don't make fruit but can buy and it probably should be ordered.

More about the online Jewish Observer:

There is a good article about the history of Matzoh in the April 2004 issue, which is online (in PDF format)


Go to page 13 of 22 in the PDF which was actually page 20 in the magazine.

Dr. Daniel Eisenberg is a radiologist at the Albert Einstein Medical Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and an assistant professor of Diagnostic Imaging at the Thomas Jefferson School of Medicine. He studyied two years at the Heiden Torah Institute in Jerusalem. He has taught a weekly Jewish medical ethics class and moderated a monthly Jewish medical ethics study group (a shiur) at the hospital. He writes extensively and has a website at
http://www.daneisenberg.com/ which collects some of his articles. The November 2007 Jewish Observer article is there at http://www.daneisenberg.com/JOhealthylifestyles150.pdf

Only the article itself is there - whatever else was on the Jewish Observer page is missing from the PDF and as a result some of the page numbers are missing.

Dr. Leon Zacharowicz is a pediatric neurologist based in Far Rockaway, New York who is also the co-founder of the International Yarchei Kallah on Medical Halacha which meets every year in Jerusalem.