A few weeks ago, a PR rep from Manischewitz contacted me to offer up some Kosher for Passover product samples for me to test and write about on my blog. There were some really awesome products on the list, and I was very excited until … after requesting 6 of the products, she emailed back to say she couldn’t get 4 of them.
Well, one of the products she “claimed” she could not get was the above pictured Chocolate Covered Potato Chips. This was probably the #1 choice on my list so I asked if these chips would be available in the Dallas area so I could buy a bag, to which I heard “crickets” in return. She didn’t even bother responding to me nor did I ever get any product samples of anything to test.
But as I was browsing in the Kosher for Passover section at my local grocery store on Friday, I came across, you guessed it, Manischewitz Dark Chocolate covered Potato Chips. Seems even though their PR rep “can’t get the product,” the grocery store can. So even though I’ve got a bad taste in my mouth right now as it relates to Manischewitz’s PR team, I went ahead and spent the $4.99 to buy these chips.
I won’t be opening them until Passover, but I’ll report back then as to whether or not they are worth the price. Stay tuned.
This past Friday, there was a knock at our door around 5pm. We weren’t expecting anyone and when I looked out the peep-hole, I saw a man I didn’t recognize. I’m totally paranoid about answering the door if I don’t know the person on the other side, but fortunately my hubbie was home so I forced him to answer the door instead.
To our surprise, said man was delivering an amazing bouquet of flowers … not the grocery store kind that we sometimes buy … but the fancy kind that come from a real flower shop.
We weren’t having quests for Shabbat dinner or lunch so I assumed the man had the wrong house. As it turns out, my boss’s boss’s boss sent me flowers as a thank you for a major milestone our team had reached earlier that week. Now my boss’s boss’s boss isn’t Jewish, so I’m sure she had no idea how cool and awesome her timing was.
We almost never splurge on flowers for Shabbat and especially not really nice flowers but thanks to her thoughtfulness, we had a lovely bouquet for our Shabbat table and the flowers are still going strong this week! It’s amazing how much beautiful flowers can lift one spirits.
In continuation of my half-eaten food theme from last week, I wanted to post the rest of the pictures from our very fun Purim potluck dinner. I don’t have recipes for these yummy foods but have included links to recipes that are similar. Above is the “half-eaten” Beets & Blood Red Orange Salad. I found a similar recipe on a cool cooking blog called Missenplace.us. Thanks Margretta Murnane for sharing. My favorite thing about this salad, other than the amazing blood red oranges, which have been a fav of mine since I first discovered them at WholeFoods last year, is the golden beets. Who knew beets came in any color other than red? Not me, and I was thrilled to be let in on this little secret. This salad is amazing and so fresh and healthy.
Next is a … you guessed it … half-eaten Salmon with Grapefruit. I would never think of pairing salmon with grapefruit but am glad I got the chance to experience this really unique dish. I found a similar recipe on the Martha Stewart site, although her recipe is called “spicy grapefruit relish,” and the version served at our Purim dinner was not spicy, but I think the pepper flakes could be eliminated or lessened.
Last but not least is a half-eaten Rainbow multi-layer cake with a cream-cheese like frosting and sprinkles. Both kids and adults were lined up with plates in hand to get a piece of this beautiful and tasty cake. I found a similar cake on the Betty Crocker site called Rainbow Layer Cake. According to the very talented lady who baked this creation, there was freezing of layers involved to make it easier to frost and as part of these steps, the red layer did not survive. But I promise we didn’t miss it one bit. We were even eating the crumbs left on the serving plate as we were walking out the door. Probably not for the faint of heart but if you’ve got some extra time … and lots of patience, give it a try.
Disappearing Baked Artichoke Dip
Have a Widly Happy Purim!
Thanks to reader Zvi for sending me information on what promises to be some yummy Kosher Beef Jerky – Aufschnitt Beef Jerky – Kosher, Glatt, Star-K Certification. It comes in Original, Teriyaki, BBQ & Spicy flavors, all of which sound delicious.
In my non-Kosher keeping days, I was known to eat plenty of beef jerky and have truly missed this treat, with the exception of some Kosher beef jerky my local grocery store had last year during Pesach. Maybe I’ll get lucky again this year and they will offer it again.
In the meantime, I’ll look into ordering a few packages of the Aufschnitt brand to test and discuss, but if you’ve already tried it, please leave me a comment letting me know what you think.
Treif Cooking … and eating!