Wednesday, June 4, 2008

Kosher Style

Clockwise from top left: Braised Beef Brisket, Chicken Matzoh Ball Soup, Chicken Liver Pate, Noole Kugel, Potato Latkes, Latkes and Spiced Apple Compote

Kosher Style Dining

Today's Menu:
Potato Latkes
Noodle Kugel
Chicken Liver Pate
Chicken Soup
Matzoh Balls
Braised Beef Brisket

Jewish dietary laws are drawn from Biblical references; instituted to help keep Israel a holy nation, seperate from idol-worshipping neighbors. Keeping Kosher provides a strong sense of identity from one generatiion to the next.

Kosher (Hebrew: Kasher) literally means "ritually correct or ritually fit"

Certain animals are designated as allowable for food, others as prohibited (Allowed - must have genuine split hooves and it must chew its cud)

No birds of prey, no animal not ritually slaughtered, no consumption of blood in any form

Meat and dairy foods are not to be mixed or served together: seperate dishes, silverware, pots and pans, etc are kept for each type

Foods considered neither dairy or meat are called pareve (Yiddish word for neutral)

Foods that are manufactured under rabbinic supervision and certified as kosher have an identifying symbol, either a circled U or a "K"

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