Keeping It Kosher: Top 5 Hanukkah Gifts

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I am not Jewish, but I sure like the food. (Kasha varnishkas haunts my comfort food dreams alongside macaroni and cheese.) And even though I probably won't be giving or receiving any Hanukkah gifts myself this year, I couldn't resist putting a gift guide together based on the pretty cool stuff that's crossed my desk so far this year.

5. Bad Jew Kosher BBQ Sauce

Who knew that standard barbecue sauce isn't kosher? The bottle suggests slathering the tangy sauce on your mother's brisket, or spraying "it over the crowd at your Bar Mitzvah."

I'd suggest giving it to your favorite Jewish Texas barbecue fan and basting a chicken in it (since pork is out, obviously); the citrus punch of the sauce along with whole grain mustard, tamarind and cumin makes for a barbecue sauce that would really complement some breasts and thighs. And the bottle is right: "Even you Goyem BBQ fans will find it work converting to." I'm a fan.

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4. Joy of Kosher

Jamie Geller's Joy of Kosher magazine is like Better Homes & Gardens for the temple set. Get a year-long gift subscription to the magazine for your loved one for $18.

3. Good Kosher Wine

Kosher wine doesn't mean Manischewitz. There are a lot of great kosher wines out there today, and both Epicurious and blogger The Kosher Wine Guy have their own top picks. Here are two of mine:

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2. Latke T-Shirt

You can't have this. I want it for myself.

Oh, okay, fine. This awesome T-shirt from Rotem Gear is great for your slightly hip cousins -- the ones that aren't opposed to wearing a shirt with a LOLcat on it that says, "I'm in ur kitchen eating ur latkes." And who wouldn't want to wear that shirt?



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Jrotem
Jrotem

So delighted to see you featuring my latkes t-shirt, and among some right classy company too! Thank you!

Alef Bet Jewelry
Alef Bet Jewelry

Totally terrific suggestions!  I never knew about the tshirt latka or the bbq sauce!!

Bruce R
Bruce R

I thought all Jewish food had to be boiled.  Am I missing something? I'm pretty sure I see grilled figs next to the prosciutto on the cover of that cookbook.

Megan
Megan

I'm as Goyem as they come (Irish Catholic/Episcopal/agnostic) and I want that latke t-shirt.  YOU CANNOT RESIST THE LATKES.

Dustin Kalman
Dustin Kalman

No all Jewish food does not have to be boiled.

Megan
Megan

Are you thinking of the requirement that wine needs to be heated/boiled to make it kosher?  You can also make certain utensils kosher again via boiling or a blowtorch.  (I have a friend that keeps a kosher kitchen.)  The liver and other blood-rich organs need to be cooked over open flame to comply with the requirement to remove as much of the blood as possible, so there is precedent for grilled items.

Peden
Peden

Seriously? Boiled? LOL!!!! 

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