Kosher Food and Cooking

  • Blogs

    September 22, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Braised Beef Kreplach

    From classic comfort foods to regional standouts and desserts, we'll be sharing a new recipe with you each week. See the complete list of recipes at the end of this post. This week, in honor of the upcoming Jewish High Holidays Rosh Hashanah (beginning this Wednesday) and Yom Kippur (beginning Frid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    It's Passover, So I've Taste-Tested Manischewitz Sangria For You

    True story: I still have Manischewitz left over from the kickass Hanukkah party my fiancé and I threw last year. I say it was kickass because it was. The apartment complex security arrived shortly after dinner, when our game of "drinking dreidel" (we're still working on a name) got a little too r ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 14, 2014

    Dish of the Week: Mazel Tov, Potato Kugel

    Since today is the first day of Passover, this week's recipe is an Ashkenazi classic casserole, potato kugel. Kugel is a baked pudding or casserole traditionally served on the Jewish Sabbath or other holidays. Originally puffed and baked in a ring shape, the name of the Yiddish dish likely referen ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 10, 2014

    Passover Staples at Kenny & Ziggy's

    I am so food-obsessed that I use the arrival of every holiday (even if it's in no way associated with my ethnicity/religion/national origin) as an opportunity to eat special food. Which is why my lapsed Catholic/spiritual-agnostic self is crazy excited for the start of Passover. I don't have a Jew ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2014

    Seder: A Cup for Elijah

    Passover Seders are unique to each family, though parts of the ceremonial meal -- including embarrassing the youngest person at the table with the singing of the four questions -- are constant. Hebrew songs and readings, the central plate of bitter herbs, and the cup reserved for Elijah are among th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 9, 2013

    Gefilte Fish: Is It Really That Bad?

    Short Answer: No. Slightly longer answer: It doesn't have to be. Full answer: See below. Long before I knew anything about Jewish food, long before I had even eaten a bagel with schmear, for God's sake, I understood gefilte fish was not good. Not that at this point I had every tried this traditio ... More >>

  • Dining

    March 28, 2013

    Eatsie Boys Go Brick-and-Mortar

    Eatsie Boys still runs catering out of its food truck, but with a restaurant homebase now it can do so much more.

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2012

    First Look at the Eatsie Boys Cafe and Its Matzah Ball Pho

    Why hadn't it ever occurred to me to drop matzah balls in pho before? I mused to myself as I sat mesmerized by the giant, stainless steel mug of matzah ball pho sitting in front of me at the new Eatsie Boys Cafe yesterday morning. The pairing is almost a natural, when you think about it: the fatty-s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 6, 2012

    Hops, Ham and the Hall Family Haggadah: He'Brew Genesis

    I'm Catholic. My parents converted shortly after they got married. My dad got his PhD from Catholic University of America. He teaches at a Catholic university renowned for its Thomistic Studies program. My brothers and I attended Catholic schools all the way through. High school was an all-boys affa ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 11, 2012

    Lotzah Matzah: Top 5 Ways to Enjoy Unleavened Bread

    Happy Pesach ya'll! Passover, the Jewish holiday remembering the biblical story of the ancient Israelites' escape from slavery and exodus from Egypt, is here. The story goes that once freed, the Israelites left in such a hurry that they could not wait for their dough to rise. To commemorate, matzah ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    The Ins & Outs Of Passover Pet Food: L'chaim, Fido, Mr. Whiskers, Lizards & Gerbils

    On Passover, it's customary for the youngest child in the home to ask The Four Questions, including, "On all other nights, we eat either leavened or unleavened bread; why on this night only unleavened?" The answer has to do with Charlton Heston and the parting of the Mississippi or something -- we ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    The Meaning of Matzoh

    The Jewish holiday of Passover starts tonight. Passover celebrates the Jews escaping Egypt and God smiting the cruel pharaoh in the process. Passover is also called "The Festival of Unleavened Bread." According to the Torah, God sent ten plagues, punishing the pharaoh for not listening to Moses a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Top 5 Food-Inspired Holiday Games

    Photo by Neighborhood CentersThese kids wouldn't last a second in our egg hunt.​Raise your hand if you are obsessed with holidays. I think I've spent a good $50 on mini pumpkins this month. I like hiding them around the apartment and surprising my fiancé with them; next to the alarm clock whe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 13, 2011

    Five Comfort Foods For When You're Sick

    Although a healthful diet can keep you in the pink most of the time, sickness is still a fact of life. Just as I have learned from personal experience what to eat to prevent illness, so too have I come to know what soothes me when I'm ill. Here are my five favorite comfort foods (and drinks) for a s ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2011

    Manischewitz, a Kiddush Cup Full of Memories

    It had been years since I'd tasted Manischewitz Concord Grape Wine: Last week, at my cousins's Rosh Hashanah celebration, we passed around a kiddush cup of Manischewitz and said the traditional blessing as we welcomed the Jewish New Year. When we sat down for our luncheon of Russian-style braised b ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 25, 2011

    Matzoh Soup at Rustika Cafe and Bakery

    ​My daughter loves matzoh soup. On a recent weekend, before the weather once again shifted gears and sped toward spring, we went out in search of a nice bowl as defense against the chill in the air. Our usual matzoh stop is Kenny and Ziggy's, whose full-flavored stock and fluffy matzoh balls a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2011

    Shiftwork Bites: Texas Thai Curry

    ​Through the course of Shiftwork Bites, I've been making a conscious effort to build a semi-respectable pantry at work. Ultimately, I'd love to have one from which I might actually theoretically be able to prepare full meals with little or nothing in the way of extra ingredients brought in. Ob ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    Shiftwork Bites: Matzoh Brei

    ​I'm interested in how similar seemingly disparate food cultures can be. Dishes get repeated over and over throughout history, and across what appear to be canyon-esque cultural divides. Sure, the manifestations differ slightly, but is an empanada really all that far removed from a samosa? Lor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 15, 2010

    Why I'd Rather Eat Halal Food (Including Campbell's Soup)

    ​The latest round of anti-Muslim rhetoric to spew forth from the nation's right-wing extremists has formed from the strangest combination of ingredients: Canada and Campbell's soup. News that Americans have started a Facebook group called "Boycott Campbell Soup" [sic] -- which has nearly 3,50 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2010

    Carb Coma at Star Pizza

    ​Passover ended Monday, thank goodness. We had one week of a semi-Atkins diet, because once the matzo ball soup ran out, we couldn't stomach any more matzo. It was a week with no bread, tempura, noodles, pretzels, muffins or beer. Technically, we aren't supposed to have sodas either, but we sk ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 31, 2010

    Recipe: Vegetarian Matzoh Ball Soup

    JasonUnbound​Over the years we've met many a lovely vegetarian and invited them to our Seder. We wanted them to be able to try our specialties, so we created this soup. The matzoh balls are prepared and cooked the same way as the version with meat (we shared that recipe yesterday), except sub ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Robb Walsh's 100 Favorite Houston Dishes: #74 Jalapeño Gefilte Fish at Rustika on Southwest Freeway

    ​Over the course of the next few months, I'm counting down 100 of my favorite Houston dishes. I chose some because they are such quintessential Houston creations, others for their cultural or historical significance, and others because they are just so damn tasty. Share your own nominations in ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 30, 2010

    Recipe: Matzoh Ball Soup

    The Suss-Man (Mike)​Today marks the beginning of Passover, or the "matzoh ball soup holiday." For eight days, Jews around the world groan about eating matzoh, and in turn attempt to hide the flavor by grinding it up and making things out of it. Although matozh ball soup isn't the most complica ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 1, 2010

    Top 5 Chicken Soups to Fight Off the Winter Blues

    ​Between the unforgivingly cold and dreary winter we have experienced this season and the plethora of respiratory infections it brings, soup is on our mind - chicken soup. Isn't it funny how we ignore this dish ten months out of the year, but relish it when we need a warming winter pick-me-up? ... More >>

  • Dining

    February 18, 2010

    Lox and Huevos

    Sample the unlikely Mexican-Jewish fusion at Rustika Café & Bakery.

  • Blogs

    August 25, 2009

    Chef Chat: Ziggy Gruber of Kenny & Ziggy's New York Deli Restaurant

    Ziggy Gruber​Foodies generally acknowledge that one of the last authentic New York delicatessens in the world is located at 2327 Post Oak Blvd. Ziggy Gruber, owner/chef of Kenny & Ziggy's New York Delicatessen, recently spoke with Eating Our Words about how a third-generation deli man wound up ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 1, 2009

    Swine Flu FAQs: The Answers You Need...And The Answers You Deserve

    Unlike in 1918, when the flu really bitch-slapped humanity, leading medical experts have the ability to immediately update us with information on how to stay safe, and how to separate myth from fact. For example: By now, unless you're a vapid hotel-fortune heiress who answers the cell phone during s ... More >>

  • Best of Houston

    September 26, 2002

    Best Cure for a Cold

    Kenny & Ziggy's matzo ball soup

  • Best of Houston

    September 20, 2001

    Best Deli

    Katz's Deli

  • Dining

    July 5, 2001

    Hats Off

    Le Moulin European Bakery

  • News

    May 17, 2001

    A Time to Remember

    Born in a city quick to bury its past, Sandi Wisenberg still grapples with her own

  • Dining

    June 29, 2000

    A New York Time

    Kenny & Ziggy's deli slices off a chunk of the Big Apple

  • Dining

    November 4, 1999

    Righteous Meats

    Victor's from L.A., his corned beef's from Chicago, but his Reuben is heaven-sent