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Says Stephanie Zonis, "Why not do a peanut butter tasting? After all, how many different brands could there be? After much research, she said, "I was amazed at the number of manufacturers producing this American staple." 


Stephanie Zonis declares this years show was a mixture of chaos, sales pitches, fun, and some great food products. Think coconut (again this year), quinoa, kale, flax, chia, cocktail mixers, protein, and non GMO, to name a few. 


If you are looking for ethnic recipes, look no further than our Sally's Place Ethnic Recipes Section.

August Is...

 National Catfish Month; National Sandwich Month; National Watermelon Month; Goat Cheese Month; National Brownies at Brunch Month; National Water Quality Month; Peach Month; National Panini Month; and National Picnic Month.
Find daily "August Is" postings on Sally's Place in our The Daily Dish section.

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August, 2015
Recipes from Amelia Saltsman's Cookbook The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen

Here, at last, is a fresh, new way to think about Jewish food. In The Seasonal Jewish Kitchen: A Fresh Take on Tradition, Amelia Saltsman takes us far beyond deli meats and kugel to a world of diverse flavors just perfect for today's families. Inspired by the farm-to-table movement, her 150 recipes offer a refreshingly different take on traditional and contemporary Jewish cooking.            

Amelia traces the delicious thread of Jewish cuisine from its ancient roots to today's focus on seasonality and sustainability. Guided by the Jewish lunar calendar, she divides the book into six micro-seasons that highlight the deep connection of Jewish traditions to the year's natural cycles. Amelia draws on her own rich food history to bring you a warmly personal cookbook filled with soul-satisfying spins on beloved classics and bold new dishes. From her Iraqi grandmother's kitchri--red lentils melted into rice with garlic slow-cooked to sweetness-to four-ingredient Golden Borscht with Buttermilk and Fresh Ginger and vibrant Blood Orange and Olive Oil Polenta Upside-Down Cake, Amelia's game-changing approach is sure to win over a new generation of cooks. You'll find naturally vegan dishes, Middle Eastern fare, and new ways to use Old World ingredients-buckwheat, home-cured herring, and gribenes (crisp chicken or goose skin cracklings with fried onions)-in fresh, modern meals. 
Whether you're Jewish or not, observant or not, Ashkenazic or Sephardic, this yearlong culinary journey through the Diaspora will have you saying, "This is Jewish food? Who knew?"       


All the best in food, wine, and travel.

Happy August,


Sally Bernstein 
Sally's Recommendations

Bakery On Main has seven product lines and over 30 items, and all are gluten free. The Bakery On Main story started in the small bakery of a natural foods market on Main Street in Glastonbury, Connecticut. Founder Michael Smulders listened to his Celiac customers complain about the taste of many of the gluten free options available to them. Fast forward to today in East Hartford, CT where granola, oatmeal, snack bars, and truebars are just a few of the products. 
2014 CK Mondavi Pinot Grigio, 'Willow Springs,' California wine. "Fresh, Tropical & Crisp." Suggested Summer Fruit Pairing: nectarine, pear, peach, honeydew melon, and cantaloupe. Favorite American Pie Pairing: Key lime pie. Body: light-bodied. Flavor Profile: dry. Suggest you serve at 45-50 degrees.
Tasting Notes:

2014 CK Mondavi White Zinfandel, 'Willow Springs,' California wine.  "Refreshing & Flavorful." Suggested Summer Fruit Pairing: watermelon, strawberry, peach, and raspberry. Favorite American Pie Pairing: Rhubarb pie. Body: medium-bodied. Flavor Profile: medium-sweet with touch of dry. Suggest you serve at 45-50 degrees.
Tasting Notes:

2013 CK Mondavi, Cabernet Sauvignon Wildcreek Canyon, California wine.  "Rich & Balanced." Suggested Summer Fruit Pairing: plum, blackberry, cherry, and blueberries.
Favorite American Pie Pairing: blackberry or blueberry pie.
Body: full-bodied. Flavor Profile: dry. Suggest you serve at 61 degrees.
Tasting Notes:

Established in the 1940s, CK Mondavi remains a family-owned business that has thrived for four generations to produce fine wines. Peter Mondavi Sr. who is 100 years old continues to run the winery and his son Marc and his wife Janice help him in this endeavor. Janice and Marc have 4 daughters, 2 of whom work for the winery. It's a true family-run business.  CK Mondavi; $6.99/bottle.




Lillie Belle Farms in Central Point, Oregon has added a new bar to their line of wonderful hand-made chocolates.  The Oregon Hazelnut Bar is a classic gianduja (a sweet chocolate spread containing about 30% hazelnut paste) made with organic sugar crusted hazelnuts in a stone ground Oregon hazelnut chocolate.  This 1.5 oz. bar is an addition to their ganaches, bon-bons, caramels and gourmet chocolate gifts. But I must admit the Lillie Belle Lavender Sea Salt Caramels still catch my attention. Click here to order as you can't go wrong.

Pie on Pillow: Unique Turndown Service Delivers 'Sweet' Dreams at the Caldwell House in the Hudson Valley

The Caldwell House is a 14 room Upstate New York Bed and Breakfast that offers 'Pie on Pillow' turndown service.  The pie is a  miniature pie using locally-sourced ingredients that rests atop a pillow waiting to be discovered by guests as part of the inn's nightly 'Pie on Pillow' turndown service. And to be clear, it's not just any pie - this fall, the inn's got farm-fresh produce, a reduced carbon footprint, and a pie-making schedule to keep. The Caldwell House Bed and Breakfast is located at 25 Orrs Mills Road, Salisbury Mills, NY 12577. To make a reservation call 1-800-210-5565 or visit Also at:

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