The Epic Bites crew traveled down to Big Sur a few weeks ago to cater a wedding that had one of the most beautiful chuppah views I’ve ever seen. I got married on a tennis court, so it’s possible that my views are a bit skewed, but the Big Sur coastline is known as one of the prettiest places on earth and I can’t think of a nicer Northern California location than overlooking that stretch of coast.
The most recent addition to our cooking arsenal is this handy little electric smoker we picked up on Amazon. It’s nothing fancy, all it does is smoke to 165 degrees, but it’s super light and it gets the job done.
The first thing we started smoking was onions, the base of pretty much every sauce and dish is onions, so what better way of imparting a smoky flavor than by getting to the root of it. After a few weeks of smoking onions, we had the bright idea of trying out smoked onions in the potato kugel. We can’t go back, it’s completely transformed the potato kugel experience. It tastes like it should have meat in it, but strangely it’s completely vegetarian. We’ve made swift business of selling these smoked potato kugels and they have only brought us rave reviews. Continue reading
Besides for exotic kosher meats like venison, elk, or pigeon, you can pretty much get everything you want in the Bay Area, several kosher markets and of course Trader Joes and Costco have almost everything the kosher consumer could want. Yes, frequent trips to LA help to alleviate the pressure of running around to different stores to properly stock your larder, but this doesn’t have any effect on the lack of kosher cheese in the Bay Area. Continue reading