Small Bites: Passover-inspired ice creams, sustainable dining for Earth Day and a discount for Blue Kitchen readers

by Terry B on April 13, 2011


Okay, when we think sweets and Passover, we think Marion’s Matzoh Crack. It’s as addictive as the name implies. But Ronnie Fisher and her daughters Meredith Fisher and Isabelle Krishana came up with a pretty inspired idea one June night in 2010 as they sat around the kitchen table eating homemade rugelach straight from the freezer (a charmingly confessional fact divulged on the home page of their website). What if they could take the flavors of the traditional Jewish treats they’d grown up with and turn them into ice cream?

That night, Chozen was born, an all natural ice cream with “a sense of history… and humor.” There are five flavors: Ronnie’s Rugelach, Matzoh Crunch, Coconut Macaroon, Apples & Honey and the newest flavor, just announced, Chocolate Gelt. Chozen’s ice creams are all made with carefully sourced, sustainable, natural ingredients. They’re also 100% kosher-certified dairy. They’re not yet kosher for Passover (but they’re working on it). If like many blended families, you choose to celebrate the spirit of the holidays and not the law, then Chozen treats might be a sweet finish to the meal. If you do keep kosher, you can always try them after the holidays. To find New York area retailers—or to order Chozen online—visit the Chozen website.

Celebrate Earth Day with a stylish dinner


Earth Day has come a long way in 41 years. Its goals are just as important—and maybe even more urgent now. And its supporters are just as fervent. But as local and sustainable pop up on more restaurant menus and in more policy statements, Earth Day has also become more sophisticated.

city-provisionsThis Earth Day—Friday, April 22—the chefs of Chicago catering company City Provisions and Province Restaurant will team up for a multi-course dinner of seasonal, sustainable finger foods highlighting local farms, each paired with cocktail creations from Death’s Door Spirits and Province. Portions of the events proceeds will go to support Chefs Collaborative, a national chef network dedicated to sustainable food. And the funds raised will be matched by farmer-owned organic dairy cooperative Organic Valley. So this is one dinner that won’t only taste good, it’ll make you feel good. The tab for all this delicious, feel good fun is just $55 a person, but you need to make reservations. To do so, call Province at 312-669-9900 or email City Provisions at [email protected]

Finally, some good comes from reading Blue Kitchen

bttr-mushroom-kitRecently, I wrote about grow-your-own mushroom kits from Back to the Roots here at Blue Kitchen and on the USA Character Approved Blog. The company’s founders were so happy about the coverage for their innovative windowsill gardening kit that they’re offering a discount to Blue Kitchen readers. Now through April 30, when you order a BTTR Gourmet Garden Kit from the Back to the Roots website, you’ll receive a 10% discount. Just use the promo code mushrooms4me10. How cool is that?


{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Mandy M. April 13, 2011 at 2:39 pm

Thanks for the discount! I read your post about the mushroom kit and bought one yesterday as a gift for a friend. I missed out on the discount for that purchase…but perhaps I should get one for myself now!

Terry B April 13, 2011 at 4:06 pm

Sorry you missed it for your first order, Mandy—I hope you do treat yourself now that you’ve already treated a friend!

Susan C April 14, 2011 at 4:43 am

This is the first I’m learning of Chozen and I’m already in love with it. What a clever product! It must be my NY roots or that I’m one-quarter Polish Jew. Doesn’t hurt that I’m crazy about ice cream.

Terry B April 18, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Susan—Sounds like Chozen is firing on all cylinders for you!

Kai May 25, 2011 at 7:44 pm

Awesome post! Kai here from Back to the Roots with the mushroom kits, and I just wanted to add that we’re growing our team in a bunch of cities like NYC, DC, Atlanta, Chicago, and Miami so drop me a line if you’re interested: [email protected]

Thanks for all the support BK!

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