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My Gluten Free Saga

I don’t have to tell you that Gluten Free eating has become extremely common—it’s everywhere! Much to my own surprise, I switched to a gluten free diet last year after I was diagnosed with an illness for which I had no symptoms. Rather then go on medication as my doctor prescribed, I met with a naturopath who put me on a gluten free diet. Since I’ve been eating gluten free, along with dairy free and (mostly) sugar free, I feel great and I have definitely noticed improvements in a few areas.

gluten free challah, challah connectionHowever, as a baker and lover of baked goods, this transition has been a test in fortitude! I bake challah every Friday and since I have yet to find a gluten free challah recipe that looks remotely appealing, I bake full-flour challah for my family and watch them enjoy it. It’s the same for cookies, cakes, rugelach—I love them all but haven’t had any in over a year! When I tell you that the biggest treat I have had over the last year is a Larabar (peanut butter chocolate chip my favorite), I am not exaggerating. I have one just about every day. But recently, my GF “treat” situation changed for the better.

Recently, I was shopping at a farmers market on the Upper West Side of New York when much to my excitement, I found a vendor with gorgeous Gluten free rugelach, Challah Connectionchallah and rugelach (shown above and right)—gluten free and kosher! I bought a bag of the rugelach, gave my business card to the shopkeeper and went home to “taste” the rugelach. I thought I would have 1 piece but then I had another and soon I had convinced myself that 5 was really fine since I had been deprived for a year and a half.

Long story short, we are now carrying this line of gluten free baked goods. They are from Las Delicias of the Bronx, and we are thrilled. The challah is outstanding as well as the rugelach, cookies and brownies. Recently, the owner of the bakery Debbie Brenner, visited us with armloads of samples and to tell her “gluten free story,” which of course was fascinating.

If you or someone you know eats a gluten free diet and enjoys Jewish baked goods including challah (pictured above)—truly braided and not using a mold—please send to challahconnection. You will be doing a mitzvah! With all of these samples here, I could use some help.

Debbie Brenner, Owner, Las Delicias and Ann Delaurentis, Director, Customer Service, Challah Connection

Debbie Brenner, Owner, Las Delicias and Ann Delaurentis, Director, Customer Service, Challah Connection

Written by Jane Moritz (, Chief Maven Officer, Challah Connection

Challah Connection is the premiere online kosher gift company specializing in Jewish traditional gifts for Jewish Holiday, Shiva, Jewish Birthday and all Jewish gift giving occasions . “Creating Kvells Since 2002”

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It’s Graduation time!

Graduation is upon us! At this time of year many parents, grandparents, friends and relatives are searching for the perfect gift–one to congratulate those who have labored many hours in the library studying and writing research papers in order to earn the degree and better themselves for the future. Graduation is a significant event in one’s life and a perfect time to reflect on one’s Jewish beginnings! Here at the Challah Connection, our goal is to make gift giving easier for you by offering appropriate and beautiful gifts. So of course, we have the perfect gift for graduations of many sorts!

One of our favorites and many of our customers’ favorites as well, is the beautiful Judaic Framed Art by Caspi. Recently, a customer who purchased the Business Blessing Judaic Framed Art (below) for her niece, emailed us to say: “My niece loved her graduation gift! She’s going to hang the artwork up in her new office. Thank you!” Since these artworks are so popular, we wanted to give you a behind-the-scene glimpse of their origins with Eran and Mickie Caspi, the delightful couple who own and create Caspi fine art.

Eran gave us really strong points as to why he believes the artwork is so popular. His primary reason being that “the artwork is just beautiful.” The images in the art are pleasing to the eye. The secondary reason is the price. Caspi’s already framed artwork costs less than going out and getting your own artwork framed! As Eran said, “It’s a work of art available as a framed gift ready to go!” And the framed artworks titled “The Lawyer’s Creed” and “The Healing Arts Prayer Framed Art for a Medical Professional” are top sellers for graduation.

Mickie, the artist behind the framed work, attributes her inspiration from everywhere. A certain type of architecture that’s appealing to her, or more evidently scenes of nature, are things that motivate her to create the images in her art. Mickie also likes “to incorporate Jewish motifs and scenes into the art work.”  Many of the poems include biblical aspects as well! Whether it be in the text, such as the  Lawyer’s Creed containing quotes from the Deuteronomy , or in the art with the  Maimonides Prayer, depicting Moses’ brass serpent.  These pieces of art truly come from the hearts of the owners, in an attempt to enter the heart of your recipient. The time and effort behind these pieces of art make it a gift to be cherished.

When we asked Eran if he believes that Caspi’s framed Judaic art is a perfect gift to receive to congratulate one’s accomplishments he replied “Absolutely!” Adding that, “When people receive these framed poems they are getting beautiful works of art. What we have heard from those who have purchased the artwork is that their recipient is touched and moved by the pieces.” So if you are still searching for the perfect graduation gift, do not hesitate to go to our website and order a Framed Judaic Gift. You and your recipient will both earn congratulations!

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The Year of the Pickle

It’s a famous Jewish tradition: Chinese food and a movie on Christmas. Who knows how it all got started? Years ago, some enterprising Jewish family must have ventured out into the empty streets–with all the stores shuttered- on Christmas Day and discovered a light glowing in the distance. Hurrying closer, that Jewish family stood under the light and saw that it said “Sakura.” After stuffing their faces, the family headed out into the empty street and saw another light. “Cineplex” it said.

Thus a tradition was born (reversing the order is optional) and my family has certainly partaken of that tradition. But my love of Chinese food isn’t limited to Christmas alone. During any season, but especially during cooler weather, my family has been known to happily decamp to our favorite Chinese restaurants in Connecticut and New York and enjoy all of the savory delights. While shoveling in all this delicious food, I’ve noticed and been fascinated by the Chinese Zodiac imprinted on the placemat. You know–Year of the Dragon, Year of The Rat, etc. I’ve thought: Why not a Jewish tradition like it?

Imagine, then, my excitement, when I came across some wonderful new products that playfully combine Jewish food and Chinese culture–Seth Front’s The Jewish Zodiac.

Of course it’s not “The Year of the Ox” but “The Year of The Lox” I’m talking about! I love anyone who can make me laugh–and Seth’s products are just hilarious.

Here at Challah Connection, we’re proud to offer these fun, new products like The Year of the Pickle t-shirts and Year of The Black & White t-shirt. (My husband is sporting one now, but has yet to fess up to whether he is on the black side of the cookie or the white). I chatted with Seth at the recent Kosherfest where I asked him which of the amazingly creative shirts is the most popular. It’s the Year of the Pickle–that must be a new way to refer to our current economic problem. (Maybe I’ll send a shirt to President Obama and his speechwriters.)

While I love the shirts, since I am really kitchen person, I also love the Jewish Zodiac Placemats. Jewish Zodiac Placements

Last night, we set the table with these fun placemats and I could have sworn that my salad pizza had a distinct taste of broccolli with garlic sauce.

Instead of being born in the Year of the Rat or Year of the Sheep, find your Jewish zodiac sign. Were you born under the Year of the Egg Cream, Year of Pastrami, or Year of the Schmear?

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