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The Detroit Jewish News, 2002-10-25

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upon which two different brachot,
blessings, may be said before
If you're having pizza as a meal, it's
considered a form of bread and Jews are
obligated to wash and say the
appropriate blessing. If, howev-
er, you're just enjoying it as a
snack and consuming one
piece, then the proper
bracha is borey mine
mazonot, which also is said
before such items..as ,cookies
and cake.


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7. Old News
Like your pizza topped with
olives? In Israel, you can find
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8. Somediing New For Pesach.
It can be . painful to make it thrpugh
those eight 'days without a major food
group like pizza, Sure, you've tried the
old spread-marinara-sauce-on-n-iatzah
routine. Can't someone come:up with
something more original?
Yes! At the Classic Jewish Recipe
Archive, you'll find six — count 'em six
— recipes for Pesach pizza, along with
a recipe for pizza farfel. For the recipes,
look up pizzas on wwvv.jewish-

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10. What's Up, Doc?
Tomatoes were long believed to be poi-
sonous in America. Then a Jewish
physician (today, we know only that his
name was Dr. Sicary) proved otherwise.

11. Pizza Love, American Style
If you're planning a visit to Pizza Hut
while in Israel (kosher Pizza Hut restau-
rants can be found in Jerusalem, Hod
Hasharon, Raanana, Kiryat Ono, '
Netanya and Kiryat Bialik), first make
a stop on the Internet.
Type in "Kosher Pizza Hut" and
you'll find discount coupons (two pizza
pies for the price of one on take-out
orders) that can be used at every Pizza
Hut in the country.

12. Something Cheesy
The best Jewish holiday to serve pizza?
This would have to be Shavuot, when
it's traditional to eat dairy foods.
On Shavuot, favorite Ashkenazi
foods throughout history have included
butter cookies, cheese challah
and cheesecake, blintzes,
cheese-filled kreplach and
potato knishes, while
Sephardim enjoy a
spinach cheese casserole
and salted cheese.
Accordingth one leg-
end, Shairuot is the dairy
holiday because :the Israelites
were late returning home after
they received the 10
Commandments. By the time they got
back, their milk had soured and was in
the process of turning into cheese, on
which they promptly dined.

13. Big Seller
If, like any thinking person, you love
metro Detroit's own Jerusalem Pizza,
take a guess as to how many pizzas the
kosher eatery sells in a single day?
According to manager Brian Jacobs,
Jerusalem Pizza in Southfield sells
between 80 and 100 of them.

14. Something Fishy
Even tenowned chef Wolfgang Puck
can't resist a pizza — but who would
have thought he Would be interested in
one with a Jewish twist?
Chef Puck has created a "Jewish
Pizza" topped with salmon, caviar and
sour cream. Check out the recipe at

15. Saucy!
Maybe you want to spend all day in the
kitchen making your own pizza sauce.
Or maybe you want to go to the store
and buy pizza sauce and pretend it's
your own (good idea).
You will find a number of kosher
tomato sauces out there, from Jewish
businesses like Rokeach (founded more
than 125 years ago) to Paesana (started
in 1902 by Luigi Scaramelli Sr.).
Another Italian-owned business is
Dell'Amore, established in 1986.
Dell'Amore produces a tomato sauce,
based on a family recipe, that has
kosher (Orthodox Union) certification.
Not only is it kosher, but
Dell'Amore's tomato sauce was judged
tops among taste testers. Eating Well
magazine rated Dell'Amore's sauce the
best, while the-Boston Globe newspaper,
in a test of marinara sauces, declared it
PIZZA on page 72

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