The brining chicken and turkey thing that’s come along in recent years is nothing new to anyone who is kosher or who has ever eaten a kosher chicken or turkey. Kosher birds are all brined, which is what makes them so ultra-juicy-and-delicious. They are soaked and salted for religious reasons, but no matter why, they are good, good, good. So even if you are not kosher, if you haven’t had a kosher chicken cooked in soup or roasted in the oven, you are missing out.
Also, if you are too busy cooking for the holidays or just plain old busy in general to cook regular dinner and you happen to live near Stamford, CT., you should know that Fairway has new rotisserie kosher chickens for sale and they are terrific. You know how when you walk into a store and you can smell coffee or bread and it makes you want to buy more food? Well at Fairway it’s the kosher chickens. You go in, smell the smell and want to light some candles and sit down to dinner.
There are also some new packaged side dishes made from the local Sweet on You cafe and catering place. The ratatouille (in the photo) is wonderful. Hot, warm or cool. They also have sides of quinoa (with Moroccan seasonings), Couscous, Roasted Potatoes and Lemon Rice Pilaf.