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Kveller: The New Jewish Food Commandments

The New Jewish Food Commandments
(Originally published December 2010, inspired by the 2010 Hazon Food Conference)
Guidelines to ensure that fresh, local, and environmentally friendly food lands on your kids’ plates

By Natasha Rosenstock

Most of us are familiar with the Ten Commandments (or at least the Charlton Heston movie) and know all about those golden rules to live by. But while that covers idolatry and adultery, when it comes to the food we feed our family, a newer perspective could be of use.

Of course the Bible has its fair share of rules–keeping kosher, anyone?–but in these health-conscious and environmentally friendly times, it seems like we could use some additional rules, ones with an eye toward organic, local, and ethically produced food. Here are 10 new food commandments to ensure healthy and delicious eating habits that are good for you, your kids, and the environment.

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Previous Hazon Food Conference Articles

As promised, here are a few previous articles I’ve written about or inspired by the Hazon Food Conference.

First, we have the 2007 goat slaughter….

Reminisce and then I’ll have new posts for you in no time!


and 2010….Hazon in Jewish Press 12.24.10


Can’t wait to drive to Falls Village, CT tomorrow!

For parents…later I’ll post my Kveller article from 2010, inspired by the food conference.

Going to miss my Vita-Mix while I’m out of town…

I’ve been having so much fun with my new Vita-Mix! I’m going to miss it while I’m at the Hazon Food Conference this week. The good news is, if past years are any indication, they’ll have yummy stuff like dehydrated beet and sweet potato chips. Can’t wait to see what new healthy food I can get the kids to eat!

In the meantime, here’s some healthy food I’ve been getting them to eat at home! And some of it has been for the grown-ups!

Grapefruit juice:

My 1st Vita-Mix Juice!

My 1st sorbet in the Vita-Mix. See how thick it is! That spoon is sideways and nothing is moving! I simply dumped in a bag of frozen mixed fruit: peaches, pineapple, strawberries and mango.






I am never paying $5 for a container of sorbet again! Not the money, it’s the corn syrup, sugar, thickeners, preservatives, etc…

My husband said it makes him look kinda bad when someone asks him what he got me for my birthday and he says a blender. I said, “It’s not a blender, it’s a Vita-Mix.” That’s in their sales material, right? Must be. Anyway, I begged for it, for the record.

Finally, he said, “You realize this is an elitist appliance don’t you?” I do. But it’s a healthy one and I’m happy to have it!

Because I’m at the beginning of my use, send any and all vegan ideas this way. Looking forward to hearing about others fun, healthy recipes and experiences. I feel like I should make a commercial and end it with, “It’s a lifestyle…” or something dorky. lol…