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Braised Lamb Shanks

It’s snowing out there, it’s obvious that dinner must consist of a hearty comfort dish, and it has to be something special since one of my granddaughters and her husband are coming over. I always liked cooking with wine, and my granddaughter shares my love of lamb, what better occasion then, could present itself to prepare this delicious recipe emailed by S. Lefkowitz, from Miami, Fl? She writes that it was adapted from Pam Anderson‘s Perfect One-Dish Dinners.

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Braised Lamb Shanks

Photo sent in by Shoshana Lefkowitz from Miami, FL.

Photo sent in by S. Lefkowitz from Miami, FL.

Serves 6



  • 6 large lamb shanks
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 large onion chopped
  • 3 large carrots, cut into medium chunks
  • 3 celery stalks, cut into medium chunks
  • 3 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup cup dry red wine
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 3 cans white beans, drained


1. – Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and heat oven to 450 F. heat a large heavy roasting pan set over two burners on low heat. Meanwhile, place shanks in a medium bowl with the 2 tablespoons of oil and turn to coat. Season with salt and pepper generously.

2. – A few minutes before searing shanks, increase heat to a medium-high until wisps of smoke rise from the pan. Add shanks and sear on all sides until well browned, 7 to 8 minutes total. Transfer to a bowl. Shanks should have rendered enough fat to cook onion. if not add another tablespoon of oil.

HerzVari53. – Add onions, carrots an celery to roasting pan and cook while stirring until browned, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and Italian seasoning until fragrant about 1 minute. Whisk in flour, then broth, wine and tomatoes. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4. – Return shanks to pan, Using two potholders to protect hands, place a sheet of heavy-duty foil over pan, Press foil down so that it touches shanks and seal foil completely around edges. Repeat with a second sheet of foil to ensutre a tight seal. Continue to shanks on medium-high until you hear juices bubble. Set pan in oven and cook for 1 1/2 hours.

5. – Transfer pan from oven to stovetop. Arrange shanks on a serving platter and cover with foil to keep warm. Stir beans into pan juices and simmer over 2 burners on medium heat to blend flavors, for about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

I don’t use “cooking wine,” why ruin a good recipe with a lousy wine? In this case I cooked with Mony Cabernet Sauvignon Classic 2009, a great choice.

We washed it down with a Herzog Variations Five Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 – which the young couple brought – with aromas of ripened blackberry, notes of blackcurrant and bold blueberry flavors. It proved a superb companion to the lamb shanks. My granddaughter and her husband showed excellent taste in wines.

Enjoy gentle reader, enjoy, we certainly did!



A Conversation with Ami Nahari

Nahari2Our guest this evening’s – at 10:00pm (Eastern Time) – on The Kosher Scene Radio Show is Ami Nahari. He is the CEO and Founder of The River, Ami brings 15 years of business consulting expertise, focusing on customer satisfaction, organizational structure and service management. He is the product of an elite Israeli Army unit and a graduate of the management school at Bar Ilan University, Mr. Nahari is building an organization based on values, ethics, professionalism and state-of-the-art distribution technology.

He’s been a resident of New York City since 2000, Fortune 100 companies hired his services to improve operations and processes. He borrows best practices from the High-Tech and financial industries to establish a state of the art wine distribution operation.

Ami grew up in Efrat, in Gush Etzion where he met the winemaker of the Gush wines, Shraga Rosenberg.  “After my wife, Larissa and I tasted the wines we asked him to allow us to import his wines, but he immediately declined” Ami tells, “but I kept pushing until he said yes.” Today, needless to say Shraga is very happy with the choice he made.


The River imports Tishbi Winery, Gush Etzion Winery, Kadesh Barnea, Har Bracha Winery and soon two more wineries will be added to the family. Last year The River started working with ShiraWinery from CA, for two year in a row their products were named by the Jewish Week as Top Kosher Wine.

In case you missed it, please listen in to a fascinating talk we had with various Sotheby’s Judaica experts

Do not forget to listen in tonight at 10:00pm (10:00pm (Eastern Time)



Kosher Food and Wine Extravaganza 2013 – Part 1

[I apologize to our readers for posting so late, but I had a family emergency. Immediately after the KFWE 2013 I had to leave for Richmond, VA. to deal with my 100 year old (ad meah ve’esrim!), Holocaust survivor uncle – my mother’s baby brother – who both broke a hip and developed pneumonia all at the same time. While far from perfect, things are under control again and I can get back to work. CS]

KFWE 2013 took place on Monday, February 4th, last week. As always the wine selections were superb, the restaurants and caterers exhibiting were tops. Better and bigger than ever, with more people attending than ever. Today we are posting the first of a multi part series of video interviews with winemakers, chefs, restaurateurs and some of the people attending.

We started with Baron Edmond de Rothschild wines…

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Next we spoke to Joe A. Hurliman from the Herzog Wine Cellars

We segued with our friend, producer of award winning wines, Dr. Moises Cohen owner and founder of Spain’s acclaimed Elvi Wines.

After quite a few more interviews we went to the main floor to taste and see what the interviewees were talking about. My favorite was the Clos Mesorah 2009, it tasted even better than last year. On the nose I found it to be rich in blackberry, black cherry, blueberry and floral notes. On the palate it exhibits concentrated and layered fruit, silky tannins, along with plenty of spice, buttered herbs, and good cedar that fills the mouth and makes for a rich and unusual experience, with a long finish of chocolate, vanilla, berries, and butterscotch, with fruit and butterscotch lingering long after the wine is gone. Wooow, we loved it!

We will be telling you about the other wines we also enjoyed at KFWE 2013, so… just stay tuned. Meanwhile enjoy, gentle reader, enjoy!


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