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Phyllis Koegel

Passover On My Mind

April 1, 2011, by

For many of us preparation for Passover begins right after the Purim holiday. We get to eat, drink and be merry on Purim, just in time for the most hectic holiday season of year. If you ask me, Purim should come after Passover, so we can celebrate our survival of the “Passover Pandemonium” but history […]

Coffee, I Can’t Live Without It!

March 1, 2011, by

I’m addicted to coffee! Okay, I admit it! According to Wikipedia, an addiction is defined as a physical and psychological dependence. Addiction can also be viewed as a continued involvement with a substance or activity despite the negative consequences associated with it. Pleasure and enjoyment would have originally been sought, however, over a period of […]


February 8, 2011, by

I think I’ve died and gone to “Snack Cake” heaven. My daughter Shani, who loves to bake, recently came up with the ideal snack cake recipe she found online. A cupcake topped with a donut! Yes, I know, topping a baked good with a fried one is indeed self indulgent, but who could resist this […]

The Secret Life of a Chocoholic

February 7, 2011, by

Please don’t tell anyone, but I’m a chocoholic. My father (of blessed memory) used to bribe me with chocolate to get me to go to bed, clean my room, do my homework or finish my food. Chocolate was and still is this magical cherished product that makes me happy. They say that some people are […]

A Slave To Trends!

January 24, 2011, by

I’ve always been a slave to trends. In the 1970’s as I was growing up, I was fascinated by the latest trends in fashion, hairstyles, makeup, and music. I was a young child when hippies and flower power were all the rage, but I grew up loving fashion and always wanted the latest handbag, makeup […]

California Here I Come…..

January 12, 2011, by

I consider myself a “foodie”, I love food, I deal with food companies daily and I travel to food trade shows for OU Kosher. Wikipedia’s definition of a “foodie” is an informal term for a particular class of aficionado of food and drink. A “foodie” is different than a “gourmet”. Foodies differ in that gourmets […]

Kosher Around The Globe: A Marketing Director’s Odyssey

January 11, 2011, by

What do Paris, New York and Mexico have in common? Answer – Kosher Certification! Kosher certification has had steady growth over the past twenty years, by an average rate of 15% a year internationally. With thousands of products becoming kosher each year, the kosher consumer has choices that were not available to our parents and […]