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PAGE 16A HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, JUNE 14, 2013 By Louise Fiszer On our way back to Tel Aviv from Mitzpe Ramon, my brother-in-law Hanan, sister-in-law Rose and my husband, Max, were looking for a goat dairy farm that several people had told us about. There was nothing but stark arid desert scenery for miles, and then suddenly we spotted a sign that read Kornmehl, in Hebrew and English, and heard some goats in the distance. We drove on an unpaved road wishing we were in a jeep until we spotted a few goats and a cabinlike structure. 3Xvo young women offered us a cheese-tasting and then a menu containing all sorts of delicious-sounding dishes made with goat cheese. We decided we were hungry enough for lunch even though we just had breakfast a few hours earlier. We sat at a communal table and pored over the menu, which was divided into four sections: From the Oven, Only at Kornmehl, Cold Dishes and House Desserts. We ordered something from each section along with a local wine. While we waited for our food we found out a little bit about Anat and Daniel Kornmehl, the cheese-makers and owners of the farm. Both are graduates of the Faculty of Agriculture at Hebrew University. Daniel acquired his experience in Israel and France. They believe that the health of their goats and the quality of their milk, which is hormone-free, comes from the attention they give to the goats' food and living conditions. They opened the restaurant in 1997, featuring a variety of cheeses from the dairy with an emphasis on using local, seasonal, fresh ingredients. Note: These recipes are not those of the chef but my adapta- tion of the dishes we sampled. TSATZIKI (Cucumber-Yogurt Spread) Ingredients: 2 cups goat milk yogurt (may substitute conventional yogurt) 1 large English cucumber peeled, seeded and diced 1 clove garlic, chopped fine 1 Tbs. mint, chopped 1 Tbs. dill, chopped 1-2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice salt and pepper to taste To make dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the jam, vinegar, lemon juice, pepper and oil until well blended. Combine all ingredients and refrigerate overnight before serving. Serve with pita. Makes about 2 cups STRAWBERRY ARUGULA SALAD Ingredients: 2 tsp. strawberry jam 2 Tbs. balsamic vinegar 2 tsp. fresh lemon juice I tsp. freshly ground pepper 6 Tbs. good olive oil I pint strawberries, hulled and sliced 16 cherry tomatoes, halved 4 cups arugula 4 cups romaine 4 oz. young goat cheese, crumbled 1/2 cup sliced toasted almonds Preparation: In a large bowl, combine strawberries, tomatoes, arugula and romaine, and top with dressing. Toss with goat cheese and sprinkle with almonds. To make dressing: In a small bowl, whisk together the jam, vinegar, lemon juice, pepper and oil until well blended. Serves 8 GOAT MILK YOGURTPANNA COTTA Ingredients: I envelope unflavored gelatin (21/4 tsp.) 2 Tbs, cold water I cup heavy cream 1/3 cup sugar I vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped 2 cups goat milk yogurt 11/2 cups blueberries, raspberries, or a mixture Preparation: In a small bowl, sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water; let stand until softened, 5 minutes. In a small saucepan, bring the cream, sugar and vanilla bean and seeds to a simmer. Off the heat, stir in the gelatin until melted. In a bowl, whisk the yogurt until smooth. Gradually whisk in the vanilla cream; remove the vanilla bean. In each of 6 goblets place about 2 tablespoons berries. Pour the mixture over berries and refrigerate until set, at least 3 hours. Garnish with a few berries on top and serve. Serves 6 Louise Fiszer is a Palo Alto, Calif., cooking teacher, author and the co-author of "Jewish Holiday Feasts." Questions and recipe ideas can be sent to j. at or to loufiszer@ a new Menahem Kahana Neta Dror, pictured, a Jerusalem-based photographer and advisor for the Arthur Szyk Prize of Disruptive Thought and Zionist Art project, says the prize is not an attempt at hasbara (public diplomacy) for Israel, a charge she is sure will be made by Israeli art critics. Courtesy Joshua Stulman. JoshuaStulman, pictured, submitted his comic book for the Arthur Szyk Prize of Disrup- award for being a pro-Israel artists living in Israel, some serial spy tradition. His su- tire Thought andZionistArt, sponsored by Artists 4 Israeland the Jewish Nationallnitia- Zionist," Dror, 27, says. "It's came from Diaspora Jews like perhero Magen, meaning tive (JNI), along with more than 100 artists who submitted a piece of work, from music not the point. It's more about Stulman, who as a Zionistsays "shield" in Hebrew, is inspired to paintings to dance to film, in hopes of winning the $1,000 prize. Stulman's superhero sayingdon'tbeafraid.Weknow heexperiencedastiflingofhis by superheroes like Captain Magen, meaning "shield" in Hebrew, is inspired by superheroes like Captain America, cre- that people will completely pro-Israel art first-hand.As an America, created by Joe Simon ated by Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. ignore you in the normal art undergrad at Penn State from and Jack Kirby. world if you say these things, 2001-2006 during the second The artists behind Cap- By Rachel Marder experts, including Elianna In the world of fine art, but we're going to give you a intifada, Stulman created an tain America, Stulman says, Bar-El, editor of Time Out Dror Feiler, a composer and stage to say these things." exhibition that dealtwith Ho- wanted Americans to talk Israel, will select the winning musician born in Israel, and The contest is about creat- locaustdenialintheWestBank about Nazism at a time when Joshua Stulman grew up piece--which"challenges the his Swedishwife, artistGunilla ing honest artwork, which and GazaStrip, indoctrination Americans were reluctant to, reading a little known comic static conception Of Zionism Sk61d-Feiler, received atten- has become difficult for Jew- of youth into terrorism, and asWorldWarIIhadnotyetbe- book series about the adven- with ideas that extend beyond tion for their 2004 controver- ish artists around the world, Palestinian disregard for Jew- gun. Similarly, Magen ignites tures of Jewish super hero theworkofartitself"---inJune, sial installation, "SnowWhite Dror says, explaining that she ish holy sites. But he says the conversationaboutterrorism, "Shaloman," created by A1 Organizers say the main- and The Madness of Truth." has heard from Jewish artists entire arts faculty, initiated by what it is about, and how it Wiesner. Shaloman takes on stream slant on art related to The piece featured a bathtub in France and elsewhere that his advisor, censored the exhi- operates, topics Stulman feels bigotry and Holocaust denial, Israel, even in Israel, tends to of water colored red, upon they don't like to reveal they bition, which never went up. people are wary to raise. uncovers terrorist plots to de- be negative and anti-Zionist, which floated a small white areJewishorsaywhattheyfeel "This particular professor StulmancitesArthurSzyk's stroy Israel, and even rescues andtheprizeismeanttocreate boat named "Snow White" aboutIsraelforfearofharming just had it in for Israel," Stul- "brilliant illustrating" in the an Israeli and an Arab child, a platform for those pro-Israel carrying a portrait of Hanadi their careers, man says. "He kind of pushed golden age of comic books as helping them to overcome artists who want to express Jaradat, a Palestinian suicide Dror graduated in 2001 me into activism, because a source of inspiration for his their differences, a more nuanced, intimate bomber. The artists said they from the Bezalel Academy of it wasn't something I was work. Szyk, a Jewish graphic Now, at 30, the New York relationship with the country, wanted to call attention "to Arts and Design in Jerusalem. entirely interested in doing to artist, book illustrator, stage City-based Stulman has cre- CraigDershowitz, executive howweakpeopleleftalonecan Some Bezalel teachers, Israeli begin with." designer and caricaturist, fled ated his own comic book directoroftheNewYork-based be capable of horrible things." curatorsandartistsshehasen- "It left me with a real desire his native Poland in 1937 and featuring Jewish superhero Artists 4 Israel, says political But Daniel Fink, JNrs co- counteredpushan"unspoken" to stand up in the fine arts, arrived in the U.S. in 1940. "Magen: The Shield of Israel." art"is a difficult topic to cover, director, says the Arthur Szyk anti-Israel agenda, she says, where I don't see alotofpeople There, his art work support- In the first 25-page issue, the and it's always so much easier Prizeis"notabout countering which made her avoid mixing standingupforIsrael,"headds, ing the creation of a Jewish ripped and smiling Magen, to makenegativepoliticalart." arguments." art with politics. Stulman went on to the state and wartime caricatures wearing a blue and white body Artists and filmmakers "It'saboutaffirmation, and "I knew that I can't be ex- Pratt Institute, where he grad- of Adolf Hitler and other Axis suit, joins forces with a heroic critical of Israel, in fact, have affirmation in the community tremelypoliticalinmyworkin uated in 2010 with an MFA. powerleadersraisedawareness captured female IDFsoldier to becomeaccustomedto receiv- as well," he says. "Hopefully Israelbecause I'm not going to While there he created a series and called viewers to action escape a terror cell operating inginternationalaccolades.At this will turn into other types dowhat'sexpectedofmewhich oflarge-scale political cartoon on behalf of Eastern Euro- anarmssmugglingfactoryina this year's Academy Awards, of prizes." wastobeanti-Israel,"shesays, paintings relating figures like pean Jews. Szyk's later work mazeofundergroundtunnels, two films accused of anti- The winner's work will be "Itwasmyreactiontowhatwas Iranian President Mahmoud urged civil rights for African Stulman submitted his Israel bias by many pro-Israel displayedinagalleryorshown going on in Israel. I kind ofran Ahmedinejad and his corn- Americans. comicbookfortheArthurSzyk viewers, "5 Broken Cameras" in a performance space in Tel away from my world." ments at the United Nations Decades later, Stulman is Prize of Disruptive Thought and "The Gatekeepers," were Aviv, depending on the me- Dror hopes the new prize regarding homosexuals. But seeking to make a name for and Zionist Art, sponsored by nominatedforBestDocumen- dium, inaneventthatincludes will help make the art world Stulman decided this tactic himself through Magen, a su- Artists 4 Israel and the Jewish tary. On May 25, Palestinian the broader Israeli artistic more open to critical discus- wasalittletoohard-hittingand perhero with a strong Zionist National Initiative (JNI), along director Hany Abu-Assadcommunity, sionabout Israel. decided to shift to edtJcation, character. But Stulman hopes withmorethanl00artistswho won the,'JuryPrize" in the "A Neta Dror, a Jerusalem- "You have to allow free- to use his artwork to inform hisaudiencewilllookattheart submittedapieceofwork, from Certain Regard" category at based photographer and advi- dom," she says. "What this about the Jewish state.Taking first and the message second. music to paintings to dance the Cannes Film Festival for sor on the project, says the prize is basically saying is be news articles straight from "I want the comic to be to film, in hopes of winning his film,"Omar,"aPalestinian prize is not an attempt at as destructive as you want Israel and adapting them into viewed as a comic first in a the $1,000 prize, love story that presents Israeli hasbara(publicdiplomacy) for regarding Zionism, but don't adventure stories, Stulman's way that Superman is viewed Afive-memberjuryofIsraeli security forces negatively, as Israel, a charge she is surewill be anti-Zionist." black-and-white comic book as a comic book first," he says. and American writers, public they brutally torture the pro- be made by Israeli art critics. While the majority of sub- is a combination of real-life "I want the artistic integrity. relations specialists and arts tagonist. "It's not about being an missions came from Israeli events and fantasy in a 1940s I love hearing the criticism."