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Mevushal wine pairing for cajun spiced food?

I'm guessing the wine will first be used for kiddush and then the rest of the bottle enjoyed as an option with the meal. That said, if kiddush is not a factor, I'd go with beer too. Something packed with hops or a brown ale to cut the heat a bit. Then again, these are the types of beers I always go for.

Tishbi's emerald Riesling is excellent and would pair well with the food.

Oct 13, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Vegetable dishes for sukkot and beyond

Veggie quiches are always popular. Roasted butternut squash with a wild rice-dried cranberry stuffing, maybe with some sliced mushrooms.

Oct 07, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Gardein: Beefless Strips- review

I aim for that when I make seitan but I lack the forearms to be particularly effective.

Oct 07, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Gardein: Beefless Strips- review

That stuff is outstanding. I put it in salad dressings that confirmed lettuce-haters love.

Oct 07, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Need menu help

Oh my, that is a specific meat.

Oct 07, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Wasabi Peas and Roasted Soy beans for Succos recipes

Crush the peas a bit before adding them to the soup, so you get less heat in each bite. Also, I usually find them to be harder than soup croutons and have a hard time imagining that I would enjoy biting into them while eating soup. It should be noted that I despise baked goods with chunks of nuts in them for the same reason.

Oct 05, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Gardein: Beefless Strips- review

I think they're great too. They definitely need some sort of strongly flavored sauce. I had them with something subtle and the flavor was just meh. I also haven't eaten beef in over 15 years, so I'm not one to judge fake meats' authenticity.

Oct 01, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Gift for Sukkah Dinner

Wow. I grew up in a place where you could buy wine and hard liquor at any corner store, like a civilized person, and thought NY state was strict.

Sep 29, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Gift for Sukkah Dinner

Without knowing more about the couple, I think a bottle of mevushal wine is your best bet. Non-food items would actually be tricky because there are issues of halacha regarding accepting items that won't be used during the yom tov. Wine has a clear use and will probably be very helpful since they have guests and many kiddushes to make. Unless you know otherwise, it's good to assume that they prefer to serve mevushal wine. While they might be able to make excellent use of other food items during yom tov, it can get tricky if you don't know how they hold on issues like pas yisroel or cholov yisroel or specific heckshers.

Sep 29, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

kosher red thai curry paste

Can you post a pic of the container? The only thing I could find after a quick search was 'TasteS of Asia' which does not carry curry paste. I also saw something made by Maggi that has 'Taste of Asia' written on it but could not find a kashrut confirmation for that one.

A friend of mine was kind enough to bring back 3 huge tubs of red, yellow, and green Thai curry pastes by Mae Ploy from Israel. It should be noted that:1) The packages are huge and the paste so concentrated that you should really just pick one and it will last a long time. 2) The paste is in a vacuum-sealed bag inside a plastic tub, which looks like a bomb on airport security scanners, so be prepared to answer some additional questions. My friend had no idea what the stuff was, so he had to rely on being a polite Canadian with a brilliant smile and solid command of Hebrew.

Sep 29, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Is there a decent store bought or packaged honey cake?

I'd say 'Sue Sez' but I imagine they're already closed. Sing Sing market on Columbus and 96th in Manhattan carries their stuff. I don't know where you are, so I don't know how helpful that is.

I've yet to find any good purchased honey cakes, but I'm not a fan of them to begin with.

Sep 24, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

The color of the exterior of the pomegrantes this year

Maybe a different varietal did particularly well this year. I bought one from a street vendor and it's a lovely reddish magenta.

Sep 24, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

12 Year Old Frum Boy on Chopped

It has been discussed before and the conversation took a turn for the worse. I, for one, would like to avoid a repeat.

Pardes: new menu section, attentive service, creative small plates still amazing

I think it's the Shabbat pre-paid meals. I've walked past there on many Friday nights and they're packed. I don't know if it's out-of-towners or people who don't have the ability or inclination to cook. Even a microwave meal is more appealing to me, but to each their own.

Sep 17, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Rosh Hashanah Simanim

If they're available, you can swap out butternut squash with dumpling squash. They'll be easier to cut evenly for roasting and easier to cut in general. They're a bit sweeter than butternut, so you might need more lemon.

Sep 17, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Make ahead rice for RH

Unless you're doing a fried rice dish, I agree that making rice ahead of time is a recipe for rice that dry and crunchy (not in the good tahdig way) or sticky and mushy. If you have an oven available, you can even cook large amounts of rice in a casserole dish and can even do so with other things in the oven.

Sep 16, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Rosh Hashanah Simanim

If you want to incorporate fenugreek, there are a lot of curry powder mixes that use it and it goes beautifully on roasted squash.

Sep 16, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Sausage casings

I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but a friend of mine was on a similar search a few years ago and found nada in the US. He had a friend in England who was able to order something locally and then ship it over. I can ask the name of the company but it's quite possible that they only ship within the EU to avoid customs/USDA hassle.

Sep 16, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Kosher in a non-kosher cruise or hotel - is it even possible?

My in-laws did a boat trip to the Galapagos and I'm guessing they used that company (would there be more than one?). THey said the food was good. The crew onboard had difficulty with something about the meals, but luckily they went to my in-laws to figure it out and eventually they just took over heating their own meals. This meant they weren't eating any of their snack supply due to some sort of well-intentioned mistake.

Sep 11, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Russ & Daughters Plans a kosher Museum Cafe at jewish museum

It sounds like a great idea. I ate in the cafe in the Jewish Museum a few years ago and it was nothing special but useful for people in the area who keep kosher. This will attract a wider crowd. Also, Russ & Daughters has been around since 1914 in the LES, so it is a living (and tasty) example of some of the history upstairs.

Sep 10, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Should I Join Costco in CT?

You can also buy a gift card online and then use it. My friends go to Costco only a few times per year and this works out much better than membership.

Sep 09, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Suggestions for kosher food-themed thank you for a friend who re-imaged my computer?

All the fixings for a lovely mother[cheese]board. I'm a foodie and techie and I refuse to apologize for my love of puns.

Sep 09, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Restaurant recs for Manhattan

My guess is that rents in Manhattan are higher, so people play it safer. I think there is a much higher percentage of kosher people who will only eat at the steak n' sushi places versus the percentage of kosher people would only eat at innovative restaurants.

Sep 08, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Califia farms iced coffee non dairy!

Their website has a search option. There were too many results in the NYC area for me to go through when I was looking for myself but I saw Whole Foods listed multiple times as well as places like Food Emporium. Considering Califia is an LA-based company, that indicates they probably have national distribution, at least through 'fancy' grocery stores.

Sep 08, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Need a meal on the way from Boston to NYC

I grew up with the term in northern California. We had a lot of crunchy people.

Sep 03, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Pardes: new menu section, attentive service, creative small plates still amazing

Go in hungry, yes? Would hate for you to go hungry in such a well-regarded restaurant.

Aug 28, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Gardein went kosher!

I remember for a while, the "fillets" were acceptable under either LBD or the Dutch authority. A lot of their more recent products seem to be breaded and seasoned (beyond "meat" flavorings) which may be where the problem is.

Aug 28, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Gardein went kosher!

I have had some of their products and had mixed feelings. The "chicken" strips definitely need a lot of sauce as they are really dry. The "beef" crumbles would be good in a taco or burrito but not something where you'd be adding your own spices and definitely with extra moisture.

Aug 26, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher

Yummy Sushi Falafel - name of actual restaurant that could only be kosher

All the more reason to ONLY certify restaurants with tables. Less room for mixed dancing!

Aug 25, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher
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Yummy Sushi Falafel - name of actual restaurant that could only be kosher

I follow a few blogs that sometimes chronicle customers' bad behavior, particularly in restaurants. This reminds me of one of the stories where a diner in a sushi restaurant demanded to speak with the manager when she was brought the bill. The diner demanded a discount because the food runner had "ruined" the meal. What had the runner done? He wasn't Japanese. According to the diner, the restaurant "owed" her for the lost ambiance. Luckily, the manager had the gumption to tell her that she owed them for the sushi she seemed to be able to swallow despite this lack of ambiance.

I'm not trying to say AdinaA or anyone on the blog would behave at all like this, but it reminded me of the story.

I wonder if the tradition of having sushi prepared in front of customers in restaurants that bill themselves as authentic has created certain expectations that we don't have with other foods. Considering how it seems to be a requirement that all kosher restaurants have sushi on the menu, I just don't think there are enough Japanese people who know how and want to make sushi that we'll just have to settle for other people who do. :)

Aug 25, 2014
CloggieGirl in Kosher