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Best parve sliced "cheese?"

There's a Chicago company that makes a Vegan "cheese" but I've never tried it.
http://www.welovesoy.com/

about 10 hours ago
chicago maven in Kosher

Kosher vegetarian Italian sausage and other deli items

Uptons Naturals makes some great seitan products.
http://www.uptonsnaturals.com/

Jan 28, 2015
chicago maven in Kosher

Now that foie gras is legal again in California

I respect your opinion. Let's just say that we agree to disagree.

Jan 25, 2015
chicago maven in Kosher

Now that foie gras is legal again in California

Tzar baalei chaim is not the reason that most would not certify it. It's primarily due to the high possibility that the animal was injured to the point that the goose became treif so it's liver, and the entire goose is now not kosher. Check it out.
I'm not a maven and I'm certainly not a posek, that's why I just asked someone that is.

Jan 24, 2015
chicago maven in Kosher

Now that foie gras is legal again in California

You might want to consult with your pick of any of the major kashrus agencies and you will find that they don't necessarily agree with your "psak"

Jan 23, 2015
chicago maven in Kosher
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Kosher?

Jewish doesn't necessarily mean kosher.
There are possible kosher versions of a Reuben using a pareve cheese or just leaving out the cheese altogether, but my guess is that the place was not kosher, just Jewish or Kosher Style.

Jan 21, 2015
chicago maven in Kosher
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potato kuggel

My wife also uses sugar or a sugar substitute for a sweet potato kugel.

Jan 21, 2015
chicago maven in Kosher

milts bbq truck coming to FL

I heard different reasons ranging from difficulty in getting the proper licensing in Florida to just plain economics. Since there really isn't anything anyone can do to change it, it really doesn't make much difference.

Jan 19, 2015
chicago maven in Kosher

milts bbq truck coming to FL

The latest on Milt's going to Florida is that they are not going!

Jan 19, 2015
chicago maven in Kosher

Now that foie gras is legal again in California

I believe that there are many kosher agencies that would not certify it.

Jan 15, 2015
chicago maven in Kosher

Skirt steak

The skirt is off the plate and sits on the fore quarter, and is the diaphragm. The hanging tender actually sits on the hind quarter and is tagged as kosher with a kosher shecita. It's cut off when the hind quarter is separated from the fore quarter and kept as a kosher cut, similarly to how they handle the liver.

Nov 20, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher

Skirt steak

The Skirt is actually the diaphragm of the animal and hangs separately on the inside of the cow. it is very thin so it gets a lot of salt.

Nov 19, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher

Skirt steak

Proper kosher soaking and salting requires that the salt be put on all sides of the meat. Skirts and hanging tenderloin are very thin and a bit more porous than some other cuts, so they absorb more salt.
The ice doesn't help get the salt out but it does keep the meat from spoiling. Just soaking is not enough. Changing the water several times is essential to making this work.

Nov 18, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher
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A good salami

I would also vote for A&H as a second choice. Overall very good quality and consistently.

Sep 15, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher

A good salami

I knew that it the topic was kosher salami then Weinstein would be suggesting Romanian. No argument here, there's none better.

Sep 15, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher

Kosher at Soldier Field in Chicago

Kosher at Soldier Field seem to be successful. The Bears at Soldier Field, not so successful. Wait till next year.

Sep 08, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher

Kosher at Soldier Field in Chicago

This place is run by the same person that runs the kosher cart at McCormick
Place. The two other places are run by someone else.

Aug 26, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher

Kosher at Soldier Field in Chicago

There is now kosher food available at Soldier Field in Chicago, the home of the Chicago Bears. It's called Kosher at Soldier and they feature yummy meats from Romanian. They are planning on being certified by the cRc. I hope that they are successful.

Aug 26, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher

kosher Walmart in Skokie

I admire your devotion to the local vendors but Jewel is far from a local vendor. The more people that support stores like Jewel and Walmart, the quicker our true local stores like Hungarian will close. If that happens those big box stores will have free reign on the Jewish community.

Aug 17, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher

Sous vide meat/milk question

This is not the forum for this type of question. You should be asking your local orthodox rabbi.

Jul 09, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher
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Making Franks and Baked Beans for Shabbos

Forget the beans. You already have the best ingredient, Romanian hot dogs, and some of their pastrami will make it perfect.

Jul 04, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher

Upscale Brooklyn / Boro Park meat restaurant

I'm looking for a nice meat restaurant in Brooklyn, preferably in Boro Park.

Jul 04, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher

ISO Kosher Kids' Vitamins

Try www.koshervitamins.com
If they don't have it, no one will.

Jul 01, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher

kosher symbol of cake boss cakes

I'm not sure where you got this information but the CRC never said that it was not recommended.

Jun 27, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher

kosher symbol of cake boss cakes

I'm not sure who that kosher supervision is but if you are able to send a picture to the CRC in Chicago they may be able to help you.
They have always been able to help in the past. Just send it to info@crcweb.org

Jun 24, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher

Found: Best kosher pizza in Brooklyn

I knew that it sounded too good to be true.
for whatever it's worth, the cRc in Chicago does not recommend that certification.
Oh well, what the second best pizza shop in Brooklyn?

Jun 16, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher

Kraft String Cheese is OUD

No.

Jun 16, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher

OU-d confusion

Or maybe another incorrect label. They should be safe and ask the OU.

Jun 15, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher

kosher subscription services

I checked with the cRc. Some of the products in their box may be certified by the cRc but they do not certify this company. The statement on their website is very misleading.

May 30, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher

Taboun Grill 2 in Northbrook, IL, Opening Date?

they were supposed to open yesterday.

May 21, 2014
chicago maven in Kosher