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Does anyone have a one-pot recipe for Shabbos lunch that will replace the boring Cholent?

You're cooking it a lot longer so it's fork tender.

about 21 hours ago
avitrek in Kosher

Spare Ribs Recipe-Not sweet

I've used this recipe in a crock pot for shabbat lunch. Just make sure your crock pot can get low enough.

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/em...

Jul 25, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Bagel/Coffee shop in Monsey?

I'm planning to bike from NYC to Monsey. I'd like to pick up a light lunch before riding back to the city. A bagel, muffin, or panini would be great. The place doesn't need to be fancy, and given that I'll be showing up sweaty and in shorts it's probably better if it's not too fancy, just good food. I'd love any suggestions you have.

Thanks.

Jul 25, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Upscale Friday night dinner ideas

How did you pull off the lava cake? I would be afraid it's too liquid to reheat and leaving it in the oven would result in it cooking through before dessert.

Jul 23, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Mike's Bistro

My most favorite is still on the block.

Jul 22, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Ideas for place to go for a week with kosher restaurants around, PLEASE!

Teaneck and Fairlawn are suburbs. They fall into most of the same issues as Monsey. I think the OP needs to expand his range back to 2 hours from the 1 hour he's talking about now. Especially if he's heading west. Depending on traffic, 1 hour may not even get you out of Manhattan from Brooklyn and even with no traffic you're really not getting very far from the city. If 1 hour is important I would look to Long Island instead, at least that way you don't lose half your travel time just getting through NYC.

Jul 17, 2014
avitrek in Kosher
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Upscale Friday night dinner ideas

Beef bourguignon will look impressive and will hold up, as will most stews. You can search the board for previous discussions on it and recipes.

Jul 16, 2014
avitrek in Kosher
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Kosher restaurants w/corkage

If you search BYOB on this board there are multiple restaurants mentioned. Specifically, it looks like liquor laws in Teaneck are strict enough that a number of kosher restaurants are BYOB.

Jul 15, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Kosher restaurants w/corkage

I know at least the old eden wok allowed BYOB for sheva brachot. And yes, the mashgiach checked the bottle. It doesn't help the OP, but I'm sure other places allow it too.

Jul 15, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

serengetti. in baltimore

They have sushi. Glad to know it's really kosher.

Jul 15, 2014
avitrek in Kosher
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business coffee

Coffee bean is your best bet if you want fully certified. Or Edgar/Lalo if you'll accept their claim about some of the products being kosher.

Jul 15, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

butterfish restaurant in nyc turning kosher

Interesting that kosher plum wine was on the original menu.

Jul 12, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Herring

Where are you located? There are plenty of options in multiple cities, but no one can suggest anything without knowing where you are.

Jul 10, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Upscale Brooklyn / Boro Park meat restaurant

It's not Boro Park, but any Brooklyn discussion should start with Pardes unless it won't work for the occasion.

Jul 04, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Why is there no decent kosher cheese dip?

According to kosherquest it doesn't need a hechsher, but as always, ask your local rabbi.

http://www.kosherquest.org/book.php?i...

Jul 02, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Heavenly breakfast in Jerusalem

I felt the same way about papagaio when I went for dinner. The food was good, but I think I could have ordered the same off the menu for less.

Jun 30, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Cold / Summer Shabbat lunch ideas

Zev, calm down. The food is being cooked. Passive verb. You're arguing over semantics for the sake of arguing.

Jun 29, 2014
avitrek in Kosher
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Why is there no decent kosher cheese dip?

Here is an even simpler recipe assuming you can get sodium citrate.

High-Tech Melty Cheese - MDRN KTCHN: http://youtu.be/gOLgLi5ZJOY

Jun 27, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

ISO mail order gluten free desserts

Yes, I'm aware. I was really thinking more in reverse. If the dessert is gluten free, then it's probably KP. Yes, you could use spelt flower that might change that, but kosherGlutenFree's comment on bean flours may be the bigger issue. That a kitniyot ingredient could be used during the year while you would probably not use it for passover.

Jun 20, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Anything new and exciting in South Florida?

I know at least one other place where the hashgacha says the bar is not covered. You may not accept it yourself, but I don't know why it's so hard to understand the concept.

Jun 20, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

ISO mail order gluten free desserts

They're gluten free. That's basically the definition of kosher for passover. I bet most non-kosher gluten free desserts could be kosher for passover if they were prepared in a kp kitchen.

Jun 20, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Kosher CSA?!

Grow and Behold isn't even a farmer. They buy animals from farmers and arrange for them to be schechted and processed.

Jun 18, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Need an olive oil/herb bread recipe for the bread machine

You're using a cup of olives, I would imagine that is more than enough salt right there. No need to add anything else.

Jun 06, 2014
avitrek in Home Cooking

Jewish Cuisine

Let's make this more practical. Most of the restaurants mentioned are mixing milk/meat or serving non-kosher ingredients, so it's not as simple as mashgiach + certified versions of foods.

For example:
Mile End: Milk and Meat all over the place, including reubens and poutine.
Shelsky's: Sturgeon, Chopped Liver, and Cream Cheese
Kutscher's: Milk and Meat everywhere
Russ & Daughters: Sturgeon, Chopped Liver, Chicken Soup, and tons of dairy.

The only options for easy certification would be the bakeries. But then you get into parve vs dairy issues and if there is much value in paying for kosher certified dairy desserts. Plus their catering becomes much more complicated.

May 29, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Jewish Cuisine

A Reuben Sandwich is generally considered part of "Jewish Deli" cuisine, even if it's non-kosher. We could probably find others too.

Personally I'm with EvanM, I'd rather focus on getting higher quality kosher products than complaining about non-religious Jews creating high quality food for customers that they know will appreciate it.

May 28, 2014
avitrek in Kosher
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What's cooking for Shavuot?

I keep thinking of doing a fondue meal myself(cheese and chocolate), but I never remember to order a fondue pot in time.

May 27, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Large Jewish communities WITHOUT a kosher restaurant

I completely agree with your sister, when I travel anywhere I always try to avoid the unholy trinity of kosher food, Israeli, Deli, and Chinese.

I'll make an exception if the place is well known for one of them, but when I'm in Texas I want BBQ or tex-mex; when I'm in New Orleans I want creole/cajun; when I'm in France I want French; etc...

May 23, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

Large Jewish communities WITHOUT a kosher restaurant

I think that raises a good point that people seem to be overlooking. The question is "Jewish community", not "civic municipality with Jews". It doesn't really matter if Yonkers or Union City, NJ have restaurants when they effectively have access to neighboring restaurants. As Bagelman pointed out, even at 60-90 minutes people will drive to go out, so this needs to be a regional view. Now 60-90 feels a little long for me for a regular trip, but I think we can draw a line somewhere around 30 min range and say if you have access within 30 minutes that counts as being part of the community.

May 21, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

churros?

It's prominent. I forgot the place existed and saw the teudah in the window when I happened to be walking by. The sign is the only reason I stopped and went in.

May 20, 2014
avitrek in Kosher

BBQ is coming to Chicago

Even Texas has food safety laws. It has nothing to do with being a nanny state, it has to do with keeping citizens from getting sick which is in the interest of every state.

http://www.statutes.legis.state.tx.us...

May 20, 2014
avitrek in Kosher