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Cookbook/supplies rec for absolute beginner- kosher and somewhat picky!

I am strictly kosher and a cookbook collector so I've got lots to say on this topic! :)
There are some decent kosher cookbooks (Susie Fishbein's are great) but there is a bigger, better selection of non-kosher ones. I own more than 100 cookbooks and only about a dozen are specifically kosher.
Vegetarian cookbooks are inherently kosher, but of course they won't have brisket recipes. You can get her any cookbook you like, as long as it doesn't emphasize pork or seafood recipes. I second the motion on "How to Cook Everything." Also, "Joy of Cooking" is a wonderful choice. That was my very first cookbook (a gift from my mom) and most of the recipes are kosher-friendly.
There are also lots of kosher food blogs out there. Just do a google search (or ask me for some recommendations - I have lots). Of course that's not a gift idea, just a recommendation you might want to pass on to her.
Feel free to reach out with any questions! Good luck finding just the right thing.

Aug 28, 2014
Rlocker in Home Cooking
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What 5 TJ's products...?

Great thread! For me:
- Pizza dough
- Vegetable stock
- Breakfast bars
- Nuts
- Dried fruit

Aug 28, 2014
Rlocker in Chains

Are Costco's Kirkland Foods Any Good?

There are a few Kirkland products I really like. Their olive oil, peanut butter, and organic strawberry jam are better (and cheaper) than other brands I've used in the past. It's somewhat 'hit or miss' but over the years we've found quite a few Kirkland products that we really like.

Aug 28, 2014
Rlocker in Features

Nice Vegetarian or Kosher Restaurant Mid Town

Here are some ideas:

Abegail's on Broadway - kosher, meat.
Le Marais - also kosher, meat.
Great American Health bar - kosher, veg
Cafe K - kosher, veg, pretty informal

Aug 28, 2014
Rlocker in Manhattan

No Regrets: Glad I bought it!

What a great thread! Thanks for starting the conversation. My favorite purchases are my Vitamix (it gets used several times a day), Fagor pressure cooker, and Le Creuset enamel 6 qt.

Aug 28, 2014
Rlocker in Cookware

No Regrets: Glad I bought it!

This is a thing of beauty, indeed. SOOO pretty.

Aug 28, 2014
Rlocker in Cookware

Joy of Cooking App Available

Thanks! I have the book and 6.99 seems like a lot. But given how 'in love' I am with this classic, I just may splurge. Thanks for sharing!

Aug 28, 2014
Rlocker in Home Cooking

Rolled Cookie Recipe for Favors

I use America's Test Kitchen recipe with great success. The recipe is foolproof!
http://www.healthyeatingforordinarype...

Aug 28, 2014
Rlocker in Home Cooking

Evernote vs. Pepperplate?

I started using Evernote 4 years ago and never looked back. I use it to
- clip recipes from the web (I have a web clipper extension installed in Safari and Chrome)
- file scanned recipes from magazines (I have a Doxie scanner that imports directly into Evernote
- save recipes I find on my iPad or iPhone while on my RSS reader or web (I use an app called DRAFTS which has a great evernote integration).

I have just one notebook for all my recipes and use tags extensively. It's super easy and syncs up automatically to all my devices. No saving required, and I haven't found anything that's quicker or more efficient.

I do have a premium account (which I think costs $40 annually) because I save a lot of images and was very close to running out of space. You should see if this would be required for your needs...

Let me know if you have any questions about Evernote and how I use it. I'm a real power-user and would be happy to answer any questions you might have.

Aug 28, 2014
Rlocker in Home Cooking

Can you make this ahead of time?

You can actually freeze it. I do it ALL THE TIME. (I use a different but similar recipe.) It's a great freezer meal for the working mom! :)

The crumbs don't lose any of their crunchiness. I normally bake my mac and cheese for 45 minutes covered and 15 minutes uncovered. When I freeze it, I like to add a few minutes uncovered to give the crumbs extra time to dry up and get crispy. So I'll do 35-40 minutes covered, and 20-25 minutes uncovered. Good luck!

Aug 28, 2014
Rlocker in Home Cooking

Would frozen fruit work in place of fresh?

I haven't tried that recipe, but I make crisps with frozen fruit all the time. You can either just use it frozen or you can defrost in the fridge first. If you defrost it in the fridge first, do it in a colander over a bowl so the liquid drips down and you can discard it.

If you don't defrost first, you should add 15-20 minutes to the baking, and also know that it might be a bit more liquidy. You can add a 1/2 teaspoon of corn starch to prevent that.

Aug 28, 2014
Rlocker in Home Cooking

Trader Joe's chocolate chunks

Yes, they are amazing. LOVE them for snacking and baking.

Aug 28, 2014
Rlocker in Chains

Does anyone know if this can freeze well? I often freeze mac and cheese, I just don't know how the panko crumbs will hold up.

Yes! I do it ALL THE TIME. It's a great freezer meal for the working mom! :)

The crumbs don't lose any of their crunchiness. I normally bake my mac and cheese for 45 minutes covered and 15 minutes uncovered. When I freeze it, I like to add a few minutes uncovered to give the crumbs extra time to dry up and get crispy. So I'll do 35-40 minutes covered, and 20-25 minutes uncovered. Good luck!

Aug 28, 2014
Rlocker in Home Cooking
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Do you use a pressure cooker?

Yes, I own one and even though I don't use it often (probably just a few times a month), it's one of my best loved appliances. It's fantastic for beans and grains, but also for those situations where you weren't organized in the morning and have to get dinner made in a rush. I use it for soups (lentil soup in 30 minutes!) and even risotto and meatballs. DEFINITELY get one.

Aug 28, 2014
Rlocker in Vegetarian & Vegan
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Vitamix Recipes & Tips

Frozen strawberries, a bit of heavy cream, and some vanilla..makes a fantastic ice cream. You can add sugar if you like n

Dec 02, 2012
Rlocker in Home Cooking

Hot Chocolate

I warm up a cup of milk in the microwave till VERY hot (otherwise the cocoa will clump). Then I stir in a teaspoon of droste's plain unsweetened cocoa and 1teaspoon maple syrup. (you can use sugar if you prefer a less distinct flavor). Simple, healthy, and delicious!

Jan 25, 2011
Rlocker in Kosher

Cholent

I have a few good recipes - I just made a vegetarian chulent this week from Moosewood Classics. I also have a good lamb hamin recipe from a friend, and my mom's meat chukent is simply the BEST. Let me know if you want the info about any of them.

Jan 04, 2011
Rlocker in Kosher

Vegetarian Cholent

Oh well, thanks. I'll keep looking! I did try ine as a dry run tonight which was pretty good. Chickpeas, sweet potato, dried mushrooms, onions, garlic, cumin and paprika. It was pretty good.

Dec 26, 2010
Rlocker in Kosher

Vegetarian Cholent

I'd really like to try jachnun and I was wondering how you put it in the chulent. Do you just wrap it in foil or parchment raw and put it on top? I was planning to make the jachnun in a separate pot in the oven (I make my chulent on the stove or in a crock pot) and then I came across your comment. Any details you could give me would be great.

Dec 25, 2010
Rlocker in Kosher

Vegetarian Cholent

Lucyis: I'm just wondering if you tried any of these suggestions and how you enjoyed them. I'd like to try a vegetarian chulent next week and would love to get your feedback. Thanks!

Dec 25, 2010
Rlocker in Kosher

Spiced Pecan and Apple Salad with Honey Vinaigrette

I make a very similar salad recipe at least once a week. In fact, I make a huge batch of candied pecans every few weeks because once you have those, this salad is a cinch. My recipe uses balsamic instead of cider vinegar but I bet it would be great this way. Also, mine has maple syrup in the dressing which gives it a nice sweetness. Sometimes I use apples, sometimes oranges or grapefruit, sometimes fuyu persimmons or mango. It's a wonderful salad with any of those fruits. Thanks!

Dec 23, 2010
Rlocker in Recipes

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

My favorite super light chulent has turkey drumsticks or thighs (skin removed), sweet potatoes, wheat berries, a whole head of garlic unpeeled, 1-2 onions, and chickpeas if you want beans. I love a turkey chukent. It is richer and more flavored than chicken chulent without the heaviness of meat.

Dec 22, 2010
Rlocker in Kosher

Need to fine-tune my cholent for 12/16 (Meat question)

Aaah, but some of us like to lick the bones clean! It's one of the joys of meat chulent!

Dec 14, 2010
Rlocker in Kosher