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What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

Thanks for all the suggestions and the thought you put into them..
To clarify, when I said "Shabbat meal," I meant a situation where I'd be walking over to a neighbor for one meal.
That means I can't bring anything muktzeh and don't want to bring anything overly expensive. Here in Jerusalem, it seems like the usual amount to spend on such a gift is about NIS 25-35 -- at least in my not-especially fancy circles.
I do often bring wine, but if I don't know the hosts well, I may hear, "Oh, that's a dry wine" in tones of dismay. Other go-to gifts are roasted nuts or a houseplant if I can drop it off before Shabbat. I used to give a special salad or other food item I had prepared, but varying tastes, food restrictions, hashgachas, shmittah observance, etc., it gets complicated.
I love the stay-warm bread basket, although I would give it as a wedding gift.

about 11 hours ago
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What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

As someone who has been doing a lot of guest-ing recently, I'm looking for ideas for gifts that my Shabbat meal hosts will enjoy.

Nov 20, 2014
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Rule #1...always...

"mocked" is the word for it :)

Nov 19, 2014
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Rule #1...always...

Put the leftovers in the fridge before going to bed.

Should You Drain The Liquid Out Of The Can Of Salmon?

yes

Why drink chicken soup when you are sick? What so special?

18 1/2 - that's a venerable age!
My dog is responding to the pats and scritches by wagging her stump. Her previous owners cut off her tail before dumping her at a shelter as "too much work." Anyway, glad she's safe now.
No onions or garlic for the little gal, although she greatly enjoys cooked carrot slices.

Nov 02, 2014
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Mixing the Tiny and the Gigantic

The high tech method: Get another bowl. Pour the stuff back and forth a few times.

Oct 30, 2014
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Why drink chicken soup when you are sick? What so special?

"...when people are sick"
Not just people. My newly adopted rescue dog had a case of kennel cough so bad she couldn't hold down any food. As well as antibiotics, the vet prescribed chicken soup to lubricate her throat and get some nutrition into her.
She's all better now, but still loves chicken soup.

Notes on catering our son's Bar Mitzvah

Mazel tov.
Sorry you had a negative experience with the melave malka caterer.

Oct 26, 2014
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Thread bumped, but all responses open except for mine

Thanks. I missed seeing that other thread. At least I know I'm not alone with this issue.

Oct 26, 2014
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Thread bumped, but all responses open except for mine

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/872700
I wanted to check for responses I hadn't yet seen on this recently bumped post. However, all 175 were open except for a reply of mine from 2012. Do I have to wade through the sea of responses to find which ones I haven't read?
(Using IE7, Chrome)

Oct 25, 2014
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12 Alt-Milks for Today's Alt-Bros

Yes, I found myself wondering, "How old is this Vanessa?"

Oct 21, 2014
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Vegetable dishes for sukkot and beyond

Zucchini kugel -- sub grated, drained zucchini for potato in your favorite potato kugel recipe. Add a grated carrot or two for color, plus chopped parsley or coriander leaves for flavor. Add salt, pepper & smoked paprika if desired.

Sweet potato kugel -- boil or bake sweet potatoes. Mash. For every potato, add 1 tsp olive oil, 1 egg & 1/2 onion, minced. Salt & pepper to taste. Stir in vegetables of your choice -- mushrooms sliced thin and steamed spinach are good. Bake in an oiled pan at medium heat for about 20 min, or until browned. Serve hot or room temp.

Oct 07, 2014
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Need menu help

Have you tried this one? I have & it works.

Oct 07, 2014
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Need menu help

If spices are fine, maybe you could make Indian-themed chicken/lentil cholent to serve to everyone. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/8763...
I've tried it several times & it's delicious.

Oct 07, 2014
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Need menu help

Pour olive oil over a fresh chicken, whole or cut up, about 1 TBSP per lb. Add fresh basil leaves (a few or a lot, according to how much you like them), a sprinkle of pepper and a couple of crushed garlic cloves. Refrigerate for several hours, turning occasionally. Roast. Serve rewarmed or cold, depending on the weather.
The olive oil bath does not make the chicken overly oily as I thought when I first heard about it. It just adds a rich, slightly smoky flavor.

Oct 05, 2014
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Sukkot and shabbat meals tel aviv

Why would it be closed on Friday (chol hamoed) and open Wed/Thur (chag)?

Gift for Sukkah Dinner

Nice idea. And you don't have to worry about level of kashrut, suitability for the hosts' diet, etc.
I sometimes give several pretty hand towels for netilat yadaim (hand washing before bread). Now that a new shmittah year (agricultural fallow year observed every 7 years in Israel) has begun, giving flowers and some foods is going to be problematic, so I think I'll stick with the towel idea.

Sep 30, 2014
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break fast

So sorry for your loss. May we hear only good news in the new year.

Sep 29, 2014
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QUICK (15 mins) Dessert Recipes?

This may be overly simple, but what about fruit salad, using the orange meat? Or some variation on trifle?

Sep 23, 2014
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Why do I have to login so often

I've started getting that on my desktop over the past few weeks (windows 7/Chrome). Very annoying.

Sep 22, 2014
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Vegetarian stuffed peppers

This sounds interesting. Do you cook them in any kind of sauce?

Rosh Hashanah Simanim

Oooh! Now I want to make this, too! Going to a vegetarian friend's the first night of RH so this would be great to take along. I have some wonderful tehina (from the place in the shuk where they grind it on the premises) that I could use for the sauce.
Any tips on slicing up butternut?

Sep 17, 2014
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Rosh Hashanah Simanim

Great suggestion

Sep 16, 2014
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Rosh Hashanah Simanim

"basically make as many as possible part of the meal and have the others be no prep items."
Yes to this.
I like the idea of roasting the beets. The gourd (butternut or other squash) can also be roasted & served plain or made into soup. I like to flavor it with cumin, turmeric, ginger & fresh coriander. If too many RH dishes are sweet, I lose my appetite before getting to the main course.
PS The fish, complete with head, can be lightly drizzled with olive oil & roasted as well.

Sep 15, 2014
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Food for Sukkot and Shabbat in Tel Aviv

There used to be a heimishe-style takeout place on Sheinkin, near the Belz shul on Achad Ha'am. They did fantastic roast chicken, knaidlach, apple kugel, fried fish, and more.
Maybe you could contact Belz for info: ezra.rebhun@gmail.com, 63 Achad Haam, Tel Aviv, Israel 972-3-560-2500 972-3-560-1284
Shana Tova.

Sep 11, 2014
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Looking for a recipe for a parve holiday apple cake

Do the apple chunks get cooked all the way through? I use a similar recipe (from a 1980s cookbook by Hadassah of Edmonton, Alberta, that I found at a used bookstore -- lots of good recipes in there), but always slice the apples thin.

Sep 11, 2014
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Suggestions for kosher food-themed thank you for a friend who re-imaged my computer?

You could top off the gift certificate idea with an offer to babysit while the couple goes out to eat :).

A Very Paleo Hanukkah Party...

Are you asking as a "civilian" or collecting ideas for your blog?

Aug 22, 2014
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El Gaucho

You mean NYC is *not* the center of the kosher universe?
Come to think of it, there are 1 or 2 kosher joints in my neck of the woods as well :).
DISCLOSURE: I live in Jerusalem.

Aug 18, 2014
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