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air travel with sushi

Meat is specifically not allowed by Customs.

about 21 hours ago
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air travel with sushi

Why not just put it in your checked bag -- properly packaged, of course?

Apr 23, 2015
almond tree in General Topics

Jerusalem: best hotel breakfast, best vegetarian /dairy meals

And for snacks, pastries, bread and great coffee, there's Lechem shel Tomer, a Jerusalem bakery with several branches in Rechavia, Old Katamon, Talpiot and Arnona. They each have a tiny but charming seating area.
Geveret Borekas in the shuk has very good borekas with a wide variety of fillings, either dairy or pareve (& the price is right). Two big tables outside. I like the iced passion fruit drink.

Baby chowhound

Take a photo when you offer your daughter her first bit of solid food. I did this with my oldest son and the look of consternation on his face is priceless.

Jerusalem: best hotel breakfast, best vegetarian /dairy meals

Soyo is fairly small -- might be best to reserve if you plan to go. I ate there once and was underwhelmed with my crepe, which was dry and hard. That was last summer, though. Maybe things have improved since.
I also ate at Ness a few months ago when it was its former, smaller incarnation. My quiche was dry and the mushrooms were hard. (Seems to be a theme, doesn't it?)
The main dairy restaurant at the Israel Museum is under the same management as Ticho House and is a pleasant child-friendly spot for a simple lunch or dinner. food is pretty good. You don't have to pay admission to the museum to get into the restaurant, although the kids would probably enjoy the children's wing and the outdoor exhibits.

Hot water urn recommendation

I've had several pump urns and found that they die pretty quickly.

Apr 20, 2015
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Random People Who Rate...

Another solution would be to accept ratings only together with a review.
And, ideally, ban all reviews that say, "I haven't tried this yet, but it looks yummy!" ... but now we're talking about a perfect world ...

Manischewitz, Lieber's, etc. How do they do it?

I think Gefen KlP tomato sauce is pretty good compared to Hunt's. (I traditionally make stuffed peppers with tom sauce as one Pesach meal, by request.)

Apr 16, 2015
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Help saving an ARTICLE to read.

You're welcome.

Apr 16, 2015
almond tree in Site Talk

Help saving an ARTICLE to read.

You could save the article page to your Internet favorites, and set up a special folder labeled something like "Food Articles I Hope to Get Around to Reading Someday."
You can also install a free program to block the ads.
If you need help with either of these things, please ask.

Apr 16, 2015
almond tree in Site Talk

Matzo Meal Substitute For Matzo Balls?

I have a simple answer.
A couple of years ago I was trying to use up my stock of homemade breadcrumbs before Passover. I prepared a recipe I saw online for "bread dumplings." Cooked them up, served them in chicken stew and found their taste and texture were amazingly similar to ... matzo balls.

Apr 14, 2015
almond tree in Home Cooking

Taking notes to prepare for Pesach next year

So sorry to hear about your mother's passing. I recall reading your mentioning her frequently with love and respect.

Apr 12, 2015
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Taking notes to prepare for Pesach next year

I'm going to make a note to make my own almond butter next year, using that useful tip that I forgot about -- soaking the almonds. I paid 47 shekels for a little jar!
Of course the fact that my son broke his jaw 2 weeks before Pesach this year was a touch distracting. Thank G-d he's doing pretty well.

Apr 09, 2015
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Passover Baking

The basic recipe I converted calls for 1 c. each sugar and PB plus 1 egg. I added a pinch of salt and maybe 1/2 tsp baking powder. Then I mixed in some ground almonds because the "dough" wasn't holding its shape. Baked about 10 minutes at medium.

Apr 09, 2015
almond tree in Kosher

I'm the turtle at the table .

Wonder where that perception of turtles as controlling and passive-aggressive came from? Why not simply say "different strokes for different folks"?
When I try to keep up with hoovers, I barely taste the food and feel like I'm forcing it down. Not fun.
I thought the OP was just a lighthearted attempt to stand up for us oft-maligned turtles.

Apr 08, 2015
almond tree in Not About Food

Milk spoilage question

I think you may be a Super Taster when it comes to milk. I also prefer milk and other dairy products very, very fresh -- can discern a difference between milk that's a week before its expiry date and milk that's due to expire in 3 or 4 days.
Wiping the inside of the rim of an opened container of milk with a bit of tissue helps to get rid of the off taste, I find.

Apr 08, 2015
almond tree in General Topics

Passover Baking

Walnut or hazelnut oil is wonderful for Pesach (and year round) baking.

Apr 08, 2015
almond tree in Kosher

Passover Baking

Last year I made potato starch- and matzo meal-free cookies from almond butter, ground almonds, sugar, and egg (based on a popular peanut butter cookie recipe going around the Internet). Expensive but oh so delicious, without any of that fake taste that Pesach baking often has.

Apr 08, 2015
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Passover with jaw wired shut -- general suggestions plus specific info on immersion blender

Just to update: I didn't end up buying an immersion blender, simply because I didn't get around to it. Visiting the hospital, working full time till the last minute, and Pesach cleaning kept me very, very busy.
Anyway, the doctor just took out the wires (much earlier than expected -- they were talking about 6 weeks). My son is now able to eat solids that have been cut up fine or mashed with a fork.
Happy Shvi'i shel Pesach.

Apr 08, 2015
almond tree in Kosher

Passover with jaw wired shut -- general suggestions plus specific info on immersion blender

Thank you for all the help.

Mar 31, 2015
almond tree in Kosher

Passover with jaw wired shut -- general suggestions plus specific info on immersion blender

Wow, awk-ward indeed

Mar 30, 2015
almond tree in Kosher

Passover with jaw wired shut -- general suggestions plus specific info on immersion blender

I tried making him a rich beef broth a few days ago, thickened with flour (obviously not Pesachdig) to give a bit more of a feeling that he was eating real food. He's hoping I can somehow produce actual meat in a form that he can consume.
Did you perform any successful experiments with grinding up poultry?
BTW I've been googling "jaw wired shut" and find that almost everyone seems to crave steak.

Mar 30, 2015
almond tree in Kosher

Passover with jaw wired shut -- general suggestions plus specific info on immersion blender

Thank you. Now you know why I don't plan to make those cute potato baskets this Pesach :).

Mar 30, 2015
almond tree in Kosher

Passover with jaw wired shut -- general suggestions plus specific info on immersion blender

My adult son broke his jaw and thank G-d he's not doing too badly. However, he can only consume liquids -- very thin liquids that will pass easily through a straw, with no seeds or skins to catch in his teeth.
I will be cooking several meals for him over Pesach and am wondering if anyone has experience preparing this type of diet.
Also, I have a small KLP food processor which I would like to keep pareve if possible. Would an immersion blender be strong enough to grind up beef long-simmered in soup? How about chicken? (He's craving meaty flavors.)
Want to make him happy while buying a minimum of expensive equipment.
TIA

Mar 29, 2015
almond tree in Kosher

Hot water urn recommendation

Wow, the Zojirushi products look really nice. Interesting that a Japanese company will be closed for Pesach.

Mar 26, 2015
almond tree in Kosher
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Passover finger foods

Just had another idea. When my kids were little and constantly hungry between meals, I used to give them room temperature baked potatoes as a Pesach snack.
Maybe you could make a more elegant -- but filling -- version by baking fingerling potatoes. Serve with individual paper cups of sour cream and onion dip.

Mar 26, 2015
almond tree in Kosher

Hot water urn recommendation

Is it Zakash? I have one & I'm happy with it.

Mar 25, 2015
almond tree in Kosher

Passover finger foods

What about using the kebab idea but with mushrooms and cherry tomatoes? Could be baked, grilled or raw, depending on your family preference.

Mar 23, 2015
almond tree in Kosher

Heaviness of a second seder

Charming!
Do these stay crisp for a few days? If I were to make them (won't be this year), I'd want to prepare enough for at least a couple of meals.

Mar 22, 2015
almond tree in Kosher

Non-Seder Passover Recipes/Ideas

Gladly.

3 cans tuna, drained
3 eggs
1 medium-large onion, chopped fine
1 carrot, chopped fine
1 stalk celery, chopped fine
salt & pepper to taste

Mix well. Pour into a greased baking pan (you can spread ketchup over the top at this stage, if you like) and bake at medium for about 30-40 minutes, until firm in center.

Mar 16, 2015
almond tree in Kosher