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How to remove flour tortillas from package without tearing them?

John E, you are correct. I did indeed try taking the tortillas out of the package before separating them. I was able to get hold of an edge, but they stuck together in the middle, causing the tearing.
Your roll-up method worked.
You win the prize -- a free quesadilla if you're ever in Jerusalem.

about 9 hours ago
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How to remove flour tortillas from package without tearing them?

I just tried this tip and it works brilliantly! Thank you.

Feb 26, 2015
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How to remove flour tortillas from package without tearing them?

I just bought a package of white flour tortillas -- my first experience with them. They stick together and then tear when I try to remove them.
Any suggestions, please?

Feb 26, 2015
almond tree in General Topics

Kosher restaurant, take-out & Shabbat in Jacksonville FL?

Jacksonville update: I managed just fine foodwise, although there are currently no kosher restaurants. I brought frozen sliced good bakery bread and 3 kinds of hard cheese with me. Was able to supplement with things like humus, lox, and Mediterranean brand prepared bean salads from the Beaches area Publix ... as well as fresh fruits and vegetables, of course.
Went over to the Jewish neighborhood and bought pizza from the takeout operation at the Etz Chaim synagogue. http://www.tomatocrush.com/home.html. It was $14 for a large pie -- crisp, fresh, tasty and very filling for 2 people.
This past Shabbat I attended a Shabbaton at Etz Chaim. Lovely warm people and communal-style meals.
Now I'm headed back to the land of falafel and shawarma.

Feb 24, 2015
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Is it okay to...

As a teenager, I brought some of my own food into a restaurant ... in Canada. I've never forgotten how the waitress explained to me, very kindly but firmly, that they couldn't allow outside food because it would jeopardize their license with the Board of Health.

Feb 08, 2015
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Hounds, help us decide

If you want to really parse the sentence, "innocent," "slain," and "played" are also potentially questionable.
I repeat, let's just stick to food.

Feb 03, 2015
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Kosher restaurant, take-out & Shabbat in Jacksonville FL?

Thanks! Do those supermarkets have any ready-to-eat kosher foods like rotisserie chickens?

Feb 02, 2015
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Hounds, help us decide

Or we could stick to discussing food.

Feb 01, 2015
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chicken on a budget

Chicken in Spiced Tomato Sauce
A flavorful Middle Eastern-style dish, adapted from Faye Levy's recipe in the Jerusalem Post many years ago. I have made it many times, and everyone enjoys it, including my picky kids. The chicken comes out really moist because of the sauce.
2 tsp. olive oil
2 large onions, sliced thin
6 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped
1 tsp ground cumin
1 tsp turmeric
dash black pepper
800 gram (about 25 oz) can diced tomatoes, with their juice
1 kg (2.2 lb) chicken pieces
1 290 gram (about 10 oz) can chickpeas, drained (optional)
1/4 cup chopped fresh coriander or flat leaf parsley, optional
In a large roasting pan, mix well oil, onions, garlic and spices. Bake for 5-10 min at medium heat. (This makes your kitchen smell great!) Add chicken and tomatoes & mix well. Bake 1 hour uncovered, stirring occasionally. If it starts getting dry, add a little water. Can be refrigerated for a couple of days or frozen & reheated. Add the chickpeas and/or coriander, if desired, shortly before serving.
Serve with rice.
NOTE: To make this a one-dish supper, you can add leftover cooked vegetables, such as green beans or zucchini, to the sauce.

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Jan 31, 2015
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Question about wontons for Chinese Hot Pot

The traditional way to prepare kreplach, which are similar to wonton, is to precook before adding to your soup. I prepare them in quantity, cook until they float to the top of the liquid, freeze in batches and then put them in chicken soup. The taste and texture are fine.
So if you are worried about food safety issues related to adding them raw to the hot pot, I think you'll be fine precooking the wonton.

Jan 31, 2015
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Hounds, help us decide

Agree with your post in general.
In response to "I'd hate to see Chowhound become that sort of focus every time a tragedy happens," I personally would hate it even more if CH became that sort of focus SOME times a tragedy happens. The idea of members deciding which tragedies are worth mentioning and which can be ignored is disturbing.

Looking for advice for guest with crohns

A pareve cholent would be welcome in cold weather and wouldn't involve flour, sugar or nuts.

Jan 28, 2015
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potato kuggel

"the usual creamy goodness that kugel is supposed to be"
Yes!!! I forgot to mention that IMO, the more eggs the better.
Enjoy your kugel and stay warm.

Jan 26, 2015
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Philly

Do you know if there's anything kosher at the Philly airport?

Jan 25, 2015
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potato kuggel

Well, maybe you could try a smaller pan. If you don't add any baking soda or powder, your mixture will not rise much as it bakes -- unlike, say, a cake -- so you can heap it pretty close (about 1/2 - 1 inch) to the top edge of your pan.
Aside from that I agree with previous posters about not using fillers but adding plenty of black pepper. And bake until it's really good and dark brown on the outside.
Good luck.

Jan 21, 2015
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potato kuggel

Do you mean thin like watery or not very high in the pan?

Jan 21, 2015
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jerusalem, israel

I just phoned them & they confirmed that they have switched to meat.

Have you ever reinvented the wheel?

I thought I was the ultimate foodie when I added an overripe persimmon to my gazpacho mix. Googled it afterwards ... yeah, already a thing (but it sure tasted good).

Jan 15, 2015
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First time posters

Maybe we should have 2 different terms for posters -- thread-starters & thread-commenters??
Hang around NAF for a while & you may start thinking that Dear Abby refers her in-box overflow to CH.

Jan 15, 2015
almond tree in Site Talk

First time posters

But that brings up a question: How many Chowhounds start their posting "career" with a new post, rather than a reply to, or comment on, an existing post?
The drive-bys tend to appear out of the blue with a contentious question, usually related to etiquette/human relations, no?

Pesach Seder (2nd) in Jerusalem

You might want to post your request on Janglo, Jerusalem's English community bulletin board. http://www.janglo.net/

Jan 14, 2015
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Duck confit in slow cooker for Shabbat lunch?

In which case there wouldn't be an issue of borer at all!

Jan 14, 2015
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jerusalem, israel

If you're visiting the Israel Museum, I recommend the dairy cafe. It's open later than the museum itself, so it could be an option for dinner. The food is very good, and the surroundings are attractive.
Another cafe -- really a small chain -- that I go to frequently (I live in Jerusalem) is Lechem Shel Tomer. It has excellent light dairy meals, cakes, cookies and breads. There's also a selection of interesting cheeses.
Both kosher.
B'tayavon!

takeout for shabbat in jerusalem

This service is part of the Bais Yisroel catering operation. Personally I don't care for their food -- I find it heavy and very bland. The chicken soup I had from them was watered down to near-flavorlessness, for example. YMMV.

Jan 12, 2015
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What is the correct sauce to accompany meat?

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

Yes, good suggestions. My best-received host/ess gifts so far have been kitchen-related but not food (netilas yadaim towels, a fancy trivet, holder for wine or grape juice). I posted looking for new ideas because I tend to go the same people over and over and how many trivets does one couple need?
A caveat: Don't bring candles on Shabbat (but if you live in Jerusalem, Sailrox, you probably already know this).

Jan 04, 2015
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Cooked to Perfection!

"The fish was, as the menu advertised, 'cooked to perfection.' If only they'd stopped cooking it then …"
I enjoyed this. Reminds me of the rice pilaf with "garden fresh vegetables" I had recently at an Indian restaurant. The vegetables were obviously a standard frozen mix, but they were fresh from the garden ... a year or so ago.

Dish poaching

Wow, I thought I was the only one this happened to. You have my empathy.

Jan 01, 2015
almond tree in Not About Food

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

Funny, I interpreted "Her investment was minimal" as a compliment, as in "Wow, look at the cute (useful, original) gift she made without spending big $$$."
That's actually exactly the type of idea I was looking for.

Jan 01, 2015
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Babka filling- opinions please!

When I make chocolate kokosh cake (fairly similar to babka), I use a filling similar to your 2nd one, but I rub the dough with oil before adding the filling. Walnut or hazelnut oil gives a nice flavor, while leaving your cake pareve. A tablespoon or 2 of rice syrup, honey or barley malt drizzled over the filling is also great.
But I have to agree with Jerry -- cinnamon, cinnamon is my fave.

Jan 01, 2015
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