almond tree's Profile

Title Last Reply

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.

2 days ago
almond tree in Kosher

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
almond tree in Kosher

Philly

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

Jan 25, 2015
almond tree in Kosher

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
almond tree in Kosher

potato kuggel

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

Jan 21, 2015
almond tree in Kosher

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
almond tree in General Topics

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
almond tree in Kosher

Duck confit in slow cooker for Shabbat lunch?

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

Jan 14, 2015
almond tree in Kosher

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
almond tree in Kosher

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
almond tree in Kosher

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
almond tree in Kosher

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
almond tree in Kosher

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

I like these suggestions, especially the wooden tea box. I had thought that you could only get tea boxes from Wissotzky, already full of their tea, but I'd like to make my own selection. Anyway I googled and found quite a selection of empty tea boxes.
Towels with the family name sounds like a good idea for one couple who host me quite a bit. They recently downsized because their kids are all grownup and married and have a number of dietary restrictions. This is something unusual that I think they'd enjoy.

Jan 01, 2015
almond tree in Kosher

Best pastries in Jerusalem/Tel Aviv

Well, I guess that means you're officially a tourist now.

Best pastries in Jerusalem/Tel Aviv

Oh please, I was hoping you wouldn't mention Marzipan :)

Shabbat hot plate question

Usually take it out of the fridge 2 hours max before the hot plate goes on, which is within the window of safety.
That leaves 3 hours or so for davening.

Dec 23, 2014
almond tree in Kosher

Best pastries in Jerusalem/Tel Aviv

There are several branches of Lechem Shel Tomer's bakeries/cafes in Jerusalem, all with excellent pastries (not ultra-sophisticated but made with fresh, top quality ingredients), coffee, breads and light meals. The one on Azza has a very pretty seating terrace.
I've only had pastry at Kadosh once. It was good, but not memorable.

Shabbat hot plate question

Half an hour on an Israeli hot plate isn't enough to thoroughly heat pieces of chicken straight from the fridge.

Dec 22, 2014
almond tree in Kosher

Shabbat hot plate question

30 minutes to heat food taken straight from the fridge sounds like a very short time to me.
If you are going to shul, a good way to have hot food for lunch is to put it in foil pans on the hot plate before you leave, with a Shabbat timer preset to turn the plata on about an hour before you'd like to eat.
The amount of time food needs to be on the hot plate varies according to the thickness of the food, as has been mentioned, and also to whether you put your pans directly on the metal surface (I don't, and this slows heating down).
Talk to your LOR about what halacha to go by and experiment with different heating times. Heating on a Shabbat hot plate is quite an art and takes practice to get right.
B'hatzlacha.

Dec 22, 2014
almond tree in Kosher
1

Ashkenazi/Sephardi fusion cuisine - examples?

I made the beet recipe for Shabbat. It was quite tasty and a nice color too, even though it ain't hummus.

Dec 20, 2014
almond tree in Kosher

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

I don't think it was too much to ask at all.

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

Will be staying 2 weeks, with a relative who doesn't keep kosher. So refrigeration -- yes. Cooking -- possible but complicated. I'd like to keep the food pretty simple yet tasty.
I think I may take some challah rolls and a couple of loaves of great bread with me, frozen before the trip, to be supplemented with supermarket peanut butter or whatever. Some snacks for the way (nuts and raisins?) would be probably be a good idea, also.
I haven't been in the US in many years and really don't know what to expect outside of, say, NYC.

Dec 09, 2014
almond tree in Kosher