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what NY restaurant serves classic hot Kiddish food

We had a very, very nice birthday party for about 50 people on a recent Sunday at Essen. They were very nice to work with, but they did ask, and we complied, that we start early enough on suday (about 1:30) so we would be cleared out before the Sunday evening crowd.

about 17 hours ago
helou in Kosher

abeles and heymann franks @ Brooklyn shoprite

It's the same here. In fact every year before Passover I check which stores are having a sale on Coke - in any given week there is always a sale in one of the supermarket chains - and that's when I make my move and buy the KFP Diet Coke with the yellow caps, same price as the regular ones.

Aug 15, 2014
helou in Kosher

Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf NYC

Well I don't know about the rest of you, but I am shocked, shocked!, to find that there might be price gouging of kosher food by Jews.

Aug 14, 2014
helou in Kosher
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Great kosher restaurants in NYC

It's not Pardes, but Brooklyn Steak Company on Avenue M has lovely, delicious, and interesting food.

Aug 12, 2014
helou in Kosher
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Horseradish question

Same here. The Tylenol scare changed everything. I find that many of the "heimische" brands have less than optimal seals relative to other manufacturers, but except for certain specific items, like the Tuv Taam horseradish, I dislike many of their products for other reasons so it's not an issue.
Having said that, if I'm really stuck for something and it only comes from, say, China or Thailand, I wouldn't buy it if it didn't conform to American packaging standards. Even then, I'd hesitate.

Aug 05, 2014
helou in Kosher

Kosher Spare ribs at Costco

I found huge variations in packages of the ribs. The contents of the packages are wildly inconsistent. The problem is that you can't see what you're getting. When I go to the butcher I don't just randomly take the first package of ribs (or whatever meat I'm getting) in the case - there are qualities I look for such as bone to meat ratio, percentage of fat, marbling, etc. With the Meal Mart package it's a blind item.
To be honest, I've stopped buying those delicious Corky's BBQ ribs that the yeshivah from Nashville sells periodically, for the same reason. The first time I ordered them the ones I got were perfect, though others on this board complained about the lack of meat on theirs. My subsequent orders weren't as good, and it became too much money to risk if I couldn't select them myself.

Aug 05, 2014
helou in Kosher

9 days dinners, lunches - what are you eating?

Can you tell us the recipe for the corn and chickpea chowder? I looked through all the posts on this thread but didn't see it. That sounds like it would be a big hit with my crowd.

Jul 30, 2014
helou in Kosher

Sunday Breakfast/Early Brunch in 5 Towns or Rockaway

Thanks.

Jul 30, 2014
helou in Kosher

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

I'd like to ask anyone who may know about these things, how tender is "pulled beef" that I see in so many recipes recently?

I'm always so careful to cut meat across the grain, and my crowd complains if the meat is stringy. It's harder to chew.

I have to say that my briskets are always yummy and tender, but I can't imagine they'd be just as good pulled apart into strings. I may try it first with part of a brisket and see how it goes.

Jul 29, 2014
helou in Kosher

Sunday Breakfast/Early Brunch in 5 Towns or Rockaway

I just tried to check the Central Perk Cafe website, which, BTW, needs work. Although there are some pictures which show tables and chairs, the menu qualifies everything with "pickup only." Is it a restaurant or a takeout place?

Jul 28, 2014
helou in Kosher

Sunday Breakfast/Early Brunch in 5 Towns or Rockaway

Sorry, not sure if Rockaway is one of the 5 towns :-)

I'm meeting friends on a Sunday morning and I'd like to take them out for a nice breakfast or brunch where we can sit and catch up on old times. One of them has some medical issues so they don't want to stray too far from Rockaway, but the Woodmere-Lawrence-Cedarhurst area would be fine.
Are there any places that would be appropriate? I prefer a place that opens early-ish, but I'll work out the time later.

Jul 27, 2014
helou in Kosher

Upscale Friday night dinner ideas

:-)
My thought, exactly.

Jul 16, 2014
helou in Kosher

Ideas for place to go for a week with kosher restaurants around, PLEASE!

There is a difference between owning a second home in Monsey and vacationing there. I know some wealthy people who live in lovely large apartments in Manhattan because that's where they work, kids go to school, etc., but they also own a house in Teaneck or five towns so that in the summer and for Yom Tovs they can have that more suburban lifestyle, with a swimming pool in the back yard.
That's not the same as a vacation in a hotel.

Jul 16, 2014
helou in Kosher

Ideas for place to go for a week with kosher restaurants around, PLEASE!

Posting once again to say that your best bet is the Jersey shore at Long Branch/Deal.
I think the Catskills are the sort of place you have in mind, but that's finished. Monsey is just a neighborhood where people live all year round, not a vacation/resort area.

Jul 16, 2014
helou in Kosher

Ideas for place to go for a week with kosher restaurants around, PLEASE!

If the ocean appeals to you, I'd look into Long Branch/Deal/Asbury Park in New Jersey. They're all near each other, and there are a number of kosher restaurants in the area, as well as well stocked kosher stores and supermarkets with kosher food.

Jul 13, 2014
helou in Kosher
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Pickled Herring

I can help you out a little bit with the cream sauce. You'll have to experiment a bit with the proportions. Take some of the vinegar sauce from the fish and mix it well with sour cream. Add sugar - it may need quite a bit to get it right, and add some of the onions from the vinegar fish sauce, and slice some onions into half circle and add those to the sour cream mixture.
Some approximate guidelines to start. For one pint of sour cream, use about 1/4 cup of the vinegar and 3 tablespoons sugar. You want the sugar to dissolve and not be grainy. Onions, I don't know. Whatever looks right. Maybe one medium onion cut into rings and separated.
Mix everything together well. Let it sit a while so it blends together and then take the fish out of its liquid and mix with the sour cream. Don't throw the vinegar away since you might need more.
It'll taste better after at least a day in the fridge.

Jul 11, 2014
helou in Home Cooking

Sous vide meat/milk question

I've been reading up on this. You definitely should NOT puncture the can. It seems the trick is to be certain the can is submerged at all times, adding water as needed since some water will boil off and the pot shouldn't be covered. Keep the water at a simmer, not a fast rolling boil, and let the can cool down in the water after cooking.
Here's a good recipe with very helpful comments http://allrecipes.com/recipe/caramel-...

Jul 10, 2014
helou in Kosher

Love my new immersion blender

I make a creamy summer soup without dairy by adding an egg to the liquid. The mixture has to be tempered so the egg doesn't curdle. Once the soup has finished cooking, I whip the egg with the immersion blender and, while it's going, I slowly add the hot soup in a narrow stream, a little at a time. Gives the soup a rich creamy base. I leave the fruit, sour cherries or peaches, or whatever, in chunks.

Jul 08, 2014
helou in Home Cooking

Do you have a tried 'n' true recipe for avocado (or other) pareve cold soup?

Toasted pumpkin seeds make a great "crouton" for this soup. Also, chunks of pear cooked in the soup give it an interesting, rich flavor.

Jul 04, 2014
helou in Kosher
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Do you have a tried 'n' true recipe for avocado (or other) pareve cold soup?

I've made soup like that, using frozen peas, but with onions instead of the shallots, and without the mint, though I think I will use mint next time. I agree, it is amazing.

Jul 03, 2014
helou in Kosher

Basil Pizzeria in Crown Heights - Review

Depends on the tartar sauce - there are lots of different recipes. Try sprinkling on some malt vinegar.

Jul 03, 2014
helou in Kosher

Do you have a tried 'n' true recipe for avocado (or other) pareve cold soup?

My Hungarian mother used to make cherry soup, but only during the short period when fresh sour cherries were available. First the cherries were cooked with sugar and water until the cherries were soft.

To make the soup pareve she'd beat an egg, and then slowly, slowly add the hot soup liquid, a little at a time, beating furiously so the egg wouldn't curdle (I think it's called tempering).
The resulting soup, served cold, was "creamy" and delicious.

Jul 03, 2014
helou in Kosher

Do you have a tried 'n' true recipe for avocado (or other) pareve cold soup?

This is one of our favorite summer soups because it tastes good either hot ​or cold. I generally serve it warm Friday night, and then we eat it cold all day Shabbos. It may need additional salt when it's cold.

Quantity and proportion of vegetables is approximate.

First I prepare about 4 to 6 leeks, washed and sliced up. In a large pot, let them start to saute in oil - either regular vegetable oil, or light olive oil, not to caramelize, just to start getting a little soft and warm for 2 or 3 minutes.

Wash and cut up about 5 or 6 medium size zucchini. I don't peel them, just scrub very clean. Add to the leeks and combine them.

Add enough water that the leeks and zucchini are covered, plus an additional inch or so of water. Add soup powder (I like the Osem pareve consomme with no MSG, but use what you like) and salt and pepper, if you like pepper. Let simmer until the vegetables are soft, about 15 or 20 minutes.

Clean a bunch of watercress. Remove the tough stems (otherwise the stems get tangled later when blending). When the soup is finished cooking add about 3/4 of the watercress leaves. Keep the remainder of the watercress to add to the soup as a garnish just before serving. Watercress seems to lose its bite once it's heated in the soup, which is why I add some fresh to each bowl, for the pepperiness and color.

Process the soup with an immersion blender. I try not to make it too smooth, so I stop when it still has a little texture.

I make it in my pareve pot. If you're having dairy, grated parmesan on top is wonderful

Jul 02, 2014
helou in Kosher

Basil Pizzeria in Crown Heights - Review

Ever had malt vinegar with your fried fish (as in fish 'n' chips)? Excellent. And much fewer calories than tartar sauce. (I know, I know, if I'm eating fried food it's not exactly a low calorie meal.)

I don't shop at Shop Rite very much but they're the ones who carry the Heinz malt vinegar around here, and it's worth going out of my way to get it.

Jul 02, 2014
helou in Kosher

Scranton?

Thanks, I realize it's on the outskirts, but we're there for a long-weekend/mini-vacation, and to hang out with each other. :-)

Jul 02, 2014
helou in Kosher

Scranton?

I've done a little of my own research. We will stay at the Four Points Sheraton which is just 3 or 4 blocks from the Co-op, which is also on the campus of the Kollel, where the guys will daven. It's not within the eruv, but we won't really need the eruv. We're planning to do some tourist-y things on Friday (we have a 9 year old with us), and Shabbos we'll hang out at the hotel and see if it's possible to walk over to the park.
I called the Co-op and the guy was very nice and helpful. He told me about other kosher places (mostly excited to hear about Krispy Kreme). It's only for one day - we'll be fine with cold cuts. The hotel has a fridge, which is all we'll need.

Jul 02, 2014
helou in Kosher

Scranton?

So here we are getting ready for visiting day again this year.
Is the Yeshiva Coop still there? Would anyone have the address, contact info? How about the other places mentioned, Ricardo's and the bakeries? Any new places?

Right now I'm planning to bring food in coolers that we can eat cold over Shabbos, but it would be nice to get some fresh food.

Jun 29, 2014
helou in Kosher

Best Pareve Birthday Cake (NY or NJ)

Not sure if anyone is still interested in this topic, but Acme Supermarket on Ryders Lane in Milltown NJ (right near East Brunswick) makes wonderful pareve special occasion cakes (birthday, etc.). We just had a huge cake made up of individual cupcakes with one layer of frosting across the top that made it look like a single large sheet cake.

They are very good, for what they are - layer cakes of the type used for birthday parties, etc. The cakes are always nice and fresh, and I highly recommend the custard type filling.

OU certification.

Jun 25, 2014
helou in Kosher

restaurant suggestions in Bklyn?

I agree about El Gaucho. Maybe I was expecting too much from all the hype, but it was just OK.

I think Brooklyn Steak Company is much better.

Jun 20, 2014
helou in Kosher

restaurant suggestions in Bklyn?

I wrote about Brooklyn Steak Company on Avenue M between E. 13th and 14th, a couple of months ago, We've been back a couple of times and the food has always been delicious.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/970178

Jun 18, 2014
helou in Kosher