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Best Shmurah Matzah brands

Plus one for Shatzers whole wheat. We've been buying it for years. We like it a little burnt, but that's a very individual thing, like liking the dark potato chips. I've never had it taste stale.
And we like the regular (non-whole wheat) very much too.

1 day ago
helou in Kosher

please help to update our family sedar recipes

I make this all year, but hadn't thought to do it for Pesach. Do you know if tumeric and cumin are available KFP? I'll check if Pereg is.

1 day ago
helou in Kosher

Passover desserts question

I'm hoping the person who posted this recipe will respond, or maybe someone else has insights. I copied this when it was first posted without reading it through, and now the recipe isn't clear.

Is it 1/4 of the total amount of sugar that goes into the lemon juice/egg mixture, or 1/4 cup? And when and how does the rest of the sugar go in? Is that correct, that there is a total of 1/2 cup and 2 tbs. lemon juice altogether? Does all of it go into the egg mixture?

I'm very eager to make this for one of our meals. Help.

Mar 21, 2015
helou in Kosher

Seeking non-beach vacation spot for family with pre-schoolers

Gotta agree with you, Cappucino. There's something that strikes me as creepy about a Jewish family taking their children on a vacation to Germany to celebrate a Jewish holiday.

Mar 19, 2015
helou in Kosher

North Jersey Kosher Caterer needed

We just had Petak for our grandson't bar mitzvah a few weeks ago. Big Shabbos kiddush, and Friday night meal for family, out of town guests, etc.
Can't say enough good things about Gary and Petak. Still getting compliments on the food a month later, and people asking for contact information for Petak.

Mar 10, 2015
helou in Kosher

Need updated info on orchid in nj

I'm quite sure there is a parking lot out in back. You may need to access it from another street - call them and ask.
They make wonderful, very authentic, cigars, for those who like them. I have also found that if there's something you've had in the past that's a special and not on the regular menu, you can call a few days ahead and ask them to make it.
Service can be slow, and definitely make a reservation so they can set up the tables accordingly.

Feb 27, 2015
helou in Kosher

Secrets to easy kitchen cleaning?

Bagelman, I've read your posts on some other boards too. One of these days you just HAVE TO show us pictures of your kitchen and amazing house.

Feb 15, 2015
helou in Not About Food
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looking for mini chocolate liquor bottles

Try Chateau De Vin on Central Avenue in Cedarhurst.
They've got the biggest collection of mini bottles I've ever seen.

Feb 12, 2015
helou in Kosher

Secrets to easy kitchen cleaning?

My problem with my stainless steel refrigerator (Kitchenaid) isn't actual dirt or fingerprints. I can't seem to use any cleaner that doesn't leave uneven streaks. Whether I go with the grain, against it, in circles, it's never completely even.
I'll try the denatured alcohol, but how to wipe, and with what?

Feb 12, 2015
helou in Not About Food

CH broke the site: how to fix it

Thank you so much! It was so annoying.

Dec 20, 2014
helou in Kosher
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New Profile Setting: Collapse Previously Read Comments (also defaults to "See All" page)

Why would you change something that works???

Hanukkah Brisket Dinner Menu

Don't worry, they won't be sitting around too long.

Dec 15, 2014
helou in Kosher

Shortage of dairy Chanukah coins?

I would add, pay attention when you are buying them if they are actually milk chocolate, or really dark chocolate marked "Dairy" as is most good, mainstream brand dark chocolate that has has a hasgacha,

Dec 15, 2014
helou in Kosher

Latke sandwiches in Food Network Magazine

None of this sounds at all appealing to me. Maybe with the brisket, since I could see serving latkes as a side with brisket. Anything else just seems misguided and gimmicky. What is it? A "Jewish" sandwich?

Dec 01, 2014
helou in Kosher
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Kosher Smoked Turkey Delivery Service Comparisons

Ah so. Thank you. This is good to know because I probably would have ordered just the turkey.

Dec 01, 2014
helou in Kosher

Kosher Smoked Turkey Delivery Service Comparisons

Adina, you can't just casually tell us about perfect beet/jicama salad and cornbread stuffing without, at least, pointing us to the recipes. :-)
Was the butternut squash soup also served for Shabbos lunch? If so, was it room temperature, or did you have it in a crockpot or on a blech? I'd worry it'd get too thick kept hot for so long.

Dec 01, 2014
helou in Kosher

nut free jelly donuts

Is Teaneck out of the question? Butterflake Bakery is completely nut-free. I know they deliver to Manhattan - maybe they'll go to Queens.

Dec 01, 2014
helou in Kosher

Pareve Cream of Mushroom Soup

I think your own idea of the croutons is a good one. But maybe some other garnish (Possibly some of the folks on this board could help) would work. I know you don't want to add flavors, but possibly some sprinkles of bright green parsley. I've made "croutons" of slices of browned shitake mushrooms and then had orange zest floating on top of them The orange adds a bit of flavor to the soup, but it's interesting and everyone likes it.

Nov 27, 2014
helou in Kosher

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

I'm a big fan of bringing flowers. Even if I'm buying them from a place like Costco or Shop Rite (don't judge - I'm very picky about flowers, and our Shop Rite has some lovely ones), I put them into a vase and bring them all ready for the table or hallway. I bring them over Friday afternoon before Shabbos since I'm not busy cooking.

Nov 24, 2014
helou in Kosher

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

I would so much rather spend money and buy a gift than babysit. :-)
I very much like the idea of the bread baskets to keep the challah warm. I like it so much, in fact, that I just bought myself a set.
http://www.kohls.com/product/prd-6672...

Nov 23, 2014
helou in Kosher

Kosher Smoked Turkey Delivery Service Comparisons

How are those smoked turkeys packaged, and how much in advance can you buy them? Friends in Montreal ordered a smoked turkey, easily available locally there, and I think it was sealed in that tight "shrink-wrapped" type packaging a few days earlier, but tasted absolutely fresh the day it was opened and served.

Nov 18, 2014
helou in Kosher

Kosher versus Halal

Wow, that's really interesting.
Would someone who eats only halal "accept" a bracha made by a kosher shochet? Aside from the blessing per animal issue, would a strictly halal observer eat kosher meat?

Nov 13, 2014
helou in Kosher

Need recommendations for SuperSol Westchester for catering?

How is the quality of the food as far as taste and freshness? I'm happy to hear they're reasonably priced, but "not fancy" in what way? Not interesting menu, not interesting presentation?

Oct 30, 2014
helou in Kosher

Need recommendations for SuperSol Westchester for catering?

We're thinking of having them cater a (nice) kids' bar mitzvah party and possibly Friday night dinner.
Has anyone used them or been to any sort of affair that they catered?

Oct 30, 2014
helou in Kosher

Thanks for the memories, Kosher Delight...

I was already an adult with a daughter in high school on Avenue J when KD opened. I first heard from her that she and her friends went there for lunch. I had to see for myself.
How I loved it - it was so . . . American. Being kosher, my options for eating out were always limited. Except for the occasional deli, my mother cooked and we ate at home every day.

Going out for a burger like just about every teenager on TV had always seemed far out of reach. It wasn't just the grilled burger I yearned for, though that was definitely part of it. It was the experience I wanted. KD came through for me. I could never go to Avenue J again without eating there.

Oct 21, 2014
helou in Kosher

Need menu help

This sounds great. I assume the cutlet is raw - if so, is 5 minutes in the oven enough? How do yu reheat for Shabbos - blech, warming drawer?

Oct 08, 2014
helou in Kosher

break fast

So sorry to hear this. My daughter's friend is the niece of the man who was similarly killed in August. So shocking to hear about these preventable accidents.

Sep 30, 2014
helou in Kosher

Yom Kippur

As others have pointed out, Yom Kippur is the holiday with the fewest number of traditional foods.
But you would do well to try something for Sukkot, which is also a harvest festival. The Sukkah (hut) is typically has colorful decorations, often including paper chains made out of construction paper. Your son could make one of these and you could hang it in the dining room or wherever you're eating. A centerpiece of shiny shellacked gourds (sold in fruit and veg departments of supermarket this time of year) and Indian corn would be nice.

Sep 30, 2014
helou in Kosher

12 Year Old Frum Boy on Chopped

It's beef he's making and there's no dairy involved, so in theory, if the beef were kosher, it would be fine. Of course it would be maarat ayin if he were mixing mild and meat, or cooking a non-kosher animal.
I think it's a good thing because kosher food has a reputation in many quarters as being awful, and nothing but gefilte fish and kishka. I think it shows that even kosher keepers can and do have "foodie" standards like everyone else.
So often it is assumed that people who are kosher don't care about taste or preparation.
Yes, he is handicapped in that he can't taste as he goes along, but es iz shver tzu zein a Yid. I give him credit for putting himself out there and making the effort.

Sep 17, 2014
helou in Kosher

Rosh Hashanah Simanim

I buy the butternut squash already peeled and cut at Costco, but even my butcher carries it.

Sep 17, 2014
helou in Kosher