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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.

about 7 hours ago
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.

about 19 hours ago
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

12 Year Old Frum Boy on Chopped

Thank you!

Sep 17, 2014
helou in Kosher

Rosh Hashanah Simanim

I loved this butternut squash recipe from the NY Times in their Thanksgiving recipes last year. Click on (or scroll down to) Something Orange. You can roast the squash and red onions early in the day. I like the idea of adding the tehina (which I know isn't really Israeli, but it feels Jewish to me) which really gives the dish such a wonderful flavor and cuts the sweetness of the squash and the caramelized onions.
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/20...

Sep 17, 2014
helou in Kosher

New barbecue choice in Brooklyn

Thank you for this!

Sep 15, 2014
helou in Kosher

Should I Join Costco in CT?

I think the flowers vary by location. I'm pretty particular about flowers and the Costco near us has lovely fresh ones (most of the time). For $9 or $10 I usually have a full bouquet that lasts from Shabbos well into the middle of the week.
A good florist will have a larger selection and arrange them artfully, but the high prices reflect that.

Sep 04, 2014
helou in Kosher

Favorite Store-Bought Cheesecake?

Thanks for the reassurance. :-0

Sep 03, 2014
helou in Kosher

Favorite Store-Bought Cheesecake?

Yes, I always use my mixer, with great success, but I was afraid that I was just being a legend in my own kitchen and there is something wrong with it that I'm unaware of.

Thanks.

Sep 03, 2014
helou in Kosher

Should I Join Costco in CT?

If they have kosher meat, that's definitely a bonus, but I've been a Costco member since back in the day when it was Price Club.
As others have said, there are such good savings on everything from check printing to car buying to flowers for Shabbos. I can't imagine not joining.

Sep 03, 2014
helou in Kosher

Favorite Store-Bought Cheesecake?

As long as we're on the topic of cheesecakes, why do most recipes specify using a blender? I happen to have a dairy food processor, and a hand mixer, wit a strong motor which works very well. Wouldn't either of these be just as effective? Or is there something about the blender that produces an especially good texture?

Sep 03, 2014
helou in Kosher

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.

Aug 27, 2014
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