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CH broke the site: how to fix it

Thank you so much! It was so annoying.

Dec 20, 2014
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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

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