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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 ‚Äčor 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

Any good restaurants in Monsey?

I'm the OP. We did end up at Hummus Elite and it was very nice. We all had fish (salmon and tilapia), very fresh and tasty. The Israeli salad was quite excellent, surprising in such an ordinary dish.

Thanks for the suggestion.

Jun 10, 2014
helou in Kosher

Basil Issues

I also bought those 2 or 3 weeks ago (as well as in the past) from Home Depot. The instructions on mine say to gently tear away the bottom and lower sides of the pot, which I do. It is suggested that you tear up the pieces of pot (presumably they have a lot of plant nutrients) and mix them with the soil.

My plants are doing very well, but I can see that some of those torn up pieces of the pot have not yet disintegrated.

Jun 04, 2014
helou in Gardening

Blue Star, Wolf, Viking or Thermador

Love, love, love my Wolf cooktop. I've got 36 inch with 5 burners. I've had it for about 5 years with nary a problem.

May 31, 2014
helou in Cookware
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Any good restaurants in Monsey?

Meat, basic stuff would be best. Machcatonim are not Chowhound types, but do like good food, just nothing exotic.

May 30, 2014
helou in Kosher

Any good restaurants in Monsey?

Sounds perfect. Thank you for the restaurant review and the driving directions.

May 30, 2014
helou in Kosher

What's cooking for Shavuot?

Can you please give us the recipe for the artichoke lasagna?

May 29, 2014
helou in Kosher

Any good restaurants in Monsey?

My out-of-town machatonim are coming to visit and we'll be going to Woodbury Commons on a weekday. I'd like to take them someplace to eat on the way back to NYC, and I thought Monsey might have some good options.
Are there any restaurants there? I don't want anything dressy or upscale - we'll all be tired from a day of shopping. On the other hand, I'd like something nicer than a pizza joint. A deli with tables, or something like that.
I'm also open to someplace besides Monsey that's on the way from Woodbury Commons to the Upper West Side.

May 29, 2014
helou in Kosher

Large Jewish communities WITHOUT a kosher restaurant

We once went to an Israeli style restaurant on Brent Street in Hendon, London. They had the most wonderful multi-page dairy brunch/lunch menu imaginable. Stuffed mushrooms and interesting cheese and vegetable pastries. My husband and I couldn't decide what to order, and settled on a number of selections and planned to share each.

Not one thing that we wanted was available. Not one. Everything we wanted the "don't have today." The waitress was getting annoyed with us. She explained that this is a very large menu and they can't have all these things available.

So what did they have? That's right. Pizza.

May 28, 2014
helou in Kosher

Large Jewish communities WITHOUT a kosher restaurant

Nevertheless, I would think a place like Union City where many of the women don't drive and where, presumably, there are a lot of children, would have a pizza place/bakery type store.

May 21, 2014
helou in Kosher

Large Jewish communities WITHOUT a kosher restaurant

I'm pretty sure Union City, NJ home to a sizeable population of Klausenberger chassidim, has very little, if anything, in the way of prepared food, take out or eat in. It's my understanding that they don't even have very much in the way of Jewish grocery stores or butchers. They travel to nearby Teaneck. It's particularly surprising since many of the women don't drive.
If anyone has different information about this, I'd be interested in learning about it.

May 20, 2014
helou in Kosher

Pareve sub for Greek yogurt

Well then, so I'll try both.
For Shabbos I made one of Ottolenghi's recipes, the Aubergine and Tomato Bake, (Scroll Down)
http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandsty...

It was so delicious fresh on Friday night, but even better reheated Sunday night. I'm not a big fan of allspice so I skipped it, and used less cinnamon, but otherwise I followed the directions very closely. No way the of patties would be enough to make 2 layers in a lasagna size pan (how I calculated the cm to inches), so I used something closer to 9X9 and squooshed it down. But it was wonderful.

May 19, 2014
helou in Kosher