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tarte tatin

I see. Thank you.

1 day ago
helou in Home Cooking

tarte tatin

I was asking about the MMRuth method. I understand that it's a same day method.
I just don't see how taking it out of the pan, lining the pan with foil and buttered parchment, and putting the tarte back into the pan will have any effect on the top crust, and how does it help to keep the tarte fresher than just leaving it out if it was was baked in the morning?

Aug 30, 2015
helou in Home Cooking

tarte tatin

I know this is an old, old post, but I just got a tarte tatin recipe from a friend and I'd like to prepare it ahead of time.
I don't understand how or why it works. How does having the tarte, now resting on buttered parchment and tin foil keep the crust from getting soggy? And is there any way to use this technique for individual tarts baked in individual tins?

Aug 30, 2015
helou in Home Cooking

Sabbath mode ranges - have one you like?

So, to add a little levity, when I was first working on my kitchen about 7 years ago, I looked at many online forums, not Jewish ones, just for general information.
A number of people had no idea what Sabbath mode is, and others, to be helpful, simply explained that all lights, beeps, etc., are non-operational in Sabbath mode.
In particular thread this sort of thing went back and forth until finally one exasperated reader asked, are there really so many people who want it kept a secret that they're baking or getting ice, that the appliance manufacturers created a special feature for it???
I guess she's never been to Boro Park.

Jun 23, 2015
helou in Kosher
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Sabbath mode ranges - have one you like?

At a certain point I was just too worn down. This came after weeks and weeks of calling, writing, etc. just to confirm that we weren't actually doing something incorrectly. All compounded by the fact that Sabbath mode itself didn't turn out without great difficulty. In the end, after 3 or 4 service calls, finally they realized the computer board had to be changed.
The thought of keeping at it and getting a new range was just too much.
Aesthetics were involved too. There was a matching microwave-hood installed at the same time, pretty expensive, which was working fine, so what happens with that?
Oy, and it's an expensive installation. We'd be out a lot of money, even with a replacement from GE. Just didn't seem worth it.
I'm just saying, the next next time I would ask everyone I know what they have, how well the appliance works, and use those personal recommendations as a starting point.

Jun 23, 2015
helou in Kosher
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Sabbath mode ranges - have one you like?

The very, very first thing I ever do before buying an appliance is to read the manual - they are available on the manufacturers' websites. Before shopping, before going to the stores, before doing anything I read the manual. This was the third kitchen renovation I worked on, so I'm well aware of that.

You're quoting from the manual for a different range. Either that, or I was such a pain in the neck that GE rewrote the manual.
First I called GE, and even posted on their website to "get it in writing."
Their response:

Hello GrannyS, This is Olga with GE and I am happy to help. The warming drawer uses the same Special Features (SF) setting as the automatic bake element shutoff. If the 12-hour shut-off is enabled (which is the default setting), then the warming drawer will shut off after 12 hours of startup. If you turn off the 12-hour shutoff setting in SF mode, then the warming drawer and the bake element will not automatically shut off. It will stay on until turned off. Please visit the following link to review the 12-hour auto shut-off and Sabbath feature instructions listed on page 16 of the owner's manual: http://products.geappliances.com/Mark... Thank you for checking with us.

Jun 21, 2015
helou in Kosher
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Sabbath mode ranges - have one you like?

Be careful. Some of them just tell lies. My daughter bought a GE with Sabbath mode and a warming drawer.

Really, we're no slouches when it comes to this, and despite repeatedly confirming that the warming drawer can stay on for more than 12 hours when the 12 hour shut-down is turned off (part of the Sabbath mode feature), it doesn't. This was from a large well-known store in Brooklyn that supposedly specializes in knowing all about these things. When we complained after seeing that it was a problem, their answer was why do you need the warming drawer if you have a Sabbath mode oven?

Checked with GE, and they said that it does. they didn't really check, just assumed.

Jun 18, 2015
helou in Kosher

what to bring from Zabar's

The pickled lox in cream sauce. Just fabulous. It's in the refrigerator section in plastic containers. I find it tastes even better after a day or two so the flavors have time to meld, and the salmon might soften slightly from marinating. It actually might benefit from the plane ride if you can keep it cold.
It's always the biggest hit when I serve it to guests.

Jun 15, 2015
helou in Manhattan

Lunch tomorrow near/in Highland Park

Haven't been on for a couple of days, but if it's not too late I would consider Sushiana, on North 4th, just off Raritan Ave (the main drag). really delicious sushi, but they also have a nice selection of vegetarian Chinese food (mocl beef, chicken, etc), and also assorted fish.
Really delicious.

Jun 05, 2015
helou in Kosher

NY Times eggplant and ground lamb recipe - cheese substitute?

Thanks for the suggestions. Actually, I think a sprinkle of pine nuts, bread crumbs, and fresh parsley could look nice.

May 27, 2015
helou in Kosher

NY Times eggplant and ground lamb recipe - cheese substitute?

http://cooking.nytimes.com/recipes/10...

This recipe looks very good to me, and the sort of thing my guys would like. Any suggestions for a substitute for the mozzarella cheese that's added on top towards the end? I guess I could skip it altogether, but I think it might not look appealing. Is there smething with a similar texture, or something else "white"?

May 27, 2015
helou in Kosher

Helzel the easy way

My mother made helzel, but she stuffed it with ground meat - I was too young to pay attention if it was chicken or beef, but wow, was it delicious.

May 27, 2015
helou in Kosher

Tips and tricks for new basement freezer!

Keep a Sharpie or some other marker nearby, on a table or hanging from a cord. The labeling and dating is then very easy; sometimes I'm in too much of a hurry to do a proper labeling job, and I want to get whatever it is in the freezer, and I can't imagine that I might not remember exactly what it is.
I started keeping the marker there only too recently. I've got about 10 containers of various home-made delicious mystery soups

Tips and tricks for new basement freezer!

I'd love to understand better how you did the bungee cords. We have an awful lot of caps. Do you have a picture?

Apr 22, 2015
helou in General Topics

Can we talk about kitchen lighting?

I've spent a lot (a lot!) of time and money on this. Your best be is to get some bulbs and try them in various places in the room at the same time. Look at the cabinets, particularly, and see how they differ.
I very much dislike the 2700K, which seems to be the most common, which I find to give an unpleasant yellow effect. However, just moving up a bit to 3000K gives a much nicer cleaner bright light. I put 3000K high hats into the kitchen and den, and they look flooded with sunlight. Really beautiful.
I think 3500K might be nice too, but anything higher gets into the blue range and has a very fluorescent look.

Apr 20, 2015
helou in Cookware

please help to update our family sedar recipes

Thank you! Will be trying this, but probably after Pesach.

Apr 08, 2015
helou in Kosher

please help to update our family sedar recipes

Where is this baked gefilte fish recipe? I've looked all over this board.

Apr 06, 2015
helou in Kosher

Chicken Nuggets for Passover

My mom used matzo meal for breading all year round, and I use whenever I'm running short on breadcrumbs.
To the matzo meal I add some salt, garlic powder, onion powder, and a little paprika (mostly for color).
Use like bread crumbs. It's delicious.
I have used instant mashed potatoes (is that what you mean by potato flakes?) in the past, but it's entirely different. I've got a recipe somewhere that uses instant mashed potatoes to make potato crusted salmon. Delicious, but definitely not "breading."

Apr 06, 2015
helou in Kosher

Pareve icecreams

Thank you, thank you. This is exactly the information I was looking for.
Do you puree in a food processor, or a stick immersion blender? I've got both of those for pesach, but I don't have a blender.
In every case, I assume the water is a separate ingredient, and is not substituted for with juice. Correct?
Thanks again.

Mar 30, 2015
helou in Kosher

Pareve icecreams

Pareve.
I'm just new to the whole ice cream machine experience and could use some tips.
BTW, I'm serving a lamb roast. Since I haven't been able to find any kfp mint jelly I thought I might have some lemon mint sorbet on the side. Or is that too weird - it would melt as people are eating their lamb, so it's not really a side dish.
queenscook mentioned that she makes a good chocolate sorbet, so that might be a nice dessert.

Mar 30, 2015
helou in Kosher

Pareve icecreams

Queenscook, I'm a few years late getting into this conversation, but I just bought the ice cream maker attachment for the Kitchenaid stand mixer at Costco, and I'd like to start using it for Pesach. Any suggestions for a really excellent Pesach dessert? The chocolate sorbet sounds great, but fruit would be nice too.

I'm having company for the second days, so I'd like to make something during chol hamoed that will still taste good after a few days in the freezer. Some recipes seem like they need to be eaten fairly soon after freezing.

Mar 30, 2015
helou in Kosher

Passover desserts question

Thanks, I asked about the lemon mousse, and I'll try to wing it, but this will definitely be on the menu too. I'm having dinner guests all through the 8 days.

Mar 29, 2015
helou in Kosher

please help to update our family sedar recipes

The one thing I find incredibly tedious about making duck is cleaning them. I haven't made duck, which we love, in years just for this reason.
If you dislike cleaning chickens, you'll hate this.

If someone has a cleaning tip for me, I'll be forever grateful.

Mar 28, 2015
helou in Kosher

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.

Mar 25, 2015
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.

Mar 25, 2015
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.