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Shabbat-knowledgeable appliance store Baltimore/Silver Spring?

I can't say exactly how knowlegeable they are, but Cummins Appliance in Baltimore is able to add a light to an electric stove that will show when a particular element is actually on, for use on Yom Tov.

Jul 24, 2015
hbg1 in Kosher

Traveling from San Francisco to L.A.

This might be what you were thinking of, there was a recent discussion on this older post: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/751542

Jul 23, 2015
hbg1 in Kosher

Corn Dogs: Serious Question

I just saw this on kashrut.com:

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The following kashrus information is from the OU in response to the editor's question on July 9, 2015.

Morningstar Farms Corn dogs are certified by the OK as kosher, dairy, not cholov Yisroel since April 2015. The consumer must check each label for OK-D symbol as some old stock is still on the market that was not certified.

The previous item can be cited with the URL: http://www.kashrut.com/NewCerts/?aler...
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So, good news for anyone who is interested in trying these.

Jul 22, 2015
hbg1 in Kosher

Hot water urn recommendation

I tried that one, but it audibly kept the water at a constant boil. I wound up returning it. It was ironic, because I was trying to replace an urn that kept the water at too low a temperature (140 degrees). Maybe I just had a defective one, so that's good to know that it's working well for someone else.

Jun 26, 2015
hbg1 in Kosher

Sabbath mode ranges - have one you like?

You may know this already, but the Star-K has a list of certified appliances and details about how each can (or can't) be used on Shabbos and Yom Tov. It would probably be worthwhile to check the list for any model you're considering.
http://www.star-k.org/cons-appl.htm

Jun 16, 2015
hbg1 in Kosher

Why is Sodastream out of diet soda?

Kohls.com also has diet soda available - they are another store that has lots of Sodastream products.

Jun 09, 2015
hbg1 in General Topics

Wanted: good recipe for bars or cake using matza cake meal

Thanks again for the recipes. I made the apple cake last night, and you are right, it's good, and not too complicated to make. Plus I already had all the ingredients on hand. It was just what I needed.

If you ever come up with the lemon squares recipe, I'd also be interested in that, for next year I guess.

The matza meal vs. potato starch debate comes down to specific recipes, I think. There are good and bad potato-starch-based recipes, and some matza/cake meal recipes like yours that are good, while others taste like sawdust.

Apr 08, 2015
hbg1 in Kosher

Wanted: good recipe for bars or cake using matza cake meal

Thank you, these recipes do sound really good. I may just have to take back what I said about potato-starch recipes tasting better. Personally, all the matza meal cakes I've had always tasted to me like flavored matza meal to varying degrees, but I'll be happy to start making ones that don't.

Apr 07, 2015
hbg1 in Kosher

Wanted: good recipe for bars or cake using matza cake meal

The recipes I have for Pesach brownies or bars all use potato starch. I know that in general matza meal recipes are not as good, and/or always just taste like matza meal, but I want to be able to make kiddush on Yom Tov morning. I saw the brownie recipes already posted this year, and I'm looking for other options.

Do you have a good recipe for a cake or bars using cake meal or matza meal? I have both on hand. It doesn't have to make a lot, especially since the leftovers probably won't be very appealing after Pesach.

Apr 07, 2015
hbg1 in Kosher

Best Shmurah Matzah brands

There's a reason everyone talks about Chareidim matzah. I can't say that I'm an expert on different brands, but to me Chareidim is a whole different thing, it's extremely thin and light. So given that, perhaps we can have suggestions for second place?

Mar 24, 2015
hbg1 in Kosher

flavored Vintage Seltzer

If you're concerned about the Vintage Seltzer and shop at Shoprite, many of the Shoprite-brand seltzers have an OU-P.

Mar 20, 2015
hbg1 in Kosher

Vegan Shabbat meals & dishes

I'm far from an expert, but I think one of the main concerns would be how long the chicken was in the "danger zone" temperature range, especially starting frozen and having a low oven temperature. http://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/f...

Feb 19, 2015
hbg1 in Kosher

Vegan Shabbat meals & dishes

Um, is cooking frozen chicken in a 175 oven safe? Or do you mean something else?

Feb 19, 2015
hbg1 in Kosher

kosher goat cheese

Confirmed at my local Trader Joe's. They are now Tablet K. I was afraid that would be the case.

And this was one widely available kosher cheese that was really convenient when in an area with a TJ's but no kosher store nearby. Sigh. I just hope they keep carrying the Israeli feta.

Feb 18, 2015
hbg1 in Kosher

kosher goat cheese

Trader Joe's has OU Chevre goat cheese, in plain and herb-covered, if there's one near you.

Feb 18, 2015
hbg1 in Kosher

Recommendations in DC, Silver Spring, Baltimore

This thread summarizes options in Baltimore: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9121...

It's still pretty current, with the addition of Serengeti, a steak house, but that may not be what you're looking for with kids.

Feb 12, 2015
hbg1 in Kosher

Tj recommendation and random observation/ question

Wait - the Biscoff cookies on Delta flights are kosher?!? I'd always assumed they were the regular unhechshered ones.

I was really surprised at how much the cookie butter has the texture of peanut butter exactly right. I've heard it also comes in "crunchy" versions. One of those "don't think too much about what's in it and just enjoy it" products.

Jan 27, 2015
hbg1 in Kosher
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Tj recommendation and random observation/ question

I actually got someone to bring me a jar of cookie butter from Israel recently. I'm rationing it to a teaspoon at a time. And still hoping it will appear here someday. The jar has a big sticker on top with the product information in Hebrew and the hechsher.

I also found the cookies once in a kosher store in Brooklyn a few years ago, but haven't seen them since. I assumed someone was importing them from Israel, not directly from Belgium.

I'm really looking forward to trying the TJ's cookies soon. Hopefully they'll stick around (with a hechsher) for a while.

Jan 27, 2015
hbg1 in Kosher

Tj recommendation and random observation/ question

And now I have to stop at TJ's on my way home tonight. Thanks for the heads up, even if we don't understand why they have hashgacha and the cookie butter doesn't.

I don't know if the hechshered cookies and cookie butter in Israel are special runs or just hechshered at certain times, but I wish they would import them here!

Jan 27, 2015
hbg1 in Kosher

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

Oh, how interesting! Thanks!

Dec 18, 2014
hbg1 in Site Talk

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

So, I keep reading about this "top posters" list and boardreader here, but it's not something I can find on the site. How do I get there? Or is this just a Power User thing? Thanks!

Dec 18, 2014
hbg1 in Site Talk

A Faster Chowhound: Pagination for Longer Threads

I came to Site Talk to figure out what was going on when I loaded a board and all the threads were marked as unread even though I was logged in. I managed to find this announcement of a seemingly unrelated update, which has apparently broken "history" for all users until they update their settings to Collapse Previously Read Comments.

You might want to make this change and the solution more obvious, or check the box by default. I anticipate a lot more confused/upset users because of this major change to the website for regular visitors.

Edit: The checkbox in Settings does not appear to really fix the problem I'm having. Not only is this relatively short post paginated, but the See All in settings is not working. Also, I came back into this post cleanly, and all the posts were white (unread) but mine (this one) was grayed out on the first page. And it appeared again (in white) when I got to the third page.

On a thread I'd read most of, when I first went back in it was nearly all grayed and collapsed as expected. But then I clicked on Page 2 (which should not have been active, since I believe all the posts were on that first collapsed page) and it went to the uncollapsed page 2. But if I'd seen all the posts, I should not have gotten pagination at all.

I also don't see how you are determining how many posts to put per page. Why not use the user's settings they've already set? I have mine set to 100 (for board listings). Sorry this turned into a long post, but I think the implementation of this functionality is very problematic, regardless of whether there was a need for the pagination feature or not.

Breadsmith in Brooklyn

Dec 12, 2014
hbg1 in Kosher

Matjes herring

I was just in IKEA and decided to check out the herring. I didn't see a hechsher on anything in the food section of IKEA, except for the sparkling juices (which I've noticed before). Have you seen herring - or anything else - with a hashgacha recently? Just wondering. Thanks!

Dec 09, 2014
hbg1 in Kosher

Worthwhile kosher restaurants in NJ

Thanks, everyone, for all your great suggestions. Unfortunately, plans changed yesterday evening and we'll need to stay in Brooklyn for dinner after all. I hope to use this list for the next trip, though. Thanks again for your help (and feel free to add more, since I am really hoping to get to some of these places at some point soon).

Nov 06, 2014
hbg1 in Kosher

long-keeping travel bread for lechem mishna ??

I keep them in the refrigerator at home, but I buy the shelf-stable kind and they seem to always have expiration dates at least a month out. I haven't actually left them out, though, so it's definitely worth an experiment to be sure.

Nov 05, 2014
hbg1 in Kosher

long-keeping travel bread for lechem mishna ??

How about flour tortillas? I think they have quite a long shelf life.

Nov 05, 2014
hbg1 in Kosher

Worthwhile kosher restaurants in NJ

I'll be traveling on Sunday evening from Brooklyn, heading south through NJ. We can eat in Brooklyn before we leave, but we're wondering if instead there are any restaurants worth a detour off of the turnpike. We're willing to go a bit out of the way, like to Teaneck.

Are there any really great places that we should try?

Thanks for any suggestions you may have.

Nov 05, 2014
hbg1 in Kosher

Kosher Chicago Style Pizza?

I have family in the Wicker Park area, so this is great news. I don't have a trip planned right now, but I do hope this is still around when I get back there!

Oct 31, 2014
hbg1 in Kosher

baltimore on sunday of chol hamoed

There's a thread on Baltimore options here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/912176. That's pretty much up to date, other than a new steak-type restaurant, Serengeti that opened this summer.

I can't think of anywhere that parking would be an issue. If you need a sukkah, probably most places will have one, but you may want to check in advance.

Oct 03, 2014
hbg1 in Kosher