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Kosher Non-Dairy Pumpkin Pie

I use soymilk or almond milk and the recipe on the libby's can. Both work fine. This recipe is immensely forgiving. I have made it with agave or maple instead of sugar, and with various homemade permutations of pumpkin pie spice, depending on my mood. All good.

Mar 30, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Basil Pizzeria in Crown Heights - Review

I had lunch here today. Second time. The food was good to excellent but the service, as noted by others, horrible, especially for the price.

We arrived, two people from a party of three and were told that we couldn't have a table until the third person arrived, even though we explained that we would be ordering immediately and she was only having coffee. Several minutes later they gave the same table to a party of two. We ordered an asparagus soup with preserved lemons and a poached egg. I really liked it and am planning to try to replicate it at home. But the soup and our main course pizza arrived together (after a substantial wait) so by the time we go to the pizza (which was okay but not remarkable) it was cold.

Asked for bread, were told they don't have any. (Really? What do they make sandwiches on?) Waited for water. Waited to have our soup bowls cleared. Had to ask for plates for the pizza.

I can't say I wont ever be back because they are doing more interesting things with food than most kosher places. But I would hate to think that they assume they can mistreat customers because we will be back for more.

Mar 26, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Pesach brownies

Sorry but the link didn't work.

Mar 25, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

BY the Way -- New Manhattan Bakery

As a service to my chowhound friends. am posting the recipe for the Orange Almond cake, which the lovely staff at the bakery told me had been posted on a blog. As you can see, it's fairly easy and kosher for passover. At the bakery they also sell them in 1-2 serving cakelets. YUM!! You're welcome!

Gluten-free Orange-Almond Cake
Recipe by Helene Godin from By The Way Bakery. Makes one 8-inch cake.

1 large (12-ounces) navel orange (the weight is important here)
1 teaspoon salt, divided
2 1/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons 
almond flour
1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
5 eggs
1 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
3 tablespoons sliced almonds

-Place whole orange in a pot of water with 1/2 teaspoon salt. Cover the pan and bring the water to a boil. Turn the heat down and simmer for about 2 hours.
-Remove orange from the pan and allow to cool. Slice the peel off each end of the orange and cut into quarters, leaving the rest of the peel intact. Inspect for seeds, discard, and allow to cool. In a food processor, pulse the orange quarters until it’s smooth but still pulpy. Let cool completely, about 30 minutes. (You should have approximately 1 1/4 cups).
-Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly spray an 8” springform pan with cooking spray and line with a circular liner.
-Whisk together almond flour, baking powder, remaining salt, cardamom and cinnamon.
-In another bowl, with an electric mixer, beat the eggs and sugar until light in color.
-Mix in dry ingredients.
-Mix in orange pulp.
-Pour the batter into the pan and sprinkle with sliced almonds.
-Bake about 1 hour. Test for doneness with a wooden skewer inserted in the center.
-Allow to cool completely in the pan for 25 minutes. Score around the edge before releasing the ring from the cake. Dust with powdered sugar.

Mar 23, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

stovetop grill

I don't know how I missed that. Thank you!! How is it to clean?

Mar 21, 2014
JackieR in Cookware

stovetop grill

It's not my first choice but if I found exactly the right size and etc I would probably go for it.

Mar 21, 2014
JackieR in Cookware

stovetop grill

I was. Sigh.

Mar 21, 2014
JackieR in Cookware

stovetop grill

Yes. Nothing quite right. I probably should have said. I also checked sur la table, crate and barrel, William Sonoma, zabars, general web search....

Mar 21, 2014
JackieR in Cookware

stovetop grill

Last year I bought the Costco enameled french stove-top grill and IT IS AMAZING. Unfortunately I need another one and they don't sell it anymore. So looking for the next best thing. Here is what I am looking for: no nonstick finish (enameled is great) and not aluminum and no long handle (storage issues); no more than around 10 inches (again -- Manhattan apt storage...). I know le Creuset makes one but I can't spend that $$. Any ideas?

Mar 21, 2014
JackieR in Cookware

passover agave

Hi. If anyone runs into agave with kosher for passover certification can you please let me know? Pretty please don't let's get into the usual discussion of whether agave needs certification. I know that some say it doesn't and others say it does. But U cant seem to find it anywhere this year. Thanks!

Mar 21, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Coconut milk for Passover?

Just for the record, the kosher for pesach almond milk is VILE. Basically white sugar water. I use soy, almond or coconut milk in my coffee during the year. Will be drinking it black for the week rather than subject myself to that stuff again.

Mar 20, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Need to impress a Shabbat dinner guest

Yes, please do!!

Mar 20, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

dannon for pesach?

Does anyone know whether Dannon is doing KLP this year?

Mar 20, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Quinoa recipes (Pesach)

Pesach already? Can't face it. The recipes look nice though.

Feb 05, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Imagine soups

Thank you!!

Feb 04, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

is medium rare hamburger kosher?

No reason why not as long as it has been properly salted and soaked.

Feb 04, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Imagine soups

Update request. I am out of town in a hinterland with no kosher food but it does have a TJ. Are at least some of their soups still kosher?

Feb 04, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

BY the Way -- New Manhattan Bakery

Rabbi Melhlman

Jan 31, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

BY the Way -- New Manhattan Bakery

I checked online and found a review that said they are "dairy free" I guess that means yes re eggs. . Sorry.

Jan 31, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

BY the Way -- New Manhattan Bakery

This should tell you something about how great everything was -- I forgot to say vegan and gluten-free.

Jan 31, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

BY the Way -- New Manhattan Bakery

Broadway between 90-91, next door to KMP in that space that was an ice cream store for about 5 minutes.

Jan 31, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

BY the Way -- New Manhattan Bakery

Where to start. First of all, the things I sampled (there are a lot of samples on the counter) were all ranging from good to off the map outstanding.

I sampled an orange almond cake that was so good that when I left, stuffed with samples, I still had to buy one. I also tried a very chocolatey and fudgy chocolate bundt cake and a quite decent marble cake (which may have suffered only because I was so crazy about the other two).

The owner is exceptionally nice., In addition to pressing samples on all of us (including a crowd of 8th graders from the local boys' school, who put away an impressive number!) she spent a lot of time talking to us about her ingredients, her ideas for the shop, etc.

There is also good coffee, with a variety of milks (almond, soy, chalav yisroel, etc.) and a bar to drink it at. It's decorated as an old fashioned bakeshop. Cute. Got a mini-review in NYT this past Wednesday.

Jan 31, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Rimon Wineries??

A couple of years ago I bought an absolutely amazing bottle of pomegranate port in Israel by Rimon wineries. After that, I noticed their dessert wine in the U.S., which while not astonishing to the same degree as the port, was quite nice. I haven't seen anything by this winery in a while.

Have you?? If so, where?

Dec 04, 2013
JackieR in Kosher

Gotham Burger Manhattan

A friend really wanted their sliders, so I went last night. A mixed bag at best. The sliders are okay. Not in the same stratosphere as Amsterdam Burger's burgers, but they're fine. If I has small children I think I would find Gotham's sliders a smart way to make 4 small people happy for not much $$. They're cute.

We also ordered the garlic greenbeans and they were two different kinds of fiasco. The first order arrived so drowned in red pepper flakes that even my friend, who DRINKS hot sauce (yes, really) found them too firey.

The manager heard our comments and took them away, bringing us back a plate of them "done the way they should be." In a way, even worse. We expected garlic string beans to be fresh stringbeans with fresh garlic. Presumably olive oil. Instead these tasted strongly of garlic powder and were clearly frozen string beans. I mean, come on!!

My friend and I decided, because the manager was so nice and asked us repeatedly how they were, to tell him. He claimed that the garlic was fresh but was granulated somehow and mixed with margarine and frozen, before being added to the beans. First of all, if this is true, it's an awful lot of work to end up with something that looks, tastes and feels like garlic powder on frozen greenbeans. Second of all.... MARGARINE??? REALLY??

This was my friend's second time there. She said the other time she and her friend had salads and they were all too sweet. So, in sum, nice as the staff may be, I'll be heading to the GREAT burgers two blocks away. Sorry guys, you are going to have to do a whole lot better.

Oct 31, 2013
JackieR in Kosher

Nicest kosher restaurant atmosphere NYC

Tevere 84 is lovely and the food is great. Ladino is a solid choice too. Great food nice decor. If you want to save some $$ and a more casual ( but still charming) atmosphere, Noi Due is nice. Le Marais is nice in its way but noisy and I wouldn't recommend it for this kind of social situation..

Oct 20, 2013
JackieR in Kosher

I am looking for a Parver dark chocolate mini chunks or chips. Now that Whole Foods discontinued their dark chocolate mini chunks, I am stuck using sub-par kosher brands. Any ideas?

THANK YOU!!!!! Will look for them.

Oct 19, 2013
JackieR in Kosher

I am looking for a Parver dark chocolate mini chunks or chips. Now that Whole Foods discontinued their dark chocolate mini chunks, I am stuck using sub-par kosher brands. Any ideas?

I live on uws too and will do the same. and ask some friends to as well.

Oct 19, 2013
JackieR in Kosher

I am looking for a Parver dark chocolate mini chunks or chips. Now that Whole Foods discontinued their dark chocolate mini chunks, I am stuck using sub-par kosher brands. Any ideas?

So weird. I could only find a way to contact customer svc at a specific store and not the corporate entity.

Oct 19, 2013
JackieR in Kosher

I am looking for a Parver dark chocolate mini chunks or chips. Now that Whole Foods discontinued their dark chocolate mini chunks, I am stuck using sub-par kosher brands. Any ideas?

To whom did you send it?

Oct 19, 2013
JackieR in Kosher

I am looking for a Parver dark chocolate mini chunks or chips. Now that Whole Foods discontinued their dark chocolate mini chunks, I am stuck using sub-par kosher brands. Any ideas?

I went on WF site on Friday. Interestingly, they dont have an obvious way to co tact WF corporate. I can find that info but it wasn't happening fri. I will let you know what I find out and maybe we can all write to them.

Oct 19, 2013
JackieR in Kosher