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Thanksgiving menus please

Corn kugel? Dd would adore that. Recipe please?

Nov 27, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Thanksgiving menus please

I ended up making thanksgiving at the last minute. I literally woke up this morning not knowing I was and had to cobble something together in a couple of hours based on what was in the house.

It turned out fine but I am in the mood to vicariously enjoy the dinners of people who did it the old fashioned way.

My Menu
Mulled cider and salted nuts
Roasted Brussel sprouts
Roasted baby potatoes
Butternut squash
Turkey breast
Cranberry sauce
Pumpkin pie and clementines

What did you have?

Nov 27, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

The one I like is badatz e.c. w teudah.I don't remember the name of the store but it is well known by haredi community to be acceptable.

But nonfood is always safe. Netilat yodayim towels are actually a genius idea. They don't last forever and it's always nice to have fresh ones.

Shabbat shalom.

Nov 27, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

They offer samples. I don't remember what inspired me to try it but it was a revelation.

Nov 27, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

I have several times when in Israel given halva from that mind blowing place in Machane Yehuda. Most people think of halva as that mostly tasteless, grainy, sugary stuff that comes in plastic wrappers. This is a deal changer. Buttery, tasty and much less sweet than you expect. The reviews from recipients have been great. (They ask me where i got it and then go on to buy it for themselves.) The purveyor I like is badatz eda chareidus so no kashruth issues.

Nov 27, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Best recipe for dairy free pumpkin pie

That is brilliant! Will have to try.

Nov 26, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Crafted -- new bagel etc place on UWS

I have nothing against communal tables. But it is nice when you come with someone and want to talk to have a table of your own.

Nov 26, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

Amen to that. For me it isn't so much a question of how weather affects things as that when I am seating people, hanging coats, wrangling children and monitoring dinner I would rather not have to deal with any unnecessary surprises.

Nov 25, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Best recipe for dairy free pumpkin pie

I make it with the recipe on the Libby's can, using soymilk or coconut milk and a glug of bourbon. I find that either milk works; it's really a question of whether you want a neutral milk or one that provides a slight coconut flavor. I think the coconut milk marries well with the bourbon but it may be a matter of taste. Happy Thanksgiving!

Nov 24, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

I don't think it's a question of good or bad. But setting aside the kashruth issue, which is big enough, when you plan a menu with a certain --dare I say -- vision, you may not want "help." Many years ago I made sheva brochos. I put a lot of time and effort into making it elegant and delicious. Then the groom's mother showed up with all of the leftover salami, bologna and meal mart potato salad that hadn't gotten eaten at the aufruf! AWKWARD!!

Nov 24, 2014
JackieR in Kosher
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Crafted -- new bagel etc place on UWS

It's on 93rd and amsterdam. For those of you who live in the hood, it's where 7-11 used to be.

Nov 24, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

I agree -- there can't ever be too many flowers, but my issue is with people who bring them to the meal. Again AWKWARD.

Nov 24, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

I don't like home made food for the reasons people have said. I don't always know my guests and it's awkward when I am not sure of kashruth. Also, I plan my menus rather carefully as with a lot of my "regulars," I am dealing with diet restrictions. Wine is always good. If it's one I love, so much the better but I cook with wine a lot and if it's not wonderful it still gets used up. A while ago someone gave me a set of salad servers. They weren't expensive but it's the kind of item that one (or anyway, I) can't have too many of and I think of them every time I use them. The tea idea is solid too. We all drink it, or, at the very least, as AdinaA says, we all serve it.

Nov 24, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Crafted -- new bagel etc place on UWS

nope.

Nov 24, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Crafted -- new bagel etc place on UWS

I was walking by Crafted on Friday and stopped in to ask when they are opening. They were, apparently already open, although official "Grand Opening" was to be yesterday. I took a look around and they seemed to be stocked with a nice variety of salads, spreads, etc. Menu says they will have pizza, panini, salads and soups. The owners were extremely friendly and we chatted a while. As I was leaving they offered me a pull-apart challah, which I took with some hesitation as we are not fans of "bought" challah. When I can't bake I usually get something like a sourdough boule.

Well, I have to tell you THE BEST BOUGHT CHALLH EVER! It was exactly to the right degrees sweet and salty, and had a great, slightly chewy, slightly crusty and yet still fluffy texture. The people at my shabbos table suggested that perhaps it was made using their (pareve) croissant dough.

If their other offerings are that good, this place is a winner.

My only criticism is that despite the big, bright space, at the moment they have only a communal table. Not sure why -- the space does exist, and the hood is crying out for a dairy place like this where we can sit down.

Nov 24, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Portable, not easily spoilable and festive

Okay, since you asked, I will tell you how it turned out. The menu was rolls; humus and veggies to start friday night, then wild rice salad with scallions, walnut oil and dried tart cherries; quinoa chickpea salad with preserved lemons and hearts of palm,; sliced turkey (packed frozen in the suitcase); clementines and brownies. For shabbos lunch we started with guacamole and chips . The rest was the same. The salads were so good that we agreed we would make them again at home. I think that next time I would freeze and take a second protein. That woud have taken up very little additional space. Also, given a location anywhere near a food store would buy fresh salad ingredients too. But it was much better than okay. Thanks, all for you advice.

Nov 16, 2014
JackieR in Kosher
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Portable, not easily spoilable and festive

It's the little 1 3/4 oz size so that shouldn't be a problem. A great cheese is an interesting idea. Maybe for one meal. (I intend to keep the salads pareve.)

Nov 06, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Portable, not easily spoilable and festive

Okay, this is how it seems to be shaping up: Humus and veggies to start (I have a box of those little humuses and one will fit in with my toiletries). Wild rice salad with dried cherries, scallions and walnut oil; chick pea salad with preserved lemons; cut up melon, mango and berries; sliced turkey (the empire kind in the sealed package -- not exactly yummy but keeps a long time if you freeze it the night before); raisin walnut rolls; brownies, a bazillion clementines. I will take a stroll around Zabars and Trader Joe's sometime over the weekend and see if anything else jumps out at me, but I think I am okay with this. Thanks, all.

Nov 06, 2014
JackieR in Kosher
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long-keeping travel bread for lechem mishna ??

Actually could also have been Zomicks. For the record, I also sent some of the type of bread she is used to -- nice wholegrain sourdough rolls, etc. She said they didn't make the week. So much as this sounds loathsome, if your goal is longevity, and you can't stay in a place with a full kitchen, I'd go for the bright yellow stuff.

Nov 06, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

long-keeping travel bread for lechem mishna ??

Try not to gag but when my daughter went to Belarus for two weeks I had to send food that would last the time. I sent several bags of those yellow overly sweet challah rolls (brand may have been Beigels) and she said they still tasted "fresh" (or at least, not worse) at the end of her trip.

Nov 06, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Portable, not easily spoilable and festive

Thanks but I find those packaged meals really vile. Would rather stick with my own wild rice salad, etc. I am not so desperate that it be traditional shabbos food, hot or meat and would rather have somehting goo. Pesach is different. I can't imagine how you pulled that off. Kudos to you.

Nov 06, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Portable, not easily spoilable and festive

That's good info, especially about freezing the sandwiches. What kind froze best?

Nov 06, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Portable, not easily spoilable and festive

I see I've touched a nerve. Sorry. And I really appreciate your concern. But without going into massive detail, this is not possible for a variety of reasons. That's why I posted the original question rather than asking about chabad, restaurants, et al.

Nov 06, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Portable, not easily spoilable and festive

I actually meant somehting more like this

https://www.seabear.com/product-detai...

which is a little bit "fancier" than Chicken of the Sea. (Although I will be taking those too, for the weekday part of this undertaking during which I will be at a conference.

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I know you can buy it online but I didn't plan and now it's probably too late to get it in time. to late to get it in time.

And you are perfectly correct that space and weight are issues for me. Also time. So we both need to not check luggage, and for whatever we bring to be virtually ready to go.

Anyway, thanks all for your great ideas.

Nov 05, 2014
JackieR in Kosher
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Portable, not easily spoilable and festive

Thank you so much. The part about the veggies is really useful. I can take some lemons and an airplane-sized vodka bottle of evoo and there is salad. Another idea I had was something I've never seen in NY but thinking it must exist here -- heading to zabar's today to see -- vacuum packed hot smoked salmon. (In other words, it's what we in the Pac NW called "kippered" salmon, but in packs like the tuna.)

I've had some security nightmares. Early on before they got their act together I had peanut butter sandwiches confiscated on principle that peanut butter is a paste. ...but that's a whole other discussion....

Nov 05, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Portable, not easily spoilable and festive

That's the direction I'm going in. Also thinking a wild rice salad and a bean salad.

Nov 04, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Portable, not easily spoilable and festive

Thanks so much but that isn't in the budget.

Nov 04, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

Portable, not easily spoilable and festive

I will be spending a shabbos in a Holiday Inn far from home with my daughter and would like ideas for what would be light, portable, not easily spoiled and somewhat shabbos'dik. I will be at a conference until right before shabbos, so please assume I won't be able to buy anything there. The food will be traveling with my daughter in a carry on so we need to assume no liquids or pastes and a minimum of 6 hours on the road. And it can't be too bulky as she also needs clothes, etc. I thought of grilled chicken wraps for one meal but a little nervous about them being unrefriged for that long, and in any event would rather not eat the same thing for both. Ideas?

Nov 04, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

kosher atlanta

Wondering if anyone has suggestions for a good restaurant that will deliver to ny hotel on erev shabbat. (I will be attending a conference that ends too late on Friday for me to pick up.)

Oct 29, 2014
JackieR in Kosher

ISO kosher tamarind paste

I dealt with this a while ago. Eventually I found it at Kosher Marketplace in Manhattan. it seems to be their own product. I haven't checked in a while but if they still have it perhaps they woud send it. I actually will be in st l next month and would offer to bring it to you but it would have to be checked and I am carrying on.

Oct 15, 2014
JackieR in Kosher