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lamed vav in great neck

I was in Great Neck today and it was still coming soon.

Jul 22, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Do you have a tried 'n' true recipe for avocado (or other) pareve cold soup?

A good parve cold soup is a White Gazpacho, called Ajo Blanco, made from almonds. The soup traditionally contains no dairy at all (it's emulsified with bread, olive oil, and very cold water), so avoid recipes calling for yogurt, obviously. The dish is inherently parve.

Jul 22, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Upscale Friday night dinner ideas

I agree with other posters here. Roast chicken is the one dish that any great chef will tell you is incredibly simple yet complex to properly execute; while a roast chicken for shabbos dinner seems ubiquituous, I'd suggest something like a coq au vin instead. Coq au vin uses very inexpensive cuts of chicken to make a masterful dish. I'd count it among impressive dishes.

For a soup, instead of the usual matzah balls, how about a soup with quenelles of veal or ground chicken? And for salad or appetizers, try something elegant.

Jul 22, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Breadsmith in Brooklyn

The kosher location in Potomac, which I've visited when I was in the Silver Spring/Baltimore area, is kosher parve, pas yisroel, shomer shabbos. I'd assume that on Avenue M of all places it would be the same way. Ironically, this bakery is opening up right by Kaff's Bakery, although I don't think there's going to be too much competition, since the bakeries are so dramatically different and appeal to two different markets. Breadsmith would be the only artisan bakery in our neck of the woods period, with the exception of a non-kosher Panera in Kings Plaza, and I'm hoping this Breadsmith will be a kosher establishment that will appeal to a broad demographic.

What I'm anticipating is that they may be owned by non-Jews and fall under the supervision of Rabbi Aaron Mehlman, which would allow them to be open on shabbos (and would also eliminate the need to worry about hafrashat challah). The fact that any baking done on shabbos would be done in ovens turned on and left on before shabbos by a mashgiach would render such bread pas yisroel.

Jul 22, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Breadsmith in Brooklyn

On the site of the old Apple bank on Avenue M between East 18 and East 19th in Flatbush, I saw a coming soon sign for Breadsmith, the puirveyor of artisan breads. Considering that the stores in Potomac, South Bend, Minneapolis, and Skokie are under kosher supervision (in Potomac, where I've been, the place is under the Vaad of Washington), there's a large possibility obviously that the Brooklyn store would be kosher, as well, although I haven't seen any indication as to the status of this store.

Jul 21, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Why don't Jews eat cheese?

Between Breadberry, Pomegranate, and the Kosher Marketplace, I've seen lots of cheeses. Galbusera makes all sorts of Italian cheeses. The Cheese Guy and Natural Kosher are ubiquituous at this point. Aurora manchego is sold at Zabar's. I see Schmerling cheeses from Europe, kosher brie and camembert, and lots of offerings these days.

Jul 21, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Best Pareve Birthday Cake (NY or NJ)

Kosher Marketplace does some pretty good parve sheetcakes.

Jun 26, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Making Franks and Baked Beans for Shabbos

I want to do a franks and beans casserole for shabbos July 5th. What blend of beans do you recommend using, and how to prepare this for serving on shabbos? I was thinking of using Navy beans soaked (ordinarily when it isn't for shabbos, I'd just use Bush's baked beans as my base), along with Jacks facon, onion, bbq sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, molasses, maple syrup, a little Tabasco, cider vinegar, and mustard, which is my go-to technique (I use a half package of facon in the beans and lay out the rest on top). What should I do with my franks in the mix? Mix them in or lay them on top? I'm just interested in doing this so that the beans cook fully but don't overcook. I'm using some franks I managed to order from Romanian.

To round out the meal, aside from the franks and beans, I'm doing potato salad, cornbread with onion jam and maple Earth Balance, cole slaw, homemade sweet tea, and watermelon, in order to keep with the July 4th theme.

Jun 26, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Cold / Summer Shabbat lunch ideas

I mostly eat cold foods on shabbos afternoons in the summer. Hummus, Greek yogurt dips, Greek salad with feta, eggplant salads, cold noodles with sesame, Caesar salad, etc. Although I would say there's an obligation to have hot food on shabbat afternoon, as well (Baal haMaor rules as such).

Jun 26, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Best Pareve Birthday Cake (NY or NJ)

The rabbi himself has Orthodox semicha and follows the halakhot 100%. I spoke with him at length prior to buying from Viking. I really enjoy their Scandinavian baked goods and desserts. Although the Butterfinger Layer Cake is really gevaldig, as well.

Jun 25, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Breadberry

I like the cheese selection (they have a full line of Gulbusera cheeses from Italy, including sharp provolone, Grana Padano Gran Duca, which is the closest thing to kosher Parmigiano Reggiano we have, pecorino, etc.) and the sandwiches! They have a very good meatball sandwich, and I think it's awesome that a kosher BLT is the first sandwich on the menu! I had the kosher BLT on mezonot bread, with lettuce, tomato, and dense mayonnaise, and it was divine.

Jun 25, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Kraft String Cheese is OUD

The OU Kosher website lists many varieties as being OU-D, of both Polly-O and Kraft (Jalapeno, Tomato Basil, Cracked Black Pepper, and plain mozzarella Kraft).

It's nice to see that more mainstream cheeses are kosher. I long enjoyed Cappiello mozzarella.

Jun 25, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Ladino Grill *gone*

It was nice while it lasted. I found it to be ridiculously overpriced, although they had a nice lunch buffet.

Apr 08, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

KFP ricotta cheese?

The halav yisrael brands are yuor best bet. Haolam, Fresh and Healthy, and Susan's, IIRC.

Apr 08, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Fox's U-Bet syrup

Thanks! I saw it in Pomegranate, and since they're under 2 extremely strict hashgachos, that's enough for me! I bought both dairy and parve varieties.

Apr 06, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

KFP marinara sauce

I have 4 sets of pots, pans, boards, equipment, knives, etc., so I guess I'm spoiled in the kitchen.

Apr 02, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Establishments Offering KFP Foods

I also should add Kosher Marketplace to the list, as well as House of Glatt, and Aaron's Gourmet.

Apr 02, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Quinoa For Passover 2014

I bake them every day, also. The only time we don't have them is on Shabbos. Nothing like hot rolls in the morning when we sit down to eat after shul.

Apr 02, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Israeli "couscous" for Pesach

Avi Glatt has Savion couscous. http://www.aviglatt.com/Couscous-Quin...

Apr 02, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

KP Chili Powder

Two foods I wish were KFP that I haven't seen yet are chili powder and chipotles.

Apr 02, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Quinoa For Passover 2014

Do these last for more than a day? I make similar Passover rolls, but after a day, they turn into hockey pucks.

Apr 02, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Your favorite dish for pesach (new or old)

350 for about an hour, until the matzah gets a little browned and the filling is bubbling slightly. It can definitely be done ahead and be reheated. It's very forgiving. I cut it up after it bakes and cools for a while, and it's best served warm.

I make a huge tray of this, and it's one of the dairy things we fress on throughout the holiday. I wouldn't microwave it, though. It's best in the oven or toaster oven.

Apr 02, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Passover Traditions From Around the World

We have a Passover wine and cheese party over Chol haMoed for my fellow single friends, and our friends with kids appreciate the break, and they also come and enjoy the adult atmosphere. I make tapenades, homemade dips with TempTee cream cheese, serve olives, nuts, sundried tomatoes, crudites, all the Pesach crackers and flatbreads on the market, including a matzah flatbread I make myself with EVOO, spices, and sesame seeds (we're not makpid on kitniyot), with a huge variety of cheeses, from the Cheese Guy, Good Life, and other labels, including several kinds of chevre. Everyone brings a couple bottles of wine.

I also put out a Pesach bar: I buy my liquors around Passover, and get Zachlawi arak, vodka, No. 209 gin, Carmel Brandy, Binyamina Amaretto, Limancello, Triple Sec, tequila, and some others from Skyview in Riverdale, which has a great list of liquors for Pesach. The adults appreciate that, too. I get plenty of juices, cranberry, orange, lime, lemon, etc. to make drinks, and I make a simple syrup with different infusions, too, for drinks.

Other things I do are putting out a Pesach Ice Cream sundae bar (the kids like that), and we'll make egg creams, too. Nuts, cherries, fruits, candy chopped up, crumbled cookies, chocolate ganache, caramel sauce, etc. round it out well.

I'll also make a baked potato bar: butter, sour cream, ratatouille, creamed spinach, broccoli sautee, bean chili, roasted red peppers, sauteed peppers and onions, and mushrooms are the toppings offered, and I offer a variety of cheeses for topping, as well. This is one of our YT day meals, along with a salad and dessert.

Apr 02, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Passover Salad Dressings

Blanchard and Blanchard dressings are actually decent.

I generally just like vinaigrettes. Either balsamic vinaigrette, or I like EVOO, lemon juice, shallot, and fines herbes.

I think with the availablity of Cheese Guy blue cheese, I'm going to make a blue cheese dressing for dairy meals, and I'm also going to make my own Caesar dressing (I use Season KFP anchovies, garlic, EVOO, lemon, egg yolk, salt, pepper, and KFP Parmigiano reggiano and a little romano for sharpness. If you want it with meat, as in a steak caesar, leave out the cheese and use Blanchard capers in lieu of anchovies).

Apr 02, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

KFP marinara sauce

Their spices look so nice. Too bad I don't know of anyone who sells them in NYC.

I find Pereg spices to be of the best quality for Pesach, personally.

Apr 02, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

KFP marinara sauce

I will often doctor up Geffen sauce with garlic, red pepper, herbs, basil, dry red wine, and EVOO. I generally just make my own sauce, though. It's easy enough, and it's all prep work.

Apr 02, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Your favorite dish for pesach (new or old)

Basically use any Spanakopita filling: I make mine by sauteeing onion and scallions in butter and evoo, and I add pounds of spinach that was washed, steamed, chopped, and squeezed dry. To this, add salt, pepper, a little nutmeg, chopped dill, and a little lemon juice, as well as feta cheese (all the kosher brands are also KFP). Some folks add some pot cheese or some cottage cheese that was salted and drained (this is a good sub for feta, or if you like the filling creamier, a good addition). When assembling the pie, I soak the matzah lightly with some boiling veggie stock (I use the Osem or Lieber's mix, and this adds another dimension of flavor, as opposed to just using water), and every layer of matzah gets brushed with plenty of melted butter, for flavor and a golden brown finish.

Apr 02, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Your favorite dish for pesach (new or old)

I conduct services on Shavuot in a shul with a limited kitchen, and I make matzah lasagna then, since matzah is a lot better than no bake noodles. I like it.

On Pesah, I always make one tray of matzah lasagna and another tray of eggplant parm

Mar 31, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Establishments Offering KFP Foods

What bakeries and takeaway stores will be available for Pesach? And restaurants, too?

Pomegranate, Fischer Brothers and Leslie, and Park East will have prepared foods, to the best of my knowledge.

Butterflake Bakery in Teaneck has KFP items, including hot dog and hamburger rolls.

Talia's, Mendy's, My Most Favorite Dessert Company, Prime Grill, Abigael's, and Mr. Broadway will be offering food on Pesach.

Anyone know of other such establishments?

Mar 31, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Who will have prepared foods for Pesach in Brooklyn?

I am definitely expecting to buy mostly from Pomegranate. My mouth literally watered looking at their menu.

Honestly, it's cheaper than going to a hotel.

Mar 31, 2014
tractarian in Kosher