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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

Your favorite dish for pesach (new or old)

I like my Matzah Spanakopita and Pashtida recipes a lot.

Also, matzah farfel "macaroni" and cheese is Pesach on a plate for me.

Mar 31, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Fox's U-Bet syrup

Did you notice who the rabbi was?

Mar 31, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Your favorite dish for pesach (new or old)

Gedempte fleisch is Ashkenazic pot roast.

Mar 31, 2014
tractarian in Kosher
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Kosher for Passover Greek Yogurt

I got mine last year at Brach's. But with no more car, I have no way of getting out there :( Would ShopRite in Brooklyn have them?

Mar 31, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Pesach brownies

Some of the best Pesach brownies I ever had came from Goldberg's in Boro Park, and not a bad price, either.

Mar 31, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Passover Yogurt 2014

The OU says that Dannon Vanilla, Coffee, and Plain Yogurt will be available this year.

Does anyone know anything about La Yogurt this year? It was KFP last year, but I haven't seen it yet this year.

I'd rather not buy Mehadrin, J&J, other Cholov Yisroel brands.

Mar 31, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Kosher for Passover Greek Yogurt

I just looked up on the OU website, and they list Vanilla, Coffee, Plain, Plain Nonfat, and Plain Lowfat.

LaYogurt was KFP last year. Don't know about this year, though.

Mar 31, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

the 2d ave deli in midtown manhattan

The food is very good.

Supervision is non-glatt, they utilize shtar mechira, and are under Rabbi Yisroel Meir Steinberg's hashgacha

Mar 31, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Pesach brownies

I like this recipe for brownies. It's delicious, and won't kill you, either.

1.5 cups raw walnuts, divided
1 cup raw unsalted almonds, roughly chopped

2 – 2 1/2 cups Medjool or Deglet Nour dates, pitted
3/4 cup cocoa powder OR raw cacao if you have it
1-2 tsp espresso powder or finely ground coffee (depending on preference)
pinch sea salt
INSTRUCTIONS
Place 1 cup walnuts and 1 cup almonds in food processor and process until finely ground.
Add the cocoa powder or cacao, espresso powder and sea salt. Pulse to combine and then transfer to bowl and set aside.
Add the dates to the food processor and process until small bits remain. Remove from bowl and set aside.
Add nut and cocoa mixture back into food processor and while processing, drop small handfuls of the date pieces down into the food processor spout. Process until a dough consistency is achieved, adding more dates if the mixture does not hold together when squeezed in your hand.
Add the brownie mixture to a small parchment lined cake pan or loaf pan and add remaining 1/2 cup roughly roughly chopped walnuts. Toss to combine and evenly distribute, and then press down with you hands until it is flat and firm.
Place in freezer or fridge to chill before cutting. Store in an airtight container to keep fresh. Will keep in the fridge for at least 2 weeks and in the freezer for at least 2 months.

For the espresso powder, keep in mind that per the OU, most espresso powders are KFP without having special supervision. Check their website

Mar 31, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Frosting for Passover Birthday Cake

There is KFP Confectioner's Sugar. Haddar makes it.

There's also KFP PEanut Butter now, made by Kitni/Manischewitz. Recall that Reb Moshe said explcitly that peanuts (strashkes) weren't ever considered kitniyos.

Mar 31, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Kosher Ethiopian restaurant in NYC/NJ area?

Yeah, it's called my kitchen, Mitba'ah Sheli.

Mar 31, 2014
tractarian in Kosher

Who will have prepared foods for Pesach in Brooklyn?

Pomegranate has the most exquisite menu, although you pay for quality. For instance, their tongue in a shiso sauce is $39.99 a pound year round, so for Pesach, expect thast to go up a few bucks.

Fischer Brothers and Leslie has a Pesach menu; they're the highest quality kosher butcher I've ever been to in my life in NYC, and is in the same league as Pomegranate.

Mar 31, 2014
tractarian in Kosher