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Your Favorite Kosher Cookbooks

I recently purchased Arthur Schwartz's Jewish Home Cooking, Yiddish Recipes Revisited, and feel like I have been transported back to my Nana's apartment 40 years ago. It is quite attractive, and in addition to over 100 recipes, the book is loaded with tons of information and anecdotes. Definitely a worthy addition to any cookbook collection.

Mar 13, 2012
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Asafoetida

The hechsher is Kosher Certification Service, Rabbi Eli Frankel, Rabbinic Administrator, Rabbi Dr. Michael Schick, Kashruth Consultant. Their address is 401 North Laurel Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90048. Telephone is (323) 782-1433. www.easy-access.com/KCS

Jan 15, 2012
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Asafoetida

SUCCESS WITH STARWEST BOTANICALS
Starwest never posted their renewed Kashrus Certificate, even though I notified them via e-mail that the one posted on their website was out of date, about 8 weeks ago. I called the hechshering agency, and in addition to their website no longer existing, their phone rang without being answered. Out of sheer desperation, I called Starwest, and a most accommodating person in Customer Service e-mailed me the certificate, which I forwarded to my Rabbi for approval before I placed an order. Several phone calls by him to California to Rabbinic friends of his in the LA area, got me the go ahead, and I placed a substantial order from Starwest, including a pound of asafoetida. Now, if I only knew where to find some of the more obscure dals with a hechsher... Thanks to all of you for your assistance and suggestions. I am grateful. Stinky

Jan 15, 2012
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Dealing with Food Hoarders

About three years ago, my wife brought an unopened block of mozzarella cheese home from her now 97 year-old mother's freezer. I opened it and it looked and smelled fine, so I shredded it for a baked macaroni dish I was making. I tasted it before I added it to the dish. It was acrid and horrible. The date on the package was 1985. Hoarding, or waiting for armageddon? You tell me.

Jan 12, 2012
Captain_Stinky in Features

Asafoetida

Unfortunately Moishe, its compounded with rice and wheat flours, gum arabic, and turmeric, so I can't avail myself of that argument, but thanks nonetheless.

Jan 11, 2012
Captain_Stinky in Kosher

Asafoetida

QueensC, I have already attempted to contact them as their kosher certification was expired. I asked for the updated one, and they never responded. :( Thanks for your efforts though, as it is greatly appreciated.

Jan 10, 2012
Captain_Stinky in Kosher

Asafoetida

Thanks to you all. I am familiar with Spice House, and have ordered several curry powders from them for my event. They are a pleasure to deal with, and their prices are reasonable in light of the certification. Cloggie, I am on Long Island. I never thought to look in a health food store, but that is an excellent lead. I am grateful.

Jan 10, 2012
Captain_Stinky in Kosher

Asafoetida

I am in the process of conforming to the laws of Kashrut, and am still adjusting to the change in lifestyle, as I was not raised in a kosher home. Having rather respectable abilities in preparing vegetarian Indian cuisine, I agreed to prepare a Kosher Indian Dinner for my Chabad House next month. The one sticking point I have is that I have been unable to source asafoetida (hing) with a hechsher. This is the one ingredient I truly find indispensable, and am bumming in a big way, as I can't seem to find it anywhere. Can anyone help a brother out? Thanks so much.

Jan 10, 2012
Captain_Stinky in Kosher