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Definitive Kosher cookbook for newbie?

A great cookbook is Faye Levy's 1,000 Jewish Recipes. I know the name sounds kind of generic, but the cookbook has all sorts of different recipes, with suggestions for the holidays, everything. It's really clear and extremely useful -- more than any of the other kosher cookbooks I own.

Another great book in general on keeping kosher is Lise Stern's "How to Keep Kosher," which is really a fantastic exposition of the laws from a Conservative Jewish perspective. It's really clear and helpful, and also has a bunch of recipes.

Good luck!

May 25, 2009
Tarz in Home Cooking

Beef carnitas?

Although I grew up eating carnitas (not regularly, but I lived in SoCal), I don't eat pork any longer, but have been wondering . . . would it be possible to make beef or chicken carnitas? Is there some cut or preparation that would work? How are carnitas made, anyway -- is this possible with non-pork?

May 25, 2009
Tarz in Home Cooking

Help! Cookie dough FAIL!

I need some advice! I was making chocolate chip cookies -- the recipe from Alton Brown's I'm Just Here for More Food, chocolate chip cookies #10 -- and I somehow made a dough that was extremely dry. Really weird. I am pretty sure that I inaccurately measured the flour -- I was weighing it on a scale, something got messed up in there*. It looked like it was way too much flour, and it was indeed way too much flour!

I made a batch of the cookies, and while not bad, they were ... weird, dry, floury, not sticking together well. The rest of the dough is in the refrigerator; is there some way to salvage it? Another egg beaten with melted butter and sugar? Any ideas? Can this dry dough live?

Thank you!
Tarz

May 20, 2009
Tarz in Home Cooking

Best Tasting Brand of Matzoh

Aviv is the best, followed by Yehuda. I actually look forward to Aviv.

Mar 24, 2009
Tarz in Kosher

Sherry Vinegar with a hekhsher?

I see all these recipes with sherry vinegar, but I haven't been able to find hekshered sherry vinegar anywhere here in New York -- not at Zabar's or Fairway, Supersol or Kosher Marketplace. Anyone know if hekhshered sherry vinegar exists? If so, where? I would be deeply grateful!

Mar 24, 2009
Tarz in Kosher

Rust on my Cast-Iron pan! Help!

A few years ago I received a beautiful cast-iron frying pan by Lodge as a gift -- I put it in my cabinet, planning at some point to season it and use it. And then, one day, on top of it, I must have put a slightly damp stainless steel colander, because it left all sort of little rust circles all over my pan. I've attached a picture of the pan.

I've been holding onto this pan since then, not knowing what to do with it. Is it still food-safe? Is there a way to get rid of the rust? To season it anew?

I would really appreciate any help, because I would love to use this pan!

Thanks
Tarz

Oct 22, 2008
Tarz in Cookware

Best takeout gravlax and lox in NYC?

Go for Murray's Sturgeon Shop, west side of Broadway between 89th and 90th. I think its fish is even a little better than Barney Greengrass, which is excellent itself, AND Murray's won't be a madhouse with the brunch crew on Sunday mornings -- which is something I would worry about with Barney Greengrass, even if you're just picking up.

http://www.murrayssturgeon.com/

Nov 23, 2007
Tarz in Manhattan

Good dairy near JTS / 123rd & Broadway

I'd go to Cafe Viva, on Broadway at about 97th/98th. But if that's too far, honestly, I'd just go to JTS on Monday for lunch, which is a dairy day there.

Oct 11, 2007
Tarz in Kosher

Chickpea?

Was Chickpea (the one at Astor Place) ever kosher? I thought it used to be, but when I went by there the other day there was no hashgacha, and it looked like a mezuzah had been taken down?

Their website says they are kosher, but doesn't give any information about supervision.

My assumption is that it is not kosher now, but if anyone knows otherwise, please tell!

Thanks
Tarz

Sep 02, 2007
Tarz in Kosher

Help for Passover in Chapel Hill, Durham vic.

Sabra's great for buying kosher meat (mostly frozen) or Israeli products, but it doesn't have any prepared foods. I think your best bet is to go to Whole Foods for prepared foods, as long as you're happy with kosher style -- their chopped liver, which they should have for Pesach, is supposed to be phenomenal.

Mar 30, 2007
Tarz in General South Archive

Seafood Market/Fishmonger near Myrtle Beach/Litchfield?

I'll be in Litchfield this weekend and need to find a good place to buy seafood (fresh fish, but I don't eat shellfish) to cook for dinner Friday. I'll be shopping there mid-day Friday. Any places? I've scoured the boards but can't determine anything. Any local or seasonal specialities?

Thanks in advance!
Tarz

Mar 14, 2007
Tarz in General South Archive

Hannukah food at Brent's in Northridge

I've always found the latkes at Brent's to be superb. However, the last time I was there, in September, the batter was slightly different from usual, and not as good. I don't have any reason to think this is a trend (only experiencing that batter once), so I would get their potato pancakes -- the best I've ever had.

The latkes at Jerry's are horrible. I find Art's to be extremely over-rated.

Wow, I wish I could go to Brent's right now ...

Dec 07, 2006
Tarz in Los Angeles Area

Kosher Meat at Trader Joe's in Cary, NC

I just went to the new Trader Joe's in Cary last night, which carried a large selection of kosher meat -- all of it fresh rather than frozen! There were four fresh Empire products: boneless skinless breasts, whole chickens, ground turkey, ground white-meat turkey. Moreover, there was also fresh kosher beef: four varieties of steak and stew meat by David's.

And the prices were cheaper than anywhere else I've seen in the region -- and those places only carry frozen products.

For those of us in the area who keep kosher, this is really a great event!

It's also near Udupi, where before going to Trader Joe's I had a wonderful Jaipur Paneer Dosa.

Dec 07, 2006
Tarz in General South Archive

Magnolia Grill in Durham - recommended dishes?

I absolutely LOVE Magnolia Grill. It's always been a wonderful experience. My biggest suggestion is to ask the waiter for a recommendation -- the fish dishes are almost always the highest-praised, and have always been wonderful. Generally, if you see something that looks kind of odd or interesting, it's a good choice. However, the less interesting, more conventional things are also quite good.
I think the desserts are phenomenal, but I and the GF have a rule with them: we try to order the two freakiest-sounding things on the dessert menu (nothing is that freaky, it's not WD-50, thankfully). I find these sort of things -- cornmeal cheddar crepes with maple syrup, grapefruit tarts, things like that -- to be the best. The chocolate desserts and more 'typical' things are all good, but how much better is a Magnolia Grill chocolate dessert going to be than one from another great restaurant? If you're going to Mag Grill, with its fancy desserts, get something that you can't find elsewhere.
It's a great experience being there -- enjoy yourself!

Nov 02, 2006
Tarz in General South Archive

Kosher mail order Jerkey?

Can anyone recommend a good brand of kosher beef or turkey (or bison or venison, for that matter) jerkey that I can purchase online? (I don't live near any kosher markets.)

Thanks!
Tarz

Oct 30, 2006
Tarz in Kosher

Fish Chowder Recipe?

Wow, those all look great! I'm going to give it a shot this week and let you know how it goes. Thanks!

Oct 17, 2006
Tarz in Home Cooking

Driving from Durham to DC ... any chow at all?

I'm driving from Durham to DC, and back, and am wondering whether there is any place to stop. The trip up will be a Thursday evening, the trip back a Sunday afternoon. Is there anywhere worth stopping or going out of my way for, or should I just make some sandwiches in advance?

Thanks
Tarz

Oct 16, 2006
Tarz in General South Archive

Fish Chowder Recipe?

With it finally starting to get cold, I've been craving a good fish chowder. But I really have no idea how to make one. Does anyone have a recipe or any thoughts on this? The catch is that it can't have any shellfish or pork. I'd especially love a New England-style recipe, with the cream and potatoes.

Thanks!
Tarz

Oct 16, 2006
Tarz in Home Cooking

Looking for a good Rosh Hashanah Fish Recipe

The title pretty much says it all. I can't get any kosher meat where I am, and need a fish recipe for Friday night (it would also be great to find one for Saturday night!).

I think I lost my copy of Faye Levy's 1000 Jewish Recipes, which would normally be my go-to book for this.

For Friday night, I'm planning on doing a tzimmes, the round challot and a fish dish, and apples and honey, and dessert. (It's just two people.)

As a bonus: I would LOVE to roast a fish head, which I have read about and seen but never done. Can someone please tell me what would be involved in that?

Thank you all, and have a sweet new year!

Sep 21, 2006
Tarz in Home Cooking

Storing Sherry

After a service mishap, a wonderful waiter comped the gf and I for a glass of sherry and port with our desserts, perfectly matched with them.

Now I'd love to buy a bottle of the Sherry ... I believe it was East India Solera Lustau. And the Port, I think, was Warre Colheita Tawny, though I'm definitely open to suggestions of other good sherries and ports.

But neither the gf or I are able to drink much alcohol at a given meal. We pretty much reserve opening a bottle of wine for when we have another person over, otherwise we end up leaving a third of it in the bottle (and falling asleep before dessert!).

Does sherry -- or port -- keep well after the bottle has been opened? Should it be put in the refrigerator? Please help me, those drinks were delicious, and thanks in advance!

Tarz

Aug 03, 2006
Tarz in Wine