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Ideas for dip/salad using almond butter?

And it's heavy, and needs space to be stored during the rest of the year.

That said, I couldn't do without mine for Pesach, even though during the rest of the year, I barely ever use one. For Pesach I use it to grind the marror, make the charoset, grate apples for a particular kugel I make, and sometimes use it for a few other things. Still, I can understand why many people would not have one.

2 days ago
queenscook in Kosher

Ideas for dip/salad using almond butter?

I used to think I was saving money buying nuts at BJ's . . . until I compared prices to Trader Joe's, and it wasn't that much different. I can't really remember the specifics, and Costco or other clubs might be cheaper than BJ's, which is the only place I ama member, but I'm at Trader Joe's far more frequently than BJ's, so that where I buy nuts now. (Time and gas are also valuable.)

Apr 17, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Ideas for dip/salad using almond butter?

A pound of almonds is probably not much cheaper than the cost of the almond butter itself. We paid about $10 for the almond butter, which isn't really much more than the non-Pesachdik almond butter price. But, if I recall correctly, almonds--even from Trader Joe's--are about $5 or $6 for an 8 oz bag, so there's no real savings; double that for the pound. How much are you paying for a pound of almonds?

Apr 17, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Brown Sugar

Ah, who knew? Live and learn.

Apr 16, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Brown Sugar

Where s/he is located doesn't matter much. As I said above (5 years ago), Domino brown sugar is always KFP, and should be available everywhere (in the States, at least.)

Apr 16, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Dutch Processed Cocoa avail KFP?

Droste is easily available. Since it's not domestic, it does need to have certification. EDIT: But it does have certification; in fact, it has an OK-P all year round.

Apr 14, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Any suggestions for fruit crisp/crumble topping?

I have made a cake for Pesach called a Raisin Streusel Cake. The streusel was made up of:
¼ cup oil
1/3 cup dark brown sugar
2½ tsp. mix of "sweet" spices (I use ginger, nutmeg, & allspice)
2½ tsp. ground cinnamon
½ cup matzo cake meal
Mix ¼ cup oil, sugar, and spices in medium bowl. Gradually add matzo meal and mix until crumbly.

Maybe this would work for your purpose.

Apr 12, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

How much should an "all you can eat" buffet cost?

I think there's a riff on that in Douglas Adams' "Restaurant at the End of the Universe," but I can't remember the specifics, and can't access my copy right now.

Apr 10, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

How much should an "all you can eat" buffet cost?

And this is a kosher restaurant? If not, then we're talking apples and oranges.

Apr 10, 2014
queenscook in Kosher
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Passover granola

I don't think extra virgin olive oil is generally described as "light."

Apr 10, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

How much should an "all you can eat" buffet cost?

Price doesn't seem out of line, but it doesn't sound like much of a buffet. Two main course choices and a couple of side dishes?

Apr 10, 2014
queenscook in Kosher
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Pesach brownies

Double Fudge Olive Oil Brownies
(from Cookies and Cups blog)
4 oz semi-sweet chocolate, melted
1/3 cup olive oil
½ cup dark brown sugar
¼ cup granulated sugar
2 eggs
½ cup matzah cake meal
2 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1¼ cups chocolate chunks, milk or semi sweet
[N.B. I used only ½ cup chocolate chips]
*optional 1-2 Tbsp coarse sea salt for sprinkling

Preheat oven to 350
Line an 8×8 pan with foil and spray lightly with baking spray
In a large bowl, combine melted chocolate and olive oil.
Whisk in eggs, sugars and vanilla until combined.
Add in matzah cake meal and salt and stir until incorporated.
Fold in chocolate chunks.
Spread in prepared pan and sprinkle with coarse sea salt, if desired.
Bake approx 25 minutes until a toothpick inserted 1″ away from the edge comes out clean.
Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

As mentioned above, I greatly reduced the amount of chocolate chunks/chips I added in. Also, I have made it with orange extract, which gave it a very nice flavor.

Apr 09, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Pesach brownies

I don't have access to it now; when I get home later this afternoon I'll cut-and-paste from my recipe file.

Apr 09, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Kosher French Macaroons

I asked about these in Seasons (KGH) an hour ago. The guy was going to show me where they were, but then said, "You know how expensive they are?" When I asked, he said that the box had something like 4 macaroons and was about $20. I told him that that was too much for me. I should really have gone to take a look at them, just to see them, but that is really far too rich for my blood.

I was thinking of trying to make them, but may not do it for yom tov. I'll have to see if I have time. (I have never made them on my own before, but I did take a baking class in which we made them.)

Apr 08, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Kosher French Macaroons

The stores are listed on the FAQ page; obviously no way to tell if they are actually still in stock in the stores however.

Apr 08, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

K P Coke in Cans - 2014

Are you sure they were KFP? The OU guide seems to indicate that only 2 Liter bottles of Coke are kosher for Passover.

Apr 07, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Spices for Passover: My first year without It's Delish

We like the way I make my lasagna, which is to use a ton of the pizza seasoning (which has a variety of herbs in it, of course) in, and especially on top of, the lasagna. The fresh herbs might give it a similar flavor, but not the same crunch, for lack of a better word, in the cheese on the top.

Apr 02, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Passover Salad Dressings

Do people do kosher grocery shopping at Walgreens? I've never thought of it as a place to buy any food other than candy and chips sort of stuff, and in my experience, most of the candy stuff doesn't have hechsherim. They definitely have lots of Valentine's Day and Easter-stuff, but I have never seen any Pesach stuff at a Walgreens, so I wouldn't expect much more than what you saw.

Apr 02, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

K P Coke in Cans - 2014

Unless the error is on the OU's part, I think you may have mis-typed or the person you spoke to was misinformed; according the OU site, KFP Coke is available only in 2 liter bottles, not 3 liter.

http://www.ou.org/news/ou-kosher-answ...

Apr 02, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Suggest a hostess gift for someone living in a small European city?

I was thinking the same. If I buy eating chocolate at all on Pesach, it's Swiss. (I do buy American chocolate chips, though, if I need chips.)

Apr 01, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Passover Salad Dressings

I prefer balsamic vinegar, and it's always available.

Apr 01, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Did I make a faux pas?

I assume it's a reference to a place like JTS.

Apr 01, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Spices for Passover: My first year without It's Delish

I see no advantage to that for me. If you are in a place where you can't get packaged spices/herbs, then you can do that. For my taste, I'm perfectly happy with the $1 bottles, rather than the far more expensive fresh herbs. If Pesach were later, some of my fresh herbs would already be growing, but it doesn't look like that will be the case this year.

I am also not such a connoisseur . . . I save unused spices from year to year. I know that probably horrifies some here, but I find they smell and taste just fine for my purposes. Now some I replace often, because I use so much (like the ones I use for my lasagnas, which I usually make four of over the chag), but others I've kept from year to year.

Apr 01, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Passover Salad Dressings

You said it yourself . . . make your own. It will take you all of 2 minutes to throw some oil, vinegar, lemon juice, honey, OJ, herbs, whatever together. That cottonseed-based stuff is vile, and arguably toxic!

Apr 01, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Spices for Passover: My first year without It's Delish

However, fresh herbs and dried are not interchangeable in all situations. I would never use dried dill in my chicken soup, but I'd never used fresh herbs in my lasagna. Others may disagree.

Apr 01, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Spices for Passover: My first year without It's Delish

Depends where you are, I guess. As you might have seen from my list of spices on another thread, lots of stuff is available in NY.

Apr 01, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

KP Chili Powder

I don't think I've ever seen KFP chili powder. I have just about every KFP spice sold:
allspice
basil
bay leaves
black pepper
cayenne pepper
cinnamon
cinnamon sticks
crushed red pepper
garlic powder
ginger
nutmeg
onion powder
oregano
paprika
peppercorns
pizza seasoning
whole chili peppers
rosemary
turmeric
thyme
white pepper

but to my recollection, I don't think I've ever seen KFP chili powder.

Mar 31, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Kosh in Stamford, Connecticut

But if it was a daily special, it wouldn't have been on the menu anyway.

Mar 31, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Your favorite dish for pesach (new or old)

We like our Pesach lasagna so much we have it on Shavout as well.

Mar 31, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

What's on Your Pesach Shopping List?

I bought my first bag over a month ago. I've gotten them at both Waldbaum's and Fairway in Queens. I've gone through two bags already, and am planning on opening a third soon. I'm clearly going to need more for Pesach itself!

Mar 31, 2014
queenscook in Kosher