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CH broke the site: how to fix it

Any time I find the site seems to be working in some unusual way, I head over to the Site Talk board. The answer is usually found there.

Dec 22, 2014
queenscook in Kosher
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Shabbat hot plate question

If the hot plate is on already, why would it be any more dangerous with food on it? I would think it's the same level of danger, food or not.

Dec 22, 2014
queenscook in Kosher
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non traditional latkes

Dec 17, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Vegetarian Entree to Accompany Latkes?

Calories notwithstanding, I like to do the parve Chocolate Mousse for Chanukah because of the olive oil connection.

Dec 15, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Zurich advice, anyone been recently?

Olive Garden like the chain restaurant?

Dec 15, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Breadsmith in Brooklyn

If you can say ha'motzi over it, you can use it in place of challah for Shabbos (you do need two uncut ones though).

Dec 11, 2014
queenscook in Kosher
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Kosher restaurant, take-out & Shabbat in Jacksonville FL?

I don't eat any of those types of cheeses, so I couldn't swear to this,
but I think that many national brands of cottage cheese, sour cream, and the like, have the OU, and should be available at any supermarket, not just all-kosher markets. (As long as you're not looking for chalav Yisrael, that is.)

Dec 09, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Kosher restaurant, take-out & Shabbat in Jacksonville FL?

Depends what kind of food you are planning to bring. I've never had trouble with packaged goods . I can't imagine them stopping you for bread, though I'm definitely no expert. Homemade or non-packaged stuff, especially meat, fruit, and that sort of stuff would likely be a problem. I wonder about stuff like Tivall. Might be an idea.

Dec 08, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Quesadilla Maker for Passover

Pardon my ignorance, but what does a quesadilla maker do that a frying pan doesn't? Does it make the tortillas from scratch as well as allow the use of pre-made ones? If not, what's the advantage? I only like to make space for kitchen electronics when they do things that I can't do with equipment I already have.

Dec 07, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Queens/Main Street Take Out

I agree with the Carlos & Gabby's recommendation, generally. Lots of variety; it's not as Tex-Mex as they might claim, but lots of the sandwiches and wraps are great. Their onion rings are really good (though I think they used to be better in the past).

If you're into Chinese, I like Annie's Kitchen, though some dishes are better than others. (I happen to like Moo Shu Chicken quite a bit, and their Hot & Sour Soup is great.) Grill Point for falafel, Pita Hot for shwarma.

Dec 05, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

red hook fairway

meant "to be," not "tone"

Nov 28, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

red hook fairway

I've seen some smoked fish in the Douglaston Fairway, in packages like lox is packaged in. No idea if Red Hook carries this as well, but a call to them directly would probably net you more valuable info than here. I have found Fairway tone very helpful over the phone.

Nov 28, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Thanksgiving menus please

Turkey (Cooked in a Reynold's bag--easiest way in the world to make a delicious turkey. All you do is preheat the oven, put the turkey in the bag, put it in the oven, and take it out of the oven 3 hours later [my turkey was 16.5 pounds; smaller ones would take less time, larger ones, longer.] No basting, no nothing. The skin was crispy, the meat moist. I throw a bit of seasoning on the turkey and some cut potatoes, carrots, and onions in the bag.)
Cranberry Tangerine Jalapeno Relish
Cardamom Apricot Cranberry Sauce
Winter Fruit and Nut Stuffing
Sausage Cornbread Stuffing
Sweet Potatoes with Crushed Pineapple and Mini-Marshmallows

Tons of leftovers for shabbos and beyond. I love turkey and all the Thanksgiving stuff, but really only make it once a year, so I don't mind getting a week or so's worth of meals out of it. I have no problem eating it every day!

Nov 27, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

You walk A FEW MILES for shabbos meals? Kol ha'kavod! For me, though, it's nice to live in a community where most of my friends live within a few blocks of my shul. Even the ones that live the farthest away are no more than a third of a mile.

Nov 25, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Pareve Cream of Mushroom Soup

Adina wasn't saying there was parve creamer in the mushroom soup; I think she is just speculating about the color of food products.

Nov 25, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

OU Gelatin???

I own, but haven't yet used, that book, but I highly recommend the authors' previous book, Vegan Cupcakes Take Over the World. I have made a number of the recipes, and they've all been great. My personal favorite is the Banana Split cupcakes, followed closely by the Apricot Glazed Almond cupcakes.

Nov 24, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

Huh? Bringing food as a hostess gift is a time-honored tradition, especially purchased stuff (wine, candy platters, etc.). However, at least in my circles, it is considered absolutely acceptable, and in some cases even expected, to bring homemade food to a shabbos meal, even if not requested in advance. No one I know serves the type of meal where the "wrong" dish would throw everything off.

I am not trying to boast, but I have definitely seen some disappointment a couple of times that I did not bring a homemade dish, or if I brought a savory item (a bread, for instance) when I am known for my desserts.

Nov 24, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

Are you saying that these guests traveled from their home city to yours with homemade food, specifically to use as a Shabbos gift?

But anyway, the OP's specific situation seems that she knows the people to whose house she'll be going to. And I may be wrong on this, but it seems to me that in Israel, people tend to live in more homogeneous communities than many places here. Therefore, the likelihood of neighbors trusting your kashrut might be even more likely than here.

Nov 23, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

Are you saying that these guests traveled from their home city to yours with homemade food, specifically to use as a Shabbos gift? Wow, I would not have thought too many people would do that.

But anyway, the OP's specific situation seems that she knows the people to whose house she'll be going to. And I may be wrong on this, but it seems to me that in Israel, people tend to live in more homogeneous communities than many places here. Therefore, the likelihood of neighbors trusting your kashrut might be even more likely than here.

Nov 23, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

What Kind of Shabbat Meal Host/ess Gifts Do You Like to Receive?

I once got a really ugly havdalah candle as a hostess gift. I don't know if you really need a separate havdalah candle for Pesach, but I decided to use it only for Pesach, so I only saw it once a year. Then, a year or two ago, I noticed it was missing. What a shame. ;)

Nov 21, 2014
queenscook in Kosher
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Kitchen towel system?

Nov 21, 2014
queenscook in Cookware

Can someone please open an upscale Italian Kosher Dairy restaurant with excellent fish dishes in Teaneck?

I'm not sure if this is the thread you were referring to, but Chef Moshe does discuss fish in his post in the thread. But based on what he said, a $20 fish entree might not be realistic with the price of fish being far higher than meat.

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/918118

Nov 17, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Best recipes/approaches for gluten free desserts - Shabbos worthy

Another idea: macarons.

Also, the two fanciest desserts I make are from a really old issue of Bon Appetit (October 1990): Cappucino Torte and Chocolate-Peanut Butter "Pound Cake."

The latter is not a real pound cake, but a loaf-shaped combo of chocolate and peanut butter mousses, spooned into a loaf pan propped on an edge, so the mousses form two diagonal triangles in each slice. The Cappucino Torte calls for graham crackers in the crust, but would be fine with some kind of substitution. Unfortunately, Bon Appetit's own website does not go back that far, but here's a link to the Cappucino Torte
http://www.recipesource.com/desserts/...

Nov 13, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Best recipes/approaches for gluten free desserts - Shabbos worthy

Chocolate mousse is the first thing that comes to mind.

Nov 13, 2014
queenscook in Kosher
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Overnight crockpot Shabbos soup?

We leave many soups up on the blech until shabbos day; most of the soups I make stay perfectly fine. Some thicken up a bit, but I can't recall any that really didn't work.

Nov 13, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Hibachi Express Queens, NY

Oh, OK. I don't think of tempura as traditional "fried" chicken. It's a much thinner batter, and a different type of coating when fried.

Nov 11, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Hibachi Express Queens, NY

I didn't see any fried chicken on the menu. Did I miss something?

Nov 11, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Hibachi Express Queens, NY

I don't get the "express" or the "hibachi.". I ate there last week and was very unimpressed. I guess I wasn't really thinking, but I actually expected at least some of the food to be made on a hibachi. No such luck. And it wasn't quick either; after I ordered, they told me it would be a 10-15 minute wait. When it finally came, it was really nothing special.

And one other thing that I found really annoying is the seating . . . they have two high counters that you sit at on a high bar stool. And when I say high, I'm not exaggerating. I admit I am on the short side, but I could barely reach the step to get up to the seat. I can't imagine how kids could possibly get up without being lifted, let alone anyone with any kind of leg problem. I probably won't go again, if only for that reason.

Nov 11, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

Portable, not easily spoilable and festive

Don't know if you would consider these big cities, but it was either Charleston, SC or Savannah, GA where they were very clear to point out that they didn't have a local Chabad--and were very happy about the fact! For whatever good Chabad does in far-flung places, they sometimes are unwelcome in less far-flung places because they draw from an already small community, and can divide the community. Even here in New Hyde Park, where Chabad has a house to house and feed family of hospital patients at LIJ, the local Young Israel is pretty pleased that Chabad does not have a shabbos minyan.

Nov 06, 2014
queenscook in Kosher

long-keeping travel bread for lechem mishna ??

One further comment . . . I just had one of the rolls. Certainly edible, not stale or hard, just not as soft and fresh as when they were first bought.

Nov 05, 2014
queenscook in Kosher