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Help... Matzoh ball disaster

I always use baking powder in my matzah balls and they always turn out perfectly.
My father taught me a trick for matzah balls that turn out like bowling balls. Just fry some onions and garlic and then sautee this with the sliced matzah balls. It makes a wonderful side dish. But try the baking powder. You'll never have sinkers again.

Nov 06, 2012
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Vegetarian Cholent

I make vegetarian cholent all the time. In place of the meat, I use prunes and portabello mushrooms. It's delicious and my kids think that it tastes as if there is meat in the cholent.

Dec 26, 2010
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

where to buy kosher fresh mozzarella in manhattan?

It needs to be refrigerated but it lasts for over a year. I split it with 5 other people.

Nov 05, 2010
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Foie gras

I had absolutely no problems. I spread them around so that I wasn't carrying all of it, but I certainly didn't hide it. I declared it with no problems.

Nov 05, 2010
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

where to buy kosher fresh mozzarella in manhattan?

I sometimes find good kosher mozerella at Fairways, but my new thing is making it myself. I believe that the company that I checked out originally was new England Cheese Company. Google it and you'll find their website. . The problem is that the individual small vials don't have the hechsher. They divide it themselves. The 5 gallon jug has an ou but it contains enough rennet to make cheese every day for several months for all of Manhattan. Anyone want cheese? I have fun with it. 1 gallon of milk yields a very small
amt. of mozerella cheese, but I use the whey to make great ricotta. There is no reason why kosher cheese should be inferior to traif cheeses.

Nov 03, 2010
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Foie gras

I have 5 cans of foie gras that I brought back from Paris. I brought it back in a cooler with ice packs and it arrived fine. Thankfully, many people won't eat it so there is more for me. Good wine, homemade bread and fois gras is the greatest meal ever. I even eat it bt myself when I'm in need of comfort.

Nov 03, 2010
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Killing the Matzoh Ball

In the past, I've tried to recreate old family traditions. Some work, while others don't due to new minhagim and tastes. How about trying your father's gebrokts matzo balls for the last day as something special to look forward to. On the other days, there are so many other soups to make besides chicken soup with matzo balls. I've found that my grandchildren love some of my grandmother's dishes, but now some of mine have become part of their tradition as well.

Feb 13, 2010
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Wedding in Williamsburgh

That's correct. The only Williamsburgh halls that allow mixed seating are Eden Palace and Rose Castle. I agree that Ateret Avraham is terrific, but they won't allow mixed seating. The kids can sit separately. I want my male and female friends at the same table. It seems as if we are going with Edan Palace. The kids want to be married on December 28th, and they have the day free.

Oct 16, 2008
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Wedding in Williamsburgh

Thank you. Actually, I meant Eden Palace.

Oct 16, 2008
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Wedding in Williamsburgh

My son got engaged erev Succot. The bride's family suggested a wedding in williamsburgh because of the price and the availability of very large halls. My daughter got married 4 years ago at Eden Roc. The food was wonderful, but I've hear that it's gone down hill since then. My younger son got married at Ateret Avraham and I heard rave reviews. But we want mixed seating, so the latter is not an option. Rose Castle and Eden Roc are the only choices if we desire some mixed seating. Does anyone have any comments or suggestions?

Oct 15, 2008
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

vegetarian oyster sauce

I am in the process of moving, and I can't find any of my recipes. IBut I have a jar of dried mushrooms that I put through the coffee grinder specifically to make this sauce. I will post my recipe when I find it.

Sep 12, 2008
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Good food in Tamarac

My in-laws recently moved to a 55 year or older community. We've been driving around looking for what appeared to have good food, but no luck. Whatever we were referred to was mediocre. We're not looking for anything fancy, We just want good home style cooking.
Thanks,
Sharon Lebewohl

Mar 21, 2008
sharonlebewohl in Florida

Bethesda, MD

Does anyone have any suggestions for restaurants in or near Bethesda, MD.? I will be there tomorrow with my son, daughter-n-law and one year old grandsons, I know about the pizza place and chineese restaurant in Rockville, but I was hoping for a place that was a little nicer. It will be a very stressful day at the National Institute of Health, and I think that a nice dinner will be exactly what we need. If the babies are fussy in a restaurant, I would just take them out. My grandsons eat real people food, so a restaurant with a kids menu isn't important. We probably wouldn't order that food for them anyway.

Mar 10, 2008
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Kosher in Key West?

There is a Chabad of Key West.

Jan 21, 2008
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

kosher raw milk and milk products

I keep talking about how fntastic the 5 spokes cheese is. I don't htink you can get any better.

Jan 21, 2008
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Kosher food on a cruise

I've bee on a lot of cruises, and Kashrut has never been an issue. The staff always seems very anxious to please me, although i make arrangements before hand. I ususally wait until I can get a great deal on a cruise, and then I purchase my own packaged food. Everyone always goes out of their way to please me. I bring my own wine, and I'm usually very happy. I usually don't have an issue with breakfast since I love fresh fruits and dairy, and I need to remind myself that I'm on the cruise for much more than the food. I am leaving on a Holland American cruise next week, and they all ready know me. They go out of their way to make me happy. I'll letr you know how it goes, but I have no doubt that it will be perfect.

Jan 21, 2008
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Kosher sausages

Le marais has great sausages, although they are on the pricey side. I would go to LA just for Jeff's Gourmet Sausages.

Nov 25, 2007
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Whitefish salad in Orlando

You can get it at Costco. It's next to the smoked salmon.

Nov 25, 2007
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

parve chocolate chips or baking chocolate

I use Scharffen Berger chocolate for things like a flourless chocolate cake, where chocolate is the main ingredient. For things like that, the best chocolate makes a huge difference. In other things, I can't see spending the money. I love the Trader Joes Chocolate.

Nov 25, 2007
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Challah mixers [Moved from Kosher board]

I agree with Ganeden. I had a Kitchenaid for 15 years and I loved it for most of my baking, but the motor couldn't handle it when I began to bake Challah. The company replaced my Kitchenaid with a brand new one, even though it was so old. I now have a 6 quart Kitchenaid which I love, but I never use it for bread, I use the Magic Mill for that. Nothing gets me as excited as kitchen appliances, so I don't mind having two mixers. But if you are only purchasing one, which I realize that most people do, go with the Magic Mill. The Bosch and the Electrolux are also supposed to be great for challah. My daughter has an Electrolux and she swears by it.

Nov 25, 2007
sharonlebewohl in Cookware

Any good, clean veggie restaurants near Union Square?

Neither Zen Palate nor Angelica's Kitchen have any kind of hashgacha. You see Yalmukas in there all the time, but the restaurants don't have certification. A friend just called and told me that she went to Caravan of dreams and she really enjoyed it. It's not a far walk from Union Square.

Oct 23, 2007
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Any good, clean veggie restaurants near Union Square?

There is a vegetarian place on 6th Street between First Ave and Ave A. I can't remember the name and I haven't been there in years, so I can't vouch for it. There is a bagel place on First Ave and 16th street, right next to Beth Israel Hospital. I think it is called Le Bagel. Murray's Grill which is next door, is obviously a meat place, but they do have nice salads.

Oct 23, 2007
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Wonderful Kosher Cheese

I am a real chesse lover and I'm willing to pay the price for good cheese. There is nothing better than a milchik meal with a cheese course. I recently discovered 5 Spoke Creamery and I'm hooked. My kids came over tonight and I discovered that all my cheese is gone. They've raided the fridge and taken the stuff that they can't afford to buy on their own.

Oct 22, 2007
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Chicken and Beef Stock in a Tetra Box

Although Tabatchnik makes chicken soup in a box, it's not very good. I suggest making a large amount of chicken stock every once in a while and freezing it in quart size containers. I often use the Imagine vegetable stock, although I prefer to make fresh vegetable stock as well.

Oct 22, 2007
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Israeli wine tour

As soon as I know, you'll know.
Sharon

Aug 01, 2007
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Subway. I just don't get it.

I went to Far Rockaway to visit my kids. As I often do when I come to visit, I offered to buy takeout. I usually buy them food from places that they couldn't afford to go to on their own. When I asked what they were in the mood for, both my daughter and son-in-law were fairly adament about Subway. I know how frustrated my father felt when he wanted to take his grandchildren out for dinner in Israel, and the only place they wanted to go to was Mcdonalds.
The whole experience gave me an incredible headache. How many Fast food restaurants does a community need? Although I've never eaten in a non Kosher Subway, I don't understand the need to recreate a non Kosher restaurant and make it Kosher. While on line, I listened to the conversation two women were having in front of me. They were discussing how people in their Weight Watchers group were losing more weight then they were because of Subway. Now that there is a Kosher Subway, they too can lose weight. I then watched as they ordered their sandwiches, full of mayo, oil and other fattening condiments.When it was my turn, I laughed as the kid behind the counter asked me if I wanted my sandwiches with cheese. He made sure to tell me that my choices were Americany type cheese or mozarelly type cheese. My son-in-law had the steak sandwich. He loved it. My daughter shared a smoked turkey sandwich with me. I didn't understand all the excitement. Give me a smoked turkey on seeded rye with mustard and a pickle and I'll be happy. My two year old grand daughter had a meatball sub. Even she knew that it was full of filler, and her comment was "icky." To be fair, Layah doesn't like to get dirty, and she would consider anything with sauce "icky." I don't know that she actually tasted it. The soups tasted like canned soup. The dinner came out to $57. For my money, I would have prefered Sushi Metzuyan. A bunch of teenagers asked me to take their picture in front of Subway. They thought it was really cool to be eating there. I guess that I'm just not cool.
Another pet peeve of mine is special children's menues. Why aren't children eating adult food in smaller portions. My kids didn't grow up eating hot dogs, chicken nuggets and french fries. They ate meat, fish, vegetables, salads and what ever the adults were eating. I could take my children to a table cloth restaurant and order food from the regular menu. They loved trying new things. What do other people think about this?
I'm sorry for the ranting, At least it helped my headache.

Aug 01, 2007
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Israeli wine tour

I am thinking about going.

Jul 26, 2007
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

Soft Matzo

I've never heard of soft matzo, but my grandmother used to make rolled matzahs all the time. I make blintzes by wetting the matzahs and leaving them between wet paper towels for an hour. They become pliable and can be rolled.

Apr 04, 2007
sharonlebewohl in Home Cooking

Traveling with frozen kosher meals

I've traveled all over and I've never had a problem. I just call the hotel in advance, and make sure that the kitchen is aware of my needs. I've done it on cruises as well. When I have frozen meals, I usually ship them directly to the hotel and I call before the trip to cinfirm that they have it. I usually only bring frozen food for Shabbat because part of the experience of traveling for me is to go to local markets and see what the natives eat. I check out the local hechshers before the trip to see what the reliable ones are. But I would prefer to go to the supermarket and buy tuna and bread than have a frozen meal. I can usually find dairy wherever I am, but that would be more problematic for people who only eat chalav Yisroel. There have been times that I've traveled with a suitcase filled with canned tuna, salmon, matzah and peanut butter. Since I ship anything frozen to the hotel, a small refrigerator is usually sufficient. For me, part of the excitement of a trip is planning how I will eat and learning about the cultural foods that are inigenous to the area that I am visiting. I'm often surprised at how many options are available to me.

Mar 14, 2007
sharonlebewohl in Kosher

KOSHER PANKO

This has been a very important lesson for me. It's not as important to have the idea as it is to act on it. I've been using Panko for years, never realizing that it didn't have a hechsher. I was buying it in 50 pound bags at a restaurant supply store. These bags had a hechsher. It wasn't until I gave a recipe to a friend that he told me that he checked everywhere for Panko with a hechsher and he couldn't find it. It was then that I realized that only the industrial size actually had it. For two years my friend begged me to repackage it under my own name, but I kept saying that I had too much going on for a new project. Boy do I feel stupid everytime I use it now. Jeffrey Nathan sells flavored Panko. I prefer to use my own herbs and spices, but I use the plain one all the time.

Mar 08, 2007
sharonlebewohl in Kosher