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

If your host is English speaking let me suggest Former UK Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks' New Haggadah.
It will make an extremely educational and beautiful gift that will hopefully remind your host of you for many years to come.

Mar 30, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Kosher

Quinoa For Passover 2014

Bagelman01: The Haggadah of your unique Family Seders has me overwhelmed. For once I am speechless.

Mar 30, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Kosher

Quinoa For Passover 2014

I was being sarcastic about the Frick, Paulfan1, but not about the Courtauld. I had never heard of it. I looked it up and found it is an art gallery in London, England.
Needless to say, I've never been to London and I'm not a big art fan. I usually find art galleries boring.

Mar 29, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Kosher
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Quinoa For Passover 2014

Thanks Bagelman.
I hope HaShem continues to bless you and yours and you continue to enjoy the success and fruits (pun intended; you did not mention fruit in your diet) of of your years of hard work. There! I've done it again!
It's beginning to register with me that though I'm mostly tweeking people with my silly comments, some of you just don't get it. I love our old shtetl tradition. I still get "farklempt" every time I watch "Fiddler on the Roof".
From now on I will try to be more straightforward and less subtle in my comments.
Gut Shabbos.

Mar 28, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Kosher
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Quinoa For Passover 2014

Touche, Adina, you make an excellent point.
However as students of human nature we should realize that tastes and preferences vary greatly and you can learn much about individuals from their attitudes to subjects like food, style of dress, entertainment choices etc. etc. without actually actively directly indulging in others life-styles.
I find Chowhounds interesting as a form of "people watching" which is something we all indulge in, don't we?
And the fact that it's all anonymous makes it basically harmless. So please don't take offence.
P.S. What are the Courtauld and the Frick?

Mar 28, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Kosher

Quinoa For Passover 2014

Dear Rockycat:
First I'll describe where I'm coming from.
I'm only "tilting at windmills" so don't take me too seriously. I'm an old-fashioned Zaidie "fresser" with a big belly who enjoys traditional "heimishe" Jewish cooking.
I have difficulty abiding those whom I perceive to be ostentatious and overly self-important. So I indulge myself in what I hope is harmless, humorous, teasing at their expense.
Now with regard to the "mahn" as you spell it.
I anticipated that someone would remark about the mahn's miraculous ability to assume the taste that the eater desired, so my remark was not directed specifically at the mahn's taste. As all Foodie's well realize, taste is not everything. "Presentation" also must be taken into account. Now how many variations in the presentation of the mahn could there be? A rough calculation of the number of meals eaten in the Midbar over 40 years comes to about 30,000 meals. How many different presentations could even the most dedicated Foodie think up?
Finally, I also have difficulty figuring out where some other contributors to Chowhound are coming from.
Take bagelman01, for instance. Read his post just abve yours. Is he for real? If he is, I suggest he henceforth sign his posts baguetteman rather than bagelman.
Shabbat Sholom to all.

Mar 28, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Kosher

Quinoa For Passover 2014

Hello, again. I'm back.
The amount of physical and mental energy expended by contemporary Jewish Chowhounds and Foodies in honor of week-long Pesach meal planning and preparation boggles my mildly cognitively-impaired mind.
How fortunate we are to be alive today rather than in the time of our ancestors who spent 40 years living in the Midbar after the Exodus and had only manna to eat day in and day out. What a drag that must have been!

Mar 28, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Kosher

Quinoa For Passover 2014

Hi. Folks. The old curmudgeon is back.
I found a list of products that are definitely NOT considered kitnyiot? They are:
Anise,
Carob,
Chia seeds,
Coriander,
Cotton seed,
Cumin,
Guar gum,
Linseed,
Locust bean gum,
Saffron.
I wonder how many Balaboostas who love to try new foods and recipes on Pesach to overcome boring and/or repetitive meals have incorporated some or all of the above foods in their meal-planning activities?
Note that the advantage of this list is that it presents no risk of Ashkenazim eating Kitnyiot on Pesach.

Mar 27, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Kosher

Quinoa For Passover 2014

Hi Adina; I don't wish to belabour the subject but one simple comment or two.
You compare quinoa to rice. I have eaten rice for many years and find that it (1) has no distinctive taste and (2) it acts as a "filler".
Why would I want to add quinoa to my diet if it also has no distinctive taste and only acts as a filler?
Having survived for over 76 years on a quinoa-free diet, I think I will forgo the introduction of it now, especially on Pesach. Hag Kosher V'Sameach.

Mar 26, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Kosher

Quinoa For Passover 2014

Dear AdinaA: I have never tasted quinoa and strangely enough, I don't feel the least bit deprived. What exactly am I missing out on here? Please bring me out of my cave-man existence and into the year 5774. Thank you.
(Now, chocolate, that's another story. By the way, rumor has it that Christopher Columbus was Jewish--- Sephardic, of course.))

Mar 26, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Kosher

Quinoa For Passover 2014

What's the big deal with this current quinoa mishugass?
All I hear is quinoa, quinoa, quinoa. I can't even pronounce it properly, let alone eat it. It seems this year it's more important than matzah and morror.
Last night our Rav (in Toronto) had to give a special women's shiur to try and clear up the confusion on whether it's kitniyot or not. Apparently it's not this year, and it's therefore permissible for Ashkenazim, whereas last year it was kitniyot and assur for Ashkenazim.
When and why did quinoa become so important?
How did our Ashkenazi ancestors survive sans quinoa?

Mar 26, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Kosher

Dietary Saturated Fats

It all depends on the time interval between the first and second Krispy Kreme. If you pause for at least 3 minutes between donuts,your are statistically safe. Less than 3 minutes make sure your last will and testament is prepared. I assume your Mountain Dew is diet, right? The caffeine in the Mountain Dew should protect you by raising your metabolic rate thus helping to lower your blood sugar.
Good luck and continue to enjoy the breakfast of champions.

Mar 24, 2014
Doctormhl1 in General Topics
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Pesach Price Gouging

Agreed. You raise the related subject of Pesach spent (and I do mean spent!) at a lavish Hotel or Resort.
I cannot imagine a more stultifying experience except possibly imprisonment.
The prime purpose of this type Yom Tov experience is to mingle and mix with the families of like-minded big shots and machers who enjoy showing off their wealth of money and poverty of humility. One of the ultimate but unspoken goals of the Hotel Pesach or Succot experience is to get lucky and make a shidduch for one of your spoiled children or grandchildren with the offspring of another equally ostentatious family. Truly Gan Eden!
This comment will almost certainly be censored but I couldn't hold back.

Mar 24, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Kosher
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What's on Your Pesach Shopping List?

Matzah and Morror and Wine. Everything else is superfluous.

Mar 24, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Kosher

Dietary Saturated Fats

A leading article in last week's "Annals of Internal Medicine" a prestigious medical journal, concludes that consumption of saturated fats such as those found in butter, eggs, animal fat etc.etc. does NOT lead to increased incidence of vascular disease and heart attacks.
It's the carbohydrates that are the apparent villains.
So when you have toast and butter for breakfast, it's not the butter that will kill you, it's the bread!!!

Mar 24, 2014
Doctormhl1 in General Topics

Pesach Price Gouging

We have barely passed Purim, and already the Kosher Supermarkets and Butchershops, etc. in Toronto have begun their annual Pesach rip-off of the Kosher consumer. I'm sure this dispicable practice is wide-spread.
Can anything be done to stop this or must we accept being price gouged in meek silence?

Mar 24, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Kosher

Which is the LOUDEST restaurant in TORONTO??

An article in the National Post, Saturday March 22, 2014 -Weekend Post Page 4 entitled "Don't talk with your mouth empty", describes "Van Horne", a Montreal restaurant owned by Sylvie LaChance where NO TALKING IS ALLOWED in order to enjoy the food better. This must be the quietest restaurant not only in Montreal but worldwide.

Mar 23, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

An Antidote for Very Salty Food?

If you have healthy liver, kidneys, and heart, your body will eliminate the excess sodium naturally. The natural thirst that follows excessive salt intake is the body's way of correcting the problem. If you suffer from liver, heart and/or kidney disease, you should avoid excessive salt intake to begin with, but see your doctor if you become swollen ( a weight gain of two or more pounds in one day that persists) or become short of breath at rest or minimal exertion. You may require a diuretic pill and/or other medication.

Mar 17, 2014
Doctormhl1 in General Topics

Vinegar(s)

So do my taste buds, iL Divo, so do mine. What makes a recipe "legit"? Is each recipe ever conceived subject to a pubic referendum before it's called "legit"?
"One man's food is another man's poison."

Mar 17, 2014
Doctormhl1 in General Topics

Vinegar(s)

iL Divo:
Your use of the expression, "called for" goes directly to the point I was trying to make when I initiated this discussion.
Who is the authority who makes the "call"? And is this "call" chiselled in granite and immutable? What's so wrong about experimentation with various alternative choices? What if my taste buds prefer rice vinegar for example, and yours prefer balsamic? Is the difference in one type of vinegar really that much different than any other? Again I ask, is the difference really that significant and does it make such a huge difference?
This brings me to another related pet peeve of mine, namely the related practice of "recommended wine parings".
Just because a supposed wine "expert" recommends a certain wine to accompany a certain meat, fish, or pasta dish for example, am being a heretic if I prefer another wine? Must red wine always accompany red meat? Must white wine always accompany fish?
I think all these fancy descriptions of wines and the subtle differences in taste, flavors, aromas, etc. are mostly snobbish affectations made by so-called experts in order to make you feel so indequate that you hesitate to trust your own tastes.

Mar 16, 2014
Doctormhl1 in General Topics

Vinegar(s)

There are many different types of vinegar: White, Malt, Apple Cider, Balsamic, Rice, etc, etc.
Does the type of vinegar chosen REALLY make a significant difference in the taste of the recipe? Or is vinegar basically just vinegar?

Mar 16, 2014
Doctormhl1 in General Topics

Weight Loss Eating At McDonalds

It may not be the world's healthiest diet, but apparently it was an improvement. It's all relative. It's really the end that counts rather than the means of achieving it. Calories DO count. Perhaps the secret of his success was portion control?

Mar 14, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Chains

Weight Loss Eating At McDonalds

A man claims to have lost 37 pounds and many inches eating exclusively at McDonalds for 90 consecutive days. Apparently his cholesterol level dropped dramatically as well. He claims he ate everything including Big Macs, Double Cheeseburgers, Sundaes, and salads etc.!
Your comments, please.

Mar 14, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Chains

Perl's Former Bathurst St. Location.

Driving past the site of the former Perl's at Bathurst St. south of Lawrence Ave., I notice there are signs of life again. A new sign is in place, and inside renovations appear to be taking place. After years of abandonment and emptiness, a resurrection of sorts seems to be under way. Does anyone have information about what is happening to this famous location in the near future?

Mar 11, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Towards better gribenes (crisped chicken skins, cracklings)

Nein, nein, nein, Adina: You are defeating the primary purpose of gribine-eating which is to ingest the maximum amount of PURE, unadulterated chicken shmaltz in the shortest possible time.
(Shulchan Aruch: Orach Chaim: 346- siman vav, seif aleph.)
Furthermore,to combine gribines with salads, fruits, etc. are almost acts of heresy. FEH! Repent, Adina.

Mar 10, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Kosher

Need to impress a Shabbat dinner guest

For main course prepare both Beef Wellington and Pheasant under Glass. They're both rather simple and let you guests have both.
For dessert simply prepare Cherries Jubilee.
Serve plenty of strong alcoholic beverages so your "top five" guest will not know what the hell he and his wife are being served.... but will leave happy and satisfied.
My wife guarantees your dinner will be a resounding success. good luck.

Mar 10, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Kosher
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Purim = Achashuerosh's Banquet = Today's Simchos

Purim is almost upon us. Which reminds me of King Achashuerosh's obscenely lavish banquet lasting 6 months long. Which reminds me of today's equally lavish (if not so long-lasting) Wedding and Bar & Bas Mitzvah simchos.
Can you describe, in 5000 words or less, the most obscenely lavish, expensive, and totally over-the-top affair that you have recently attended. Describe in detail (1) the wecoming smorgasbord, (2) the banquet meal itself including, (a) the number of courses; (b) the accompanying wines, liquors, liqueurs and last but not least, (3) the "Sweet Table".

Mar 10, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Kosher

How close to the sell by date are you willing to purchase milk?

I would not worry about about the exact date of expiry marked on the container. If after the expiry date the milk smells and tastes normal the chances are it is still drinkable. I think even 2 weeks past the date ,if kept properly refrigerated will be still safe to drink.
As an aside, I feel the expiry date on all perishible foods and over-the-counter medicines are great exaggerations used to frighten gullible customers into discarding perfectly safe products thereby increasing corporate sales and profits. Just use common sense. When was the last time you heard that someone became seriously ill after disregarding an expiry date on a package?
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Mar 09, 2014
Doctormhl1 in General Topics
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Peanut Butter and Jam (Jelly) Sandwich.

Is there an upper age limit, after which, peanut butter and jam (jelly) sandwiches are no longer legally allowed to be eaten and enjoyed?

Mar 07, 2014
Doctormhl1 in General Topics
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Dairy Treats

After 30 years on Bathurst St., Dairy Treats has closed.

Mar 06, 2014
Doctormhl1 in Kosher