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Seeking prime or choice brisket

Get Alle from Aurora, CO. packing plant. All Angus, all great. Graded at least Choice, sometimes graded Prime. I just went through a case of Solomon's that was also very goo, but ungraded.

Apr 30, 2014
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How much should an "all you can eat" buffet cost?

Agree strongly! Bedeken food is often far better than wedding food. I don't go for the food, so I'm not disappointed as a guest, but if I were paying for the thing, I'd be up in arms over the quality of dinner food. I think the caterers just naturally pull out the stops for the bedeken because many of those people will leave before dinner, and they want the maximal exposure for their best food, because it's an investment in their future earnings. Once people are dancing, the food tends to be totally secondary.

Apr 13, 2014
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How much should an "all you can eat" buffet cost?

At my BBQ restaurant when it existed, the only way I could have made a profit was if my AYCE meals were $45 or more, which is why I didn't do it. If you can get a dinner AYCE for $14.99, I say go for it, if the food is good or better.

Apr 13, 2014
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BBQ is coming to Chicago

I might be there, but not to compete.

Apr 03, 2014
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BBQ is coming to Chicago

June 1

Apr 03, 2014
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KP Chili Powder

I think most people consider cumin not to be kosher l'Pesach, and it's an ingredient of chili powder.

Mar 31, 2014
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Kosher Fermented Black Beans

To my knowledge, none are kosher certified. Once upon a time, when I saw black bean used in a restaurant in Brooklyn (and even then, it was the only place I had ever seen it on a kosher menu), I was told that they were allowed to use any Taiwanese black bean. I managed to snag 2 bags of it from them then, but later, we just found black bean. I believe I remember a time when some came out under Star-K, but it was short-lived, if I recall correctly.

Mar 31, 2014
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BLUE STAR: HOUSE OF BEEF, BURGERS, AND BBQ (WASHINGTON, DC)

They are getting more common all the time. I offered both sliced brisket and pulled beef sandwiches at Smokin'! from '08-'10. Prior to Smokey Joe and Smokin'!, there was smoked brisket available in Houston at times, and in Dallas. Later, it became available in Atlanta. Almost everyone offered pulled beef as well as sliced brisket. When I started Smokin'!, there were at least 2 amateur BBQ afficionados in the kehilla, so plenty of people in Valley Village were already aware of and had tasted BBQ. I'm sure in other areas as well. If 2008 was the dark ages of kosher Q, this is the renaissance.

Mar 11, 2014
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Pink Curing Salt

Tenderquick is in deed certified kosher.

Mar 03, 2014
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Pink Curing Salt

Every prague powder I've seen in bulk is certified kosher. Be that as it may, it doesn't need a hechsher.

Mar 03, 2014
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Kosher BBQ heats up - anyone have an explanation?

My sister got smoked brisket years ago from a fried chicken place there. She's been a longtime resident of Houston. Her shul has a smoker in the parking lot (Young Israel). Evidently, BBQ is done, just not in a restaurant dedicated to it.

Feb 20, 2014
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Kosher BBQ heats up - anyone have an explanation?

Looks like it's just grilled dogs and sausages.

Feb 20, 2014
ganeden in Kosher

Kosher BBQ heats up - anyone have an explanation?

Sorry, but I don't agree. A lot of these guys don't watch TV- the Lakewood and Brooklyn crowd, for instance. The advertisers are not paying to change the tastes of America. They are paying for the shows that cater to the tastes of America. People finally discovered that those rundown old joints served some very tasty food, and they were ubiquitous, and the food was cheap. It became popular enough to spawn shows, and the popularity of those shows spawned more shows. Jews interacted with goyim and became curious, and they acted out on their curiosity. Some of them went public. People found it compelling, and more went public. It helps and helped that diners and dives became fashionable due to their histories and product mix and prices, so cheap food became fashionable. But kosher BBQ is not cheap, and can't be. But it can be good. The demand was not created by the media, but the media helped to create a feedback loop that accelerated what was bound to happen anyway.

Feb 13, 2014
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Kosher BBQ heats up - anyone have an explanation?

Jeepers! Nobody remembers Smokin'! anymore, and nobody has mentioned Smokey Joe's, which went into business a few months before that. Back in 2008, when the cuisine was still gaining popularity and legitimacy in the general market as well (although, to be honest, it had just about gained legitimacy there by that time). IT's very easy to account for its popularity. Meat. Smoked meat, to be exact. It's compelling, it's simple,

The simplicity is why it's becoming popular now. Anybody can do it with a minimum of training, and with practice, anybody can do it well, at least at home. You don't need a culinary degree, and experience, short of scale-up, can be had in one's backyard. It's casual. In the nonkosher market, it's done on disposables- limited clean-up (I did not like the pressure the Jewish Community place on me to serve on china, making more clean-up and complicating matters enormously, causing me to need extra personnel, extending my day for at least an hour more cleaning). It's easy to understand. It's fast food (made in advance, just requiring cutting and serving) It is takeout, at its most basic.

It works in the general market. It didn't work for me in the kosher market in 2008, but people are more used to the concept no: The aforementioned china. The desire in the market for sitdown rather than takeout. The desire for waitstaff supporting the sit-down, these conspired against Smokin'!, but now people are more used to the idea of casual, really casual dining. And the greater understanding that pink meat is not underdone, even for those who enjoy well-done meat. So the answer is that people are simply more used to the idea now than they were 5 or 6 years ago.

Feb 13, 2014
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BLUE STAR: HOUSE OF BEEF, BURGERS, AND BBQ (WASHINGTON, DC)

So how's South Side? Looks good in the pics. I told my sons that if they're there (Youngest son is trying to schedule a fahrher on his Shatnez testing so will be up from Baltimore some time or another, older goes to Lakewood occasionally

Jan 24, 2014
ganeden in Kosher

BLUE STAR: HOUSE OF BEEF, BURGERS, AND BBQ (WASHINGTON, DC)

There you go again. Ole Hickory, Southern Pride, there are many great smokers, and all of the professional brands dio a great job. Now don't go dissing the gas and or electric rotisseries and convection smokers. However, if you want to dis the liquid smoke misters of some of the more industrial units, by all means go right ahead. Not one pitmaster I know of began smoking on an electric or gas fired model. They chose them after they already had experience smoking on an offset.

Jan 23, 2014
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Shabbos food from Cambridge Farms , North Hollywood, Ca

Corner of Burbank and Fulton.

Jan 13, 2014
ganeden in Kosher

Basher Cheese- Interesting Article in Jerusalem Post

There had been many rumors circulating since last year and earlier, and when my daughter bought cheese there to bring back to me, we were told we should not eat it, my friends there insisting that the rumors were not rumors but fact. And we discarded her cheese, which was of types not available here and which I loved from my days before cheese and wine kashrus. But we never could find anything citing absolute proof. I am glad they finally raided- I feel vindicated.

Jan 13, 2014
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Basher Cheese- Interesting Article in Jerusalem Post

Jan 12, 2014
ganeden in Kosher

Loa Angeles - Tierra Sur/26

Heard good things about Ditmas too.

Jan 07, 2014
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Shabbos food from Cambridge Farms , North Hollywood, Ca

Gumbo and Jambalaya at Rimon Market.

Jan 07, 2014
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Shabbos food from Cambridge Farms , North Hollywood, Ca

Quality is OK, prices are OK. What more is there? It's a supermarket, not a 3 star dining experience. Salads and marinated olives may be superior to some other supermarkets, must get there early for rotisserie chicken.

Jan 06, 2014
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Loa Angeles - Tierra Sur/26

Heard good things about 26, and I would eat anywhere Todd presides. I had a good meal, Lunch with a groupon coupon, there last year, and it was impressive, even without Todd.

Dec 30, 2013
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Chulent in oven instead of slow cooker

at our shul, we cook at 275. Raw meat, beans, barley, water spices and kishka on top. It's a new electric GE oven, and does not shut off. The cholent occasionally overflows. We wouldn't cook like that at home.

Dec 20, 2013
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humanely raised, humanely killed meat

I hadn't noticed that this was a very old thread until after I had answered, but there's always room for discussion: Ok, so under normal circumstances, kosher is not important to you, but you have the feeling that kosher meat is raised more humanely? Yes and no. Judaism has always had binding laws against inhumane treatment of animals, but they differ for modern ideas of what constitutes humane treatment. However, it is in the context of what the animal will be used for. One could always find kosher veal, but a Jew would be prohibited from raising veal the way the old veal mills raised them, and indeed, real white veal would be a rarity if found at all. Animals must be fed, and not live in abject filth. On the other hand, overfeading, as in the case of modern foie gras production, would be allowed, though it could result in an animal the health of which is compromised.

Dec 17, 2013
ganeden in Kosher

Yasher koach Craig!

Not too late yet. Call Agua Dulce Winery, and ask to speak with me about kosher wine. 661-268-7402 . So far, I am the only one selling it, but that could change. We have it in a few more places, but as the supply becomes unreliable, so will those retailers as it relates to these wines. Now that things have changed here, who knows what the future will bring? Right now there's plenty.

Dec 10, 2013
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Thoughts on Best Kosher Wine?

What, no AD?

Dec 06, 2013
ganeden in Kosher

Thoughts on Best Kosher Wine?

What's on the menu? There are plenty of excellent kosher wines, both nonmevushal and mevushal, so it's a matter of optimal pairing and cost.

Dec 06, 2013
ganeden in Kosher

Rimon Wineries??

I believe Royal imports it.

Dec 04, 2013
ganeden in Kosher

Yasher koach Craig!

Yup, I want to verify that the 2013 wines which were crushed kosher are no longer kosher. Unless we can identify a way to finish the 2011 and 2012 wines under hashgacha, they will also be converted to nonkosher. A pity, since the 2010 wines just took their first medals in London.

Dec 04, 2013
ganeden in Kosher