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Oh my!!! Blizzard coming....what to do....

no generator...will be restocking the kitchen with milk, frozen pizza, bread, and chocolate chips (will need to entertain the kids during the anticipated snow days - chocolate chip cookies anyone?)

about 3 hours ago
ahuva in General Topics

potato kuggel

I've always only used potatoes, eggs, oil, onions, and hot water (it makes it lighter) in the kugel - never any flour or any other fillers you mentioned.

Jan 21, 2015
ahuva in Kosher

need a kosher restaurant on long island not five towns for business dinner

I love colbeh.

Jan 11, 2015
ahuva in Kosher

What are your home cooking goals for 2015?

I want to make a pie from scratch. I've never done pie crust, and I really want to this year.

Jan 08, 2015
ahuva in Home Cooking

Am I the only adult in America who doesn't like coffee?

When I was a kid I always envisioned adulthood as one big coffee orgy. My mother drinks coffee, but I wasn't allowed to try it until I "got older". Well, once I was older I tried it. I tried it again and again. I tried it with milk and I tried it without milk. I tried it with sugar and I tried it without sugar. I tried it flavored and I tried it plain. And then I gave up. I love the way that coffee smells. I love coffee ice cream. I love coffee cake. But I don't like coffee. And d'ya want to hear something funny? My husband doesn't like coffee either. We are probably the only household in America without a coffee machine. We buy instant coffee for when we have guests. we have a hot water urn and we let them make it themselves. I'm not sure we always have both caffeinated and decaf. Or milk or cream.

Grilled/cooked avocados?

I made a grilled 'guacamole' but I served it right after they were grilled - I have heard that avocados can go bitter when cooked but so far I haven't had that experience.

Jan 08, 2015
ahuva in Home Cooking

Most Essential Tools for Home Cooks

thermapen? is that a fancy name for a meat thermometer? because I definitely agree - meat thermometer is a must have. a good skillet. I love my kitchen aid mixer, Cuisinart food processor - don't know how i'd be able to bake up breads or puree/grate without them. love my cheap immersion blender - especially now that it's thirteen degrees outside (soups on!). and my crockpot - I could write odes to the crockpot. Adam Sachs' list is nice but far from the essentials. serrated knife I agree with. the rest would make my top twenty or so, maybe - but not top five.

Jan 07, 2015
ahuva in Cookware

Party sides and nibbles--hot and bored!

roasted chickpeas? marinated mushrooms? mini pizzas?

Jan 07, 2015
ahuva in Home Cooking

What to do with Frozen Carrots?

I throw them into my chicken soups, stock pots, beef stews, and pot roasts.

Simple Good Things

Duncan Hines brownie mix, slightly underbaked and fresh out of the oven (gooey center intact) and vanilla ice cream. Same goes for homemade warm chocolate chip cookies and vanilla ice cream. Tomato rice soup (even canned isn't too bad) and a gooey grilled cheese sandwich. fresh hot popcorn, a diet coke, and a good movie.

Jan 06, 2015
ahuva in General Topics

What's for Dinner #342- The Return of the Polar Vortex Edition! [through Jan. 10, 2015]

spaghetti and meatballs. lamb stew with lots of new potatoes and baby carrots. Pot roast.

What do you put in your chicken stock to make the most flavorful soup?

I always add in beef bones - neck or knee - and sometimes beef short ribs ("flanken"). Sometimes turkey necks or wings. I also cook my chicken soup forever (easily 5-7 hours) to ensure a fully developed, more robust flavor.

Never thought of adding apple cider vinegar. Will have to try that next time...

Jan 03, 2015
ahuva in Home Cooking

Tell me about your first time making something

I remember when I discovered the glory that is my backyard barbecue grill. I'd been using it for a while, but for the basics - hot dogs, burgers, chicken cutlets. But then one day I decided to expand my horizon. I started with beer can chicken, moved on to slow smoked briskets and marinated roasts, baby back ribs and braised sausages. I haven't been able to stop since! I love the way that I can vary my repertoire without having to heat up my kitchen. I love the way that I impress my husband and his friends with my tequila marinated steaks, brined birds, and smoked ribs. The dudes are impressed, my kitchen is clean, and my kids think that I rock.

Baby got bbq!

Dec 31, 2014
ahuva in Home Cooking
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Jewish Christmas

I've been saying this for years now - I remember going to see the second of the Lord of the Rings movies on Christmas, figuring it'd be a somewhat empty(ish) theater and I'd be able to get prime seats. The theater was packed! And not with only fellow members of the tribe -

Dec 25, 2014
ahuva in General Topics

What is your favorite one dish meal?

I'd go with the braised short ribs, or a pot roast with veggies (carrots, pearl onions, potatoes). Maybe braised lamb shanks?

Dec 24, 2014
ahuva in Home Cooking
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Jewish Christmas

"Jewish Christmas" - catching a movie with some friends and going out for pizza

Dec 23, 2014
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KD Chicken @ Sizzle

great menu ideas for zos Chanukah!

Dec 20, 2014
ahuva in Kosher

strep throat foods....please help

chicken soup, chicken soup, chicken soup!

Dec 18, 2014
ahuva in General Topics

non traditional latkes

I did a carrot-scallion latke. I'm planning on trying a guacamole version (potatoes and avocadoes - but I'm going to leave out the black beans!). I really like Epicurious's potato with porcini mushrooms version.

I'm also a big believer in trial and error in the kitchen. I've done sweet noodle kugel latkes and stuffing latkes. this year I'm trying a wild rice and mushrooms version.

Dec 17, 2014
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Pantry Essentials

Dried porcinis - always. Sesame and truffle oils. a good balsamic vinegar is a must. sundried tomatoes. anchovies. and peanut butter. always peanut butter.

Dec 13, 2014
ahuva in General Topics
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Do I really need a dutch oven?

they are heavy. but you will use it. in fact, you will wonder how you ever made stews without it.

Dec 11, 2014
ahuva in Cookware

Breadsmith in Brooklyn

any idea what kinds of challot they have? i'm thinking of meandering over there tomorrow...

Dec 11, 2014
ahuva in Kosher

KD Chicken @ Sizzle

oh, happy day!

Dec 06, 2014
ahuva in Kosher

Do you like to hae a bedtime or late night snack?

I didn't know that there were people that didn't enjoy a bedtime snack! Microwave popcorn, that's my thing.

Dec 06, 2014
ahuva in General Topics

Staten Island: Victory Blvd. Kosher

I feel like all new grocery stores imitate the Pomegranate method

Dec 04, 2014
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Gluten Free (and dairy free) Products - Favorites?

I really like some of the Schick's cakes that I have found in my local Costco. The chocolate brownie (dairy free and gluten free) is just the way I like it - fudgey and chocolatey - and the cookies (especially the chocolate nut ones) are also really good.

Dec 04, 2014
ahuva in General Topics

Is it rude to criticize meal value when someone else is paying?

your guest was being worse than obtuse. she was being rude and downright ungrateful. my mom always taught me, "if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all." What was she hoping to accomplish with her commentary? You were there already, you were going to stay and eat. All she managed to do was make everyone else enjoy their meals that much less. #manners.

Nov 27, 2014
ahuva in Not About Food
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"Toasted" Ravioli -- Make At Home

I've never made toasted ravioli but, to quote tonifi, i'm intrigued. any advice?

Nov 22, 2014
ahuva in Home Cooking

Thanksgiving for one - What would you make?

sweet potato pie sans marshmallows. chorizo-mushroom stuffing. warm pecan pie with vanilla ice cream for dessert. All stuff my husband doesn't like so I never make.

Nov 20, 2014
ahuva in Home Cooking

Skirt steak

when I defrost my skirt steak I always do so in a container of cold water - this helps get some of the salt out. (just watch defrosting times and make sure it stays within the safe temps.) Also, I very often use my skirt steaks in a stew or something, so I throw some potatoes in, which help soak up the residual salt.

Nov 18, 2014
ahuva in Kosher