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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.

about 7 hours ago
ahuva in Not About Food

"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
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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
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If loving _________ is wrong, then I don't want to be right. (Fill in the blank.)

restaurant molten chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream. I know that kale-blueberry and honey-orange-cardamom mash ups are the cool kids' dessert choices, but i'm still a slut for hot chocolate cake and cold vanilla ice cream.

Advice from fast food store owners or people with knowledge about that: How can we make the Kosher Delight fried chicken?

saw an ad in this week's Torah Times - the advertisements circular that is distributed on Wednesdays throughout Boro Park, Williamsburg, Flatbush, and Queens - for Sizzle, a restaurant on 13th Avenue and 41st street (or so - maybe it's 42nd street). They are featuring their fried chicken made by their new chef from Kosher Delight!!!

Nov 12, 2014
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Kosher Recipes

google is a great resource as well...

Nov 10, 2014
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what NY restaurant serves classic hot Kiddish food

Essen on Coney (where the old Essex on Coney was - Coney Island Avenue right off of Avenue J) has great Kiddush-style food -

Oct 29, 2014
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Things You Eat Frozen (or Thawed and Uncooked)

brownies, chocolate chip cookies and muffins and biscotti. Carrot and zucchini muffins.

Oct 25, 2014
ahuva in General Topics

Pre Cooked Buffalo Chicken Wings

I've never done them in the slow cooker - only the oven. I usually thaw them in the fridge for a little (if I remember) for a shorter cooking time, but I've baked them frozen and I've never had a problem. After baking I toss them in a prepared wing sauce and serve - compliments and rave reviews all around!

Oct 25, 2014
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Advice from fast food store owners or people with knowledge about that: How can we make the Kosher Delight fried chicken?

I've tried so many versions of fried chicken - and while they all come out good (pat on my back, pat on my back) I've never come close to the perfection that is KD's...

Oct 22, 2014
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Your Thanksgiving Menu for 2014

I think I'm going to try out pumpkin fritters and carrot cake cookies this year - just to change things up a little, while staying in the same spirit of orangey-root vegetables.

Oct 21, 2014
ahuva in Home Cooking

Thanks for the memories, Kosher Delight...

I remember many happy meals with my family at KD...

There was the time I ordered the chicken and beef lo mein and while eating, found a dead fly in my food. Truth be told, the fly probably flew in while I was eating and died, but I still went up to the counter to complain. I felt so mature, standing up for myself as a teenage girl with rights. The manager offered me a complimentary replacement meal - anything I wanted. Of course I chose the...chicken and beef lo mein (why not? I liked it! No dead bug was going to scare me off!). I also got an eggroll, gratis.

When I was pregnant I would order fried chicken boxes to share with my husband. Of course, I would tell him that I ordered the five piece box but really I'd order the nine piece box - this way I could eat more myself without him knowing!

No family celebration was complete without KD's burger delights or, for my husband, double-beef burgers. Their French fries, which were only really good if you ate them right away - once covered, they grew soggy.

Oct 21, 2014
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Thanks for the memories, Kosher Delight...

In honor of the closing of the world's greatest Kosher Chinese-Steakhouse-Fast Food family restaurant, let's share our memories of that orange-infused bastion of Avenue J...

Oct 20, 2014
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break fast

cheese blintzes, cereal and milk, and bagels and cream cheese.

Oct 04, 2014
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Pre-fast desserts - what are you indulging in?

cinnamon buns for breakfast. chocolate brownie for post-fast enjoyment.

Oct 02, 2014
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salad in Boro park

lots of salad bar options up and down 13th avenue - most every place has a salad bar nowadays, if you're interested in something that isn't a sit-down, white tablecloth restaurants

Oct 01, 2014
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Foods or snacks you NEVER get tired of?

always keep Duncan Hines brownie mix (dark chocolate fudge) and walnuts on hand for warm brownies at midnight. salsa and smoked turkey breast. Salty French fries and ketchup. Jalapeno-flavored kettle chips and pepsi.

Oct 01, 2014
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Hot Pastrami Sandwich

Essen on Coney has a good one -

Sep 28, 2014
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Yapsuk/Yapchik

I don't know. I've never made the drier versions. I'm sure that adding the gravy is part of it - also, the ones I saw for sale usually had deli in the middle - pastrami or corned beef - and not soft flanken. There's also the fact that, once it's cooked, I wrap it well and leave it in a warming drawer or 200 degree oven for 15-23 hours, allowing it to continue steam and heat.

Sep 17, 2014
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Rosh Hashanah Simanim

I'm planning pumpkin bread. maybe with chocolate chips or a swirl of faux-nutella, for a sweet taste and a sweet new year...

Sep 16, 2014
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Yapsuk/Yapchik

My version is probably more moist than most - it's more shepherd's pie than kugel, although when I've seen versions at Pomegranate, Gourmet Glatt, et al, it's a lot more solid. I definitely use garlic, shallots or onions, when browning my meat, and then put the whole mess of meat, seasonings, onion, etc. (aka gravy) at the bottom of the pan before putting the potato kugel mixture on top.

Sep 16, 2014
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Menu help for rosh hashana travel

quiche for lunch? grilled salmon or tuna? deli roll for dinner? rotisserie chicken? some other form of roasted chicken or turkey legs? fried chicken for dinner?

Sep 15, 2014
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Rosh Hashanah Simanim

Deli Plus in Boro Park sells a simanim platter with some prepared simanim foods.
Stuff that you can make...cooked spinach or spinach croquettes. Any form of cooked squash - baby pattypan grilled, steamed, or roasted; splinters of zucchini pan-fried; roasted butternut. Stewed leeks. Blackeye peas burgers. Roasted beets. Tzimmes or some other form of sweet carrots. Stuffed dates or date bread.

Sep 15, 2014
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Make ahead rice for RH

stuffed tomatoes or peppers. apple muffins/kugels. potato knishes. potato blintzes with mushroom sauce. mushroom quiche. but rice? why would you make rice ahead of time and freeze it? especially as you can cook on rosh hashana - just make the rice on the chag itself, if need be.

Sep 15, 2014
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Putting food on the table. How did your Mom do it?

My mom worked full time from the time I was in third grader, and yet she prepared amazing meals that pleased (almost) all of us. She is a morning person and she used to make a lot of dinners early in the morning - we'd wake up to the amazing aromas of spaghetti and meatballs (well, just the meatballs - pasta was made fresh, when she came home from work), meatloaf, beef stew, chicken. She also had a blasé attitude about home cooking vs. takeout - she had no qualms with bringing home pizza, bagels and tuna fish, rotisserie chicken specials - she wasn't hung up on the whole 'homemade' thing. We were always satisfied. Oh, and there was always the 'this is not a restaurant' if we even thought about complaining!

Sep 11, 2014
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Russ & Daughters Plans a kosher Museum Cafe at jewish museum

yes, but is it going to be kosher or kosher-style?

Sep 09, 2014
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Favorite clean out fridge meals

a big Bolognese sauce uses up leftover veggies, chopped meat, pasta - a real hodge-podge!

Sep 08, 2014
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Roasted marrow bones

when I make it for Shabbat dinner I prepare it right before I light candles, and then leave it on the stovetop or in the warming drawer until I'm ready to serve them.

Sep 07, 2014
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Bridal Shower

Café Hadar on Avenue N right off of Nostrand Avenue, Savor Café on Avenue P and Nostrand Avenue, Yunkee on Avenue M and East 14, Orchidea in Boro Park, China Glatt in Boro Park, Essen on Coney on Coney Island Avenue between J and K

Aug 30, 2014
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