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Polly- O Fresh Mozz

Also seen at the Hackensack, NJ Costco.

Jun 12, 2013
elansey in Kosher

Baking with powdered quinoa -

What size grind?

Mar 24, 2013
elansey in Kosher

Kraft polly-o string cheese

I wonder if this will include Kraft bacon products?

Feb 08, 2013
elansey in Kosher

kosher draft cider

I called and spoke to the Star-K this fall and they said all three Angry Orchard flavors were OK. When did this change?

Feb 04, 2013
elansey in Kosher

Looking Waaaaay Ahead

I wrote about this a while ago. It's happened before and it will happen again:

Jan 23, 2013
elansey in Kosher

Egg Free Matzo Ball Recipe

This is more a suggestion than an actual recipe. You need to add things to replace the role of egg. So, increasing the fat content (oil, schmaltz, whatever) would help make up for the missing egg yolk. Adding some gluten to the dry portion of the mix would help make up for the missing binding qualities of the egg white, and you'd probably need to tweak the amount of liquid (water, stock, whatever) as eggs contain lots of water.

Aug 19, 2012
elansey in Kosher

Hebrew National hot dogs are... Kinda Kosher? Mostly Kosher? Or, "not completely Kosher?" A pre-4th of July heads-up.


Jun 22, 2012
elansey in Kosher

Fresh Tuna

The fish counter is under R Marmelstein's hashgacha? In all Fairways?

Oct 12, 2009
elansey in Kosher

Lin's Kosher Chinese

I wonder if this is run by the same people? The name and website seem nearly identical. Has anyone been to both places?

Jun 05, 2009
elansey in Kosher

Lin's Kosher Chinese

My wife and I went to Lin's Kosher Chinese in Manville, NJ to try out their all-you-can-eat buffet on Monday evening. First of all - yes, it was all-you-can-eat, for $14.95. I think I went back 4 or 5 times, my wife (the wimp!) only 3 or 4. They had appetizers (egg rolls, these really good chicken ball things, fried chicken dumplings), soups (egg drop, wonton, and hot and sour), as well as 5 mains (pepper steak, chicken w/ chinese vegys, beef lo mein, chicken w/ broccoli, and sweet-and-sour chicken) and 2 kinds of rice (plain and fried).
I had the wonton soup - it was good wonton soup. Not much to say, there. My wife had the hot and sour. It was really flavorful and had a wonderful texture (yes, soup with texture).
The egg rolls were good, the fried chicken dumplings were a little dry, but these little chicken ball things were fantastic. They had a sauce which nicely complimented the chicken balls, and were unlike anything I've had before. We both went back for more of those a few times.
As for the mains, there are two key things that sets Lin's apart from other good kosher Chinese restaurants.
First of all, the sauces all tasted different. We usually eat at Annie Chan's in Flushing, where the food is good, but they seem to have one brown sauce, one light sauce, one soy-based sauce, etc. At Lin's each of the dishes had a sauce which was significantly different, and clearly was chosen with a particular dish in mind. The chicken with broccoli sauce was completely different than the pepper steak sauce and from the w/ chinese vegys sauce.
The second thing that sets Lin's apart is that all of the beef and chicken were tender, moist and juicy. I've generally stopped ordering any beef dish in Chinese restaurants because I don't enjoy shoe leather in boring sauces. The beef was soft and moist; it was easily cut with a (butter!) knife and pleasant to chew. The same thing held with the chicken, which is generally only mildly better than the beef at the standard kosher chinese.
For the purists out there, you'll be glad to know that they do not serve sushi.
The staff were eager to please, and regaled us with stories of shidduch dates who drove in from Brooklyn. It seems that they, like many eateries, are having trouble due to the economy. I suggest that people go try them out. We drove all the way from Teaneck (with many so-so Chinese places). It really would be a shame for such a terrific place to close.
This is their website:

Jun 04, 2009
elansey in Kosher

Beef jerky - flank steak substitute

I'm going to try making Alton Brown's beef jerky recipe (, but he says to use flank steak which is in the impossible-to-find-kosher part of the cow. Any suggestions for a good substitution for flank steak?

Apr 29, 2009
elansey in Kosher

Brown Sugar

Just FYI, you can make your own brown sugar:

Apr 07, 2009
elansey in Kosher

throwdown bobby flay vs jeffrey nathan

I found this online, for those who don't have The Food Network.

Apr 06, 2009
elansey in Kosher

throwdown bobby flay vs jeffrey nathan

can anyone share a .torrent?

Apr 02, 2009
elansey in Kosher

Fairway opening this Wednesday in Paramus!

I also just got back - the place is completely insane. I was a little dissappointed with the baked goods - it seems most of them are NOT under hashgacha, unlike the Manhattan stores.

Mar 25, 2009
elansey in Kosher

Lodge preseasoned cast iron

Does anyone know if the oil Lodge uses to preseason their cast iron is Kosher?
(I have heard they sometimes use recycled oil)

Feb 27, 2009
elansey in Kosher

Rosa's pizza - Empire State Bldg.

Oh, and I forgot to mention - the slices were larger than typical Kosher slices.

Feb 25, 2009
elansey in Kosher

Rosa's pizza - Empire State Bldg.

I ate there for lunch today with my wife. We both had a plain slice and a vegy slice and shared an order of (5) garlic knots. The plain slice was very good - cheesy, thin crispy but still chewy crust and a good sauce. The vegy slice (mushrooms, peppers, broccoli, eggplant, spinach, I might be forgetting something) was good, although it wasn't warm enough when they served it. The garlic knots were crispy on the outside, moist and chewy on the inside, with a good, but not overpowering garlic flavor. However, they also could have been heated up some more. This brings me to my last comment:
The service was fast. We were there late lunch time, and there were lots of people and they had rapid turnover. I think we waited under a minute before ordering, and when we got to pay our food was ready. Well, almost ready, at least....

Feb 25, 2009
elansey in Kosher

Best Kosher Supermarket for stocking up?

The best find there is veal bones (for stock). $2.99/lb, often with $1 off coupons attached.

Feb 24, 2009
elansey in Kosher

Chipotle Peppers

I have been told that dried chili peppers do not require a hashgacha. Canned, or powdered, however, do.

Feb 17, 2009
elansey in Kosher

Gelatin in recipe substitution?

Kojel is not a good 1:1 substitute - the congealing method is completely different. You can purchase kosher gelatin here:

Feb 15, 2009
elansey in Kosher