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Enough with the schmeer. The 80's are over.

The seeded rye always had flour on the bottom (seeded had cornmeal) so the salesgirls in the bakery knew which rye it was when pulling it from the shelf.

about 3 hours ago
bagelman01 in General Topics

Enough with the schmeer. The 80's are over.

Not only seeds all around, but a rye bagel made from rye flour, not a plain white bagel with caraway seeds on top. In fact a pumpernickel bagel should have caraway seeds mixed in the dough.
I started making bagels in a small shop in New Haven in the 60s when the dough was dumped on the table and we cut strips and wrapped them around our hands to shape and then rolled our hands back and forth the table front to rear and back to form the the nice even shape.

In those days, one bought fresh bagels at the bagel bakery and they didn't make sandwiches. An appetizing store would make the sandwiches in the manner you describe. We'd deliver to the neighborhood appetizing stores and delis many times a day (or they'd come get them hot as they ran short), so the customers always got bagels that were less than 3 hours old.

about 9 hours ago
bagelman01 in General Topics
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Enough with the schmeer. The 80's are over.

The outside of the bagel must have a nice crunch. Soft or mushy is not a bagel, just a round roll with a center hole that probably wasn't boiled before baking (steaming is the easy way out wioth unsatisfactory results).

That said, I like my cut surface of the bagel to have a nice crunch when I spread my butter or margarine (I don't eat cream cheese).

about 9 hours ago
bagelman01 in General Topics

Enough with the schmeer. The 80's are over.

never say never...................

Mr. B here, toasts every bagel I eat, even if it has just come out of the oven and is piping hot. I love crunch

about 11 hours ago
bagelman01 in General Topics
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Enough with the schmeer. The 80's are over.

anything that can be easily applied with a swipe of a spatula, knife or trowel

Food
Paint
Mortar

1 day ago
bagelman01 in General Topics

Enough with the schmeer. The 80's are over.

mucho,
since you, veggo and I grew up in the same metro area and went to the same university (at slightly different times) we have the same understanding of foods and their nomenclature.
Veggo may have been born a dull Danish Protestant, but growing up in greater New Haven (later living in Mexico and Florida) he has had thousands more ethnic meals than either Danish or boring 'Protestant' meals.

1 day ago
bagelman01 in General Topics

Enough with the schmeer. The 80's are over.

I certainly do, and it literally means to cover quickly and without any particular skill.

An unskilled painter is a schmearer
A skilled painter is an artiste.

A landlord sends schmearers in to paint the tenant's apartment. He sends an artiste to his own home to satisfy Mrs. Landlord.

This bagelman NEVER has his bagel with a schmear, I detest cream cheese.

Then again this week no bagels, matzo

1 day ago
bagelman01 in General Topics

Enough with the schmeer. The 80's are over.

the first two>chazzerai

Lettuce>>>salat

1 day ago
bagelman01 in General Topics

Coconut oil for 2014 pesach

Not that I use the product, BUT the poster downthread specifically quoted the COR in Toronto stating that the Carrington Farms product sold in Costco Canada was KFP. Why would you call a Baltimore agency to question an item sold in Canada?

There is an old maxim in kashrut................
Kashrus makom, kashrus. The kashrut of a community (meaning their standard) is kashrut. Ever heard the phrase "ask your local orthodox rabbi?" One doesn't overstep the rabbinic authorities in one community by bringing in an outsider to overrule them. The COR wasn't asked to rule on a product sold in Baltimore. As this is you first and only post on chowhound, I wonder why you do not have any direct quotes from either Carrington or the Star-K, CHs on this board tend to accept rulings from reliable rabbinic authorities, not unknown posters.

Apr 14, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher
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Is a hot dog a sandwich?

actually they do come that way if you look hard enough

http://www.tnpride.com/products

I'm not interested but a company markets boxes of Tennessee Pride mini hot dogs in the buns

Apr 13, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics

What to fry matzo in?

In the B family. Sunday morning Chol HaMoed breakfast was always cooked by the father, wife and mother got to sleep in.
My late grandfather ,late father and I always made/make matzo brei, matzo meal pancakes and salami and eggs.
Nowadays since there is Sunday shopping the men feed the kids and take them on an outing, while the women tend to go for a ladies day out. This year because it will be Easter, the ladies will have limited shopping choice, but we are still keeping the kids busy.

Apr 13, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher

What to fry matzo in?

while I love matzo brei fried in my own schmaltz and gribenes, my wife and kids like mazto brei milchiges, so i use veg oil with a few pats of butter

Apr 13, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher

Supermarket pricing.......can someone explain this to me?

We actually have a small 4X4 walkin in our garage building that I bought at a restaurant bankrucptcy sale about 5 years ago.

Apr 13, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics
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Supermarket pricing.......can someone explain this to me?

I was stocking up on chicken for the dogs and Big Y advertised their roasting chickens at 99 cents/lb. So I went in to buy a case. Forget it, they are marked 15% added broth. I'm not interested in chicken that is only 13.6 ounces to the pound. Stop and Shp had Perdue at the same 99 cents, that was marked 8% added water.
I went into Adams (an IGA chain) and the Fierdale Farms on sale at 99 cents was marked 'less than 5% retained water in processing'
I bought 24 for the dog food freezer. Leg quarters at the local ethnic supermarket chains are 69 cents/lb starting today and I'll buy about 100 lbs for the dog food freezer as well, With 4 dogs who get cooked for on their own outdoor grill every day, low price and not all broth added is important.
Unfortunately, none of these bargains do me any good in terms of human food as kosher poultry which we use is many times more expensive

Apr 13, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics
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What is your oldest cookbook?

The Settlement Cookbook. Came out around 1903 in NYC. I have the copy my grandmother got when she married in 1919. I still use it as a refernce from time to time. There have been many editions over the years, and my mother and aunts received them in the 1940s and my sister got one when she married in 1970.

The cookbook was part of the instruction at a lower east side settlement house aimed at Eastern European Jewish immigrants. It had a definite German-Jewish slant to it (although it extensively deals with pork).

Apr 11, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food
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What to serve for Pre-Passover meal

If you don't use gebrokhts, try cubing (1/2") some peeled eggplant and boil or microwave. It then will mash with a fork and both lighten and extend the ground beef for meatballs.
You can also try using some instant mashed potato flakes in place of the matzo meal, but will have to add some water or egg whites

Apr 10, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher

Supermarket pricing.......can someone explain this to me?

One of our area chains <Big Y> does this with many items about every third week.

Besides clearing out perishable product it also drives additional sales of the items that will complete the meal

Apr 10, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics

What to serve for Pre-Passover meal

This also insures that the younger ones spend some time with Grandma, great aunt, etc.
If they want to eat they have to visit. By the time we're all gathered at the seder table they may not have time with MIL

Apr 10, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher

Supermarket pricing.......can someone explain this to me?

Thomas' has ridiculous articial pricing. Now oreprinted $4.49 for a pack of 6 original. Supermarkets football these in our area at BOGO, BOGT BOG3.

The Thomas'/Entemann's Bakery outlet sells them fresh everyday for $1.33 and Wednesdays and Fridays $3 for THREE packages, any variety. It has been years since I buy them in a supermarket

Apr 10, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics

Reservation Confirmation.

I can understand your boss wanting to maximize return on your salary by having non-revenue producing tasks done by less expensive personnel..............

However, you portay him as such a control freak/tyrant that I can't imagine you remaining in his employ for that long UNLESS the pay made it bearable.

Apr 09, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food

10 best Supermarkets

Of the top 10 listed, 2 of the 10 operate in my area, Trader Joe's and Costco.

BUT...neither one is a supermarket.
Costco carries limited brands and selections of food in large quantities. Thousands of fewer items than a typical supermarket. It is a 'wholesale/warehouse' club. No service deli.

Trader Joe's is a grocery store. Too small to be a supermarket and having no service deli or meat department and almost no non-house brands.

Market Basket is my favorite on the list. I used to have to be in Massachusetts every week and brought our groceries home from Market Basket. Now, every 8 weeks we drive 90 minutes each way to shop at the closest Market Basket for non-perishables and frozen items. The savings, service and selection is worth the trip.

Apr 09, 2014
bagelman01 in Chains

What to serve for Pre-Passover meal

As we shall be running at full speed getting ready for the crowd of diners and sleepover guests, we don't serve that meal in our house.
Instead, all the out of town guests arrive at our house, drop their belongings in the assigned bedrooms, etc and are directed across the driveway to MIL's house. there will be a cold salad buffet set up in her sunroom. Egg salad, Tuna salad, baba ganoush, egg matzo, crudites with a creamy Italian dressing dip, potato salad, cole slaw, coffee tea, soda, mandelbrot, potato chips and of course chocolates. The boys will probably eat and run for the basketball court or hot tub. The girls will take over MIL's bathrooms and dressing room to start makeup. The adults will come back to our house and unpack and visit.
If the weather is not condusive to outside activity for the youngsters, then MIL will also Cream of Tomato Soup and Potato Leek Soup. MIL just acts as the hostess, all food will have been cooked, prepped and arranged in our home. As a concession to MIL's age, the meal will be eaten using disposable plates, cups, utensils.

Apr 09, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher
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Bartender Cracking/Breaking Ice in Palm

your bartender is truly hands on

Apr 07, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food
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Bartender Cracking/Breaking Ice in Palm

If I trust him to have clean enough hands to make my drink, slice and squueze a lime or lemon into the drink, I trust hime to have clean enough hands to handle the ice........

PLUS.......as my father always said: The alcohol kills the germs

Apr 07, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food
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Reservation Confirmation.

I believe that 'work time' is worth money. Either the amount being paid to an employee or the amount that can be billed for services or the amount of revenue that can be generated for the business.

That is why lesser tasks are usually perfomed by employees who are paid lesser amounts

Money is definitely money, a dollar is worth what a dollar will buy.

Apr 07, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Reservation Confirmation.

"Should I now, essentially, feel privileged to dine at their restaurant and do all the work?"

The only time one should have felt privileged to dine at a restaurant is during wartime rationing and shortages based on weather castastophes such as a flood or hurricane.

Apr 06, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Help with an Old Restaurant Name in Downtown Hartford

wasn't there enough times for the spelling to have stick in my head. and as my in-laws were refugees from Germany and Austria, wthere English pronounciation was not exact.
I remember that I thought it was comparable to Sib's in the Connecticut Post Center, Milford in the 60s and early 70s

Apr 06, 2014
bagelman01 in Southern New England

Reservation Confirmation.

"What's at the core of the irritation?"

I've made a reservation, it has beeen accepted, that's both a confirmation and a contract. It doesn't call for reconfirmation/reaffirmation.

Life would be far simpler if people just did things correctly the first time. As stated earlier, take my credit card info, charge me for a no show reservation, that upholds my end of the contract.

Apr 06, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food
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Reservation Confirmation.

CH is my personal diversion. As I am the principal, I don't answer to anyone. Secretary does my work as requested, but answers to the office manager in the downtown office. Now that I am scaling back, I don't need a full-time secretary doing only my work. I don't mind getting my own coffee............................

At 60 I'm one of the last of the area attorneys who has a secretary. Most of the younger lawyers do their own typing on their own computers and legal secreatries are a scarce category of employee. Paralegals are the bulk of non attorney personnel in area law offices, and they don't generally get coffee, make dinner reservations, pick up dry cleaning or buy gifts for the wife.................

Not saying whether the change is good or bad, but when I used to spend all my days in a downtown office, my secretary was also the equivalent of a good hotel concierge....reservations, tickets, etc. Somehow when secretary morphed into 'administrative assistant, the willingness to do these things lessened. I'm old school, in that if I pay you a salary for your time, then I own it and if what I ask you to do isn't illegal, demeaning, or soils yor hands or clothing it's part of the job. Then again, these tasks would have been discussed in the interview process.

and as I am now working out of the home office and seldom have to see clients in person, time is flexible. I might be drafting a contract at 5am and on CH at 10am

Apr 06, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Reservation Confirmation.

4............
simply put there are only so many billable hours in a working day.
I have never billed more time than I actually work, or more than one client for the same time. Some lawyers who research something and the answer will be used for more than one client bill that time to each client. Not ethical,
That said, there is no reason for duplicative work which is what these confirmation calls are. Take my credit card number with my reservation and charge me a fee for a no show.

Apr 06, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food