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Superior Touch Better than Bouillon

With salt the number 3 ingredient and Disodium Inosinate used as a flavor enhancer that's plenty of preservative.

about 2 hours ago
bagelman01 in General Topics

Superior Touch Better than Bouillon

No, there are so many preservatives in it that it lasts forever.

about 14 hours ago
bagelman01 in General Topics

Pareve vanilla sauce

I had to dig into my old files (from when I was married to the first Mrs. B) to find this. She used to serve it over an apple cake on Rosh HaShanah.

Pareve Vanilla Sauce
Ingredients
2 egg yolks (large eggs)
2 Whole eggs (room temp)
1/3 Cup granulated sugar
2 ¼ cups Non Dairy Creamer such as Kinneret or Rich’s (Use light if available)
2 Teaspoons Cornstarch
1 Tablespoon Vanilla Exract-use the real stuff, not imitation

Directions

•In a medium room temperature saucepan...whisk eggs and egg yolks and sugar......
•Stir non-dairy creamer and cornstarch together, then whisk into the eggs.
•Cook over moderate heat (a step below medium), whisking constantly, until mixture comes to a boil and thickens slightly.....
•Reduce heat to lowest setting and simmer 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
•Remove from burner and place aside, sauce will continue to thicken as it cools.......
•Stir in vanilla
•If the sauce is too lumpy press it through a mesh strainer
•Place a piece of Saran wrap directly on surface of sauce so a skin will not form and cool to room temp.
•Refrigerate until chilled you can make this up to 2 days ahead ........
•Serve chilled or at room temp...............I like mine slightly warmed, but it will break down if microwaved more than 20 seconds.

You can also use this for a pareve Vanilla pudding recipe by increasing the amount of Non-Dairy Creamer and cornstarch.

This does not work well with potato starch substituted for Pesach.

1 day ago
bagelman01 in Kosher

naked condiments

sauerkraut
chili topping made for hot dogs
sauteed mushrooms and onions without the steak underneath
pickled red cabbage
pickle chips and spears

but, I don't eat ketchup, mustard (allergy), mayo or relish either on food or alone

Dec 27, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

No, burnt is a state of being. I make no connotation in my remark.
My point is that changing the name on a menu doesn't change the state of being of the cooked food.

"a rose by any other name..............."

In this case burnt food being called blackened is still burnt.

Dec 26, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics

Jewish Christmas

and even more reason...............
After working 18-20 hours days in retail through the entire season with no day off from Thanksgiving on, and mom coming into the store after teaching school a full day, and then Making deliveries of wrapped purchases to customers' homes after the kids had gone to sleep on the 24th..........
Who had time or strength to cook? and serve and clean?

and you had to be in the store bright and early on the 26th for the exchanges and return madness.

I don't miss the retail business.

Dec 26, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics

What type of cuisine do you NOT like?

What about blackened equals burnt don't most people get?????

Dec 25, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics

Noodles & Company [Glastonbury, CT]]

Thank you. It would have been so much easier if the OP identified the town and state.

Glastonbury is an hour's drive for me, but I visit Cromwell each month, so it's doable. I don't go to West Hartford at all, ex-Mrs. B and her family live there and have run into them in restaurants more times than I'd like.

Noodles & Company [Glastonbury, CT]]

Now all we have to do is guess in which of the 169 towns/cities in CT, Main St is located.

whole roasted chicken left out cooling 4 hrs

I'd use it. Don't ask how many times (including last night) I've pulled a whole roast bird piping hot from the oven, placed it on the counter to cool down, watched hours of Television and then refrigerated the room temp bird and went to sleep. Never had a problem

Dec 24, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics

Jewish Christmas

Chinese and a movie was a standard B family Christmas for 3 generations. We were in the retail clothing business and after busting our asses working a zillion hours from Thanksgiving til late on Dec 24th (including the women who did not work in the stores during the rest of the year) we were not about to cook on the 25th.

Chinese restaurants, generally owned by non-Christians were open, after all it wasn't their holiday either.

About 20 years ago, here in CT another alternative opened>we could go to Foxwoods or Mohegan Sun casino--operated by native Americans who were also non-Christians.

The past 15 years has seen the opening of Turkish restaurants and Turkish owned "Greek Style" diners making the Dec 25 choice less limited.
We still go to the movies, my cousin's wife is the manager and this way the whole family gets to visit on our day off.

BTW, youngest Ms. B is Chinese, so Chinese food anyday is normal for us.

Dec 24, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics

What to serve for a Bar Mitzvah Kiddush Lunch? My son is GF so I need some things he can eat. On the Cheap,please.

My advice takes a different approach than those who have posted.

As long as you have enough suitable food to make your son a special plate, don't go crazy with many GF items. Especially if there is a designated seat for your son. Let him take some of the buffet items that he is allowed to eat, but have a saran wrapped plate already filled with cold food waiting at his seat (or brought out to him).

The Bar Mitzvah boy will be so busy receiving Mazal Tovs and visiting with friends, classmates and relatives that he will pay little attention to his meal.

I know that the mother in you wants hom to feel included in all the food that is served, but by age 13 he knows that there are always some foods served that are not appropriate for his consumption.

You have enough work to do without having top make 20 different GF dishes, especially when you have budget constraints.
Discuss the menu in advance with your son, pointing out what he can safely eat, and ask if you can make something special he wants for his 'reserved' meal. Instead of feeling he's getting something different, he's getting something special.

I say this after attending my Great Niece's Bat Mitzvah yesterday. She and her mother are both Vegan and have Celiac Disease. Their requirements were met without changing most of the food selection put out for the invitees. There were already prepared plates at there reserved seats and they filled in from the buffet with what they know they can eat.

Dec 21, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher

Being "put to work" at a Christmas Party

There's nothing wrong with holding onto memories, I'm not harboring resentment.

Dec 20, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

Yes, and three of the aforementioned are Top Notch Expert Medical Witnesses (their chosen Profession), they just didn't need Bar admittance to be recognized as such. Two are MD, J.D, One is B.S.RN, MPH, J.D.

The big difference is that any graduate of Medical School, may call him/herself Doctor, but a Law School Graduate with a Juris Doctor degree, may not call him/herself Attorney, Lawyer or Esquire unless admitted to the Bar.

Dec 16, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

It is not uncommon for medical professionals to pick up law degrees and work as professional witnesses.
I had two MDs and three RNs as classmates in law school. The MDs were acedemics who really hadn't practiced medicine since their residency days.

The RNs were burnt out by the double shifts (mandatory) and working all those weekends and holidays. A professional witness will never have to be in court on a weekend or holiday.

BTW, only one of the 5 bothered taking the Bar Exam. They felt they needed the law education to increase their performance as expert witnesses, but keeping the medical license is essential.

Servers vs. Food runners.

I am sure that I am not confusing the positions. The runners in that establishment merely move food from the pick up window to the wait station and take full bus pans back. They do not approach the tables and never interact with the patrons. They are tipped out by the servers.

The bus staff, clears the table, refills water glasses, sets out fresh flatware to replace soiled flatware that is cleared, and may assist the server by holding the tray and handing plates to the server who then serves the patrons.
The bus staff may also take initiative to refill bread baskets, butter pats, and relishes that are on the table. The bus staff is also tipped out by the served (at a higher percentage than the runners), AND because the bus staff has interaction with the patrons, reacting to requests for water, bread, flatware, etc. they must have a rudimentary working knowledge of English.

Many years ago (40) when I worked in Hotel dining rooms in the Catskills, we had runners who brought trays of dinners to the wait stations. Each dinner plate was covered with a flat dome and the plates might be stacked 4 high on a tray. Runners NEVER removed a plate cover. That was only done by a busboy as he passed the plate to the waiter to deliver. Yes I am using the male pronoun, there were no female servers or bus staff in the particular hotels at that time.

Dec 15, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

4.............
That's what Healthgrades and Yelp are for. Never mond complaints lodged with the AMA, Bar Association and the individual state's licensing division.

Law doc may not have a Medical degree, Most attorneys since 1960 have JD degrees (instead of the old LLB_ making us Law Docs

Dec 14, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Shortage of dairy Chanukah coins?

I walked into my local Wagreens today and they have shelf display boxes of the mesh bag dairy chocolate coins, and for some strange reason they have marked all Chanukah goods down, so the individual bags were 12 cents. I bought 100 bags

Dec 14, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

First reason is cost. Most restaurants don't own enough pitchers/carafes/jugs to put one on each table. Typically there is one or two water pitchers at each waiter's/bus station and maybe a couple spare being washed.
The exception is in places that serve beer by the pitcher, where ample supply exists.
Second reason, waiters get bigger tips when they render more service. If you run your waiter ragged refilling your water glass you'll tip more than if you pour your own. This is different from countries where a set service amount is added to the bill.

Dec 13, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food
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The best thing your school cafeteria served

I hadn't been in a middle school cafeteria since 1968. Yesterday I was a guest lecturer at the middle school in our neighboring town. I spent a lunch period in the cafeteria because my host teacher had 6th grade lunch duty.
The cafeteria ladies looked the same as I recalled in their ugly green uniforms, white hair and hair nets, all wearing big smiles.
The cafeterias are now run by Sodexo, a unit of Marriott. The principal told me the school district gave up running the cafeterias because they could not keep up with the federal requirements about what could be served, etc.
The hot lunch choice was chicken Parmigiana on a whole wheat roll made with low fat cheese and low sodium tomato sauce served with iceberg lettuce salad or a cut up orange and milk.
Approximately 70% of the entrees went directly into the trash bins. It looked, smelled and according to the kids was disgusting. After all mains had been cleared, kids were allowed to go back to the line and purchase snacks, there was a stampede to buy chips, pretzels, cookies, ice pops, etc.
These adolescents are hungry, but the meals provided don't appeal to their taste-buds and look vile.
I asked the teacher about this and she said the staff has only one comment: Thank you Michelle Obama.
So the best thing the cafeteria serves is packaged snacks that costs extra money.

Dec 13, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

Going back 50 years, my paternal uncle and family always insisted that the waiter bring and leave a pitcher of water on the table. The waiter was told this before the order was placed and my uncle would say if you cannot do this, we'll leave and dine elsewhere. Some waiters would say the management would not permit this and my uncle would get up and leave.
I often wondered why he did this. Later in life I saw my older brother do this as well. Turns out my late uncle, his late son and my older brother all had diabetes and gout and had insatiable needs for water, often requiring it faster than a waiter might refill a small glass.

Dec 13, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Being "put to work" at a Christmas Party

Carving, might be considered an honor, the stripping of the carcass after the meal was an assigned chore. I was not an overnight guest in their home, but stayed in a close by hotel. They had 3 daughters between the ages of 15 and 18 and did not consider it appropriate for an 18 year old male to sleep in the same house (times were different 42 years ago).
What stands out was that I really liked the family. My fried was trying to fix me up with the 17 year old sister. I wasn't interested, but thought she was a match for another friend of mine. I fixed them up in December, they married in June 1973. The father died in 1976, the mother is retired, but still going strong at 95 years of age.

Dec 12, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Being "put to work" at a Christmas Party

I prefaced the statement: "The mother brought the turkey to the table and announced..."
I did not use quotation marks, because 42 years later I remember the gist of the conversation, not the exact words that would require quotation marks. My college friend's parents were both surgeons.

Being "put to work" at a Christmas Party

The first time this happened to me was Thanksgiving 1972. I flew from college in Philadelphia to a friend's home in Portland, Maine. The mother brought the Turkey to the table and announced: Your carving. My husband and I are both surgeons, we cut enough flesh at work, we don't do it at home. I was stuck carving and serving, and later stripping the carcass

Dec 11, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

very tacky............
and if you asked for clean flatware for the next course it never came. BUT, if you pointed out that the flatware had fallen to the floor, fresh flatware would be provided/

Dec 09, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food

lobel versus d'artagnan for rack of lamb?

I second fourunder's preference for American lamb.
I dislike lamb that has been packed fresh and 'gassed' to preserve it while shipping from Australia or NZ. I also don'y but frozen or previously frozen lamb.
At home, I only use kosher meat, but have used Allen Brothers for commercial ventures and the product is top notch. For my own use I buy live animals from a local farm and have it slaughtered and dressed by a qualified kosher slaughterer. I am lucky to have a non-Jewish neighbor who splits the cost and takes the hindquarters I cannot use.

Dec 09, 2014
bagelman01 in General Topics

Servers who pick up dishes but not flatware between courses: was I rude to bring this up?

bobbert..........
I used to think along similar lines. Flatware laid out will be changed by course, rolled in a napkin, it's there for the whole meal. BUT health department regulations have changed in many jurisdictions. It is no longer permitted to set a table with exposed flatware before the diners are seated. So even fine dining restaurants are forced to resort to a napkin roll with flatware inside, or must set the flatware after you are seated.
I want fresh flatware for each course, and want a salad fork for salad, not have to use my dinner fork or be given 2 dinner forks.

Years ago there was a catering hall in a suburb of New Haven where my family attended a number of events each year. The waiters were trained to tip flatware off the plates onto the table as they cleared each course. This infuriated my late father (who worked as a professional waiter in the 1930s) as being the epitome of laziness. He would then tip the soiled flatware off the table onto the floor and the waiter would have to provide clean flatware for the next course.

Dec 09, 2014
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Kosher restaurant, take-out & Shabbat in Jacksonville FL?

all of those national brand chalav stam items are available in Publix and Winn Dixie in the Jewish neighborhoods of Jacksonville as well as packaged bread, jarred gefilte fish, Hebrew National Hot Dogs, potato chips, pretzels, dips, salsa, etc. We don't know how long Almond Tree is staying or her cooking/refrigeration situation...or even if she'll have a car

Dec 09, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher

Kosher restaurant, take-out & Shabbat in Jacksonville FL?

I suggested that early this morning. When I go for more than 2 days I fly in via Orlando and pick up my food there. Years ago, before Orlando attracted Frum visitors, we'd fly into Savanna, get our food and drive to Jacksonville.

Dec 08, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher

Kosher restaurant, take-out & Shabbat in Jacksonville FL?

The City and County Government are one entity, but that Jacksonville is the only municipality in the county is a common misconception. There are also a number of unincorporated areas of the county, which is a common thing in Florida.

Back in the early 70s I was part of a group that established a kosher slaughtering operation in the unincorporated area of Duval County. At the time slaughter was not legal within the Jacksonville city limits. Once the City and County governments merged the operation had to be discontinued.

My home and the shul I belong to in 'Boynton Beach' is not in the city but actually in Unincorporated Palm Beach County.

All of this is strange coming from Connecticut where we did away with all county government more than 50 years ago.

Dec 08, 2014
bagelman01 in Kosher