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KLP Apple Crisp

http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/passo...

My sister has made this for years. It uses only 1/2 cup of matzo meal

about 4 hours ago
bagelman01 in Kosher

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

I wasn't dumbing anything down, but explaining my choice of words. I make distinctions that may have been lost in 2015 American speech. I never consider myself 'better' than anyone else.

We just don't happen to agree on my definition of social equals, when I am only referring to a specific social event. I do not view that the same as societal equals, something I consider all us us to be.

about 5 hours ago
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

I am always courteous to servers (and other humans). Respect must be earned. That respect can be earned by means of diploma and licensure in the case of a doctor or lawyer, but by performance, dress and speech for those in the service industries.
I am courteous to any server who takes my order and brings my food. Good service earns a level of respect, as does clean dress and proper hygiene. But dingy, wrinkled uniforms, chewing gum, visiblepiercings and tatoos don't garner a high level of respect from me...neither for the establishment nor server.

As I stated many times I worked as a hotel/resort waiter in my college days as did my father a generation before me.

A 'professional waiter (current term-server)" knows his/her place and doesn't insert him/herself into the social event at the table.

about 5 hours ago
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

Just spent the past two weeks guest lecturing in Geometry at a local hi-tech high school

Equal, congruent, similar value are all distinct things. This is a hard concept to get across.

I put a Kennedy Half dollar, 2 Washington Quarters, Five Roosevelt Dimes, 10 Jefferson Nickels, and 50 Lincoln Cents on the front table.
All have an accepted value of one-half US Dollar. Their value is congruent, but they are not equal. They have different weights, volume and metallurgical composition.

The 18 year old server and my daughter's date may both be 18 year old human males, US Citizens with matching High School Diplomas and SAT scores, BUT Ms. B's Boyfriend is a social guest invited to dine at our table, while the server is a restaurant employee serving our table and that is where the congruency ends. After the meal and work hours, if both young men are seated in the stands at a Yankees game, then they are social equals for the duration of that event.

about 8 hours ago
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Best Ways to Halve and to Store Fresh Bagels?

GenoO...
When I compare the dinner forks from the Sterling my great-grandparents received as a wedding gift in the 1890s and the everyday 18/8 Stainless our 27 year old just picked for her apartment I find the 19th Century dinner forks to have tines 3/8" longer than the modern forks.

This means that the bagel when forked around the circumference by the 19th century fork will have the separated portions through to the middle of the bagel, while if I were to use a modern fork, the center hole crust will not have been pierced and will tear when I attempt to separate the forked halves.

Clothing had longer and frillier cuffs in the Victorian era and the longer tines helped keep your lace cuffs out of the food/gravy on your plate. The handles on the flatware were also longer.

about 8 hours ago
bagelman01 in General Topics

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

Sorry sunshine...
you just don't seem to get the line between invited social guests and all others. Each table at a restaurant may be its own social event. I am not part of another table, thus not a social equal with the invited guests of that hot at that time.

I and the other table host are both patrons of the establishment, that makes us congruent (in math speak) and have similar value, but are not necessarily equal.

about 12 hours ago
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Best Ways to Halve and to Store Fresh Bagels?

#1 Don't use a guillotine, the downward pressure of a non serrated blade crushes the bagel.
Attached is a picture of a simple bagel holder for slicing. This type has been around for more than 50 years. Just insert bagel and slice with a serrated knife. You don't need a bread knife, I use our everyday Henckel steak knives for this.

#2 wrap each half in a piece of paper towel and place the whole sliced bagel in a ziploc sandwich bag and freeze. keeps well for up to 6 weeks.

Personally, I don't use any special tool. I place the bagels flat on a cutting board, take a serrated knife and slice halfway through the bagel, then turn the bagel upside down and finish slicing through.
This was the way I was taught in the bakery 45 years ago and it always gives an even slice.

I only slice the bagels before freezing that my kids will be eating. They don't like to slice bagels, or bagels cut in horizontal thirds for uses where the topping is more important than the bulk of the bread.

I bake bagels at least twice each week so we tend to have non-frozen bagels 4 days each week and frozen the other three.

about 15 hours ago
bagelman01 in General Topics

Best Ways to Halve and to Store Fresh Bagels?

I do 30 seconds in an 1100 watt microwave, then slice and toast

about 15 hours ago
bagelman01 in General Topics

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

I don't agree. Servers are excluded from the social environment of the patrons being served. Servers while working are not in a social environment, they are in a work environment. It is possible to have both social and work environments in the same physical space and different people occupy each zone.

Again nothing in my statement denigrates the server or passes judgment on their standings in society as a whole, only their uninvited place inn a controlled social gathering>my table of friends/family/guests.

To put it bluntly: a server who inserts him/herself, uninvited, into my social occasion (read table) is the same as a 'crasher' at a party I am hosting. A crasher and an invited guest are not equals at a social gathering.

about 15 hours ago
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

Luncheonette, small, often downtown eatery with a long counter with stools, center aisle and booths along the other wall. Short order cook and grill, coffee makers on the wall behind the counter side.

Generally serves breakfast and lunch only, takeout coffee and, fast paced service for shoppers or those on a timed lunch break

1 day ago
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

I'm not unreasonable and don't act/react without thinking.

1 day ago
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

Sorry Bob...
Once, twice, told to stop 3rd time stronger action was warranted.

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

This did not occur in a casual dining restaurant, but a white tablecloth steak house.

The servers are not 'less than' they simply are not part of those invited to share my table for the evening.

If I wanted to have to share my dining space with those I don't choose, I'd dine on a stool at a luncheonette.

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

When I seek the services of a doctor, lawyer, dentist, etc. it is for a professional interaction, it is NOT a social occasion, which is what my dining out with friends of family is.
The servers are not social equals when I am dining and they are serving, as they have not received an invitation to join my table. That is the only thing that 'social equal' means in this context, nothing more.

1 day ago
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

I was very specific to say that in a restaurant setting the servers are not social equals of the patrons.

This has nothing to do with treating the server with civility. A server is not party of my social group and is not an invitee to join our table.

No one suggested that servers be snapped at, talked down to or be treated like sh*t.

I waited tables while in college 40 years ago, I never would have presumed to sit down at a patron's table (uninvited) or to insert myself into their private conversation.

1 day ago
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Where to get creamy fettucini alfredo in FFC?

Never had a burger there. In fact I don't go out for burgers. Have only had old school Italian and was never disappointed. The last of the original partners died a few years ago and it may have gone downhill since. I don't know.

Where to get creamy fettucini alfredo in FFC?

J...I don't get down-county to dine often. But I was thinking about this and Mushroomaffairs might enjoy a visit to Mario's Place in Westport by the train station. A classic for decades-old school red sauce-steakhouse, serious drinking bar at very reasonably prices.

In fact they offer Alfredo in two size portions.

No website, but I caught a menu (which might not be up to date on takeouttonight.com

http://www.takeouttonight.com/menus/c...

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

The 3rd time the waiter put his hand on me, I picked up the handled bread board from the table and smacked the waiter's wrist. He recoiled and moved away from me. I told him, next time it would be much harder and in a more painful place. His touching was an illegal battery and my striking back self defense (guess those criminal law courses and law school stuck-tho I've never handled a criminal case).

We had one experience with a waiter who pulled up a chair and sat at our table to attempt to take an order. I ignored him and called the manager to the table. I asked the manager how many people I reserved the table to seat. The manager replied '6' I then asked the manager to remove the extra chair and waiter from our table, and that if the waiter was too tired to stand and take our order, he certainly was too tired to carry our dishes from the kitchen and serve us.
I was assured that the waiter had acted on his own, not by establishment instruction in seating himself to take our order. The waiter was replaced by the manager and the rest of the meal went well.

Servers often forget, they are there to serve the patrons. They are not our friends, they are not part of our party, not invited to join in our conversation and especially not given license to address us by first names (seen on the reservation list or credit card). Dining out is a business relationship. The servers may be equal and have equal rights in public society, but in the restaurant setting they are not social equals.

2 days ago
bagelman01 in Not About Food

Best Shmurah Matzah brands

Broiling won't do it, that's heat from above. Think what happens when you are lying on the chaise by the pool in Florida. Your top side heats, but your back is not baked.

Your best bet would be to buy a pizza stone at Home Goods or such and heat that up in the oven and crisp up your leftover matzo.

I can't bake Pesach matzo, but have made fully crisp year round matzo in my brick fireplace oven.

When I was building my outdoor pizza oven, I played around with making matzo and it came out the way I like it, but once the oven was completed it was both chometz and milchige.

Back in the 1970s when I was in the kosher baking business, I learned about matzo baking from the business owners who both grew up in Lodz in the 1930s. One of them had a small outbuilding behind his home with a brick coal fired oven that he used each year just for Matzo baking.

Just as New Haven Apizza is the best as it's made in coal fired brick ovens, this was the best matzo I have ever had. Thin, dark, crisp, but not burnt. The fuel does make a difference. That's one of the reasons I love my brick hearth oven and outdoor pizza ovens so much. I'll miss them in about 4 years when we give uo the big house as you did and live most of the year in our Boynton Home.

2 days ago
bagelman01 in Kosher

Where to get creamy fettucini alfredo in FFC?

Butter or Margarine if a commercial bagel.

Nothing if it's a bagel coming straight out of my brick oven. I just grab a paper towel so I don't get burned and eat it steamy hot.

Do you hold Grudges against Restaurants? And for how long?

I have a long memory.
I don't throw good money after bad.
If I have a bad experience, I am loathe to patronize the establishment again.
That can change if:
Management makes proper amends for the problem
I hear that ownership has changed, I give the new owners a chance to prove their worth.
I hear that the offending employee is no longer there or not working the shift I wish to visit.

Years ago I had a problem with a young male waiter at a steakhouse about 15 minutes drive from home. He had a habit of putting his hands on me when at the table. I don't tolerate a stranger resting his hand on my shoulder while taking my order, etc. I complained to the MOD and was told: 'he's just being friendly' That wasn't acceptable to me, I felt like he was hitting on me (first Mrs. B didn't appreciate it either).

So, whenever first Mrs. B wanted to dine there, she'd call and ask if the waiter and manager were working, if she was told both were off that evening, we'd take a chance..she liked the place, so I wouldn't permanently write it off

Best Shmurah Matzah brands

MartyB

Again, back to my years in the bakery business. You cannot clone hearthstone baking beyond the capacity of a single door reach in oven where a reach in human operated peel can place the matzo and remove it.

Conveyor ovens are not stone contact baking. For cake and some roll baking they have developed either revolving shelf ovens that can take approx 4-6 sheet pans on each shelf (usually 6 shelves in the oven), or pastries that bake on a 20-40 slot high rack that is filled with sheet pans every couple of inches in height and is rolled into a door which is a revolving rack oven. This is not suitable for bread products.

The problem with the revolving shelf ovens that makes them not suitable for matzo, is that the time it takes for shelf A to revolve one cycle back to the oven door (the revolution is similar to a Ferris Wheel)is longer than the time needed to bake matzo. Speeding up the revolutions would not work, as the ovenman would be opening the door too often causing serious variations in temperature and failed un-uniform product.

Mar 26, 2015
bagelman01 in Kosher

Best Shmurah Matzah brands

MartyB

Bagelman started in the baking business all those years ago.

Hand made shmurak matzo is baked directly on the baking stones or floor of the reach in oven. The oven is swept out after every batch.

Machine matzo rides a conveyor belt through a hot long oven resting on the wire rods of the conveyor, not on the floor of an oven and in essence is air baked by the heat from top and bottom in the oven. This is why it is both lighter in color and uniform.

Following are pictures of Streit's conveyor Matzo oven, which is so old that it has just baked it's last Passover run and the company is relocating to New Jersey to a modern facility with state of the art conveyor ovens,
AND a hand fed stone floored reach in oven baking schmura matzo. Here the matzo bakes by absorbing the heat from the hot stone and the oven air temp is not consistent and not the primary source of heat.

Mar 26, 2015
bagelman01 in Kosher

Looking for a UL Listed Shabbos Hot Plate/Warming Tray

Having gas cooking,there is always a window cracked open in the kitchens, as well as Hard Wired CO detectors with battery backups.

Mar 26, 2015
bagelman01 in Kosher
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Looking for a UL Listed Shabbos Hot Plate/Warming Tray

Not an issue for me. I either use a blech over gas burners or the brick ovens built into the walls surrounding our 1803 fireplace

Mar 26, 2015
bagelman01 in Kosher

Looking for a UL Listed Shabbos Hot Plate/Warming Tray

Whichever brand you are considering, contact the manufacturer and ask:

"Is this really made to be used for 25 continuous hours once each week?"

The answers may surprise you and it doesn't matter that it has a UL approval if the intended use is for 4-6 hours for a party.

Mar 26, 2015
bagelman01 in Kosher
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Where to get creamy fettucini alfredo in FFC?

I'll eat a small dish of alfredo as a side to an entree, but in general don't like heavy white sauces or foods. I'd rather a good red sauce, mushroom sauce, or Bolognese than pasta drenched in heavy cheese or aioli.

Then again, I don't eat yogurt, cottage or cream cheese or sour cream unless they are a minor ingredient in baked goods.

In fact, I am a proud New Haven Native. I eat my apizza with sauce and grated Peccorino Romano cheese, no mozzarella, and never a white pizza.

BTW, I started a thread on this board a few years ago about go to neighborhood Italian-American restaurants in Fairfield County. There are two Norwalk and one Stamford restaurants mentioned by posters. You might want to check out theor menus on line if avalable.

Where to get creamy fettucini alfredo in FFC?

Not pretentious, in a small strip center in the White hills section of Shelton on RT 110 is Tratorria Roma. They turn out excellent and moderately priced food.

I'm not a fan of Alfredo, but Mrs. B and both 20 something daughters swear by this creamy dish.

I never had an 'ordinary meal' here (I have only had meals, not pizza).

http://trattoriaromact.com/shelton-ct...

Based on you comment about large bowl, old school this is you kind of place. Even though you want Alfredo, this is a go to neighborhood Red Sauce Joint.

Where to get creamy fettucini alfredo in FFC?

I am assuming Fairfield County, CT. I live here, but don't use the abbreviation, but have seen it before.

Plan a month's menu on SNAP benefits.

SNAP benefits are not reclaimable from your estate. It is different from Medicaid and most forms of welfare assistance.

Mar 24, 2015
bagelman01 in General Topics