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Cholov Yisroel Mascarpone

Does anyone know if it exists? If so, what brand? If not, what is a good substitute?

Aug 04, 2009
kirahersko in Kosher

Tomato Juice

Anyone have any good suggestions of what I can do with a large can of Tomato Juice???

Mar 05, 2007
kirahersko in Home Cooking

Cheese and Crackers

I am putting together some cheese and crackers for a friends party. I have never done this and am looking for good advice. I would like 3-4 different kind of cheese and accompanying cracker. What cheeses would you use? And even more so what kind of crackers? Is there any type of etiquette on how to pair the 2? I am definitely looking for something elegent here. Any advice would be very helpful!

Jan 23, 2007
kirahersko in Home Cooking

Kosher Upscale in Miami?

I was just in Miami for a week. Did some amazing eating!!! China Bistro was fabulous. Delicious food, nice atmostphere. Another nice one was Cine Citta. The night we were there the service wasn't so great but the food was delicious and again great atmosphere. I heard lots of negative things about Prime 18 so we didn't bother going. Other great restaurants we hit included: Grill Time, Thai Treat, Tea for Two, My Favorite Cafe, and Gourmet Carrot. For shabbat we took food out from Sam's which also great.

Jan 17, 2007
kirahersko in Kosher

Holiday Party Menu

For the goat cheese tartletts I do not have a specific recipe. But they are pretty easy and great for making ahead. I just caramelized some onions with salt, pepper and a sprig of thyme. That can then hang out in the fridge until you need it. Then I took puff pastry cut out small circles, pricked them with a fork and put them on a parchment lined cookie sheet. I then put another piece of parchment and another cookie sheet on top of them and popped them in the oven until they browned. This prevents them from puffing up too much. These can be kept in an air tight container. Then as needed take a puff base put a little onion, goat cheese and chopped walnuts. Not necessary but nice if you pop them back in the oven for 5 mins. You can easily alter the the flavor of cheese, the type of nut or carmelize other things like mushrooms or peppers.


Dec 22, 2006
kirahersko in Home Cooking

Holiday Party Menu

For my lemon curd tarts I used a classic sucree dough. I rolled it out thin, cut small circles and blind baked them in mini muffin tins. I filled each little cup with a little lemon curd and a blueberry. I use the same recipe whether making mini or regular size tarts.

Sucree Dough
8 oz. butter
4 oz sugar
1 egg
1⁄2 tsp vanilla
1⁄2 tsp lemon zest
12 oz AP Flour
Pinch of salt
Mix butter and sugar just till it combines. Add the flour all at once. Add the egg, vanilla, lemon zest. Chill the dough. Roll out the dough and cut to desired size. Let rest in fridge before baking. For lemon curd tarts, blind bake in a 350 oven.

Lemon Curd
4 lemons, juice and all zest
4 eggs
12 oz sugar
8 oz butter
Melt butter, add lemon juice over heat; bring to a boil. Take eggs in bowl and whisk; add sugar and mix. Pour the hot butter over the eggs slowly, while mixing. Put it back in the pot and add zest over high heat; keep stirring; on and off the heat until it thickens; be careful not to burn the sugar. Bring it to a boil and let it boil for a couple of minutes; you want the lava effect. Pour the curd through a sieve into a bowl over ice; it will continue to thicken as it cools.

Dec 21, 2006
kirahersko in Home Cooking

Holiday Party Menu

OK, here it goes!

Spinach Balls Makes about 50, these were one of the first things to go!

3 lbs frozen chopped spinach, thawed
3 lb herb-seasoned stuffing mix (i used a bit less)
1 T minced garlic
6 eggs, beaten
1 c butter, softened
8 oz cream cheese, softened
salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 350. Squeeze out excess moisture from spinach and place in bowl. Add rest of the ingredients and mix to combine. If mixture is too dry add an extra egg. Season with salt and pepper. Form into 1 inch balls. Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 mins. Serve with mustard sauce (combine 2 c mayo, 1/3 c dijon, 1/2 c white wine.)

Dulce de Leche Brownies - these are very rich so cut small pieces!

8 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
6 ounces semisweet chocolate, finely chopped
1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup flour
1 cup Dulce de Leche

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Line a 9 x 13 rectangle pan with a long sheet of aluminum foil that covers the bottom and reaches up the sides. If it doesn't reach all the way up and over all four sides, cross another sheet of foil over it, making a large cross with edges that overhang the sides. Grease the bottom and sides of the foil with non-stick spray.

Melt the butter in a medium saucepan. Add the chocolate pieces and stir constantly over very low heat until the chocolate is melted. Remove from heat and whisk in the cocoa powder until smooth. Add in the eggs one at a time, then stir in the sugar, vanilla, then the flour.

Scrape half of the batter into the prepared pan. Drop one-third of the Dulce de Leche, evenly spaced, over the brownie batter, then drag a knife through to swirl it slightly. Spread the remaining brownie batter over, then drop spoonfuls of the remaining Dulce de Leche in dollops over the top of the brownie batter. Use a knife to swirl the Dulce de Leche slightly.

Bake for 35 to 45 minutes. The brownies are done when the center feels just-slightly firm. Remove from the oven and cool completely.

Dec 21, 2006
kirahersko in Home Cooking

Holiday Party Menu

We had our Chanukah Party last night. We had about 50 people and it was a huge success. I thought I would post the menu for anyone looking for ideas. Enjoy!

Caramelized Onion, Goat Cheese and Walnut Tartlettes
Smoked Salmon Stuffed Puffs
Latkes with Applesauce
Roasted Dates with Mascarpone
Spinach Balls with Mustard Sauce
Roasted Red Pepper Stuffed Mushrooms
Dark-Chocolate Bark with Walnuts and Dried Cherries
Baked Soufganiyot
Toll House Cookie Squares
Dulce de Leche Brownies
Mini Lemon Curd Tarts

Dec 21, 2006
kirahersko in Home Cooking

Kosher Restaurants in Miami

But is Tea for Two any good? I'd rather eat at good places then close places!

Dec 12, 2006
kirahersko in Kosher

Wine Recommendations/Where to buy in Maryland?

Potomac Wines & Spirits in Georgetown has a large selection of Kosher wines. 3100 M St NW 202-333-2848.

Dec 11, 2006
kirahersko in Kosher

Kosher Restaurants in Miami

We will be staying at the Intercontinental Downtown. But we will have a car and be doing things all over.... So we would rather drive a little further but eat good food.

Dec 08, 2006
kirahersko in Kosher

Kosher Restaurants in Miami

Will be vacationing in the Miami area for a week. Never been before. What restaurants are not to be missed? Which ones should we avoid? We are going to want a full range of styles/flavors over the week... so as much advice as possible would be helpful!

Dec 07, 2006
kirahersko in Kosher

Kosher Couverture

Anyone know where I can purchase kosher couverture chocolate. I don't mind going directly to distributors or buying on the web.


Nov 29, 2006
kirahersko in Kosher

Kosher between Wash DC and BWI

Well that depends on your timing and you means of transportation. Within DC there are only 2 options: DCJCC and Eli's Deli. In the suburbs in MD you have numerous options in the cities of Rockville, Silver Spring and College Park. Any of these would reasonably be in the direction of BWI. The following lists the various restaurants and their info. Let me know if you want to know which ones are better or worse. :)

Nov 29, 2006
kirahersko in Kosher

Kosher Calvados

Anyone know if Calvados needs to have a hechsher? If so where can I get some?

Sep 29, 2006
kirahersko in Kosher