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star anise? KLP

Thanks, I like it when the authorities take a practical stance. Appreciate the helpful community. Believe me, try star anise in any stew and you will see what it can do. Year round I make a chicken garlic soy stew with the star anise and it is VERY special. In has never failed to wow. Came from Mark Bittman and is a riff on chicken with 40 cloves of garlic.

Mar 23, 2014
timbrel2 in Kosher

star anise? KLP

I discovered that
First, star anise and aniseed (or anise) are not related botanically. Well, they are, but only very far back in the gene pool; both are in the magnolia class. Star anise (which is, confusingly, sometimes called star aniseed) is the fruit of Illicium verum, native to China. Aniseed (or anise) is the fruit of Pimpinella anisum, native to the eastern Mediterranean.

Second, star anise and aniseed both contain anethole, a chemical compound that accounts for their licorice flavor, but star anise has a stronger and more pungent taste.

Thank you everyone for your replies. I'm comfortable with using the star anise. I am probably not as halakhic as many of you, I make a certain effort otherwise why change all the dishes etc., but when it comes to the more nitty gritty stuff I let it be.

Mar 23, 2014
timbrel2 in Kosher

star anise? KLP

thanks, you make a good point

Mar 23, 2014
timbrel2 in Kosher

star anise? KLP

Thank you for the link, useful in many ways. Since they are careful enough to label things like dark chocolate, this recipe will allow me to use it in the lamb stew I'm planning for the second seder. THANK YOU

Mar 23, 2014
timbrel2 in Kosher

star anise? KLP

thanks tokyoite, its because I know how great it is that I want to know if I can use it on Pesach.

Mar 23, 2014
timbrel2 in Kosher

star anise? KLP

I have a wonderful recipe that I'd like to use at the seder. It calls for star anise, which is not anise. Anyone know if I can buy it in the whole spice form and use for Pesach?

thanks for saving me slaving over the various lists/

Mar 23, 2014
timbrel2 in Kosher

New to posting, but sure need the ChowHounds! Need stove help fast!!

See your point about what you get from Garden Web. Boy I wish I lived near you! My last ovens are a Miele and a Miele speed oven. They are as complicated as my aged brain can handle yet I think back to my second home days with gardens, canning etc, and thoroughly enjoy your comments. Do let us know how it goes.

Feb 26, 2014
timbrel2 in Cookware

Need to repair the handle on pot cover

Now here is a suggestion I can manage. I will investigate immediately. Thanks

Feb 24, 2014
timbrel2 in Cookware

Need to repair the handle on pot cover

I have never shopped thrift stores. But I have a friend who does, will ask her about it. Thanx

Feb 24, 2014
timbrel2 in Cookware

Need to repair the handle on pot cover

What do you mean by a metal shop? I live in Manhattan and have never heard f a metal shop

Feb 24, 2014
timbrel2 in Cookware

Need to repair the handle on pot cover

Two problems--this is a hadle with two attachment point, not a knob. More importantly, I can't use an electric drill. Thanks anyway

Feb 22, 2014
timbrel2 in Cookware

Need to repair the handle on pot cover

The cover handle on a small 28 year old Cuisinart pot just came off. I guess it was welded on, but I can't tell. A wedding present, there is no mark to say they're Cuisinart. Odd. Any idea what I can do to get it mended? The pot is just fine.

thanks

Feb 22, 2014
timbrel2 in Cookware

New to posting, but sure need the ChowHounds! Need stove help fast!!

While the comments here are on target for all kinds of equipment, if you're looking for information on performance, I suggest,no offense to chowhounds, you try the home forums on Garden Web. Appliances, kitchens, those forums may unearth users of the stoves you mention. I've done two kitchens and I realize my requirements were mundane next to yours. Good luck.

Feb 22, 2014
timbrel2 in Cookware

Grow and Behold sausage

I love everything at grow and behold. I also order from kol foods. Try the sausage sampler . Wish the they had rolls the equal to the sausage

Oct 01, 2013
timbrel2 in Kosher

how do you organize recipes?

I have been using Now Your Cooking for more than ten years. All kinds of ways to add recipes, including the thousands already in this format or one that is compatible. I have digital subscriptions to more than one magazine and to websites so I just clip and import the recipe to my database in NYC. I can organize into particular cookbooks, now working out of my Thanksgiving cookbook, make usage notes, keep records of former menus, create shopping lists. Easy use, flexible to fit your needs, likes and dislikes and FANTASTIC support. I also sometimes clip to Evernote and have enjoyed using the Bittman apps for my new IPAD. I have used five or six different cooking databases, but once I found NYC I stayed with it. I have worked out a way not to have to print recipes almost at all so I love that. Another user talked about a small scanner that would more easily convert my cookbook recipes (not a cookbook fan) and I plan to explore that in the future.
Have no investment in this company just love the software.

Nov 19, 2012
timbrel2 in Home Cooking

how many of you really follow "nutrition science"?

We have always eaten in what we believed was a healthy way. We were once gardeners and we eat a wide variety of vegetables, grains, fruits etc. Due to many factors, some beyond his control, my husband who has exercised regularly for many years--ran a marathon for his 60th birthday-- has gained a lot of weight and has a number of health issues, none life-threatening just depressing.at 73. It is the impact of the weight on his life as much as anything that depresses him. I have worked with a trainer for about 13 years and she has helped me remain active despite MS. He is now working with her as well. A life-long vegetarian, she brought the work of Gary Taubes to my attention. I am now reading his book, which addresses the science he believes has been ignored, a science he believes points to high protein as the way to maintain a healthy weight. His work has made her change to eating meat which she detests and providing that diet for her family. Not sure what to think yet, just wanted to mention this material in the context of this conversation.

Apr 03, 2011
timbrel2 in Not About Food

When you grocery shop, do you buy...

As so many have said, when I'm at my best I'm very organized. I have used various computerized cooking databases for many years. Now I use something call Now Your Cooking. I have various cookbooks within the database but I'll plan from first from either the group of favorites or from the TRIED list. I also have a collection labelled TRY SOON. I look at the calendar--how much time will I have, are we going out etc.--then I check the refrigerator. I keep a stocked pantry so I check it and the freezer to see what do I want to be sure is used soon. The recipes I choose will create a shopping list. i will also have a menu plan that is always available for me to check. I check off things I already have and plan my shopping from that. I have a lovely set of cookbooks that I rarely use anymore. I prefer the farmer's market when possible, but I also use the luxury of Fresh Direct here in NYC.
I'm bad about planning quick/easy meals and always have been so dinner time in my house is a roving target. I think it was better, had to be, when I had little children.

Apr 03, 2011
timbrel2 in General Topics

Ad hoc at home ok for kosher kitchen?

Totally agree, except it is a book to read as much as to cook with

Nov 06, 2009
timbrel2 in Kosher

Ad hoc at home ok for kosher kitchen?

I am kosher and I bought the book for its many hints and technique ideas. For example, I haven't seen such a good explanation of cutting up chicken. I've just started ordering chicken from Kol Foods and they only offer whole chickens so this is useful. There are plenty of recipes that I can "retrofit", I do that all the time. I rarely buy cookbooks these days since I download so much from the web into my NYC database sotware. This one was worth it. And I already own Cookwise. And I, FWIW, don't like Alton Brown. Dined at our Hazzan's house on some Fishbein recipes, they were great but I still didn't buy the book. After all, Thomas Keller is Thomas Keller :-)

Nov 06, 2009
timbrel2 in Kosher

Very casual, west chelsea/garment district group dining

why is the Park miserable?

Sep 18, 2008
timbrel2 in Manhattan

cafe luxembourg

We eat there often. Good solid pleasant restaurant with invariably something interesting to eat. Pleasant buzz in the room from a varied UWS crowd. Often hard to get in because its such a reliable neighborhood place. Although its not a quiet place, Nice Matin is much noisier. Although I think the food is more special at NM, Lux has a more relaxed, pleasant feel. Maybe its because I'm there often and it feels comfortable.

Apr 17, 2007
timbrel2 in Manhattan

Best Korean Stews and Soups in Manhattan?

Any comments on Bann in Worldwide Plaza? Friends have made a reservation there.

Feb 21, 2007
timbrel2 in Manhattan

Vineyard Theater vicinity

Thanks for these wonderful suggestions. Actually, my daughter and her boyfriend are adults, living on their own so we can go to any of these places. We'll stay with Steak Frites this week but try the others next time and let you know. Thanks again.

Bliss

Dec 13, 2006
timbrel2 in Manhattan

Vineyard Theater vicinity

We eat almost anything, but we have loved anywhere we've eaten. We do like Blue Water Grill, but its pricey to be our regular choice since we have a subscription for 4 (the other two are daughter and her boyfriend so we're paying for the four).We're going again to Steak Frites but we don't love it. I should say we like to eat relatively close to where we go to theater so we're not rushed. Thanks for any help.

Dec 12, 2006
timbrel2 in Manhattan

Vineyard Theater vicinity

Recommendations in the Union Square area for good eating near this very nice small theater?

thanks, B Siman

Dec 11, 2006
timbrel2 in Manhattan