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Kosher cheese at Whole Foods

I got a kosher blue cheese from Fairway in Paramus, I think the Cheese Guys was the brand. very good but it was very much a blue cheese. I also bought a wedge of kosher cheese that was labelled blue cheese at Shoprite in Paramus (not in the kosher isle but on the large oval cheese display at the back of the produce isle, right across from the bakery). I think the company was "good and kosher" something like that. Anyway, this one was very much more like a roquefort than a blue.

May 13, 2013
azna29 in Kosher

Fresh Fish in Bergen County

I had heard about Hmart as we have a few here in NJ but wasn't sure whether it was worth the short ride out. But it sounds like it is. Thanks!

May 13, 2013
azna29 in Kosher

Fresh Fish in Bergen County

I make fish every shabbos and was wondering if anyone could recommend a place to buy great fresh fish- emphasis on the fresh- in Bergen County. I have been buying from the Fairway in Paramus but their selection is getting kind of old. Kashrut is not an issue here, I do not need the market or the fish to be certified. If it is, great. If not that's ok too, as long as the fish is kosher its fine for me. Thank you.

May 13, 2013
azna29 in Kosher

Mocha Mix

We were in California recently and loved the non-dairy creamer their Mocha Mix. Does anyone know if this is available on the east coast? If not, can anyone recommend a non-dairy creamer that is better than ok? I tried Mimicream and was not impressed...

Mar 16, 2013
azna29 in Kosher

Joy of Kosher Best of 2011....Joke of Kosher more like it

I have been to NOBO, its where the pasta factory used to be, atmosphere and drinks are good but the food is not good. Everything sounded good but the flavors were horrible. Like for example the red wine sauce actually tasted like red wine. The chef did not have the skill to pull off the dishes he had described. I have not been back since. If I had to go again I would stick to things that the chef can't mess up too bad, like a steak. Its too bad because its one of the few kosher places that is clean, big and has good service- its at the level of a non-kosher restaurant. If they had good food it would be awesome and a place I would certainly frequent.

Jan 12, 2012
azna29 in Kosher

What do you substitute for cheese in fleishig (meat) recipes?

My family and i are trying to start the long trek to being completely vegan so I am always looking for vegan recipes that are worthy of a celebratory shabbat meal. As a vegan, could you recommend one or two of your favorite cookbooks or meals?

Oct 27, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

What homecooked meals are best to bring to Jewish home during Shiva (period of mourning)?

Last time I had to make a shiva call I did not have time to cook so I grabbed a box of coffee at starbucks and a coffee cake at Trader Joe's. Folks immediately grabbed a cup of coffee and a slice of cake instead of just putting it in the kitchen with the rest of the stuff. So I figured they liked it so that's my new go to. Many appreciate a good cup of coffee after having instant or store bought for so long, and if they don't like it they can serve it to guests.

Oct 17, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

Trader Joe's Kosher Specialties?

I strongly second the harvest grains blend.-its fantastic. Although i don't think its garbanzo beans, I thinks its yellow split peas. Either way, it provides a nice crunch. The brown rice medley is also great.

Oct 11, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

Israel Products available online at Food Channel

Fairway in Paramus has the Aunt Berta's products.

Jun 07, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

Are you making a dairy meal for shavuos?

Wow, that's quite a discussion on the use of "hearty". I'll certainly think twice before I post again or even read this forum given some of the attitudes here. But in any event, we do not eat poultry or meat except on shabbat and holidays. So, it is hearty to us as our stomachs are not used to it on a daily basis. Its not normal or healthy to be eating cakes and such in the middle of the night and so he will not be eating any of that.

Jun 03, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

Are you making a dairy meal for shavuos?

My husband generally argues that a dairy meal is not hardy enough for him before he is about to go study all night. So I thought I would make the first day lunch the dairy meal but i'm not sure what to make that will be filling for him and the other 3 or 4 men that usually come for lunch, especially when they are used to a cholent. Any suggestions? What are you making?

Jun 03, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

Kosher marscapone cheese?

The Fairway in paramus NJ has the Bel giosi one. Across from the gourmet kosher cheeses near the olive bar.

Jun 02, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

Mousaka recipe request

yes, I happened to look at it over the weekend. My mistake. Sorry!

May 16, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

Fried chicken

I actually tried this breading as I had a lot of potato starch left over from pesach. I used potato starch and a packet of good seasons garlic and herb dressing seasoning and breaded and fried some sole and chicken cutlet with it and it was really really good. It did soak up a lot of oil so next time I am going to try your oven method but even with the oil it was really delish and the family loved it. Thanks!

May 13, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

What do I do with Fresh Green Almonds?

Thanks!

May 12, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

What do I do with Fresh Green Almonds?

Found some at the Fairway but I have no idea what to do with them. I don't really like them raw. anyone have any experience with them?

May 12, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

Motzai Shabbas restaurant in Teaneck...?

Ha! I didn't really think about that but yeah that's probably right!

May 11, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

Motzai Shabbas restaurant in Teaneck...?

Most fo the places don't open saturday night this time of year. I think Chickies in Englewood is open until 3am, but they are more of a take out place. There is a nice park behind their building though so you could sit outside and enjoy the sandwiches. Their food is very good.

May 11, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

Double wrapping and the hapless kosher guest

I agree with you. A beautiful meal can be made cold but I think most of these places don't know anything about kosher and rely on what the kosher caterer tells them. So its really the kosher caterer's fault as they should know exactly how it feels to be in this situation and come up with a better solution. I usually bring a salad dressing packet in my purse and ask for a huge salad of uncooked vegetables, including avocado, if possible as I find the salad is always more filling with it. A kosher caterer with any sense could instruct the hall to prepare a cold salad and then just provide a small box with a dressing packet, a nice piece of protein and a piece of bread! Or the hotel could just get a kosher can of tuna steak some commercial italian dressing (most of which are kosher) and you've got a meal better than any kosher caterers plastic junk! (sorry, I get stuck with the fruit platter a lot too)

May 06, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

ISO Reasonable Kosher Caterer for Bar Mitzvah Brunch In Northern NJ

I did a bris brunch a few years ago with Menagerie in Englewood and was very pleased. It was bagels and lox and whole smoked whitefishes. But we also got three types of Kugel and omelet stations, fruit, appetizer salads. We also chose real plates and utensils as opposed to plastic, which I think is key to making it more upscale. It was very inexpensive for what we received and I think will likely be in your budget. They set up all the food so beautifully and there was a lot of it, the presentation and quality of the food was really the same as in a non-kosher event (and I mean that as a compliment!).

May 06, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

Mousaka recipe request

I have that one, kosher by design entertains, and that Moussaka recipe is not in it.

May 04, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

Seder dessert for 25??

I am going to buy a KFP sponge cake from the store and slice it into one or two layers and fill it with strawberry jam and sliced almonds. I will then whip some non-dairy whipping cream with sugar and serve the cake with whipped cream. Should be a super easy dessert.

Apr 11, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

kosher tomato paste in a tube--does it exist?

Could you point us to "the Lists"?

Apr 06, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

"Faltche fish" - gefilte fish made from ground chicken

I read an article about this in Saveur several months ago. Here's a link to the article and the recipe. They called it bailik fish.

http://www.saveur.com/article/Kitchen...

http://www.saveur.com/article/Recipes...

Apr 06, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

Rabbi Eidlitz notes

I saw the gluten free matzoh at Shoprite. $6 a box. No thanks.

Mar 30, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

Homemade Hametashen Like Store-Bought

I have a typical recipe I use which is crunchy. I made several batches with poppy filling which were crunchy and then I made one batch with an organic strawberry jelly. That batch came out pale and crumbly like the packaged kind. I assume its because fo the moisture from jelly and I also undercooked them a bit. I subsequently put them back in the oven for another 10 minutes and they were crunchy like I like them. But you could experiment with undercooking a bit.

Mar 23, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

Stuffed salmon or stuffed gefilte help

Buy a large fillet of salmon and slice it horizontally into long thin strips. Smear a thin layer of the defrosted gefilte fish on the salmon and roll up into a pinweel. You can add water, mayo or egg if you need to thin out the gefilte fish). Bake at 350 covered for 10-15min until cooked through and then leave for 5 minutes under the broiler or in the oven to get a bit of a crust on the fish. You may need to do 2 per portion. If you can get the fishmonger to cut the salmon strips for you it would be even easier and probably more even sized.

Mar 17, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

How to Heat Vegetables to stay Crisp/ Tender, Rather than Overcooked, on a Shabbos Blech

I put them on a plate above another pot on the blech (as the lid) uncovered so it stays slightly warm but does not overcook or release water. I cover with foil right before appetizers (so 15-20 min before serving) so they get a bit warmer before serving. This is for fresh sauteed vegetables, I never use frozen.

Mar 14, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

So, money is tight...

Use chicken thighs for roasting, sauteeing etc.. They are cheaper and if you take the main bone out they saute up relatively quickly and can be used different ways using different spices and sauces, add rice and weekly on sale veg and that should be pretty cheap.

Make tuna or salmon croquettes with canned tuna or salmon. These actually turn out very tasty and are inexpensive.

Make a sunday gravy using a few bones. Just add some beef or lamb bones (which are relatively inexpensive) to a prepared tomato sauce or your own and let it cook for several hours and then shred any meat off the bone into the sauce. You can add some zucinni, carrots or mushroom at the end to cook for until done and then serve over pasta or rice. i used 3 lamb neck bones awhile ago and the sauce ended up with a lot of meat in it.

Stuff and roll your chicken breast or thigh. Pound it thin and add in a rice or spinach stuffing, roll up and then saute. "fancy" dish and your really using a lot less meat, one breast could make 2.

Mar 09, 2011
azna29 in Kosher

Oreos with OU DE designation?

does anyone know if popsicles are also only dairy equipment. I assume so as there is no dairy in the ingredient list but never saw anything official. Anyone know?

Mar 08, 2011
azna29 in Kosher