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Old 10-01-2006, 10:35 PM   #11
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Chopstix, do your friends keep kosher or are they just Jewish? The vast majority of Jews (at least in the US) do not keep kosher. I am Jewish and regularly eat pork, shellfish, meat with dairy, etc. I Know well over 100 Jews and maybe 2 of them keep kosher.
GB, my friend (who looks and acts like Jerry Seinfeld himself ) eats anything. But he advised me not to serve pork nor shellfish to his parents. He didn't mention scavenger animals though ... His parents were very nice -- reminded me of Seinfeld's folks, more or less
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A lot of Jews do not keep kosher, but don't feel right breaking some of the larger rules like eating pork shellfish. Sounds to me like your friends parents probably fit into that category. I would be willing to bet that what you served was fine by them
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Old 10-01-2006, 10:48 PM   #13
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GB,

I only mentioned chicken since it is usually very easy to prepare, there are thousands of recipes for it and it is liked by most people. And afterall, what's more stereotypically Jewish than chicken soup?
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Old 10-01-2006, 10:51 PM   #14
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And afterall, what's more stereotypically Jewish than chicken soup?
That is for sure.
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As far as I can tell, dover sole is kosher and I don't believe serving it in a cream sauce is a problem. You would not be able to serve the beef roast or the chicken broth though because of the cream in the sauce from the fish.

The dessert does not sound like it will be a problem.
GB - there has to be so many hours between the consumption of dairy and meat, correct? I just want to make sure that is understood. They cannot be served at the same meal - it would have to be one or the other, right?
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Yes I believe that is correct kitchenelf, although I do not know how many hours it needs to be. For some reason 2 hours is jumping out at me, but I could be very wrong about that.

You basically do not want to serve them together in the same meal, no matter how long the meal may last.
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Yes I believe that is correct kitchenelf, although I do not know how many hours it needs to be. For some reason 2 hours is jumping out at me, but I could be very wrong about that.

You basically do not want to serve them together in the same meal, no matter how long the meal may last.
I'm reading some extremely interesting stuff here that could either really help or really confuse the OP.

I light-heartedly say that during this day and age some things are done because it has been the law for so long but no one knows why it was the law anymore - they just do it because someone said to do it - wherein I'm pretty sure the term "because I said so" found it's beginnings!!

I have always wanted to find out more about this stuff so I'll be reading a lot.
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Kitchenelf (or anyone else), feel free to PM me if you would like to know the reasons behind the why we have the kosher laws. There is a lot of misconceptions out there about why these laws exist for Jews (if had absolutely nothing to do with health reasons as a lot of people think).
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Old 10-02-2006, 02:12 AM   #19
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Kitchenelf (or anyone else), feel free to PM me if you would like to know the reasons behind the why we have the kosher laws. There is a lot of misconceptions out there about why these laws exist for Jews (if had absolutely nothing to do with health reasons as a lot of people think).
I, along with many people I'm sure, would be very interested to know the reasons why. Instead of confining it to PMs, can this be an open discussion?
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First of all, if they were strictly Kosher, they would NOT be coming to your house for a meal, since your house is NOT Kosher.

If you're serving Chicken Soup to start, the Fish is fine for the next course, but NO cream sauce! No butter can be used in ANY preparation for a meat meal. so also that means no cake, no Crème Brulée... nothing with dairy in it at all.

Fish is neutral. You can have fish with dairy. Eggs are neutral.

It's okay to ASK your friend about this, too... it will give you a better idea of just how strictly they observe Kashrut.

Oh, and catfish is definitely NOT Kosher! Not only does it NOT have scales, it's a scavenger. But it tastes so good!
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