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Old 10-02-2006, 09:30 AM   #31
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You cannot mix meat and dairy in the same course.
It's more than that. You cannot mix meat and dairy in the same MEAL! For sure.

Your friends know you do not have a Kosher kitchen. You don't have to know all the laws to make a meal any Jew whe accepts your invitation to dinner can enjoy. Decide on Meat or Dairy. If you choose meat, you can't use butter. Okay, there's olive oil! no cheese in the risotto... no dairy anything in the dessert. How about apple pie? (Use crisco for the crust)

If you choose dairy, you can also serve fish. Fish is neutral. Now you can bake a cake for dessert, or ice cream, or any other dairy centered dish. Veggies go fine with either type of meal.

No pork No shellfish (I didn't think you were considering goat, but no goat, either!)

You'll do fine!

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Old 10-02-2006, 02:07 PM   #32
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The best way to research a Kosher dinner is through various cookbooks.

I am Jewish and today is Yom Kipper which is the highest Jewish Holiday. It is the celebration of the New Year.

Good luck with your cooking Kosher.


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Old 10-02-2006, 05:45 PM   #33
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Ohhh yeah, that's right... I forgot about that. To all jewish members and readers: happy Yom Kippur
And thanks everyone for the support and input. I'll check tomorrow, but I hope my guests will be happy with kosher meat and fish and no dairy in the meal. Despite the fact that I love veggies, cooking vegetarian is not my strong point.
I was already aware of the fact that I wouldn't be able to cook kosher to orthodox rabbi standards (to start with, I (and my kitchen ware) come in contact with "unclean" products on a daily basis), but my intention was to accomodate and respect my guests to the best of my ability. Kinda like I wouldn't put steak tartare on the menu if I know I'm entertaining veganists (and still invite them for a home dinner instead of taking them to a specialised restaurant) .
Unless I'm informed that i'll have to come up with a vegetarian menu, this is what I'll be serving:
* chicken stock (to start with a "typical" touch)
* pan fried dover sole with a fresh herbs sabayon (eggs, white wine, flavourings) typical to none probably, but it tastes good ;)
* boef bourgignon ("typical" for my style of french/belgian cooking) with a steamed potato
* some "typical" desert if I can find a recipe that doesn't call for dairy products
I'll see if I can come up with appropriate kosher wines too. I assume it's ok to serve some ciabata or similar bread with these dishes (w/o the butter)?
Tonight let us eat, drink and be merry for tomorrow we die.
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Old 10-02-2006, 05:52 PM   #34
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Pears poached in wine for dessert? Sorbet?
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Old 10-02-2006, 07:41 PM   #35
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Your meal sounds wonderful and I am sure your guests will be very appreciative of all the thought and effort you put into this meal.

Bread is absolutely fine to serve.

Ask at your local liquor store about kosher wines. They used to be kind of limited, but more and more liquor stores are carrying a wider selection.
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Old 10-10-2006, 10:44 AM   #36
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A person who actually "keeps Kosher" wouldn't eat at my house, period. You need two sets of dishes and cooking pots. However, I make a point to have some food that has no pork or shellfish when Jewish friends visit (ditto Islamic). There is no way that most of us can cook to order for all our guests when we have a large variety of cultural differences. I have friends who are all types of vegetarians (to include a couple of vegans), Jewish, Muslim and a great variety of Christians. So I try to put out one dish that will offend no one when it is a big party. I also am a big believer in "potluck". In other words if your eating habits -- be it religious, philosophical, allergy-based, cultural -- whatever, please bring a dish to share when it is a party for a large group. By the way, I was a huge hit at an acquaintance's vegan bash. When I'm cooking for just one other couple or family, I work with it. But usually when I entertain, there are a half dozen or more people, and I just ask people to contribute a dish if they have restrictive dietary needs.
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Old 10-10-2006, 11:16 AM   #37
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Hades, good luck on your dinner. It sounds really good. Remember, check the labels on soft (less hydrogenated) margarines - many of them are kosher.

For Dessert may I suggest:
Apple Cake (Parve)

From Paula Levine Weinstein and Julie Komerofsky Remer
What do you get when you cross apples with flour, oil, eggs, sugar and spice? This kosher parve Apple Cake recipe from Ohio caterers Paula Levine Weinstein and Julie Komerofsky Remer. Julie says this recipe is by far their customers' favorite dessert.
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup cooking oil
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 2-3 apples, sliced
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar

1. Place all ingredients (except apples, cinnamon and 3/4 cup sugar) in a large mixing bowl. Beat until smooth.
2. Pour half the batter into a greased tube pan with a removable bottom.
3. Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.
4. Arrange half the apples, then sprinkle with more cinnamon sugar.
5. Repeat layer.
6. Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 75-90 minutes.

VARIATION: Put half of the apples, sugar and cinnamon in the middle of the cake and the other half on top of the cake.
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Old 10-10-2006, 01:51 PM   #38
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happy Yom Kippur
Thanks, but Yom Kippur isn't "happy." It's the Day of Atonement... a very solemn day. (for future reference)
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Old 10-10-2006, 02:58 PM   #39
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I'm giggling here after reading all the do's and don'ts.....If your guests were strictly kosher, they would not eat in your home. It's too bad the hubby did not explain exactly what he meant about his wife's eating habits. I don't keep a kosher home, but I make all sorts of Jewish dishes that taste exactly like my grandma made them. The fact that they are Israeli does not mean that they keep kosher eating habits. Just go for it and ENJOY to the fullest!
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How in the world did I miss thread I do not know, Oh, weell, it's too late now.

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