Sunday, January 24, 2010

Another kashrut challenge

Today, when my husband and I picked up our coffee and hot chocolate at a local bakery--see my latest two kashrut posts--I took a good look at all the goodies in the pastry display, and realized that it's entirely possible that I may never eat a cannoli again. Sigh. As my son never tires of reminding me, "It's your choice to keep kosher, Mom." Yep, it is.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

There is a real Italian bakery that is certified kosher on Long Island. It's called Sapienza and is located in Elmont. They have real canolis! Seriously, they are an Italian place that decided to get a hashgacha without changing anything (they are dairy).

I know you don't have a car, and this bakery isn't even particulary close to an LIRR station, but if you're ever out on the island to head for cemetery country or even JFK, I highly recommend it.

Sun Jan 24, 09:18:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Jendeis said...

I am slowly moving towards kashrut and it's interesting to me to see what I struggle with. I started refraining from pork, and that was a real challenge given my love for wonton soup and steamed dumplings.

Now, I've cut out shellfish and I've been surprised at how easy it's been, even though I really liked many shellfish dishes frequently.

I'm hoping you can find some kosher cannolis soon.

Sun Jan 24, 10:08:00 PM 2010  
Anonymous Too Old to Jewschool Steve said...

Buy the shells, which are available in most megamarts, and fill your own. You just need to sweeten some ricotta cheese a little and mix in some cinnamon, or chocolate chips or the flavoring of your choice. There are recipes all over the internet. And its fun, too.

Sun Jan 24, 10:59:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Anon, thanks. Maybe we'll have an opportunity to buy some Italian pastries at Sapienza sometime when we have a rented car.

Jendeis, been there, done that--it took me a while to get used to not eating *real* quiche Lorraine (the kind made with ham cubes) and shrimp cocktail. But I can assure you that my husband and I have enjoyed both wonton soup and steamed dumplings at kosher Asian restaurants--a kosher cook simply substitutes beef, veal, or chicken for pork. I hope there's a kosher Asian restaurant or supermarket in your area.

And I'm looking forward to having--or making--kosher cannolis. Steve, I'm not much of a cook, but maybe I can manage to mix ricotta cheese with sugar and chocolate chips and see how the concoction tastes. Wish me luck.

Mon Jan 25, 12:07:00 PM 2010  
Blogger scarlettscion said...

Like Steve said, the only hard part of cannolis is the shells. If you can find a kosher certified (or ingredient, I don't know which you do) shell, it is very easy to pipe in some sweetened ricotta filling.

Good luck!

Mon Jan 25, 12:28:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Scarlettscion, I'm not fussy--I'd be happy to serve up the filling in a tarte shell or chocolate "cup," providing that it has a hechsher (rabbinical seal confirming that it's kosher). I'd even serve it in a bowl. :) (Why I am beginning to hear echoes of Dr. Seuss? "And I would serve it in a bowl, but I'd not serve it with a coal . . .:))

Mon Jan 25, 12:41:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Larry Lennhoff said...

Tu bishvat note:
Which dried fruits and nuts require a hecksher according to the Montreal Vaad.

Mon Jan 25, 01:23:00 PM 2010  
Blogger The Reform Baal Teshuvah said...

I'd be happy to serve up the filling in a tarte shell or chocolate "cup,"

Did this erev shabbat - Ricotta cheese with honey in a chocolate cup with with apples. It was an improvised dessert. I need to remember it for RH.

Mon Jan 25, 03:14:00 PM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Reform BT, that sounds yummy! You might want to remember it for "the dairy holiday," Shavuot, too.

Eek, thanks for the reminder about Tu Bi-Sh'vat, Larry--it's this coming Shabbat/Sabbath/Saturday!

Re dried-fruit kashrut, I'm supposed to cut open figs, etc., and check for infestation?! Sigh. Yet another reason why I'd never make it as an Ortho--no patience.

Mon Jan 25, 04:27:00 PM 2010  
Blogger The Reform Baal Teshuvah said...

Shavuot gets a double chocolate Cheesecake.

Tue Jan 26, 08:09:00 AM 2010  
Blogger Shira Salamone said...

Double chocolate cheesecake?! Double yum!

Tue Jan 26, 12:33:00 PM 2010  

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