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  • Post #31 - March 18th, 2011, 9:09 am
    Post #31 - March 18th, 2011, 9:09 am Post #31 - March 18th, 2011, 9:09 am
    LAZ wrote:Just a comment that although bakers do sometimes use cornmeal on the peel when baking this bread, the name of this style of dense rye, which we just used to call "corn bread" when I was growing up, comes from the Yiddish word korn, which means "grain."
    Kaufman's Corn Rye has significant cornmeal presence, much more so than random corn meal residue from the peel. Corn Rye at Kaufman's also has twice the amount of caraway seed as regular seeded rye bread.

    Mouth pleasing corn meal crunch, strong aromatic and flavor presence of caraway combine to make Kaufman's Corn Rye my pick for best rye bread in Chicagoland.

    Kaufman's Corn Rye

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    Kaufman's Seedless Rye

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    Kaufman's Corn Rye, count me a fan!
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  • Post #32 - March 18th, 2011, 10:51 am
    Post #32 - March 18th, 2011, 10:51 am Post #32 - March 18th, 2011, 10:51 am
    LAZ wrote: from the Yiddish word korn, which means "grain."

    In many languages, actually: Old English corn; related to Old Norse, Old High German corn, Gothic kaúrn, Latin grānum, Sanskrit jīrná fragile
    "I would gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today."
  • Post #33 - March 18th, 2011, 1:21 pm
    Post #33 - March 18th, 2011, 1:21 pm Post #33 - March 18th, 2011, 1:21 pm
    LTH,

    From the Kauffman's Deli website:

    A Dedication - Rosh Ha Shonah – 2007

    When I look back on the last year, sometimes I’m not sure whether to laugh or cry… It’s been a tough year of enormous changes and lessons. What friendship means… How to give up some dreams and create others… The value of health, friendship and family. Sometimes as we get older it seems as though the losses become more frequent; we know more people hence we lose more people. This year, very quietly, someone I truly loved and respected died. And again I was reminded that we all have only a limited amount of time in which to say what we want and need to say.

    Last week a woman came into our store. A few years older than me, she came to purchase and ship 3 special loaves of bread to her children in New York & Ohio. “Shipping bread to New York?”, I asked her thinking of all the fantastic bakeries I knew in New York. “It’s a tradition,” she explained, “My father was a survivor of the camps. He often said that during the war he dreamed of having a round loaf of bread big enough to always be able to feed his family and friends. “When I was a child” she went on to explain, “every year for his birthday we came to Kaufman’s to buy a big, round loaf of rye bread as the core of our meal on his birthday – never anyplace else.” Every year they came to rejoice in his survival and build a tradition. Today she buys those breads and sends them to each of her children on her father’s birthday to commemorate, celebrate and remember his life.

    And my thoughts turned to Maury Kaufman, the man who built Kaufman’s Bagel & Delicatessen. He too, was a survivor. And I wondered – was that why he opened Kaufman’s, so he’d never be hungry again and would always be able to feed his family? I never asked him – it never dawned on me until my conversation with this woman - maybe that’s why Kaufman’s exists. I never asked him a lot of things although I heard stories about what he had gone through. I only know I adored him; he was like an extra grandpa I was blessed with later in life; he supported and championed my accomplishments and had no problems pointing out my errors. I didn’t know him as well as I would have liked; we knew each other just for a couple of years and I had to prove myself first. Maury died this year in Jerusalem, quietly and with little fanfare after a long battle. I think of him often – especially when I have difficult decisions to make. That woman’s story is but one of many I’ve heard here at Kaufman’s. Maury built traditions for thousands of Jews with his little store. I feel honored to be able to carry on both his traditions and his name.

    Be sure to tell your loved ones how you honor and love them and how they touch your life. The Jews believe your soul lives on while there are still people who speak of you; make that a part of your tradition. Maury, thank you for the traditions, the history and the legacy – it will always be treated with respect. We shall miss you.

    With Best Wishes for a healthy, happy & sweet New Year

    The Dworkin Family and

    The Staff of Kaufman Bagel & Delicatessen
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  • Post #34 - November 6th, 2011, 7:05 am
    Post #34 - November 6th, 2011, 7:05 am Post #34 - November 6th, 2011, 7:05 am
    Kaufman's Damaged in Overnight Fire

    There was a fire at Kaufman's last nght. They are expected to be closed for several weeks due to heavy smoke damage.

    http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/loca ... 5280.story
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #35 - November 6th, 2011, 10:16 am
    Post #35 - November 6th, 2011, 10:16 am Post #35 - November 6th, 2011, 10:16 am
    Crap, I get my challah from them for Thanksgiving. Sounds like they probably won't be open by then.

    Does NY Bagel & Bialy have challah?
  • Post #36 - November 6th, 2011, 2:10 pm
    Post #36 - November 6th, 2011, 2:10 pm Post #36 - November 6th, 2011, 2:10 pm
    abe_froeman wrote:Crap, I get my challah from them for Thanksgiving. Sounds like they probably won't be open by then.

    Does NY Bagel & Bialy have challah?


    Breadsmith on Dempster has excellent challahs. All of their challas are great, especially the everything muffin challah, it's challah dough baked into singl-serving muffin shapes topped with "everything."
  • Post #37 - November 7th, 2011, 10:12 pm
    Post #37 - November 7th, 2011, 10:12 pm Post #37 - November 7th, 2011, 10:12 pm
    Tel Aviv Bakery on Devon bakes a good Challa. They also sell dinner roll sized Challa. Their onion rolls are delicious, sort of a small hot dog sized Challa stuffed with onions.

    Tel-Aviv Kosher Bakery
    2944 W Devon Ave
    Chicago, IL 60659
    (773) 764-8877
  • Post #38 - November 8th, 2011, 6:44 am
    Post #38 - November 8th, 2011, 6:44 am Post #38 - November 8th, 2011, 6:44 am
    d4v3 wrote:Tel Aviv Bakery on Devon bakes a good Challa. They also sell dinner roll sized Challa. Their onion rolls are delicious, sort of a small hot dog sized Challa stuffed with onions.

    Tel-Aviv Kosher Bakery
    2944 W Devon Ave
    Chicago, IL 60659
    (773) 764-8877


    Tel-Aviv baked goods are also sold at Fresh Farms in Niles.
    Steve Z.

    “Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.”
    ― Ludwig van Beethoven
  • Post #39 - November 8th, 2011, 10:17 am
    Post #39 - November 8th, 2011, 10:17 am Post #39 - November 8th, 2011, 10:17 am
    d4v3 wrote:Tel Aviv Bakery on Devon bakes a good Challa. They also sell dinner roll sized Challa. Their onion rolls are delicious, sort of a small hot dog sized Challa stuffed with onions.

    Tel-Aviv Kosher Bakery
    2944 W Devon Ave
    Chicago, IL 60659
    (773) 764-8877



    Tel-Aviv's onion rolls are great, but their challahs are just okay. Breadsmith's are more substantial and have better flavor.
  • Post #40 - November 8th, 2011, 12:23 pm
    Post #40 - November 8th, 2011, 12:23 pm Post #40 - November 8th, 2011, 12:23 pm
    spinynorman99 wrote:Tel-Aviv's onion rolls are great, but their challahs are just okay. Breadsmith's are more substantial and have better flavor.
    Having never tried Breadsmith's version, and admittedly not being an expert on Challa (nor really a fan of this type of bread), I will have to defer to your judgement.
  • Post #41 - November 8th, 2011, 4:53 pm
    Post #41 - November 8th, 2011, 4:53 pm Post #41 - November 8th, 2011, 4:53 pm
    abe_froeman wrote:Crap, I get my challah from them for Thanksgiving. Sounds like they probably won't be open by then.

    Does NY Bagel & Bialy have challah?


    Yes they usually do have Challah's
  • Post #42 - November 8th, 2011, 5:02 pm
    Post #42 - November 8th, 2011, 5:02 pm Post #42 - November 8th, 2011, 5:02 pm
    Hi- I just drove past Kaufman's this afternoon, and the windows are boarded up, And it looks like they are going to be closed up for a while. I know when Whole Foods in downtown Evanston had a fire about five years ago, they were closed for about three weeks. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #43 - November 8th, 2011, 5:33 pm
    Post #43 - November 8th, 2011, 5:33 pm Post #43 - November 8th, 2011, 5:33 pm
    Hi- I just checked Kaufman's website, and they hope to open in three weeks, which means they will be closed until after Thanksgiving. Thanks, Nancy
  • Post #44 - November 24th, 2011, 1:10 pm
    Post #44 - November 24th, 2011, 1:10 pm Post #44 - November 24th, 2011, 1:10 pm
    While Kaufman's is closed, what's a good replacement for the deli side?

    We're having a post-Thanksgiving lunch tomorrow with the family and I've been tasked with procuring corned beef, chopped liver, etc. I live in Old Town, lunch is in Evanston.
  • Post #45 - November 24th, 2011, 9:41 pm
    Post #45 - November 24th, 2011, 9:41 pm Post #45 - November 24th, 2011, 9:41 pm
    jonathanlehman wrote:While Kaufman's is closed, what's a good replacement for the deli side?

    The Bagel in Old Orchard - http://www.bagelrestaurant.com/
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  • Post #46 - November 24th, 2011, 11:39 pm
    Post #46 - November 24th, 2011, 11:39 pm Post #46 - November 24th, 2011, 11:39 pm
    jonathanlehman wrote:While Kaufman's is closed, what's a good replacement for the deli side?

    We're having a post-Thanksgiving lunch tomorrow with the family and I've been tasked with procuring corned beef, chopped liver, etc. I live in Old Town, lunch is in Evanston.


    Go with Steve's Deli over the Bagel:

    http://www.stevesdeli.com/home/
  • Post #47 - November 25th, 2011, 8:47 am
    Post #47 - November 25th, 2011, 8:47 am Post #47 - November 25th, 2011, 8:47 am
    Korn in german means bread, a famous german bread is Vollkornbrot which is a full grain rye bread.
    Since most rye breads were eaten in Northern Europe I would venture to say that the word is German in origin.
    Cookie Monster
  • Post #48 - November 25th, 2011, 9:52 am
    Post #48 - November 25th, 2011, 9:52 am Post #48 - November 25th, 2011, 9:52 am
    Cookie Monster wrote:Korn in german means bread, a famous german bread is Vollkornbrot which is a full grain rye bread.
    Since most rye breads were eaten in Northern Europe I would venture to say that the word is German in origin.


    brot means bread. vollkorn is more or less whole wheat.
  • Post #49 - November 26th, 2011, 2:11 am
    Post #49 - November 26th, 2011, 2:11 am Post #49 - November 26th, 2011, 2:11 am
    ziggy wrote:
    Cookie Monster wrote:Korn in german means bread, a famous german bread is Vollkornbrot which is a full grain rye bread.
    Since most rye breads were eaten in Northern Europe I would venture to say that the word is German in origin.

    brot means bread. vollkorn is more or less whole wheat.

    Korn without an umlaut over the 'o' means corn. With an umlaut over the 'o', körn means kernel or grain (of an unspecified type). "Vollkörnbrot" means whole grain bread, whereas Vollkornbrot means whole 'corn' bread.
  • Post #50 - November 27th, 2011, 12:57 pm
    Post #50 - November 27th, 2011, 12:57 pm Post #50 - November 27th, 2011, 12:57 pm
    Hi- They had an article about the fire in the Evanston trib local edition last weekend, and the owner said that she was going to try to open up by hannuka, but a friend of mine walked by there Wednesday, and she said that they have lots to do to get it ready, and she doubts it will be done that soon. She said that there were a group of people working on the inside of the restaurant when she went past.

    According to the article, they are going to have to replace the roof too. Most of the equipment did not get damaged, but there was lots of water and smoke damage. Hope this helps, Nancy
  • Post #51 - January 18th, 2012, 3:57 pm
    Post #51 - January 18th, 2012, 3:57 pm Post #51 - January 18th, 2012, 3:57 pm
    Hi- Does anybody have any idea when Kaufman's is going to open up again? I drive past there about once a week, and their windows are still boarded up, which is a bad sign.

    A friend of mine lives near there, and really misses their bread. Thanks, Nancy
  • Post #52 - January 18th, 2012, 4:43 pm
    Post #52 - January 18th, 2012, 4:43 pm Post #52 - January 18th, 2012, 4:43 pm
    Hi,

    No idea on when they may reopen.

    It would not surprise me if they have a battle royal obtaining a decent insurance settlement. When Hot Doug's had a fire at their original location, Doug hired an insurance adjuster to counter his insurance company's original settlement offer

    I will continue to hope for the best on their reopening eventually.

    Regards,
    Cathy2

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  • Post #53 - January 18th, 2012, 6:31 pm
    Post #53 - January 18th, 2012, 6:31 pm Post #53 - January 18th, 2012, 6:31 pm
    Hi- I just checked Kaufman's facebook page, and they are apparently in limbo right now. They are still dealing with the village, the insurance company, and the general contractor. They have cleaned up the inside, and repainted, and all the equipment is being decontaminated, but they are probably waiting for roof repairs to commence. Apparently they do not own the building, which I am sure complicates things. Thanks, Nancy
  • Post #54 - January 19th, 2012, 12:45 pm
    Post #54 - January 19th, 2012, 12:45 pm Post #54 - January 19th, 2012, 12:45 pm
    I hope it gets all sorted out by St. Patrick's Day! It is our Irish family tradition that we get our corned beef from Kaufmans!
    What disease did cured ham actually have?
  • Post #55 - January 19th, 2012, 2:41 pm
    Post #55 - January 19th, 2012, 2:41 pm Post #55 - January 19th, 2012, 2:41 pm
    I hope they're back in business before Purim (starts the evening of March 7th this year), as Kaufman's hamantaschen are an essential food.
    Where there’s smoke, there may be salmon.
  • Post #56 - January 20th, 2012, 1:31 am
    Post #56 - January 20th, 2012, 1:31 am Post #56 - January 20th, 2012, 1:31 am
    That's sad. :cry: I hope they reopen soon!!!
  • Post #57 - January 20th, 2012, 10:25 am
    Post #57 - January 20th, 2012, 10:25 am Post #57 - January 20th, 2012, 10:25 am
    Elfin wrote:I hope it gets all sorted out by St. Patrick's Day! It is our Irish family tradition that we get our corned beef from Kaufmans!

    Glad to see the Irish/Jewish alliance is alive and well, begorreh!
  • Post #58 - January 20th, 2012, 12:09 pm
    Post #58 - January 20th, 2012, 12:09 pm Post #58 - January 20th, 2012, 12:09 pm
    Fresser wrote:
    Elfin wrote:I hope it gets all sorted out by St. Patrick's Day! It is our Irish family tradition that we get our corned beef from Kaufmans!

    Glad to see the Irish/Jewish alliance is alive and well, begorreh!


    Indeed it is. My Celtic bride loves Kaufman's poppy seed hamantaschen.
    Where there’s smoke, there may be salmon.
  • Post #59 - February 22nd, 2012, 10:36 am
    Post #59 - February 22nd, 2012, 10:36 am Post #59 - February 22nd, 2012, 10:36 am
    Any word on the street?
    "Bass Trombone is the Lead Trumpet of the Deep."
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  • Post #60 - February 22nd, 2012, 10:58 am
    Post #60 - February 22nd, 2012, 10:58 am Post #60 - February 22nd, 2012, 10:58 am
    Evil Ronnie wrote:Any word on the street?


    I called there about a month or so ago and the person who answered the phone said it would be a few more months.

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