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May 24, 2009 12:28 PM

show of hands meat or dairy

With Shavuot this year falling on Shabbat, who is making a meat and who is making a dairy dinner. If you want to add a comment or recipe to the tally, even better :)

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  1. Dairy all the way!! Not for religious reasons, but because I like dairy much better than meat in general. We are talking about 4 meals (I am not counting breakfast). One of then will be an elaborate kiddush at the shul that I daven - cheese blintzes, cheese cakes, baked ziti, eggplant parmesan, fish, sushi, salads, fruits, donuts, ice cream - I can't wait! Another meal will be fish, salmon or flounder, another meal blintzes and another one noodles & cheese, tuna salad and salads. There is plenty of opportunity for meat thought the year (in fact today I will be grilling rib steaks), but Shavous is special! I am not such a carnivour that I can't get by two days without meat.

    1. Probably chalavi for the first day and bisari for shabbat. On a non-shabbat Shavout, we usually do chalavi for daytime meals and bisari for the evening meals, but my husband , though not the traditional carnivore, does tend to prefer meat for shabbat. Occasionally we'll have a parve meal for a Friday night (usually a stir-fry made with soy meat), but I can't remember ever having actual chalavi on a shabbat.

      1. Friday night meat
        Shabbos kiddush-dairy
        Shabbos lunch-meat
        Motzei Shabbos-Dairy-as a concession to my wife

        I don't care for dairy, as a single many years ago, I had an all fleishige apartment, I drink my coffee black and don't miss dairy

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        1. re: bagelman01

          Since so many adults are lactose-intolerant, it pays to make sure that not every dish is loaded with cheese. I always appreciate it when there are parve alternatives.

          1. re: Dovid

            Whenever I invite for chalavi meals, I inform my invitees, so they can tell me if they are lactose intolerant or just prefer to not come/come for a different meal, if I still have space. I generally try to remember to ask if there are any food issues (allergies, etc.), but can't say I always do. I figure if someone is deathly allergic to something, they will let me know rather than risk a major complication. Reminds me of an interesting situation a few months ago when a guest tasted his chicken, said, "this is interesting, what is it?" I answered, "Chicken Satay . . . you're not allergic to peanuts or anything, right?" I can't quite describe his face, or how quickly I ran to take apart the medicine chest to find some antihistamines. In the end, he was OK, but I can't imagine that if I were allergic to something I might be served, that I wouldn't say something beforehand.

        2. Both dinners will be celebration to meat. Lunch day one is dairy, and since my DH and my sister's DH MUST have their cholent on Shabbat -- that's a meat meal too.

          1. Husband likes dairy on the first night because he needs his coffee and cheesecake as he stays up all night learning. I would do the learning thing too, but the kids...
            Lunch: dairy, hubby sleeps in
            Shabbos meals both meat and I'm annoyed. I like to squeeze in another dairy one on Shavuos, but Shabbos is Shabbos in my home and that means meat.
            For the cheese adverse, I do a roasted fish (this year walnut-crusted halibut) and vegies, of course a 4-cheese mac & cheese, and--in addition to the cheesecake--I just saw a heavenly buttermilk and raspberry cake in this month's Gourmet that I am excited to make. Lunch: baked tilapia fingers (parmesan/panko crust) and zucchini fritata. Veal stew instead of the regular cholent, don't like cholent in a pot/won't put it in the crockpot for two days.