Time for Tea

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Time for Tea

1 Comment 31 January 2011

When the snow is coming down outside, there’s nothing better than curling up in a cozy sweater with a mug of steaming tea. But don’t settle for that old tea bag you found in the back of your closet – here’s a collection of what’s new, fun and elegant in tea time.

From  Yedi Housewares

We love these heart shaped cup and saucer sets. You can buy a set of 6 cups & saucers in assorted colors (bubblegum pink, banana yellow, lime green, pumpkin orange, turquoise blue and cranberry red). Available in two sizes.

Mighty Leaf Teas-

Mighty Leaf Tea Chamomile Citrus, 15-Count Whole Leaf Pouches (Pack of 3)

This line of specialized teas are packaged in “artisan-crafted whole leaf tea pouches” without any glues or staples, to allow for big pieces of leaves, fruits and herbs. Flavors like chamomile citrus and ginger twist will keep you coming back for more.

2 Karat Cup –

Everyone needs to feel special sometimes, which is when this clever mug from the Museum of Modern Art comes in. Designed by Yusuke Fujinuma, this mug has a Swarovski crystal built in to the “ring,” so you slip on the cool gold band as you wrap your hands around the mug.

“Thank You” Cookies –

Sometimes a mug of fragrant tea is perfect on its own, but sometimes it’s a venue for a sweet kosher buttery cookie on the side. These “world of thanks” cookies sold at Dean and Deluca (and made by Eleni’s cookies) are as educational as they are delicious – teaching you how to say “thank you” in 5 different languages.

Lipton Pyramid Teas

Lipton has decided to replace the old school ‘paper pillow’ tea bags with the new ‘Pyramid Tea Bags’, invented by the Japanese years ago.

The pyramid shape of the tea bag gives room for the tea leaves inside it to expand. This allows you to have the ‘loose-leaf experience’, which adds to the luxurious experience of sipping a cup of these delicately scented tea bags. I was at a Brit Milah recently, and when they served these teas, I knew I had to find them and have them on my dessert table!

Buy Here: Lipton Green Tea, Mandarin Orange, Premium Pyramid Tea Bags, 20-Count Boxes (Pack of 6)

Stash Honey Sticks can be displayed on a silver rectangular  tray on your dessert tray. They come in packs  of 6, are made out of pure clover honey, and  are kof-k certified.

Buy Here :Stash Premium Original Honey Sticks, 20-Count Sticks (Pack of 6)

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How to Tie the Perfect Ribbon

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How to Tie the Perfect Ribbon

2 Comments 30 January 2011

by Nina Dweck

Here’s an easy way to take gift wrapping to the next level when topped with a glamorous ribbon. Get creative - mix and match ribbons to coordinate with your event, or choose your recipients favorite color. Have fun by embellishing your bow with rhinestones, pom poms or even feathers!

Shown in the picture is a Sephardic bridal “Swanee“, in which the groom’s parents send over gifts for the Jewish bride.  Gifts usually include candlesticks for Shabbat, a tray, perfumes, and a purse with money enclosed for the bride to attend the mikveh. This swanee is “closed”, meaning that the gifts are wrapped and will be opened during a private time for the bride and her close friends and relatives.

For this project, you’ll need a  glue gun, scissors, and ribbon in your desired width and color. Keep in mind that a larger gift will look better with a wider ribbon, while a smaller one will look fine with a thinner one. It is very important that you use wire edged ribbon to make the bow. It will look stiffer and prettier. I buy my ribbon from Cosco- they sell beautiful wide wired edge ribbons in varying colors, and are very inexpensive. They especially have a wide selection around holiday time so stock up for future projects!

Not in the mood to go buy ribbon? Watch the video above and learn how to make a bow out of recycled wrapping paper or any paper that you have laying around the house. Its a great eco-friendly wrapping idea!

  1. Step one: lie your box or gift on a flat surface. Glue a piece of ribbon horizontally and then cross another piece of ribbon over vertically. Take care to place the vertical ribbon under the horizontal one to hide the seams for a more perfect finish. Use your hot glue gun to stick the pieces together.

2. Step two: Cut a long piece of ribbon for the bow. The longer the piece, the larger the bow will be.

3. Step three: Take one end of the ribbon and fold about an inch in, gluing to creating a small circle. You can place your index finger in the circle to make a rounder piece.

4. Step four: Fold another circle in, this one a bit larger than the first. Glue this one under to the left of the first small circle. Follow this step and make another circle on the right.

5. Step five: Continue, each set becoming larger than the last. Keep on going until you have the desired bow size. When your done, fold the edge of the remaining ribbon and cut on an angle across the closed side. This will create two triangle edges for a beautiful, professional finish.

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How Sweet It Is… A Sugar Sweet Bris

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How Sweet It Is… A Sugar Sweet Bris

2 Comments 30 January 2011

A Sugar Sweet Bris!

I don’t know about you, but lately  at every event I go to the decor seems to be a bit repetitive. So when my clients came to me this past summer for their son’s bris, I was thrilled that they wanted their event to be anything but ordinary. The thought process was simple: Bris = Kids and Kids = Candy. Yes, the theme was candy. This event is probably one of my favorites that I’ve done just because we got to use so many different colors and we really had fun with it. There were no limits as to how far we could go with the candy theme.

To start, our guests were greeted by 7 foot tall gigantic lollypops made out of flowers. If you ask me, there’s nothing better than an amazing entrance. It makes everyone excited to be there, and you know that what’s to come will be even better!

After a stroll down lollypop lane, guests walked into a beautiful tent will crystal chandeliers. Each table was adorned with a lollypop made of flowers, gorgeous apothecary jars filled with gourmet licorice, and edible lollypops for people to take. The chartreuse linens were crocheted and had just the right amount of sparkle in them. Over the bar as the main centerpiece was the letter H built into a square for the baby’s name. This was also made out of fresh flowers!

If this wasn’t enough to amaze everyone, there was a cigar roller (for the adults), a popcorn machine, a candy bar,  and a candy blower! Yes, a candy blower. Have you ever seen people blow glass into different shapes? That’s exactly what it was- only it was candy being blown into different shapes.

To end things on a sweet note, the actual ceremony of the bris was outdoors, so halachically speaking, we needed to build a structure with four corners, similar to a chuppah. So the four corners were flowers of all different colors swirled into a candy cane! and the top was actually made of candy necklaces!

My point is, for your next event don’t be afraid to take risks and don’t be afraid of color! It will surely make for a party to remember.

If you have an event coming up and are interested in my services as an event designer and planner, my information is at the bottom :)

Big thanks to my florist, Konstantinos, for his amazing work. He should call it art not work! You can find his information at www.LouisKonstantinos.com

And I wouldn’t be able to share my work with all of you readers if it weren’t for these photos. So thank you David Roth for always giving us beautiful memories!

In all seriousness David did my wedding photos and I love every picture so much that I might have to extend my album by 100 pages. You can also find his information at www.davidrothphotography.com .

Lillian Antar Shomer

Event Design and Planning

Phone: (917) 621-5985

Email: lilllyShomer@gmail.com

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Esther’s Chocolate Almond Biscotti

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Esther’s Chocolate Almond Biscotti

3 Comments 25 January 2011

Watch this authentic Italian grandma knead her biscotti dough. She has all the time in the world and puts real love into that dough!!!!

Brings back memories…..

In Italian, the word “biscotto” means “biscuit” or “cookie.” The root words “bis” and “cotto” literally mean “twice” and “baked.”Bakers shape the dough into a log, bake it, evenly slice it into cookies (hopefully they stay in one long piece), and then toast and turn the cookies again until they are perfect.

Biscotti have a great shelf life of at least a week, but they stay even longer if you seal them in an airtight container in the freezer. They are margarine and oil-free so treat yourself to one after dinner!  Great to keep in the freezer for an unexpected guest!

Thank you Eshter Serouya for the great recipe!

  • 1 1/2 cups whole almonds
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • dash of kosher salt
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups mini chocolate chips
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 tsp almond extract

Directions for this Kosher Recipe

  1. place 1/2 cup of the almonds into a food processor ,grind and set aside.
  2. combine flour,baking powder,salt,sugar. add the almonds. with the paddle attachment beat in the eggs,vanilla and almond extracts.add chocolate chips and remaining almonds.
  3. shape into thin logs and place on greased baking tray. bake for about 30 mins or until golden. remove from oven. when they are warm(not completely cooled),slice thin at a diagonal angle and re-toast for 5 minutes.
  4. keep in airtight container
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10 Ways to Add A Splash Of Color to Your Passover 2012

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10 Ways to Add A Splash Of Color to Your Passover 2012

No Comments 22 January 2011


Chef’n 4-in 1 Cheese Grater Apricot – $17.95

So much cheese, so little time! Designed to meet all your cheese needs, the 4-in-1 Cheese Graters four different grating surfaces and removable base create the cheesiest and yet mess-free dishes ever! *4 grating surfaces: coarse, fine, hard cheeses and zest *Removable base for easy clean up *Secure rubber handle and base *Stainless steel grating surfaces Volume: 6 cups Shop the Complete Collection of Chefn Kitchen Gadgets

Jessie Steele Oven Mitt Green and White Damask – $10.00

Bring a vintage beauty to your baking with the Green and White Damask oven mitt by Jessie Steele. The feminine print is trimmed in green with a loop for hanging. Group with the coordinating apron to complete your look or for a memorable gift. Made from heavy-duty cotton twill. Machine wash. 7″W X 12″H.

 


Gloveables Fashion Kitchen Gloves Pink with Lime Dot and White Bow – $14.00

Give cleaning new meaning with chic and stylish pink Gloveables, dressed up with darling lime dotted ruffles and white bow. Thicker than standard rubber gloves, waterproof Gloveables are tough enough to protect your manicure while cleaning, dish washing and even gardening. Gloveables kitchen gloves are lined to prevent irritation and sweating and are equipped with a handy hang tab. Gloveables is committed to producing high quality, long-lasting products while providing ethical wages and economic stability to the people who help make them. And the price is right as a fresh fun gift idea for teachers, hostesses or thanking anyone who’s given you a “helping hand.” One size fits most.

Jamie Young Sea Glass Hurricane with candle – $173.00

(free shipping!) In a shade of aqua that brings to mind the color of the Caribbean Ocean, this sea glass hurricane by Jamie Young makes a striking accent on a mantle or side table. Sea glass; Includes unscented candle; Not food safe.


Leopold Scented Candles – Designers Guild – $50.00

Leopold Scented Candles – Designers Guild A rich creamy sandalwood fragrance is enhanced with citrus accords and notes of lavender and pine. Burning time 50 hours. Designers Guild offers an ever expanding collection of rugs, cushions, blankets, throws, quilts, towels, bags and home fragrance, offering beautiful design and the very best materials with an extensive colour palette. Established in 1970, this London-based design team upholds its philosophy to combine creativity and innovation with the highest levels of quality.

Passover Afikoman Bag, Pomegranate Silkscreen by Dorit, 9″x12.5″ – $23.99
Retail Price: $33.99
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Seven Spices Wooden Passover Seder Plate by Yair Emanuel – $134.99

Yair Emanuel’s beautiful and unique Seder plates are handmade in a variety of techniques including hand painted wood, wood settings and glass. All plates are fully functional, usable and washable. The variety of patterns depicts Jerusalem city views, the Exodus from Egypt, the Seven Species, oriental designs, and additional Jewish motifs. This elegant seder plate is a wonderful way to bring more color to your Pesach table. The plate itself is made of a round piece of hand-painted wood depicting a scene with the Seven Species of the Land of Israel with paintings of pomegranates, wheat, grapes, and the other species circling around the plate with the Hebrew word “Pesach” (Passover) at its center. The plate comes with six small bowls to hold the different ingredients for the seder and they are decorated with the same Seven Species motif. Dimensions: 12.6″ X 2″ * Model: SP-3 * Shipping Weight: 1900gr * Manufactured by: Yair Emanuel
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ORANGE SHELLS FILLED WITH STRAWBERRY SORBET

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ORANGE SHELLS FILLED WITH STRAWBERRY SORBET

No Comments 21 January 2011

Another great Passover recipe from Gloria Kobrin from Kosher Cook!

ORANGE SHELLS FILLED WITH STRAWBERRY SORBET

 SERVES: 16

Juicing oranges not only yields delicious juice but also creates a great receptacle for your sorbet. Serve each guest their own orange half filled with sorbet and a cookie and you have an light, elegant dessert.

Prep time: Oranges- 10 min.   Strawberries- 15 min.  Freezing- 120 min.

INGREDIENTS

  • 8 juice oranges
  • one 20 ounce package frozen strawberries
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons freshly strained lemon juice (1 large lemon)
  • 1 egg white

Optional: fresh mint leaves

EQUIPMENT

  • Electric juicer
  • Electric food processor

DIRECTIONS

  1. Rinse oranges. Remove any labels. Halve oranges and cut a thin slice off the bottom of each half so that they can stand solidly. Juice them in an electric juicer.(You can do it by hand, but I find that the strength of the electric juicer produces a smoother orange shell on the inside.) Take care not to press down too hard or the shell will crack. Pour juice into a covered container and enjoy it. Arrange orange shells in a shallow container that can be frozen.
  2. Remove strawberries from the freezer. Carefully, cut the berries in half and place them in the bowl of electric food processor. Sprinkle sugar over berries. Pulse on and off until berries are finely chopped. It will be noisy. When berries are chopped, use the regular on button and process berries until they are slushy. Add lemon juice and egg white and continue to process until the mixture is pale pink and thick.
  3. Measure about 1/2 cup of sorbet into each orange shell. Place the filled orange shells-uncovered- into the freezer. Any extra sorbet can fill more oranges or be frozen separately. The sorbet will be frozen enough to serve in 1 ½ -2 hours. If you freeze them overnight, let them soften at least 20 minutes before serving. Garnish each sorbet cup with mint, if desired.

Note: The sorbet changes in texture after 2-3 days. It will still taste good but not as good as the day it was made.

How to ReDo Your Kitchen Floor for Passover

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How to ReDo Your Kitchen Floor for Passover

1 Comment 21 January 2011

That's my new floor on the right!

 

With Passover right around the corner, many of us are starting to clean every corner of our houses. While being able to eat off your floors does leave one with a sense of satisfaction, all that scrutinizing can also bring to light many of the things around the house that need replacing or repairing.
“My ceiling needs a new coat of paint”…”I really should think about replacing my kitchen cabinets”… these are just a few off the proverbial to-do list. While many home repairs are out of reach for the average person (who among us is crazy enough to get up on a ladder and paint their own ceiling? *wink, wink*), there is one quick and easy update that’s inexpensive, makes a world of difference and lasts for years. I’m talking about painting the floors.
I recently got married and so had the pleasure of renting and decorating my first apartment. As with any apartment, there were many repairs to be done and plenty of design decisions that I was all to happy to make. One of the first things that had to go was the kitchen floor. The linoleum tile was truly no less than horrific. The pattern, which was odd to begin with, had over the years become cracked, faded, stained and just plain disgusting.
One look at it and I thought, “No matter how much I mop and sweep this thing, it will always look dirty”
Now, replacing linoleum flooring with new wood is quite an expensive undertaking, and certainly not something I’d be willing to spring for to spruce up someone else’s home. So, instead, I turned to paint. As a rule, any surface that’s properly prepared and finished can be painted. It didn’t take too much time and wasn’t very difficult. The results are fabulous, and every time someone comes over I love to brag about how I painted the flooring myself. It’s fun to watch their jaws drop. Having the floor painted also makes the rest of the room look nicer and more pulled together. Read on for how-to instructions for this inexpensive and easy renovation.
1) Sweep and mop the floor. This may seem obvious, but it’s important to mention for the simple fact that whatever is on the floor when you paint it will be forever stuck there. You really don’t want dust and debris making their permanent home on your floor.
2) Sand it down. Uneven spots, dirt that was immovable by plain sweeping- you want it all gone so that the paint will adhere nicely to the floor. This was the most time-intensive part of the project, and to save time and effort you may want to invest in a power-sander. If not, embrace if as a workout or get someone to help. Remember
to sweep and mop once again after you finish this step.
3) apply a coat of oil-based primer to the floor. Use a roller attached to a long handle and you won’t even have to bend down! This was extremely easy. and took less than ten minutes. Just remember to make sure to apply the primer evenly and smoothly everywhere. Make sure you use oil-based materials so that mopping the floors later on won’t wear away and chip your work; the oil will help repel water.
4) after the primer has dried (a few hours, but the best would be to wait one day), apply two even coats of oil based paint in the color of your choice using, again, a long handled roller. Of course, you may want to create a design on the floor instead of one simple color. For more detailed instructions on this, see http://www.designspongeonline.com/2011/03/diy-project-stenciled-floors.html
5) Wait at least a day for the paint to dry, then seal it with any oil-based varnish (that long roller will start to seem like your best friend). Polyurethane is best, however, the fumes can be quite overpowering and even harmful. Leave windows open for ventilation.
That’s it- just five steps and you have a new floor! You may want to walk on it in socks for a while until it fully dries and hardens. If you follow each precaution, the paint job will last for years. You can buy all of the materials for this project, from the power sanders to the varnish, at www.homedepot.com or www.loews.com.
Obviously, this project requires a general avoidance of the room being painted for a good few days. A good idea is to either wait until right before you go away, or to paint it in small sections at a time. Try taping off small areas to remind your family not to step on your work, or better yet, let them help.
Good luck and enjoy your new floors!
For more how-to projects, pictures of my artwork and to keep up with what’s new out of my studio, check out my blog at www.Facebook.com/lenmiz or follow me at twitter.com/thatartistgirl.
Until next time,
Lenore (Mizrachi) Cohen
twitter.com/ ThatArtistGirl

 

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Bucharian Charoset- Dates, Nuts,Wine and Apples- A Family Favorite

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Bucharian Charoset- Dates, Nuts,Wine and Apples- A Family Favorite

1 Comment 17 January 2011

 

Thank you Dana Rothschild for this delicious Passover Charoset recipe. I really can’t wait to try it! Marlene

“Hi Marlene

My Mom’s…the best!

She got it from her mom, passed it on to my sister and me and eventually it will be passed to my girls and on.  Non-Bucharians just love it!

 

  • 1 lb. dates or 2 date paste
  • 1 lb. almonds (roasted, not salted)
  • 1 lb. walnuts (roasted, not salted)
  • 1 lb. hazelnuts (roasted, not salted)
  • 1 lb. dark raisins (roasted, not salted)
  • 4 green apples
  • Wine
  1.  Grind above ingredients, add red wine and refrigerate.
  2.  When serving, you will have to add more wine to make the consistency soft and spreadable.  You can use a mix of wine and grape juice.  You can also use Kal wine for less alcohol.  Now, try that on a matzah…yummy!
  3.  The above measurements yield enough Charoset for 15 ppl who use it for Maror (over Romaine lettuce) and Korech (over Romaine lettuce between 2 pieces of matzah), for 2 seder nights, with leftovers given to guests who eat it during the week as matzah spread.  To make less, cut all ingredients by half or third.
  4.  Enjoy!” Dana Rothschild
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A Healthy Passover Snack for Picky Eaters

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A Healthy Passover Snack for Picky Eaters

5 Comments 16 January 2011

 

KOSHER RECIPE: Makes 6 Banana Bites

In the world of simple Kosher Recipes, these banana bites are a big hit when little friends get together on the Jewish holiday. The ingredients are all available Kosher for Passover, which makes life much easier  during that hectic holiday week. Kosher kids can stand in an “assembly line” and join in on this yummy DIY snack…Reprint from disney family.com

Recipe Ingredients

1-2 bananas
4 oz chocolate – milk or plain
Dried coconut
Chocolate sprinkles
Colored sprinkles


Kosher Recipe

Directions Cont’d

KOSHER RECIPE: Step One

Peel the banana and trim off the ends. Chop the flesh into 6 bite sized pieces.

Break the chocolate into a heat proof bowl. Put the bowl over a pan of hot water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water and melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally. Leave to cool slightly.

Push a straw through the banana, and then drizzle melted chocolate over each piece. (Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, it will still taste delicious!)

KOSHER RECIPE: Final Step

Roll the chocolate-covered banana in the coconut or sprinkles. Let the chocolate harden, and then serve. Store in the fridge and eat within 24 hours.

 

About the Author
Annabel Karmel is the mother of three children, a bestselling author of books on nutrition and cooking for babies and toddlers, and a familiar face on British television. Annabel travels frequently to the United States, where her books on feeding babies and young children are very popular. She has appeared on many TV programs, including the Today Show and The Early Show. Please visit her website at www.annabelkarmel.com.

And, remember for the latest Kosher Recipes and innovation, and new takes on how to enhance your Kosher lifestyle, check this website frequently.

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How to Use A Cookie Press For Fun Purim Cookies

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How to Use A Cookie Press For Fun Purim Cookies

2 Comments 16 January 2011

Looks like a new-fangled contraption, right? Truth is, the cookie press has been around for almost fifty years. Want to turn out buttery spritz cookies? How about homemade Milanos? Then you’re going to want to invest in one of these, and you will never have to reach for store-bought versions again.

The science behind the cookie press is pretty simple: fill the tube with cookie dough, and fit one of the metal disks at the bottom. Then, press the bottom of the tube right on to the cookie sheet, and press. When the dough comes out, it forms shapes corresponding to the disks. Flowers, hearts, squiggles, snowflakes – the designs that are available will vary depending on the brand you buy.

You can’t use just any cookie dough recipe here, since the dough has to be the right consistency to fit through the disks. I provide my recipe below, and most cookie presses come with a recipe in the box. For the press to work, your dough cannot be refrigerated. If you do need to make your dough in advance, make sure it comes to room temperature before filling the tube.

So what can you use your new contraption to make? How about a homemade version of those classic swiss fudge cookies from Stella D’Oro? Make the flower shape and then fill the centers with a little chocolate ganache.

What about your own version of Milanos? Two oval shaped cookies, sandwiched together with a little melted chocolate – voila! The opportunities for your new gadget are endless, and any of the varieties would be great to slip in to your Mishloach Manot for Purim. You can top your designs with sprinkles, colored sanding sugars or even pieces of fruit. You’ll get 10 phone calls asking how you made that cool design!

Buy here: Norpro Cookie Press

Recipe: Makes about 40 cookies

1 cup (2 sticks) butter or margarine, softened
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour

Beat the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy.
Add in the egg, vanilla and salt and beat until combined.
Stir in the flour.
Fill the cookie press with the dough and fit the disk on.
Press the cookies out onto ungreased baking sheets, 1 inch apart.
Bake on 375 F for about 10 minutes, until just lightly golden.
Transfer to wire racks until cool.
Decorate as desired!

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Homemade Hummus With Sumac

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Homemade Hummus With Sumac

No Comments 15 January 2011

Usually at superbowl parties you find the same assortment of greasy fingerfood. While I would never tell you to get rid of the obligatory hot wings, I do have suggestions for alternative foods that will entice the vegetarians and the health concious crowd. These recipes are also great to use as appetizers on Friday night.

All you need for this dish is a small food processor. It looks really impressive at the Shabbat table.

Sumac is a spice that is tasty on grilled meats and fish or as a seasoning for rice. It complements lentils and other beans as well as vegetables. Sumac is best known as a major ingredient in “za’atar.” This is a spice blend that also includes sesame seeds, thyme and salt. Za’atar is usually sprinkled on freshly baked flatbread. It is mixed into olive oil or yogurt for a zippy dip. Spellings for this mixture are as varied as that of sumac. It may be known as “zahtar,” “zather” or “zatar.”

Look for sumac or prepared za’atar at Middle Eastern markets, gourmet shops and some mail order sources.

I found kosher sumac HERE .

Superbowl Hummus with Sumac

  • 1 can Garbanzo beans
  • 2 teaspoons Tahini
  • 3 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sumac

Rinse the Garbanzo beans and place in a food processor. Grind until smooth. Add the tahini, lemon juice, garlic and salt. Add enough olive oil to make the Hummus smooth. Grind everything in the processor until everything blends together. Spoon the hummus onto a plate. Make an indentation in the middle of the hummus with a spoon. Pour in a small amount of olive oil in the indentation and then pour the sumac on top of the olive oil. Stick healthy chips into hummus in a circular pattern. Enjoy!

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Six Charoset Recipes From all Over The World

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Six Charoset Recipes From all Over The World

6 Comments 15 January 2011

 

When I came across this sweet medley of  Charoset recipes on My Jewish Learning I instantly appreciated the hard work that must have gone into gathering kosher recipes for The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York.

The Book of Jewish Food was awarded the 1998 Jewish Quarterly/Wingate Book Prize for Non-Fiction, was the 1998 Glenfiddich Food Book of the Year and the 1997 André Simon Memorial Fund Food Book. (WOW!!!)

Claudia Rodin’s latest book is the award-winning Arabesque: Sumptuous Food from Morocco, Turkey and Lebanon. She is considered to be a leading authority of Sephardic cuisine.

I think I would try the Italian Charoset.

Which Charoset recipe would you try for your Passover Seder?

 

Charoset Recipes from all Over the World

The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York

By Claudia Roden

Ashkenazi Haroset

On the Passover seder plate, haroset symbolizes the mortar used by slaves in Egypt. These are the classic Eastern European ingredients. Only the proportions vary.

  • 2 medium-sized tart apples
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons sweet red wine
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or honey or to taste

Peel, core, and finely chop or grate the apples. Mix with the rest of the ingredients.

Haroset from Turkey

  • 2 sweet apples weighing 1/2 lb (250 g), peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 lb (250 g) dates, pitted
  • 1 cup (150 g) raisins
  • Juice and grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 cup (250 ml) sweet red Passover wine
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons sugar or to taste (optional)
  • 2 oz (60 g) walnuts, coarsely chopped

Put all the ingredients except the sugar and the walnuts together in a saucepan and cook on very low heat until the mixture is soft and mushy and the liquid is reduced, stirring occasionally. Add sugar to taste. The amount will depend on the sweetness of the other ingredients. Blend to a paste in the food processor. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle with walnuts.

Haroset from Egypt

  • 1/2 lb (250 g) pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/2 lb (250 g) large yellow raisins or sultanas
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) sweet red Passover wine
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) walnuts coarsely chopped

Put the dates and sultanas with the wine in a pan. Add just a little water to cover. Cook on very low heat, stirring occasionally, until the dates fall apart into a mush. Cook until it thickens to a soft paste. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle with walnuts.

Haroset from Morocco

  • 1 lb (500 g) dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups sweet red Passover wine
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup (125 g) walnuts, coarsely chopped

Put the dates into a pan with the wine, cinnamon, and cloves and simmer, stirring occasionally, until you have a soft paste. Put through the food processor if you want a smoother texture. Let it cool and stir in the walnuts.

VARIATION

A Libyan version is flavored with ground ginger, nutmeg, and cloves — 1/4 teaspoon of each.

Haroset from Italy

In Italy there are various regional versions of haroset. The haroset of Padua has prunes, raisins, dates, walnuts, apples, and chestnuts. In Milan they make it with apples, pears, dates, almonds, bananas, and orange juice. The following is a general version.

  • 3 apples, sweet or tart
  • 2 pears
  • 2 cups sweet wine
  • 1/3 cup (50 g) pine nuts
  • 2/3 cup (50 g) ground almonds
  • 1/2 lb (250 g) dates, pitted and chopped
  • 3/4 cup (100 g) yellow raisins or sultanas
  • 4 oz (100 g) prunes, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar or honey or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Peel and core the apples and pears and cut them in small pieces. Put all the ingredients into a pan together and cook, stirring occasionally, for about one hour, until the fruits are very soft, adding a little water if it becomes too dry.

VARIATIONS

Other possible additions: chopped lemon or candied orange peel, walnuts, pistachios, dried figs, orange or lemon juice, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.

Piedmontese Haroset

This recipe is adapted from one sent by Nedelia Tedeschi, of Turin. She enclosed a little picture of a squirrel eating a chestnut, from the package of dried chestnuts she uses to make the paste. It was Passover, and the Italian store near my house had closed, so when I phoned around to try to find dried chestnuts and couldn’t, I used cooked vacuum-packed ones instead. The result was very unusual and also delightful.

  • 1/2 lb (250 g) cooked chestnuts
  • 2/3 cup (125 g) blanched almonds
  • 2 hard-boiled egg yolks
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • About 3/4 cup (175 ms) sweet red kosher wine
  • 1/3 cup (75 g) sugar or more to taste

Boil the chestnuts for a minute or two, and drain. Grind the almonds fine in the food processor, then add the rest of the ingredients, including the chestnuts, and blend to a paste.

Claudia RodenClaudia Roden is one of England’s leading food writers. Her works include the James Beard Award winning The Book of Jewish Food and A Book of Middle Eastern Food.

 

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3 Comments 10 January 2011

The Jewish Hostess is offering $100 worth of gorgeous flowers from Josh and Co. Florist to the winner of the most creative Pesach table.

If you live beyond the Delivery area, Josh is offering the winner a $100 check, so all of you Hostesses in Israel, Florida, California, Australia, and Canada, (etc.) have no excuse!!!

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Last year, Claudia Bildirici sent in her magnificent tablesetting ideas:

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Be inspired by our:

Centerpiece Ideas HERE,

Baitzah or Hard-Boiled Egg Decor HERE,

Some Cheap and Chic Napkin Ring and Tablecloth Decor Ideas HERE,

Blue Hues Passover Accents HERE,

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Marshmallow Mania! Vote for your Favorite Dessert and Win a Jewish Hostess Apron!

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Marshmallow Mania! Vote for your Favorite Dessert and Win a Jewish Hostess Apron!

32 Comments 10 January 2011

Dear Jewish Hostesses,

Which marshmallow recipe would YOU whip up? You can choose all three! (If its a tie, Shirley C.  Mamiye from HOMEBAKED will cast her vote)   Comment below or on our FACEBOOK PAGE! All voters win a chance at a JEWISH HOSTESS APRON!

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Marshmallow Mania : Kosher Recipe #1:

Ooey, Gooey n Crispy Nutty Marshmallow Bars (Recipe #1)

“I have this outrageous recipe for an ooey, gooey n crispy marshmallow bar!  They’re so good I have to double the recipe because we finish it before it hits the dessert table!! Enjoy!!” Debbie Gindi

    • 6 cups chocolate rice cereal(such as cocoa pebbles or cocoa krispies)
    • 1 c raw unsalted peanuts
    • 4 c mini marshmallows
    • 1 cup corn syrup(light or dark)
    • 1- 12 oz bag semi sweet chocolate chips
    • 1 c peanut butter

Optional:(additional 1/2 c mini chocolate chips)

  1. Grease a 13 x9inch pyrex.
  2. Combine cereal,peanuts and mini marshmallows (and additional 1/2 cup chocolate chips if desired)in large bowl. Set aside
  3. In a medium saucepan ,heat corn syrup and 12 oz bag chocolate chips over medium heat until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter. Combine cereal mixture and mix well. Spoon into greased pan and pat down wearing disposable plastic gloves or with a piece of plastic wrap to avoid sticky fingers. Chill for at least 1 hour and cut into squares. Yummy !!!

Chocolate Marshmallow Squares (Kosher Recipe #2)

Hi Marlene,

“I got this recipe from my sister Barbara, who got the recipie from a baker who made them for a bake sale.

They are a hit every time we make them! good luck with Marshmallow Mania!” Renna Bildirici

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • 3/4 c oil
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 and 3/4 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 6 graham crackers
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows, or 1 bag large marshmallows cut in half
  • 2 or 3 and 1/2 oz parve chocolate bars
  1. mix oil, sugar, egg, and vanilla. add baking powder, flour, and salt. crush graham crackers and add to mixture.
  2. spray 9″x13″ pyrex. add 3/4 of the dough pressed flat to cover the bottom of the pyrex. bake 12 minutes.
  3. sprinkle with broken chocolate pieces, then marshmallows, then with the rest of the dough crumbled on top. bake for 12 minutes more. cool, cut into small squares or bars and serve.


Marshmallow Baked Alaska (Kosher Recipe #3)

“Easy and Gourmet! ” by Marie Torgueman

  1. Line sides and bottom of Pyrex  with chocolate chip cookies.
  2. Fill Pyrex with softened ice cream flavor of your choice.
  3. Sprinkle and cover with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips.
  4. Freeze to harden the ice cream.
  5. Before serving place in oven and broil a few minutes until marshmallows are toasted but not burnt.
  6. Serve immediately and watch it disappear!

Thank You Debbie Gindi, Renna Bildirici and Marie Tourgeman for sending in their  fabulous tried and true marsmallow dessert recipes.

Comment below and let us know which Marshmallow recipe you would love to make! All commenters win a chance at a Jewish Hostess Apron!

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Exotic Mushrooms & Millet Soup for Sugar Detox

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Exotic Mushrooms & Millet Soup for Sugar Detox

No Comments 10 January 2011

“Yesterday I went to Sari Danas sugar detox class. This is a kosher recipe she gave out. I made it today and am loving it!!! Thank you Sari!”

Enjoy,

Lisa Bailey

Needed for this Kosher Recipe : Sugar Detox

  • Olive oil                                        1/8 t
  • Onion, chopped                            ½ c
  • Celery, chopped                           ¼ c
  • 1 Garlic  minced
  • Shitake mushroom, sliced           1/3lb
  • Oyster mushroom, chopped        1/3 lb.
  • Portabella mushroom, chopped   1/3 lb.
  • Millet                                                  ½ cup
  • Thyme   ground                                    2 t
  • 1 Bay leaf crumbled
  • Vegetable stock 32 oz.
  • Salt     ½ t
  • Pepper   1 t

Sugar Detox Recipe Directions

  1. Sauté the onion celery and garlic in olive oil
  2. Add millet and lightly brown
  3. Add mushrooms and lightly brown
  4. Add to vegetable stock and bring to a simmer about 20 min
  5. When cool, blend in food processor or hand held emulsifier, add water if to0 thick.

Can you go a day…. a week ….. or how about a month without eating sugar? I did it and so can you! Join the 30 day Sugar Detox Challenge!! Contact me- Sari Dana at sari@danaNYC.com


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