Seder in Style

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Seder in Style

4 Comments 30 March 2011

There is perhaps no more traditionally Jewish night than Seder night, and there is no reason that your Seder table has to be as stale as the Matzah you are serving!

These modern takes on the traditional Seder plate will add that Dash Of Panache to your traditional Seder.

Here are our picks for best  modern Seder plates of 2011:

1.Elegant Ceramic Seder plate engraved by hand, this Bernardaud “Louvre Judaica” Seder Plate is the perfect Passover gift for your favorite Jewish Hostess.  At Bloomingdales $220.

 


2. This contemporary  sterling silver seder plate is a stunning piece. Famed designer LellaVignelli brings her strong architectural vision to a limited collection of Judaica commissioned by The Jewish Museum. Of course its my favorite one and at $1875.00 its the most expensive!!!

3. This Spode designed seder plate is based on historic Judaic manuscripts from the 1880′s, influenced by early ceramic tile motifs,and features the traditional Judaic colors of blue and white. $103.00 available HERE.

4. A celebration of spring’s arrival, this handcrafted seder plate by American artist Melanie Dankowitz is lasercut from stainless steel. This is my second choice for prettiest seder plate, much more affordable at $254, HERE.

5. Laura Cowan makes a line of Judaica that is space-age minimalist.  We love it.  This seder plate design is inspired by the craters on the moon’s surface and is crafted out of polished aluminum. $199.00 available HERE.

6. Designer Ann Morhauser created this elegantseder plate featuring 24kt gold lettering and trim on a glass platter. $225 available HERE.


7. Designer Jonathan Adler brings us this modern seder plate for Passover.   The seder plate is crafted in glazed porcelain with real gold accents and is sure to be smashing on your holiday table. $150.00 available HERE.

8. Designer Michael Aram created this seder plate inspired by the form of pomegranates, a symbol of eternity, fertility, and plenty.  It is an age old image which crosses cultures and transcends time and one of the seven species of Israel.  Weaving modern thought with tradition, Aram included seven spaces rather than six, so the seder plate can hold both the six symbolic seder foods and an orange, which honors the contributions of women. $225.00 Available HERE.

9. The designers at Israel Giftware Designs is affordable and and chic. $29.99 available at Amazon.com

 

 

10. This artfully designed porcelain Seder plate has the elegance of a Michael Aram’s style and the price of
Crate and Barrel at $85.
Healthy Kale Caesar Salad with Whole Wheat Croutons

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Healthy Kale Caesar Salad with Whole Wheat Croutons

No Comments 29 March 2011

 

Ever since Adele Yedid sent in her delicious and nutritious recipe for kale chips, I’ve been on the lookout for more variations of  kale recipes, especially kale salad recipes. Caesar salad with  regular romaine lettuce is a staple in our home and I can never make enough of it. This Kale Caesar Salad has  bonus vitamins and nutrition and the family wont even notice that you are trying to sneak it in! You can buy home baked, fresh whole grain bread to make your healthy croutons in Pomegranate Supermarket on Coney Island Avenue in Brooklyn.

Directions for Kale Salad:

  • Puree 1/3 cup olive oil, 1 garlic clove, 2 anchovy fillets, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, and salt and pepper to taste in a blender.
  • Toss 1 1/2 cups whole wheat bread cubes with 1 tablespoon of the dressing; broil on a baking sheet until toasted, about 2 minutes.
  • Toss 1 1/4 pounds chopped kale with the remaining dressing;
  • broil kale with dressing on another baking sheet, stirring, until crisp, 5 to 8 minutes. Put the kale and croutons in a bowl and top with lemon juice, grated parmesan and a chopped hard-boiled egg.
  • note – According to Sephardic Jewish Kashrut laws- you cannot mix fish with cheese- so you can use Worcestershire substitute or you can omit the cheese.

 

Photograph by Antonis Achilleos

Food stylist: Jamie Kimm Prop Stylist: Marina Malchin

Recipe from http://www.foodnetwork.com

 

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The Jewish Woman’s Guide to Maintaining Sanity on Passover

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The Jewish Woman’s Guide to Maintaining Sanity on Passover

No Comments 28 March 2011

 

 

 

Dear Hostesses,

Meet Alice Chera, a very talented and inspirational woman in our community. This post is perfect timing as the pressure mounts to the PASSOVER COUNTDOWN!

 Sit back, take a deep breath, and absorb Alice’s valuable advice to surviving a daunting holiday that looms ahead….. Marlene

P.S. Check out Alice’s website HERE

 The Jewish Woman’s Guide to Maintaining Sanity On Passover

by: Alice Chera, CPCC, ACC

It was the battle cry of a weary Moses: “Let my people go!” It is the essence of Passover- freedom from oppression. So how is it, I wonder, as I stand in my kitchen sweating profusely over a frying pan in a cloud of Matzo meal after weeks of scrubbing my home from top to bottom, that the miracle of the Jews’ escape from Egypt thousands of years ago has turned into my very own 21rst century tale of bondage? What is it about the preparations for Passover that has me plotting year after year, my own escape to a desert like clime?

Now don’t get me wrong; Passover is a great holiday, as a child it was my favorite. But that was way before all the koshering, cooking, cleaning, checking, frying, baking, boiling, dipping and shopping was my responsibility. Back in those days, even my mother (an accomplished cook in her own right) didn’t host a Seder. Passover was a holiday so epic in scale that it was entrusted only to my grandmother, the silent and sturdy matriarch of our family. Peering into the kitchen to give her a kiss, there us kids would find her, clad in her housecoat, standing valiantly at the helm of the kitchen commandeering the stovetop and ovens with nary a complaint.

That said, it is no wonder the mere thought of Passover can strike terror into the heart of even the most seasoned cook and homemaker. Passover is the biggie. The Grand Poobah of all the holidays. For those of us who stay home for holidays, Passover can be a month-long brew of cooking and cleaning that requires efficiency, stamina and most of all, a good attitude.

So here are some tips to maintain your sanity and create your own freedom as you prepare for Passover this year:

  1. Start Early/ Pace Yourself:

Start early and start small, but the main thing is to just start. As the Nike slogan goes “Just Do It.” Procrastination leads to paralysis. If you give yourself enough time you can tackle the Passover prep with little or no stress. Organize one shelf of a closet or start with just one room each week and little by little things will get done

2. Get Clear/ Avoid Vagueness:

Sure the thought of preparing for Passover can be daunting but our fears loom larger when they are trapped inside our heads. Begin by making a list of all the things you need to do for the holiday. That means- make your menus and shopping lists and create an outline for cleaning so that your tasks are clearly laid out before you. Vagueness only breeds anxiety. Seeing your list on paper makes things more manageable. It shows you that there is a beginning and an end to what needs to be done. And as you begin to cross things off the list, it generates the momentum you need to keep taking actions in preparation for the holiday.

3. Practice Self Care:

The overwhelming workload and heightened stress in anticipation of Passover can turn many of us from human beings into “human doings.” Watch for burnout. Make sure you take breaks and check in with yourself to see what you need at any given moment. Are you hungry? Do you need a nap? Rest is critical. And don’t be afraid to ask for help. Delegating chores to your kids gives you a break and helps create for your children a sense of responsibility and accomplishment. Remember, no one wants to find mom face down in her plate once the Seder has begun. Not a pretty picture.

4. Adopt a Positive Perspective/ Change Your Thinking:

Most of us tend to look at certain situations through only one lens. If you have always viewed preparing for Passover as difficult and challenging, then odds are Passover will always be a stress- related holiday for you. If you can shift your perspective from “This is so much work, how will I ever get done?” to “I am learning to approach Passover with balance and ease” you might find yourself lunching with friends or having more space in your day as the holiday approaches.

5. Have Fun:

Alright, there are probably those of you who want to strangle me for this one. But truly you can get quite creative with your time at home and in the kitchen before Passover arrives. Why not listen to some of your favorite music while you are cleaning out your closets or frying up 10 lbs of chicken cutlets? How about trying on a different persona as you get ready for the holiday? Approaching the Passover prep from the stance of Ninja mom or Warrior Goddess can be energizing, productive and fun.

6. Cultivate and Attitude of Gratitude:

Remember ladies- whatever we focus on grows. If we choose to look at our preparations for Passover as overwhelming and draining it will be that much worse. But if you look at all the positive aspects of this holiday and the ways that Passover fills you that will be what grows in your heart. Think about the abundance that is around you that we sometimes take for granted. The privilege of experiencing the holiday surrounded by your family, enjoying a variety of delicious food on the table, the connection to our history and the freedom we as Jews have today. If you practice an attitude of gratitude you can never fail! Freedom will always be yours for the taking.

Alice Chera is a Life Coach who works with women to help them enrich their lives and achieve their goals.

www.alicechera.com 

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Roasted Portabello Mushroom and Bleu Cheese Salad

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Roasted Portabello Mushroom and Bleu Cheese Salad

3 Comments 28 March 2011

So, my husband’s away all week. This means that it takes a whole lot of willpower NOT to eat sandwiches, packaged meals and bowls of cereal each night for dinner. I need quite a bit of inspiration just to turn on the stove while he’s traveling. Luckily, that’s exactly what this blog is all about — inspiration.

This week, I decided to try a really simple, light salad (with VERY little oven-time required), courtesy of the doyenne of domesticity herself, Ms. Martha Stewart. The roasted portobello salad with blue cheese is from Martha’s Food Everyday “Fresh Flavor Fast” cookbook , which is a compilation of recipes from her magazine, Everyday Food . If you haven’t picked one up, you should. The magazine (and cookbook) are filled with awesome and easy weekday recipes. It’s a true favorite of mine.

This super simple dish will not disappoint. The portobello mushrooms are so meaty that they serve as a great, kosher replacement for steak. If you’re having trouble finding a kosher blue cheese, Kirkeby (Kirkeby-Cheese.dk) makes a Danablu that can found in many kosher supermarkets (I even found it in my neighborhood,in a non-Kosher market). You can also find many kosher cheeses HERE

The salad would make a great appetizer or a light meal. I had mine with a piece of French bread, which was perfect. I’m just sorry my husband missed it.

-Lucy Cohen Blatter

 

PHOTOS:

 

Make sure you dress both sides of the mushrooms with dressing and keep brushing them every five minutes as they cook.


Some people don’t care for blue cheese’s strong smell and flavor. Feel free to substitute your favorite kosher cheese to accompany these meaty portobellos and crunchy, slightly bitter endive.


The final product: A satisfying, but light vegetarian appetizer or meal.

Here’s the recipe, which serves four, with my tweaks and notes (in italics):

Roasted Portobello Mushroom and Blue Cheese Salad*

Ingredients:

  • About 3 tablespoons kosher red-wine vinegar (I didn’t have any on hand, so I substituted balsamic. Not a problem at all)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 portobello mushroom tops only (to clean, pat the tops with a wet paper towel)
  • 2 or 3 medium heads endive (great for crunch, but I’d say three, as the original recipe calls for, is a bit excessive)
  • 8 ounces mesclun or mixed salad greens, (about 10 cups)
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces blue cheese (cholov yisrael, kosher)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 450. Whisk together vinegar, mustard, heavy pinch of salt and heavy pinch of pepper. Slowly add olive oil, whisking to emulsify. Set aside 1/2 cup dressing to toss with the salad later.
  2. Place mushrooms, stem side up, on a baking sheet (or tin foil– less cleanup!). Coat both sides with some of the remaining dressing. Roast mushrooms, brushing with more dressing every 5 minutes, until they are tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Toss endive, mesclun, onion, and cheese with reserved dressing, and divide among salad bowls. Cut portobellos 1/2 inch thick, and arrange a few slices over each serving.

*From Everyday Food’s “Fresh Flavor Fast”

 

 

 

 

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Easy Passover Chocolate Freezer Cookies- UPDATED!

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Easy Passover Chocolate Freezer Cookies- UPDATED!

12 Comments 27 March 2011

Get a head start on  Passover with this great kosher chocolate cookie recipe sent in by my friend Yael over in Israel. Check out her  fantastic new kosher recipe site !

“When is Passover 2011?”, you ask?  Chabad.org has all the updates on this year’s Passover holiday dates so that you can begin preparing your Passover menus.

Start buying your Passover ingredients and add these Passover cookies to your Seder menu. Bake and freeze up to 4 weeks ahead of  time. They are so delicious straight out of the freezer!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 6 ounces Passover chocolate chips
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 package Passover vanilla sugar
  • 1/2 cups ground nuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Melt the chocolate and let it cool.
  3. Beat the egg whites until foamy add the vanilla and beat until stiff.
  4. Slowly add the sugar.
  5. Fold in the chocolate and the nuts.
  6. Drop 1 teaspoon at a time on a greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 15 minutes.
  8. Remove when cool. Store in freezer.

 

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How to Feel Skinny After the Seders by Sari Dana

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How to Feel Skinny After the Seders by Sari Dana

4 Comments 27 March 2011

It’s Thursday morning, and the Seders are behind us, the kids are in school, and all that food is in us! I must be honest, as much as I tried to eat as close to my ideals as possible, the over dose of all the extra food that my body is unaccustomed to, makes my body feel….well, simply… FAT!

One part of brain tells me, “don’t be such as party-pooper!” It’s so much fun to taste everything in sight and share in the fun with friends and family. The other side of my brain says, “get over it Sari, having control over what you eat is a direct line to how you look, and more importantly feel.” For example, I hosted the first seder to 16 family guests. I was so excited to prepare my family’s favorite dishes that I forgot to prepare something acceptable for myself! Being unprepared totally left me vulnerable.  As a Jewish mom, I know taking care of others sometimes precede taking care of myself. On the converse, when I ate a lunch at a friends house, it was so easy to stay focused. I was being served, and making choices was easy, knowing that eating lightly will honor my body greatly.

In retrospect, I believe it’s a sign of maturity to enjoy all the wonderful aspects about a family holiday dinner without over doing it and tipping the scale way over to what you are comfortable with.  Whew! I thought I lost the ability to “have fun”, and “let loose.” Instead, I’m simply being insightful and in tune to my needs.

Just know, that Jewish women from all over the globe are going through the same thing! We are in it together! We can share in each triumphs and help each other in time of need. Like now! We do our best…. but together we can do better!

Remember…

20- 30 minutes of walking or jogging

16 lunges

16 pushups

20 -60 second planks-3x

One important tip that’s easy to follow: up your water intake! Aim for 8-10 glasses of water. You will immediately feel less bloated. Matzahs are very dry and can clogg us up, if you know what I mean

Here’s something to look forward to…..

After 8 days of Passover (Pesach) feasting, I will be introducing my 2nd annual “30 Day Sugar Challenge!” You are going to love this! Tell your friends and family. This challenge is for anyone and everyone who craves eating at a higher ideal.

Starting date: May 1, 2011

Ending date: June 1, 2011

Keep on the lookout for more information on how to join in and get started. But for now, enjoy your family, friends and honor your body. If not YOU…then who??

With Gratitude to All, Sari Dana

GROUP FITNESS MOVEMENT SPECIALIST LIFE STYLE COACH

sari@dananyc.com

Delete the Flour in Your Pantry- Sweet Potato or Coconut Muffins

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Delete the Flour in Your Pantry- Sweet Potato or Coconut Muffins

1 Comment 27 March 2011

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Sprinkled with Coconut

Chocolate Chunk

Nothing is more satisfying than an empty crumpled bag of whole wheat flour sitting on my kitchen counter. Especially a month before Passover.

Heckers

So when I saw Mark Bittman’s   “Whole Wheat Muffin, The Remix” recipe in the New York Times, I decided it was worth a try.

The only problem was, it called for “preferably whole wheat pastry flour”, and I only had a bag of regular  whole wheat flour. I also decided to see if anyone would notice if I substituted agave nectar for sugar.

I ran out and bought buttermilk, (you can also make your own easy buttermilk HERE) and on Sunday morning the muffins were mixed, baked, and out of the oven within the hour. Cleanup was a cinch. I made a double batch. The first bunch was filled with a baked and mashed sweet potato. I topped those with leftover shredded coconut from my freezer. The second batch was mixed with 3 really ripe bananas that would have otherwise gone in the garbage.  I topped them with chocolate chunks just to make sure that they didnt look too healthy.

Well, I left them all in a plate, and ran out to exercise.

Conclusion: The all time  favorite was the banana chocolate. Not such a hit was the sweet potato topped with coconut.

They never even guessed that agave nectar was the sweet culprit.

This is a really great  grab- and- go breakfast item for the older members of the family. I have a feeling that kids under eighth grade wouldnt go for it so early in the morning but its worth a try. This is also not a recipe for a sugar lover like my sister-in-law who would rather have a Snickers for breakfast. Give it a try!

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PASSOVER ORANGE NUT CAKE

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PASSOVER ORANGE NUT CAKE

No Comments 23 March 2011

 

orange nut cake

 

Enjoy this delicious moist homemade Passover dessert with tea after a holiday meal.

image via flick.r

 

PASSOVER ORANGE NUT CAKE

  • 8 eggs, separated
  • 1 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2/3 c. orange juice
  • 1 tsp. grated orange rind
  • 1 1/4 c. sifted Passover cake meal
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/3 c. nuts, finely chopped

ORANGE SAUCE:

  • 1 tbsp. potato starch
  • 1/4 c. sugar
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 12 tsp. grated orange rind
  • 1 c. orange juice

Beat egg yolks until thick and lemon colored. Gradually add sugar, beating after each addition until mixture is light but very thick. Stir in orange rind. Sift together cake meal, salt and cinnamon; add nuts and mix lightly. Fold dry ingredients gently into beaten egg yolks alternately with orange juice. Beat egg whites until stiff but not dry and then gently fold into cake batter, blending well. Turn into 9″ or 10″ ungreased tube pan.
Bake in 325 degree oven for 1 hour or until done. Remove from oven; invert pan and cool cake before removing from pan. Top with Orange Sauce.

To make sauce: Mix all ingredients together in a saucepan. Cook over low heat until thickened.

Passover Rasberry or Strawberry Tart

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Passover Rasberry or Strawberry Tart

9 Comments 23 March 2011

When Jamie Doueck gives me a Passover recipe, its a guaranteed winner.  This tart doesn’t look like a Passover recipe, but it looks and tastes like an all year round Martha Stewart  fruit tart. – For this recipe, place the rasberries or strawberries carefuly and everyone will think that you bought it!

Kosher for Passover Crust Recipe:

  • 2 cups toasted pecans
  • 1/2 stick margarine or butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp brown sugar

Passover Tart Directions:

  1. Mix above ingredients in food processor till like consitency of oatmeal.
  2. Press into 9 or 10″ tartpan
  3. Bake at 350 degress for 20 or 30 minutes.
  4. Melt 6 oz of good quality Passover chocolate in the microwave or double boiler.
  5. Fold in 1 container of rich whip .
  6. Pour onto cooled crust.
  7. Melt 4 tablespoons of raspberry preserves in pan.
  8. Spread onto chocolate mixture.
  9. Top with fresh raspberries.(please check the raspberries according to halacha- please ask your rabbi.)
  10. Recipe can also be used with strawberries and strawberry preserves.
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Jewish Hostess of the Week! Stacy Ayash’s Party For a Baby Girl

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Jewish Hostess of the Week! Stacy Ayash’s Party For a Baby Girl

No Comments 22 March 2011

Meet Stacy Ayash- A very talented interior decorator who also finds time to whip up the most beautiful parties. Visit her gorgeous brand new interior decorating shop on Avenue U in Brooklyn. Hope you are inspired to spiff up your own gourmet table!  Marlene.

p.s. I’m looking for the next hostess of the week…

please send in your hostess ideas and pictures.


Anyone who entertains knows that its not always so easy but we always want to make it look that way.
After years of having guests over for holidays, and special occasions, I definitely know that my parties come together a lot easier these days. My biggest challenge is always creating something new and exciting for my guests.
The most recent party in my home was a collaborative effort. My mother in law wanted to celebrate the birth of her new grand daughter . I set up the flowers and the table decor,  and my mom cooked  the food.
Now you must know that the last party I did in my home I covered my entire table with grass and had very tall vases with orchids dripping out of the sides. So I knew I had to come up with something that would at least compare to last time.
The only difference was that now I had about 2 days to prepare, so I really needed to really put my thinking cap on. Here’s what I came up with………

I had my local mirror guy use my table pads as a template to cut the mirror and also cut some mirrored squares to serve the mazza (Syrian appetizers) on. All of the other serving pieces are the platinum Annie Glass mixed with Michael Aram platters. To add height and dimension, I used glass cube vases to prop up the serving platters. I poured pink jelly beans into the glass cubes to add the sweet softness to the table- after all the party was in honor of a baby girl.

The only thing missing was a spectacular centerpiece to really make the table pop, and the pink amarillo lillies really did the trick!

Interior Designs by Stacy Ayash

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Really Easy Passover Granola, Banana, Fruit and Cream Trifle

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Really Easy Passover Granola, Banana, Fruit and Cream Trifle

2 Comments 22 March 2011

 

Passover Dessert, The Jewish Hostess

So, the question of the week is, “do I get extra credit for a fabulous Passover dessert if it took me an hour to get it done- or if it took me  10 minutes???” 

Comment below!!!

p.s. of course you could add in blueberries, strawberries, fresh ripe pineapple, crunchy grapes, chocolate syrup, …just make sure that your extras are the family faces!!! Happy Holiday!

Passover Granola, Banana, Fruit and Cream Trifle Dessert

Passover Granola, Banana, Fruit and Cream Trifle Dessert

Ingredients

  • Kosher for Passover Dessert Ingredients from bottom to top:
  • Kosher for Passover Granola- Available on Amazon.com
  • pineapple tidbits
  • banana slices (soak them in the pineapple juice before hand to prevent them from getting black)
  • (optional: sweetened coconut)
  • cream: 2 whipped kosher for Passover toppings mixed with 1 vanilla instant pudding mix..

Instructions

  1. Layer your trifle from bottom to top. Other layering options available on thejewishhostess.com
http://www.thejewishhostess.com/2011/03/really-easy-passover-granola-banana-fruit-and-cream-trifle/

Passover Fruit Granola and Cream Trifle

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Jewish Hostess of the Week! -Bridget Ben Dayan

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Jewish Hostess of the Week! -Bridget Ben Dayan

2 Comments 21 March 2011

 

How cool is Jewish Hostess Bridget Ben Dayan? I’m in love with her creative Purim party ideas and I’m so glad that she took the time to share it with all of us!  Of course you can take this table decor idea and use it for your Passover Seder or any festive occasion during the year.  Be the next Jewish Hostess of the Week and send in ANY cool ideas to ME! Marlene M.

Dear Marlene,
Last year was our first time making a Purim party for the kids.  It was so much fun that we decided to do it again.

  • We started out by making photo invitations online which was easy and a great way to get the kids involved and even more excited about Purim.
  • Next we found a great magician, Magician Mo, who entertained the older and younger kids alike.  All we had left to do was prepare a dessert table and we had a party!
Since we were having boys and girls, I tried to incorporate various colors so it would look festive and colorful and each of my kids would think it was for them.
  • I started with hot pink fabric as a runner, then turned my mom’s white square platters upside down for a new look.
  • I found a book of scrapbooking paper that had different patterns using blue, green & grey.  Each platter got a different design and then was topped with glass and ready for dessert.
  • In the center were two simple vases of flowers filled with jellybeans to incorporate all of the colors.
  • All the desserts were “pick up” pieces, which  are delicious, look great and makes the table look much neater.
  • I found a great solution for fruit also, I found these small, cool shaped plastic bowls and mini spoons in amazing savings. I filled them with my new favorite combination of orange, grapefruit and fresh mint and put them alongside the mini spoons.
We had such a nice day, the kids were able to have fun, we were able to spend time with our friends, and then we had the whole afternoon to enjoy the Seuda with our family.
Thanks for letting me share…
Bridget

 

 

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Creamy Low-Fat Passover Cheesecake with A Chocolate or Coconut Macaroon Crust

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Creamy Low-Fat Passover Cheesecake with A Chocolate or Coconut Macaroon Crust

20 Comments 20 March 2011

 

Enjoy another great Passover recipe from my mother in law Shirley Mamiye. Though there are hundreds of Passover dessert recipes out there, its not always that  you get a good one- especially a low fat Passover recipe, so- think of me on Passover,  when you sit down with a good cup of coffee snuggled up on the couch with your favorite book and a creamy slice of this passover cheesecake, because I will probably be somewhere not too far away, doing exactly the same thing!  Marlene.

p.s. You can also pour this recipe into mini cheesecake teflon pans and bake for about 15 minutes less.

Kosher Passover Cheesecake Recipe:

  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 packages low fat Passover cream cheese
  • 1 pint low fat Passover sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon kosher for Passover vanilla sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 box macaroons, coconut or chocolate flavor
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • vegetable spray
  • Beat egg white till stiff.

Directions for this Passover Recipe:

  1. Blend sugar, cream cheese, sour cream.
  2. Add lemon juice and vanilla sugar.
  3. Fold in egg whites.
  4. Spray bottom of 9 inch pan.
  5. Line bottom with smashed macaroons.
  6. Pour in cream cheese mix
  7. Bake 1 hour and 15 minutes in preheated 350 degree oven.
  8. Turn oven off.
  9. Let cake rest in oven 1 hour.
  10. When cool, refrigerate.
  11. Add sliced strawberries, and/or blueberries on top.

 

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Passover Pizza Dough

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Passover Pizza Dough

11 Comments 19 March 2011

 

My friend Jamie is one of the best friends that a girl can have. She also is a gourmet cook and has tons of great tried and true kosher recipes at the tip of her tongue. She is also one of those girls that would never leave out an ingredient so I know all of her recipes are perfected. If I could just find about two hours to  write them all down, I would have enough great kosher dishes to keep this blog going for at least another six months!

Keep checking in to The Jewish Hostess to get more of Jamie’s favorites! Marlene


“We are all looking for easy Passover recipes, especially great Passover recipes for kids tastes.

This is really the best Passover recipe for  pizza dough . You can use with  any dairy pizza topping or with a meat topping such as lahamagine.

I form balls out of the dough, flatten them with a (Passover) tortilla press and shape with a (Passover) cookie cutter.” Enjoy! -Jamie

Ingredients for this Kosher Passover Pizza Dough Recipe

  • 2 cups of matzo meal
  • 1/2 cup cake meal
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup  of warm water
  • 2 tbsp oil

Directions

  1. -Mix dry Passover pizza ingredients by hand
  2. - add egg, add oil
  3. -then add water slowly to form a dough ball
  4. - form into balls and flatten by hand.
  5. -pizza tastes better if flattened by tortilla press or rolling pin as stated above.
  6. - top with your favorite kosher for Passover pizza toppings!
  7. or shape and freeze for instant use.

 

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Chocolate Nut Chunk Wrapped Gifts for the Holidays

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Chocolate Nut Chunk Wrapped Gifts for the Holidays

1 Comment 19 March 2011

Chocolate Orange Peanut Bark

Its so easy to make your own gourmet chocolates and package them yourself as a gorgeous holiday hostess gift. Inspired by Martha Stewart, I decided to create something scrumtious from scratch. Chocolate-Orange Peanut Bark – Preparation  time- 25 minutes

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of kosher chocolate chips
  • 1 orange
  • 1 1/3 cups of any kind of  lightly roasted nut.
  • 1/4 tsp coarse salt

how to:

1-Chill an aluminum foil lined baking sheet . 2-Remove the zest from the orange with a vegetable peeler. Slice the zest into long pieces with a sharp knife. 3-Melt a bag of  chocolate chips in a double boiler. 4-mix in half of the zest and nuts, immediately pour onto the chilled sheet and spread into a rectangle with a rubber spatula. 5-Sprinkle with remaining zest, nuts, and salt. Chill until firm. Break into pieces. May be stored in airtight container in the freezer. For a chic homemade holiday gift- package these in a tin from Atlantic Sales. Cut Parchment Paper with pinking shears and line each layer.

Wrap with cellophane and a beautiful ribbon!

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The Prettiest Modern Passover Seder Plates and Matzo Holders For Your Holiday Table

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The Prettiest Modern Passover Seder Plates and Matzo Holders For Your Holiday Table

No Comments 18 March 2011

 

 

 

On Passover,  don’t forget that its the little glimmery holiday touches that add to the WOW factor of your table. One of my favorite  Judaica Designers is Laura Cowan who is constantly inspired by the natural beauty of  the land of Israel’s dreamy sea and sky. I recently contacted Laura to asks her about her inspirations, and I was immediately drawn into the way that she was able to translate her passion for outer space into her gorgeous moon inspired Seder Plate featured below.

 I was so impressed to hear that it has been featured  in Bon Appetit and  Epicurious.com. (If you’d really like to be impressed, scroll down to the bottom of the page to see all of the galleries and museum shops that her work is featured in.)

According to Laura, “I had an image of moon craters in my head but I didn’t know how I was going to make this design until I started experimenting with different types of metals, thickness of metal and shapes. Each time I would adjust the type or thickness of the metal, or the size and depth of the indentations until I got a look closest to what I had imagined. Although because the dips are made by hand, each one turns out slightly different.”

When I asked her about the materials that she used, she said  ”I chose aluminum because the shapes came out softer than steel but more defined than on brass. Also I love the bright, white, mirror finish that doesn’t tarnish.To make sure it was user friendly I tried out several types of chrane to check that it didn’t leave a stain (it doesn’t!)”

 ”Most of my work is about vertical lines – “weightless” rockets and cones shooting up into space.
I knew that for a matzah plate that these motifs wouldn’t work because a plate is of course, horizontal by nature.
I had designer’s block for months until I realized that every time I had been cycling on the “tayelet” (promenade) I had been gazing at the shapes of the yachts on the Mediterranean sea and the fishing boats in Old Jaffa’s harbor. So back in my studio, I curved pieces of highly polished steel to reflect the ocean waves and the sails that glide upon it.
I wanted the piece to look like a piece of sculpture so I used hidden magnets so that the waves can be placed anywhere on the plate.”
I want all of my hostesses to know that these Judaica pieces are even more gorgeous in person, and we recently sold them at a community event.
Dozens of  Laura’s seder plate and napkin holders were purchased so quickly that we had to re-order them on the spot. 
Many women bought two matzo holders so that they could place  each one on each end of their holiday tables.
I asked Laura if she could offer my Jewish  Hostess readers a discount, and if you order ASAP  you can take 5% off the price on the checkout page.
Your discount will be reflected on your credit card statement as her website does not discount out automatically.
Make sure you write 5%Jewish Hostess on the checkout page.
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday, and send me pics of your beautiful seder tables! email to my photos@thejewishhostess.com.
Matzo Holder $195. - I bought these gorgeous matzo holders as holiday gifts for some special people in my life, and I can’t wait to give it to them!

5% off for Jewish Hostess readers. Just type in 5%JewishHostess- your discount will show up on your credit card statement.

CLICK HERE to purchase.

Rectangle Modern Matzo Holder by Laura Cowan

2- Square Modern Matzo Holder- 11″x 11″ x 13″

Retail $240. 5% off for Jewish Hostess readers.

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3- Modern Moon Inspired Seder Plate-$ 240 (includes shipping) A perfect wedding gift as well as a hostess gift. Personalized engraving available.

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 Each Seder Plate is unique and signed by artist Laura Cowan. Engraving optional- the ultimate wedding or hostess gift.

4- WAVE SEDER PLATE-  My favorite piece!

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The six words in Hebrew which represent the symbols on this Silver and Aluminium Wave Seder Plate and Laura’s round seder plates, are hand cut by Laura. Avoiding the use of soldering, all the components of the Pesach Seder Plate are screwed together in a style reminiscent of Bauhaus, affording a clean look, and preserving the smooth finish of the metal.

Material – Anodized Aluminum and/or Silver
Diameter – 25 cm / 9.8 inches
Dishes available in Sterling Silver or Polished Aluminum. Price includes shipping
Price:
With Sterling Silver dishes
$2350
Price:
with Polished Aluminum Dishes
$1300

 

5- LAYER SILVER WAVE SEDER PLATE - an heirloom piece. If you buy this seder plate, please share the beauty on your table, and send a pic to me!

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The Silver Wave Seder Plate beholds an elegant, classic yet modern design. Taking almost a year to complete, it incorporates four unique layers. The top layer consists of a silver platter and 6 silver dishes with three layers underneath for the three Seder matzos. Three matzot are needed so that when we break the middle matzah, we are still left with two whole ones to pronounce the “Hamotzi”. These layers represent the three components of the Jewish nation: Cohen, Levy and Israel. The flowing effect of the six dishes on the silver layer gives the illusion of them floating just above the surface.

Materials – Heavy Gauge Sterling Silver, Anodised Aluminum
Limited edition of 100 numbered pieces.
Diameter: 42 cm/ 16.5 inches. Height 15 cm / 6 inches
Price – $6300 (includes shipping)

Materials – Heavy Gauge Sterling Silver, Anodised Aluminum
Limited edition of 100 numbered pieces.
Diameter: 42 cm/ 16.5 inches. Height 15 cm / 6 inches
Price – $6300 (includes shipping)

Laura Cowan began her career in London after graduating in Silversmithing and Jewellery at London Guildhall University.  She now brings her unique ideas to the field of Judaica, working from her design studio and workshop in Tel Aviv, Israel.

GALLERIES WORLDWIDE WHO STOCK LAURA COWAN’S JUDAICA DESIGNS

AMERICA

Spertus Museum Shop610 S. Michigan Ave.Chicago,ILTel 312-322-1768 Audreys Gift ShopThe Skirball Cultural Center2701 N. Sepuveda BlvdLos Angeles CA 90049
Tel 310 440 4522
Gifts at The Jewish Museum1109 Fifth Avenue
New YorkTel +212 423 3202
Judaica Classics by Doina125 E. 85th St New York NY 10028Tel 212 722 4271,
or 212 427 1000 ext 5225
Adath Israel Cincinnati Judaica Shop
3201 East Galbraith Road
Cincinnati
Ohio
Tel: 513 984 3499
CBL459 Pleasant Valley WayWest Orange NJ 07052Tel (973) 736-7776 1-877-861-5578
Jewish Collection Inc.7601 North 11TH StreetPhoenix Arizona 85020Tel 602.312.5722 Kolbo437 Harvard St.Brookline MA 02446Tel (617) 731-8743
POMEGRANATE, INC.2905 W 113th StreetLeawood, KS 66211Tel  913-498-1846 The Aesthetic Sense198 Main StreetMt. Kisco New York 10549Tel: 914 244 4429
BMH-BJ Gift Shop
560 South Monaco Parkway Denver,
Colorado
80224
Tel 303 951 8238
San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street, San Francisco,
CA 94103
Tel: 415.655.7800
Elaine Baker Gallery
608 Banyan Trail
Boca Raton
Florida
Tel: 561.241.3050
Elaine Baker Gallery
The Boca Raton Resort & Club
501 East Camino Real
Boca Raton
Florida
Tel. 561.447.0321
National Museum of American Jewish History
10 S. Independendence Mall East,
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
Tel: 215 391 4648
Santa Fe Weaving Gallery
124-1/2 Galisteo Street,
Santa Fe,
New Mexico
Tel: 505-982-1737
Temple Beth Am
2632 N E 80th St
Seattle
Washington
Tel: 206 525 0915
Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas
St Thomas
U.S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340.774.4312

 

CANADA

 

Pacific Judaica
275 East 22nd Ave, Vancouver
British Columbia, CANADA V5V-1T8
Tel 604-737-1854
Petroff Gallery
1016 Eglington Ave West Toronto,
Ontario M6C 2C5 Canada
Tel: 416 782 1696 1877 542 3600

 

 

ISRAEL

 

Luvaton Gallery
23 Yoel Salomon St Jerusalem
Tel +972 2 625 7186
Mira
The Cardo
Jerusalem
Rotem
89 Sokolov
Ramat Hasharon
Tel 03 540 8793
Reymond
66 Ben Yehuda St. Tel Aviv
Tel: 03 529 1586
Joi
25 Shabazi
Neve Tzedek
Tel Aviv 65150
Tel 03 516 5715
Sarah’s Tent
56 Alkabetz St.
Tzfat 13200
Tel 04 692 3378
David’s Jewellery
22 King David St
Jerusalem
Tel +972 2 624 6635
Raphaels
94, Ben Yehuda, Tel Aviv
Tel: 03 527 3619
Michael Unique
124 Ahuza St. Raanana,
43450
Tel: 09 740 3654
Bauhaus
99 Dizengoff St.
Tel-Aviv
Tel: 03 522 0249
Chaya
Mamilla
Jerusalem
Tel: 02-5867833/02-6253241

 

 

ENGLAND

 

Aisenthal
11, Ashbourne Parade
Finchley Rd
London
Tel +44 208 455 0501
Lubavitch
4-5 The Square
Hale Barns
WA15 8ST
Cheshire
Tel 0161 980 8511

 

 

ITALY

 

Comunita Ebraica di Firenze
Via L.C. Farini
450121 Firenze
Italy
Tel. +39 055 245252

 

 

AUSTRALIA

 

Jewish Museum of Australia
26 Alma Rd
St. Kilda
Victoria 3182
Tel 613 8534 3600
The Antique Silver Company
253 Carlisle St
Balaclava 3183
Melbourne
Tel: 613 952 58480
Odem
Shop 7, 16-22 Bay Street
Double Bay
NSW 2028
Australia
Tel 612 9328 7477
Matana – Artistic Judaica
Naomi Feldman, Melbourne
For appointments call (613) 90152595


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