Wilted Spinach with Toasted Garlic Chips

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Wilted Spinach with Toasted Garlic Chips

2 Comments 30 April 2011

I got this recipe from my mother in law who is always trying something new and delicious. Instead of sauteing the spinach, she uses the hot oil from frying the garlic to wilt the spinach. The result is a delicious “salad” spinach. This technique also leaves no room for “spinach soup“, which can happen from sauteing the spinach for too long a period. I usually serve the spinach as a salad at room temperature before the main course, or as a side dish to a salmon or steak. And I always eat the leftovers for lunch the next day.

Kosher Ingredients

Two bags Baby Spinach leaves refrigerated (I use the pre-washed bags and then wash and dry it very well one more time.)

4-6 Cloves of garlic sliced thin (I use a mandolin and put it on the medium setting)

Kosher salt or sea salt to taste

4 tablespoons Good quality extra virgin olive oil



Before you begin, make sure to have washed and dried the baby spinach leaves. Place the spinach in a large heatproof bowl, such as  pyrex. Refrigerate the spinach (the spinach must be cold prior to pouring the oil onto it).

In a medium sauce pan place the olive oil and sliced garlic cloves and season with salt-Do not over salt because you will add salt onto the leaves themselves after you pour the hot oil.

Heat oil and garlic on a medium to high flame. Cook garlic in oil until just golden, and  pour mixture  (very carefully) into the pyrex bowl. Toss gently so that the oil is well coated on the leaves. More salt can be added at this point if you prefer.

Leaves will slightly change in color and will wilt. Serve immediately or at room temperature. Can be refrigerated once cooled and served later that day.


Note Do not over cook the garlic slices as they will turn bitter if cooked too well done. Using a mandolin is preferred so that the garlic will cook evenly.

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Sugar Detox Snack!  Roasted Garbanzo Beans

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Sugar Detox Snack! Roasted Garbanzo Beans

3 Comments 28 April 2011


Make these roasted chick peas as a high fiber, sugar-free, vegan,  protein packed treat for all of your family members that like to grab a snack as they wander (or whiz) through the kitchen. These roasted chick peas will keep your  blood sugar in check and keep you satisfied so that you wont find yourself raiding the rugelach jar before bedtime.


  • 2 cans of garbanzos, drained and patted dry (very important!) – Use a paper towel and lightly pat them dry, or place in a salad spinner taking care not to smash them.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • sea salt to taste


  1. Heat oven to 400.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Spread out onto a cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir.  Bake for another 15  or 25 minutes or until crunchy.

Check out Apartment Therapy’s 15 More Ways to Flavor Roasted Chick Peas.

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How to Make Cedar Planked Salmon- Video

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How to Make Cedar Planked Salmon- Video

1 Comment 27 April 2011

Now that I’ve had some time to recover from Passover cooking, I’m ready for some new kosher recipe ideas and new flavors for my kitchen.

This video will make you crave this salmon, prepared on a cedar plank embedded on a layer of scallions. The  cooked maple-ginger sauce glazes the salmon perfectly. The Mustard mashed potatoes are mouthwatering.  Great for a weeknight dinner and for entertaining a small crowd. Print and save this recipe for a Mother’s Day Lunch or a Shavuot Dinner!


  • 1 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons finely grated peeled fresh gingerroot
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • an untreated cedar plank (about 17 by 10 1/2 inches) if desired
  • a 2 1/2-pound center-cut salmon fillet with skin
  • greens from 1 bunch scallions

    Directions for this Kosher Recipe

  • In a small heavy saucepan simmer maple syrup, gingerroot, 3 tablespoons lemon juice, soy sauce, garlic, and salt and pepper to taste until reduced to about 1 cup, about 30 minutes, and let cool. (Maple glaze may be made 2 days ahead and chilled, covered. Bring maple glaze to room temperature before proceeding.) Preheat oven to 350° F. If using cedar plank, lightly oil and heat in middle of oven 15 minutes; or lightly oil a shallow baking pan large enough to hold salmon.Arrange scallion greens in one layer on plank or in baking pan to form a bed for fish.In another small saucepan heat half of glaze over low heat until heated through to use as a sauce. Stir in remaining tablespoon lemon juice. Remove pan from heat and keep sauce warm, covered.Put salmon, skin side down, on scallion greens and brush with remaining glaze. Season salmon with salt and pepper and roast in middle of oven until just cooked through, about 20 minutes if using baking pan or about 35 if using plank.Cut salmon crosswise into 6 pieces. On each of 6 plates arrange salmon and scallion greens on a bed of mashed potatoes. Drizzle salmon with warm sauce.
  • Buy untreated cedar planks at  Target.  Treated cedar planks may have flavorings that are unkosher, so unless you find them with a hashgachah stick with the ones from Target. You can also buy them from a hardware store.

  • Mustard Mashed Potatoes Ingredients *note-many  Sephardic Jews do not eat dairy and fish in the same dish or plate. Read more HERE or ask your rabbi.
    • 3 pounds Yukon Gold potatoes
    • 1 1/2 cups milk
    • 3/4 stick (6 tablespoons) unsalted butter
  • 3 tablespoons whole-grain or coarse-grain mustard
  • In a 5-quart kettle cover potatoes with cold salted water by 2 inches and simmer until tender, 35 to 45 minutes. While potatoes are simmering, in a small saucepan heat milk with butter over moderate heat until butter is melted. Remove pan from heat and keep milk mixture warm, covered.

  • In a colander drain potatoes and cool just until they can be handled. Peel potatoes, transferring to a large bowl. Add mustard, salt and pepper to taste, and three fourths hot milk mixture and with a potato masher mash potatoes until smooth, adding more milk mixture if necessary to make them creamy. (Potatoes may be made 1 day ahead and cooled completely before being chilled in a buttered ovenproof dish, covered. Bring potatoes to room temperature before reheating, covered.)

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    Sari’s Mango Edamame Sugar Detox Salad

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    Sari’s Mango Edamame Sugar Detox Salad

    No Comments 26 April 2011

    Sari Dana is one of my very best friends. Have you ever seen an exercise instructor sweat through a whole hour and 15 minutes of  cardio blast with super positive energy,  grace, elegance, and a smile? Well, there you have it in a (protein packed) nutshell. Meet Sari Dana. Stay tuned for more recipes and sugar detox inspiration. Marlene

    The Ultimate Spring Detox-a Quick, Easy Way to Sugar Detox:

    Every so often I meet someone on the street, in a restaurant or just in passing who would reach out to me and share their sugar detox challenge experience.

    In case you’re not familiar with my Sugar Detox story, I would love to share it with you.

    Even though I, like most people, have a difficult time expressesing the truth about my negative habits, I sum up the energy to do so, by thinking about my desire of a higher cause. The cause of helping others. I know my story will help hundreds if not thousands, possibly even millions. You see, it’s a ripple effect. If I can help someone from my experience, and that person helps someone else, a family, a community and possibly the world at large can benefit.

    So here it goes…

    April 2008 was the turning point for me. The month that changed my life.

    In April 2008 I embarked on the biggest feat of my life. A 30 Day Sugar Detox Challenge.  You may have read my articles for each of those days on the Jewish Hostess blog, or followed me through my emails. The writings were raw. I was simply stating my experience. I didn’t have a plan, just a goal to complete 30 consecutive days sugar free. I, along with my group at the Sephardic Center, and my dedicated readers, embarked on a challenge that would change my life forever.

    What was so exciting about being sugar free?  I could sum it up in one word, a word that most people search a life time for.  HAPPY.  When I became Sugar Free- I became HAPPY.

    Yes, my life is filled with many things to make me feel happy.  I am blessed with a wonderful family and friends. I have a career in fitness that is extremely rewarding.   Yet, the only time that I am truly happy is when I am sugar free.

    Why would living a life without sugar have such profound effects? Refined sugar does not benefit our bodies or mind in any way.

    While it has many negative effects, like  rising triglcerdies significantly and suppressing the immune system, the biggest on my list is brain fog and mood swings that occur when you eat refined sugar. If you ever expirenced a brain fog- you know what I mean!

    Without sugar in your system you can conquer the world! It is such an empowering feeling. Sugar brings you up for a short period of time, and then brings you down. Sometimes so down that you just need to sleep. If you ever over-ate a large meal, then you know what I’m talking about.

    Without sugar, your brain can work with clarity. Focusing will become easy. This is especially helpful in children, who need to focus in school for 8 hours at a time. You will always have an even temperament, and trying to lose weight will become a thing of the past.

    After helping hundreds of women, I decided to attain my degree from the American Associastion of Drugless Practicioners and enrolled in the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

    Being a health coach and a fitness professional has helped me to gain access to help so many more people in our community. By blending my two careers, my clients are able to reap many rewards. I truly feel blessed.

    If your are ready to have more energy, fewer cravings and take control of your life, then you don’t want to miss my most amazing event yet.

    The Ultimate Spring Cleanse: a fast and easy sugar detox program.

    A workshop filled with inspiration and motivation!

    What: Sari’s Sugar Detox

    Where: In Brooklyn. Address upon request

    When: to be announced soon!

    contact me at SARI@DANANYC.COM

    I look forward to meeting you!

    This is a edamame ,mango and beans recipe that my sister in law, Olga Schweky made at my Sugar Detox  Event- it was a big hit- and gets 2 thumbs up on Sari Sugar Detox!  Its low calorie, low fat and a great way to add  plant based proteins into your diet. Triple dose of plant protein from the edamame, red and black beans.

    Mango Edamame Salad:

    • Shelled edamame (boiled and drained)
    • 1 mango cubed
    • 1 red onion, chopped small
    • 1 can black beans or 1and 1/2 cups fresh black beans
    • 1 can of red beans, or 1 and 1/2 fresh beans
    • 2 colored peppers,diced  -1/2 cup each color (not green)


    • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar,
    • 1/4 cup olive oil

    Mix all ingredients and add dressing.

    Sari Dana

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    Lowfat Oven Fried Chicken- Recipe and Video

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    Lowfat Oven Fried Chicken- Recipe and Video

    No Comments 26 April 2011

    Looking for a new and easy chicken entre?

    We are always on the lookout for a new variation of this  family favorite.

    Not only do we love this chef’s accent, but this kosher chicken recipe is tops. (this video calls for some cheese- of course- skip it!)


    • Chicken legs and thighs- order without skin from the butcher-preferably organic
    • beaten organic eggs
    • dijon mustard
    • flavored matzo or crackers
    • panko breadcrumbs
    • salt and pepper to taste
    • mix oregano, thyme, and rosemary in a small bowl
    1. Whisk eggs, salt, pepper, and Dijon mustard in pyrex
    2. Dip blotted chicken pieces in egg mixture- can be left overnight in fridge for more flavor
    3. Blend in Cuisinart -panko breadcrumbs (many flavors are available to suit your taste) with garlic flavored matzo ,and herbs such as rosemary, oregano and thyme.
    4. dredge chicken in breadcrumb mixture
    5. place chicken parts on sprayed pan
    6. Spray coated chicken with canola spray such as Pam.
    7. Bake at 425 degrees for 45 minutes.

    Please let us know your results. Comment below, send pics, email,  text us, video, …. we need your feedback!

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    Honey and Ginger Salmon with Grilled Orange Slices

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    Honey and Ginger Salmon with Grilled Orange Slices

    2 Comments 25 April 2011

    This recipe is a perfect main course for Shavuot. Kids and adults will love this version of grilled salmon. Double or triple the recipe for a large crowd.

    • 1/3 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce
    • 1/4 cup  freshly squeezed orange juice
    • 1/4 cup honey (preferably from the health food store)
    • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon kosher sherry or apple juice
    • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
    • 1 pound wild salmon fillet
    • one sliced orange
    1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first seven ingredients. Add salmon. Seal bag and turn to coat; refrigerate for 1 hour, turning several times.
    2. Line an 8-in. square baking dish with parchment paper; coat the paper with nonstick cooking spray. Drain and discard marinade. Place salmon in prepared pan. Bake at 350 degrees F for 30-40 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. The skin should slide off easily using a fish spatula.
    3. Place sliced oranges on a separate baking pan. Brush with orange juice and broil one or two minutes or until light brown and slightly crispy.
    4. Garnish salmon with sliced oranges. Enjoy!

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    Perfect  Tuna Burgers

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    Perfect Tuna Burgers

    1 Comment 24 April 2011

    Great Recipe!!!

    My niece Shirley is a professional, sought-after baker but she continually surprises us with unexpected culinary delights.

    The kids and adults in the family gave these Tuna burgers a thumbs up!

    Try this hearty  yet light tuna burger that she easily adapted from Cooking Light magazine.

    Shirley recommends Pomegrante for fresh baked wholesome buns.

    Check out Shirl’s website at  www.homebakedbyshirl.com.

    Makes 6 servings

    To assemble  the sandwiches you’ll need:

    Tuna Burgers

    Asian Coleslaw

    Wasabi Mayonnaise

    Egg Buns or Egg Challah Rolls

    For the Burgers:

    2 tbs extra-virgin olive oil

    Coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper

    1 pound sushi-grade tuna, very finely chopped

    2 scallions, white and light green parts only, trimmed and minced

    1 tablespoon soy sauce

    1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

    1 teaspoon lemon zest

    Canola oil, for cooking

    Directions for this Kosher Recipe

    Place tuna, scallions, soy, olive oil, sesame oil, and lemon zest in a large bowl; season with salt and pepper. Mix well, using your hands, to combine. Divide tuna mixture into six equal portions and form each portion into a 1/2-inch thick patty.

    Place a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and add enough canola oil to coat bottom of skillet. Add patties, and cook until medium-rare, 2 to 3 minutes per side.

    For the Asian Coleslaw

    1 tablespoon unseasoned rice-wine vinegar

    2 tablespoons olive oil

    2 tsp honey

    1 tsp toasted sesame seeds (optional)

    1 bag coleslaw (shredded cabbage)

    Place vinegar in small bowl. Slowly whisk in olive oil to form an emulsion; add the honey and sesame; season with salt and pepper; set aside.

    Just before serving, toss some coleslaw with dressing to taste.

    For the Wasabi Mayonnaise:

    1 large egg, room temperature

    2 teaspoons unseasoned rice-wine vinegar

    1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

    1 teaspoon fresh lime juice

    1 1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and grated

    1 tablespoon wasabi paste

    1/2 teaspoon soy sauce

    3/4 cup canola oil

    Coarse salt

    Directions for this Kosher Recipe

    In the bowl of a small food processor, combine egg, vinegar, lemon juice, lime juice, ginger, wasabi, and soy sauce; pulse to combine. With food processor running, slowly drizzle in canola oil until mixture is emulsified. Season with salt.

    Note: Raw eggs should not be used in food prepared for pregnant women, babies, young children, the elderly, or anyone whose health is compromised

    To Assemble the Burgers:

    Spread a tablespoon of mayonnaise on both sides of halved bun. Place one patty, topped with about ¼ cup of coleslaw.


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    An Elegant Seder That Brings Back Memories of Generations Past

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    An Elegant Seder That Brings Back Memories of Generations Past

    4 Comments 20 April 2011

    Thank you Victoria for a look into your symbolic Passover seder! A family holiday is even more special when heirlooms from our grandmothers are used on the table. Extra touches like smoke (you HAVE to tell Jewish Hostess readers how you DID that! You must have picked that up at science fair!)  and frogs must have really added to the authenticity of  how it felt for our ancestors leaving Egypt. Your table  looks beautiful! Marlene

    “Hi Marlene,  The cut crystal decanter is my husband’s great grandmother’s Passover wine decanter (hand carried from Ukraine).  The smoke is for the death of the firstborn plague.  Notice there are frogs all over the the matzo cover. Victoria Arnold”


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    A Fabulous Bold Passover Table Setting- Remembering the 10 Plagues

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    A Fabulous Bold Passover Table Setting- Remembering the 10 Plagues

    1 Comment 18 April 2011

    Thank you Kim Dabah for this stunning Seder table inspiration!

    Succulent red roses, napkins and plates, inspire our holiday theme to remind us of “Makat Dam”- the plague of blood filling the Nile River as a punishment to king Pharoh of Egypt for not allowing the Jewish slaves to leave Egypt in freedom. What creativity! Keep sending in your Seder Pics to WIN $100. worth of Spring flowers!


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    10 Simple Spring Centerpiece Ideas for an Impressive Passover Seder

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    10 Simple Spring Centerpiece Ideas for an Impressive Passover Seder

    7 Comments 10 April 2011

    Its time to free the creative spirit that has been ignored in the midst of all of our holiday planning. Scrubbing, grating, chopping, boiling (those pots and pans), outfitting, shopping…. can really leave even the most creative Jewish moms to the point of exhaustion. Take it from me, some years I’m lucky just to plop a bunch of tulips from the street corner into a vase just before lighting the holiday candles.
    This year will be different!
    I’ve searched and clicked all over tons of inspiring websites all around internet town to bring all of my
    Jewish Hostesses
    10 spring centerpiece ideas for your Seder table. These simple table decor ideas can be transformed into a Passover seder that expresses YOU!
    Start planning and gather your materials this week so that your Seder centerpiece wont be a last minute throw-on. Get the kids involved so that you can direct them while you are putting the final touches on your Passover meal.
    You can choose to pull out all of your assorted vases and line them up on your table with a simple streamlined color theme of blooms, or you can go out on a limb and create a more intricate design.
    Whatever style you choose, just remember that these spring inspired decor ideas adds as much to the memories of the evening as the delicious  meal that you serve your guests.
    (image via deutweddings)
    1-Silver vases of all sizes capture the glamour of your Passover seder table. Try these fluted vases with a mercury filled base for only $19.99 from  Target , and add your personal touch with the simplest of buds.
    2-Looking for a cheap, chic and glamorous DIY project?
    Hop on over to  100layercake.com for theit tutorial on how to spray paint your extra mason jars
    for a vibrant new look on your  Passover seder table.
    3-Go through your storage closets and pull out stored wedding gifts that you haven’t used in years.
    You’d be surprised at the gorgeous display you can create by lining up assorted bud vases and filling them all
    in the same color scheme.
    (image via 100layercake.com)
    4-Inspired by the Elizabeth and Anne blog, use assorted jars and containers, buy a rustic burlap, or for a more elegant look find a dressier  metallic or floral fabric, tie with a matching cord or fancy ribbon, and scatter on your seder table.
    images via Social Couture and jjdesigns
    5-Use fruit cups or glasses, An ice cream dish, a champagne bowl, or a martini glass that are on pedestals , fill with clear or white pepples. You can also find vase filler HERE, top with a single flower or two,  and disperse among your platters.
    6-Your guest will really enjoy their four cups of wine while enjoying the view. Make a fruit  topiary using regal grapes as the star of the show.
    The timeless Preston Bailey shows you how to do it right here on his blog.
    7-Fabric wrapped containers will steal the show. Use vibrant papers and flowers and go beyond the  expected. DIY  instructions HERE.
    8-This terra cotta centerpiece tutorial from Real Simple magazine will give a breezy rustic aura to you holiday dinner.
    9-Spring is here, and there is no prettier way to show it with an eco-inspired pink and green vegan centepiece .
    Check out Epicurious.com for their down to earth DIY how-to.
    10- I actually saved the prettiest for last!
    This unexpected burst of spirited colors will keep your guests family and guests in a cheery mood the whole entire seder! I’ve been having a color obsession with these eye-popping brights. If you are too, then run on over to your local florist and buy:
    10 red, white and pink anemones
    5 mini daffodils
    8 orange, red, and white ranunculus (better if blown open)
    Ranunculus greens and buds
    English daisies in pink and white (cut from 2 plants)
    and click HERE for a simple tutorial.
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    Sparkling Blue Table Decor for Your Passover Seder

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    Sparkling Blue Table Decor for Your Passover Seder

    6 Comments 08 April 2011




    Sparkling Blue Table Decor for Your  Passover Seder !

    The story of Passover occurred thousands of years ago, but that doesn’t mean your Seder table needs to look like it took place in Ancient Egypt. This holiday, let’s take a cue from one of the most trendsetting designers of all time, David Hicks.

    “My greatest contribution as an interior designer has been to show people how to use bold color mixtures,

    how to use pattern … and how to mix old with new.”-David Hicks

    Adding bright colorful and eye-catching elements to your Seder table will add excitement to your lavish spread and transcend your Passover seder into modernity. Give a nod to David Hicks who always embraced crisp, bold pattern and bright hues making your banquet one that even King Pharoah would say YES to!

    1- Passover Seder Plate $255

    2- Fanny goblets William Yeoward Bloomingdales $85

    3- Black charger plate $2

    4- Turquoise Greek key placesetting Jonathan Adler 4 piece placesetting $50

    5- Carnaby hazard vase Jonathan Adler $68

    6- Wright 5 piece place setting dishes by Crate and Barrel $36.95

    7- Passover Haggadahs $76.50

    8- Aquamarine Moser bowl

    9- Kim Seybert napkin ring 4 for $80.

    10-Oslo tiles placemat Jonathan Adler $18

    by Elizabeth Braha,

    Simple Dwellings LLC.




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    Simple Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Chicken

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    Simple Roasted Garlic and Rosemary Chicken

    1 Comment 08 April 2011


    Nowadays, its so hard to find an easy and simple chicken recipe that is not camouflaged with candied sauces that are so sweet that we don’t even realize that its even dessert time.

    I believe that our grandmothers imbued their holiday meals with cups of love mixed with with a down to earth collection of  simple ingredients that  reflected their  humble,  less-complicated lives. Its time to unveil the true flavor of your chicken!

    Follow Giuliano Hazan‘s authentic easy kosher chicken recipe and leave the syrupy ingredients in the pantry!

    By the way- this recipe is a perfect as a Passover chicken recipe and can be used all year round.


    “In this modern age of information overload, it has become ever more essential to have authorities in different fields whom one can trust. How does one select a title on Italian cooking from the dozens which seem to be published every year? In the realm of authentic Italian cooking, Giuliano is an authority that one can trust.”

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    Roast Chicken

    From How to Cook Italian by Giuliano Hazan

  • 1 (3 ½ pound) chicken
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 medium cloves garlic
  • 2 fresh rosemary branches
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1.  Preheat the oven to 375° on the regular bake setting.

    2.  Pat the chicken dry with paper towels.  Sprinkle some salt and pepper inside the cavity.  Lightly crush and peel the garlic cloves and place them inside along with one of the rosemary branches.  Close the cavity on both ends with toothpicks.

    3.  Rub the olive oil over the skin of the chicken.  Chop the remaining rosemary and sprinkle it all over the chicken along with some salt and pepper.  Put the chicken in a roasting pan with the breast down and place in the oven.  Calculate approximately 25 minutes cooking time per pound (1 1/2 hours for a 3 1/2 pound chicken).  After one third of the cooking time has passed, about 30 minutes, turn the chicken so the breast is facing up.  After the chicken has baked for two thirds of the total cooking time, about another 30 minutes, switch the oven setting to convection heat and raise the temperature to 400°.  If your oven does not have convection heat, simply raise the temperature to 425°.

    4.  To check if the chicken is done, pierce the flesh near the leg joint to see if the juices run clear.  If they do not, roast for another 10 minutes and test again.  Remove from the oven and let the chicken stand for 5 minutes before carving and serving.










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    Presents for the Sephardic Groom- My Gift Wrapped Swanee

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    Presents for the Sephardic Groom- My Gift Wrapped Swanee

    2 Comments 03 April 2011


    In a nutshell, a swanee is a Syrian Jewish custom in which the bride receives gives from her fiance and future mother in law prior to the wedding. These gifts range from beautiful soaps and lingerie to fine crystal and jewelry! In recent times, brides started to do the same for their future husbands. The men’s gifts can be anything from a watch and cufflinks to a kiddush cup and other beautiful Judaica.  They’re usually beautifully displayed on a table and exchanged in front of close friends and family!
    I don’t know about you, but I would never want to receive a beautiful gift in 99¢ wrapping paper. I believe that the  presentation is just as important as what’s inside the box!  The hours of meticulously picking out, wrapping, and displaying each gift was more difficult than it looks, but it was well worth it!
    For my husband’s swanee, I wanted to create a beautiful display table that also matched his personality.
    So I used the following wrapping papers and color scheme:
    Navy Suede - classic, handsome, masculin
    Orange Textured Pebbles- bold, unique
    Tuscan floral print- interesting, fun
    I added rustic wood crates, pretty bows, and an organza navy stripe linen. And there you have it! A beautiful swanee display table.

    Lillian Antar Shomer
    Event Design & Planning



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    Prepare For Your Sugar Detox Today!

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    Prepare For Your Sugar Detox Today!

    21 Comments 01 April 2011

    Hello Sugar Detoxers!

    Please SIGN UP now to receive your free daily sugar detox newsletter!

    Can you go a day…. a week ….. or how about a month without eating sugar?

    I did it and so can you!

    As the Passover holidays culminate, we, as Jewish women are ready to give back to ourselves by focusing in on what our bodies need right now. So, if you have been thinking about making an empowering life changing event to improve your health and well being- then this “30 Day Sugar Detox Challenge” is for you.  Join me with hundreds of women to take control of their bodies, this Monday May 2, 2011  as we will begin our “30 Day Sugar Detox Challenge.”

    Americans are faced with all kinds of addictions- and sugar is at the top of the list. The worst part about it, is that sugar is an addiction that usually begins as a child and can last a life time.

    Through that time period, the sugar consumers are faced with  the #1 health challenge -which is to simply stop eating sugar!
    I know the Jewish women WANT to rid sugar from there lives, but not everyone has the courage to do so.
    Here is a little help to kick this habit- who knows- it might even be for good!
    Monday May 2, is our start date to kick the Sugar Addiction for a 30 Day Sugar Detox Challenge.


    Sunday May 1st (my birthday) is preparation day.

    This is the day to tell all your friends and family. Everyone can be included!
    Proper planning is the key to success.
    So let’s begin:
    #1. You will need a Sugar Detox Buddy.
    This is the person who you will speak or e mail  on daily basis, for support, questions or just to help you through a hard day.
    #2. Go over your pantry and start reading ingredients. If the ingredients are:
    Sugar, High fructose corn syrup,  brown sugar, cystallized sugar, fructose, maltose, sorbitol,evaporated cane juice,syrups, xylotol or anything ending in “ose”- than that food  is not for you!
    There are many names for sugar- if your not sure- simply google it- ask your support buddy- or ask me!
    #3. Be aware for hidden sugars as in; mayonnaise, ketchup, salad dressings, sauces, corn flake crumbs,marinades and fat free foods.
    These foods almost always are filled with sugar.
    #4. Alternative sweetness to use:

    1. Stevia – zero calories(make sure its 100% Stevia)
    2. Agave (60 cal per teaspoon)
    3. Raw Honey-(More Medicinal)

    #5.  If there are certain  foods that  are a temptation to you (like home baked chocolate chip cookies are for me) throw it in the garbage…give it to your house keeper…sell it on ebay…….just get it out of your house!
    Most Important Tip:
    #6 Mentally prepare yourself. If you want to succeed-you need to believe that you can do this!
    Remember: “The most important things said- are the things you say to yourself”

    More information is coming…

    Live Your Life Happy
    AND Healthy!

    Saris 30 Day Sugar Detox Challenge.

    Sari Dana
    Health Coach
    Fitness Proffesional

    Sari Dana

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    Vicky Cohen’s Festive Seder

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    Vicky Cohen’s Festive Seder

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    Thanks for sending in your beautiful pictures, Vicky !


    Heather’s Vegan Seder Plate

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    Heather’s Vegan Seder Plate

    No Comments 01 April 2011

    Thank you Heather Nyack for your seder Pictures!
    “We opted this year to move the table into the living room, as two of our guests are pregnant: Rachel Wedel Cruse, is 39 weeks, and my daughter Ashlianna Nyack, is 24 weeks with twins, and have the seder table between two couches, so the ladies could recline on the comfy couch. It made… for a much more relaxed seder not just for them, but for everyone. We also use the avacado pit option on the seder plate, instead of the lamb shank, as we are mostly vegetarian, and working towards becoming vegan. We have kids who cannot eat eggs — we let them have Kosher chocolate eggs for that portion of the seder. Finding ones that work for all the kosher/vegan/allergen issues though can be tough!”


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