Pear, Grape, Mesclun and Feta Salad recipe plus Betty’s Bridal Shower

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Pear, Grape, Mesclun and Feta Salad recipe plus Betty’s Bridal Shower

1 Comment 21 June 2011

My friend Shelly Orfali is one those friends that I don’t see very often but when we do bump into each other on Kings Highway, in Wendy’s Plate, at a wedding,  or in Aruba, we know that we are best friends at heart. I am so happy to post Shelly’s daughter Betty’s shower pics- Mabrook!!!!! Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

My daughter Betty loves to drink coffee so we decided that the theme for her shower should be a natural look with a burlap tablecloth that I bought online,  and coffee beans spilling out of white paper bags on the table.

I made all of the food except 1 or 2 items. The menu was: Samboosak, pizza, cheese balls, spanech jiben (cheese with spinach), Caeser salad, lo mein, pasta with pesto, purple cabbage salad, pear grape mesclun salad, salmon, brown rice with nuts, grilled vegetables, vegetable wraps, veggie burgers, avocado and tomato salad, stringbeans with almonds. Enjoy! Shelly”

Pear Grape Mesclun and Feta Salad:
Vinaigrette:

  • 2 tbs. Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tsp minced shallot
  • 1 quarter cup of olive oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper

Candied Almonds:

  • 1 and half cup slivered almonds
  • 2 third cup of sugar

Cover baking sheet with tin foil set aside. In a non stick skillet sprayed with pam, heat the almonds over a medium heat for 2-3 minutes to toast. Slowly add sugar, cook 8-9 minutes stirring constantly. The sugar will turn to a deep amber color do not burn. Remove from heat immediately and quickly spread the almonds onto baking sheet. Separating them so they don’t stick together.

Salad:

  • 5 cups mesclun mix
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 2 pears cored and cubed
  • 1 cup red grapes halved
  • 1 handful of craisins
  • 1 and 1 half ounces of feta cheese or goat cheese crumbled

Mix all salad ingredients together. Add cranberries and cheese. Sprinkle with candied almonds and coat with the vinaigrette.

Enjoy!!

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Fail-Proof Ice Cream Brownie Cake Dessert- Pareve or Dairy

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Fail-Proof Ice Cream Brownie Cake Dessert- Pareve or Dairy

3 Comments 21 June 2011

Get out of the kitchen and on to the beach!!!

Here’s an easy and quick Shabbat dessert to make!

Let the kids do it!!

 

Can be made pareve or dairy

Ingredients:

  1. Mix Brownie mix in an electric mixer. Pour only half the batter into springform pan and bake according to package directions.  (The other half of the mix can be baked separately and used for another time or can be used for topping).
  2. While brownie mix cools, soften two pints of ice cream of the same flavor. When soft enough to spread, quickly spread the ice cream evenly over the brownie mix and place in freezer.
  3. When that ice cream layer is frozen, spread the 2 pints of your other flavor over it. Garnish with your favorite topping and place back in freezer until ready to use.
  4. Any two flavors of ice cream can be used and there are endless ways to garnish it. I prefer crunch with some chocolate sauce, but you can use sprinkles, nuts, black and white chocolate chips etc.
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Maggie’s Spicy Falafel Salad with Tahini Sauce

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Maggie’s Spicy Falafel Salad with Tahini Sauce

1 Comment 20 June 2011

 

Maggie Bawabeh is another friend of mine that continually inspires me. Maggie is always quietly helping so many people behind the scenes in her elegant and classy manner. She also puts her heart and soul into being an “agent” for Sephardic Link, a  community organization founded by my good friend Charles Mizrahi. Every month, about 40 married women, all “agents” who volunteer for Sephardic Link, meet and discuss potential matches and shidduchim within the community.  All of the work and connections are done behind the scenes, and are very confidential, They have had much success, and B’H, Maggie actually set up someone very close to me! Thanks for everything, Maggie, and thanks for the healthy, dairy free, vegan recipe!

“Hi Marlene,How are you doing just a few days before the wedding? I’ve been wanting to share with you a falafel salad that I make for my family. I made it once for a Sephardic Link meeting, and it was gone in minutes.I made it again for my niece’s shower and again it was a hit.

  1. You’ll need a box of frozen falafel balls.
  2. Bake it till they are very crispy.
  3. Meanwhile chop  lettuce,cucumbers,tomatoes,mint leaves,parsley,onion,scalions,red+green peppers, jalapeno pepper+radishes.
  4. Sprinkle with dry mint,cayene pepper,cumin and kosher salt.
  5. Drizzle with olive oil.
  6. Dressing is made by mixing fresh lemon juice,salt,crushed garlic and tehina till a medium to thin consistency.
  7. When falafel balls are rispy+cooled, crumble them w gloved hands over the salad,drizzle the dressing+mix.
  8. It should taste spicy and lemony.
  9. It can be stuffed in pita quarters, or  with toasted pita chips around it. Please feel free to edit the text as I’m no expert in writing recipes.

Love, Maggie”


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Hot Pink and Turquoise Shabbat Table Inspiration

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Hot Pink and Turquoise Shabbat Table Inspiration

5 Comments 19 June 2011

Thank you Susan for sharing your Shabbat and Shavuot table settings with us! Your hot pink peonies and  pops of color make me very happy!!  The subtle hints of green that peek through your vases add another shade of color into the mix. Pier One placemats are the perfect base for your centerpieces! Keep sending your pics!!! Thanks again- Marlene

“Hi Marlene!
Just a note to tell you that I love your website. My name is Susan Lerner and I live in Jamaica Estates, NY. I am very good friends with Vered Shamosh and she is the one who told me about your beautiful website. Thought I would share some pictures of my Shavuot and  Shabbat tables. Great finds all from Pier One and Homegoods!!!
All the best and continued success,
Shabbat Shalom,
Susan”

 

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Enjoy Aunt Linda’s Beautiful Shavuot Lunch Table!

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Enjoy Aunt Linda’s Beautiful Shavuot Lunch Table!

1 Comment 16 June 2011

Thank you cousin Robin Antar for sending in Aunt Linda’s traditional Shavuot table. Aunt Linda and Uncle Leon are known for their warmth, grace and great style. Their Shavuot table is a perfect reflection of their wonderful hobby of collecting unique and beautiful dishes and glassware, so that they can continually gather their family around their inviting table.

This Shavuot table gave me a great excuse to call Aunt Linda. Always happy to answer my questions, whether it be about her parent’s history coming from Syria, or to tell me about her elegant Shavuot table, its always fun, and a pleasure to speak to her.

The crystal goblets are from aunt Linda’s antique collection of Heisey crystal, the lace tablecloth is a purchase from a vacation to St. Thomas, the silver flatware is Christofle, and her dishes were a post wedding purchase from an English china company.

On the menu was, Koosa B’jiben (squash quiche mixed with cheese and eggs), an assorted cheese platter arranged by her grandaughter Marjorie, avocado salad with lemon and cumin, sliced tomato, basil and cheese platter, and much, much more!

By the way, Aunt Linda and Uncle Leon are very proud of their daughter Robin Antar, who is a famous sculptor, and who has a 6,000 pound sculpture of a bag of potato chips that is sitting in her garage at the time of this posting… Robin’ pieces are in some of the most prestigious corporate headquarters in the world.  Doc Martin’s, Chateau Haut Brion Wines, Sketcher’s Boots and more. Check out Robin’s video HERE.

Robin’s work is also includes a beautiful collection of Torah cases and Judaica that are featured in OUR ART, a 400 page coffee table book collection of 300 artists of the Sephardic Community.

I also want to say that I really admire Aunt Linda and Uncle Leon for supporting their daughter’s artistic passion!!!

Enjoy! Marlene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A Father’s Day Breakfast For “King of the Castle”

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A Father’s Day Breakfast For “King of the Castle”

No Comments 15 June 2011

Charlie Michelle is a beautiful young gourmet kosher chef whose hubby is currently serving in the U.S army.

Thank you Charlie for sending in this delicious father’s day breakfast!  Marlene

by Charlie Michelle

As Father’s Day rolls around, Hostesses, let’s all take a moment to acknowledge that our culture is one that, on paper, seems patriarichal, but in practice–we all know who tends to rule the roost. We get the flowers, the perfume, the jewelry. We win the arguments, run the household, raise the children, and let our husbands think that vacation to Mexico was their idea. The guys may think it’s their world, but we know the truth.

So this Father’s Day, why not spoil Dad a little? After all, as the father of your children, your dear husband and partner, and your friend and confidant, he deserves a bit of pampering.

But shopping for Dad isn’t always easy. There are the typical gifts–a nifty tie, a child’s drawing or clay handprint, a pair of cufflinks or the newest techno gadget. But what do you do when you want to step outside the box a little and treat him to something special and homemade?

Breakfast in bed seems to be the sole property of Mother’s Day, and it doesn’t seem fair that dads miss out on this luxurious treat. But to take it a step further (and avoid crumbs in the bed!), fluff up the pillows and serve him breakfast where many guys spend most of their leisure time–on the couch. Flip on his favorite movie or game, bring his slippers, and surprise him with a fabulous brunch fit for a king.

A classic brunch takes on a macho twist with a few simple changes. Add spicy bean dip and sour cream to your pepper and chevre omelet. Serve him a strong mug of coffee instead of a dainty cup of tea. Instead of frilly flavored scones, try a hearty maple cornbread, baked up in a manly cast iron skillet.


Photo by Kara Pritchard of NoMoreNegatives

If you’re buying your gentleman a gift this Father’s Day, don’t fuss with fancy wrappings or ribbons. Chances are good that he probably won’t even notice them. Instead, you can buy a simple brown cardboard craft box at any hobby store for less than the price of a gift bag. Tuck his gift inside in a puff of tissue paper, and tie it closed with a string of raffia or twine. It will give your gift a minimalist, elegant look, sure to appeal to a man’s “No muss, no fuss” personality. Of course, if your Mister likes a little glitz, by all means, glam it up by adding a sparkly ribbon or wrapping the box in brightly colored comics. Another fun idea is to wrap a gift in white paper and have your children draw doodles on it with bright markers or crayons. You can later save the doodles in a scrapbook, and make it an annual tradition your children and husband will enjoy for years to come.

On to the brunch!

Nothing says macho like the sturdy, hearty goodness of cornbread. Sweeten it up with a spoonful of a surprising ingredient (see recipe below), and serve warm, with a drizzle of pure maple syrup. Make it heartier with the addition of soy crumbles, green onion, shredded kosher cheese, or whole kernel corn.

To add a splash of color to your man’s kingly breakfast, nothing wakes up the sense like a tart, tangy fruit salad. Plump green grapes, sweet red grapes, juicy strawberries, tart blackberries [replace with orange wedges if you prefer, if blackberries present a kosher issue] all mingle together in a sweet taste of summer.

The omelet is the star of the show today, ladies. Of course, the filling is completely up to you and fully customizable to your darling’s tastes and preferences. Today, I made mine with grilled red and green bell peppers, creamy goat cheese, and kalamata olives. It is topped in spicy pinto bean spread, low fat sour cream, a pinch of dry basil, and garnished with fresh bell pepper.


Photo by Kara Pritchard of NoMoreNegatives

With all this goodness, your darling husband is going to be swept away. So fluff him a pillow, bring over an ottoman, and serve breakfast up fresh and hot. Remind him of all the reasons he’s your hero, and I guarantee, he’ll feel like the king of your castle. It’s his day. Long live the king.

 


Photos by Kara Pritchard of NoMoreNegatives

Sweet Maple Cornbread:

1 1/2 cups flour
2/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup cornmeal
1 tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/4 cups milk
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
1/3 cup oil
3 tablespoons butter or Earth Balance spread
1 1/2 tablespoons vanilla-caramel flavored powdered coffee creamer
(this is the secret ingredient that gives it that extra-special sweetness. Nestle CoffeeMate brand is kosher dairy)

Mix all ingredients and spread into greased cast iron skillet. Bake at 400 degrees until knife inserted in center comes out clean, about 30 minutes. Serve warm.

Garden Omelet
2/3 cup Eggbeaters or 3 eggs (the Eggbeaters will make it easier to bend as a crepe- beaten eggs will crack as it bends around the filling)
1 cup thin-sliced bell peppers
1/4 cup goat cheese
1/4 cup kalamata olives, sliced lengthwise
Spicy hummus or bean dip
Low fat sour cream or greek yogurt
Pinch of dry herbs
Diced bell pepper to garnish

Pour Eggbeaters into wide skillet and cook over medium-high heat until egg is cooked through. Invert onto a plate.

Arrange cheese, peppers, and olives in the center of the omelet, and fold the egg over onto itself to close. Use a smear of bean dip to seal it shut.
Fill a baggie with bean dip, and another with sour cream. Cut off a corner of the baggie and drizzle your toppings onto the omelet. Garnish with remaining diced bell pepper.

Happy Father’s Day to you and yours!

Thank you to Kara Pritchard for her generous donation of time and talent.
Check out her photo galleries at NoMoreNegatives–she’s amazing.

Holiday Nautical Low-Key Glamour by the Shore

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Holiday Nautical Low-Key Glamour by the Shore

4 Comments 10 June 2011

 

The talented Irene Kassin, owner of  Parci Parla styled this Shavuot table for her client Rachel Dweck.

Glass dishes were updated with Kim Seybert blue tie dye napkins. Kim Seybert white coral napkin rings and silver square chargers are the perfect accent for this summer table setting. I LOVE the jolt of aquatic blues and coral accents that infuse this holiday table with a nautical, sun soaked elegance.

To top it all off, three large blue glass vases filled with banana leaves and fresh cut  pink cherry blossoms feel right at home in the center of this gorgeous table.

Great job, Irene!!!

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Win a Brand New Viking Mixer from Kitchen Caboodles!

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Win a Brand New Viking Mixer from Kitchen Caboodles!

92 Comments 02 June 2011

Win a Brand new Viking

Professional 7 qt. Black Stand Mixer ($475. Retail Value)

from Kitchen Caboodles !

Just:

1-CLICK HERE TO BE ENTERED TO WIN!!! and then

2-comment below and tell me the best recipe you have made or would like to make with your brand new Viking.

A Viking Mixer makes a great gift, and if you already have one, its so nice to have a brand new Viking!. Mine is chugging along- its from the 80′s! I would also LOVE to have a brand new one for Passover!

About Kitchen Caboodles:

Kitchen Caboodles happens to be one of my favorite stores. Whenever I need a new dessert inspiration, I know that I can run in and get kosher great quality chocolate for baking, any size tart pan or baking mold. They carry any kitchen or baking gadget that you can conjure up.  The salesgirls are so cute because they truly LOVE what they do. Ask them which gourmet cookbook on the shelf is a good one and their eyes light up! Ask them for an easy holiday dessert idea and they whisk through the store bubbling with excitement.  Take a break and run in to Kitchen Caboodles or give them a call, and you will see what I mean!  Marlene

“Hi hostesses!  My name is Suzanne Sasson and my parents own and operate Kitchen Caboodles 492 Ave P between East 4th and 5th street, in Brooklyn, NY.  Of course, as usual I have to always bud in!  So they decided to put me to work.  We have been opened on Ave P since 2005 and over the years we have doubled our space.

We have a mikveh kelim on premises where the torturous errand of toveling can be combined with shopping for anything you’ll need for your kitchen.  We have everything from gadgets, tablecloths,gift ware, flatware, dishes, pots and complete lines of bake ware and kosher baking ingredients from Wilton. We carry products from All-Clad, Cusinart, Le Cruset, Viking, OXO, Zyliss, Nordicware, Bodum and much more.

We are  a full service kitchen boutique where shopping is fun, informative and EASY!!!  We will take your phone order  and then tovel it in the mikveh and have it delevered!!! (718) 998-9111

We also have a bridal registry and we design unique wishing well baskets for bridal showers.

We can even incorporate the theme of the shower into the basket.  If you need a gift , we will give you personal help and wrap it beautifully.   A gift from Kitchen Caboodles is always received with big smiles!  So come by and see us. We promise you a great time!! ”

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Pareve Stuffed Artichokes with Eggplant (Medias)

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Pareve Stuffed Artichokes with Eggplant (Medias)

5 Comments 01 June 2011

Photo permission of Bridget Ben Dayan

Hi -I really enjoy your website and I have a delicious and easy recipe for a new twist on medias (stuffed artichoke). When I’m in a health conscience mood i bake, other times I sauté. They are really delicious and deceiving, they look like meat every time I make it, I’m asked for the recipe.” Bridget Ben-Dayan

Ingredients for this Kosher Recipe:

  • 1 medium eggplant – peeled & chopped
  • 1 box of baby bella mushrooms – chopped
  • 1/3 c. flavored breadcrumbs
  • olive oil to saute
  • salt to taste
  • 1 pkg frozen artichoke hearts (10-12 pcs)
  • 3 cups of boiling water
  • 1/4 c. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 c. flavored breadcrumbs
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Place frozen artichoke bottoms in a bowl and cover with boiling water,
  3. Add lemon juice to the water.  Leave the artichokes in water until tender.
  4. Saute chopped eggplant in saucepan
  5. When almost soft add in chopped mushrooms and continue to saute until soft.
  6. Puree mixture with hand held mixer, add in breadcrumbs and salt to taste.
  7. Spoon mixture into the artichoke bottoms. (If you find that your mixture is too loose, add more breadcrumbs.)
  8. Fill a small bowl with approx 1/4 c of  breadcrumbs.  Dip filled artichoke, mixture side down into the bowl with breadcrumbs.  Then place artichoke, mixture side down onto greased tray, use oil not spray to insure the desired texture to the top of the artichoke.  Repeat for all of the artichokes, then bake for 15 minutes at 350 degrees.

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Portobello Pizza Recipe From “Once Around The Pot” The New Congregation Kol Israel Cookbook!

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Portobello Pizza Recipe From “Once Around The Pot” The New Congregation Kol Israel Cookbook!

1 Comment 01 June 2011

Mabrook to Congregation Kol Israel on their much awaited gourmet kosher cookbook that has FINALLY been offered to all Jewish communities as the perfect Shavuot gift! I was fortunate enough to be one of the first to receive a copy of this beautifully designed and kitchen- friendly collection of easy kosher recipes gathered from the finest Sephardic cooks of the Kol Israel Bedford Avenue  Congregation in Brooklyn, New York.

Some of the 301 kosher recipes are: Kibbe Artichoke with Carrots and Celery, Kibbe Torpedos, Light Caesar Dressing, Carmelised Tomato and Olive Tart, Panko Roasted Asparagus,  Pot Roast with Red Wine and Porcini Mushrooms, Sesame Beef Kabobs, Quinoa Stuffed Red Bell Peppers, Low fat Blueberry Cheesecake Parfaits, Whole Wheat Apple Cake, Pesach Haystacks, Eggplant Parmesan Stackers, Chicken with Mushroom Wine Sauce, Bourbon Brisket, Penne with Ricotta Tomatoes and Spinach, and the list goes on…..

“Once Around the Pot” is a unique  Shavuot gift for a Jewish Hostess and even comes with a wooden spoon that adds the perfect touch!

$26 per book! Easy and affordable!

Email Andrea Sabin at ansa1233@aol.com to reserve your copy before they run out!!!!

 

Portobello Pizza:

  • 2 portobello mushroom caps, stemmed and gilled
  • olive oil spray
  • 2 slices part skim mozzarella cheese 1/4 inch thick
  • 2 slices of a ripe tomato
  • 4 basil leaves
  • 1 T. pine nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place mushrooms on a baking tray, lined with non stick aluminum foil. Coat each mushroom with olive oil spray. Bake for 10 minutes. Remove from oven. Top each mushroom with cheese and tomato. Return to oven until cheese is melted and bubbling. Remove from oven and garnish with basil leaves and pine nuts.

 

 

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Olives Stuffed With Creamy Goat Cheese on Top of A Crunchy Rainbow Salad

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Olives Stuffed With Creamy Goat Cheese on Top of A Crunchy Rainbow Salad

3 Comments 01 June 2011

by Charlie Michelle

For a dairy lover like me, Shavuot is one of my favorite holidays to spend in the kitchen. There are a millions different ways to include cheese in your Shavuot meal, but in the interest of our waistlines, I thought a bountiful salad would be the perfect way to celebrate while also tempering the indulgence with a hearty dose of healthiness.

A colorful mix of red and green Tango lettuce makes the bed of this Mediterranean inspired salad.
Nestled among the greens is a lovely blend of vitamin-packed strawberries, bright crisp carrot slivers, spicy red onion, cool julienned cucumber, and heart-healthy kalamata olives, stuffed with creamy, low fat cheese.

The beauty of salads is that they are so very versatile. You can add or subtract ingredients to your taste, adjust quantities, and spruce your salad up with any number of dressings. I used a very basic greek vinaigrette to top mine– olive oil, vinegar, basil and herbs, and a handful of crushed kosher feta.

Shavuot Salad (for 2)
- Four heaping cups of your favorite greens
- A dozen jumbo olives, halved and pitted
- 1 large carrot, shaved
- 1/2 medium cucumber, seeds removed and julienned
- 1 cup medium fresh strawberries, tops removed, quartered
- 1/2 cup kosher goat cheese or a kosher creamy feta cheese
– 1/4 small red onion, slivered

Dressing:
- 1/4 cup high quality olive oil
- 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
- 2 teaspoons dry basil
- 2 teaspoon dry thyme
- 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
- pinch kosher salt
- 3 tablespoons kosher feta or goat cheese, crushed under the blade of a knife

To stuff the olives, simply pinch a piece of creamy feta or goat cheese and roll it into a ball between your fingers. Then pack your little cheeseball into the cut half of each olive.

Making a salad is easy–just toss it all together, or arrange it artfully for presentation.
The dressing is super simple as well. Simply mix everything together in a small bowl and whisk well before drizzling over your salad.

Serve with a chunk of crusty bread, and you’re all set for a scrumptious Shavuot!

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Shavuot Table Contest!! Win a $200 Gift Certificate to Parci Parla, and $100 to Josh and Co. Florist!!!

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Shavuot Table Contest!! Win a $200 Gift Certificate to Parci Parla, and $100 to Josh and Co. Florist!!!

7 Comments 01 June 2011

Since so many of you sent in such gorgeous seder table pics for our Passover Seder Table Contest, (CLICK HERE ), I decided see what all of my Jewish Hostesses have up their sleeves for Shavuot. Whether you dig up some tabletop surprises in Target and Home Goods, or use your finest delicate china dinner plates, I REALLY WANT TO SEE YOUR SHAVUOT TABLES!! Just be creative and have fun! Its my goal for us all to be able to take a peek into each other’s dining rooms to gain inspiration and learn from each other’s individual talents!!!.

Click HERE for SOME GREAT CENTERPIECE IDEAS!!!

On a similar note, I’d like to bring up the concept of “Hiddur Mitzvah”. Simply put, when we are faced with a simple mitzvah of putting out a holiday table for our family, one in which many berachot are said, and  in which holiday memories will be embedded in our children’s minds for years to come, the concept of beautifying that mitzvah is a huge one.  You’ve probably made the good deed of “Hiddur Mitzvah” without even realizing it. Beautiful sterling kiddush cups,  stunning menorahs and shabbat candles are a prime example.

(Read more about “Hiddur Mitzvah” HERE)

Lets beautify our tables this Shavuot and share in our individuality- send in your Shavuot table pics to marlene(AT)thejewishhostess.com (use an @).

First Prize: will receive an amazing $200 gift certificate to: Parci Parla Home Accessories

Parci Parla: Home Accessories, Table Top, Kim Seybert, Exclusive Ralph Lauren Tabletop, Exclusive Allesi Tabletop, Decorative Pillows and Vases, Trays, Personalized decorating service for your home.

Two locations:

1-4904 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219 (718) 686 – 6858

2-508 Kings Hwy # 10,Brooklyn, NY 11223

Second Prize: $75 to Josh and Co. Florist.

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Third Prize: $50 to Josh and Co. Florist

I love this photo decorated by Irene Kassin and Rachel Benun of Parci Parla at

DECOR BY THE SHORE in Deal, NJ.:

Some of Parci Parla’s tablesettings:
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Jewish Hostess of the Week Rachel Packer-Mom With an Allergy Free Mission

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Jewish Hostess of the Week Rachel Packer-Mom With an Allergy Free Mission

3 Comments 01 June 2011

 


When I first met Rachel Orenstein Packer, I was SO impressed with  how she turned her son’s allergies into a personal mission to educate herself  about cooking allergy free so that her son could enjoy Jewish holidays and family meals. I LOVE her mantra “When Life Hands You Lemons…Make an Egg-Free Lemon Cake.” I encouraged her to start her own  blog because I know that this is a new hot topic for many moms nowadays. Growing up we really never heard much about children’s allergies, but it seems that the topic is now coming to the forefront in many households.  Not long after meeting Rachel, I discovered that my own teenage son was also allergic to egg and dairy. What a small world! Enjoy Rachel’s recipe and Happy Holidays! Marlene

Please visit Rachel’s blog at Life Is Good Lick the Bowl.

by:Rachel Ornstein Packer

When my son was diagnosed with severe food allergies at three, it literally turned my family’s world upside down. It was a mission I didn’t want or ask for, but I had no choice.  So I rolled up my sleeves and armed myself with knowledge regarding food allergies, forced myself to learn how to bake (something I really didn’t do very well before allergies) and became an advocate/ freelance writer regarding food allergies, recipes and nutrition.

The mission of food allergies is a major focus for her family as it affects many of the decisions they make regarding holidays, school celebrations and vacations.  It’s important to not become consumed by the mission, rather, incorporate it into your life, try to achieve some kind of balance, and don’t forget to truly embrace the moments and simchas that truly deserve our full attention.  When I first started to bake, I felt I needed to prove to everyone that allergy- free food was stellar to its allergy counterparts.  I would spend long hours in the kitchen whipping up desserts to impress those who didn’t even have allergies when all Ari wanted was cupcakes.  In retrospect, that’s what I mean about being consumed by a mission.  I was missing out on time I could have spent with my family.

Balance is something we all strive for as mothers, hostesses, advocates, business professionals etc….  We are multi-tasking so much everyday that sometimes we just forget to relax and just be in the moment.  Perhaps that means letting something go in your schedule because you choose to do something fun with your kids instead, or leave work early to have dinner with the family.

Make the upcoming Shavuot holiday one that is stress free, easy and delicious.  Below is a recipe for Le Petite Strawberry Shortcake with Vanilla Sauce.  It’s a lovely, light, summer type dessert that is sure to impress without a lot of fuss or baking time.  Enjoy the moment with your family.

Fresh and Creamy Le Petite Strawberry Shortcake with Vanilla Sauce

Dairy Free and Egg Free

These biscuits are adapted from The Joy of Vegan Baking-Colleen Patrick-Goudreau

Allergy Free Ingredients:

  • 1 1/3 Whole Wheat Pastry Flour (you can use unbleached all purpose instead)
  • 1/3 cup unbleached flour
  • 1 TBSP baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • 1 TBSP wheat germ (optional, I use it for a nutritional boost)
  • 1 TBSP SUCANAT ( you can use any type of sugar or eliminate altogether)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2/3 cup soymilk (use vanilla soymilk if you want a little extra sweetness)

Directions:

Preheat oven to 475

Lightly grease a cookie sheet (I line mine with aluminum foil)

In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, sugar, wheat germ and salt.  Use a whisk to fully mix them together.  Add the milk and oil until the dry ingredients are moistened.  It will be very thick and sticky, not like cake batter. Use a regular heaping tablespoon to scoop batter onto the cookie sheet.

The recipe originally yielded 24 smaller sized biscuits.  I doubled the scoop to make them larger as shortcakes.  It should yield 10-12 biscuits depending on how large you want to make them.

Place them at least 1 ½ inches apart and bake until the bottoms are golden brown, about 8 minutes.

Vanilla Sauce

I love this sauce.  It is slightly frothier than regular sauce, but not quite cream. I like it because it has a rich vanilla flavor but isn’t as heavy as whipping cream.  Certainly, you can use any store bought whip topping, and in the case of dairy allergies-there are plenty of good dairy free ones as well.

  • ¼-cup soymilk
  • ½-cup canola oil
  • 1-2 TBSP sweetener (I use Florida Crystals)
  • 1 tsp. cornstarch (or potato starch)
  • 1 tsp. good quality vanilla (good quality vanilla makes a big difference in taste)

I have tried making this with a blender, processor and beaters.  The hand beater worked the best.

Combine the soymilk, sweetener, starch, and vanilla and beat until combined.  Slowly drizzle in the oil and continue to beat until the mixture is frothy and slightly thick.

Place in the fridge for roughly an hour or so.  As it gets colder, it thickens slightly.

Assembly

  1. Wash, hull and slice strawberries (You only need 1-2 large to fill the biscuit with extra for the plate)
  2. Make sure the biscuits are cool before splitting them in half.
  3. Place a few strawberry slices on the bottom half of the biscuit and drizzle sauce.
  4. Replace the top of the biscuit and drizzle sauce over the top.  Decorate plate with extra strawberries. Serve immediately.*This sauce is also great for any kind of fruit dipping, or to drizzle over a brownie, or even ice cream.

 

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Having company and no time to cook or bake like a  gourmet for Shavuot?

In my book, being a Jewish Hostess means getting delicious and kosher gourmet food on the table even if you didn’t have time or energy to cook or bake it yourself. The real reason for your beautiful table is to get the family and friends together for Jewish Holidays and family occasions, not to collapse on the couch after everyone leaves.

This Mother’s Day and Shavuot don’t be a slave in the kitchen.

If you live in the New York area, then you are in luck. I’ve chosen some of the best kosher cooks in the neighborhood that you can call for excellent appetizers, dishes, and desserts. All of  the talented women on this list are widely known in the Jewish community for their culinary skills.

Please inquire individually about hashgacha.

Relax and Enjoy! Marlene

Keep checking back as this list is growing daily! add your name to the list! email marlene@thejewishhostess.com!

1. Lisa Grazi is famous for her cheesy spinach tarts, kelsonnes, cheese semboosak, and mini pizzas. This dairy  list of delicacies is perfect for Shavuot! Packaged  by the dozen. Buy fresh frozen, and you cook it fresh.

Lisa’s utensils are dairy and dipped.

Call her at (718) 986-3810.

2. Terry Esses has been baking the most delicious healthy whole wheat and spelt lowfat muffins in New York. Flavors include: banana chocolate chip, banana walnut, bran chip, bran nut and raisin, carrot nut raisin, zuchinni nut and cranberry, and corn. (WOW!)

Her utensils are pareve and dipped. For more info please call Terry at  (917) 301- 0006.

3. Mary Sutton and Teri Blanco make the most delicious home made Syrian Twisted Cheese in town. You can order plain twisted cheese, zaatar flavor or with olives.

Cholov Yisroel cheese available upon request.

call Mary-(917) 902-6595 or  Teri (732) 996- 3690

4- Known as the Granola Gal, Esther Sabbagh’s batches of healthy granola are gobbled up by kids and adults 24/7. Ingredients are: Pure maple syrup, whole grain rolled oats, canola oil, hard red whole wheat flour, almonds, pure vanilla extract, and cinnamon. (Yum!) call Esther at (646) 236-3983.

5- Eat Gracefully with Grace Benun

  • Parve lachmagene on whole wheat dough 1 dz.- 20$
  • Parve lachmagene on large Ezekial tortillas 6pc- 20$ tehine – 8$
  • Chummus- 8$
  • Parve yebrah a piece -$1.50
  • Parve specha a piece -$2.00

gracebenun1@gmail.com-

6- Jane Choueka- Click here to email Jane for her delicious:

  • Syrian string cheese
  • cheesy olive balls (which are a semboosak dough made w/cheddar cheese stuffed with an olive)
  • caak dough – just defrost, roll & bake fresh ca-ak!
  • Delicious Homemade Stringcheese –  plain, olive & zatar. Only $8 Each delivered to your home.

Perfect for all your Shavuot  dairy meals! Chalav Yisrael, utensils are dipped .Call Jane at 917-647-1620

Or email janec2000@aol.com

 

7- Esther Chabot’s specialty is mazza.- fried kibbe, meat lahamagine, samboosak, enwarat, empanadas, knishes, chicken nuggets, filla meat triangles, bastelle with meat, and more. She is famous for her crunchy cauliflower and pickled peppers, turnips,celery, carrots, and her mix of pickles. Tehine ,bazergan, and taboule salad also top her list. All orders are freshly made to your customizations! Click HERE to email Esther.

8- Fresh Challah by Frieda and Shelly! $6 each.! Everything spice, plain, sesame, zata, whole wheat, challah rolls, breakaways and our famous sticky buns! (732) 485- 7931. free delivery in Deal, New Jersey

 

9- Delicious dairy, chalav yisroel, or pareve DIPPED Shavuot “Soph’s Famous CheeseQuakes” by Sophia Betesh

Guaranteed to ROCK your world!

Caramel, Chocolate, or Fruit on Top,

- 8 inch and 10 inches available. (917)620-9869

$26-$42.  

 

add your name to the list!

email marlene@thejewishhostess.com!

 

 

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