Ariella’s DIY Sparkling Silver Holiday Table Inspiration

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Ariella’s DIY Sparkling Silver Holiday Table Inspiration

3 Comments 30 October 2011

Wow- Ariella! I’m so glad that The Jewish Hostess site gave you some great table simple setting ideas and the confidence to express your own individuality and bring out your creative side!

Your note really lets me know that you appreciate the effort that goes into this site! Thanks for sending in photos of your beautiful and festive table setting!! Marlene

“Marlene,

I wanted to thank you for all of your posts and inspiration. I am truly inartistic and not creative. I was sincerely inspired and excited from the pictures, posts, and recipes that I became adventurous this holiday. I’ve never used a glue-gun before without burning myself, or getting stuck to something- but the instructions to make my own home made napkin rings were so inviting! My son and I ran to Lana Fabric and bought overlay material (like you did for the Purim meal) and sequin material for napkin rings (like Karen T.). (I actually told Lana that they were famous on your site and she chuckled!) All the recipes that I tried were deliciously amazing enough that my mother in law said that she “felt like she was in Tuscany, Italy”. I couldn’t have done it without you! Ariella F.”
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What an Awesome Holiday Lunch by Rachel D.!! Click Here NOW to Check it Out!!!

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What an Awesome Holiday Lunch by Rachel D.!! Click Here NOW to Check it Out!!!

1 Comment 29 October 2011

Thank you Rachel D. ! You are a fabulous Jewish Hostess and we can all see that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!!!

Thanks so much for send in these fabulous images of your holiday table decor!! Amazing!! Marlene

Rachel- you are a winner of another Jewish Hostess Apron!!!

“Hi Marlene, here are some pictures of my holiday table…

tomato soup with grilled cheese appetizers

salmon with peppers and mushrooms, spaghetti squash, asparagus with chopped nuts over cabbage salad, farro, mini pizzas, ratatouille tart, and coconut fried fish

white chocolate raspberry cheesecake, apple cake, carmel apples, chocolate suffle, oatmeal cookies, creme brules, brownies and some candy,

mini chocolate souffle and creme brulee! Happy Holidays! Rachel D.”

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A Gorgeous ROSH HASHANAH Table in Atlanta, Georgia!

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A Gorgeous ROSH HASHANAH Table in Atlanta, Georgia!

4 Comments 27 October 2011

Thank you Robin! All the way from Atlanta,Georgia!!! Thanks for sending in your beautiful table setting ideas! I don’t know about the rest of my readers, but it makes me feel so good when  Jewish women from other states in the U.SA. and  from other countries, send me their holiday table pics.

Isn’t it  so amazing how we can reach out and inspire others through our laptops?? 

Since this website doesn’t exactly bring in any $$$ for me to hire a marketing agent, please  spread the word about The Jewish Hostess! Wouldn’t it be so cool to see how Jewish women all over the world celebrate our  JEWISH HOLIDAYS? Send a link to this site to your friends and family!!

Have a great SHABBAT ! Marlene

p.s. Robin is one of the winners of a JEWISH HOSTESS APRON! check them out HERE!

email your party and Jewish Holiday pics to marlene (at) thejewishhostess.com

 

“Marlene, I love your web-site!!! I get sooo many ideas and so much inspiration!!! Thank you so much for having the vision of putting together such a great concept!!

Here are some of my pictures from my first night Rosh Hashannah. We had about 50 people. The guest list kept getting longer and longer as the day went on. Usually, I don’t use paper or plastic for Shabbos or Yom Tov, but I certainly don’t have place settings for 50!! Therefore, I was forced to use plastic. It gave me a great opportunity to do something fun!! I had a kinda black and white table theme, with a splash of red with the vases and flowers. It was a great Holiday and everyone loved the table decor!! a great way to start off the new year!!
Thanks again for your site!!! LOVE IT!!
Robin Varon
Atlanta, Georgia”
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Maggie’s Healthy Spicy Pareve Stuffed Eggplant or Peppers- Secret Syrian Recipe!

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Maggie’s Healthy Spicy Pareve Stuffed Eggplant or Peppers- Secret Syrian Recipe!

1 Comment 25 October 2011

Maggie Bawabeh is an authentic Syrian Jewish cook, and I know that when she gives me one of her secret Syrian recipes, then it’s definitely a great one!! Mechshi is a Syrian term used for any stuffed vegetable. Squash, eggplant tomatoes, Spanish onions are frequently stuffed with a rice and meat mixture that is called “hashu”. I especially love how Maggie transformed this traditionally heavy meaty side dish into a whole grain, pareve and healthy recipe that we can add to any holiday or weeknight meal. Thanks Maggie  for this healthy vegetarian and delicious recipe!!!  Marlene

Maggie’s Healthy Spicy Vegetarian Stuffed Eggplant or Peppers Recipe:

“Hi Marlene,I have a great recipe for spicy parve mechsi. Everyone loves it! You can omit the hot pepper spice if you company doesn’t like spicy. It looks like a meat dish but you can serve with parve or even dairy. You can use small(but not the mini purple ones)eggplant or Italian bell peppers. First slice off the end of the pepper and scoop out the seeds and white pith. For the eggplants, slice off the tip and using a corer scoop out the inside with a grapefruit spoon leaving about 1/8 inch all around being careful not to pierce the shell. Place eggplant pulp aside in a plastic bag in the freezer for future use. Sprinkle shell inside and out lightly with salt, set inside a colander for about half hour to soften. For the stuffing: (Depending on the amount of peppers,or eggplants:)

  • 1 cup burghol fine, or coarse, rinsed well.
  • 1 tbs parsley flakes
  • 1 can of chickpeas
  • 1 jalapeno pepper finely chopped
  • 2 tomatoes finely chopped,
  • 1 red pepper cut small
  • 1 big onion diced+sauted till it’s pink,
  • 1/2 tsp mint flakes
  • 1/4 c fresh lemon juice

Mix all ingredients well and stuff the scooped vegetables with this mixture. (may be frozen on a tray at this point) Put 4 tbs olive oil in a pot, Place the stuffed mechshi and saute on both sides covered. For the sauce- add:

  • 1 can of tomato sauce
  • 4 crushed cloves of garlic
  • 1 tsp of mint hot pepper flakes to taste
  • 1/2 a cup of lemon juice+salt.
  1. Add to a saucepan and let boil. The sauce should be spicy and lemony.
  2. At this point you can either add the sauce to the stuffed vegetables in the pot,or transfer to a pyrex.
  3. Personally I cook the peppers in the oven and the eggplant on the stove.The sauce needs water to cover the mehshi,so it depends on the size of the pot or the pyrex
  4. Reduce to simmer for 2-3 hrs or till mechsi is cooked well.The eggplant needs longer  cooking time  than the peppers.

image via http://www.wizardrecipes.com/recipes/stuffed+peppers.html

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Gourmet Challah Recipe with Eucalyptus and Wild Flowers Honey From Israel

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Gourmet Challah Recipe with Eucalyptus and Wild Flowers Honey From Israel

No Comments 23 October 2011

This year, I sent all of my Jewish Holiday Hostess Gifts from Negev Nectars. Negev Nectars helps subsidize Israeli farmers by promoting their delicious olive oils, jams, chutneys, Israeli tea, Sweet and Savory Spreads, and more. Packaged beautifully, there  are several price ranges for every type of holiday gift that you’d like to send. My family  especially loved the Cherry Tomato Spread, the Yellow pepper and Lemon Salsa, and the Green Olive Tapenade. Try them all!!!! Marlene

 Two Honey (from Negev Nectars) Challah Recipe

(challah recipe for 3 small loaves)

Negev Nectars Honey

  • 2 packs of yeast
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ½ cup Negev Nectars Eucalyptus Flower Honey
  • ½ cup Negev Nectars Wild Flowers Honey
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 cup light vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 7 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup mixed seeds: poppy, sesame, nigella, cumin seeds

 

How to Make This Honey Challah Recipe from Negev Nectars Honey:
  1. Pour the yeast into the warm water, and let soak for 10 minutes, until yeast is active.
  2. Add sugar, Eucalyptus Honey, salt and vegetable oil to yeast.
  3. Add 3 beaten eggs and 4 cups all purpose flour. Stir until smooth.
  4. Add 3 more cups of all purpose flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour.
  5.  Stir until dough is soft.
  6.  Turn onto well-floured board/table. Knead until smooth (about 10 minutes). Put the dough into a greased bowl and allow rising for 1-2 hours.
  7.  Turn onto floured board again. Cut into 9 equal portions.
  8. Braid into 3 loaves. Place on greased pans.
  9. Glaze with remaining beaten egg, Wild Flower Honey, and seed mixture.
  10. Allow to rise for 1 hour.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.
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All of our partners employ the most innovative and sustainable
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unavailable in the United States.
We spend our time continuing to search for the newest tastes of the
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partners, visit our website at www.negevnectars.com.
Negev Nectars foods are certified kosher.

 

 

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Healthy Brown Rice Sauteed with Spinach and Mushrooms

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Healthy Brown Rice Sauteed with Spinach and Mushrooms

2 Comments 18 October 2011

This is another healthy and easy kosher recipe from the Magen David Yeshivah Chef at Home gourmet kosher cookbook(page 206).  I made it for a Sukkot meal, but of course its great for any Jewish holiday menu, or Shabbat meal. Since I was voted to cook the meal for the second night of Sukkot (always so HARD because everything has to be done from the day before!) I cooked the rice and the mushrooms in advance, and last minute re-sauteed the mushrooms and adding in the fresh baby spinach till it wilted.

I multiplied this recipe by 4 because I was having a lot of company and I also added in a cup of cooked wild rice which was not in the original recipe.

Kosher Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 cup COOKED wild rice according to the instructions on the bag
  • 2 cups Imagine No- Chicken Broth 
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 pound (total) portobella and button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bag fresh cleaned baby spinach leaves

Directions:

  1. Combine washed rice and broth in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stir, reduce heat cover and simmer about 45 minutes till cooked.
  2. In another skillet, saute chopped  onion, mushrooms and garlic till tender. Stir in lemon juice and oregano.
  3. Right before serving, re-heat mushroom mixture and add in spinach until wilted- don’t overcook or you will lose the pretty bright green color of the fresh spinach.
  4. Toss brown rice with cooked wild rice, and mushroom and spinach mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

 

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Chic Gifts for the Hanukka Hostess!

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Chic Gifts for the Hanukka Hostess!

No Comments 13 October 2011

Dear Hostesses,

Since I love seeking out fun items for gifts giving, I decided to share my fun finds with all of you.

Each one of these items are treasures that I would personally enjoy gifting, and I hope you will too!

Order this week so we can personalize in time for the holidays!

MarleneHappy Hanukka Gifts under $100.


Silk Painted Challah Cover
thejewishhostess.3dcartstores.com

Hanukkah Kosher Gourmet Chocolate
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Monogrammed Crystal Paperweights
thejewishhostessshop.com

Monogram Lucite Trays
thejewishhostessshop.com

Kiddush Cup with Turquoise Artistic Detailed Base
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Monogrammed Crystal Coasters
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Healthy Shabbat Blueberry Crumble

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Healthy Shabbat Blueberry Crumble

8 Comments 10 October 2011

My cousin Sharon sent me this great  recipe a couple of months ago, and I decided to dig it up from the archives because so many of The Jewish Hostess readers loved it.Its so perfect for anyone looking for a last minute low sugar, healthy dessert for Shabbat. Serve with any flavor parve ice cream or Tofutti.

p.s. Have a great dish to share? send it over!- marlene@thejewishhostess.com .

Hi Marlene,

I made this for Shabbat two weeks in a row because everyone loves it so much, not so sweet and not so much oil.  This recipe is small (a 9X9 baking pan) so I made it larger, doubling the recipe exactly and it worked well in a 3 quart pyrex.  It gets cut into squares and served in a platter so the pyrex works well.

Again, best of luck with your website, you are doing an awesome job!!

Have a fabulous summer,

Sharon H.

HEALTHY BLUEBERRY CRUNCH

1 ½ CUPS OLD FASHIONED OATMEAL

½ CUP WHOLE WHEAT FLOUR

½ CUP CHOPPED ALMONDS OR WALNUTS

1/3 CUP OIL

¾ CUP PURE MAPLE SYRUP

1 PINT FRESH BLUEBERRIES,, WASHED AND STRAINED

2 ½ TABLESPOONS CORN STARCH

¾ CUP COLD WATER

How to Make this Kosher Recipe

PREHEAT OVEN TO 400 DEGREES

IN A MEDIUM SAUCEPAN PUT THE BLUEBERRIES WITH ½ CUP OF THE MAPLE SYRUP.  BRING TO A BOIL.  DISSOLVE THE CORNSTARCH IN THE COLD WATER AND ADD TO THE BLUEBERRIES.  COOK OVER MEDIUM HEAT STIRRING CONSTANTLY FOR A FEW MINUTES UNTIL IT THICKENS.

IN A LARGE BOWL MIX THE OATMEAL, FLOUR, AND NUTS.  IN A SEPARATE CUP WHISK THE OIL AND ¼ CUP OF MAPLE SYRUP.  ADD THIS TO THE OAT MIXTURE AND MIX UNTIL ALL IS WELL COATED.

SPRAY A 9 X 9 BAKING DISH WITH PAM AND, WITH WET HANDS, PRESS 2/3 OF THE OAT MIXTURE INTO THE BOTTOM.  POUR THE BLUEBERRY MIXTURE EVENLY OVER THIS AND SPRINKLE THE REMAINING CRUMBS ON TOP.

BAKE AT 400 DEGREES FOR 20-25 MINUTES UNTIL GOLDEN.

LET COOL AND THEN PUT IN REFRIGERATOR FOR ONE HOUR.  CUT INTO SQUARES AND SERVE.

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Shirley’s Baked Lemon Pepper Fries and Baked Sweet Potato Fries

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Shirley’s Baked Lemon Pepper Fries and Baked Sweet Potato Fries

1 Comment 06 October 2011

My daughter Shirley somehow finds the time to cook awesome meals even though whenever I call her cell, she always whispers, “Ma- you can’t call me when I’m in class!!!”

I love when she emails me a recipe that she whipped up for Max or dinner guests. It’s a great feeling when your kid picks up a couple of tips here and there while growing up, and then speedily  takes off on their own awesome path.

Thanks for the yummy recipes, Shirl!  Love you- Mommy

Baked Sweet Potato Fries:

  • mix 3-4 sliced sweet  potatoes, 1 packet taco seasoning mix, 1/4 olive oil

Lemon Pepper Fries:

  • 3-4 sliced regular potatoes, 3 tbs lemon pepper seasoning, 1/4 cup lemon juice to taste, salt, 1/4 olive oil

Put in oven at 350 until slightly crispy.

Sarah’s Table-A Gorgeous Feast

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Sarah’s Table-A Gorgeous Feast

3 Comments 01 October 2011

My cousin Sarah is famous for her  gourmet cooking. Her holiday and Shabbat table setting should be featured in Martha Stewart magazine.

I saved this pic of Sara’s last year’s Sukkot table decor and menu- I wonder what she’s planning this year!!!

This Sukkot , PLEASE  take a picture of your table and share it with Jewish Hostesses all over the world!. Send it over to marlene@thejewishhostess.com.

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Rachelle Cohen’s Sparkly Hanukkah Table

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Rachelle Cohen’s Sparkly Hanukkah Table

3 Comments 01 October 2011

Thank you Rachelle, for sending in your beautiful Hanukkah table photos!!!  I love all of the holiday sparkle and gorgeous flowers!! Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

I used my silver tablecloth blue napkins under a mirrored placemat. I bought lucite napkin rings that have a little hole for water and a flower from Parci Parla in Brooklyn, NY.. Then I used those sparkley dreidles as name card holders, and hung some from chandelier. I placed white orchids in the vase and real flowers in the napkin ring. I purchased all the candlesticks and candles from Ikea. After the whole hanukka table was set,  I threw  blue shiny sprinkles all over the table. Got a lot of ideas from your site ! Came out gorgeous. Thank u!!!!! ” Rachelle Cohen

 

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