Great Dinner Idea- Chicken Burger Sliders by Florence Doueck

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Great Dinner Idea- Chicken Burger Sliders by Florence Doueck

1 Comment 31 January 2012

 

 

 

These scrumptious chicken burger sliders are an easy, kid friendly meal. They are also low fat and easy to dress up for your adult guests. Just serve fancier slider rolls from kosher bakeries such as in Pomegranate in Brooklyn, NY. Toppings such as avocado, roasted red peppers and  caramelized onions, (and all of the toppings that Florence mentioned below!) also add to the adult appeal of these fail proof  flavor filled sliders. Don’t forget to make them a main attraction to your Super Bowl menu this Sunday night, February 5, 2012. 

Thanks to Florence Doueck for this perfected juicy slider recipe! Please check out Florence’s brand new easy and kosher gourmet recipe site, Beyond My Recipes. Florence uses the old fashioned “use your judgement” pinches and handful ingredient measurements.  Let’s all welcome and follow Florence’s  blog!

Comment below if you are thinking of trying this great new chicken slider recipe! Marlene M.

Chicken Slider Burgers by Florence Doueck:

What you will need:
-ground white meat chicken (can be made with ground turkey as well)
-fresh parsley
-fresh ginger
-honey
-garlic powder
-carrot
-onion
-ginger powder
-lemon zest
-egg
-water
-panko breadcrumbs ( or matzo meal for Passover)
-salt
-pepper
-slider buns

Preparation- To clean: Soak a handful of parsley in water, and then rinse each branch. Finely chop the parsley. Peel and grate some ginger (about the size of your thumb) on a microplane. Grate a carrot, half a lemon (by grate I mean zest), and half of a white onion on the mircoplane as well.

Step 1-Add the ground chicken to a bowl- I used about 2 pounds, which came out to about 9 patties. Add the grated ginger, lemon zest, carrot, andonion. Then add an egg (one egg for every pound or pound and a half). Add a splash of water, and a handful of panko breadcrumbs. Next add a dash ofgarlic powder and ginger powder. Add a squeeze of honey (or more if you like it sweeter). Sprinkle with salt and some pepper. Combine all ingredients.

Step 2- Line a tray with wax paper (to freeze). Form the chicken mixture into the size of a meatball, then place on the tray and flatten with the palm of your hand. The patties should be mini, so they fit on the slider buns. If you want to make regular sized chicken burgers that works too, just make them bigger (double the size). Freeze the chicken burgers. I like to freeze them first and then cook them, because these patties are delicate and fall apart easily when you cook them.

Broil, Pan fry, or Grill!
You can cook these burgers any way you like. The easiest way is to broil them. Put the oven on broil and place patties on a slotted tray (so the grease drips down). Since broiling only cooks the top of your food on a very high heat, be sure to flip the burger after about 7 minutes in the oven. If you want to pan sear the burgers, sear on both sides in a pan with a little oil then finish them off in the oven.

The toppings are endless!

I love multiple toppings on my burgers. On this burger put lettuce, I sliced some pickles, shallot (milder version of an onion), and tomato. As for a sauce I mixed a little sriracha mayonnaise, and ketchup and spread it on a toasted bun.

Toppings I would try (on any type of burger- beef, chicken, or turkey!):
-shredded carrot
-marinated peppers
-arugula
-frisee
-radicchio
-red onion
-white onion
-eggplant
-sliced radish
-jalapeño peppers
-grilled sliced peach (yes! Fruit on a burger.)
-fried egg!
-caramelized onions
-grilled pineapple
-avocado
-garlic mayo
-roasted red pepper
-herb spread (in a food processer add fresh basil, thyme, oregano, parsley, lemon, oil, salt, and pepper. Process until you form a paste)
-corn relish (corn, diced pepper, sliced scallions, white vinegar, salt, pepper)
-grilled mushroom
-ginger carrot dressing (in a blender add carrot, fresh ginger lemon, vinegar, honey, oil, and sesame oil)
-teriyaki sauce
-BBQ sauce
-scallions

If you really want to whip up juicy sliders, try this chef approved Flame Top Braiser for Sliders and Juicy Ribs, which has been said to be “A gentle Jacuzzi for food.”
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Easy Vegetarian Tuscan White Bean Soup by Paula Nagar

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Easy Vegetarian Tuscan White Bean Soup by Paula Nagar

No Comments 26 January 2012

Instagram has been such a great way for all of us jewish Hostesses to connect and share the things that we love the most- table top, holidays,  and FOOD!! With our new request out for #abettersoup, tons of great soup and stew recipes have been pouring in. Here’s a great one from Paula Nagar. I am running out to to buy my Cannellini beans right now!!
p.s. I added 2 cans of  chick peas and 2 1/2 boxes of Imagine vegetable broth. I pureed one can with Paula’s recipe, and left the other chick peas whole in the soup.  I also added  fresh baby spinach on top of the hot soup! Great recipe! Thanks Paula!
p.s- By the way- if you don’t already own an immersion blender then here’s the easiest way to make salad dressings and soups without messing up an extra bowl.  Just stick it into the hot soup pot or salad dressing jar, and BLEND!
I love Amazon because I get my favorite items delivered to my doorstep in a day or two. If I’m gonna go out in the freezing cold to shop, then I could think of more fun things to find a parking spot for!
pps. An immersion blender is a nice shower gift for the bride too!

The Jewish Hostess, White Bean Soup

Here’s the easy recipe for Tuscan White Bean Soup by Paula Nagar:
  1. Saute 2  chopped onions and  2 garlic cloves  with coriander, thyme, and cumin in a soup pot.
  2. Add 4 cans white Cannellini beans.
  3. Add 6 cups of chicken stock, salt, pepper, and 4 tbsps margarine or Earth Balance.
  4. Cook for half hour and blend with an immersion blender till creamy.
  5. Optional but recommended- add fresh baby spinach right before serving.
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5 Brand New DIY Mishloach Manot Ideas for Purim Gifts

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5 Brand New DIY Mishloach Manot Ideas for Purim Gifts

2 Comments 21 January 2012

As Purim gets wrapped up, savor these last minute creative Purim mishloach manot DIY themes by Esther O Designs:
PALETTE MISHLOACH MANOT:
With the enormous variety of colorful gumballs on the market today enjoy creating this palatable treat-a winner for sure!
(Stick gumballs to palette with a drop of icing)
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PILLOW TREAT BOX:
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Pillow boxes are perfect for your kids to present their Mishloach Manot.Easy to fill,budget friendly and oh so practical!You and your children (and their frinds!) will surely love these.
 
COFFEE/DANISH MISHLOACH MANOT:
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Who can resist a special treat on the go? Teens-this ones for you! You’re sure to get a rave review.
TWIRLY LOLLIPOP MISHLOACH MANOT:
A childs dream come true! With these two simple treats-you can create a childs fantasy.
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PASTEL SPRING THEMED MISHLOACH MANOT
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Working with specific colors combinations,gives an overall uniformed,neat look. I love the look of this hot pink/yellow packaging but go ahead and pick the coloring that suits your fancy.
Supplies used:
large pillow box
hot pink/yellow tulle
rhinestone
flower lollipop
chocolate covered pretzels
crystal light with lemon candy(available at Oh nuts)
 Custom labels by: http://omgdesign.weebly.com/
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The Chicest Shavuos Table by Sara Fishman

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The Chicest Shavuos Table by Sara Fishman

No Comments 21 January 2012

“Hi Marlene! I am loving your facebook page and thought you might enjoy these
Sara Fishman”
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Wow Sara! The details you put into your Shavuot holiday table setting are unmatched! The crystal lettered place cards, the printed menus placed upon each table setting, the simple daisies placed within mini glass cubes, gorgeous bronze modern flatware,mini delectable hor dourves,  refreshing green gazpacho in martini glasses (PLEASE send us your recipe!) all make us want to dine at your table. Thank you so much for sharing. I am SO impressed! Marlene
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Get Green for a Fresh and Sophisticated Spring Passover Seder!

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Get Green for a Fresh and Sophisticated Spring Passover Seder!

1 Comment 19 January 2012

Go Green for Passovcer Tabletop!
This year, allow your Passover seder dinner table to usher in a fresh, clean, updated elegant look.
Imbue your table top with sophisticated greens and a modern relaxed touch. Splash on accessories from Oscar De La Renta’s fabulous brand  new table top line. These salt and pepper and bottle stopper fish designs will just bring images of the Red Sea right onto your seder table!
(LOVE them for summer entertaining too!)
I would use several of  the stunning Egyptian inspired  mini green foil square trays to hold marror (bitter herb- we use romaine lettuce), haroset, boiled eggs, the vegetable
(we use endive), . Invert a bowl in the center of  a lucite tray and place a square tray atop for the center shank bone or zeroah to be raised higher than the other seder plate items. Place on a clear lucite tray and voila! You’ve got a brand new seder plate! 
Don’t forget to add some frog napkin rings to symbolize one of  the 10 plagues to adorn your linen napkins…
Now is the time to pull out your best cloths, napkins, china, and placemats. Be bold.
Be daring. Use creativity and  imagination. How are you going to spruce up your table this Passover 2013?

 

8. Juliska Straw Loop Round Placemat

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A Healthy and Gorgeous Shavuot Buffet Lunch by Claudia Bildirici

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A Healthy and Gorgeous Shavuot Buffet Lunch by Claudia Bildirici

11 Comments 17 January 2012

Its one thing to be a creative Jewish hostess, but its so amazing to me when talented Jewish women use their strengths to better the community and people in need.

I’m sure you remember Claudia Bildirici’s Bento Box Passover Seder Table, but did I tell you that she is one of the founders of the famous Lottie’s Kitchen in Israel? Learning from their mother’s gracious hospitality and giving nature, Claudia, her sisters Linda Dayan, Susan Menashe, and Nina Cohen helped found Lottie’s Kitchen in memory of their famous mom, Lottie Chalom a’h. Lottie was known for her great cooking and generous hospitality. What better way to memorialize Lottie Chalom than an organization that feeds the  families of hospitalized patients in Israel? Read more about Lottie’s Kitchen HERE in The Jewish Press.

Every  summer, Claudia and her sisters host the most magnificent Lottie’s Kitchen Day  in Deal, N.J. Delicious kosher baked goods for sale, cooking demonstrations, kitchen gadgets for sale, and a delicious lunch that will really make your day one of the most enjoyable of the summer!  You will know that I am not kidding when you see these pics from Lottie’s Kitchen  2009. This year, Lottie’s Kitchen will be held at Adele and Jeff Cohen’s home on Elberon Avenue in Deal, New Jersey on July 7, 2011. Save the date! More info to come!

Claudia- thanks for sending in pics of another one of your holiday tables! We want your recipes also!!!! Marlene

“Marlene, first I must thank Josh for the flowers! I added shells to the flowers, being summer has almost started. I made a healthy,light, and parve lunch.

  • Seitan kebabs recipe from Candle Cafe
  • Rice tofu wraps with peanut dipping sauce from Susie Fishbein  (use tofu instead of chicken)
  • Mushroom/asparagus/endive
  • Greek salad

I know you cannot post all pictures. so I guess pick the winning one! HAHA
Also please let your  Jewish Hostess readers know that the new Trader Joes in NJ sells amazing pasta! Lemon pepper or basil garlic all OU parve!
They also carry fresh pizza dough whole wheat /pesto and reg for ……get this .99 !!!! Can u believe under a buck?!
Thanks again!!
Claudia”

Rice Tofu Wraps:

(Claudia-PLEASE invite me to your next holiday meal!!!)

 

Mushroom Asparagus Endive Salad:

 

Greek Salad:

 

Syrian Style Pickles:

(love the shells!!!)

A Perfect Lunch Buffet!!

Thanks for sharing, Claudia!!!

 

 

 

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Tu Bishvat Coconut Almond Date Truffles

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Tu Bishvat Coconut Almond Date Truffles

1 Comment 16 January 2012

Coconut Date Truffles

I decided to add a twist to the Almond Date Truffle recipe that I posted  last week. This Shabbat  afternoon I kept telling myself that they are totally natural and have no sugar at ALL….. they were so good with a cup of tea…. I wont tell you how many of these delicious treats I ate, but I can assure you that I will be in the Spin room at the gym bright and early tomorrow morning!!!

They are so easy to make. The whole recipe took about 12 minutes to put together and of course needs no baking. Great for Rosh Hashanah, Tu Bishvat, Passover, and all year round!! Gluten Free!!!

Kosher Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dried dates
  • 1 cup chopped  almonds
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Amaretto (optional)
  • 1/4 cup of unsweetened coconut

Directions for this Kosher Recipe

  1. Grind almonds in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a baking sheet and toast in oven for 5 to 7 minutes, until fragrant  and slightly darker.
  2. Place the dates, almonds cinnamon, and honey in a food processor.  Pulse the processor until the mixture comes together to form a ball.
  3. Form cherry-sized balls out of the mixture and roll them in  coconut to coat.  Enjoy them right away or store them in the fridge for later!
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A  Holiday Table That Connects Holocaust Survival To The Beauty of Shavuot

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A Holiday Table That Connects Holocaust Survival To The Beauty of Shavuot

21 Comments 16 January 2012

Thank you Helen Bachrach for sharing  your mother’s Shavuot table with The Jewish Hostess readers. Her story is so inspiring and I would really love to sit at her table and  hear it directly from her. I really enjoyed reading about the detail of this beautiful table. How wonderful that your mother was able to transform  sad childhood  memories into a meaningful, inspiring, and gorgeous Shavuot table!

Several years ago I viewed a documentary entitled “Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust that sounds so similar to her story, I hope you don’t mind that I linked to a clip of it above. Its about a man who took his children to Poland to thank the non-Jews that hid their grandfather during the holocaust. I highly recommend everyone buy a copy of the film from Amazon and show it to their kids and grandkids!

To all of my Jewish Hostesses- enjoy Mrs. Bryn’s holiday table! Marlene

 

“This table was set for the holiday of Shavuot, by my mother, Felicia Bryn, from Sunny Isles Florida. My mother was a hidden child during the holocaust. She came to Israel in the 1950’s. At that time, she had very little connection to Judaism; she felt very lonely and missed Poland terribly. Gradually my mother started to make friends who invited her for Shabbat and Yom Tov. My mother was captivated by the beautiful Yom Tov and Shabbat tables she saw in different homes. This positive exposure to beauty and Jewish observance instilled in her a desire to create that type of Jewish life in her own home. She met and married my father in Israel. He was a Cantor in the United States and later became a Rabbi. As a Rebbetzin, my mother has had many opportunities to entertain in her home. She starts thinking about her Yom Tov and Shabbat table weeks in advance.  The attached picture shows my mom’s Shavuot table covered with Lenox butterfly patterned dishes on glass chargers. The crystal glass goblets come from Poland. My mother has always felt a sense of Hakarat Hatov for the people who saved her during the war and always finds a way to incorporate her crystal from Poland into her Shabbat and Yom Tov table. After the war, she visited them in Poland many times, even during the communist era. On these visits, my mother would collect colored glass goblets of all types and sizes.  My mother’s centerpiece consists of two cake stands with a pineapple on top. The bottom cake stand is porcelain. She does not remember where she picked it up. The second cake stand is by Atlas. The pattern is 22 karat gold. My mother picked up the pineapple at Bed Bath and Beyond. She thought the pineapple was whimsical and would add something different to the usual Yom Tov center piece. The bottom cake stand rests on a gold embroidered cloth. The porcelain cake stand is mostly red and white, but the gold trim on the edge picks up on the gold embroidery. The gold on the second cake stand really highlights the gold embroidery on the cloth. The pineapple is red and gold which highlights the entire centerpiece. My mother used gold flatware to tie the rest of the table into the center piece.  The tradition on Shavuot is to decorate the house and synagogue with greenery and flowers. One of the reasons given for the custom is as a remembrance of Har Sinai which grew beautiful flowers and greenery when Hashem gave the Jewish people the Torah. My mother expanded on this theme by using flowered napkin holders and filling vases in her home with a variety of greenery picked up from a florist. On Shavuot my mother brings beauty into her home to celebrate the beautiful gift of the Torah to the Jewish People. Please checkout her autobiography on Amazon.com. www.amazon.com/Never-Forget-Lie-Felicia-Bryn/dp/1412070198

Helen Bachrach

 

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Monday Night Light ‘n Lemony Dijon Mustard Salad Dressing

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Monday Night Light ‘n Lemony Dijon Mustard Salad Dressing

1 Comment 16 January 2012

 

I recently tried a new salad dressing from the new SBH Cooking for a Cause cookbook and it was too good not to share with all of my Jewish Hostesses. Its light and sophisticated, yet very kid friendly.  It’s much easier for me to whip up large quantities of salad dressings in a Cuisinart than mixing in a bowl. I doubled the amount of ingredients called for in the original recipe, and stored it in a jar in the fridge. Perfect on top of any type of salad! Use it all week- this past Shabbat I drizzled it on top of sliced grilled chicken salad with olives and radichio. Yum! Enjoy! Marlene

 

Monday Night Light ‘n Lemony Dijon Mustard Salad Dressing:

  • 4 tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 tsp red wine vinegar
  • 2/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 shallots
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. While Cuisinart blade is running, drop the 2 shallots in to be minced.
  2. Pour in all other ingredients except for olive oil.
  3. While blade is spinning slowly add olive oil to make sure the dressing is emulsified.
  4. Add salt and pepper.
  5. Store in a jar and use throughout the week!

 

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Warm Chickpea Salad with Arugula for Passover

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Warm Chickpea Salad with Arugula for Passover

No Comments 15 January 2012

Many Sepahrdic Jews eat chick peas on Passover, and I am lucky to be one of them. If you do buy chick peas in a can for Passover, make sure it is Kosher certified for Passover.

If you are of  Ashkenaz descent, then start using up your chametz chickpeas by trying this savory recipe ASAP!

To read more about  kitniyot on Passover, click HERE.

This recipe is too good to pass up.  It took 10 minutes to prepare, and took another 10 minutes for the family to devour it. Use more olive oil, salt, pepper,vinegar  and honey if you have  a lot of arugula. Serve as a weeknight tasty side dish, or as a midday main course with friends.

Check out this REVIEW of this great Mark Bittman cook book.

From : How to Cook Everything, Completely Revised 10th Anniversary Edition: 2,000 Simple Recipes for Great Food

Makes: 4 side- or 2 main-dish servings

Time: 20 minutes with precooked beans

  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced peeled fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked or drained canned chickpeas
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 4 cups arugula leaves
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 hard-cooked eggs, quartered (optional)

Kosher Sephardic Passover Recipe Directions

1. Put the olive oil in a deep skillet over medium heat. When hot, add the ginger, garlic, and cumin and cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant and the ginger and garlic are soft, 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then stir in the chickpeas until hot and coated in the oil and seasonings, about 3 minutes more.

2. Remove from heat and with a fork, stir in the vinegar, honey, and 1 tablespoon water. Mash a few of the chickpeas as you stir to add texture to the dressing. Put the arugula and red onion in a large bowl and toss with the warm chickpea dressing. Taste and adjust the seasoning. Serve immediately, garnished with hard-cooked eggs if you like.
Recipe from Mark Bittman‘s BLOG.

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How to Fry Chicken Without the Fat

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How to Fry Chicken Without the Fat

No Comments 15 January 2012

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There’s no need to feel like you will add on extra pounds with this quick  low fat frying recipe. If you follow Chef Adam Mimran’s easy video instructions, the chicken doesn’t have time to absorb the grease so you can crunch without that oily taste. When Adam whipped up a batch of his famous guilt-free fried chicken for my family, it was gone in a flash. For  a great kosher Passover recipe, you can easily substitute matzo meal for the Corn Flake crumbs.

We loved it!

Try it and let me know what you think!

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10 PASSOVER ESSENTIALS FOR THE JEWISH HOSTESS from BREEZY’S in CEDARHURST

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10 PASSOVER ESSENTIALS FOR THE JEWISH HOSTESS from BREEZY’S in CEDARHURST

No Comments 15 January 2012

There’s no time for Passover Panic this year!
Let Passover be a “BREEZE” this year with BREEZYS!
 Eight years ago, the innovative  Brielle “Breezy” Shwartz created Ketzy’s as a premier gift destination for high-end unique kitchen supplies  and table accessories for the discerning Jewish hostess. With non stop innovation and style, Breezy reinvented her shop as BREEZYS  (www.BreezysNY.com) expanding from unique giftware to baking accessories for the kosher kitchen. In the past year she has written a cookbook ”Breezy’s Mix & Match” to help bring her philosophy of easily accessible elegant creations into everyone’s homes, as well as offering classes in her store ranging from luscious  cupcakes to amazing salads and dips.
P.S. BREEZYS ships all over the world. Bridal Registry available. BREEZYS is available for private parties, fundraisers and classes at your home or in the store Located at  572 Central Ave in Cedarhurst, NY.
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Check out our online store for more goodies!
(516)-374-1544
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www.BreezysNY.comFor  20% off and free delivery please call 516-374-1544 and mention The Jewish Hostess.

Check out the fantastic Passover kitchen accessories below. All are  featured at BREEZYS and have been carefully selected by Breezy herself to help make your Passover stress-free, and elegant.

10 PASSOVER MUST-HAVES FOR THE JEWISH HOSTESS:

1.Why not make it after dinner cleanup quicker, easier and fun for kids? The crumber is the perfect item. This is a replica of what’s used in some of the fanciest restaurants in town, but even prettier! Call  (516)-374-1544 or email besy@aol.com to order.

 

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2. The simplicity and elegance of Annie Glass as your  Passover dishes makes it a universally loved collection. The teudah from the Vaad of California stating that there is no coating on the glass, rather the gold and platinum are baked between layers of glass, means it can go from meat to dairy AND is dishwasher safe. I’m not sure which is more exciting. For a special Jewish Hostess discount, call  (516)-374-1544 or email besy@aol.com to order.
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3. This is the first pot that you will want to use as a Passover serving dish! The shape and size will inspire you to make a stew or soup for your Passover seder menu. The  heavy duty aluminum with non-stick interior means even cooking throughout, and the intricate detail work on the handle and lid create a fantastic serving piece. For your  special Jewish Hostess 20% discount, call  (516)-374-1544 or email besy@aol.com.
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4. Your search for the perfect tray for matzah has ended! This wood and stainless tray by Namb’e is functional, sophisticated and durable. Made of acacia wood and Nambé alloy, this tray will be treasured for years to come. For a special Jewish Hostess discount, call  (516)-374-1544 or email besy@aol.com to order.
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5. The most important part of Pessach is getting the kids involved!  These chocolate molds help create a fun tzefardaya dessert. Let the kids fill the mold with chocolate and drop in nuts,  or sprinkles! For a special Jewish Hostess discount, call  (516)-374-1544 or email besy@aol.com to order.
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6.Fashion in the kitchen! The French bull storage container is my favorite, it’s a set of 3 nesting bowls with lids for easy storage. Use as a serving bowl without the lid! So many different patterns to choose from- it’s easy to tell your meat from dairy! For a special Jewish Hostess discount, call  (516)-374-1544 or email besy@aol.com to order.
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7. Pessach is all about the dip bowls, between the charoses, marror, salt water, horseradish… the list goes on and on. You can never have enough! I happen to love these square bowls because they are clear so it’s easy to see across the table. They are lightweight to pass and stack perfectly! Pair it with and elegant and whimsical dip spoon and it makes the perfect gift! For a special Jewish Hostess discount, call  (516)-374-1544 or email besy@aol.com to order.
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8. Serving beverages at the Passover dinner table has never been easier and more elegant with these polycarbonate pitchers! They are dishwasher safe, shatter proof and literally look like cut glass. They come in an assortment of colors and patterns to match your dishes!  For a special Jewish Hostess discount, call  (516)-374-1544 or email besy@aol.com.
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9. These impressive L’Objet salt and pepper shakers are a hostess’s dream. Jewelry for your table! It exemplifies hiddur mitzvah- the concept of beautifying a mitzvah such as setting a beautiful Passover seder table for your important guests.  For a special Jewish Hostess discount, call  (516)-374-1544 or email besy@aol.com to order.
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10. The hardest part of Pessach to most women is planning the menu. Breezy’s Mix & Match is the perfect solution using ingredient’s readily found in your home plus a few unique and healthy twists with spaghetti squash and quinoa!  For a special Jewish Hostess discount, call  (516)-374-1544 or email besy@aol.com to order.
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*Though I have been compensated for this article, I actually own and/or  would buy each and every item featured above. Happy Passover!
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Tu Bi’ Shvat Shiva Minim Wheat Berry Pilaf

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Tu Bi’ Shvat Shiva Minim Wheat Berry Pilaf

2 Comments 15 January 2012

 

When is Tu Bishvat this year?

Friday Evening at nightfall January 25! Mark your calendars!

 

Here’s a head start to your Sheva Minim menu!

I made this recipe last year for Tu Bishvat and it was a great hit- everyone who was health conscious and was watching their waistline knew that this slightly sweet grain salad would nudge them to pass on dessert.

Found in the grain aisle (where you would find legumes, beans, quinoa, etc.), this often overlooked alternative for rice has many nutritious benefits. Wheat berries are the kernels of wheat that originate from the wheat plant. Because they are not processed, they are packed with fiber and all the nutrients that usually get lost in the process of making flour. Inspired by Tu B’shvat, I came up with a sweet pilaf that includes all of the Sheva Minim, the Seven Species of fruits and grains that are special to Israel.

This kosher recipe makes a large bowl of pilaf. If you are only making it for two people and do not want a lot of leftovers, I suggest halving it. Also, I always love using fresh fruits, but if no fresh figs are available in your area, you can always find dried ones. Just remember that dried fruits are often sweeter than fresh, so change the recipe accordingly.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup wheatberries
  • 1 cup barley
  • 1 box of fresh figs
  • 1 cup pitted chopped dates (I like to thinly slice them width-wise to create rings)
  • 1 cup grapes or 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds and/or 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • salt and pepper to taste

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Directions cont’d

Cook the wheat berries and barley according to their package directions in two separate pots (usually the barley takes half an hour longer to cook so put that up first). While the grains are simmering, take out a large glass bowl and whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, and some salt and pepper. When grains are tender and still hot, dump them into the glass bowl, give them a mix, and let it sit to absorb the flavors. Meanwhile, cut up all of the fruits, then add them to the mix. I drizzled pomegranate juice on top to give it a little bit more sweetness and flavor. Enjoy!

 

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WoW! Raquel! Thanks for sharing your fabulous table setting with us! So classy and unique! I’m going to save this idea for a Father’s Day table.

 Dear Hostesses! Please comment below if you loved the effort that Raquel put into her husband’s birthday table setting! Marlene

“Anyone who knows my husband knows what a great dresser he is. So, In honor of his birthday,  I “dressed” the table in his favorite style! I used a navy pinstriped fabric for the tablecloth and bought a variety of pocket squares online and folded them with the napkins. A friend lent me napkin rings that were actually small leather belts. Each setting had a mini martini glass with hummus and a Moroccan cigar. The flowers were simple red roses and his own ties were tied into bows beside them. The table was set so true to his own personal style that we joked all weekend that it looked like he was lying on the table! Raquel Franco”

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“Hi Marlene- Enjoy my Shavuot table. Happy holiday! Allison Srour.”

Thank you Allison  for sending in your table setting pic for Shavuot! A simple strand of pearls in the shape of a TORAH really dressed up your  table!! Simple and elegant!! Marlene

p.s. need beautiful tablecloths or napkin rings? email Allison- click HERE!

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Let’s Bring Tu Bishvat Into The 21 Century!

The holiday of Tu Bishvat (or Tu bishevat) always summoned to mind a couple of  boring dried fruits on a paper plate given to us as ten year old kids in yeshivah. It wasn’t really very exciting, and I particularly remember almost breaking a baby tooth as we tried to bite off a bit of the dried black hard-as-a-rock carob boxer strip that was touted as a special new fruit by our teachers. Being one of the producers of The Sephardic Heritage Museum film project, I had the honor of interviewing over 300 community members, many of whom remember celebrating the exciting holiday of Tu Bishvat way back in Syria. I was astounded to  hear that the now pandemonium holiday of Purim was a mere passing around of Syrian pastries like Samboosak and Graybeh to their neighbors, but Tu Bishvat or “Id Il Jar” (pronounced Eed El Jar- the holiday of trees) was the one holiday that the children and parents alike truly looked forward to. Every year, a month before the holiday, the moms started to sew luxe velvet bags with a drawstring that would soon contain exotic fruits that the children had never seen before. We take our pineapples, watermelons, and  mangos for granted nowadays, but I doubt that there were carts in the souk in Aleppo that exhorted these wonderful sweet new treats. I was told that it would take the adults weeks to seek out and save these fruits to excite the children and keep the memories of the Tu Bishvat holiday alive.

Upon speaking to one of my Tu Bishvat bakers (below), Margalit Dweck, I was astounded to hear that she and her husband have a Tu Bishvat dessert “seder” table every year on the eve of the holiday (this year Tu Bishvat falls on Friday evening, January 25, 2013). Rabbi Joe Dweck reads from the special Tu Bishvat book (photo below), points out the new fruits to his children, and recites the berachot. He proceeds to tell some Tu Bishvat stories, and the kids show off their Tu Bishvat art creations made in school. As a special treat, Margalit whips up a pomegranate martini shared by her and her husband.

Rabbi Joseph Dweck was kind enough to relay to me some Tu Bishvat fruit for thought. He mentioned the halachic aspect of how, when a Jewish person plants a fruit tree, he is not allowed to eat from it for three years, and of course the new year to begin counting begins every year on Tu Bishvat,(so if you planted a tree a month before Tu Bishvat- by the time TuBishvat rolls around 4 weeks later, that first year is already counted).

On an even more inspirational level, Rabbi Dweck explained our human connection to the trees, and how it even began with the story of Adam and Eve. The holiday of Tu Bishvat should inspire us to see the beauty and sweet flavor  of Hashem’s proud work- the wonderful shades of red, green, and orange… plus the abundant flavor and juiciness that exudes from each one of the fruits that our trees bear. Did you ever stop to think that we are similar to the trees? We try to  grow strong, establish rock solid roots, and try to bear beautiful fruits that we are be proud of – our children, hessed, mitzvoth, and our work.

My sister in law constantly tells me that I am truly an old soul, and a gnawing ache in my heart propels me to believe that she is right. As The jewish Hostess, I have planted myself into the awesome job of treasuring the old customs while adding a splash of modern hues and excitement to our holiday ambiance.

Enjoy the jolt of awesome color, new fruits, gorgeous flowers, and Tu Bishvat cakes baked by our fabulous community bakers. Keep scrolling below for more details about each photo.

A huge thanks to Miriam and Manny Haber who graciously allowed me to use their beautiful home for the photo shoot. Miriam is the ultimate Jewish Hostess.

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Morris Antebi, photographer extraordinaire shot these fantastic photos for The Jewish Hostess in a flash. I was impressed with his professionalism, the most up to date digital photography equipment and the sharp artistic detail that he was able to capture with his magical lens. Please check out his Facebook page HERE. His commercial work and wedding and video  portfolio is not to be believed. Thanks Morris!!

Thank you Vicki Majors for bringing over the much needed tree trunks for the cake displays!

Cherry Blossom fabric for the table runner by Marimekko for Crate and Barrel.  Run over to Crate and Barrel for some great table decorating ideas!

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Candy and chocolate tree built into the dining room  chandelier by Louis of Avenue J Florists.

Candy and Chocolate displays and Gifts by Lucy Aini and Edlo Sorcher.

Check out their CANDY and CHOCOLATE website HERE.

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More kosher delicacies from CANDY and CHOCOLATE.

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Here I mounded fresh new fruits and the Shiv’ah Minim – strawberries, grapes, figs, apricots, pomegranates, dates, olives (back left), and fig bread by Mikhayla Bibi. 

Fuchsia cotton berry napkin by Crate and Barrel.

Gorgeous and useful circular white resin tray above by Parci Parla.565 Kings Highway New York, NY 11223

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Note the Tu Bishvat  berachot prayer books (above)for new fruits at the Tu Bishvat seder.

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An amazing “Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate Tree” by Custom Berries Plus.

All strawberries are checked and cleaned and hand dipped in pareve or milk chocolate.

Note the delicious grapes that are dipped in chocolate and nuts on the base of the tree!.

By Esty Mosseri. Check out Esty’s Instagram page HERE and her WEBSITE HERE.

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Luv at First Bite by  baker Marlene Cohen. The perfect Tu Bishvat cake! (above)Branches and cherry blossoms! The bottom tier of the cake is a fluffy coconut cake, frosted with a parve buttercream frosting. The second tier is a strawberry vanilla cake, also frosted with buttercream frosting.  Love at First Bite caters all kinds of  kosher parties including showers, engagement parties, bar mitzvahs and more!

Follow Marlene on Instagram. Click HERE.

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Margalit Dweck is famous for her fabulous artistry in kosher baking for any hostess event. Floral Tu BIshvat Petit Fours (above) atop a monstera leaf are just a tiny show of Margalit’s talent. Follow Margalit here on Instagram.

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Mari Gindi’s Batter Up Confections are the talk of the town. Customized kosher baked goods for your every occasion. Check out her website HERE.

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Adelle Soffer’s  almond and/or coconut date balls are the perfect healthy Tu Bishvat and all year round healthy snack go-to. Each date is cleaned and checked.Follow her Instagram feed HERE.

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Sweet Cakes by Sara Azizian. Sara can be reached at 646-400-7751 and/or sweetcakesbysara@hotmail.com. Follow her on Instagram  @sweetcakesbysara’. All the decorations are made from sugar and are edible. The flowers are from the Almond Tree called Almond Blossoms. The almond is mentioned many times in the Torah. It is described as “Among the best of fruits”. The almond blossom was also supplied as a model for the Menorah which stood in the Holy Temple.

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Lesley Chera’s cured Sicilian, Kalamata, and  Cerignola olives are  specially seasoned . Choose from  in a variety of different flavors- Spicy, Rosemary, Lemon, Jalapeño,  Zatar are just some of the flavors in Lesley’s repertoire … Some are are even seasoned w fennel and citrus peel.. Perfect for any meal and a beautifu hostess gift. Lesley’s favorites are served with wine and good friends. Follow @LesleyChera on Instagram.

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Jeanette’s Olive Garden (above) sells specially seasoned pitted cured olives in many flavors such as Zaatar,Lemon Zest, Jalepeno, Tapanade And Stuffed  Mozarella Olives too!
Pitted and Kid friendly too! Makes a perfect gift and for your own Shabbat table! Follow @JeanetteCohen on Instagram.

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“My name is Mikhayla Bibi.  I’m a graduate of Jerusalem Culinary Institute where I received my certification in both the culinary and patisserie arts. I was employed by Eucalyptus, one of Jerusalem’s most highly regarded restaurants as the bread baker. In addition I learned many biblically historical dishes which is part of the theme of this bread. Figs and Dates both among the seven species perfect for Tu B’shvat. Enjoy!”

I actually got to taste Mikhayla’s white meringue bowl filled with cream and topped with fresh grapes and pomegranate seeds. Divine! Follow Mikhayla’s Instagram page HERE

 

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Leila Akkad designed this Macaron Cherry Blossom Tree to fit in perfectly with our Tu Bishvat theme. Each macaron hung like an individual cherry blossom which had a gorgeous effect on the holiday table. Leila designs gorgeous macarons for your every hostess need. She actually created the macaron menorah featured HERE on The Jewish Hostess. Follow Leila HERE on Instagram for more fabulous kosher macaron creations!

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When Shirley bar Nathan heard that I was working on a Tu Bishvat table, she ran over with this hot pink flower arrangement that worked perfectly with my modern rustic theme. Thanks Shirley! Follow Shirley’s fantastic floral shop here on Instagram.

Check out the fabulous centerpiece that she made for my Rosh Hashanah table HERE.

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Sophia Cohen’s new Urban Pops are the talk of the town! Made with fresh fruit, and frozen to perfection, makes me just want to lick these delicious pops right off the screen!

Flavors like apricot, blueberry, watermelon, mojito, pina colada, and limonata are just some of her citrus delights. Email Sophia Cohen HERE for more info!

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My niece Shirley Dana is an amazing baker.  Her desserts are made in her own strictly kosher, dipped kitchen, and are baked personally from scratch to order. She works hard to create sweets that not only taste like heaven, but that can be seen as tiny works of art as well. Using only the finest ingredients, her desserts can be glamorously displayed at an event, but equally enjoyed on a cozy night at home. Check out her website HERE.

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“Tu bishvat encompasses a variety of delicious fruits and nuts that represent Israel, but it goes beyond that. In my eyes, the holiday also serves as a reminder for how our country was built, all the hard work that went into it (and continues to go into it), all of the men and women who joined forces to create our homeland. This kosher cake contains dried fruit and is encrusted with almonds, a clear correlation to tu bishvat. Frosted with chocolate to represent carobs, the top is decorated with date balls. They’re dusted with pink sanding sugar to tie in the gorgeous pink and brown theme. Circle-shaped and filled with so many accompanying flavors, the cake symbolizes all the different “flavors” that have worked together, not in a hierarchy but rather equally in a circle, to form our beautiful country.” By Yvonne Orfali- The Cravery. Check out Yvonne’s Instagram feed HERE.

 

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Gold Rimmed Coffee Cups by Michael Wainwright.

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The bags and tags below were hand stamped with a cherry blossom stamp  by moi! When Miriam told me that as a child in Mexico they would run into the house with wide paper bags on Tu Bishvat excited for their delicious new and dried fruits from their parents,(originally from Aleppo, Syria) they played a game of, “Who sees ‘Id Il Jar?” (the holiday of trees). And when the kids said- “WE SEE HIM!!!” They would fill up their bags with candy. Inspired by her story, I decided to recreate my own rendition below…..

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So easy and fun to make these hand stamped cherry blossom craft bags! I also purchased the wood grained cardboard boxes above from Paper Source.

I think I almost bought the entire store out! Check out Paper Source HERE

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