How to Fold Your Linen Napkins The Elegant X Fold Way

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How to Fold Your Linen Napkins The Elegant X Fold Way

No Comments 24 May 2012

Fancy napkin folding techniques sometimes appear much more difficult than when you actually try to do them yourself, so when using a linen cloth napkin its always a beautiful touch when you dig up some easy napkin folding ideas for your Shabbat and holiday table decor. I don’t think that there is any specific “proper” napkin fold. Just go with whatever mood you are in at the moment. You can just slide your napkin ring into your prettiest linen napkin or try this napkin folding technique inspired by David Stark’s Napkins with a Twist: Fabulous Folds with Flair for Every Occasion. When I set up my Romantic Red Shabbat  Dinner Table  for a charity event, I had a great sense of accomplishment when all of the folds and flips actually turned into a gorgeous base for a dinner plate.

Because this napkin fold leaves a wonderful space in the center, you can place a bud vase, a birthday or Hanukkah gift, a  place card , a personalized cookie or cupcake….. use your infinite imagination and please snap a photo and send it to  The Jewish Hostess to share with all of us! Marlene


Step 1- Lay the napkin open in a square and fold each corner to the center.

Step 2-Flip the napkin over and fold each corner to the center point.

Step 3- Flip the square over using one firm hand below and placing one firm hand above to clamp and keep the napkin from opening.

Step 4- Fold each corner to the center point once again.

Step 5- Flip the napkin over.

Step 6- Gently pull out center of each quadrant towards the outer edge to create each leg of the “X”.

Step 7- Here are 2 of the 4 quadrants that are open.

Pulling open the third quadrant….

Step 8- All done!

Play around with different placements atop your napkin fold….

A sterling box, or holiday gift is spectacular here.

Check out my Shabbat table using this beautiful napkin folding design HERE.

 

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The Jewish Hostess Romantic Scarlet Themed Shabbat Table Decor

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The Jewish Hostess Romantic Scarlet Themed Shabbat Table Decor

3 Comments 22 May 2012

When Amy Oren of  Elegant Impressions asked me to create a table setting  for “True Colors” a fundraiser to benefit Mekor Haim of Brooklyn, NY, I was immediately open to the challenge. The idea of the event was that several table decor designers were instructed to prepare round or a 4 foot long Shabbat tablescape using 1 color as an inspiration. “Would you do red?”, she asked, and I immediately accepted, even though the color red was not yet my top choice of color for a table setting theme. With the big day about four weeks into the future, I mentally swept the thought of my red table decor into the corner of my calendar until the event loomed less than a week away. I decided to stay calm while semi-frantically searching among my own table ware.  I pulled out five crystal candlesticks, and some antique scarlet red fruit compotes that I had bought when I was first married. I also  plucked some crystal goblets out of the cabinet that my mom had given to me when she moved out of her huge corner house on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn.

Eyeing my little assembly, it was starting to look a little cozy and romantic to me, so I decided that we would have a rectangular shaped Shabbat table for two.

I ran down to my basement where I had stored some white plexi squares that I had made up for my daughter’s birthday party last year. Hmm…..

Borrowed two stunning white beaded placemats and  looped linen napkins…

Ran into Parci Parla on Kings Highway in Brooklyn, and of course Sherri was willing to lend me the entire store…

The Judaica store next door to Parci Parla was very gracious in lending me  red siddurim….

I laid it down on the dining room floor, added the red siddurim and a bottle of red wine…

I played around with some napkin folding ideas and tried the one above, but my kids said it looked like a Red Cross logo, so I turned it around until it became an X.

I started to envision red rose petals along the vertical edges of my lucite table “runner”, so I called Shirley Bar Nathan who advised me that rose petals peel off the stem much more easily when they are a couple of days old, so I ran to the corner and bought three dozen deeply colored red roses, enjoyed them for Shabbat, and on the Tuesday morning of the event, I really enjoyed peeling and displaying them along the edge of the table display. Of  course you can integrate this rose petal theme into so many table scopes using a multitude of rose petal hues on the floral market.

Because I was really getting into the romantic theme, I wanted to have place cards that were calligraphied “Scarlet” (get it? RED..) and “Rhett” (of course from Gone With the Wind) If you are too young to know who Scarlet and Rhett were, you can get some kind of comparison to modern day love stories  here…

 I was advised that Rhett and Scarlett might be too racy for a religious crowd… So last minute I switched the names to  Abraham and Sarah…

I used matching Kim Seybert beaded napkin rings as votives….

  • lucite box and Jonathan Adler red frame by Parci Parla…
  • printing for “thejewishhostess” label and  frame by Bonnie Adjmi
  • Siddurim by Tehillat Yitchak Judaica
  • red and black Hermes dishes and crystal place card holders and lucite flatware by “Aimee”,
  • long stemmed strawberries (by Ilan from Ouri’s fruit on Avenue U) topped my compotes (hashgachah NOT included)
  • Swirly candlesticks by Surrey Lane.
  • Calligraphy for place cards by Michelle

 

All in all it was great fun, and I was glad to help out  a community cause. Thanks Amy!

 

 

 

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Fluffy Holiday Coconut Cake by Shirley Dana

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Fluffy Holiday Coconut Cake by Shirley Dana

No Comments 20 May 2012

 

Thank you to my neice Shirley Dana, the expert gourmet baker in the family who is always wiling to share a sect recipe with the entire world!

Check out her website HERE. Thanks Shirl!

Fluffy Holiday Coconut Cake by Shirley Dana

“Getting ready for the Jewish holidays? Here’s an unbelievably moist and fluffy kosher coconut cake recipe perfect for Shavuot. It definitely takes some planning in advance, but the end result is heavenly – melt in your mouth white cake filled with creamy dreamy coconut custard and piled high with whipped cream and more sweet coconut. The whipped cream frosting that I prefer with this cake has a bit of cream cheese mixed in – this not only gives it a lovely tangy taste, but it also stabilizes the whipped cream, allowing it to stay fluffy and high for longer than regular sweetened whipped cream. Of course, you can finish the cake with toasted or regular sweetened coconut… depending on the look you are going for.

Enjoy!! Shirley C. Dana”

Fluffy Vanilla Cake:

  • 5 large egg whites at room temperature
  • 3/4 cup whole milk, at room temperature
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 3/4 cups cake flour, sifted
  • 1 3/4 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 tablespoons unsalted butter at room temperature and cut into cubes

1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease, line with parchment, and flour two round 8-inch pans.

2. In a medium bowl or measuring cup, combine and stir the egg whites, 1/4 cup of milk, and the vanilla. Set aside.

3. In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment, combine the dry ingredients together on low speed  for 30 seconds.

4. Add the butter and remaining 1/2 cup of milk, and mix on low speed until just moistened. Increase to medium speed and mix for 1 1/2 minutes.

5. Scrape the sides of the bowl and begin to add the egg mixture in 3 separate batches; beat on medium speed for 20 seconds after each addition.

6. Divide the batter in two, spreading it evenly with a small offset palette knife. If you have a kitchen scale, weigh to ensure 2 even layers.

7. Bake 25-35 minutes or until a cake tester comes clean when inserted into the center. Be so careful to not overbake. Check cake at 20 minutes, but not before, and once you feel it’s almost ready, set the timer for 2 minute intervals. Let cool on racks for 10 minutes before loosening the sides with a small metal spatula, and invert onto greased wire racks. Gently turn cakes back up, so the tops are up and cool completely.

8. Wrap tightly and store at room temperature for up to 2 days, refrigerator for up to 5 days, or frozen for up to 2 months.

Pastry Cream:

  • 2 cup whole milk
  • 6 large egg yolks
  • ½ cup sugar
  •  1/3 cup cornstarch
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 ½  tbs butter at room temp
  •  1 cup heavy cream, whipped to soft peaks
  •  1 cup sweetened shredded coconut, lightly toasted
  1.  Bring the milk a boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Meanwhile, in a heavy-bottomed saucepan, whisk the yolks with the sugar and cornstarch until well blended. Still whisking, drizzle in about 1/4 cup of the hot milk to temper the yolks so they won’t curdle.
  3. Whisking the entire time, slowly pour in the remainder of the milk.
  4. Put the pan over medium heat and, whisking vigorously, constantly and thoroughly (to the edges of the pot), bring the mixture to a boil.
  5. Keep it at a boil. still whisking, for 1 to 2 minutes, then remove the pan from the heat.
  1. Whisk in the vanilla extract. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
  2. Whisk in the butter until the bits are fully incorporated and the pastry cream is smooth.
  3. When the pastry cream is completely cooled, slowly fold in the whipped cream until no streaks remain. Fold in the toasted coconut.

Cream Cheese Whipped Cream Frosting:

  •   1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  1.  Combine the cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract and almond extract in a large mixing bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer. Fit the mixer with the whisk attachment and mix on medium speed until smooth.
  2. While the mixture is still whipping, slowly pour in the heavy cream. Stop and scrape the bottom of the bowl a couple of times while you continue whipping until the cream can hold a stiff peak.

 Cake Assembly:

  1.  To assemble the cake, slice the two 8” cakes in half once they have chilled a few hours in the freezer.
  2.  Fill each layer with the toasted coconut pastry cream.
  3.  Generously frost the cake with the whipped cream, and sprinkle toasted or regular sweetened coconut all over the tops and sides of the cake.
  4.  Enjoy!

 

Cake Recipe:

Adapted from Sweetopolita

Pastry Cream:

Adapted from Dorie Greenspan

Whipped Cream Recipe:

Allrecipes.com

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Was Popeye Eating Kale?

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Was Popeye Eating Kale?

3 Comments 19 May 2012


Adele Yedid MS, RD

We all somehow inherently know that kale is good for us. From fast food eaters to health food fanatics, children to adults, dietitians to laymen…kale is pretty much a universal health food. Even my computer seems to have gotten the memo on this nutritional giant. While gathering data on kale I typed the words “nutrition” into a Google search and before I could even type the words “of kale,” a funny thing happened. The first search option to pop up was “nutritional perks of kale.” Either my computer is psychic or there’s a major buzz surrounding the health benefits of this green vegetable.

So what’s the hype? Maybe it’s because kale is just so green, or probably because most people don’t like to eat it. We all know that the best test determining how good a food is for you is how bad it tastes, right? (Loud, annoying buzzer) WRONG! I would like the opportunity to disprove that.

Let me begin with a little background information on this “superfood.” Just like your favorite superhero, kale is tender yet strong (proven by its ability to be eaten from raw to braised), fights the bad guys (diseases like cancer and heart disease), puts things back where they belong (as in cholesterol and waste- you get it), and saves the good guys (provides a plethora of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals). Specifically, kale is an amazing source of antioxidant vitamins A and C, as well as one of the highest available food sources of vitamin K. It is actually so high in vitamin K (which works in blood clotting factors) that those on blood thinners may be advised to avoid it as it can be counteractive to their medication. Among the specific types of the antioxidants found in kale are the carotenoids and flavonoids, which are the primary factors giving kale its anti-cancer capabilities. I can continue, but I will spare you and simply say that going through kale’s nutritional roster makes me wonder if it was spinach Popeye was eating all that time.

I am aware that all this nutritional jargon may not be enough to convince some of you skeptics. My husband Eli was an avid kale chips hater. He would list it on his top 10 worst foods. He would make faces as I ate it at dinner. He strongly felt that I could eat it only because I am a registered dietitian who grew up on a macrobiotic diet, and I would agree to appease him. But despite that, I couldn’t prove to him that I truly did enjoy it. I had to find a way to present it to people like my husband who were on the other side.

And so, I searched and read and tested and tasted. What follows are two recipes that I feel can change your mind if it needs changing. I would like to showcase kale’s versatility by presenting it to you in both cooked and raw form. We will start for the faint of heart with a recipe for spicy kale chips, a crispy and light snack that your kids will fight over. From there we will graduate to enjoying kale in its green glory with my asian sesame kale salad, fresh, earthy and vibrant. Talk about spring cleaning!

Purchasing

For the purpose of my two recipes we will be using curly kale. Other varieties of kale are lacinato or dinosaur kale, as well as ornamental (purple) kale. When buying curly kale I like to look for a bunch that is full, firm and has tight curls. Kale that feels wilted is not fresh and will not have the flavor or nutrition that it should. The color should be deep, rich green, and free of yellowing and obvious blemishes. I choose organic kale which is free of pesticides, herbicides and fungicides.

Washing

Kale should be thoroughly washed, leaf by leaf in cold water. It can then be gathered it in a salad spinner, sprayed with a vegetable wash and allowed to soak for 2-3 minutes to get rid of any critters or dirt that may still be present. Spin it dry and you are ready to go.

Chopping

Always remove the tough center stem of the kale, then chop to your desired sized pieces

SPICY KALE CHIPS

  • 1 bunch kale
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil (in sprayer bottle such as misto)
  • ¼ tsp sea or Himalayan salt
  • ¼ tsp hot pepper flakes
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Wash kale, remove hard inner stem, cut into bite size pieces
  3. Spray with olive oil and sprinkle with salt (if a misto is not available, simply drizzle with olive oil and toss to coat evenly)
  4. Optional: sprinkle with any or all of the following for added flavor: lemon juice, apple cider vinegar, sesame seeds, cumin
  5. Place on parchment lined baking tray, bake for 15-20 min until crispy but not burnt on edges.

ASIAN RAW SESAME KALE SALAD

  • 1 bunch kale (yield approx 8 cups)
  • 2 cups purple cabbage (sliced thin)
  • 2 cups shredded carrots
  • ½ cup thinly sliced scallions
  • ¼ cup toasted sesame seeds (I buy raw, hulled seeds and toast myself)
  • Optional: ¼ cup currants

Dressing:

  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 tsp brown rice vinegar
  • 2 tbs tamari
  • 1 tsp agave nectar
  • 1-2 garlic cloves (crushed)
  • 1/3 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  1. Wash and dry kale thoroughly, cut out tough center and chop into bite size pieces
  2. Chop cabbage and scallions, shred carrots
  3. Toast sesame seeds in pan over low flame, moving pan continuously. Take out of pan at first sign of toasting. Do not allow to burn, should get tan
  4. Combine kale, cabbage, carrots, scallion and sesame seeds (and currants if using)
  5. Mix all dressing ingredients and add to salad. You can dress this salad in advance, as the kale can withstand the dressing and it will allow the flavors to develop.
  6. Serving suggestion: as seen in the photo, serve atop a bowl of soba noodles and vegetables in dashi for a balanced meal.

I hope that I have been successful in tempting you to try this nutritional powerhouse. I figured if I haven’t convinced you as of yet I will leave you with the thoughts of my macho husband texting me from the work just the other day: “Hey, is there any kale salad left? I’ll send someone over to pick it up.” Now that’s victory.

Are you willing to take the plunge?

Adele Yedid

contact me  at  AyedidRD@gmail.com

 

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Pecan-Pie Truffles From the Brand New Hatzolah Cookbook

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Pecan-Pie Truffles From the Brand New Hatzolah Cookbook

1 Comment 18 May 2012

 

Hats off to the talented Erika Sabbagh for producing the most mouth watering collection of gourmet kosher recipes ever! 

Hurry and get your copy of this 300 page gourmet kosher cookbook chock full of 200 kosher recipes for  $36.

A perfect Hanukah gift! contact Erika at erikasabb@aol.com to order your copy!

Erika highly recommends this recipe for pecan pie truffles! These truffles are easy, dairy, and will melt in your mouth! 

Perfect for a Hanukah, Purim,  Mother’s Day, and Shavuot dessert!

Pecan-Pie Truffles From the Brand New “A La Carte” Hatzolah Cookbook

Ingredients:

  • 2 1/2 cups toasted pecans, finely chopped
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbs
  • 1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 7 ounces milk chocolate or dark chocolate
  • 25 pecan halves

preparation:

1. In a medium bowl, stir together the pecans, graham cracker crumbs, brown sugar and salt until well combined. Add the maple syrup, condensed milk, vanilla, and 2 tablespoons water; use your hands to blend the ingredients well.

2. Form the mixture into 24 walnut-size balls. Place on a cookie sheet and freeze for 2 hours.

3. In the top of a double boiler or in a medium stainless-steel bowl set over a pot of gently simmering water, melt the chocolate. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Dip the frozen balls into the melted chocolate, then place on the prepared baking sheet and top each with a pecan half. Let set for 15 minutes, or until firm.

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How to Make Summery Napkins and Coasters for Your Shavuot Table

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How to Make Summery Napkins and Coasters for Your Shavuot Table

4 Comments 18 May 2012

Thank you Nicole from Sketch42 for sending in this perfect Shavuot table napkin do-it-yourself craft!

All of the items here can be purchased at M and J Trimmings in Manhattan so head on over there for some great Shavuot table inspiration! They have tons of ribbon, trim, feathers, flowers and more. The creative possibilities are endless! Its time to spruce up your Shavuot table!!

Summer Cloth Napkin Dip Dying and DIY Coaster:

by Nicole Cohen

This spring I am SO inspired by neons and color, andI have been dying to do some dip-dying ever since I made some tie-dye napkins this summer. Dip Dying seems just a tad more sophisticated and is a much simpler affair.

So for my first project, I made a place setting that I would use for a spring lunch or brunch. The great thing about this project is that even just by using the neon grosgrain bow as a napkin ring, you can set a totally current and chic table with very little permanence or cost.

After I made the dyed napkins and the co-ordinating napkin ring and placed them on a white plate, I knew I wanted to add way more color. So I added a peacock colored placemat that I already had. Then I realized I had these amazing vintage neon glasses and that they would add even more color to the table. And then after that, I thought of making the orange coaster! (I was considering making a placemat but I didnt have enough cord…)

 

Materials:

  • 4mm Imported Rayon Twist Cord Item# 42950 in Orange
  • 1” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain Item# 02224 in Neon Orange
  • 1” Imported Chromspun GrosgrainItem# 02224 in Neon Yellow
  • 1” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain Item# 02224 in Neon Pink
  • Rit Dye Powder Item# 46301 in Fuchsia and Sunshine Orange
  • Seed Beads Item# 76010 in Paque

Project 1

Project 1 Instructions: Dip Dyed Napkins

  • Follow the instructions on the Rit Dye Box. I chose to do mine on the stove. Mix dye with hot water, salt and a small amount of detergent. Stir and wait until desired color is achieved.
  • Take clean, washed napkins and dip into the dye bath. I dipped the edges of one napkin, the side of another and the bottom of another. Ultimately, the napkin with the dyed bottom was the most successful.
  • Immediately rinse with warm water, then cold until the water runs clear.
  • Dry and iron.

Project 1: 

Project 2 Instructions: Neon Grosgrain Bow.

  • Begin the  bow by winding the ribbon back and forth to form three loops. To do this, first form one loop. Holding the loop at its midpoint, wind the ribbon underneath to form another loop that is slightly larger than the first. Now hold both of the loops together at their midpoints and wind the ribbon underneath in the opposite direction to form a final loop, again slightly larger than the previous.
  • Staple them together at the midpoint.
  • Wrap a small piece of ribbon over the staple and secure in the back with a glue gun.
  • Attach to the center of the extra ribbon , and using the glue gun secure the ends of the ribbon to each other.
  • Place the napkin inside.

Project 3:

Project 3 Instructions: Orange Cord Coaster

  • Remove the tape from the edge of your cord.
  • Using a glue gun, apply a little bit of glue to the edge of your cord to stop fraying .
  • Place the cord flat on a table and wrap the cord into a spiral, using one hand to keep it flat and the other to twist.
  • Take your glue gun and cover the entire cord with glue. Make sure that the glue gets in between the cord. Finish the edge of the cord with a little more glue and tuck it into the side of the coaster.
  • After the glue dries, turn it over and voila!

Finished Look

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Shavuot Table Decor by the Sea – Emile and Linda Haddad

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Shavuot Table Decor by the Sea – Emile and Linda Haddad

5 Comments 15 May 2012

For all of you that may not know Linda, she is the ultimate Jewish Hostess entrepreneur who started her business career in the 80′s designing and selling gorgeous stone encrusted angora sweaters to major department stores all over the country. Of course since we were getting wholesale prices, I do believe that my mother was Linda’s best customer at the time, shlepping us girls into Linda’s basement to try on the stunning line of knits. Linda advised my mom to preserve the fuzzy angoras in a cold area. I think that dozens of  Linda’s sweaters must still be frozen solid in the deep freezer that is in our old house on the corner of Bedford and J…..

Thank you Linda for sharing your gorgeous New Jersey ocean view and Shavuot table with all of us that are still sweating in good old Brooklyn, N.Y.! I’m waiting for more Shavuot Table pics from all of my Jewish Hostesses!!!!

Let’s see who else will have a chance to win the $200 gift certificate to Parci Parla!!!   Marlene

” Dear Marlene,

Wishing a happy holiday to all!  Hope you like my seafoam linen placemats with batik print cloths and matching napkins:

  1. Cloths- Century 21 dept store,
  2. Lalique stemware and glasses from France,bought in 1977 !!!
  3. St. Martin dishes Mikasa, 2005.
  4. Stainless flatware, Century 21.
  5. Plant from Paradise florist (from Mother’s Day lol),
  6. Napkin rings are bangles from the accessory district.
  7. The ocean is view is from the 19th floor !!!”

Emile and Linda Haddad

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lorene’s Two Summer Table Settings-Flower Garden and Sea Side Inspired Dinners

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Lorene’s Two Summer Table Settings-Flower Garden and Sea Side Inspired Dinners

4 Comments 14 May 2012

Thanks Lorene Sasson for sharing two of your holiday tables with us! I love the holiday colors and themes that you chose! Now I’m ready for summer! Marlene

Hi Marlene!

The first night of Shavuot I went for the summer/ocean/colorful look, and for the second night, I went for a garden feel. I actually bought the mirrors and the silver chargers from Amazing Savings. The napkins and rings are from Bed Bath and Beyond.

I also used shower gifts from 6 years ago. The silverware was a gift from my sister, as well as the dishes and stemware. I love making the holiday by me  because I can use the items that are really special to me.
I was going to go thru with the whole summer/oceanside feel- but then I saw the flowers at the shop stuffed together and i love COLOR and at the last minute my whole table changed. but to stay true to my original theme, I threw in some ocean glass.

The second night-  I bought new dishes from home goods (Mikasa Cherry Blossom) and I already had cherry blossom branches that I have never known what do do with EVER so i put them away. I decided to bring them out of the closet and add them to the table with my new dishes.
The table runner is Lenox. The  pewter dragonfly/butterfly plates were a gift from my mother who was not here for the holiday this year, so it gave me the chance to make the nights by me. I cant wait to show her the pictures,I know she’ll love them!

I am very pleased with this table because everything really fell together nicely in the garden theme.

Thanks Marlene,  and Shabat Shalom!!
Lorene Sasson

First Shavuot Night- Seaside Inspired

 

Second Night- Flower Garden Settings Below

 

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Dynamic Rabbinic Portraits for Today’s Gorgeous Homes

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No Comments 11 May 2012

In the past several years, community tastemaker  Joy Mahana’s  large stunning megasized resin, acrylic, and metallic abstracts  have been featured in an array of luxurious homes throughout the country.

Now Joy Mahana has been dazzling the art world with her new collection of portraits that portray a fresh take on a traditional subject.

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“Once I started painting the rabbis, I couldn’t stop. I loved reading about their influence on their communities and impact on Jewish history. I decided to create a series of  paintings that would bring the images of our holy rabbis into our modern homes.”

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Crunchy Jicama Salad-Great for Shavuot!

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Crunchy Jicama Salad-Great for Shavuot!

1 Comment 10 May 2012

This spring, try crunching on jicama instead of potato chips.

Native to the Americas and sometimes called the Mexican potato, and a mix between a potato and a pear. You can also compare it in texture to a water chestnut, and in fact , jicama is made up of almost 90 percent water.

A cup of jicama has almost 6 grams of fiber and only 50 calories. It is also high in vitamin C, potassium and folate.

Peel the coarse, papery skin and julienne the white flesh, into carrot stick size pieces, and squeeze some lime juice on it to keep it from browning. Add a pinch of chili to the lime juice and you have an excellent treat right there.

This colorful jicama salad is appealing to guests of all ages. Kids love the crunch, and adults savor the light, tart, flavors of all of the vegetables marinated simultaneously.

  • 1 large jicama (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, then julienned or cubed (easiest to work with if you cut the jicama in half first)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 a large cucumber, seeded, chopped
  • 1 navel orange, peel cut away, sliced crosswise, then each round quartered
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • Salt
  • Cumin

Optional

  • 1/2 avocado chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

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    A Jewish Hostess Hot Pink Accented Spring Themed Table

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    A Jewish Hostess Hot Pink Accented Spring Themed Table

    4 Comments 10 May 2012

    My anonymous (love her like a sister) sister in law recently made a gorgeous spring lunch for her closest relatives, and I just had to share it with all of you. Feast your eyes on this fabulous lunch menu and hot pink accented table top decor. Though she claims that she made up some of the recipes, I am slowly trying to drag all of the secret info out of her, so please bear with me. One recipe that I can share with all of you is the one that I passed on to her, and you can find the recipe for Panko Encrusted Goat Cheese Salad with Roasted Butternut Squash and Pumpkin Seeds HERE. The rest of the recipes will g-d willing come ASAP!!!

    Notice how the HOT PINK placemats and center napkins took center stage and made this table shout, ”ITS SPRINGTIME, LADIES!!! EVERYBODY SMILE!!”

    Which we absolutely did!!!

    As a special bonus HOSTESS tip-

    The circular straw  placemats can be purchased at Gracious Home.

    If you want a POP of color without spending a fortune, you can purchase these MY DRAP disposable placemats and napkins (in the center of the table pictured below) from Amazon. Usable up to 5 times- you get a lot of bang for your buck!

     

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    Ikey’s First Birthday – A CARNIVAL PARTY THEME!

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    Ikey’s First Birthday – A CARNIVAL PARTY THEME!

    1 Comment 09 May 2012

    Wow! Dalia wasn’t clowning around when she decided to pursue the carnival/circus theme party. I love it! Thanks Dalia! Marlene
    “Hi Marlene,
     I love perusing your site for ideas and inspiration!!! I wanted to share with you some pictures from my son Ikey’s first birthday party.  I chose a circus/carnival theme. The dessert table consisted of a variety of fun carnival-themed candies, including popcorn, large shelled peanuts in small personalized cups, mustache chocolate lollipops, large whirly pops, cotton candy, chocolate covered pretzels, cupcakes, small personalized packages of animal crackers, candy buttons, dumbbells made of marshmallows, as well as other assorted candies.  For the food, I served hot dogs with different toppings, french fries, corn on the cob, hot salted pretzels, and taco salad.  I found wonderful food/treat labels and water bottle labels on etsy.com.  I decorated the room with a carnival bunting.  I also made my own napkin rings (an idea inspired by your site – and very simple, I might add!) using red and white striped grosgrain ribbon and personalized “Ikey” cut-outs.  The kids played pin the nose on the clown, and we also had a “photo booth” where they dressed up using silly costume accessories (e.g., clown wig, tie, sunglasses, jester hat, huge inflatable clown shoes).  Everyone had a fabulous time!!! Thanks for letting me share! Dalia Dabah”

     

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    Shavuot Tablescape from Table Set GO!- Great Floral Centerpiece Ideas!

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    Shavuot Tablescape from Table Set GO!- Great Floral Centerpiece Ideas!

    No Comments 09 May 2012

     

    In the summer of 2011, the Table Set GO event in Deal, New Jersey (sponsored by the Morris I. Franco Community Cancer Center) showcased the communities’ women’s striking table decor talents. Each table represented a unique Jewish holiday ‘s theme. The botanical holiday of Shavuot was displayed by Barbara Chehebar, Ruthie Bibi, and Adele Pardo. This table decor’s shades of blues and purples heralded the arrival of Shavuot’s custom of decorating one’s home, the synagogue and even the Torah scroll itself with greens and flowers in honor of the holiday. This custom of flowers and greens was based upon a statement in Midrash that the foot of Mount Sinai (where the Jews stood in awe, awaiting the granting of the Torah) was carpeted with greens and sweet smelling flowers.

    To accent the Shavuot table’s floral decor and centerpiece, the girls used Kim Seybert napkin rings, geometric Pucci scarves, sky blue bordered china dinnerware, and sparkling crystal stemware. Delicate blue dotted quilted linens were the backdrop to this elaborate variety of sweet smelling Shavuot florals. Mini Torahs and two mountains of roses, represented the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinaii. Thank you ladies for all of your hard work, table setting ideas inspiration! I’m so glad that we have the photos to remember this stunning event! 

     

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    A Botanical Earth Day Bar Mitzvah Theme Breakfast DIY by Claudia Bildiricci

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    7 Comments 08 May 2012

    I have to say that I am so lucky to know some of the most talented Jewish women in the world. Every where I turn, I am constantly amazed by the creativity that blossoms with every simcha, holiday, and charity event within our Jewish communities. I am so proud to showcase all of these talents under the roof of my site, The Jewish Hostess. After all, that’s what life is all about- sharing, being inspired, and putting out own spin on the beauty in our lives. As a guest at Claudia’s son’s bar mitzvah event, I marveled at how she seemed to be able to effortlessly dive into the botanical theme of the bar mitzvah decor, and then look gorgeous and calm at the event as if she had Preston Bailey on the scene.  This theme can go a long way. Using different color and florals, Claudia’s ideas can take us into any holiday or party event decor. Claudia, thanks for the spark! Marlene
    “Hi Marlene
       I am so happy you were able to join us for Hymie’s Bar Mitzvah!  The party was on Earth Day.  My mind started to race.  I came up with herbs for the tables and googled and came upon The growers exchange who shIpped me samples whIch I took to Ikea and found a white pot and rocks to top the dirt.  In Ikea, I came across the white frames you see on the table.  Everyone loves to see pictures of the baby~boy~ or couple. For 99 cents each, I bought 24 frames!  Went online and copied pictures on Snapfish, easy and done!
    I wanted a natural look, so I asked the table cloth company for burlap. He said he has fake burlap, even better!  Real burlap is a mess!
    He only had squares of sashes. 4′ x 108′ .  Now what?  My frIend Lynn Schrem said lets weave them! And we did!
    Now to the napkins.  Again googled wood letter H’s and sure enough!  I ordered a sample sprayed them with silver.Went to M&J Trimming for the leather.
    I was done. My son sprayed the 180 H’s and the glueing began!
    The Thursday night before the bar mitzvah party, we wove  the sashes and put every napkin in the H ring.   I bought the wood bark at last mInute in the flower market.
    It was finally all coming together!
    Adelaide Khezerie arranged the centerpiece of flowers for my older son’s Barmitsvah, so I called her to help me with flowers for other tables.  I knew I needed some height in the room. She took me to the flower market the Wed. before the party!  What fun! we touched, smelled, and looked at the choices. Lilacs it was.
    I went back to the flower market on  Friday to pick  up the lilacs. When I brought them back to the shul I just stared at these huge bundles!  Then I got a text from Adelaid that said OMW!!
    Phew!  After all the vases were done and the herbs were in the pots I just prayed that it would all last for Sunday.
    The temperature in the shul was kept nice and cold.  All went well!
    The most important thing  was that my son was happy and so proud of his barmitzvah.  He thanked me again and again!
    I am so lucky to have good friends that share their and time expertise with me !
    It was a beautiful morning with wonderful friends and family!’ Claudia Bildirici

     

     

     

     

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    1 Comment 07 May 2012

    Shelly Laniado is known to be the ultimate Jewish Hostess. I’ve heard that her table decor ideas are never the same, from one Shabbat to the next. Every week her centerpiece, flowers, placemats, table cloth, table runners,linen napkins, and napkin rings, are always a unique surprise. Here’s a peek into Shelly’s dining room- Three weeks in a row! 

    Classic elegance!

     Glass chargers from Ikea add another dimension layered beneath a vase with pink lilies.

    Botanicals in mini vases.

     Shelly used plexiglass from Ikea as a table runner,  and sprinkled Swarovski crystals across for a sparkly effect. Very pretty!

    Syrian style mazza, always served before a Shabbat meal! A favorite for all!

    Fish Fillets with Olives and Oregano

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    Fish Fillets with Olives and Oregano

    No Comments 07 May 2012

    Re-post from 2010- A classic!

    A delicious easy weeknight recipe adapted by gourmet kosher cook Raquel Franco from http://www.epicurious.com. Thanks Raquel!

    • 4 (1 1/4-inch-thick) pieces white-fleshed skinless fish fillets, such as halibut (6 oz each)
    • 1 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
    • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
    • 4 very thin lemon slices
    • 1/2 cup dry white wine
    • 1/3 cup pitted brine-cured green olives such as picholine, halved lengthwise (2 oz)
    • 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
    • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh oregano or 3/4 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
    • Special equipment: a 2 1/2-qt shallow ceramic or glass baking dish
    1. Put oven rack in upper third of oven and preheat oven to 450°F.
    2. Pat fish dry and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sear fillets, skinned sides down, until browned well, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer, seared sides up, to baking dish (reserve skillet), then top each fillet with a slice of lemon.
    3. Add wine to skillet and bring to a boil, scraping up any brown bits. Boil 30 seconds, then pour around fish. Scatter olives around fish and bake, uncovered, until fish is just cooked through, 8 to 12 minutes.
    4. Transfer fish to a platter, then whisk lemon juice, oregano, and remaining 2 tablespoons oil into cooking liquid in baking dish. Season sauce with salt and pepper and spoon over fish.

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