Yeshivah Bakers Jewish Holiday Cupcake Wars, 2011- Re-Cap!

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Yeshivah Bakers Jewish Holiday Cupcake Wars, 2011- Re-Cap!

4 Comments 31 October 2012

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Yeshivah Bakers Jewish Holiday Cupcake Wars, 2011- Re-Cap!

On Wednesday, November 16,  the Sephardic Community Center hosted hundreds of community women to gather and soak up  the talents of the celebrity bakers that reside within the Syrian Jewish community. Never before have all of our expert “Jewish Hostesses” mommy bakers gathered  in one place for a friendly fundraising competition.

This day of unity featured the creative baking expertise of six teams consisting of 2-3 yeshiva moms, each team representing a different community school.

Each team was given a Jewish holiday theme (which was chosen at random), in which they had to create a cupcake from scratch that represented that theme. I was lucky enough to be chosen as a one of the judges (I think I gained about 3 pounds that day- but it was SO worth it!!!!) for the competition, along with Claudia Bildiricci (of the famous “LOTTIE BISCOTTI”) and Katy Zanville of Sprinkles Cupcakes, NYC.

The clock struck at 12:15, and  the girls  flurried about in organized precision, rolling, baking, fitting, topping, and assembling their cupcake themed displays.As their masterpieces began to take shape, you could hear the “oohs and aahhs” among the crowd of amazed women. In 90 minutes they would  be judged by their creativity, adherance to the theme of the holiday, and deliciousness of their cupcakes.

While the bakers were hard at work, the hungry audience was ushered into a fabulous lunch bar that was catered by A Kosher Affair. A gorgeous turquoise themed chinese auction full of tempting gifts for every Jewish Hostess had tons of  tickets stuffed into each box, each one awaiting a lucky winner.

Though these events seemingly fall into place SO easily, we all know that it takes women like  Lisa Elo and Linda Sasson who can defy the conventional. and pull a monumental gathering like this  together.  Another thanks to our MCs for the day- Gail Mizrahi, Lynda Levy, and Linda Sasson.

Please comment below and mention everyone that I may have forgotten to thank!

So now, the moment you’ve been waiting for!!!! First of all, let me introduce you to some real Jewish Hostesses in every sense of the word!

The Barkai Team

Susie Sorscher, Margalit Dweck, Melissa Soffer

The Hillel Team

Sari Rishty,  Alexis Cohen

The Yeshivah of Flatbush Team

Jamie Bailey, Sarah Dweck, Jennifer Terzi

The Shaare Torah Team

Sharon Haber, Mary Sutton, Tunee Mizrahi

 

Tha Magen David Yeshivah Team

Esther Barnathan, Esther Chrem,  Sarine Segal

The Yeshivaht Derech Eretz

Frieda Cohen Fortune Nakash,  Fortune Farca

Sherri Gindi, GLadys Haddad, Linda Sasson, Lisa Elo

 

Judges Katy Zanville, Claudia Bildiricci, and Me

MCs Gail Mizrahi, Lynda Levy

Racing against the clock…

I wish that I could have uploaded ALL  of the gorgeous pictures taken by Mark Greenberg that day but the pics below were the best ones!

And NOW……. for the CUPCAKES!!!!!

Passover By Hillel Yeshivah bakers was displayed as a petite seder plate atop a silver star shaped dish. The girls created their very own mini gold pillow, wine cup, celery dipped in salt water and charoset out of home-made modeling chocolate. The cupcake was a unique fleur de sel “red”  velvet (representing the river of blood on Passover!) cupcake with yummy coconut cream cheese frosting (get it? Cream cheese on matzo….) Great Job, Girls!!!!

Barkaii Yeshivah bakers displayed a fabulous Achashverosh Crown shaped vanilla vodka (for the liquor on Purim….) flavored cupcake. The filling had a tinge of whiskey flavor which added to the authenticity of this delicious Purim dessert. The clever use of the upside down champagne glass, the mask, and fondant megillah really amazed the crowd!

The Yeshivah Derech Eretz yeshivah bakers really captured the spirit of Simchat Torah by using fun filled ingredients like home made caramel, a peanut butter frosting, chocolate, M and Ms and nuts. Hand made steps leading up to a torah  hid their surprise candy cupcake. Thank you girls for sharing your  wonderful talents with us!

Magen David Yeshivah’s glamourous hand made menorah and fondant candles spread Happy Hanukah vibes throughout the crowd. Gleaming handpainted chocolates and fondant soufganiyot graced the mirrored tray and  looked too good to eat!  The “present themed” cupcake was actually a scrumptious jelly doughnut cupcake- I hope that the  Magen David bakers will share this Hanukah cupcake  recipe with us! Thank You, girls!!!

 

And now for the talented  Shaare Torah Sukkot bakers! This unique vanilla date cupcake (dates representing the lulav, which grows on the date tree) was filled with a citrus curd flavored with etrog zest and etrog liquor . The topping was a light meringue frosting that symbolized the clouds that Hashem protected us with in the desert (WOW!). The whole intensely flavored cupcake was enclosed in a star (that we see through the bamboo sechach) cutout cupcake holder and sat atop a mini  bamboo Sukkah.

Candied tangy etrog peel dipped in chocolate sat aside a shot of fizzy etrog liquor. (as a judge, I admit to drinking a shot in the middle of the day. For those of you who know me, they will tell you that I wasn’t that much more fun…) The whole modern Sukkot ensemble was so enjoyable to view as well as to eat…. Thank you girls for all your hard work!

This jewel toned  Rosh Hashanah ensemble was cleverly designed with several rounds of tree bark that were layered atop each other for a three dimensional , natural look. Apples, flowers and hand rolled and painted bumble bees really evoked that festive Rosh Hashanah holiday season. Apple cinnamon cupcakes filled with a cozy apple pie filling was topped off with cinnamon honey filled cream puffs and drizzled with caramel. Served with vanilla ice cream, this dessert really took the cake and was voted as the winner of $2600 for The Yeshivah of Flatbush! Mabrook to all the girls for a job very well done!!!

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Spicy Tilapia with Olives,Cherry Tomatoes, and Garlic

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Spicy Tilapia with Olives,Cherry Tomatoes, and Garlic

1 Comment 31 October 2012

Recipe from Laura Cohen adapted from Epicurious.

“This recipe came out so good…. i even love the topping for a pasta dish…My changes: I did half red cherry tomatoes and half yellow tomatoes for pretty color. I also added a splash of white cooking wine while I cooked the tomato mixture.”

Kosher Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 pounds tilapia, red snapper, or orange roughy fillets
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 4 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 cup Kalamata olives or other brine-cured black olives, chopped
  • 6 garlic cloves, minced

Directions for this Kosher Recipe

Heat olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Sprinkle fish with salt and pepper. Add half of fish to skillet and sauté until cooked, about 5 minutes per side depending upon thickness of the fish. Transfer fish to platter. Repeat with remaining fish. Add parsley and crushed red pepper to same skillet; sauté 1 minute. Add tomatoes, olives, and garlic; sauté until tomatoes are soft and juicy, about 2 minutes. Season sauce with salt and pepper; spoon over fish.

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Savory Garlic Basil Knots- Instagram Upoload

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Savory Garlic Basil Knots- Instagram Upoload

No Comments 31 October 2012

Dear Hostesses,

Welcome to the new world of Instagram! If you haven’t noticed, I haven’t been updating The Jewish Hostess as often as I’ve been doing in the past, but that doesn’t mean that I’ve been playing hookie! A whole new “instant” world has opened up for me, and its called Instagram. Recently bought by facebook, for $1 billion in just 2 years the app has aquired more than 50 million users. (For more Instagram facts, Click HERE ). In one day, I can share tons of recipes from my iPhone wherever I may be standing on line, as opposed to the limitations of sitting at a computer.

Two weeks ago our #shabbatshalom contest encouraged the sharing of hundreds of Shabbat main courses and desserts.

During Hurricane Sandy alone, we were able to share 150 recipes during our #sandybakeoff!

Join and follow the almost 3,000 fans @thejewishhostess from your iPad of smartphone, and get in on the recipes, table settings and fun contests!

Thanks for sharing the journey with me! Marlene

Here’s just one of the hundreds of recipes on my Instagram page shared by Amanda Cohen:

 

Amy’s Delectable Williams Sonoma Themed Bridal Shower

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Amy’s Delectable Williams Sonoma Themed Bridal Shower

1 Comment 31 October 2012

Designed by acclaimed party planner Doris Dwek, and  photographed by Shirley Serure, this unbelievably creative bridal shower is sure to inspire brides and hostesses alike.

My favorite pic is the edible Kitchen-Aid and Gourmet coffee table book (cover designed with an edible pic of the bride and groom!) designed and hand crafted by none other than the talented Esther Chrem!

I know that you will savor these mouth watering,  show-stopping amazing photos below. Enjoy!

 

 

 

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Kim Dabah’s Fabulous Hanukkah Dessert Table!

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Kim Dabah’s Fabulous Hanukkah Dessert Table!

4 Comments 31 October 2012

 

 

 

Thank you Kim Dabah for sharing your gorgeous Hanukkah themed table with us! The  white lucite rectangles and cubes add a subtle modern architecture to your dessert buffet. Blue frosted cupcakes, Dreidel blue linzer tarts,  dipped marshmalow treats and Hanukkah cookies are a kids Hanukkah feast. The gorgeous swirly Venetian glass menorah is the perfect setting for your Hanukkah centerpiece. Wow! Happy Hanukkah! Marlene M.

 

 

 

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How to Capture the Joyful Holiday Moments in a Snap!

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How to Capture the Joyful Holiday Moments in a Snap!

2 Comments 30 October 2012

 Thank you Gladys Hedaya for insights into capturing those fleeting glorious Jewish holiday dinners! It always seems that we prepare our meals forever and then its over in a flash. I love Gladys’s photo tips! Check out her new website Picsaloo.com for more ideas and ways to keep the memories in our hearts and on our bookshelves for many years to come! It’s time to start thinking about our Hanuka parties!!

“As I look through my old albums, I notice that some albums are more exciting and revealing to look at than others.   I realized that the albums I love the most have one thing in common, they tell a full story with a combination of photos that capture the many facets of that particular event.

Hanukah time is near, and is such a fun holiday to photograph. From your family standing before a flickering menorah, to an excited child tearing open a present, to the wobbly spin of a dreidal as it begins to slow down, there are many moments you can mindfully capture with your camera.

The most effective way to capture your Hanukah festivities fully is to write out or think about the following checklist before the holiday.

Before the party starts…

1. Preparation of the party: An example would be your daughter frosting the cupcakes or your four year old son smashing a cookie cutter into sugar cookie dough, your husband placing the candles in the menorah, or even half arranged flowers in a vase with the remaining resting on the side.

 

2. The décor: Back up and capture the room with all its holiday decorations, snap a photo, then step closer to capture that pile of gifts on the coffee table, the scattered dreidals and chocolate money, the table settings, the flowers. You can be creative with angle, and the specific parts of the scene you focus on.

During the party…

3. The action: what types of activities are taking place? Action shots may be a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat, a bunch of children playing dreidal, or a child tearing open a Hanukah gift. Capturing the action gives you an opportunity to snap candid moments.

4. The people: Family group shots, and kids smiles are must-haves for your Hanukah photos. A group shot can be some people sitting on the couch, or around the table. You can capture genuine kids smiles because Hanukah is naturally so much fun!!

After the party:

5. If you are one of the last guests to leave or if the party took place in your house, you can photograph the torn wrapping paper on the floor, the strewn toys, the empty dessert platter…all hints that a good time happened here.

Follow the above suggestions and  ensure that your Hanukah holiday festivities are  captured more fully! Imagine how much more compelling your Hanukah photo album will be!!!” Gladys Hedaya

Live in the moment. Capture your memories. Celebrate the images of your life at Picsaloo.com your first stop for memory books, albums, canvas prints and more. Sign up at Picsaloo.com for more free tips, tricks, and promotions.

 

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Butternut Squash and Leek Latkes with Pan-Roasted Cumin

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Butternut Squash and Leek Latkes with Pan-Roasted Cumin

No Comments 28 October 2012

We are always on the lookout for a new twist on tradition. If you want  to revive your Hanuka dinner menu, then this recipe is a great one to try!

Photo and recipe printed with permission by Viviane Bauquet Farre

Food & Style http://foodandstyle.com/ )

makes 36 medium latkes

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cumin seeds
  • 12 oz  butternut squash – peeled, seeded and coarsely grated (use medium hand-grater or food processor shredder attachment) (2 3/4 cups)
  • 1 medium leek – white and light green parts only, halved, thoroughly washed and cut crosswise in 1/4” slices (1 1/4 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons unbleached all purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 large eggs – lightly beaten
  • olive oil for the pan
  • cilantro leaves as garnish
  • 1/4 cup sour cream

Step 1: Heat a small, heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the cumin seeds and cook until they turn dark-brown and are fragrant — about 2 minutes — shaking the pan constantly and taking care not to burn the seeds. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside.

Step 2: Place the butternut squash and leek in a medium bowl. Sprinkle with the cumin seeds, flour, salt and pepper. Toss well. Add the eggs and stir until well blended.

Step 3: Heat a large heavy-bottomed frying pan over medium-high heat. Add enough oil to generously cover the pan. Using a dessert spoon, drop two teaspoons’ worth of batter into the hot oil for each latke. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until golden-brown. Flip the latkes and sauté for another 2 minutes until golden-brown. (You may have to lower the heat as the pan gets hot: the latkes shouldn’t turn brown too fast and the oil should never come to smoking point.) Transfer to a platter lined with a paper towel. Repeat until the butternut squash mixture has all been used up, adding more oil to the pan as necessary.

Cook’s note: The latkes can be prepared up to 2 hours ahead and kept at room temperature. To re-heat, place on a jellyroll pan and warm in a 400°F preheated oven for 6 to 7 minutes until sizzling and proceed with step 4.

Step 4: Place the latkes on a platter. Spoon a dollop of sour cream on top of each latke. Garnish with a cilantro leaf and serve immediately.


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The Perfect Savory Mushroom Turkey Stuffing

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The Perfect Savory Mushroom Turkey Stuffing

1 Comment 20 October 2012

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I’m so glad that I bumped into Julie again on our weekly Shabbat walk. Always with a sweet word to say, she lets me know that at there are people out there who love The Jewish Hostess!!

Thank Julie for sending in this great recipe for stuffing! Can’t wait to put it on my Thanksgiving menu!! Marlene

 The Perfect Savory Mushroom Turkey Stuffing by Julie Esses

“Hi Marlene-

  • Two tablespoons of Earth Balance
  • Two medium celery stalks
  • One cup one medium onion chopped
  • One quarter cup fresh parsley
  • One tablespoon chopped sageor one teaspoon dried sage leaves
  • One and half teaspoons chopped majoram
  • Three quarter teaspoon fresh tarragon leaves or one quarter teaspoon of dried tarragon
  • One half teaspoon salt
  • Salt seven cups soft bread cubes (you can use challah)
  • Two medium carrots shredded
  • One and half cups one medium zuchini shredded
  • One cup one cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  1. Melt Earth Balance  in ten inch nonstick skillet over low medium heat
  2. Cook celery and onion in butter stirring frequently until onion is tender
  3. Stir in parsley, sage, majoram, tarragon, and salt.
  4. Mix bread cubes, carrots, zuchini, and mushrooms in a large bowl add celery mixture and toss.
  5. Mixture is now ready to stuff.
  6. Refrigerate turkey with stuffing until ready to roast
  7. Bake leftovers in a  pyrex at 350 degrees. Enjoy!

Julie Esses”

Lorraine’s Hanukka Mahjong Lunch Table

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Lorraine’s Hanukka Mahjong Lunch Table

5 Comments 15 October 2012

My friend Lorraine Kasavi decided to get a head start on  Hanukka by surprising her mahjong game with a fabulous Hanukka themed lunch table. Her love of color is evident by her gorgeous display of shades of electric blue flowers and Hanukka table decor. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous Hanukka table pictures with us, Lorraine! Love you and Happy Holiday! Marlene

p.s. Lorraine happens to be a Brooklyn based watercolor artist and teaches painting classes to adults and teen. Group and private rates available. Contact Lorraine at lkasavi@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

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A Glorious Sukkot Dinner Fiesta by Miriam H.

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A Glorious Sukkot Dinner Fiesta by Miriam H.

1 Comment 10 October 2012

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My neighbor Miriam is a beautiful woman inside and out. Her glowing personality is evident with every greeting, smile, and hug that that she gives with the utmost generosity. Miriam’s vivid and deeply hued table top Mexican themed dinner table decor instantly put her holiday dinner guests in a festive mood, and these pictures make me happy every time I look at them! These fiesta themed dinner  table top photos are truly beyond words, and I am so happy to present it to my Jewish Hostesses!

Miriam used Mexican blankets as her table runners, and scattered gloriously striped Mexican pillows among huge fruit and flower filled champagne glasses as her ingenious centerpieces. Her dining room table served as a buffet table as the huge doors behind beckoned her guests to the fabulous Sukkah that was built as an extension to her home. Thank you Miriam for sharing your fabulous Mexican themed Sukkkot dinner party with us!

p.s. If  you love this Mexican fiesta table setting theme as much as I do, then please checkout these Mexican party supply sites:

 

 

 

 

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