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

hanukka recipes and tablesettings, holiday table settings, kosher recipes, purim recipes, baskets, and decor, rosh hashanah table setting ideas, sukkot and rosh hashanah recipes

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

4 Comments 31 October 2012

Welcome to The Jewish Hostess!   Click HERE  and Subscribe Now for free table setting ideas and a chance to win the cookbook of the month!

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!!!

Welcome to The Jewish Hostess!   Click HERE  and Subscribe Now for free

table setting ideas and a chance to win the cookbook of the month!

Enhanced by Zemanta
Spicy Tilapia with Olives,Cherry Tomatoes, and Garlic

hanukka recipes and tablesettings, kosher fish recipes, kosher recipes

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.

Please visit our sponsors:

  • De-Clutter with Esther
  • Check out Surrey Lane for your Hanuka table settings.
  • Blossom Bleu’s gorgeous netilat yadayim cups now on sale.
  • Brooklyn Makeup Studio has all of your beauty needs on Avenue U in Brooklyn.
  • Healthy ingredients for all of your recipes at Omni Health.
Enhanced by Zemanta

Spicy Tilapia With Olives, Cherry Tomatoes and Garlic on Foodista

Savory Garlic Basil Knots- Instagram Upoload

hanukka recipes and tablesettings, kosher bread recipes, kosher recipes, shavuot recipes and ideas, sukkot and rosh hashanah recipes

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

bridal showers, parties

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!

 

 

 

Enhanced by Zemanta
Kim Dabah’s Fabulous Hanukkah Dessert Table!

chanuka table settings, hanukka recipes and tablesettings, holiday table settings

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.

 

 

 

Subscribe Now: and win a chance for a free copy of “Dare to be Different!” The fabulous NEW COOKBOOK by ROBIN JEMAL!!!

Enhanced by Zemanta

NEW RECIPES on INSTAGRAM!

Personalize Your Party and Chic Gifts!

5b1f13324fde11e39934128dfbc5ee3d_8

Categories

“Like” us on Facebook!

© 2014The Jewish Hostess - Kosher Recipes, Jewish Recipes, Gourmet Kosher Recipes®

wp_footer()