Chocolate Chip Sticky Cheese Buns for Shavuot and Mother’s Day

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Chocolate Chip Sticky Cheese Buns for Shavuot and Mother’s Day

4 Comments 28 March 2015

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Thank you Rina Kassab for this delicious Shavuot  dairy dessert!

Chocolate Chip Sticky Cheese Buns for Shavuot and Mother’s Day

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 48 buns

Chocolate Chip Sticky Cheese Buns for Shavuot and Mother’s Day

Bake at 350 degrees

Ingredients

  • !Make the dough:
  • 5 cups flour
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 2 sticks margarine
  • 2 eggs- (save 1 egg for brushing)
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar.
  • 2 tablespoons dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup warm water
  • Cheese Filling:
  • 3 8oz containers of whipped cream cheese
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips.

Instructions

    Proof the yeast:
  1. Add 2 tbsp dry yeast to 3/4 cups warm water and let bubble for 5 minutes.
  2. Make the dough:
  3. Mix rest of dough ingredients with wire whisk in Kitchen Aid.
  4. Pour proofed yeast into mixed dough ingredients and mix with dough hook for several minutes.
  5. Remove dough from Kitchen Aid bowl and place in oiled glass bowl. Cover and let rise for an hour.
  6. In the meantime, make the filling:
  7. Mix all filling ingredients well with wire whisk of Kitchen Aid or electric beater.
  8. Now:
  9. Take dough that has risen, punch down, and separate into four balls.
  10. Roll out each ball into a rectangle.
  11. Spread cheese filling atop each one.
  12. Roll up each rectangle jelly roll style.
  13. Slice each log into 12 thick rounds and place onto sprayed parchment lined muffin tin.
  14. Place apart from each other so they don't stick to each other.
  15. Brush each one with beaten egg.
  16. Bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
  17. May be frozen and reheated before serving.
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Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken

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Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken

1 Comment 27 March 2015

 

Dear Hostesses, 

I am honored to present this  fabulous holiday chicken recipe from Kim Kushner’s brand new kosher cookbook, The Modern Menu. Chock full of gorgeous color photos and easy directions, Kim’s innovative  recipes are the ones that you will keep making over and over again. Kim began her studies at the prestigious Institute of Culinary Education in Manhattan, where she excelled in their Professional Culinary Program. The Modern Menu, 5 years in the making, is a culmination of her very own delicious, easy, and modern recipes. Its a perfect hostess gift for the holidays. Every Jewish Hostess should make sure to have a copy of their own in their  kitchen!  

Enjoy! Marlene

 

Lemon Garlic Roast Chicken for Passover or Jon’s Roast Chicken

by Kim Kushner

“This dish, a weekly staple in my house and my husband Jon’s favorite, is a perfect example of how a few top-quality ingredients are all you need to make a fabulous meal.Cooking this chicken on a vertical chicken roaster stand (available online) allows you to roast a whole chicken in an upright position. The result is unfailingly moist and juicy chicken. In a pinch, you can use an empty soda can! The chicken tastes best the day it is roasted.”

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Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken for Passover

Serving Size: Serves 4 to 6

Lemon Garlic Roasted Chicken for Passover

Ingredients

  • 1 (3-to 4-pound) roaster chicken
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 lemons, halved
  • 1 garlic bulb
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 10 fresh thyme sprigs

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Rinse the chicken under cold running water and pat dry with paper towels. Generously season the chicken inside and out with salt and pepper. Squeeze the juice of 1 lemon into the chicken’s cavity and then stuff what’s left of it into the cavity. Squeeze the juice of the remaining lemon all over the outside of the chicken and throw the halves into the pan.
  2. Cut a ¼-inch slice off the top of the garlic bulb and discard the top. The garlic cloves should be peeking out of the top. Place the bulb on a piece of aluminum foil, drizzle the oil over the top, and wrap tightly.
  3. Stuff the garlic into the chicken cavity followed by
  4. 4 thyme sprigs.
  5. Insert the roaster stand into the chicken cavity, pushing it in as far as it will go. Stand the chicken in a roasting pan and place the remaining thyme sprigs over the chicken. Roast for 1 hour. Reduce the tempera­ture to 325°F and roast for an additional 20 minutes, until cooked through to the bone and the juices run clear at the thickest part of the breast. Let cool slightly.
  6. Carefully remove the lemon and wrapped garlic from the chicken cavity. Discard the thyme sprigs. Squeeze any juice from the cooked lemons over the chicken, then discard. Unwrap the garlic and squeeze the softened cloves over the chicken. Cut the chicken into eight pieces and serve warm. Alternatively, let it come to room temperature before serving.
http://www.thejewishhostess.com/lemon-garlic-roast-chicken-for-passover/

 

 

Egg, Nut, and Dairy Free (Vegan) Hammentashen for Purim

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Egg, Nut, and Dairy Free (Vegan) Hammentashen for Purim

3 Comments 03 March 2015

Meet my favorite Mom with a Mission- Rachel Orenstein Packer. Last year Rachel and I met somehow via the web, and Rachel graciously offered to write up some recipes for adults and kids that have egg, nut, and dairy allergies, which oddly seem so prevalent nowadays. Rachel was so passionate about the topic, she then started her own blog, Life is Good, Lick the Bowl and her recipes and valuable advice have been featured in many magazines, newspapers and blogs. Try this Hammentashen recipe which uses moist tofu as a useful substitute for eggs. 

 

Egg, Nut, and Dairy Free (Vegan) Hammentashen

By: Rachel Ornstein Packer

As you may know, my youngest, Ari, was diagnosed with food allergies to eggs and nuts three years ago.  At the time, Purim was just around the corner and it painfully dawned on me that he wasn’t going to be able to eat any of the hamantashen. Ari usually begins asking for hamantashen in September. Clearly, this was going to be difficult.

My attempts to distract him by focusing on Purim’s non-food related activities such as the costume and the carnival, ultimately failed.  After all, food is the cornerstone of every Jewish holiday and the iconic hamantash is the defining food of Purim.  I hated the fact that food allergies had so quickly dampened Ari’s joy of Purim, and I was very determined to change that.

It has been three years since that fateful day at the allergist’s office, and while there have been plenty of adjustments, mistakes, questions, and frustrations along the way, one thing is certain…Jewish holidays feel joyful again.

This recipe for Chocolate Hamantashen is my family’s favorite creation thus far.  It’s a kosher recipe thats egg, nut and dairy free, and if you have any vegan friends or relatives on your mishloach manot list…these are perfect.  For those who are faint of heart when they hear the word “tofu”, please don’t be.  These hamantashen are so filled with chocolaty goodness, honestly, you can’t even taste it…really.

If you are baking for a nut allergic individual, make sure that your ingredients (especially the chocolate) are truly nut free.  Please be aware that not all chocolate is the same.  Some people are highly sensitive to chocolate products even if they don’t contain nuts because they are made on the same product line as nut candy.  To play it safe, always check your products carefully and ask questions. If you would like to know more, check out www.foodallergy.org.

Rice Dream Semi Sweet Baking Chips, (these aren’t made in a nut free facility, but they use very good manufacturing processes to avoid contamination). They are also completely gluten free but do contain soy.  They pack a nice chocolate punch. They work better as a filling for larger hamantashen. OU Pareve.

Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips. These chips are manufactured in a nut, gluten, egg, and dairy and soy free facility.  Can’t go wrong with these and they are great for a chocolate ganache.  They melt very well and taste amazing.  They only come in mini form.

HASHAHAR H’AOLE Cocoa Parve Spread.  This is my go to for filling hamantashen.  The container specifically states that they are nut free.  Their website indicates that there are no nuts in any of their products.    Again, if you aren’t sure, ASK!  Chag Sameach.

Cocoa Powder- I use Hershey’s without any problems, but again…some people may be sensitive. Always check the labels.

 

Chocolate Hamantashen- Makes approx. 3 dozen small hamantashen

  • ½ block Soft Silken Tofu (I use Mori-nu brand)
  • 1 cup sugar (I use Florida Crystals)
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 ¾ cups flour
  • ½ cup cocoa powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder

A Word about Tofu

Tofu is very easy and versatile.  In fact, I use it in many baking recipes for various holidays. Below are a few tofu pointers.

  • It comes in different consistencies.  For this recipe, soft, silken tofu is best.  Drain the tofu for a few minutes to remove any excess water.
  • Tofu comes in a vacuum-packed box in the refrigerator section of your grocery store (usually in the produce section).
  • Cut along the dotted lines at the top and the tofu will easily slide out, just gently guide it into the strainer.
  • After draining, cut the block in half.
  • Before placing it in the food processor, cut the ½-block piece into smaller pieces to distribute it more thoroughly in the food processor.

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a food processor, blend the tofu, oil and sugar until ingredients are smooth and creamy.  Make sure to scrape down the sides in order to get all the little bits of tofu blended.
  3. Add the vanilla and blend again.
  4. In a separate bowl, sift the flour, cocoa, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Combine the liquid ingredients with the dry and mix.  You will have to switch to using your hands until it becomes dough.  The dough will be sticky.  If it is too sticky, just sprinkle with some more flour while you work it into smooth dough.
  6. Place the dough into a Ziploc bag, or wrap in saran wrap and chill in the freezer for an hour.
  7. When you are ready to roll out the dough, work with what you need and keep the rest in the freezer.  The dough softens rather quickly and is delicate so you have to keep it cold and work fast.
  8. Place the dough on a floured surface (I usually cut a gallon size Ziploc bag in half and place the dough between the two sheets with a little flour, I find that the dough doesn’t stick to the bags as much.
  9. Roll the dough to ¼-inch thickness and use a round cookie cutter to make rounds.  I actually use a small juice glass that is 2 ½ inches round.  You can make them bigger if you so desire.
  10. Fill the hamantashen with a ¼  to ½ tsp. of filling.  You can use fruit preserves, jellies, chocolate ganache, plain old chocolate chips (use mini chips for mini hamantashen because they don’t tear the dough), or my favorite…Israeli chocolate spread.
  11. Bring the sides up over the filling and press into a triangular shape. Pinch the seams closed so the filling doesn’t ooze out.
  12. Space the hamantashen out about an inch apart on your baking sheet and bake for 15-17 minutes.  Remember, if you want them crunchy like a cookie; keep them in longer than 15 minutes.  If you are a cakey hamantashen lover, then begin checking them at around 13 minutes to see how well cooked they are.
  13. Remove and cool for about 1 minute on baking tray, then transfer to a cookie rack.

 

 

 

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Lucie Levy’s Color Infused Purim Table 2012

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Lucie Levy’s Color Infused Purim Table 2012

10 Comments 03 March 2015

Thank you Lucie Levy- So glad to post this Purim table just as we are running to go listen to the Megilllah! Love your  table- such happy colors! Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

I rented an orange tablecloth and colorful napkins from B and B Party rentals. The round assorted color place mats and wine holders are from Target .  Mini shot glasses are from Closeout Connection. Turquoise vases are from Botanica Florist and my place cards are wedged on a cork screw. Happy Purim!” Lucie Levy

 

 

 

 

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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

4 Comments 03 March 2015

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)
Mishloach Manot 3, The Jewish Hostess
PILLOW TREAT BOX:
Mishloach Manot 4, The Jewish Hostess
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
Mishloach Manot 1
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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Esther Sassoon’s Zebra ‘n Stripes Purim Party Theme

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Esther Sassoon’s Zebra ‘n Stripes Purim Party Theme

1 Comment 03 March 2015

Dear Esther, Thanks for connecting all the way from Israel! Love your Purim table, and keep sharing! Marlene

“Hi Marlene, Happy Purim! Here are some pictures of my purim table. The theme this year is zebra. My kids are dressed up as zebras and we had fun with the zebra print on my table! I also made zebra printed cookies for mishloach manot for all the kids!  Have a wonderful day!”

Esther Sassoon

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10 Fresh and Fabulous Last Minute Ideas for Purim

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10 Fresh and Fabulous Last Minute Ideas for Purim

6 Comments 03 March 2015

Looking for some last minute Purim ideas for Mishloach Manot? Here are some easy ones that you can use for inspiration this Purim holiday. If you are not really sure about the meaning of mishloach manot, just click here, and then continue reading below!

1- Make a ton of  mini biscotti and pile into a small or medium mason jar. Tie  a decorative ribbon and silk flower around a bottle of  inexpensive kosher sweet wine and have your kids deliver the combo to all of your friends and neighbors.

2- Give out warm kosher hot chocolate, skewered marshmallows, pink chocolate dipped rice krispy treats that are rolled into a ball (right after cooking the mixture)in a cute Wilton Striped Cupcake Box. Very cozy!:

3- My niece Shirley who is a professional baker, was inspired by Bakerella’s cookie mix in a jar, and turned the idea into a fabulous mishloach manot. Their entire family stood in an assembly line and filled and scooped until they were done with all of their beautifully filled jars.  It really was one of the prettiest mishloach manot that I received last year. You can also find more cookie mix-in-a-jar recipes from allrecipes.com.

Download pretty instructions to attach to your cookie-mix filled jar with this PDF from Bakerella.

4-Bake orange juice cakes in mini loaf pans and send them with a mini bottle of fresh orange juice  or a mini Tropicana juice box from your local grocer. You can find fruit themed tissue paper from Bags and Bows and for a real home squeezed feel, use a crate from an empty clementine box, or a Purim basket that was stashed in a storage bin during last year’s Passover cleaning.

5- Last year my sister in-law  invited us to her annual gala Purim party with a printed potholder that held a note explaining that all the moms invited were to be united in a cooking contest. What a great way to invite the family over without not actually having to cook anything! (lol…)  Each family was given a rolled up note with what main dish or salad to bring.  The “judges” chose the winner who received a gift certificate to Kitchen Kaboodles on Avenue U in Brooklyn. All in all, it was so much fun and easy to for everyone to walk in with part of the Purim seuda.

6- Need an adorable Purim card to attatch to your mishloach manot? My very creative friend Erika Sabbagh sent in this unforgettable idea. Dress your kids up in their Purim costumes, take a pic,  print it on cardstock within a card making or a label software, print, and you are done!

7- Make an sweet treat, pile into food bags, tie with raffia or a pretty ribbon, add a bottle of  kosher grape juice, a fresh daisy, place a decorative napkin inside a disposable 
paper loaf pan and deliver!

8-Borrow some of Martha Stewart’s Valentine’s Day ideas and transform them into your Purim Jewish hostess treats!

image via martha stewart

9- Be inspired by The Kitchn’s skillet toffee and 39 other homemade gifts. It’s a mouthwatering roundup of melt in your mouth treats. Any one of these delectables would make a unique Purim gift to send. Make sure to add two different items in your package so that your  recipient can make two prayers according to the Purim custom.

10- My good friend Allison  Srour made this healthy mishloach manor: baby spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette,
and veggie burgers with tehine!

Allison also asked me to tell you about her elegant tablecloths that she has for sale for Purim. They are elegant AND washable. Contact Allison at allison7396@aol.com

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The Jewish Hostess Post Purim  Party ReCap

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The Jewish Hostess Post Purim Party ReCap

12 Comments 01 March 2015

Dear Hostesses, I want you to know that this site is meant to be about each and every one you!! Feel free to email me with your Purim and Passover recipes, holiday table ideas,tips and inspirations.

Check out Bold and Gold for Spring, the Purim Feast for a King,  the Tony Duquette Purim table roundup and Queen Esther Reigns and Entertains!

I’d like to give you some Purim table inspiration so here is my  Purim 2011 story.

It was Thursday morning when I realized that I was so busy posting articles about how everyone ELSE should be inspired for Purim, I couldn’t believe that I had no table setting,or menu plan of my own .

Here’s when a kid with a driver’s licence will come in handy.

One of my  kids  waited in the car while I ran in to Lana’s fabric on Kings Highway to buy Zebra polyester fabric -$5.99 a yard cut into 54 inch squares- cost  about $25.

I placed the 2 squares as diamonds side by side on top of my white cotton hemstitch tablecloth.

While on her way to Starbucks another of of my kids ran and bought me a pack of white paper napkins that look just like linen. $10.99.

She also bought grey luncheon napkins that we decided to fold over the white large paper napkins $4.99.

I also bought  a silver chain trim  from the fabric store to use as napkin rings. $3.99 a yard. Pretty- no?  cost about  $15.

You can use this napkin idea for your Passover seder.

(Send me pics if you come up with any cool ideas!!!!)

This is how the back of the napkin should tie:

These sterling ice coffee glasses given to us a wedding gift by Aunt Sydelle and uncle Mosie in the 80’s. About 15 years later I realized that they were still sitting in the closet needing a good polish, so I decided to turn them into vases, and I  haven’t stopped using them since! My daughter ran out and bought me the dendrobium orchids from the corner flower kiosk up the block, and I stuck these exotic masks that I ordered from from AnytimeCostumes for about $10 each into the “vases”.

So many of my goblets have broken over the years that I had to alternate clear goblets from Target with my pretty new blue goblets given to me as a Rosh Hashanah gift from my  new “consuegra”- (Syrian word for my daughter’s mother-in-law.)

Lunch was not bad if I don’t say so myself.

Since the Purim Seuda is traditionally a meat one,

We had grilled chicken with kalamata olives and tomatoes on salad,

melt in your mouth minute steak roast,

wild rice with spinach and sauteed red peppers, plain white rice (for the kids),home made za’ata challah rolls filled with sliced turkey,

(let me know if you want any recipes……)

mini lahamageen,

mini kibbe, tehine, mini baked sweet potatoes,

pareve kibbe neye,

whole wheat mazor’s dough with meat hammentashen filling,

fried chicken (for the kids), and my sister Jeanette brought chicken tacos that got wiped out. (click HERE for the recipe)

I have advice for all of you Jewish Hostesses out there- Being a Jewish Hostess doesn’t mean you have to be a super woman and  make everything yourself!!! I BOUGHT the lahamageen, kibbe, and fried chicken from Kings Highway Glatt. I called them 3 minutes in advance and the kid that was on her way HOME from Starbucks ran in and picked it up for me.

So, if you are organized and want to make it all yourself,then, great, but if you are a last minute  type like me, and if you are lucky enough to live near some kosher butchers and kosher grocery stores that sell delicious ready made kosher appetizers…..

The highlight of our day came when Gail and Andy came to say hello…..

But we really had a great laugh when the  Gail’s normally very serious dad,Ricky C. also rang our doorbell and hung out for dessert.

How was your day?

Comment below and if you liked this post then click “like” up on top!

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Marlene M.

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A Kid’s Dream! An Edible Purim Candy Encrusted Maypole by Raquel Dabah

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A Kid’s Dream! An Edible Purim Candy Encrusted Maypole by Raquel Dabah

3 Comments 01 March 2015

enjoy this re-post from the Dabah Purim Party  2012!

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Ok, I’m literally speechless as I post this spectacular Purim fantasy. I’m sure that every kid on the block will wish that Raquel Dabah was their grandma when she unveils this candy encrusted maypole on Purim Day.  This is also a great kid’s party or bridal shower idea. Raquel, you are amazing!!! Thank you for inspiring all of us!  Happy Purim!

Marlene

P.S. Obviously creativity is all in the family- Raquel’s daughter Joyce is well known for her home decorating talents. Check out her website HERE.

P.P.S. Attention Hostesses- Please share your Mishloach Manot pics and Purim Seuda pics with all of us! Send to my photos(at)thejewishhostess.com.

 

“Hi Marlene,

Every year on Purim, my mom dresses up, and my dad also wears a matching costume. My mom goes all out and invites everyone on the street to hear the Megillah and later have brunch at her home.  She always creates  a unique intricate theme. This year was the first time she singlehandedly created this maypole. It has stone encrusted ice cream cones, and packages of candy hanging from ribbons held together with baby hair clips, there are cellophane bags for the kids to come in and fill there bags with crunchie bars, marshmallows sour sticks, jellybeans, gumdrops, lollipops and more. She bags her own Hamatashen, sambusak, cheese cake and more.  It’s beautiful and delicious!”

Joyce Silverman

 

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Which Purim Mishloach Manot Theme is Your Favorite?

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Which Purim Mishloach Manot Theme is Your Favorite?

55 Comments 01 March 2015

 

Dear Hostesses, help us vote for the winner of the fabulous New York Times Passover Cookbook.

Winner with the most votes for Mishloach Manot or Purim table wins

this New York Times Passover Cookbook! A necessity on Passover!

Scroll down and comment below with your favorite!

No matter who wins this Passover Cookbook, I’d like to thank all of my hostesses for reading and submitting. This is just a great way for all of us to connect and share inspiration for our Jewish Holiday gatherings. Thanks again! Marlene

The New York Times Passover Cookbook : More Than 200 Holiday Recipes from Top Chefs and Writers

1-Thank you Tammy Parker- Your sushi looks so authentic! Love your Mishloach Manot idea!

“Rice Krispies, Sour Sticks, Nibs, Fruit by the Foot, marshmallows and gummy candies for the sushi, thinly sliced pink jelly beans for the ginger, green tinted fondant for wasabi, and chocolate “soya” sauce. Packed in authentic sushi containers, with chopsticks.” Tammy Parker

 2-Another great Mishloach Manot idea by Tammy Parker!

“Corn on the cob cupcakes in corn holder, hot dog cookie in hot dog holder (with chocolate hamantach), watermelon plate, checkered “tablecloth” napkin and a juice box in a cardboard bakery box with a handle on top for easy transport” Tammy Parker

3-Thank You Anna Herz!- “Hi Marlene, This is how we do it in Great Neck, NY! My husband and I keep kosher – so this tastes (according to our non Jewish friends ) just like pork prosciutto. We cure it ourselves. Tastes like bacon when dried but not smokey.”

4- “My mishloach manot is a humble but practical package that includes pasta sauce, pasta and Halutza olive oil. The oil is produced in Israel and it is available from israeliproducts.com“. Miriam Kairey

5- “Hi Marlene, Just wanted to share what I did for mishloach manot this year. I opted for something simple yet elegant.  I used mason jars and layered hot cocoa mix, chocolate chips, marshmallows, and Oreo cookies.  I covered the jars with fabric and suede cord, made simple instructions which I secured under the lid, printed some labels, and Voila! Hot cocoa in a jar!! Thanks, Dalia Dabah “

6- “Hi Marlene! This year I worked from the bottom up – Started off with a miniature wok, added mixed vegetable sushi with spicy mayo on the side, malt bear in coordinating colors, green tea, a mandarin orange, and a fortune cookie. I finished it off with chop sticks and a poem tying my theme all together! Happy Purim!! From Ilene S.”

 

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7- “This was my friend Marjorie Eida’s idea. I bought the olive oil holder, jar, and cheese holder form Amazing Savings. There’s also a little chefs knife if you can see the handle in the pic. The olive oil was infused with garlic and rosemary, and herbs. In the little glass jars are 2 different kinds of olives, black olive tapenade and a sun dried tomato jam. I put a fresh mozzarella ball and garlic chive cheese. Roasted spiced nuts,  and homemade zaatar chips.” Laura Cohen

8- “My name is Randi, and I am writing to you from Johannesburg, South Africa.
This is a much better picture, we made all different faces and pictures on the flowers, with edible markers and edible glitter. We made regular chocolate cup cakes and used green laffy taffy (called fizzers here)
My 10 year old daughter, Aliza  wrote a poem to go with it.

On the day of purim so long ago
Haman was hung on the gallows
Venahafochu, Mordechai did stay alive,
And all the Jews did survive.
A few days before,
Queen Esther made a law,
All Jews would fast, in order that the Jewish Nation would last.
Flowers are a symbol of happiness and life,
May the Jewish People know no more strife.”

9- “Hi Marlene,
Here’s my mishloach manot.I made the 2-tiered servers by gluing candlesticks to plates and bowls with
epoxy, spray painting the bottoms with silver paint (priming first), then gluing them together.
In the top bowl are meringues (I’m obsessed with them…the best guilt-free
dessert…I have them perfected so they are crispy on the outside and chewy
on the inside). On the bottom are vanilla and strawberry macarons with pareve cream cheese
buttercream (heaven! These little things live up to all the macaron hype).
Those mini cupcake holders are from The Peppermill.
The little almond cakes have marzipan in the recipe (really delicious), and
are covered with homemade marshmallow fondant. The flowers on top were made
with gum paste and white, silver, and pink edible pearls.
I developed and perfected all the recipes myself.
Everything was pink and white. The finished product was wrapped in
cellophane and tied with white grosgrain ribbon with silver dots. It looked
like a $100 but each one cost less than $5! “Victoria Dwek

10. By Stephanie Gammal- Cotton Candy Mishloach Manot Ice Cream Sundae- YUM!

11- Esther Sassoon’s Zebra ‘n Stripes Purim Seuda (click on the link to see)

12- Cowboy Themed Purim Seuda by Kim Tawil (click on the link to see)

13- Lucie Levy’s Color Infused Seuda (click on the link to see)

14- Raquel Dabah’s Candy Encrusted Maypole (click on the link to see)

15- Allegra’s Safari Seuda- (click on the link to see)

16- Estee Stern’s DIY Purim mask and Fudge sampler! YUM! CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE.

 

17- Sara Kasten’s Freilechen Purim-

18-Jeanette Cohen’s Olive Garden- Baguette, Grape Juice, and olives by Jeanette Cohen!

 

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Whole Wheat Meat Hammentashen Empanadas for Your Purim Menu

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Whole Wheat Meat Hammentashen Empanadas for Your Purim Menu

8 Comments 01 March 2015

 

Last year, as I was racking my brains for a new  Purim menu idea,  I decided  to take the easy way out and re-create my standard empanada recipe. In a pinch, I transformed it into a meat version of a Hammentashen. Usually I fold this empanada meat mixture into a wonton skin, and in the olden days (when I was young and skinny) I used to individually deep fry them as a special treat on Sukkot. Later on in life I got a great tip from my older sister, and I sprayed the meat filled-wonton skins with Pam (see*note below) and baked them till they were crunchy. For a last minute Purim appetizer, I decided to use the same delicious meat mixture and bake  it as a hammentashen. Here’s how I did it:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 lb chop meat
  • 1/2 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 2 tsp white vinegar (the vinegar tenderizes the meat)
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 1 can tomato sauce
  • 10-20 stuffed green olives, sliced
  • 1/4 cup of sesame seeds
    1. Saute onions, pepper, garlic in oil adding garlic last.
    2. Mix in meat, oregano, tomato sauce, white vinegar and sauté all ingredients till meat is brown, making sure to chop the meat with a fork as it is cooking.
    3. Add sliced olives and mix with a fork.
    4. Place 1/4 cup of sesame seeds into a bowl.
    5. Take a whole wheat Mazor pizza dough and press into sesame seeds.
    6. Place pizza dough on a flat dish and mound 2-3 tablespoons of meat inside.
    7. Fold up and pinch all three edges as you would fold your hammetashen to form a triangle. You may freeze these meat hammentashen at this point.
    8. Bake at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes or until bottom of hammentash is lightly brown.
    9. Serve and enjoy!
    10. *P.S. I really wouldn’t recommend spraying Pam on my food anymore. This misto Olive Oil spray is much healthier and a cleaner way of adding some spritz to your baking and cooking.

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Have A Wild Purim Party With the Mamiyes!

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Have A Wild Purim Party With the Mamiyes!

13 Comments 01 March 2015

 

 

 

 

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Enjoy this re-post from 2012….

 

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Dear Hostesses, I know that your are all thinking that I am the one responsible for this magnificent jungle themed table, but no, I must admit- all of the credit goes to my official partner in crime, my sister in law A……Mamiye. About two weeks ago, she graciously invited my family over for a Purim Party Seudah, and thrilled to be let off the hook, I quickly accepted.

A….. always puts extra effort into her Purim Party theme and  literally involves every member of her family into the fun of the holiday. One year she came to my door dressed as the wicked witch, with themed mishloach manot in hand, and each kid (plus my brother in law) was in tow as another member of the Wizard of Oz family. (I was told  that if I posted the pictures, I would be excommunicated). Another fun year she made us all dress up in 80’s garb and I had a great time exhuming my old favorite lime neon green shoulder padded short jacket (the matching mini-mini skirt wouldn’t zip), and I blew off the dust from my beloved 3 inch hanging gem encrusted  gold costume earrings (why I still have all that stuff, I do not know). I PUFFED up my hair, and tried to replicate my  Stagelight blue eyeshadow (who remembers Blue Roses sticky lip gloss?). ( If this era applies to you,  click here and reminisce with fads from the 80’s). Anyways, Allegra treated us all to a whole 80’s experience that Purim holiday, including an entire homage to Rick Springfield and his music. (ahem).

 Fast forward to Purim 2012- Knowing that we would have to spotlight this holiday table on The Jewish Hostess, we quickly began to brainstorm.  An adventurous sarfari theme came to mind and we got to work. Digging into both of  our  storage closets, we dug up anything and everything that was wood, orange, green, exotic, and bright. Within three minutes my niece was at my door ready to pick up my tropical finds.

A….. went to work on the computer and in her own words “‎​Got the bandana’napkins’ and the hanging balls and animal print bags from Oriental Trading. Dirt cheap. Got the ‘bambu’ disposable plates from Paper goods. All the rest is yours and my stuff dug up from the archives!”

A….. spent the next two days singlehandedly setting up her table, and  so excited with how it was coming out, she called me at midnight to come check it out. 

Twenty years ago A….. and I used to dream of running to Bergdorfs, but now all we were thinking of was when we could find a minute to run to the flower market for some brights  that would polish off the table. We finally got there yesterday, parked illegally and within 10 minutes we had acquired a bunch of beautiful vines, leaves, and exotics, plus, of course, a parking ticket.

I ran to the fruit store (this was the one day of the year that Ouri’s didn’t have baby bananas!) and I grabbed some mangoes, kiwis, oranges, and pineapple, brought it to her house dumped them into our wood bowls, and within three minutes we were ready for photographer Gary Zindel to snap some photos.

Check it out A……’s Purim party efforts below and enjoy! Happy Purim! Marlene

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Estee Stern’s Purim Mask DIY and Decadent Fudge Sampler Mishloach Manot

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Estee Stern’s Purim Mask DIY and Decadent Fudge Sampler Mishloach Manot

1 Comment 01 March 2015

Purim 2011 re-post
Attention Hostesses! Save these pics for Purim party inspiration! Perfect fudge ideas for a dessert bar! Enjoy- I can almost smell the chocolate coming through my computer screen…..Marlene
“Hi Marlene! My name is Estee and I love your site! It is so inspiring to see all the wonderful ideas other women come up with using their talents to enhance their yom tov and everyday.
I am attaching a picture of our Mishloach Manos this year. It is a fudge sampler, with Cookies N’ Cream, Mint, Coffee Pecan and Peanut
Butter Fudge along with a chocolate gragger lollipop from our local candy store.
I am also attaching a picture of masks I made for centerpieces for our seudah. I traced a mask shape out of poster board and using a glue gun attached flower petals (from dollar store flowers) to the masks and outlined the eyes with sequins. I found wooden sticks at Walmart and painted them black and attached them to back side of the masks and covered the back in pretty coordinating paper.
Looking forward to some amazing Pesach table inspiration!”
Estee Stern

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