Thank you Rina Kassab for this delicious Shavuot dairy dessert!
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!
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.”
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
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.
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
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
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!”
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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!
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 email@example.com
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.
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 kibbe, tehine, mini baked sweet potatoes,
pareve kibbe neye,
whole wheat mazor’s dough with meat hammentashen filling,
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?
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enjoy this re-post from the Dabah Purim Party 2012!
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!
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.
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!”
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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
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.”
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.
18-Jeanette Cohen’s Olive Garden- Baguette, Grape Juice, and olives by Jeanette Cohen!
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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:
Enjoy this re-post from 2012….
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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