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Rosh Hashanah  Cubed Fruit Salad with Pomegranate and Crystalized Sugar

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Rosh Hashanah Cubed Fruit Salad with Pomegranate and Crystalized Sugar

2 Comments 22 August 2012

please “Like” this post! This is an elegant and  easy fruit salad idea that my talented and creative friend  Joanie Mann incorporated into a family party menu a while ago.  Cubed mango, pomegranate, and blueberries will be a tropical hit on your Rosh Hashanah dessert menu!

  1. Take 3 – 10 mango , depending on the amount of company you are having, and cut into fine cubes.
  2. Mix with 1-2 cups of pomegranate seeds.
  3. Add blueberries
  4. Turn martini glass edges into a bowl of water and dip to wet about 1/2 inch of the edge.
  5. Dip into coarse crystalized sugar. We used clear, but in comes in many colors.(We found crystalized sugar in Pomegranate Supermarket in Brooklyn.)
  6. Fill with cubed fruit. Serve on a linen napkin lined tray.
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Sukkah by the Sea

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Sukkah by the Sea

No Comments 19 July 2012

Last year, our Sukkah experience was extra special dining in Hymie and Liza’s Spanish style beachside home in New Jersey . Wood sukkah poles were  embellished with magnolia branches from the flower district in Manhattan. Baby pumpkin and squash,  fastened by mini hooks, were hung by thin rope from the bamboo “sechach.”  A huge thanks to our special cousins for a delicious and unforgettable Sukkot lunch!

Share your Sukkah pics!  Send to marlene@thejewishhosess.com

 

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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Announcing The Winners of the  Shavuot 2011 Table Contest!

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Announcing The Winners of the Shavuot 2011 Table Contest!

1 Comment 19 February 2012

Announcing the winners of our 2011 Shavuot Table Contest!

Winner for FIRST PRIZE wins $200. gift certificate to PARCI PARLA!

This a just one of Parci Parla’s gorgeous table settings! Parci Parla has tons of gift and table ware for your home! Email Irene for more info!

SECOND PRIZE - $100 to Josh and Co. Florist

THIRD PRIZE -$75 to Josh and Co.

 

Winner #1 with the most Facebook likes, comments, and emailed votes sent in to me is Karen Tawil! Check out her beautiful tables HERE!!!


Winner #2 with the most Facebook likes, comments, emailed votes sent in to me AND most inspiring Holocaust survival story is Felicia Bryn, from Sunny Isles Florida. Check out Mrs. Bryn’s table settingHERE.


Winner #3 with the most Facebook likes, comments, emailed votes sent in to me is Lorene Sasson! Lorene’s two table top displays were a big hit! Click HERE to check it out!

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Linda and Emile Haddad, Susan Lerner, Aunt Linda Betesh, Claudia Bldirici, Rachel Dweck,  and Allison Srour for sharing your GORGEOUS holiday tables with us!!!!

Click on each of their names above to see their beautiful Shavuot tables!

To check out ALL of the magnificent tables shared by our Jewish Hostesses please click HERE ! You are all such an inspiration to me and thousands of Jewish women all over the world! Marlene

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4 Gorgeous Fruit-Filled DIY Tu B’ishvat Centerpieces

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4 Gorgeous Fruit-Filled DIY Tu B’ishvat Centerpieces

2 Comments 27 December 2011

Enjoy this re-post from our creative Jewish Hostess Lillian Shomer! Don’t let Tu B’ishvat get swept by the wayside. This meaningful Jewish holiday celebrates the continual re-birth of the miraculous trees, flowers and exotic fruits  that we tend to take for granted. Add some Tu Bishvat fruit ‘n florals to your holiday week! Marlene M.
P.S.Tu Bishvat, The 15 0f Shevat 2013 begins in the evening of

Friday, January 25

and ends in the evening of

Saturday, January 26
We’re getting rid of your traditional bowl of fruit and flower arrangement this holiday. Actually, we’re combining them!
Yes, It’s hard to believe that Tu b’shvat is just around the corner in this bone chilling weather. The holiday of new blooms and fruit is probably more applicable in Israel rather than New York. But, we can always pretend, right? The answer is yes. So I decided to bring this holiday to our tables in a rather unusual way. I came up with something modern, easy to do, and best of all, affordable!
Floral spheres are a great way to update your Tu b’shvat table. To incorporate the holiday we used some of the 7 species in our arrangements and color coordinated them with the flowers. (i.e., pomegranates with red flowers, grapes with purple flowers). I always find that if you use one type of flower in an arrangement it just has a more expensive feel to it. I don’t suggest mixing too many kinds of flowers, but if you’re planning on doing so, try to stay in the same color family.
What you will need:
  • A vase – I got these gorgeous mirror vases in the flower market in New York. It was the great deal at only $6.00 a piece.

$6 Dollars!

  • Floral foam ball – I also got these in the flower market, (they have everything you need) but you can get them online at www.oasisfloral.com
  • Flowers – You guessed it, the flower market. They have great deals and always a great selection. I suggest you choose carnations as they are inexpensive and give a nice clean surface to your arrangement. I used them in my red “pomegranate” arrangement. Spider mums, hydrangeas or any other large flower will also look great and save you a lot of tedious work. If you opt for a small flower on a short stem, make sure you have a lot of time on your hands.
  • Fruit – We used three of the seven species for our table–Dates, pomegranates, and grapes. Apricots are not of the seven species, but it’s traditional to eat dried fruit on Tu b’shvat. And let’s face it, it adds a lot of color! You can get most of these in your local market. The only seasonal fruit are pomegranates.

  • Wood BBQ sticks
Directions:
1. Soak the floral foam in water. This will help keep your flowers fresh.
2. Take your flower of choice and cut the stems leaving about 1.5″ of the stem still in tact.
3. Put the foam in the vase and start sticking the flower stems in the foam! I suggest working the flowers in lines wither horizontally or vertically. This will give your centerpiece a clean and neat look.
4. Once you’ve covered the sphere with flowers, simply pierce a piece of fruit with the bbq stick on one end, and place the other end in the floral foam. continue doing this until you’ve reached your desired amount of fruit per centerpiece. In case you’re wondering, this is the holiday aspect of the arrangement!
It’s that simple.
How cute? An easy way to bring pizzazz back to your tu bishvat table.
So, when the weather outside is frightful, floral spheres make for a fun project that will bring spring into your home, and will certainly make for an interesting Tu b’ishvat dinner conversation! The great thing about this arrangement is that you can make it all year round with any flower. Be creative and have fun with it.
Special thanks to Silver Spoons on Avenue U in Brooklyn for the use of their magnificent table accessories!
Happy Holiday!
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10 Jewish Women Bloggers and Kosher Recipe Blogs That You Should Follow:

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10 Jewish Women Bloggers and Kosher Recipe Blogs That You Should Follow:

3 Comments 17 December 2011

 

 

 

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

 

Dear Hostesses,

Check out these  fabulous Jewish Blogging women who work very hard to bring us Jewish holiday highlights, decor and kosher recipes from all over the world. Here’s a roundup of some of them!

1- The Jewish Hostess- The Jewish Hostess is a place for all Jewish Women to be inspired by one another. My special love is displaying gorgeous pictures of Jewish Holiday Table Settings and parties  that women send me from all over the world.  Of course, gourmet kosher recipes are also a huge part of our  holiday meals and you can find tons of ideas for holiday and weeknight menus on The Jewish Hostess, many with a Sephardic and middle eastern flair!

 

2- Learn how to make garlic knots out of challah dough! Great to use these soft  challah knots for sandwiches on Shabbat!

Click on the video below from the famous kosher cook Jamie Geller from Joy of Kosher.

garlic-knot-thumb challah dough

 

3-Kosher Shopaholic- Friday night chicken soup recipe and dreidel shaped noodles! YUM!

On Kosher Shopaholic you will also find regular sales and deals, coupons, money savings tips, and reviews of products that interest the Jewish consumer.

 

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4- For more great holiday deals,  coupon, freebie, or money-saving
idea,
visit my Yeshivah of Flatbush elementary school classmate, Susan Ehrenfeld Sharf over at Daily Cheapskate. She scouts the web for deals like this Barnes and Nobles 30% discount ! Who doesn’t love a good deal???

 

 

 


Print your coupon for 30% off one item, in-store, at Barnes and Noble.  Good until 12/24/11.

And don’t forget about the $10 off $20 coupon for toys and games at Barnes and Noble.

5- Check out Esti Berkowitz’s blog at Prime Time Parenting for the latest deals on gourmet kosher products and products for  growing Jewish families. Esti has been connected with brands and bloggers from around the world since 2008!

6- Get some GREAT kosher recipes from The Kosher Blogger Margo Sugarman who lives in Israel. Try her lowfat, low carb latkes all year round!

 7-I’ve got to try to make this EDIBLE MENORAH! HOW PEFECT IS THIS HANUKKA IDEA ??

From my friends at COOK KOSHER.com

8- Check out this crafty no-mess DIY post by Creative Jewish Mom over in Israel. Your kids can learn how to make their own crayon resist

Hanukkah wrapping paper! Gorgeous and so personal!

Crayon resist gift packaging+tags

9- Learn how to make Skirt Steak Diablo with Zahava from Kosher Camembert.  Zahava has been featured in Saveur, PhotoGrazing, Food Gawker, and Tastespotting.

 

11-WAIT!!  I have five more great blogs!! Busy in Brooklyn should keep you clicking!.  Check out this Hanukkah snow globe!

12- Please visit  The Kosher Foodies.  You will love their healthy recipe for Lentil and Brown Rice Burgers!!!!!!

 

13- Fashion- Isha has the chicest picks of fashion and style for every Jewish woman. Enjoy!!!!

 

 

 

14- Koshereye has all the latest info on all of the top kosher products on the market. Check them out!

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Gold is Here to Stay for Your Holiday Table Top!!!

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Gold is Here to Stay for Your Holiday Table Top!!!

4 Comments 09 December 2011

 

Thanks Karen Tawil for sharing  your GOLD table setting for your holiday table! 

I’ve been getting tired of the same old  silver, and I’m so ready for for some matte and polished GOLD  inspiration! Marlene

“Hi Marlene, I’m loving all the brushed gold that I’ve been seeing, so I got in the mood to set my table using gold accessories,which I haven’t used in a while. My house is contemporary so a lot of my old things are too traditional. I updated with a few new items, and as they say, “mix the old with the new”.

By the way the tablecloths are all custom sizes which my daughter Rachel is selling. I have two square tables and she got me gorgeous 90 by 90 squares which I have a hard time finding in a store. So to all the Jewish Hostesses, bring  out  your gold table decor, because  “Gold is Back”!!! Karen T :-)”

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Its Time to Vote for The Hanukka Table That You Love The Most!

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Its Time to Vote for The Hanukka Table That You Love The Most!

74 Comments 07 December 2011

Enjoy these Hanukkah tables from Dec 2011!

ANNOUNCING THE WINNER WIHH MOST VOTES!!! RAQUEL FALLAS!!!! #2!

The treasure trove of  Hanukka tables sent in by our amazing Jewish Hostesses are SO unique and display the wonderful energy and passion that was  put into their holiday atmosphere. I’v e become obsessed with each holiday table scape  and I’m amazed at  how each fabulous hostess reinvented the traditional Hanukka holiday table. The Jewish Hostess is all about each and every one of us and how we can all be inspired from one another!

Thanks so much to Lorraine Kasavi, Raquel Ralack, Paula BenZaken, Kim Dabah, Raquel Habert, Lori Mizrahi, Esther Sasson, Lorene Sasson, Sarah Nuseiri, Sheila Gindi, Yvette Kassin, Michelle Dayan, Rochelle Cohen,Victoria Arnold,Doris Dweck, Barbara Franco, and Vicky Cohen for taking the time to photograph and share your  special holiday with The Jewish Hostess readers.

Let your imagination run free with all of these table setting ideas. There are no rules when it comes to tweaking your own theme for your table top. Make your own brand new table statement by reinventing your old color combinations. Adding new textures such as lucite, glass, gorgeous soft flowers, feathers, and fabrics are all possibilities for new table inspirations from the Jewish Hostess Hanukka pics on this site. Enjoy and bookmark these pages!

Please COMMENT BELOW with your favorite and most creative tablescape.

Although I LOVE THEM ALL only one lady can win this  FREE copy of Kosher Elegance by Efrat Libfroind- A $39 value.!

 WHICH TABLE  BELOW INSPIRED YOU MOST OF ALL?

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4- Kim Dabah’s Fabulous Hanukka Dessert Table:

5- HAPPY HANUKA BY RAQUEL HABERT!

6- Lori Mizrachi’s Sparkly Hanukka Table:

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7: Two Beautiful Hanukka Tables from Esther Sassoon in Israel:

8: What a Hanukka Table! By Lorene Sasson

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9: Sarah Nuseiri’s Decadent Hanukka Table:

10: Sheila Gindi’s Impressive Hanukka Table!:

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11: Easy and Elegant by Yvette Kassin:

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12: Michelle Dayan-My First Hanukka Party:

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13- Rochelle Cohen’s Sparkly Hanukka Table Setting!

14- Victoria Arnold’s beautiful and Meaningful Hanukka Table:

15-Party Planner Doris Dweck’s Impressive Turquoise and Gold Hanukka Table:

16- Hanukka 2011 with the Cohens! by Vicky Cohen:

17- Barbara Franco-Modern Gold ‘n Bold on Hanukka!

 

 CLICK HERE FOR MORE LINKS TO YOUR FAVORITE HANUKKA TABLES!! 

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Rachelle Cohen’s Sparkly Hanukkah Table

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Rachelle Cohen’s Sparkly Hanukkah Table

3 Comments 01 October 2011

Thank you Rachelle, for sending in your beautiful Hanukkah table photos!!!  I love all of the holiday sparkle and gorgeous flowers!! Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

I used my silver tablecloth blue napkins under a mirrored placemat. I bought lucite napkin rings that have a little hole for water and a flower from Parci Parla in Brooklyn, NY.. Then I used those sparkley dreidles as name card holders, and hung some from chandelier. I placed white orchids in the vase and real flowers in the napkin ring. I purchased all the candlesticks and candles from Ikea. After the whole hanukka table was set,  I threw  blue shiny sprinkles all over the table. Got a lot of ideas from your site ! Came out gorgeous. Thank u!!!!! ” Rachelle Cohen

 

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Stuffed Eggplant Skins Roasted with Chicken and Eggplant Slices

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Stuffed Eggplant Skins Roasted with Chicken and Eggplant Slices

2 Comments 06 September 2011

This recipe for Syrian stuffed eggplant skins, chicken, and eggplant is a favorite of mine, and there is never a piece of eggplant or chicken left in the tin by the Monday night after Shabbat.  Its perfect for a large crowd because you can fit so many chicken pieces,specha,and baked eggplant slices in one large roasting pan. Just by looking at these pictures I can really almost smell the succulent eggplant roasting with the spiced chicken!!! I’m really not kidding!!
I’m sure that many Syrian Jewish housewives have their own technique for making this Shabbat dish. Please comment below if you have a different variation!
Ingredients:
  • 3 packs of dried eggplant skins available at most Syrian markets here in Brooklyn, NY.
Ingredients for this kosher recipe:
  • 2 lbs of chop meat. mixed with allspice, cinnamon, salt, 2/3 cup arborio rice, and 1/2 cup water.
  • 2 packs of chicken cut into 8 or 10. (The chicken tastes better with the skin on but honestly, I hate cleaning chickens so I tell the butcher to remove the skin for me.)
  • 2 eggplants sliced (white eggplants are sweeter)
Open up the little packs of dried eggplant and place in a pot with water. Boil 2-3 minutes to soften.
Make the hashu (filling) mixture above: 2 pounds lean chop meat mixed with 2/3 cup of arborio rice, mixed with a small palmful each of allspice, salt, and cinnamon. Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of water and mix very, very well. (I use kitchen gloves)
Stuff each eggplant pocket with the hashu filling.If you have extra meat you can make “hashu balls” into torpedo shapes and freeze for a later date to throw into any chicken or “peas and hashu” recipe.
  1. Place sliced eggplants on a parchment lined sheet pan and brush lightly with safflower oil.
  2. Bake for 25 minutes until similar to the picture above.
  3. Pour oil  0nto bottom of  a large roaster to coat.
  4. Place chicken pieces into pan.
  5. Sprinkle some garlic salt, salt, paprika, and allspice on top of chicken.
  6. Layer with eggplant slices.
  7. Top with stuffed specha (dried eggplant skins). You can place some more eggplant slices on top of  specha.
  8. Drizzle with more safflower oil.
  9. Drizzle about 3/4 cup of water around edge of ingredients in the roaster to ensure it doesnt dry out. If you are using chicken without skin, then add some extra water.
  10. Bake at 350 degrees for A VERY LONG TIME!. (about 3-4 hours maybe more!) Keep checking until chicken is roasted and the specha is nice and dried and eggplant is melted over the chicken. If it seems watery, you may uncover and roast for an extra half hour. Enjoy and let me know how your chicken with specha comes out!!!

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Prime Rib Roast with a Mustard-Herb Crust

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Prime Rib Roast with a Mustard-Herb Crust

1 Comment 04 September 2011

This  recipe was a proven winner from our archives!

Ingredients:

1 (6-7 lbs) rib roast

4 large garlic cloves, chopped

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup fresh rosemary, chopped

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

3 Tablespoons dijon mustard

3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Place roast bone side down in roaster.

Mash garlic and salt together, and then stir in all other ingredients.

Smear the mixture over the meaty part of the roast (not the bones).

Place in oven and roast for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 for 1 hour and 15 minutes (10 minutes more for medium).

Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes. Carve with meaty side down. Expect two sliced from each rib- one with bone and one without.

Recipe courtesy of Prime Cut Butcher,431 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223;

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My Summery Lavender and Blues Shabbat Table

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My Summery Lavender and Blues Shabbat Table

8 Comments 14 August 2011

Please “LIKE” my SHABBAT TABLE! 

First of all, I would like to thank all of my Jewish Hostesses for sending in their beautiful summery Shabbat table pics for our “Summery Shabbat Table Contest”.

I also knew that if I didn’t post my own Summery Shabbat table pics pretty soon then I would probably get officially fired as “The Jewish Hostess” by all of my wonderful readers, so here goes:

I decided to see if I could mix all of the  purple, lavender and blue tabletop items in my house,and see if I could whip up a “Summery Shabbat” table for my family to enjoy.
On Tuesday I was lucky enough to receive a gorgeous bouquet of hydrangeas and roses from a friend(by Sheila Bibi Fine Flowers).  The flowers were still so pretty and alive by Friday morning, I decided to separate them and divide them up into short blue juice glasses that I’ve had forever.

I placed them on gold leaf trays that I bought last summer from One Kings Lane.The blue flower candle holders are also from One Kings Lane.

I always find great table top treasures from that site when I don’t have time to shop around in the stores. I placed tea lights in blue glass votive that I found in Pier One imports about 10 years ago.

Atop the mauve laquered dining room table( that one belonged to my parents), I placed three cool tablecloths that were also purchased from One Kings Lane.

(They were originally labeled as towels, so I bought them thinking they were cool as kitchen towels. When they came in HUGE I decided to use them as tablecloths instead of returning them.)

In the center of the table below I placed some flowers atop a gold sprayed mosaic tray that my daughter made in summer camp a couple of years ago.

 

Note the artwork by Irene Mamiye in the background above.

 

My homemade napkin rings top off each plain white Pottery Barn Caterer’s plate below. 

 HERE’S HOW to make THESE pretty floral napkin rings yourself.

 

 

Purple glass goblets and place mats (above) purchased last summer.
Shabbat Challah cover below purchased in Israel made by children with special needs.

Crate and Barrel buffet platters below:

Colorful glass shot glasses by Surrey Lane in Deal, N.J.

Phew!!!! All done! Shabbat  Shalom!!!

Love, Marlene

 HERE’S HOW to make THESE pretty floral napkin rings yourself.

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Two Glamourous Shabbat Table Settings from Brooklyn, N.Y.

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Two Glamourous Shabbat Table Settings from Brooklyn, N.Y.

2 Comments 07 August 2011

One of my favorite neighbors (who wishes to remain anonymous) amazingly transforms her Shabbat table with renewed style each week. Details such as linen napkins and place card holders are  never displayed in the same spot. Her napkins are always folded differently, and candles and flowers are  a weekly surprise.

Enjoy the pics below- and see if you can pick out the details an differences in these two glamourous tables!!

If you are enjoying The Jewish Hostess- please forward to your friends all over the world! Lets unite through our holiday table pics!!!! Thanks so much! Marlene 


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Easy Grilled Zaatar Chicken

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Easy Grilled Zaatar Chicken

5 Comments 20 July 2011

I made this simple dish on Friday night. The fresh mediterranean flavor  was an instant hit.

Recipe from Joy of Kosher

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 Tsp. salt
  • 1 Tsp. pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Za”atar
  • 2 whole chickens, cut up into 1/4s

Directions

1  Combine marinade ingredients and pour over the chicken in a large ziploc bag. Swish it around a bit so the pieces are fully saturated. Let the chicken marinate in the fridge for at least 3 hours or longer. (Let it go overnight for maximum flavor.)

2 Lay the chicken on a HOT grill, skin side down, for 15 minutes. Turn over and grill for an additional 10 minutes. Remove to a serving platter and let it rest for 5 minutes before serving.

In the winter months these GRILL PANS are a great  alternative to chilly outdoor cooking :

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Grilled Pineapple with Ice Cream and Butter Rum Sauce

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Grilled Pineapple with Ice Cream and Butter Rum Sauce

No Comments 20 July 2011

This is a gorgeous dessert for holidays or  even after a special weeknight dinner. I wouldn’t have believed how easy it was if I didn’t watch this video.

Quick Instructions:

  1. Core and slice pineapple so that each slice has a hole.
  2. Spray grill pan with butter flavor Pam and heat till a drop of water sizzles in top of grill pan.
  3. Grill slices on both sides for several minutes till grill marks appear.

Make butter rum sauce:

  1. 2 tsp unsalted butter melted in a pan
  2. 1/4 cup of brown sugar
  3. stir in 1/4 cup rum
  4. stir all ingredients on low heat till smooth
  5. pour over ice cream that has been scooped on top of each pineapple slice.
  6. If you are reading this post from a Blackberry , get on over to a computer  and watch the video before the ice cream melts!

For ice cream that’s Vegan , kosher , organic , dairy free , gluten free , wheat free  and yeast free, try Luna and Larry’s organic Almond Fudge or Coconut Ice cream at Omni Health on Avenue U in Brooklyn. Check out their WEBSITE for healthy  ingredients, vitamins, supplements, wheat and gluten free products, as well as organic groceries and produce.

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5 Comments 19 June 2011

Thank you Susan for sharing your Shabbat and Shavuot table settings with us! Your hot pink peonies and  pops of color make me very happy!!  The subtle hints of green that peek through your vases add another shade of color into the mix. Pier One placemats are the perfect base for your centerpieces! Keep sending your pics!!! Thanks again- Marlene

“Hi Marlene!
Just a note to tell you that I love your website. My name is Susan Lerner and I live in Jamaica Estates, NY. I am very good friends with Vered Shamosh and she is the one who told me about your beautiful website. Thought I would share some pictures of my Shavuot and  Shabbat tables. Great finds all from Pier One and Homegoods!!!
All the best and continued success,
Shabbat Shalom,
Susan”

 

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