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Easy Shabbat Ice Cream Bombe Dessert

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Easy Shabbat Ice Cream Bombe Dessert

1 Comment 15 December 2012

We found this new recipe in
Desserts 4 Today-Desserts 4 Today: Flavorful Desserts with Just Four Ingredients
Great for the second round of Sukkot !   This recipe is a no brainer.
  • 2 pints raspberry sorbet
  • 1 pint strawberry ice cream (can be pareve)
  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream (can be pareve)
  • 2 packages (10 oz. each) frozen strawberries in syrup, thawed
  1. Lightly grease a 2-quart round bowl or a Kitchen Aid bowl with cooking spray. Line with 2 long pieces of plastic wrap, letting the excess hang over the sides. Arrange the bowl in the freezer, making sure it’s level and secure.
  2. Remove the raspberry sorbet from the freezer and let soften at room temperature until just barely spreadable. Remove the bowl from the freezer. Using a rubber spatula, spread the sorbet in an even layer in the bottom of the bowl. Return the bowl to the freezer.
  3. Remove the strawberry ice cream from the freezer and let soften at room temperature until just barely spreadable. Remove the bowl from the freezer. Using a rubber spatula, spread the ice cream in an even layer over the firm raspberry sorbet. Return the bowl to the freezer.
  4. Remove the vanilla ice cream from the freezer and let soften at room temperature until just barely spreadable. Remove the bowl from the freezer. Using a rubber spatula, spread the vanilla ice cream over the strawberry ice cream. Cover with plastic wrap. Return the bowl to the freezer and freeze until hard before serving, about 6 hours or for up to 3 days.
  5. Pile the thawed strawberries and syrup into a food processor. Process until blended, about 20 seconds. Strain the sauce through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl pressing firmly on the berries. Discard the pulp and seeds and use immediately or cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.
  6. To serve, unwrap the mold and invert onto a shallow serving plate. Gently pull on the plastic while lifting off the bowl. Cut into wedges and serve with a drizzle of sauce.
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How to Check The Simanim for Insects

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How to Check The Simanim for Insects

No Comments 24 August 2012



by : Linda Dayan

Most of us are familiar with the minhag (custom) of eating the different fruits and vegetables (simanim/signs) on Rosh HaShana, which are meant to represent what kind of year we really desire. For example: we dip the apple in the honey to symbolize a sweet year. There is the old joke of a Jew who put raisins on a stalk of celery… he was hoping that H-Shem would bless him with a “raise in salary…”

Yes, it is important for us to keep our minhagim, but would it be right to do something that is not permitted from the Torah – so we can eat that symbolic date or leek?

(The following info is reprinted from

The Torah prohibits us from  eating worms or any other bug. As Jewish women its our responsibility to make sure our family doesn’t ingest those miniscule critters, so therefore, as a service to our readers, we are providing information on how to check some of the simanim which we will serve on our tables in few days. Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Kosher Year!

Given the strict Torah prohibitions against eating insects – there are five Torah commandments against eating crawling insects and six against consuming flying insects – and the tendency of bugs to find fruits and vegetables as much a part of their lifestyle as people do, it has become extremely important to check veggies and fruits for insect infestation to be certain they are kosher.

As with any agricultural product, dried fruits are subject to insect infestation concerns. The consumer should look carefully at the fruit for signs of damage, webbing, or other indicators of insect presence. Certain fruits – notably whole dried figs and dates – sometimes harbor insects in their cavities and it is advisable to split these open and scan for insects prior to eating.

Leek (Carti):

Leek must be cut at the bottom, in the area of the root, and then sliced the length of the green, separating each layer. Each layer should be held under a strong stream of running water while rubbing with one’s fingers. Alternatively, one may soak in soapy water for 2-3 minutes and rinse well.

Dry Dates (Tamar Yasvesh):

One cuts open the date lengthwise, removes the pit, and holds the date against a light source, like a window or lamp and inspects it from both sides, looking for a dark insect. A dry date may exhibit white clusters, formed from sugar and these are not bug related and not problematic.

Swiss Chard:


When grown regularly, the leaves are simply infested. Small worms are imbedded deep in the leaves and they are not removed by washing the leaves. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that one only use the bug-free type leaves, of course only those with a reliable hechsher (kashrut supervision). They too should be washed, in soapy water and then thoroughly rinsed.

When not using the bug-free:

Soak in cold water; add several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent or vegetable wash; agitate leaves in water to wash their surface; use a heavy stream of water to remove all foreign matter and soap from surface of the leaf; check leaves under direct light.

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Adorable Kippah and Tzitzit (Tzitzis) Party for a Three Year Old

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Adorable Kippah and Tzitzit (Tzitzis) Party for a Three Year Old

2 Comments 16 June 2012

Dear Sara, I’m so glad that we are able to share in each other’s Jewish traditions through this site! I’m sure that your grandson felt extra special during this monumental event in his life. Your love for him shines on through!
Attention all Jewish Hostesses! If your have great pictures of your little boy’s Kippah and Tzitzis parties please send them in to marlene(at)thejewishhostess.com. I would love to feature them! Marlene
“Dear Marlene,
I am enclosing a picture of my great grandson’s third birthday party in honor of his putting on a yarmulka (kippah) and tzitzis for the first time. The place settings were made using white square paper plates which were enhanced with black electrical tape and strings to imitate a pair of tzitzis.  The centerpieces were yarmulkas (kippahs) which had the letters of his name cut out of kraft paper and applied to them. They were staged on top of glass goblets.
Please give credit to my grandaughter: Esti Vago
Hope you like this as much as I did!
Sincerely,  Sara Kasten”
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Passover Sandwich Rolls

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Passover Sandwich Rolls

3 Comments 03 April 2012

If you  get sick of Matzoh, then this is a quick way to disguise that cardboardy crunch.

Serve with sliced tomato and cheese, tuna fish, egg salad, or even a hamburger!

Ingredients for this Pesach Recipe:

  • 2/3 cup of water
  • 1/3 cup of oil
  • 1 tsp of sugar
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup of matzo meal
  • 3 eggs

Pesach Recipe: Directions for preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. Boil water, add salt,oil, matzo meal and sugar
  3. Stir, and remove from heat.
  4. Beat eggs into mixture one at a time.
  5. Spoon batter onto sprayed parchment paper into smal mounds.
  6. Bake 1 hour at 375 degrees.
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Healthy Shabbat Blueberry Crumble

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Healthy Shabbat Blueberry Crumble

8 Comments 10 October 2011

My cousin Sharon sent me this great  recipe a couple of months ago, and I decided to dig it up from the archives because so many of The Jewish Hostess readers loved it.Its so perfect for anyone looking for a last minute low sugar, healthy dessert for Shabbat. Serve with any flavor parve ice cream or Tofutti.

p.s. Have a great dish to share? send it over!- marlene@thejewishhostess.com .

Hi Marlene,

I made this for Shabbat two weeks in a row because everyone loves it so much, not so sweet and not so much oil.  This recipe is small (a 9X9 baking pan) so I made it larger, doubling the recipe exactly and it worked well in a 3 quart pyrex.  It gets cut into squares and served in a platter so the pyrex works well.

Again, best of luck with your website, you are doing an awesome job!!

Have a fabulous summer,

Sharon H.










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Fail-Proof Ice Cream Brownie Cake Dessert- Pareve or Dairy

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Fail-Proof Ice Cream Brownie Cake Dessert- Pareve or Dairy

3 Comments 21 June 2011

Get out of the kitchen and on to the beach!!!

Here’s an easy and quick Shabbat dessert to make!

Let the kids do it!!


Can be made pareve or dairy


  1. Mix Brownie mix in an electric mixer. Pour only half the batter into springform pan and bake according to package directions.  (The other half of the mix can be baked separately and used for another time or can be used for topping).
  2. While brownie mix cools, soften two pints of ice cream of the same flavor. When soft enough to spread, quickly spread the ice cream evenly over the brownie mix and place in freezer.
  3. When that ice cream layer is frozen, spread the 2 pints of your other flavor over it. Garnish with your favorite topping and place back in freezer until ready to use.
  4. Any two flavors of ice cream can be used and there are endless ways to garnish it. I prefer crunch with some chocolate sauce, but you can use sprinkles, nuts, black and white chocolate chips etc.
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Sugar Detox- Day 18!

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Sugar Detox- Day 18!

2 Comments 19 May 2011


Hello Sugar Detoxers!

How are you doing? Today is Day 18 on our Sugar Detox. Is it getting hard for you to keep up this regimen of eliminating refined sugars? I’m sure that it is! It’s so unfortunate for us that the USDA named sugar as the number 1 food additive. It’s added to pizza, hot dogs, boxed rice, soup, crackers, flavored yogurts… We simply cannot get away from the substance that literally destroys lives. I know that is a bold statement to make- but it is a fact that becomes more clear as time passes. Newspapers and magazines   are making headlines on articles about sugar.  If we all know how bad sugar is for our health, don’t  you think that the American government would know this also? Wouldn’t it be amazing if the government put a ban on sodas and soft drinks. I know I am sounding idealistic and unrealistic, but before any reality there is always a dream. So lets keep dreaming!  How wonderful would it be if we no longer have to witness our children downing a can of Coke? It breaks my heart to know that going to a children’s birthday party means coming home with a candy bag that can basically feed the whole block.

As many times as we discuss the negative effects of sugar I can’t stress enough that this is real. This is an epidemic that is affecting America, yet we still allow it in our homes.

Let’s do an awareness experiment. Go into your food pantry and see how many items have sugar or white flour in the ingredients. It’s mind boggling how we bring this drug into our homes and actually serve it as food. My suggestion is to fill the fridge with the best high quality fruits and vegetables. Always have a platter cut and ready to eat, so when you or a family member is ready to munch- its there for you -ready to eat!

I know Sugar Detox is pushing the comfort level for many people. Honestly- its asking a lot from me! We are surrounded by sugar laden foods almost everyday  and are constantly troubled with trying to stay away from sugar.

Let’s create power in numbers! Let’s make a deal- if you stay away from all your sugar favorites, then I’ll stay away from my favorites! Let’s make this coming week, the best week that we can. If you cave in- don’t worry! Just get back on track right now. Eat whole foods and I know you will feel great, look awesome and help your health and wellness in its most natural way.

Please comment  below!
Sari Dana
Health Coach
Fitness Professional

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Springtime Bursts of Color for Two Spectacular Parties!


Springtime Bursts of Color for Two Spectacular Parties!

No Comments 16 May 2011


The one thing I love most about being an event designer and planner is that I can always reinvent myself. One day it’s a colorful candy land fantasy (http://thejewishhostess.com/2011/01/how-sweet-it-is-a-sugar-sweet-bris/) and the next it’s a simple, bold, and chic affair.

This next bris was a bit unconventional in that I decided not to go in the ‘baby boy blue’ direction. Don’t get me wrong, I love a blue bris! But I was going for more of a smart and chic feeling. So we started with a beautiful cotton white and baby yellow striped linen. There’s something about yellow and white stripes that screams Rodeo Drive to me. I also find these colors very refreshing for a morning affair in May!
From there it was simple- A natural wood chair, a beautiful clean centerpiece of orange tulips blooming out of fresh white hydrangea, and a birch vase. In the center of the room was a HUGE oversized centerpiece of beautiful branches with little yellow blossoms.
Another occasion that called for an effortless & elegant feeling was a torah dedication in July. It was the couples 50th anniversary and their children dedicated a Torah in their honor. So we decided that cocktails and hors d’oeuvres on a Friday afternoon before Shabbat would be a great way to celebrate.  Being that this was a summer event, I wanted to incorporate a high dose of color in a handsome and neat way. So I chose very bright orange and fuchsia baby orchids.

For a linen I chose a beautiful celery green organza with paillettes.

I topped it with the orange and hot pink orchids for a burst of color and added a light wood ballroom chair. If you don’t want to overdue it make sure your vases are height appropriate!

And there you have it! Less is more with these two beautiful events.

Lillian Antar Shomer

Event Design & Planning
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How to Fold your Linen Napkins for the Holidays

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How to Fold your Linen Napkins for the Holidays

4 Comments 02 May 2011

Its time to take out those crisp linen napkins that have been hiding all winter!

Capture the spirit of  springtime by folding napkins with the Lotus fold.

Use small bowls or votives to float a  flower in the center of each flower fold:

For a huge selection of votives and candles in all shapes and colors click Here.

Enjoy your Shavuot, and let the kids help with the napkin folding!





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Skewer It!

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Skewer It!

1 Comment 01 May 2011

Skewering fresh fruits and vegetables is an easy way to make a simple food into something a little more special.

Check out Crate and Barrel and Pick on Us for great skewer finds.

Here’s a nice way to present fruit. When piled high it really looks great.

Garnish your favorite drink or smoothie with some fresh fruit. It can even dress up a simple glass of orange juice

Colorful vegetables always look great whether for a BBQ or just out of the oven

Fresh mozzarella with tomatoes and basil will dress up any table. And no cooking needed!

Have fun scrolling through these Amazon picks for skewer cookbooks and perfect skewers.

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Sugar Detox Snack!  Roasted Garbanzo Beans

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Sugar Detox Snack! Roasted Garbanzo Beans

3 Comments 28 April 2011


Make these roasted chick peas as a high fiber, sugar-free, vegan,  protein packed treat for all of your family members that like to grab a snack as they wander (or whiz) through the kitchen. These roasted chick peas will keep your  blood sugar in check and keep you satisfied so that you wont find yourself raiding the rugelach jar before bedtime.


  • 2 cans of garbanzos, drained and patted dry (very important!) – Use a paper towel and lightly pat them dry, or place in a salad spinner taking care not to smash them.
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • sea salt to taste


  1. Heat oven to 400.
  2. Mix all the ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Spread out onto a cookie sheet.
  4. Bake for 15 minutes, then stir.  Bake for another 15  or 25 minutes or until crunchy.

Check out Apartment Therapy’s 15 More Ways to Flavor Roasted Chick Peas.

Image via Apartment Therapy


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Presents for the Sephardic Groom- My Gift Wrapped Swanee

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Presents for the Sephardic Groom- My Gift Wrapped Swanee

2 Comments 03 April 2011


In a nutshell, a swanee is a Syrian Jewish custom in which the bride receives gives from her fiance and future mother in law prior to the wedding. These gifts range from beautiful soaps and lingerie to fine crystal and jewelry! In recent times, brides started to do the same for their future husbands. The men’s gifts can be anything from a watch and cufflinks to a kiddush cup and other beautiful Judaica.  They’re usually beautifully displayed on a table and exchanged in front of close friends and family!
I don’t know about you, but I would never want to receive a beautiful gift in 99¢ wrapping paper. I believe that the  presentation is just as important as what’s inside the box!  The hours of meticulously picking out, wrapping, and displaying each gift was more difficult than it looks, but it was well worth it!
For my husband’s swanee, I wanted to create a beautiful display table that also matched his personality.
So I used the following wrapping papers and color scheme:
Navy Suede - classic, handsome, masculin
Orange Textured Pebbles- bold, unique
Tuscan floral print- interesting, fun
I added rustic wood crates, pretty bows, and an organza navy stripe linen. And there you have it! A beautiful swanee display table.

Lillian Antar Shomer
Event Design & Planning



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Win a Free Photo Shoot at Photo Op!


Win a Free Photo Shoot at Photo Op!

18 Comments 01 January 2011

PhotoOp Opens Premiere Photography Studio on Manhattan’s Upper West Side

PhotoOp, a new family photography studio under the creative direction of renowned event and celebrity photographer Brian Marcus, will open the doors of its first location on NYC’s upper west side in February, 2011.

Win a free Portrait sitting at PhotoOp worth $199!

Just  1-comment below and tell us why you want to win the photo shoot, or  2-subscribe or 3-comment on our Facebook page.

Winner will be chosen at random on or about March 1.

PhotoOp brings a unique photography experience to Manhattan, offering senior level professional photo stylists, all under the direction of Brian Marcus, ensuring that PhotoOp will capture the most memorable and striking moments. PhotoOp specializes in both modern and classic family portraits, children’s photos and will feature exciting special guests, exclusive wardrobe styling, inspiring backdrops and unique photo gifts for all occasions.  Sitting fees start at $199, which includes retouching, photo sharing and a slideshow for sharing.

PhotoOp will have an on-site designer “sample closet” for any last minute wardrobe changes (whether adding a cute jean jacket or leather biker vest will do the trick, or a pink tutu and loads of jewels are in order), with a treasure chest of fun kids jewelry, hair accessories, etc. Stylists will be on hand to help kids get “camera ready”.

PhotoOp even offers custom birthday packages. PhotoOp is a great destination for dress-up birthday photo shoots – kids can bring their best friends, pull together fun outfits and jump in front of the camera for a memorable birthday celebration. They can even bring in their favorite ipod mixes to play during the shoot or can sample the studio’s soundtracks, and enjoy kid friendly snacks, while photographers capture their fun personalities and style.

Unlike most children’s studios, PhotoOp offers a dynamic mix of colored and textured backdrops (including a candy wall!), as well as custom art work – even a fabulous graffiti wall by famed graffiti artist Andre Charles.

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De-clutter and Breathe

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De-clutter and Breathe

3 Comments 10 October 2010

Clean, organized, perfect.

Re-Organize.  Re-Style.  Re-invent  your space.

De-clutter  and give your home a fresh clean start.

Call Esther at 917-518-6000 for a free consultation.

Mention the” Jewish Hostess” and receive a set of Grip-lock storage boxes FREE!

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Paula Deen’s Asparagus Rolled in Phyllo-Video

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Paula Deen’s Asparagus Rolled in Phyllo-Video

No Comments 05 October 2010

This gorgeous appetizer is quick and  easy for  a weeknight dinner and even more gourmet for special guests.

Phyllo dough is sprinkled with parmesan cheese and rolled with fresh asparagus. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes and- presto, you’re done!

If you are on a Blackberry or I-phone, then head on over to a computer and watch this video. It’s worth it!

    Make a Splash!

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    Make a Splash!

    1 Comment 08 August 2010

    With the heat wave we had so far this summer, chances are you’ve been lounging out by the pool more than ever! Having guests by the pool is fun and keeping the pool area organized could make entertaining (and clean up time) a splash.

    It’s important to keep the pool area safe by keeping flip flops, towels and pool toys off the floor. Here’s some ideas on how to organize your outdoor/ pool area to create an inviting space for your family and guests to enjoy all summer long.  Dive in!

    Hanging Float Rack

    Outdoor Towel Holder

    Whale Hooks for Hanging Outdoor Items

    Towel Valet with Rolling Wicker Hamper

    Plastic Tubs for Flip Flops and Pool Toys

    Rolling Oversized Bin

    For help getting organized, please  email Marie Torgeman  at  mtorgueman@yahoo.com

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