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Celebrate Your Exotic Shavuot Feast Outdoors!

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Celebrate Your Exotic Shavuot Feast Outdoors!

No Comments 19 April 2015

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Celebrate Your Exotic Shavuot Feast Outdoors!

By Elizabeth Braha of Simple Dwellings Interior Design

“I am always shopping for new products for clients (and for me too!).  This Shavuot I will be feasting in style poolside and I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect blend of unique and splashy melamine dishes to make my dairy meals extra special. I’m so excited to share this bright and striking tablescape.  I love this exotic Asian collection by Kim Seybert and I’ve paired it with black for a little edge.  Happy Shavuot!”

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  1. Flatware $38.69 for 20 pc.
  2. Melamine Tray $50-
  3. Melamine Dishes starting at $60 for four
  4. Napkin Ring $19.80 for four
  5. Condiment Bowl $30
  6. Table Runner $120
  7. Melamine Stemware $56 for four



 
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A  Holiday Table That Connects Holocaust Survival To The Beauty of Shavuot

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A Holiday Table That Connects Holocaust Survival To The Beauty of Shavuot

21 Comments 16 April 2015

Thank you Helen Bachrach for sharing  your mother’s Shavuot table with The Jewish Hostess readers. Her story is so inspiring and I would really love to sit at her table and  hear it directly from her. I really enjoyed reading about the detail of this beautiful table. How wonderful that your mother was able to transform  sad childhood  memories into a meaningful, inspiring, and gorgeous Shavuot table!

Several years ago I viewed a documentary entitled “Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust that sounds so similar to her story, I hope you don’t mind that I linked to a clip of it above. Its about a man who took his children to Poland to thank the non-Jews that hid their grandfather during the holocaust. I highly recommend everyone buy a copy of the film from Amazon and show it to their kids and grandkids!

To all of my Jewish Hostesses- enjoy Mrs. Bryn’s holiday table! Marlene

 

“This table was set for the holiday of Shavuot, by my mother, Felicia Bryn, from Sunny Isles Florida. My mother was a hidden child during the holocaust. She came to Israel in the 1950’s. At that time, she had very little connection to Judaism; she felt very lonely and missed Poland terribly. Gradually my mother started to make friends who invited her for Shabbat and Yom Tov. My mother was captivated by the beautiful Yom Tov and Shabbat tables she saw in different homes. This positive exposure to beauty and Jewish observance instilled in her a desire to create that type of Jewish life in her own home. She met and married my father in Israel. He was a Cantor in the United States and later became a Rabbi. As a Rebbetzin, my mother has had many opportunities to entertain in her home. She starts thinking about her Yom Tov and Shabbat table weeks in advance.  The attached picture shows my mom’s Shavuot table covered with Lenox butterfly patterned dishes on glass chargers. The crystal glass goblets come from Poland. My mother has always felt a sense of Hakarat Hatov for the people who saved her during the war and always finds a way to incorporate her crystal from Poland into her Shabbat and Yom Tov table. After the war, she visited them in Poland many times, even during the communist era. On these visits, my mother would collect colored glass goblets of all types and sizes.  My mother’s centerpiece consists of two cake stands with a pineapple on top. The bottom cake stand is porcelain. She does not remember where she picked it up. The second cake stand is by Atlas. The pattern is 22 karat gold. My mother picked up the pineapple at Bed Bath and Beyond. She thought the pineapple was whimsical and would add something different to the usual Yom Tov center piece. The bottom cake stand rests on a gold embroidered cloth. The porcelain cake stand is mostly red and white, but the gold trim on the edge picks up on the gold embroidery. The gold on the second cake stand really highlights the gold embroidery on the cloth. The pineapple is red and gold which highlights the entire centerpiece. My mother used gold flatware to tie the rest of the table into the center piece.  The tradition on Shavuot is to decorate the house and synagogue with greenery and flowers. One of the reasons given for the custom is as a remembrance of Har Sinai which grew beautiful flowers and greenery when Hashem gave the Jewish people the Torah. My mother expanded on this theme by using flowered napkin holders and filling vases in her home with a variety of greenery picked up from a florist. On Shavuot my mother brings beauty into her home to celebrate the beautiful gift of the Torah to the Jewish People. Please checkout her autobiography on Amazon.com. www.amazon.com/Never-Forget-Lie-Felicia-Bryn/dp/1412070198

Helen Bachrach

 

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Shavuot Table Decor by the Sea – Emile and Linda Haddad

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Shavuot Table Decor by the Sea – Emile and Linda Haddad

5 Comments 15 April 2015

For all of you that may not know Linda, she is the ultimate Jewish Hostess entrepreneur who started her business career in the 80’s designing and selling gorgeous stone encrusted angora sweaters to major department stores all over the country. Of course since we were getting wholesale prices, I do believe that my mother was Linda’s best customer at the time, shlepping us girls into Linda’s basement to try on the stunning line of knits. Linda advised my mom to preserve the fuzzy angoras in a cold area. I think that dozens of  Linda’s sweaters must still be frozen solid in the deep freezer that is in our old house on the corner of Bedford and J…..

Thank you Linda for sharing your gorgeous New Jersey ocean view and Shavuot table with all of us that are still sweating in good old Brooklyn, N.Y.! I’m waiting for more Shavuot Table pics from all of my Jewish Hostesses!!!!

Let’s see who else will have a chance to win the $200 gift certificate to Parci Parla!!!   Marlene

” Dear Marlene,

Wishing a happy holiday to all!  Hope you like my seafoam linen placemats with batik print cloths and matching napkins:

  1. Cloths- Century 21 dept store,
  2. Lalique stemware and glasses from France,bought in 1977 !!!
  3. St. Martin dishes Mikasa, 2005.
  4. Stainless flatware, Century 21.
  5. Plant from Paradise florist (from Mother’s Day lol),
  6. Napkin rings are bangles from the accessory district.
  7. The ocean is view is from the 19th floor !!!”

Emile and Linda Haddad

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shavuot Tablescape from Table Set GO!- Great Floral Centerpiece Ideas!

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Shavuot Tablescape from Table Set GO!- Great Floral Centerpiece Ideas!

No Comments 15 April 2015

 

In the summer of 2011, the Table Set GO event in Deal, New Jersey (sponsored by the Morris I. Franco Community Cancer Center) showcased the communities’ women’s striking table decor talents. Each table represented a unique Jewish holiday ‘s theme. The botanical holiday of Shavuot was displayed by Barbara Chehebar, Ruthie Bibi, and Adele Pardo. This table decor’s shades of blues and purples heralded the arrival of Shavuot’s custom of decorating one’s home, the synagogue and even the Torah scroll itself with greens and flowers in honor of the holiday. This custom of flowers and greens was based upon a statement in Midrash that the foot of Mount Sinai (where the Jews stood in awe, awaiting the granting of the Torah) was carpeted with greens and sweet smelling flowers.

To accent the Shavuot table’s floral decor and centerpiece, the girls used Kim Seybert napkin rings, geometric Pucci scarves, sky blue bordered china dinnerware, and sparkling crystal stemware. Delicate blue dotted quilted linens were the backdrop to this elaborate variety of sweet smelling Shavuot florals. Mini Torahs and two mountains of roses, represented the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinaii. Thank you ladies for all of your hard work, table setting ideas inspiration! I’m so glad that we have the photos to remember this stunning event! 

 

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Fantastic Fuchsias for Your Shavuot Table!

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Fantastic Fuchsias for Your Shavuot Table!

8 Comments 12 April 2015

Enjoy this Fantastic Fuchsia Table on Shavuot !!!

For al of you design junkies, the Kips Bay Deorators Showhouse in New York is a must see.  This years spectacular show has a  fabulous room decorated by Amanda Nisbet. Nisbet is a successful interior designer who has created a name for herself with her glamorous yet comfortable style.”I pride myself on never doing the same thing twice.” Her love for hot pink and has inspired me to put together this fantastic fuchsia table for Shavuot. Happy Holiday!

 

  1. Named tea towel (also comes in a runner) $19
  2. Aurora vase $273
  3. Hot Pink Tray $18
  4. Green tumbler$10
  5. Bowl $40
  6. Green beaded napking rings set of 4 $31
  7. Dishes start at $113
  8. Green Charger $16
  9. Napkins set of six $226
  10. Pea pod salt and pepper shaker $4
  11. Flatware $105 available at Addy and Co.

by Elizabeth Braha

Simple Dwellings Interior Design Services

Email simpledwellings@gmail.com

 

Shop HERE for holiday gifts and tableware at Addy’s.

Click HERE for gorgeous lingerie gifts and shopping.

Enjoy the Amanda Nesbit design inspirations below!

 

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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?

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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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“Dare to Be Different” Recipe for Passover Zuchini Pasta with Mushrooms and Oven Dried Tomatoes

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“Dare to Be Different” Recipe for Passover Zuchini Pasta with Mushrooms and Oven Dried Tomatoes

3 Comments 17 December 2014


cover photo by Danielle Gindi

How impressive is Robin Jemal? Not only is she known to be a fabulous cook, but she has managed to compile all of her gourmet kosher recipes into one fantastic brand new cookbook.  Unveiled this week at Robin’s home,  friends, family, and hundreds of community women were buying “Dare to be Different” by the armful. Easy to follow  recipes combine Robin’s Middle Eastern Jewish heritage with a timeless modern twist.  Salads, Pastas, Meat, Dairy and Pareve dishes for all of your family and holiday meals are photographed to perfection. At $36. its a perfect Jewish Hostess Hanukkah gift, and you wont be able to buy just one! You will be tempted to buy one for each of the Jewish Hostesses in your life!

Just contact jbetesh818@aol.com to get your gift wrapped copy now!

Check out Robin’s website! CLICK HERE!

“Hi, my name is Robin Jemal and I am excited to introduce my first cookbook to the fans of the Jewish Hostess.“Dare to be Different” is a collection of some of the clever dishes I have developed and adapted from years of experimenting with various recipes. It includes never before seen recipes, as well as some of our classic, Middle Eastern dishes, but with a twist; dishes that make me feel like I can entertain a group or even just my family with ease.

From an early age, I took an interest in cooking and entertaining. Cooking for me was fun, daring and always different. My out-of-the-box cooking style has developed from watching my mom in her kitchen, yet always adding a bit of a twist to our routine recipes. Is it a style that challenges a different and exciting cooking experience: a style that is daring yet delicious, different yet dazzling.

Here is the first of my dazzling dishes for you to sample. Hope you enjoy, have fun, and dare to be different!!

–Robin Jemal”

photo by Danielle Gindi

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Zuchini Pasta with Mushrooms and Oven Dried Tomatoes

  • 8 green squash
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed (divided)
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 5 plum tomatoes, cut into ¼ inch
  • thick rounds
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • Sugar
  • 2 pounds of Crimini mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, chopped
  • Pesto ( see recipe pg 65)
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • (optional)

Directions:

  1. Using a julienne peeler, peel 8 green squash vertically to make spaghetti.
  2. Sauté 2 cloves garlic in olive oil for 1 minute and add squash. Add salt and pepper and cook on a low flame 5-7 minutes. Close fire and add pesto to squash. If using heavy cream, add it to pesto. Set aside and let cool to room temperature.
  3. Oven dried tomatoes: Slice tomatoes in rounds and place on tray with olive oil, salt, pepper, basil, crushed garlic and a sprinkle of sugar. Bake uncovered at 300°F for 2½-3 hours.
  4. Roasted mushrooms: Clean Crimini mushrooms with a dry paper towel. Cut off tough stems and slice mushroom in half. Place them on a tray and add pepper, fresh rosemary and olive oil. Roast uncovered at 400°F for 40 minutes. When mushrooms are roasted, remove from oven, add salt and set aside.
  5. Place squash mixture at room temperature around the circumference of a round dish. Leave room in the center and place the mushrooms. Top the squash with oven dried tomatoes and serve.

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12 Unique Ideas for Hanukkah Table Decor- Sent in By Our Talented Jewish Hostesses

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12 Unique Ideas for Hanukkah Table Decor- Sent in By Our Talented Jewish Hostesses

1 Comment 17 December 2014

 

Don’t miss a single recipe or gorgeous table setting idea! 

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Dear Hostesses,

Feast your eyes on these beautiful tables that I have gathered from so many talented Jewish women who not only just fry the latkes, but they manage to whip up the most fabulous looking Hanukkah decor imaginable. Photos keep pouring in- so if you would like to add yours to the list then please email to marlene (at) thejewishhostess.com. I will try my hardest to post as it sometimes get overwhelming when my BARE table is looking kind of like its waiting for me to start setting…

Happy Holiday to all of the wonderful Jewish women who love The Jewish Hostess!

Marlene

1-  Simply Glamorous Hanukkah Table by Lillian Abady:

2-  Love this modern Hanukka Table sent in  by @frances_y_ on Instagram

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3- Now let’s combine Italian + Jewish culture! Hanukkah pizzas!! by Yvette Uziel

 

 

4- Who says Hanukka tables have to be BLUE?? Love this lavender decor by Paula Benz!

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5- Make Hanukka cookies and place atop each cupcake for a great placesetting idea! This table was actually mine from last year!

 

6- Yummy Hanukkah Themed  Strawberries by Marie Shrem-

7- Raquel Gershon- Hanukkah Blues in Panama!

8- BLUE ROSES by Stella Setti with 245 likes on Instagram!

 

9- This sweet Hanukkah table was designed by Sheila Gindi and Brigette Franco for the Magen David Yeshivah Hanukka Bake sale. Note the doughnuts set inside the lucite!

10- This Challah Menorah made by Emily Massry was a huge hit on @thejewishhostess Instagram! Call Emily for your Shabbat challah- (718)974-2548.

11- A Marshmallow Kiss Menorah by Rachel Shabat! DELICIOUS!

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12- By Tina Imani- Saving gorgeous for last!

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Party Planner Doris Dwek’s Impressive Turquoise and Gold Hanukka Table

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Party Planner Doris Dwek’s Impressive Turquoise and Gold Hanukka Table

1 Comment 17 December 2014

We are really lucky to have  this  Hanukka table setting from the famous Doris Dwek, an acclaimed party and event planner in the NYC area.

Doris, thank you so much  for all of your hard work and attention to every detail of your hanukkah holiday table decor!

Doris can  help you design a gorgeous one of a kind event invitation,  or if you want to create an impressive children’s party, bar mitzvah, or any type of memorable themed event!
(732)-687-1534

p.s.  Thank you Grace Dabah for the gorgeous photography!

“Hi Marlene,

For this Hanukka display, I applied  gold paint  mixed with gold glitter  to wood branches as a centerpiece. I also dipped dreidels into the gold paint and  tied them on to trees with pretty ribbon for the Hanukkah centerpiece . Gold sparkly  initials attached to mirrored squares were used  as elegant place cards.

Organza ribbon and chocolate coins were assembled and used as a napkin ring. I used inexpensive fabric from Joanne fabrics to make a cloth runner .

The artificial silk flowers look  are from Paris and can be purchased from  Surrey lane stores in Brooklyn and Deal N.J.
The glass goblets can also be purchased at Surrey Lane also. Happy Hanukka to all of the Jewish Hostesses out there!

Doris Dwek”

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The Jewish Hostess Shops Ikea and West Elm for a Hanukka Blue Table Setting!

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The Jewish Hostess Shops Ikea and West Elm for a Hanukka Blue Table Setting!

12 Comments 16 December 2014

 

 Please “like” this Hanukka post and share with your friends!  A lot of hostess effort went into this holiday table!

 (Enjoy from Hanukka 2011!)

Happy Hanukka to all of my Jewish Hostesses!

This year I decided to get an early start on my Hanuka table setting.Being that my Amex card was getting a little rusty, I decided to get into the holiday spirit and  venture out to Ikea and West Elm to see if I could whip up some Hanuka table decor inspiration on a budget.

I decided to stick with the traditional Hanukkah blue and silver color combo because I already owned blue water glasses given to me by my consuegro (Syrian word for son-in-law’s mother) as a Rosh Hashanah gift, plus I happen to own a set of blue and silver rimmed Greek style dishes (a perfect Macabee theme!).

After an hour or two of piling anything and everything blue or silver into my shopping cart at Ikea, this is what I finally ended up with:

  1. Hanukah blue cotton place mats at $1.99 each. A great buy!
  2. Silver mirrored squares-(come in a pack of 4- these are a great investment- buy a dozen or two- you can use them on a dessert bar, as placemats, or you can even line your entire table with them. Your friends will definitely ask you to borrow these mirrored squares when they see how cool they look on your table…) I placed 4 in a row as a runner in the center of the table and then place one atop each blue placemat.

 

3. Go run and buy these beautiful silver candles from Ikea before they run out of them! Eight of these festive candles look so elegant lined up along the center of the table-menorah style.  Ikea also has gorgeous cobalt blue glass candle holders that fit perfectly as a base for my  new silver candles.  I placed four candles into their bases in a row to the right and the left of my own “shamash” vase. (Note- my son reminded me that this “menorah display” cannot be used as the actual menorah- even if I decided to use a candle as a the shamash in the center- according to tradition, the menorah has to be fashioned out of one piece of metal, wood, or glass…like in the beit hamikdash…)

4. I couldn’t resist buying two velvety bluish purple pillows at $19.99 from Ikea to place on silver gray chairs (from B and B party rental in Brooklyn, N.Y.) at both heads of the table of the table.

5. Dashing into West Elm (while the whole family waited outside), I purchased  these stunning silvery shimmery cotton napkins at $7 each. They look perfect atop each plate. I neatly folded each one and topped with a sparkly dreidel. I also found delicious kosher blue and white swirley lollipops at West Elm that I placed on the  mirrored table runner as well.

Hanuka Flowers, Cakes, Cookies, Boxes and Sparkle and Chairs:

      1. Again, thank you to B and B party rental for these gorgeous silver grey chairs. Ballroom chairs always add that touch of elegance for all of your  holiday table decor and party needs. Call B and B at (718) 436 – 8433 or go visit at 1076 38th Street, Brooklyn, NY.
      2. My good friend Shirley Barnathan happens to be a Brooklyn and NYC florist. Check out her Facebook  florals  here. She ran over with some gorgeous Hanuka-blue dyed feathers, and within minutes, she draped them from my dining room chandelier. Shirley also filled my center vase with stunning silver sprayed leaves. Within seconds she picked up my dying orchid plants with replaced them with vibrant new ones. She also brought over some place card holders that I borrowed for the photo shoot. Its great to have friends in the business!
      3. The magnificent and gorgeous Hanukka cake is by Fortune Farca. You will be amazed at her bakery creations! Check out her Facebook page HERE!  The beautiful and delicious Hanukaa dreidel cookies are by the talented Esther Dana. Check out her Facebook page HERE There’s nothing like gorgeous holiday themed baked goods to cozy up the look of your table.
      4. Chocolate Hanukka Coins, Dreidel and Hanukka Ornaments are inexpensive and really add to the holiday excitement. Sticking to one or two colors within your scheme  give a more elegant look. Shop here for Hanukkah Table Accessories and inspiration!
      5. You can find silver boxes and gorgeous ribbon in  local shops or try sites like M and J trimmings for pretty Hanuka blue ribbons.
      6. Hanukka sprinkles and nonpareils can be used as “sand” to sprinkle around chocolate coins and dreidels. They will really add a lot of pizzaz to your table!  Click here for a selection of Wilton Kosher Sprinkles. Use the White Glitter Sprinkles for extra sparkle.
      7. P.S. Don’t forget to buy inexpensive Dreidel Ice Cube Molds! (see ice cube pic below). Kids love ‘em!
      8. Keep scrolling down below to see the rest of my Hanukka table setting.

Use these suggestions as a basic guide for your own unique Hanukkah table decor. Using your favorite silver or blue or white tableware as a base, and then shop around your favorite discount stores, florist, Crate and Barrel, Ikea, Target, or West Elm for fun accessories to add to your holiday centerpiece. Of course if you want to go all out, you can click on over to Barneys for a real first class treat -to your wallet!

Of course I can’t wait to see your Hanuka holiday tables! Please send your pics over to marlene (at) thejewishhostess.com.

I have a fabulous brand new gourmet kosher cookbook for the most voted winner!

What do you think of this holiday table setting? Comment below with your suggestions for your sparkling Hanukka celebration!

 

 

 

 

 

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A Tiffany Blue Hanukka Table and Decor by Vicky Krantz

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A Tiffany Blue Hanukka Table and Decor by Vicky Krantz

5 Comments 11 December 2014

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Bravo Vicky Krantz for sharing your fresh Hanukkah table look with us!

Here’s a brief description of this tempting Hanukkah table setting and dessert bar that must have taken weeks to plan:

Hi Marlene,

Happy Hanukkah-

I made the napkin rings out of sugar cookies (everyone actually ate them after! lol loved it)

  • Made mini triffle cups with brownies, choc pudding Oreo, Rich Whip and a wafer for a cute touch
  • choc covered pretzels
  • choc dipped Rice Krispie treats,
  • dreidels covered in glitter
  • cup cakes with toppers made with chocolate lollipop mold

Btw my menu was:

  • Tilapia Sliders
  • Home made crouton salad with Mozzarella
  • Greek salad
  • Strawberry goat cheese salad with homemade candied pecans
  • Mozerella sticks
  • Parve yebrat (rolled grape leaves) with lemony artichokes
  • Pasta puttanesca
  • Potato au gratin
  • Lemony sautéed spinach with currents pine nuts and fresh garlic! Yum!

 

 

 

 

 

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The Jewish Hostess Macaroon Menorah Hanukka Table RECAP

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The Jewish Hostess Macaroon Menorah Hanukka Table RECAP

7 Comments 08 December 2014

Last year’s Hanukka , I wanted to try to be a little different than previous years, and I also KNEW that my table had to be unique being that my kids put the “Jewish Hostess” pressure upon me. Loving how macaroons have been in the forefront of “dessert style” lately, I brainstormed with Leila Akaad of “La Magnifique Macaron”  famous for her fantabulous homemade macaroon displays, we dreamed up a Macaroon Menorah in which she would create an ombre of blue macaroons in 8 plus 1 lucite canisters and we would display it upon a lucite bow that was 3 feet wide and 4 inches high. Under the box I placed some mirrored squares from Ikea and atop that I scattered some sparkly blue and silver dreidels.

Atop each pacesetting was a gorgeous blue glass dish (if you are interested in purchasing please contact me marlene(at)thejewishhostess.com), an IKAT cotton napkin, in which I folded a blue velvet ribbon and placed an “M” squared Hanukkah coaster. (it looked better on the napkin than set as a coaster- as I always say- you DON’T always have to follow the table setting “rules”!)

 

I then placed a cake pop with a hand calligraphied name tag (designed and baked by the talented Mari Gindi) for each guest in front of each plate as a place card holder.

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Flowers by Betty Esses…..Note the silver sprayed monstera leaf… Hanukka cookies by Mari Gindi.

Note my wonderful West Elm purchases!

 mercury glass vases, Hanukka dishes, and festive mercury glass votives. I love West Elm as a Jewish Hostess resource center because that always add a Jewish touch in the midst of all the Christmas Holiday decor, not making the Jewish Hostess feel like an alien in a red and green table setting decor of a  whirlwind shopping season. They even had a whole HANUKKAH category on their website!

Wine tags added to the festivities as everyone took home a kosher wine bottle as a special hanukka gift. The lucite trays are a gorgeous addition to any table. Please contact me if you are interested in scooping up one as a gift or for your self……

 

Besides Bingo, and some activities whipped up by the kids, we placed Lottery tickets under each plate. The grand winner won $17!!!!

All in all it was a great Hanukkah night. I am grateful that I am able to share a beautiful table with my wonderful family and FABULOUS JEWISH HOSTESSES.

LET’S KEEP ON SHARING our holidays and semachot on The Jewish Hostess! Send all ideas and submissions to marlene(at)thejewishhostess.com),

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Zuchinni Pasta Salad with Sautéed  Mushrooms and Cherry Tomatoes

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Zuchinni Pasta Salad with Sautéed Mushrooms and Cherry Tomatoes

8 Comments 27 March 2014

 

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Grated Zuchinni

Dear Hostesses,

Welcome to the carb free world of zucchini pasta! I wouldn’t expect any kid under 16 to really gobble it up and think it’s spaghetti, but this dish is truly for eaters like me who crave the carbs, but don’t want the end result to  end up as an extension of our butts as we start to peel off our cozy winter layers.

So, here goes… it all starts with an easy $3.99 zucchini shredder and a couple of dark green Italian zucchini.   First put on some cooking gloves and  scrub your zucchini with a clean Dobie Sponge and some running cold water to get off all of the sandy grit  that will give your zucchini pasta an unwelcome crunch.

Next, hold your zucchini in one hand (wearing your cooking gloves) and shred away. You will be amazed at how easy it is to use your new shredder.

Next-   add your shredded zuchinni to some garlic and hot pepper flakes that have been warming up  in olive oil that has been starting to get fragrant on a low flame.

 Sauté for about 4-5 minutes mixing with a spoon. Over-sautéing will make it mushy. If you are serving it the next day (Like for Shabbat lunch), then just sauté your garlic and hot pepper flakes and add into your zucchini pasta an hour or two before serving.  Cover it in a bowl till you are ready to serve. The garlic and hot pepper flakes will cook it last minute and wont leave you with a reduced puddle of pre-cooked mush.

Sauté sliced mushrooms in a separate pot with some garlic, you can also lightly sauté some halved cherry tomatoes, broccoli, peppers, or any combination that you can dream up. Shred some parmesan and sprinkle on top, add pesto, or just leave in a pretty bowl on the side so that your guests can help themselves. Of course this dish can be made pareve by just omitting the cheese. Im sure that you will enjoy this dish and will continue to serve it all year round (even as part of your Passover menu!)  using different combinations each time.

Enjoy! Marlene

Stuffed Boneless Chicken with Brown Rice and Vegetables

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Stuffed Boneless Chicken with Brown Rice and Vegetables

No Comments 02 November 2013

Stuffed Boneless Chicken

 

Thank you @callmecookie1 for this succulent bones chicken recipe. Perfect for Shabbat dinner as an alternative to a beef entree. The brown rice stuffing adds a whole grain to the dish and can probably be substituted with quinoa, faro, or barley.

Marinated Stuffed Whole Boneless Chicken with Brown Rice and Vegetables

Marinated Stuffed Whole Boneless Chicken with Brown Rice and Vegetables

Ingredients

  • 1 Whole Boneless Chicken
  • For the filling.
  • Thinly cut : 2-3 carrots ,
  • 3 stalks of celery,
  • 1 onion thinly chopped.
  • Precooked or leftover brown rice.
  • Spice Marinade:-Mix all ingredients in a bowl:
  • 1/4 cup mustard
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon paprika
  • 2 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper.

Instructions

  1. Open the chicken and spread the paprika garlic mixture inside the cavity all over.
  2. ( Keep some for the outside later)
  3. then arrange the veggies and brown rice. You can tie it up with twine or pin it with tooth picks.
  4. ( You can also just stuff the chicken and not open it. )
  5. At this point spread any leftover paprika garlic mixture on top and around.
  6. In a pot brown the chicken on all sides.
  7. Add baby potatoes (or any other veggies you like)
  8. add water or chicken stock let it reach 1/4 -1/2 way up the chicken
  9. (sprinkle some salt over top only if you are using water! The chicken stock is salty.)
  10. put it in a 350 degree oven for an hour
  11. The liquid should reduce by half and the potatoes should be brown if not let it cook further. Enjoy!
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Quick Sweet Potato Soup with Collard Greens and Jasmine RIce

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Quick Sweet Potato Soup with Collard Greens and Jasmine RIce

4 Comments 22 October 2013

Last week I attended a cooking class at the Sephardic Community Center with Peter Berley,  former executive chef of Angelica Kitchen in NYC. His cooking style is based upon the macrobiotic way of eating that was SO popular in the 80’s and 90’s. He now still uses his skills to whip up quick and simple vegetarian meals, and we were so lucky to share some of his recipes and easy healthy  tips in the kitchen.

I especially loved his Sweet Potato Soup, so right after the class, I ran to buy some collard greens (which is supposed to be healthier for your digestive tract than steamed kale, mustard greens, broccoli, brussels sprouts, and cabbage- read more about collard greens HERE) and a jalapeño pepper. I already had a some coconut milk sitting in my pantry just begging to meet that can opener. The ginger, sweet potato and spices are regulars in my fridge. Within 20 minutes I had everything chopped and in the soup pot.

I also have a bag of Jasmine Rice has also been sitting on my kitchen shelf, and after hearing that rice may have arsenic leached within, I’ve been staring at it longingly waiting to hear any good news about poison in rice on CNN. Here’s another report link by ABC NEWS, (also please be educated and informed about  possibly avoiding rice cereals for infants). I decided to skip the Jasmine rice addition until the rice companies decide to literally clean up their act.

Anyways, the soup was piping hot within the hour, and it was just in time to be served with my Grilled Miso Salmon.

I hope that you get to try this recipe. It was SO delicious!  I was lucky enough to get a signed copy of  Peter Berley’s cookbook but you can get it on Amazon just in time for the holidays!

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Ingredients for the soup:

2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups diced onion (about 2 medium)
2 teaspoons coarse sea salt or kosher salt
1 large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks (about 4 cups)
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1 small jalapeño pepper with seeds, minced
1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
1 (14-ounce) can light coconut milk
1 small bunch collard greens, tough stems removed, and leaves cut in half along the rib, and then crosswise into 1/4-inch-wide strips.
1 lime, cut into wedges
1/2 cup roughly chopped cilantro, for garnish

Here is the brand of LITE coconut milk that Peter recommends:

1) In a medium saucepan over high heat, combine the rice, butter, and salt with 3 cups of water and bring to a boil. Stir the rice once, reduce the heat, and cover the pan. Cook until the water is absorbed and the rice begins to stick on the bottom, about 18 to 20 minutes. Let sit covered for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork when ready to serve.
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2) In a large saucepan over medium heat, warm the oil. Add the onion and a pinch of salt, and sauté until softened, for 3 to 4 minutes.
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3) Add the sweet potato, garlic, jalapeño, ginger, coriander, and turmeric, and sauté for 2 minutes. Add 2 cups of water, the coconut milk, and 2 teaspoons of salt, raise the heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer, covered, for 15 minutes.
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4) Add the collard greens to the soup and simmer, uncovered, until tender, about 10 minutes. Add a bit of water if the soup is too thick.
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5) Ladle the soup into 3 or 4 wide soup plates, and top with a spoonful of jasmine rice. Squeeze lime over all and sprinkle with cilantro.

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