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A Sweet Spectrum of Color by Candybar Couture on “Thanksgivukka”!

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A Sweet Spectrum of Color by Candybar Couture on “Thanksgivukka”!

No Comments 26 June 2013

 

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I LOVE featuring the table setting talents of other women- especially if we can connect with ladies that are all the way on  the West Coast.

Thank you Marj for sharing your Candy Bar Couture skills with other Jewish Hostesses! 

My tastebuds are craving a huge turquoise gum ball as I post these pics. Not sure if I can quench that craving with the sugar-free stick of gum that’s squished in my jacket pocket… 

Enjoy the eye candy featured below!

“Hi Marlene,
The first day of Hanukkah and Thanksgiving fall on the same day this year- November 28th. This is a very rare alignment of the Jewish and secular calendars and will not happen again for another 78,000 years or so. Thanksgiving and Hanukkah have been merged a the holiday is being called Thanksgivukkah. I thought it would be a great challenge to come up with a dessert bar that incorporates both holidays. It was actually quite fun to mix pumpkins, dreidels, menorahs and gelt all together! I hope you will like this unlikely combination and feature it in your blog!”
Marjaneh Etebar
The design, candy and sweet styling was done by me: Marjaneh Etebar, Candybar Couture  WEBSITE: www.candybarcouture.com FACEBOOK: www.Facebook.com/candybarcouture90210
INSTAGRAM: www.instagram.com/candybarcouture
The sugar cookies, cake pops, cupcakes, and “menurkey”  were from Sweet E’s Mini Bake Shop     WEBSITE: www.SweetesBakeshop.com
The printables were from Sweet Lex  ETSY STORE: www.etsy.com/shop/sweetlex

 

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Aryana in Wonderland Bridal Shower by the Beach

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Aryana in Wonderland Bridal Shower by the Beach

7 Comments 20 June 2013

 

Thank you Mikhayla Bibi for submitting these gorgeous bridal shower pics! Now I’m officially ready to get into the summer wave of entertaining. Not only can we use this Alice in Wonderland theme as bridal inspiration, but of course we can juice up some ideas for serving blue sky desserts and breezy beverages. Note the mason jars for lemonade with the easy to make labels attached with twine, the scooped out mouth watering watermelon, mini lattice apple pies, pops of colorful seating, and more! Enjoy! xoxo

“Hi Marlene,

The theme for the bridal shower was Alice in Wonderland. Set up both inside and outside, the inside table was covered in green grass tablecloth filled with Alice toys, flowers, decks of cards, fun desserts, and a “falling” cake by Keren Greenberg.
As each guest walked into the party, a Polaroid photo was taken of them and hung up on a string crisscrossing over the main table.
Outside, a long white table and a red chair from Artistic Frame. The white table was covered in bright colored platters filled with both food and desserts by Mikhayla Bibi.
Detail had been particularly implemented by Chantelle Bibi who has experience as a set designer and Lauren Bibi, the graphic artist known for her work with Ldecor Design; the watermelon teacup, the Alice in wonderland decks of cards, the pink lemonade in mason jars each tied with their own “Drink Me!” cards, the clock tables, and more.
And it didn’t hurt that, Thank Gd, that it was a beautiful day as we sat in “Aryana’s Wonderland”
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“Thanksgivukkah” Table and Decor-Syrian Style!

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“Thanksgivukkah” Table and Decor-Syrian Style!

4 Comments 19 June 2013

 

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Dear Hostesses,

In case you haven’t heard, the new code word for the next huge family get together is “Thanksgivukkah”. This year, in a rare alignment of calendars, Hanukka and Thanksgiving fall on November 28, 2013. Astronomers say that we won’t see this occurrence again till the year 79,811 so  I decided  to make a big deal out of this menorah/pumpkin  shidduch (or buzzrah  as they say in Arabic) by re-creating  a Syrian Jewish Hanukka table with a twist  of Thanksgiving thrown in.  Some may say that this American/Jewish holiday connection is pure coincidence, but I’m thinking that there is a greater cosmic connection that’s just waiting to be blogged about.

As Jews in America,  we are very grateful to be able to celebrate our holidays publicly without fear of being persecuted. Just the fact that we can honor the mitzvah of lighting the menorah at the front window to shout out the 8 day miracle of Hanukka is reason enough to bring out our finest china and table decor to honor our peaceful place in Jewish history. For that reason alone, we should all proudly acknowledge and celebrate Thanksgiving.   As a Sephardic Jew living in America I now understand that we are a minority of Jews residing within a minority of the larger Ashkenazi Jewish population. When our community first arrived on these shores in the 1900’s, they were quickly swept up in the wave of fellow immigrants that had also fled for a better life in the U.S.A.. Fast forward one hundred years,  the Syrian Jewish culture readily absorbed many delicious flavors from their surrounding American and Ashkenazi Jewish neighbors while still retaining the pride of their homeland. It’s no wonder I received this email from Rina Kassab who wrote,

“Hi Marlene, in Syria we had no idea what Sufganiyot is! We made Atayef with Ricotta (lebeh) and Walnuts (joz). My Atayef are ready to freeze fresh for Hanukka!
Hope u like!”

I then decided to skip the Sufganiyot and  create a Syrian style Hanukka table sweetened with a tray of sweet chopped nut filled Atayef and drizzled with shirah- a thick rose water syrup freshly made by Rina. Rina told me that on Hanukka in Syria, the Jewish women prepared 8 small glass cups that were filled with half water/half oil and then inserted a handmade wick within each one. (Whaaaat? No Jonathan Adler Menorot?)

And guess what? In Syrian, NO GIFTS were given on HANUKKA!  Gift giving was reserved for Purim!  I wonder if the Ashkenaz Jews had the tradition of eight surprise filled nights way back in the old country. Comment below if anyone you know has the answer! (Hmmm…. why do I suspect that gift giving during December in our great U.S of A evolved into a fabricated American marketing spending scheme…)

I also added in an extra candle that is lit every year by Syrian Jews whose ancestors fled Spain during the expulsion by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella in 1492. Expelled on Tisha B’Av over 500 years ago, several Jewish families wandered for months until they stumbled upon the Syrian community of Aleppo, Syria some months later on  Hanukka eve. So grateful were this group of exiles to finally find a homeland that they lit an extra candle to commemorate this miracle. To this day many Syrian Jewish families still light an extra candle on Hanukka, some knowing the story of their wandering ancestors, and some just  following this custom by tradition without really understanding why the extra candle is illuminated.

Enjoy my “Thanksgivukkah” table! Flowers and pumpkin menorah designed by Marzan Flowers.

Photos by the talented Morris Gindi of morrisgindiphotography. Call Morris for weddings and special events! Product and architectural shoots. Check out his website HERE and Instagram feed HERE.

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Modern Silver Hanukka Menorah by Parci Parla in Brooklyn. Call Sherri at ((347) 587-5179 for pricing.

Orange roses  by Marzan Flowers (917)406-6259.

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Note the extra candle lit! (Want to know why? Read it above)

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Dreidels filled with a scooped out and silver sprayed pumpkin by Marzan Flowers. Silver tray by Christofle.

Personalized napkins by ipersonalize.(Call or text Joy  718-490-7063 for more options)

 

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Custom Hanukka Straws by personalize. Call or text Joy (718)490-7063 for all of your tabletop personalizationClick here for more personalization ideas!

Blue trimmed linen napkin and blue and white Ikat tablecloth by Tabletoppers- Call or text Michelle at (646)258-0929

Custom Hanukka Place cards  with exotic blue feathers by Karens Invitations. Call Karen at (718) 339-1929

Thanksgiving Rooster Cupcake Topper by Kitchen Caboodles. Call Helen at (917)691-4599

 

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Although I was really doing great on my diet, I didn’t even flinch when the photo shoot was over and I was able to eat an entire Atayef without a drop of guilt. My grandmother used to make these sweet crunchy treasures and each bite was worth every single calorie. Thanks Rina!!!

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This fantastic silver sprayed pumpkin  menorah was designed and hand crafted by Yuval and Ina Marzan of Marzan Flowers.

Call them for your festive events, holiday tables and hostess gift arrangements at (917)406-6259.

Love this IKAT blue and white table topper by Tabletoppers- Call or text Michelle at (646)258-0929

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Delicious Hanukka cake  with Pumkins on top(!!!) designed by Rachel Benun of Flour Power. Call Rachel for your next special event! (917)881-2428

Lucite cake knife by Parci Parla (347)587-5179

 

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Gorgeous multi layered wrapped gift cake by callmecookie1! Call Latifah at (347)536-9361

Wine Decanter by Pampaloni

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Cake detail by  by callmecookie1! Call Latifah at (347)536-9361

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Hope u enjoyed! XoXo

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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 08 June 2013

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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Panko Goat Cheese Slices with Roasted Butternut Squash and Toasted Almonds atop Arugula

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Panko Goat Cheese Slices with Roasted Butternut Squash and Toasted Almonds atop Arugula

7 Comments 10 May 2013

Adapted from Robin Jemal’s holiday recipe kosher cookbook  Dare To Be Different ,
this dairy goat cheese salad with its citrusy dressing will be a major hit with your family and guests.

The toasted sliced almonds and Panko coated goat cheese adds a nice dose of topping crunch that, just for a moment brings back the good old days of  CARVEL chocolate crunch…. BUT getting back to reality, lets all accept the fact that if we were born before 1980- the Carvel topping days are not on the menu anymore, and now we might have to add that daily dose of crunch with a salad that has a sidekick of  sweet  roasted butternut squash and toasted almonds, and a citrusy dressing to top it all off. Recipes like these make it fun to be a grownup!

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Panko Goat Cheese Slices with Roasted Butternut Squash and Toasted Almonds atop Arugula

Panko Goat Cheese Slices with Roasted Butternut Squash and Toasted Almonds atop Arugula

Ingredients

    Salad:
  • 2 logs of cold goat cheese,
  • 3 egg whites, beaten
  • 1 cup panko crumbs mixed with salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch of beets, boiled and cubed
  • 2 cups of sweet potato or butternut squash cubed, mixed with olive oil and salt and roasted till edges are brown.
  • 1 cup toasted almonds or pumpkin seeds
  • 1/2 cup toasted walnuts/optional
  • 1 bag mesclun lettuce, or baby arugula
  • Citrus Dressing:
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup orange zest
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard
  • salt,pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil

Instructions

  1. Slice goat cheese with a sharp knife into rounds and dip into beaten egg and then into seasoned Panko crumbs.
  2. Place on a sprayed baking tray and bake for about 20 minutes at 350 degrees till toasty.
  3. Place beets, roasted cubed sweet potato or butternut squash atop greens.
  4. Add toasty goat cheese on top.
  5. Whip dressing ingredients in Cuisinart with sharp blade.
  6. Pour over salad.
  7. Top with toasted walnuts, almonds and/or pumpkin seeds.
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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 May 2013

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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Heavenly Cheese Samboosak

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Heavenly Cheese Samboosak

3 Comments 06 May 2013

Mother’s Day and Shavuot  would not be the same  in a Sephardic Jewish household if we did not serve samboosak as a side dish on the table.

Many people even serve it with the dessert and coffee or tea at the end of the dairy meal.

A bag of frozen unbaked  sambousak is considered like “gold” because of the loving handmade touch of each delectable crimped half moon pastry.

Remember to always keep a bag of frozen samboosak in the freezer for an unexpected guest!

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of smead- (semolina flour) available at Bob’s Red Mill
  • dash of kosher salt
  • 2 sticks of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp oil

Cheese Filling:

  • 1 lb. low fat mozzarella cheese, grated,
  • 2 eggs beaten,
  • 1/2 tsp  aluminum-free baking powder.

Egg Glaze and Sesame Seeds for Topping:

  • one beaten egg in a small bowl for dipping sambousak.
  • 3/4 cup sesame seeds mixes with 1/2 tsp of kosher salt.
  1. Mix flour, semolina and salt. Add butter , add water and oil slowly.

(Can be kneaded by hand, but I like using the metal blade of the food proccessor.)

  1. Refrigerate dough for 20 minutes.
  2. In a glass bowl, mix grated cheese with  aluminum-free baking powder and eggs .
  3. roll the dough into walnut size balls.
  4. flatten with tortilla press or your palm
  5. place a teaspoonful of cheese mixture into the circle
  6. fold over and crimp, starting at one end, rolling the dough between your thumb and forefinger and pinching as you turn the half moon. It takes practice!
  7. dip half moon into beaten egg, and then into sesame seed mixture.
  8. place on sprayed parchment on a cookie pan.
  9. May be frozen on a tray at this point. Place in a freezer bag when frozen. or-
  10. bake at 350 degees for approximately 20 minutes.
  11. Done when bottom of each sambousak is a light brown and top is perfectly baked.

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Drizzled Mini Cheesecake Pops

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Drizzled Mini Cheesecake Pops

4 Comments 03 May 2013

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“Hi! Its Shirley from HomeBaked.com , counting down the days till Shavuot . This holiday is definitely one of my personal favorites – so rich in tradition, spirituality, introspection, and of course, outstanding desserts.

Because we traditionally refrain from eating meat on the holiday of Shavuot, we are blessed with the rare opportunity to serve DAIRY desserts after the holiday meals. Being me, I usually plan my family’s Shavuot dessert menu from about three months in advance, as dairy dessert is an extremely exciting thing to me (and not something that I often get to do). This year, I plan to make an authentic mascarpone-filled tiramisu, a strawberry shortcake trifle (with real whipped cream!), a flaky blueberry tart a la mode, and perhaps some buttery, golden, lemon-glazed madeleines a current obsession of mine…

Anyway, I promised myself that I wouldn’t share yet another cheesecake recipe with you as a Shavuot dessert idea. I sometimes wonder if Shavuot could be Shavuot without that rich, sinful cheesecake staring out at you some point in the holiday. However, I am an enormous cheesecake fan, and I do believe that if you are going to indulge, it may as well be on Shavuot. Therefore, I decided to give you my favorite cheesecake recipe with a spin:

Cheesecake Pops !

These adorable little treats are pretty simple to make (in fact, I bet kids would have a blast dipping them in the melted chocolate and sprinkles), can be eaten with minimal guilt (considering you can stop at just one), and will certainly still pay a respectful homage to the traditional cheesecake that I am sure we would all like to let go of for a while.

While there are a bunch of steps involved in this recipe, do not get overwhelmed –  each can be done in stages, and can be spread out across several days.

Cheesecake Pops

Recipe from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O’Connor

Makes 30–40 pops

  • 5 8-oz packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • boiling water as needed
  • thirty to forty 8-inch lollipop sticks
  • 1 lb chocolate (semi-sweet, milk or white), finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
(optional- used to thin out the chocolate)
  • assorted decorations: chopped nuts, colored sprinkles, toffee bits, mini chocolate chips (optional)

Position oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Set some water to boil. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and salt until smooth. If using a mixer, mix on low speed. Add the whole eggs and the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well (but still at low speed) after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and cream. Grease a 10-inch cake pan (not a springform pan), and pour the batter into the cake pan. Place the pan in a larger roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with the boiling water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the cake pan. Bake until the cheesecake is firm and slightly golden on top, 35 to 45 minutes. Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and cool to room temperature. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until very cold, at least 3 hours or up to overnight. When the cheesecake is cold and very firm, scoop the cheesecake into 2-ounce balls and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Carefully insert a lollipop stick into each cheesecake ball. Freeze the cheesecake pops, uncovered, until very hard, at least 1 – 2 hours.

When the cheesecake pops are frozen and ready for dipping, prepare the chocolate. In the top of a double boiler, set over simmering water, or in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, heat half the chocolate and half the shortening, stirring often, until chocolate is melted and chocolate and shortening are combined. Stir until completely smooth. Do not heat the chocolate too much or your chocolate will lose it’s shine after it has dried. Save the rest of the chocolate and shortening for later dipping, or use another type of chocolate for variety. Alternately, you can microwave the same amount of chocolate coating pieces on high at 30 second intervals, stirring until smooth.

Quickly dip a frozen cheesecake pop in the melted chocolate, swirling quickly to coat it completely. Shake off any excess into the melted chocolate. If you like, you can now roll the pops quickly in optional decorations. You can also drizzle them with a contrasting color of melted chocolate (dark chocolate drizzled over milk chocolate or white chocolate over dark chocolate, etc.)

You can also chop up Heath Bars as a delectable topping.

 

Place the pop on a clean parchment paper-lined baking sheet to set. Repeat with remaining pops, melting more chocolate and shortening (or confectionary chocolate pieces) as needed.

Refrigerate the pops for up to 24 hours, until ready to serve.

So, enjoy your Shavuot, enjoy your cheesecake, be sure to post any questions or comments and I’ll be happy to answer.

All the best,

Shirley Dana

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10 NEW THANKSGIVING IDEAS AND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE

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10 NEW THANKSGIVING IDEAS AND INSPIRATION FOR YOUR HOLIDAY TABLE

No Comments 27 April 2013

 

1-Thanksgiving Cake by Alexis Cohen

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2-Thanksgiving Decor by Melanie Srour

Thanksgiving Strawberries

3-Thanksgiving Desserts by Esty Mosseri

 

Thanksgiving Punch

3-Champagne Fruit Punch by @rsutton on Instagram

Recipe: Mix 1 cup cranberry juice and 1/2 cup orange juice in a pitcher. Pour a little bit in a glass. Add equal parts ginger ale and champagne.

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4- Thanksgiving Desserts by Robin Missry- Amazing ways to use marshmallows and rice krispy balls!

Thanksgiving Cake Pops

5- Thanksgiving Cake Pops by @nshamah on Instagram.

Thanksgiving table decor

6- LOVE the turkey/breads/pumpkins/candle decor! By Amanda Cohen.

Thanksgiving Table

7- Fantastic pumpkin/floral/candles modern centerpiece by Pauline Shabot.

THANKSGIVUKKAH TABLE DECOR BY ELIZABETH SUTTON

8- The perfect “Thanksgivukkah” table! By Elizabeth Sutton

Thanksgiving Decor Ideas

9- Rustic yet elegant Thanksgiving Table by Manie Dweck.

Nestle Turkey Cookies

10-Turkey Cookies by Nestle. Genius!!!

1 pkg. (16.5 oz.) NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Refrigerated Chocolate Chip Cookie Bar Dough
3/4 cup prepared chocolate frosting
1/3 cup sliced almonds
48 NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Premier White Morsels
48 NESTLÉ TOLL HOUSE Semi-Sweet Chocolate Mini Morsels
24 candy corns
48 pretzel twist pieces for feet
Directions
PREPARE cookies as directed on package. Cool completely.
FROST cookies with chocolate frosting. Insert 8 to 10 almond slices into frosting for feathers on each cookie. Place two white morsels upside down on each as eyes. Adhere mini morsel pupils to white morsels with frosting. Place candy corns as nose and two pretzel pieces for feet on each.
NOTE: Candy corns can be used for feathers instead of almond slices.

 

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A Bridal Spring Greens Sheva Berachot Shabbat Dinner by The Jewish Hostess

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A Bridal Spring Greens Sheva Berachot Shabbat Dinner by The Jewish Hostess

15 Comments 16 April 2013

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  I’m a little  embarrassed to say, that especially since I’m known as The Jewish Hostess, I totally forgot to offer my home for one of the sheva berachot  dinners   when my niece Grace got engaged. (Jewish tradition holds that seven days following the wedding, the bride and groom are treated like a queen and king and are invited to dine at the home of a different friend or relative each night. These festive meals are called “sheva berachot) Thanks goodness that my sister in law felt close enough to ask me if I would host the meal and OF COURSE I jumped at the opportunity. Within seconds I was trying to dream up a theme for what I envisioned to be a bridal themed dinner for 30 guests.

I wanted the bride and groom to feel like this dinner was prepared especially for them, so I ordered a custom stamp with their name in a modern font in the center, and their last name in uppercase letters around the circular edge. You can create your own stamp here at Invitation Box. I chose to add in a lime green ink color to my stamp purchase to coordinate with a fresh silver/white/lime “hues of  spring” table decor theme.

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I even used the custom stamp to personalize these linen-like disposable napkins for the netilat yadayim station by the sink.

Netilat Yadayim, The Jewish Hostess

Though I don’t usually serve mazza (Syrian style appetizers) before my Friday night meal,(many Syrian Jewish homes traditonally serve mazza before dinner, but  personally I just don’t want to fill my kids up on meat samboosak if I was in the kitchen cooking a real Shabbat dinner all day) I decided that it would be a little more formal and give my guests something to keep busy while I was dishing out the main sourse on platters that were served buffet style. I love the three tired towers used for my lahamagine, sambboosak, and baby knishes.

If you need a great extra serving platter that can add some fashionable height to your dinner table, then check out link below.

Mazza,Twos Company,The Jewish Hostess

 

I love my Annie Glass dishes because I find that I can always dress them according to my mood. Just like a basic pencil skirt- I know I can pretty it up for a morning bar-mitzvah, or glam it up even more to run into an engagement party. Its also amazing how, once I decided on the green color scheme, I got comments on how the edge of the dish sparkled with the natural green of the glass and magically seemed to color coordinate with the flowers (by Shirley Bar Nathan) and the green glass LSA pitchers that I found on sale at Surrey Lane in Brooklyn.

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The simple silver napkin rings were purchases online at Pottery Barn, and I used them because they added to the ambiance of the table without overpowering the place card.

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Did you notice my heart shaped challahs???

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Another View…

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Buffet goes here….

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I love ORANGE accents!!! My sister in law happened to buy these serving spoons for me as a holiday gift and the bright citrusy color just makes me feel so happy.

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I managed to snap SOME food shots before Shabbat….

Fatoush Salad, The Jewish Hostess

Fatoush Salad with Sumac Dressing and homemade  croutons ready to pour on.

Tomato Mechshe

Syrian style stuffed mechshe tomato…

Eggplant Rollups, The Jewish Hostess

Eggplant rollups…

Wedding Desserts, The Jewis Hostess

Wedding styled strawberries by Esty Mosseri.

Slee-Ah Wheat Syrian dessert

My mother in law makes this Syrian sweet mixture of wheat, nuts, coconut and pomegranate seeds to celebrate the arrive of a grandchild’s first tooth…

 

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Don’t tell anyone, but I was so zonked from setting the table, cooking, etc, that I popped some Kineret frozen cookie doughs into the oven…

Fruit Platter

Chunked fruit…

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Ready to light the Shabbat candles… guests coming soon!!!

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Israeli Tehina from Scratch

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Israeli Tehina from Scratch

3 Comments 15 April 2013

This recipe is by @arianahaber

Much fresher than tehina from a jar.  Serve with Mazza or crudites.

Perfect for Yom Haatzmaut! Thanks Ariana!

 

Israeli Tehina from Scratch

Israeli Tehina from Scratch

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unhulled organic sesame seeds
  • 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • cumin
  • fresh garlic cloves
  • olive oil
  • water

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients above into Vitamix blender
  2. Puree together until consistency is thick and smooth
  3. Top with paprika, pine nuts and high quality olive oil
  4. Bon apetit!
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Soy Vay Wasabi Salmon Filet with Roasted Asparagus and Sliced Mini Scarlet/Orange Peppers

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Soy Vay Wasabi Salmon Filet with Roasted Asparagus and Sliced Mini Scarlet/Orange Peppers

10 Comments 11 April 2013

This week, I’d like to give a HUGE THANK YOU to the makers of Soy Vay marinades for helping me get dinner on the table ON TIME!!!!

Today, when I lingered on the world wide web for a little bit longer than I should have, and glanced at the top right of my digital screen, and “Oh my g-d the kids are coming home in 45 minutes and what the heck am I making for dinner?”

My mind raced as I called my local fish store, (thank goodness I live in Brooklyn where even a carton of milk is a phone call away)  I nicely begged the kosher fish store to rush over a 2 lb. wild salmon fillet over to my home. Whisking open my fridge, I found some ginger, a beautiful bag of mini peppers, and a bunch of asparagus. I flung open my pantry, and  I couldn’t help but notice the brand new shiny bottle of Spicy Soy Vay Wasabi Marinade that really seemed to be winking right at me. (ok- maybe I was on the computer for a little bit TOO long…)

With less than an hour to go, I twisted open my Soy Vay Marinade and finger taste tested  it quickly. In an instant I could tell that the recipes that we whip up with Soy Vay need not be too complicated or time consuming because Soy Vay has worked on all the chopping, mixing, and spicing for us.

While waiting for my fish to arrive, I soaked and peeled my asparagus, and squirted  my beautiful mini peppers with vegetable spray. I quickly washed, dried, seeded and sliced them into little rounds, and then I diagonally sliced my peeled asparagus into the bowl with the peppers. By then, the doorbell had rung and within minutes the salmon was washed, dried, and on waiting on a  sprayed parchment.

I rubbed it with some crushed garlic that I had stored in the freezer and sprinkled it with salt and pepper. I then brushed about 1/4 cup of Soy Vay Wasabi marinade atop the whole fillet.

I then slid my slightly spiced salmon into the oven on a sheet of sprayed parchment paper on 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

My sliced veggies were poured into a plastic food storage bag, with about 3 big slices of ginger for flavor,and in went about a half cup of the Soy Vay marinade. Flattening, I pressed out the air bubbles and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. I wouldn’t leave it longer than that, because the veggies start to “cook” with the marinade, and will start to lose their color before cooking with the fish.

I then slid my semi-cooked salmon out of the oven and squeezed out the marinated veggies, layering atop the fish.

Back in to the oven went my veggie covered salmon, and 20 minutes later, the kids drifted in exclaiming, “What smells so great,ma?”

Caesar salad and pizza on the table, the kids pulled up their seats, and very soon after, our salmon was ready. Using two life saving huge fish spatulas, I slid my Soy Vay Wasabi Salmon with Veggies onto a serving platter. “Fancy Shmancy, said one of the kids, as they began to dig in. “WAIT!!!” I said pretty loudly, “I need to take a picture!”

And the rest is history….

P.S.I did notice that the wasabi marinade has an extra unexpected hot kick that goes down a notch with cooking, so I would recommend sprinkling a teaspoon or so over the final presentation to add in that extra burst of flavor.

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Salmon, Spiced and Marinated

Salmon, Spiced and Marinated

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My huge fish spatula

The Jewish Hostess Soy Vay Salmon Recipe

Right out of the oven!

 

All done- THANK YOU Soy Vay!!!

All done- THANK YOU Soy Vay!!!

Click here to purchase Soy Vay online.

P.P.S.The folks at Soy Vay sent me a couple of gratis bottles of their marinades to taste test for my Jewish Hostesses….

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Soy Vay Wasabi Salmon Filet with Roasted Asparagus and Sliced Mini Scarlet/Orange Peppers

Soy Vay Wasabi Salmon Filet with Roasted Asparagus and Sliced Mini Scarlet/Orange Peppers

Ingredients

  • 2 lb wild salmon filet without skin washed and dried.
  • 6 mini peppers red and orange
  • 1 bunch asparagus soaked in vegetable wash washed and peeled
  • salt, pepper
  • a little more than 3/4 cup Soy Vay Wasabi Marinade

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry salmon.
  2. Sprinkle with kosher salt and pepper and spoon and rub 2 tbsp of soy Vay wasabi marinade all over top and sides of fish. For even better results, leave salmon marinating in fridge all morning.
  3. About 40 minutes before serving, slide Soy Vay marinated salmon into a preheated 350 degree oven for 10 min.
  4. While this is happening, wash and dry mini peppers and seed with a small knife. Slice into small rounds. Peel and soak asparagus. Peel off tough outer shell and slice on the diagonal. In a food storage bag marinate veggies with 1/2 cup Soy Vay Wasabi marinade. U can add 3 big slices of ginger (or chopped if you have the time) to this mixture.(If you dont chop ginger finely, make sure to remove the big slices before serving)
  5. Slide the half baked salmon out of the oven and pour veggies on top.
  6. Slide back into the oven for about 25 minutes. Using a fork, test for doneness.
  7. Using 2 large spatulas, transfer to a serving platter.
  8. Sprinkle several teaspoons of fresh Soy Vay Wasabi marinade over the final presentation to add in that extra burst of flavor.
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Two Magnificent Holiday Table Settings by Karen Tawil

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Two Magnificent Holiday Table Settings by Karen Tawil

10 Comments 27 March 2013

Karen Tawil is one of the most creative and talented people I know. Years ago, Karen volunteered for a Sephardic Bikur Holim bake sale that we were working on.  In one day, she ran down to the flower district and bought tons of  bonsai plants, flowers, and all sorts of containers and ribbon, and created about 50 of the coolest Shabbat arrangements for sale. Needless to say, we were all sold out within hours, and it greatly helped us add to the profits and enjoyment of the day!

I must also add that Karen and her husband Neil own  Bright Eyes, the BEST place to shop for designer sunglasses in the Tri-State area. Bright Eyes is Located at 508 Kings Hwy # 1, Brooklyn, NY 11223-1917

Call Karen or Neil for more info:(718) 382-8722 ‎

Thanks for sharing your breathtaking holiday table settings with us, Karen!  You make it look so easy!!!

p.s. To all of my Jewish Hostesses! keep sending in your holiday photos to marlene(AT)thejewishhostess.com! use the @!!

Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

I love the reaction of my guests when they come into our home and they get excited with all they see. I feel like the table setting makes the meal memorable even if its a meal as simple as bbq. For shavuot lunch it was just the four of us. I used a woven leather placemat from Pottery Barn with a silver charger ,the dishes are limoge and the flatware is lucite. I used stargazer and blue hydrangeas…….

For dinner table decor, I used a silver liner with a shimmer white overlay. Everything else was simple. As it was the holiday of Shavuot,  I just wanted it to be about the flowers. I put six vases across the table filled with roses, lisianthus,philanopsis,calla lillies and peonies. In front of each place setting, I put a single orchid in medicine tubes. The napkin rings were made out of silver leather from the fabric store sealed with a hot glue gun. Simple and elegant!!! Karen Tawil”

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10 Fabulous Tricks to Create Your Own Exciting Holiday Tablescape and Decor

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10 Fabulous Tricks to Create Your Own Exciting Holiday Tablescape and Decor

6 Comments 22 March 2013

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Dear Hostesses,

If your Shabbat and Passover Holiday table setting decor is starting to look about as old as your wedding photos, then its time to wipe your table setting slate clean and dare to think past your same old table cloth and boring white napkins. Update your holiday table scape and watch your friends and families eyes light up as they enter the room. Sometimes we just never get to uncover the rainbow of creativity hidden under our daily “to do” list of cleaning and cooking. Well,  The Jewish Hostess has appeared here on your laptop just to give you that extra nudge to spark the FABULOUS  inner hostess within!

1- Start with your holiday theme and color scheme. Is it a holiday? A dinner party? Are you in the mood for a hot bright color on your table? OR just a calm romantic feel?

For my modern/rustic Tu bishvat table photo shoot this year, I wanted to inspire my Jewish Hostesses with the fresh feeling of trees, nature,and the beautiful  fruits of the Shiv’ah Minim of Israel.

I found a gorgeous hot pink cherry blossom fabric from the Marimekko shop in Crate and Barrel and had it cut to size. I left the edges raw on both ends because:

1- I really don’t sew, and

2- the raw edge fit in perfectly with the rustic look.

I borrowed the tree trunk bases, and the plastic monstera leaves (also pictured below- on the jungle themed Purim table) from my sister in law. For tons more table setting pics , recipes, and details about this Tu Bishvat  table setting, please visit me at The Jewish Hostess.com.

Tu Bishvat, The Jewish Hostess

Below, I used ombre blue macarons in plastic canisters to create a modern day sweet menorah centerpiece for my Hanukkah table decor. Silver and blue carried the evening with placemats, silverware, dreidels, and royal blue cake pops as place card holders. The lit candles in the center added a soft ambiance to the room as everyone served themselves at the buffet.

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2- Use elements from the holiday theme on your table. This past Rosh Hashanah, I used 2 white curvy horns (you can see one of the horns in the center of the table below) that I found at a gift show in NYC. I also bought miniature honey jars from Amazon. Mini white tasting spoons held pomegranate seeds in front of each place setting.  My homemade Rosh Hashanah jelly apples were the hit of the night!

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I also bought wooden honey dippers online,and  I purchased burgundy velvet to use as napkin rings at 99 cents a yard.You don’t have to spend a fortune on napkin rings, and oh, what a difference a napkin ring does make!

3- Mix the old with the new! The dishes navy and gold dishes  above were my mom’s. I still remember them being stacked up in the dining room for my brother’s disco/dinner party in the 70s. Mix your old dishes with modern stemware,  flatware and simple dishes like the Annie Glass dinner plates above.

4- Change your  table scape STYLE ! Just like we get tired of putting on the same outfit every other day, that’s how you should feel with your table scape. You should see the proud look on my married girls  faces every time they bring their families over for shabbat.  Once in a while I even get a slight nod of recognition (did I see a smile??) from my teenage son before he rushes out of the house. One time he even helped me fold the napkins for our  last year’s Tu Bishvat table !(below).

(p.s.)If you think that I actually potted those beautiful hyacinth plants for Tubishvat, well I’ve got a secret to share! I actually picked them up at the flower district on 28 street in NYC. Brought them home, and threw some bright orange kumquats onto the moss. In the center of the crated grass I placed a cake plate and mounded some new fruits atop. Voila!

Tu Bishvat Table Decor, The Jewish Hostess

5- Reinvent your  old drinking glasses, bowls, ribbons, table cloths and more:

The table below was one of my first creative holiday tablescapes. Two days before Purim, I ran to the 99 cent fabric shop and found the animal print, used sterling drinking glasses given to me as a wedding gift and transformed them into vases. I Bought some Purim masks online, stuck them into my “NEW” vases with flowers from the corner store. I then bought a silver chain trim and cut and glued the trim into napkin rings. As you can see, I mixed blue black, burgundy and red, (colors that I wouldn’t think of using on my table) and it was even prettier in person.

Think of floating flowers in bowls, using pretty salad plates to pass appetizers, and pretty  wood baskets to hold your challah rolls.

Purim tablescape

Purim Table Ideas, The Jewish Hostess

6- Layer! Layer, Layer!

The table below was created by my sister in law and I for a jungle themed Purim. We layered a bridge table cloth (turned it on the diagonal), bought plastic monstera leaves online, layered with wooden disposable plates, cheap jungle themed fabric used as napkins, and tied it all together with wooden napkin rings. Again, we had a ball at the flower market picking out bright tropical leaves and flowers. Remember to pop out your table with COLOR!(#8 below) I rummaged through my closets and found an orange (my favorite color) salad bowl that looked amazing and added another layer of dimension to our table scape. Can you see the hanging jungle themed paper lanterns in the back room? Another layer that added to the ambiance of the evening.

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7-  BE CREATIVE!!! One of my favorite tables were from a Passover table setting contest that I ran last year. Two teenage girls surprised their mom for the holiday and created their Passover table decor from scratch. Blue fabric was folded into a runner and laid across the center of the table representing the splitting of the sea. Their family name was printed in gold lettering and attached to each hagaddah on top of  each place setting. Sequin trim was transformed into napkin rings, and blue vases with simple flowers topped it all off. Imagine how great their mom felt!

Passover Tablescape, The Jewsh Hostess

8- Use COLOR to EXCITE!!! Studies have shown that bright colors add to the hunger factor, and  instantaneously put us in a good mood. Below, my neighbor used striped Mexican blankets and pillows that she owned,   to dress up her holiday decor. (You can actually find Mexican table decor HERE)

Sukkot Table Ideas, The Jewish Hostess

Always remember to use flowers, bright candles,or  an eye popping napkin to shake up a ho hum table.

9- Create your own place cards! For the Sheva Berachot table that I whipped up in honor of my niece’s wedding, I had an inked stamp made up with their name, ordered lime green ink and had every guest’s  name printed on each place card. Since we had the groom’s family over for the first time, every new guest had a comfortable place to sit. I placed the teens together, and the bride and groom’s parents next to us. It made everyone feel important and added a touch of color to the table. (more pics of this table to come soon….)

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Placecards, Table Decor, The Jewish Hostess

10- Try NOT to let your guests know that you were sweating in your bathrobe cooking all day!!! (see photo below)

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NOW ITS YOUR TURN! I hope that  I’ve inspired you to dig into your storage closets, run into a fabric shop, borrow table decor from a friend, and browse your local florist for unique vases, containers and gorgeous flowers, and maybe you will  decide to make place cards for your guests!

p.s. Be happy!!! There is nothing more fun than knowing that you’re beautiful table scape has added to the ambiance and excitement of the evening.

One last request- TAKE PICTURES!!!!!! I CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOUR HOLIDAY TABLES!!! CLICK HERE to email your pics to me.

Happy Holidays!

XoXo

Marlene
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How to Roast a Perfect Turkey with Fresh Cranberry Relish- Recipe by Miriam Kairey

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How to Roast a Perfect Turkey with Fresh Cranberry Relish- Recipe by Miriam Kairey

1 Comment 26 February 2013

 

 

 My friend Miriam Kairey can not only professionally trace your family history back at least ten generations, but she can also teach us all how to roast the perfect kosher turkey for Thanksgiving. She is a gourmet cook and is author of the  cookbook Positively Passover. She makes Syrian “kaak” regularly and is committed to preserving the art of cooking  Syrian Jewish Cuisine. Although Thanksgiving turkey is not exactly a Syrian main dish, Miriam has perfected her turkey roasting technique and I asked her to share it with all of us Jewish Hostesses! Thanks Miriam!!

“Thanksgiving is a big deal in the Kairey house.  It is a great opportunity to invite family and friends who live too far to walk over on Jewish Holy Days.  On this day we set aside the rich culinary tradition of the Syrian Jews in favor of delicious dishes that are quintessentially American.  The key to capturing the essence of these flavors is to use an abundant supply of fresh herbs including parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, just like the Simon and Garfunkel song.

There is no shortage of  Thanksgiving recipes on the web. Besides The Jewish Hostess, I also recommend Martha Stewart as a reliable source.  Just be sure to add plenty of chopped parsley and sage leaves to your stuffing, and sprinkle rosemary leaves on top of your sweet potatoes before cooking.  Reserve the stems to use when making turkey stock.

When it comes to roasting a succulent turkey, twenty years of trial and error have made me an expert.  My recipe combines the flavors of garlic and thyme, but neither overwhelm the delicious taste of the bird.  If you do not already have one, invest in a large roasting pan with cover (check out Granite Ware 18-Inch Covered Oval Roaster from Amazon.)
A foil roaster will deliver a turkey that takes longer to roast and is drier.  Make sure you have a meat thermometer (check out Taylor Elite 602 Meat Roasting Thermometer from Amazon).

Taylor Elite 602 Meat Roasting Thermometer

Take the turkey out of the oven the minute it is cooked, otherwise the breast dries out and shreds when you try to carve it.

If you purchase a frozen turkey, put it in the fridge to defrost on Sunday or Monday, clean and season it on Wednesday,  and it will be ready to stuff and roast on Thanksgiving day.

Enjoy! Miriam.”

Roast Turkey

  • 12 to 16 lb turkey
  • 1 ½ heads garlic cloves peeled
  • 2 Tbs. Paprika
  • 1 Tbs. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 3 to 4 Tbs. Oil
  • 4 Onions sliced into discs
  • 7 bay leaves
  • Large bunch fresh Thyme, leaves attached to stems
  • You will also need:
  • Roasting bag
  • Roaster with cover
  • Meat thermometer
  • Turkey baster

The day before Thanksgiving, make a paste of garlic, paprika, salt, pepper and oil in a food processor .  Rub completely over turkey inside and out.  Lift the skin on the breast and rub the paste underneath the skin directly onto the breast.  Tuck several bay leaves under skin as well.  If turkey is not completely defrosted yet don’t worry.  Put turkey in an oven bag and scatter remaining bay leaves, onion and thyme (stems included) all around the bird.  Close bag and refrigerate overnight.

Thanksgiving  day heat oven to 325.  Calculate 20 minutes per pound, and you will arrive at the approximate roasting time.  Then you can decide what time you need to put the turkey in the oven.  With turkey still in bag place stuffing inside the cavity of turkey.  Twist bag closed put in roaster and cover.  It cover does not close completely its ok, because the turkey is in a bag.

Once roasting is well under way,  I remove turkey from oven every 20 minutes or so, unwrap the bag, and baste turkey. About 1 hour from finish time I cut away the bag so the turkey can get a golden brown color.  Now you will want to start checking the temperature by inserting meat thermometer between the thigh and breast, but not touching the bone.  When temp reaches 165, remove bird from oven.  It will continue to cook even after leaving oven.  Discard Thyme.  Wait 20 minutes, carve and serve immediately.

 

Serve with fresh Cranberry Relish:

  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 navel orange, peeled
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 Tbs. fresh ginger, grated.

Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse until finely chopped.  Do not puree.

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Introducing- A Menu Makeover with Soy Vay Preservative Free Sauces and Marinades

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Introducing- A Menu Makeover with Soy Vay Preservative Free Sauces and Marinades

2 Comments 26 February 2013

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Dear Hostesesses,

Let me  introduce you to  Soy Vay- a preservative free marinade that packs a lot of flavor punch while making sure your not sweating over the hot stovetop.   Why is the buzz surrounding Soy Vay growing by  leaps and bounds?

1- Every Jewish housewife loves a good story, and Soy Vay has a great one! Way back in the 80’s, a Jewish guy and a Chinese girl got together to share their love of food and cooking, and kaboom! A kosher, Asian inspired marinade was born, and became an instant success at local markets and fairs. Kudos to this entrepreneurial duo! Now, the famous kosher 5 Soy Vay marinades and sauces are showcased on supermarket shelves across the country.

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2- Soy Vay is preservative free. Meaning that there are NO yucky sulfites (used to prevent browning in foods), BHA/BHT additives (preserves fats and oils), and Sodium Benzoate (prevents fermentation in fruit juices) additives included which causes some children to become more hyperactive and distractible than usual among some other not so yummy side effects. (If you really want to know more about some of the un-plus effects of preservatives click HERE.)

3-  I’ve been experimenting with the different varieties of Soy Vay for some of my Shabbat, Barbeque, and weeknight meals. My married daughters have been asking me for my new recipes, my teenage son’s friends moms have texted me for the secret ingredient in my roast, and I’ve noticed that I haven’t had have  Shabbat leftovers “LEFT OVER”  for  our last minute warmup Sunday night dinners anymore!

The 5 Soy Vay marinades are all you ever need for a stress free marinade and flavor menu-makeover. Teriyaki, Toasted Sesame, Hoisin Garlic, Wasabi Teriyaki, and Island Teriyaki will not disappoint you!

Click HERE  to check out this Grilled Asian Slider recipe made with Soy Vay Hoisin sauce.

Check out Soy Vay’s BRAND NEW WEBSITE!

 

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