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S’mores Marshmallow ‘n Chocolate Chip Tart by Leron Elkharrat

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S’mores Marshmallow ‘n Chocolate Chip Tart by Leron Elkharrat

No Comments 20 October 2013

Thank you Leron for this easy Holiday and Shabbat dessert! I’ve often wondered where in the world the concept of s’mores was created and after some munching around, I discovered that S’mores became popular in the early 1900’s just when the first marshmallows were becoming popular throughout the country. Some kids must have been hanging around at a campsite and discovered that these marshmallows actually tasted more delicious when sandwiched between two graham crackers with a piece of chocolate melted in between! The first official recipe for s’mores was published in the 1927 Girl Scout Handbook, which launched the S’more’s legacy as the ultimate warm ‘n cozy chocolate indulgence for years to come. Enjoy Leron’s Martha Stewart inspired tart variation!

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Juicy Holiday Brick Roast with Pomegranate Honey Glaze

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Juicy Holiday Brick Roast with Pomegranate Honey Glaze

6 Comments 14 September 2013

When I looked online for Rosh Hashanah main course inspiration,  I came across a believe-it-or-not- PORK (!)- recipe- so I whipped up a kosher version and  tested out this juicy brick roast recipe on Shabbat just to make sure it would be a delicious addition to my Rosh Hashanah menu. The aromas that emanate from your oven will have you craving your brick roast at lunchtime. The glaze, when thickened is SO delicious. I’m sure your family will love it.

For those of you who don’t know what brick roast is, it’s also called  French Roast. If you have a hard time finding it, you can email me at marlene (at) thejewishhostess.com.

Wishing all of my Jewish Hostesses a Happy and Healthy New Year! 

Directions:

In a pyrex bowl, make a paste out of:

  • Honey
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Chopped Garlic
  • Salt Pepper
  • Dried Thyme

Marinate a 3 lb. brick roast with this mixture overnight in a roaster.

Sear the roast in the oven turning on both sides in the morning.

Add 1 cup of water to the sides of the roaster and cook at 350 degrees for 90 minutes-2 hours.

When tender, take out of the oven, cool, slice, pour juices on top and cook (covered) for another 45 minutes till meat is brown and tender and pulls apart easily. May be frozen at this point.

(Because meat thicknesses and oven heat varies, please use your judgement with cooking times.)

Glaze:

  • 2 teaspoons safflower oil
  • 2 large shallots, chopped
  • 4 stems fresh thyme
  • 1 cup pure pomegranate juice
  • 2/3 cup  honey

4. Sauté  the shallots in safflower oil over medium heat until they soften. Add the sprigs of rosemary and lemon thyme and continue cooking until the shallots just start to brown. Add the pomegranate juice and scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen the caramelized bitsand bring to a slow boil. Remove the herb sprigs and add the honey. Bring back to a slow boil over medium heat and continue cooking until the glaze reduces and thickens, about 10 to 15 minutes.

5. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a heat resistant surface. Let cool.

6. Slice into very thin pieces and serve with the thickened glaze drizzled on top.

 

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Unbelievable Shabbat Brick Roast with Wine, Cranberry Sauce, and Portobello Mushrooms

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Unbelievable Shabbat Brick Roast with Wine, Cranberry Sauce, and Portobello Mushrooms

14 Comments 14 September 2013

 

Portobello Cranberry and Wine Brick Roast for Shabbat/and or your Rosh Hashanah and Jewish Holiday Menu:

This recipe was inspired by The Kosher Palette Cookbook. The recipe is so easy to put together on a Friday morning for Shabbat.  When the sauce ingredients are simmered together, you would never know that there is a can of cranberry sauce in there- but that coupled with the cooking wine gives it unbelievable flavor! I love when an unexpected guest rings the bell on a Friday afternoon and they say how good the house smells!!! When you make this roast- it will be one of those days!!! If you are more of a brisket  roast hostess, please comment below with brisket roast tips for this recipe.

Please let me know how you like it! Marlene

p.s.- I didnt have time to snap a pic of the finished roast before Shabbat started, but I managed to snap a pic as it was sliding into the oven.

Kosher Brick Roast Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Marsala cooking wine (my sister in law used half Kesser wine and it came out great)
  • 1 cup of Imagine or Passover chicken broth
  • 1 can of whole or jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup all purpose flour
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 6 garlic cloves chopped
  • 3 sprigs fresh rosemary (my sister in law didn’t have rosemary and it turned out great)
  • One 4 0r 5  lb brick roast
  • 4 portobello mushrooms sliced

Directions for this Shabbat recipe:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Whisk wine, chicken broth, flour, onion, cranberry sauce, in a saucepan and heat on a low flame  until melted and boiling for about 10 minutes.
  3. Rub roast all over with salt, pepper, garlic, and place sliced onion and rosemary on top.
  4. Pour cranberry sauce mixture on top and cover.
  5. Roast for about 1 and one half hours covered and then add half of sliced portobello mushrooms for another half hour.
  6. Cool, slice, and re-heat for 45 minutes to an hour before serving, uncover the last 20 minutes for browning.
  7. Saute the rest of the portobello mushrooms in garlic and top as a garnish before serving.
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Lamb Kebobs with Rosemary Skewers

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Lamb Kebobs with Rosemary Skewers

No Comments 14 September 2013

This dish was a great hit on my Rosh Hashanah table  last year. Its great to throw these on the grill just after the men and kids come home from synagogue Rosh Hashanah or  Sukkot night.

The grilled lamb kebobs threaded with rosemary can be served along side grilled figs.

Don’t over cook them as they get tough and chewy.

Try it!  you will get rave reviews!

Serves 20 people.

Inspired by Mark Bittman.

  • 5 pounds boneless lamb shoulder, cut into chunks
  • 12 fresh figs
  • Rosemary branches
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil, more or less
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • One and 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons minced fresh rosemary.
  1. Marinate lamb chunks with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper,and chopped rosemary.
  2. Start a charcoal or wood fire or heat a gas grill; fire should be moderately hot.
  3. Thread lamb chunks with a wood skewer in order to make a hole for the rosemary to slide in easily.
  4. Make  lamb rosemary skewers – using 3 chunks per rosemary skewer.
  5. Thread several rosemary skewers with 3 figs each, that have also beem marinated in lemon oil marinade. You will find that most of the men and kids will go for the lamb and not the figs- but the figs add an elegance to the dish.
  6. Grill, turning skewers as each side browns; total cooking time should be from 6 to 10 minutes for medium-rare meat, and 4 or 5 minutes for the figs. Meat will become slightly more done after you remove it from grill, so take this into account.

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Impressive Baby Lamb Chops for Rosh Hashanah

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Impressive Baby Lamb Chops for Rosh Hashanah

3 Comments 14 September 2013

Rosemary and Garlic Baby Lamb Chops

“I got this kosher recipe from a friend of a friend of a friend…Anyhow I made it for my husband and he said it was the best lamb chop he has ever tasted. You will not believe how delicious this simple recipe is until you make it,  so get to the kitchen and start cooking!” Laura Cohen

Serves 4

Ingredients for this Kosher Recipe:

8 Individual Baby Lamb Chops, frenched

Marinade:

1/3 cup Soy Sauce

1/3 cup olive oil

1 1/2 sprigs fresh rosemary

12 garlic cloves

Directions for this Kosher recipe:

Put all the ingredients for the marinade into a blender and pulse until combined. Place lamb chops in a big plastic bag with marinade and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

Remove lamb chops from bag and discard marinade.

Roast in oven for 30 minutes on 350 degrees.

Serve immediately.

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Rosh Hashanah Roasted Marinated Honey Chicken

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Rosh Hashanah Roasted Marinated Honey Chicken

8 Comments 14 September 2013

 

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I call this “Rosh Hashanah” Honey Chicken, but of course you can use recipe all year round. I devised my own version of this recipe after hunting online for a roasted holiday chicken marinade. Make sure you continually baste and brush with the honey at the end of roasting. You don’t want leathery dry chicken on Rosh Hashanah!

The overnight marinade is also essential for the great flavor boost. I made it last week and I knew it was good when my son’s teenage friend kept forking more chicken pieces over into his plate. I heard him say , “This is great chicken” as he was gobbling it up.

Teens don’t lie! (at least not about food…)

Enjoy and Happy New Year! Marlene

Ingredients for Rosh Hashanah Roasted Honey Chicken:

3 chickens cut into 10 pieces each, or you can order 3 packs of chicken legs and thighs separated.(I always order my chicken pieces without the skin.)

Make a paste and marinate overnight:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil (if you buy chicken without the skin, then use more olive oil so it doesn’t dry out.)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme – finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary – finely chopped
  • 3 tsp. lemon juice
  • 8 cloves garlic – finely chopped
Glaze:
3/4 cup honey melted in a pot over low flame.
Directions:

1. Rinse chicken and remove excess fat. PAT DRY so that the marinade sticks.

2. Combine paste ingredients, put on kitchen gloves and rub onto all chicken pieces in a large bowl.

3. Slice about 3 large onions and place on the bottom go the roaster. Drizzle safflower oil over the bottom of the roaster.

4.Place chicken pieces on top of onions .Marinate overnight.

5. Cover and cook for one hour at 350. Remember to baste continually.

6. Melt  3/4 cup of honey in a pot and brush  every 15-20 minutes till pieces of chicken slides off the bone and top is brown.

7. Leftover chicken is even better deboned, warmed up, and served the next day for lunch.



 

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Orange Rosemary Garlic Roast Turkey Recipe by Vera Levy

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Orange Rosemary Garlic Roast Turkey Recipe by Vera Levy

No Comments 18 August 2013

 Thank you Vera Levy for sharing this Thanksgiving turkey recipe via Instagram.

I love the combination of flavors and I’m sure it gets even better if it sits in the fridge with the marinade from day before.Dear Hostesses- Comment below with any turkey roasting suggestions! Marlene

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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

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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.

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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

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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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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

6 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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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

cheescake pops on the right -I made alot of the desserts for this engagement party

 

 

“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

Thanksgiving table and decor, Turkey decor,

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.

Thanksgiving desserts

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.

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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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Shabbat Table,Challah, The jewish Hostess

Did you notice my heart shaped challahs???

Sheva Berachot , The Jewish Hostess,

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Buffet goes here….

Crystal Wine Glasses, The Jewish Hostess

Kosher Wine, The Jewish Hostess

 

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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.

Salad Ideas, The Jewish Hostess

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…

 

Kosher dessert, The Jewish Hostess

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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