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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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The Jewish Hostess Fish Spatula,

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!!!

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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….

Soy Vay Wasabi Teriyaki Salmon

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


  • 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


  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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Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies by Lisa Bailey

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Passover Chocolate Chip Cookies by Lisa Bailey

4 Comments 29 March 2013

There is nothing like a fresh delicious chocolate chip cookie. This is why I make the batter and freeze them raw.   I can pull them out and just bake before serving.

Kosher Ingredients: 2 cups cake meal

1 tsp. baking soda

1 tsp. salt

2 sticks margarine

¾ cup sugar

¾ cup brown sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 package (12 oz) chocolate chips


Combine dry ingredients, cake meal, baking soda and salt

Melt margarine in microwave, cream with sugars add eggs and vanilla

Add in dry mixture then chips

Shape into balls and flatten a little (these cookies will remain the same shape after baking )

May freeze at this point

Bake 350 (preheated oven) for 10-12 min do not over bake


Lisa Bailey

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Passover Brick Roast with Red Wine and Red Onion Garnish

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Passover Brick Roast with Red Wine and Red Onion Garnish

2 Comments 27 March 2013

Thank you Yael from Culinary Kosher! When I asked Yael for the BEST PASSOVER ROAST from her site, she sent me this red wine marinated brick roast recipe, and I immediately knew it was just perfect for The Jewish Hostess readers. Its easy, and I can just tell that it is a juicy and tasty holiday or Shabbat roast recipe. Enjoy! Marlene

Brick Roast with Red Wine and Red Onion Garnish

  • 1 Brick Roast 3-4 Lbs
  • 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4 Garlic Cloves Crushed
  • 1 tablespoon Kosher Salt
  • 1/4 cup/s Dry Red Wine

Red Onion Garnish

  • 3 Red Onions
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/4 cups kosher red wine


  1. Put the garlic, oil and salt in the food processor and make a paste.
  2. Rub it all over the meat and let meat sit in refrigerator for a few hours or over night.
  3. Preheat oven to broil. Pour the wine around the meat (if using). Turn the meat over every 15 minutes. Total roasting time depends on how well done you like the meat. Slice and serve.


  1. Saute the onions in oil until they become soft.
  2. Pour in the wine and cook another 5 minutes.
  3. Lay onions on top of meat before serving.
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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 @!!


“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.


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!


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.


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)

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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)

The Jewish Hostess ,Sheva Berachot

The Jewish Hostess

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!


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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.


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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*Disclosure: I am a Soy Vay® Ambassador and Soy Vay® products were provided to me by Soy Vay®.

S’mores Brownie Bites for Shabbat or Special Occasion!

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S’mores Brownie Bites for Shabbat or Special Occasion!

4 Comments 11 February 2013

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Thank you to my gourmet  niece Shirley Dana, who continues to inspire me with her fantastic recipes!


S’mores Brownie Bites

“Hi, its Shirley from Homebaked, and I’d like to share a fun, easy recipe that is great for topping off any meal. While I make these bite-size treats with my favorite from-scratch brownie recipe, you can simply use a box of Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownie mix (with a little extra chocolate chips) with equally scrumptious results.”

Smore’s Brownie Bites

(makes about 48 mini brownie cups)

Graham Cracker Crust:

  • 1 ½ cups crushed graham crackers
  • 6 tbs melted margarine


  • 1 box of Duncan Hines Chewy Fudge Brownie mix
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • ¼- ½ cup chocolate chips


  • Mini marshmallows
  • Marshmallow Fluff

Preheat oven to 350.

Spray mini muffin trays liberally with cooking spray. (You can also use regular size muffin trays, but baking time will be longer, and you will probably get about 15 cupcakes out of the recipe).

To make crust

Simply mix the crumbs and the melted margarine together by hand. Drop about a teaspoon of the crumb mixture into each sprayed muffin cup. Using the back of a knife (or your fingers), carefully press the crumb mixture down until each cup has a flat, compact cookie crust at its bottom. (Save any leftover crumbs, as you will use them for on top of the brownies). Bake the crusts for about 3-5 minutes.

For the kosher brownies

Combine the brownie mix, water, eggs and oil together in a large bowl. Mixing vigorously until you have a smooth, shiny batter. Add the chocolate chips and mix to combine.

Drop the brownie batter by the spoonful into the muffin trays on top of the baked crusts. Don’t be afraid to fill the cups to the top, as these brownies rise little while baking. Sprinkle each brownie with remaining graham cracker crumbs.

Bake for 10-13 minutes. Brownies should have a nice domed top and crackly top, and a toothpick inserted into center should come out with a few moist crumbs. (Just be careful not to over bake these… you don’t want hard brownies! If you are not sure if your brownies are ready, take them out a bit before they seem to be fully baked).

Let brownies cool in pan before carefully removing each one with a sharp knife.

To finish

Using a tiny bit of marshmallow fluff as glue, simply adhere 3-5 marshmallows to the top of each brownie. You can leave the brownies like this, or you can toast the marshmallows with a kitchen torch for a true campfire feel. Top with cinnamon.




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Fool, Falafel, and Tehina (Ful Medemas)- The Syrian Way!

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Fool, Falafel, and Tehina (Ful Medemas)- The Syrian Way!

7 Comments 06 February 2013



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When Nina Mustacchi tagged me on Instagram with her Fool Medemas recipe, I was intrigued to know more about her, and the exact details involving this Allepian flavor infused side dish. (click HERE to see it on Insta- and if you are not on Instagram yet, then please do so because you are missing out on a lot of Jewish Hostess fun!)

Of course, an authentic dish always tastes so much better when you get the background the the food and the real chef behind it, so Nina happily shared her story with me for all of my Jewish Hostesses to enjoy.

Born in Aleppo, Syria in 1970, 15 year old Nina Maleh knew that Syria was not a welcoming  place for her her and the Syrian Jewish community that had lived there for 3,000 years. Travel restrictions, business limitations, jail time, and Nazi-type beatings inflicted by the Syrian government were commonplace among all innocent fellow community members. One by one, the Syrian Jewish community began to escape the country. Most of them trudged perilously by foot to Israel, Turkey, and Lebanon. Nina’s parents had decided to escape Syria the year before so that they could set up a home in Brooklyn for when Nina and her two brothers would be able to escape to Brooklyn.  In 1985, Nina and her two young brothers fled the country by walking 12 hours through mountainous roads to get to freedom in Turkey. Soon after, they finally  reunited with their parents in Brooklyn, N.Y. The day that 17 year old Nina stepped into her new Brooklyn home, she met her future husband, who coincidentally happened to be visiting her parents. Nina told me that the minute that he set eyes upon her, he proposed on the spot! (phew-what a trip!!)

Nina told me that every Shabbat lunch she now serves at least 15 salads- Halaby style. (Halab-meaning milk, is the Arabic word for Aleppo, known as the place where Abraham our forefather rested and fed  his camels on his journey). The Halaby Jews are known for the abundant variety of salads and mazza that they serve with every Shabbat meal. Here is the Halaby version of fool, hummos, and falafel, which is also made Egyptian style by Egyptian Jews and Arabs alike. Pita bread is usually used to scoop up this flavorful concoction.

There are 3 components to this dish:

2-The tehina- The Syrian style tehina is thicker and more lemony than the traditional more watery Israeli style of tehina. The tehina is the bottom layer.

2-  The fool- (fava beans)- The Halaby or Allepian version of fool is much more lemony than the Egyptian method. Here Nina recommends using canned fava beans as opposed to the more time consuming task of boiling dried fava beans. This is the second layer.

3- The falafel patties- made with dried chick peas, soaked overnight. The falafel patties top this dish.

Falafel, Fool,and Hummos- The Syrian Way!

Falafel, Fool,and Hummos- The Syrian Way!


  • A jar of raw tahina
  • water
  • salt
  • lemon
  • garlic,
  • cumin to sprinkle on top.
  • Fava Bean or Fool Mixture:
  • 1 can of Fava beans
  • 2-3 heads of garlic, mashed
  • salt
  • lemon
  • cumin
  • paprika
  • olive oil
  • chopped tomatoes
  • parsley
  • Next:Top dish with falafel patties:
  • 1 bag of dried chick peas
  • 1 bunch of parsley
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • salt, pepper


    Tehina (bottom layer)
  1. Mix all ingredients together to taste. Should be thick like yogurt consistency.
  2. Fool (fava bean salad mixture- goes on top of tehina layer)
  3. Boil can of Fava beans for 10 minutes only.
  4. Mix with 2- 3 mashed fresh garlic,
  5. salt,
  6. lemon
  7. cumin,
  8. paprika
  9. olive oil
  10. chopped tomatoes
  11. top with chopped parsley.
  12. Add olive oil and a sprinkle of chopped parsley on top.
  13. Make the falafel patties:
  14. Soak the dried chick peas overnight.(You can't use canned chick peas)
  15. Should be soft enough to break with your nail- not soft enough to smash.
  16. Grind chick peas in Cuisinart with parsley and cilantro.
  17. Grind with 2-3 cloves of garlic with each pulse using total 1 head of garlic. Add 2 tbsp flour or a little more till you can press into firm patties.
  18. Pan fry with vegetable oil or:
  19. bake it by rolling each ball in flour, dip in olive oil, fry it lightly to keep its' shape, and then spray with Pam and bake in a cookie pan.


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Fantastic Fuchsias for  your Passover Seder Table Decor!

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Fantastic Fuchsias for your Passover Seder Table Decor!

No Comments 03 February 2013

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Fantastic Fuchsias for for your Passover Seder Table Decor!Looking for new ways to make your Passover seder table more festive this year? A table with hot fuchsia and spring greens would make any guest get into the holiday spirit! Even Eliyahu may surprise you! Being an interior designer, I am always on the lookout for new creative ideas and inspiration, and this year Amanda Nisbet’s bold and exciting use of color evokes my Passover table. Nisbet is a successful interior designer who has created an award winning design reputation with her glamorous yet comfortable style. “I pride myself on never doing the same thing twice.” Her love of hot pink bright hues has inspired me to create this fantastic fuchsia fantasy table for Passover.by Elizabeth Braha- founder of Simple Dwellings Interior Design
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Juicy Asian Style Lamb Chops with Crispy Roasted Mushrooms

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Juicy Asian Style Lamb Chops with Crispy Roasted Mushrooms

5 Comments 29 January 2013


Soy Vay Marinated Kosher Lamb Chops

Weekly Thursday mornings seem to roll around quicker than the Little Tykes toys that sped atop my kitchen floor over the past two decades. That sentimental part of my child rearing years has all but disappeared, (of course I’ve all but forgotten about the sleepless bleary eyed nights, sticky pacifiers glued to the bottom of my pocketbook…), but the familiar weekly whisper still persists…”WHAT ARE YOU MAKING FOR SHABBAT DINNER TOMORROW NIGHT?”  Hmmmm….

Choices, choices…. as I browse through my pantry ….

A new meat dish for Shabbat…. what’s quick… delicious…not TOO heavy…??? Maybe lamb chops???

YES!!!!  No need to marinate an entire roast! One or two bite sized chops per family member. Kind of pricey but SO  worth it for a quick change of pace on the Friday night dinner table. My once little ones now appreciate this bite sized delicacy and my youngest picky kid will actually take a couple of chomps!

My doorbell rings and the kosher chops are delivered very quickly from my local kosher butcher.

I minced some garlic, ginger, a grind of black pepper and a splash of olive oil and   Wasabi Teriyaki Soy Vay Marinade, and I was on my way!

Sliced and spiced my mushrooms and they too were soon ready to roast in the oven.


They were truly a hit at the Shabbat dinner table. As proof I wish I could have taken a picture of the empty lamb chop platter! (no pics on Shabbat!)

Many lamb chop recipes call for “Frenched” lamb chops, which means that a butcher will take off all of the fat from the bone but I couldn’t disagree more! The fat on the bone of the chops will add more flavor to the bone, and as we all know- when it comes to lamb chops- forget about manners! It sounds greasy, but a real lamb chop lover will suck that bone dry. Of course you can tell your butcher to take most of the fat off the bone, but don’t leave it totally bone dry.

I really enjoy using the Soy Vay Marinade products because I don’t need to chop tons of fancy ingredients just to make a fabulous dish. PLUS- who wants all those  preservatives found in all of those other marinades? (YUCK! NOT ME!!)  The folks at Soy Vay have  done all the chopping and Asian culinary tasting work for us. It’s already and packaged  in their easy to spot Soy Vay bottles on the supermarket shelf. You can try it for yourself! It’s available at all Foodtown, Food Emporium and D’Agostino and Whole Foods supermarkets. You can also use one click shopping with Amazon link below.

Of course I would totally recommend these lamb chops as a special man treat for Father’s Day, and make sure to have Soy Vay  on hand for summer grilling!

For a fabulous grilled salmon recipe marinated in Soy Vay, click HERE.

Soy Vay Marinades


Here’s the EASY recipe:

Juicy Asian Style Lamb Chops with Crispy Roasted Mushrooms

Juicy Asian Style Lamb Chops with Crispy Roasted Mushrooms


    Marinate a six pack of lamb chops in a marinade of:
  • 1/4 cup of Soy Vay Wasabi Teriyaki
  • 3 cloves of finely chopped garlic
  • 2 tablespoons of finely chopped ginger
  • black pepper


  1. About a half hour before serving:
  2. Place an empty roaster in a PREHEATED 400 degree oven for about 10 minutes.
  3. Throw your lamb chops in the HOT roaster and let sizzle for about 10 minutes on each side.
  4. If you like your chops rare, then you can take them out about now. They will keep cooking even after they are removed from the oven. Keep covered till serving.
  5. I like to lower the oven heat to about 350 degrees and let them cook for another 5 minutes for the younger kids portions.
  6. Of course you can always grill them on the barbecue but I know that I have more control over the juiciness of these chops if the juices are marinating my meat in a roaster, and not dripping down into the bbq coals...
  7. For the crispy mushrooms:
  8. Clean and slice 2 boxes of button mushrooms (they shrink like crazy)
  9. Marinate in 1/4 cup Soy Vay Wasabi marinade.
  10. Place an empty roaster in a 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.
  11. Slide your mushrooms into the sizzling pan shaking the UNCOVERED pan every 2 minutes for about 15 minutes till mushrooms lose their juices and become crispy looking on the edges.
  12. Garnish grilled lamb chops with mushrooms and 2 teaspoons of sliced scallions.
  13. YUM!!!!

Thank you to the nice people at Soy Vay for sending over some bottles of their products for me to try!




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Italian Plum Torte  – A  Rosh Hashanah “New Fruit” Dessert

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Italian Plum Torte – A Rosh Hashanah “New Fruit” Dessert

10 Comments 26 January 2013

Italian prune plums are in season this month, and are a juicy “new” fruit for the Rosh Hashanah new year. They look like an extra large purple olive. In the 80’s, The New York Times printed this Italian plum recipe, and its been in my mother in law’s Rosh Hashanah recipe archive ever since. Its a moist cake recipe that can be made two weeks in advance and frozen with plastic wrap. When you pull it out of the freezer and warm it up, it will taste oven fresh.

This dessert is easy to make and gorgeous on your breakfast or Rosh Hashanah dessert table.

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine (we use Earth Balance these days)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 Italian prune plums
  • Sugar & lemon juice – for topping
  • Teaspoon of cinnamon

Oven – 350 degrees

  1. Cream the sugar & margarine in bowl
  2. Add flour , baking powder, salt & eggs
  3. Beat well
  4. Spoon the batter into 8-10 inch spring form
  5. Split and pit the plums and place the halves on top of batter – skin side up
  6. Sprinkle lightly with sugar and lemon juice and cinammon.
  7. Bake about 1 hour
  8. Remove and cool
  9. Refrigerate or freeze if desired.
  10. Serve plain or with whipped cream, dust with confectioner’s sugar.

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How to Seed a Pomegranate for Rosh Hashanah: Two Techniques

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How to Seed a Pomegranate for Rosh Hashanah: Two Techniques

5 Comments 26 January 2013

Pomegranate fruit.

There are two techniques  to scooping out 613 of those pomegranate seeds!

The first one was sent in by Linda Dayan in Israel-:

Technique #1:

1-When my children were little, we wanted them to be a part of the preparing for Rosh HaShana. We used to put giant bibs on them and let them remove the seeds from the pomegranates. The reason that we eat this fruit on Rosh haShana is the symbolism of its many seeds; that we should have a new year filled with many mitzvot. It is even said that the pomegranate contains 613 seeds, the number of mitzvot in the Torah. I don’t know if this is true, but the counting was another way to keep our kids busy, while I was cooking!

Now that my children have B’H,  grown and we are both (hopefully) smarter… I have discovered easier ways to seed this delicious, healthy fruit. Here goes:

Put on an apron!

Roll the pomegranate on your counter, pressing gently around all sides.

Cut the pomegranate in half (like you would slice a grapefruit). Slice off the little crown on the top.

Place the two halves of the fruit face down on a cutting board. Cover with plastic wrap and then a dish towel.

Get your poultry hammer or heavy wooden spoon and hit around all the sides – and top of the fruit.

Carefully, lift off the coverings and the rind. Those beautiful, bright red seeds will be yours for the taking.

Technique #2:

2– Watch the video now:

and/or read on….

First cut off the top of the pomegranate. With a spoon, gently take out some of the center core. Be careful not to squeeze or disturb the seeds. Next, use your knife to score the outer rind around the fruit. Put your thumbs in the center and gently pull apart the sections. Peel away some of the white skin. You may be able to remove pieces from the rind.

To easily remove the seeds, place the pieces of pomegranate into a large bowl of cold water. Now when you go to remove the seeds, they’ll come right out. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl. With the sieve, remove the skin floating on top. When the skin is gone, take out the seeds. Don’t freeze the seeds as they lose their color when frozen.

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Table-Set-Go Rosh Hashanah Table – Be Inspired!

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Table-Set-Go Rosh Hashanah Table – Be Inspired!

6 Comments 20 January 2013

On Tuesday July 11, the fabulously talented women of the Sephardic community in Deal, New Jersey unleashed their creative table setting talents to amaze hundreds of Jewish women who arrived to support the Morris I. Franco Community Cancer Center. This event, staged on the spacious summer porch of the home of our gracious hosts,Charles and Ariella Ben Dayan, was a competition that consisted of eight teams of 1-5 women per team. Each team was given a random holiday theme, in which they created a unique table setting. The basic rule was that they must use a 48 inch round table that was supplied to them, and from there on in, the sky was the limit.  An impressive lunch, chinese auction gifts, and demonstrations were also featured during the day. Pictures are worth a thousand words, so go on and feast your eyes!!!!

Rosh Hashanah

Table by:

Marcy Smeke, Pauline Assa, Michal Gindi, Grace Chehebar, Tunee Missry

This  Rosh Hashanah table is truly a work of art and imagination. The table was lined with a vintage table cloth. Next, the girls layered the table with bamboo place mats, a gold woven place mat, green glass charger, gold dish, a hand painted gold leaf salad plate, embroidered leaves napkin and gold flatware. Note the symbolic silver apple that tops off the whole place setting. Of course we “dip the apple in the honey” to symbolize the hopefully sweet upcoming New Year.

Are you starting to get a little anxious about when is Rosh Hashanah this year of 2011? Well, mark your calendars and get back on the beach! You’ve got till Sept 28 at sundown to start dipping those apples…..


Above: Note the LIVE FISH swimming in the elongated green vases. A genius idea!!! Of course the fish are a perfect symbol of The Jewish New Year, as many people serve the head of the fish on the Rosh Hashanah table to symbolize the fact that we should be the “Rosh”  (the head)and not the ” Zanav”(the tail).

The fish also symbolize our custom of “Tashlich” in which we throw our sins into a live body of water that contains fish.

The photo above was taken by Norma Cohen just seconds before an ocean breeze sent one of the vases toppling over. Thankfully Grace Chehebar saved the day and scooped  all of the flopping fish off of the porch and flung them into the second vase.

Note the Shofar candlesticks above!!!

Above :I LOVE the silver apple casually placed in to the bowl of green apples!!!

Below: Don’t miss the fresh honey oozing out of the honey combs! (The girls whispered to me that  the honey combs can be bought HERE .)

In my opinion, the real hit of the whole table was the apple that doubled as a honey jar. Pauline Assa explained her unique Rosh Hashanah invention to me in 4 easy steps:

  1.  Take an apple and slightly slice off the bottom so that it sits upright.(leave a flat bottom so the the honey doesn’t leak out)
  2. Scoop with a melon baller
  3. Swish some lemon juice around the apple sides and top (this may be done the night before the holiday).
  4. Fill with honey.
  5. HOW COOL????
  6. Stay tuned to The Jewish Hostess for more of the fabulous Table Settings displayed by the Jewish women who came together for the Morris I. Franco Community Cancer Center on July 12 2011!!! (Coming up…… Sukkot, Shabbat, Chanuka, A Garden Party, Shavuot, and Passover……..)

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A Royal Rosh Hashanah Table Setting! By Viviane

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A Royal Rosh Hashanah Table Setting! By Viviane

2 Comments 19 January 2013


Enjoy Rosh Hashanah inspiration from 2011!

WOW!! What a gorgeous holiday table!!  If you are looking for elegant table setting ideas then you’ve come to the right place! Viviane’s flair for color and style is evident with the effort that she put into her Rosh Hashanah table. Shades of the color purple are associated with royalty, wisdom, and mystery in which the flowers, dishes, placemats and stemware add the extra touch of sophistication to the table.

 I love how she so cleverly used  Kim Seybert napkin rings as a backdrop for printed place cards for her guests! And the individual simanim for each family member! What a cool idea! Love it! I’m sure adults and children alike went home with wonderful holiday memories that reflected the effort and thought that went into this special holiday table setting. (Not to mention all the the yummy kosher holiday recipes that were prepared as well! Viviane- send us your holiday menu also!!) Shana Tova! Marlene

“I got my idea online from a Chinese hostess website. I bought the spoons from a restaurant warehouse and the plates underneath from CB2. I went to Paper Moon Invitations on Avenue P and had them print up the cards with each beracha. Then I went to Lana fabric on Kings Highway and bought organza plum ribbon and tied each one to each spoon. Every person got their own plate with their own spoons and simanim. What a nice night! Viviane”

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The Jewish Hostess Jewel Toned Sweet Rosh Hashanah Table 2012

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The Jewish Hostess Jewel Toned Sweet Rosh Hashanah Table 2012

2 Comments 12 January 2013

 Enjoy this repost of my Rosh hashanah table setting from 2012!

What will be YOUR Rosh Hashanah table decor style for 2013?

This Rosh Hashanh (2012), I decided to purchase two ram’s horns as accents to my Rosh Hashanah table decor. The horns flanked a centerpiece of gorgeous orchids and ruby red roses and “new” Rosh Hashanah fruits embedded within the display- all designed by  Shirley Bar Nathan.

Originally I had planned on using jelly apples with butterfly place card holders on each dish (pictured down below), but the jelly apples were a little more tedious than I had anticipated, so I ended up using about 10 of them as an accent on the table. I bought a couple dozen bumble bee sugar shapes on Amazon.com.
Sugar Bumble Bees Cake Decorations (1 dz)

My napkin rings were simple burgundy strips of tied velvet ribbon that picked up upon the colors of the pomegranate and the new fruits within the table’s centerpiece. A simple wood honey dipper (saved from last year’s Rosh Hashanah table setting) slipped into each “napkin ring” served as extra Rosh Hashanah table themed decor. Every table setting had their own little individualized plate of Simanim, which made it much easier to clear away and serve my dinner buffet style on the server. Candles and little golden tea lights added to our romantic themed new year’s table. Email me with any questions! Wishing all of my hostesses a healthy an happy and successful year!

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