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Shana Tova! Welcome to my Rosh Hashana Table!  Love, The Jewish Hostess

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Shana Tova! Welcome to my Rosh Hashana Table! Love, The Jewish Hostess

4 Comments 12 August 2016

 (Enjoy my Rosh Hashanah table setting from September 2011!)

Dear Hostesses,

Even though Rosh Hashanah came a little bit later this year, for some reason I was still scrambling till the last minute. Thank goodness  it all came together somehow by the time it was time to light the candles! Setting my table took about three days, (believe it or not), and of course it always looks so effortless when the guests walk in.

1- My tablecloth- a simple linen hem stitch cloth was the backdrop for the beautiful dishes that my mom packed up as a gift to me before the holiday. She had owned them for about 40 years, and I seem to remember the navy dishes with the gold scrollwork being piled high at the the disco-dinner party that my parents had made for my older brother back in the 70’s. Looking back, she still wishes that she had ordered more than service for 18. Out of curiosity,  I checked on Replacements.com and actually found these dishes! Unfortunately they are out of stock but will let me know if they ever uncover any more.

2- My napkin rings are lucite each napkin ring has a small hole to display a flower. You can purchase them at The Jewish Hostess Shop.  I didn’t want to deal with keeping real flowers alive with water that would spill on everyone’s new holiday clothes, so I sent my daughter to the flower district on 28 Street between 6 and 7th  in Manhattan to find very real looking orchids which we snipped with scissors and slid into each ring.

 

3- Honey dippers- I bought these wooden honey dippers from www.craftparts.com. They were so inexpensive! About $30. for 50 of them. The little kids had a great time sliding them into the lucite napkin rings, and I also bought honey sticks (not shown) which we also slid into the napkin rings on the kids table.

 

4- I have about 6 of my grandmother’s little crystal shot glasses (above), so I poured some honey into each of them and spread them along the length of the table.

5- I had a lot of fun putting together my centerpiece of “new fruits” for my Rosh Hashanah table. Last year I purchased this L’Objet centerpiece bowl from Parci Parla, and I knew that it would be a perfect match for my mom’s gold dishes. I purchased a gold apple for about $15 from “Aimee”, and a gold butterfly from Karen’s Invitations on Avenue U  and then ran into Ouri’s fruit store to get whatever new gorgeous fruits that were still left on the shelves. Ouri had the best Medjool dates, mini pineapples, dates on the vine, concord grapes, champagne grapes, raisins on the stem, Meyer lemons (which gave a pop of color), and several more fruits which I cannot remember the names. (If you really want to know ALL of the names of these fruits then I give you permission to email Martha Stewart with any questions and I’m sure she will answer you right away- let me know!)

6- I love these little tasting spoons and bowls that I found online from  http://www.worldmarket.com, and I especially loved how cool all of the red pomegranates seeds looked lined up in the white ceramic tasting spoons before we said the Beracha.

7- Sugar in a mini silver dish…. (above), and “sillet”(next to the apple and the medjool date) made by my mother in law- which is a Syrian recipe for the gourd. I will hopefully post this gourd recipe by next Rosh Hashanah!

After this pic was taken, we put out the rest of the berachot which included leek edjeh, (fried patties made by my mother in law) sugared quince, and loobiah (meat stew made with black eyed peas)


8. Note the natural honey in the wood crate  from Ouri’s fruit. Ouri warned the women in the fruit store not to let their families eat the “waxy” exterior which he said is not kosher. Just serve the delicious honey that drips out!

Shana Tova Oometukah to all of my Jewish Hostesses!!!! Love, Marlene

P.S. Check out Candy Gabbay’s Missoni Mania Rosh Hashanah table!!!!

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Summer Holiday Fruit and Sweet Cream Trifle Dessert

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Summer Holiday Fruit and Sweet Cream Trifle Dessert

6 Comments 28 April 2013

Fruit Trifle, The Jewish Hostess

photo by @marsellouzia via Instagram

What an easy and gorgeous trifle for  your Mother’s Day, Shavuot or summer brunch! (You can even whip up a pareve version for Shabbat dessert).

Just cube assorted colorful fruit and layer into a trifle bowl or a huge florist cube or cylinder.

Make sure all of the fruit is cubed perfectly and all are similar size for a prettier dessert display!

For the  dairy whipped cream:

Summer Holiday Fruit and Sweet Cream Trifle Dessert

Summer Holiday Fruit and Sweet Cream Trifle Dessert

Ingredients

  • One container of heavy cream
  • One or 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • A drop of vanilla.
  • Assorted colorful cubed fruit.
  • Instant espresso, powdered cocoa or orange or lime zest.

Instructions

  1. Leave the metal Kitchen Aid bowl and the metal whisk in freezer overnight.
  2. In the morning take one container of heavy cream and beat in one or 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  3. add a drop of vanilla.
  4. Beat until the cream holds it's shape when you lift the whisk attachment.
  5. Layer and serve immediately with fruit.
  6. You can add instant espresso, powdered cocoa or orange or lime zest to the cream as you are whipping it.
  7. Don't over whip!
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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

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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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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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(photo taken by the housekeeper at the start of the holiday)

 

 

 

 

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Chicken with Wine, Apricots, Dates, and Cranberries- Perfect for Tu Bishvat!

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Chicken with Wine, Apricots, Dates, and Cranberries- Perfect for Tu Bishvat!

1 Comment 30 December 2012

Apricots and dates, dried apricots,

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Thank you  Ellin for this nice chicken recipe! I love this for Tu Bishvat as it has lot’s of delicious fruits to flavor the chicken! Tu Bishvat fruits are traditionally from the land of Israel- mainly  grapes, figs, pomegranates, olives and dates. Tu Bishvat this year starts on Friday evening January 25, and continues till Saturday January 26 at sundown.

Perhaps we can even adapt some new Tu Bishvat fruits for this recipe!

Take the Tu Bishvat Chicken challenge!

Anyone have good ideas to convert this into a Tu Bishvat chicken recipe? Comment below!

Chicken with Dried Fruit adapted from Chef Confidential

by Ellin Orlinsky

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup dried apricots
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 head garlic peeled and chopped
  • 2 tsp minced ginger
  • 2 tbs dried oregano
  • 2 tbs dried thyme
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 chickens cut into 1/8ths
  1. Combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Put chciken in a large baking dish. Pour fruit mixture over chicken. Cover and marinate in fridge overnight.
  2.  Preheat oven to 350. bake 1 hour the remove dried fruit from the pan reserving fruit. return chicken to oven for another 1/2 hour. discard bay leaves. season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3.  To plate: Spoon pan juices over chicken with cooked fruit. ( I put all the fruit back on when reheating the chicken). Enjoy!

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Which Tu Bishvat Table Is Your Favorite? (re-post from contest Jan. 2012)

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Which Tu Bishvat Table Is Your Favorite? (re-post from contest Jan. 2012)

16 Comments 28 December 2012

Thank you to the wonderful Jewish Hostesses that sent in their Tu Bishvat tables to share!

I promised this  fabulous Decorating with Flowers Coffee Table Book to the most unique centerpiece but I need my Jewish Hostess readers help in deciding!

Please comment below with your favorite! Marlene 

 

1-Tu Bishvat fruit and flowers centerpiece, colorful placemats, gorgeous flowers by Marcy Sued.

 

2-  A modern Tu Bishvat by Leila Akkad:

 3- A cascading floral and Tu Bishvat fruit centerpiece by Esther Sassoon:

 

4- A stunning floral punch of tropical flowers and Tu Bishvat fruits by Joyce Silverman:

5-A mediterranean Tubishvat dinner by Hana Itzhaki of   lakosherkitchen.com :

 

Announcing the winner- Joyce Silverman with most votes!! 

 

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Rosh Hashanah Tropical Brights! Thank You Lorene Sasson!!

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Rosh Hashanah Tropical Brights! Thank You Lorene Sasson!!

No Comments 27 August 2012

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Enjoy this Rosh Hashanah 2011 inspiration…

Thanks Lorene for another stunning holiday table setting! I love your tropical greens, reds and oranges! Those colors make me so happy and in the mood yet to eat ANOTHER holiday meal!!!

These festive colors and easy runner idea is also great for a Sukkot table!

Shana Tova!! Marlene

Hey Marlene,

Shana Tova!

I did the first night by me and it was just a few of us. My kids colored little Shofar name cards, and because I love the colors of the dates,apples and poms I had to make a centerpiece with them. Here’s my table! Enjoy!
from Lorene Sasson
p.s. The green runner is actually a sheer window panel from Ikea.  And the plates are from Amazing Savings!
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Rosh Hashanah  Cubed Fruit Salad with Pomegranate and Crystalized Sugar

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Rosh Hashanah Cubed Fruit Salad with Pomegranate and Crystalized Sugar

2 Comments 22 August 2012

please “Like” this post! This is an elegant and  easy fruit salad idea that my talented and creative friend  Joanie Mann incorporated into a family party menu a while ago.  Cubed mango, pomegranate, and blueberries will be a tropical hit on your Rosh Hashanah dessert menu!

  1. Take 3 – 10 mango , depending on the amount of company you are having, and cut into fine cubes.
  2. Mix with 1-2 cups of pomegranate seeds.
  3. Add blueberries
  4. Turn martini glass edges into a bowl of water and dip to wet about 1/2 inch of the edge.
  5. Dip into coarse crystalized sugar. We used clear, but in comes in many colors.(We found crystalized sugar in Pomegranate Supermarket in Brooklyn.)
  6. Fill with cubed fruit. Serve on a linen napkin lined tray.
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All Fruit Crumble with Oats, Whole Wheat, and Maple Syrup

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All Fruit Crumble with Oats, Whole Wheat, and Maple Syrup

1 Comment 11 August 2012

I made this apple cranberry crisp for this past Shabbat and after posting it on Instagram, I got so many requests for the recipe, that I had to share it with all of you. Of course you may not like cranberries, so just use one or two or three of your favorite fruits. I would double up the batch for a big crowd. The ramekins looked so pretty on a rectangular dessert tray but you can also try baking it in a large pyrex. Enjoy! Marlene

  • 3 very ripe pears,peaches, nectarines, mango or 3 baking apples
  • 1 cup of whole fresh or frozen cranberries or blueberries
  • 1/4 cup of maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp of fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup of dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp of whole wheat flour or whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoon of Earth Balance margarine substitute
  1. Combine all fruit and lemon juice
  2. Combine rest of ingredients cutting in Earth Balance till the mixture resembles coarse crumbs.
  3. Spoon fruit mixture into ramekins or 8×8 baking dish.
  4. Bake at 350 degrees for a half hour
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Tu Bishvat Exotic Fruit and Flowers Centerpiece by Esther Sassoon In Israel

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Tu Bishvat Exotic Fruit and Flowers Centerpiece by Esther Sassoon In Israel

No Comments 07 February 2012

Esther Sassoon, a fabulous florist and party planner living in Israel, was so gracious to send in her Tu Bishvat centerpiece to all of us Jewish Hostesses living mostly in the USA and Canada. Thank you Esther for bringing us all a little bit closer and warming up our computers during our cold winter months. I’m so glad to see that Jewish women all over the world are not forgetting the unassuming and quiet holiday of Tu Bishvat.

If you happen to live in the beautiful land of Israel, or even if you are just visiting, please contact Esther for all of your floral needs. Click HERE to email.

Happy Tu Bishvat to all! Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

When I think of Tu’ bishvat, I think of fruit!

That’s why I thought to incorporate fruit into this arrangement.

In each square of the pyramid I put in different types of fruits such as kumquats, mini lemons, and green apples  in the arrangement.

If you have any more questions I’d be glad to answer.

Esther”

 

 

 

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Tu Bi’ Shvat Shiva Minim Wheat Berry Pilaf

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Tu Bi’ Shvat Shiva Minim Wheat Berry Pilaf

2 Comments 15 January 2012

 

When is Tu Bishvat this year?

Friday Evening at nightfall January 25! Mark your calendars!

 

Here’s a head start to your Sheva Minim menu!

I made this recipe last year for Tu Bishvat and it was a great hit- everyone who was health conscious and was watching their waistline knew that this slightly sweet grain salad would nudge them to pass on dessert.

Found in the grain aisle (where you would find legumes, beans, quinoa, etc.), this often overlooked alternative for rice has many nutritious benefits. Wheat berries are the kernels of wheat that originate from the wheat plant. Because they are not processed, they are packed with fiber and all the nutrients that usually get lost in the process of making flour. Inspired by Tu B’shvat, I came up with a sweet pilaf that includes all of the Sheva Minim, the Seven Species of fruits and grains that are special to Israel.

This kosher recipe makes a large bowl of pilaf. If you are only making it for two people and do not want a lot of leftovers, I suggest halving it. Also, I always love using fresh fruits, but if no fresh figs are available in your area, you can always find dried ones. Just remember that dried fruits are often sweeter than fresh, so change the recipe accordingly.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup wheatberries
  • 1 cup barley
  • 1 box of fresh figs
  • 1 cup pitted chopped dates (I like to thinly slice them width-wise to create rings)
  • 1 cup grapes or 1/2 cup raisins (optional)
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds and/or 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • salt and pepper to taste

Kosher Recipe

Directions cont’d

Cook the wheat berries and barley according to their package directions in two separate pots (usually the barley takes half an hour longer to cook so put that up first). While the grains are simmering, take out a large glass bowl and whisk together the olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, and some salt and pepper. When grains are tender and still hot, dump them into the glass bowl, give them a mix, and let it sit to absorb the flavors. Meanwhile, cut up all of the fruits, then add them to the mix. I drizzled pomegranate juice on top to give it a little bit more sweetness and flavor. Enjoy!

 

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A Tu Bishvat Table That Martha Stewart Would Be Proud Of!

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A Tu Bishvat Table That Martha Stewart Would Be Proud Of!

21 Comments 14 January 2012

 

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Let’s Bring Tu Bishvat Into The 21 Century!

The holiday of Tu Bishvat (or Tu bishevat) always summoned to mind a couple of  boring dried fruits on a paper plate given to us as ten year old kids in yeshivah. It wasn’t really very exciting, and I particularly remember almost breaking a baby tooth as we tried to bite off a bit of the dried black hard-as-a-rock carob boxer strip that was touted as a special new fruit by our teachers. Being one of the producers of The Sephardic Heritage Museum film project, I had the honor of interviewing over 300 community members, many of whom remember celebrating the exciting holiday of Tu Bishvat way back in Syria. I was astounded to  hear that the now pandemonium holiday of Purim was a mere passing around of Syrian pastries like Samboosak and Graybeh to their neighbors, but Tu Bishvat or “Id Il Jar” (pronounced Eed El Jar- the holiday of trees) was the one holiday that the children and parents alike truly looked forward to. Every year, a month before the holiday, the moms started to sew luxe velvet bags with a drawstring that would soon contain exotic fruits that the children had never seen before. We take our pineapples, watermelons, and  mangos for granted nowadays, but I doubt that there were carts in the souk in Aleppo that exhorted these wonderful sweet new treats. I was told that it would take the adults weeks to seek out and save these fruits to excite the children and keep the memories of the Tu Bishvat holiday alive.

Upon speaking to one of my Tu Bishvat bakers (below), Margalit Dweck, I was astounded to hear that she and her husband have a Tu Bishvat dessert “seder” table every year on the eve of the holiday (this year Tu Bishvat falls on Friday evening, January 25, 2013). Rabbi Joe Dweck reads from the special Tu Bishvat book (photo below), points out the new fruits to his children, and recites the berachot. He proceeds to tell some Tu Bishvat stories, and the kids show off their Tu Bishvat art creations made in school. As a special treat, Margalit whips up a pomegranate martini shared by her and her husband.

Rabbi Joseph Dweck was kind enough to relay to me some Tu Bishvat fruit for thought. He mentioned the halachic aspect of how, when a Jewish person plants a fruit tree, he is not allowed to eat from it for three years, and of course the new year to begin counting begins every year on Tu Bishvat,(so if you planted a tree a month before Tu Bishvat- by the time TuBishvat rolls around 4 weeks later, that first year is already counted).

On an even more inspirational level, Rabbi Dweck explained our human connection to the trees, and how it even began with the story of Adam and Eve. The holiday of Tu Bishvat should inspire us to see the beauty and sweet flavor  of Hashem’s proud work- the wonderful shades of red, green, and orange… plus the abundant flavor and juiciness that exudes from each one of the fruits that our trees bear. Did you ever stop to think that we are similar to the trees? We try to  grow strong, establish rock solid roots, and try to bear beautiful fruits that we are be proud of – our children, hessed, mitzvoth, and our work.

My sister in law constantly tells me that I am truly an old soul, and a gnawing ache in my heart propels me to believe that she is right. As The jewish Hostess, I have planted myself into the awesome job of treasuring the old customs while adding a splash of modern hues and excitement to our holiday ambiance.

Enjoy the jolt of awesome color, new fruits, gorgeous flowers, and Tu Bishvat cakes baked by our fabulous community bakers. Keep scrolling below for more details about each photo.

A huge thanks to Miriam and Manny Haber who graciously allowed me to use their beautiful home for the photo shoot. Miriam is the ultimate Jewish Hostess.

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Morris Antebi, photographer extraordinaire shot these fantastic photos for The Jewish Hostess in a flash. I was impressed with his professionalism, the most up to date digital photography equipment and the sharp artistic detail that he was able to capture with his magical lens. Please check out his Facebook page HERE. His commercial work and wedding and video  portfolio is not to be believed. Thanks Morris!!

Thank you Vicki Majors for bringing over the much needed tree trunks for the cake displays!

Cherry Blossom fabric for the table runner by Marimekko for Crate and Barrel.  Run over to Crate and Barrel for some great table decorating ideas!

Tu Bishvat, The Jewish Hostess

 

Candy Tree, The jewish Hostess

Candy and chocolate tree built into the dining room  chandelier by Louis of Avenue J Florists.

Candy and Chocolate displays and Gifts by Lucy Aini and Edlo Sorcher.

Check out their CANDY and CHOCOLATE website HERE.

Candies and Chocolate, The Jewish Hostess

More kosher delicacies from CANDY and CHOCOLATE.

Fruit Display, The jewish Hostess

Here I mounded fresh new fruits and the Shiv’ah Minim – strawberries, grapes, figs, apricots, pomegranates, dates, olives (back left), and fig bread by Mikhayla Bibi. 

Fuchsia cotton berry napkin by Crate and Barrel.

Gorgeous and useful circular white resin tray above by Parci Parla.565 Kings Highway New York, NY 11223

(347) 587-5179

Dried Fruits, The Jewish Hostess

Note the Tu Bishvat  berachot prayer books (above)for new fruits at the Tu Bishvat seder.

Tu Bishvat Tree, The Jewish Hostess

An amazing “Strawberries Dipped in Chocolate Tree” by Custom Berries Plus.

All strawberries are checked and cleaned and hand dipped in pareve or milk chocolate.

Note the delicious grapes that are dipped in chocolate and nuts on the base of the tree!.

By Esty Mosseri. Check out Esty’s Instagram page HERE and her WEBSITE HERE.

Tu Bishvat Cake, The Jewish Hostess,

Luv at First Bite by  baker Marlene Cohen. The perfect Tu Bishvat cake! (above)Branches and cherry blossoms! The bottom tier of the cake is a fluffy coconut cake, frosted with a parve buttercream frosting. The second tier is a strawberry vanilla cake, also frosted with buttercream frosting.  Love at First Bite caters all kinds of  kosher parties including showers, engagement parties, bar mitzvahs and more!

Follow Marlene on Instagram. Click HERE.

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Margalit Dweck is famous for her fabulous artistry in kosher baking for any hostess event. Floral Tu BIshvat Petit Fours (above) atop a monstera leaf are just a tiny show of Margalit’s talent. Follow Margalit here on Instagram.

Pink Cupcakes, The Jewish Hostess,

Mari Gindi’s Batter Up Confections are the talk of the town. Customized kosher baked goods for your every occasion. Check out her website HERE.

Date balls, Tu Bishvat, The Jewish Hostess

Adelle Soffer’s  almond and/or coconut date balls are the perfect healthy Tu Bishvat and all year round healthy snack go-to. Each date is cleaned and checked.Follow her Instagram feed HERE.

Pink Cake, The Jewish Hostess

Sweet Cakes by Sara Azizian. Sara can be reached at 646-400-7751 and/or sweetcakesbysara@hotmail.com. Follow her on Instagram  @sweetcakesbysara’. All the decorations are made from sugar and are edible. The flowers are from the Almond Tree called Almond Blossoms. The almond is mentioned many times in the Torah. It is described as “Among the best of fruits”. The almond blossom was also supplied as a model for the Menorah which stood in the Holy Temple.

Olives, The Jewish Hostess

Lesley Chera’s cured Sicilian, Kalamata, and  Cerignola olives are  specially seasoned . Choose from  in a variety of different flavors- Spicy, Rosemary, Lemon, Jalapeño,  Zatar are just some of the flavors in Lesley’s repertoire … Some are are even seasoned w fennel and citrus peel.. Perfect for any meal and a beautifu hostess gift. Lesley’s favorites are served with wine and good friends. Follow @LesleyChera on Instagram.

Olives, Tu Bishvat, The Jewish Hostess

Jeanette’s Olive Garden (above) sells specially seasoned pitted cured olives in many flavors such as Zaatar,Lemon Zest, Jalepeno, Tapanade And Stuffed  Mozarella Olives too!
Pitted and Kid friendly too! Makes a perfect gift and for your own Shabbat table! Follow @JeanetteCohen on Instagram.

Meringue, The Jewish Hostess

“My name is Mikhayla Bibi.  I’m a graduate of Jerusalem Culinary Institute where I received my certification in both the culinary and patisserie arts. I was employed by Eucalyptus, one of Jerusalem’s most highly regarded restaurants as the bread baker. In addition I learned many biblically historical dishes which is part of the theme of this bread. Figs and Dates both among the seven species perfect for Tu B’shvat. Enjoy!”

I actually got to taste Mikhayla’s white meringue bowl filled with cream and topped with fresh grapes and pomegranate seeds. Divine! Follow Mikhayla’s Instagram page HERE

 

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Leila Akkad designed this Macaron Cherry Blossom Tree to fit in perfectly with our Tu Bishvat theme. Each macaron hung like an individual cherry blossom which had a gorgeous effect on the holiday table. Leila designs gorgeous macarons for your every hostess need. She actually created the macaron menorah featured HERE on The Jewish Hostess. Follow Leila HERE on Instagram for more fabulous kosher macaron creations!

Cherry Blossom Hand Stamped tag, The Jewish Hostess

Shirley Bar Nathan Flowers, The Jewish Hostess, floral display,

When Shirley bar Nathan heard that I was working on a Tu Bishvat table, she ran over with this hot pink flower arrangement that worked perfectly with my modern rustic theme. Thanks Shirley! Follow Shirley’s fantastic floral shop here on Instagram.

Check out the fabulous centerpiece that she made for my Rosh Hashanah table HERE.

Iced Fruit Pops, The Jewish Hostess

Sophia Cohen’s new Urban Pops are the talk of the town! Made with fresh fruit, and frozen to perfection, makes me just want to lick these delicious pops right off the screen!

Flavors like apricot, blueberry, watermelon, mojito, pina colada, and limonata are just some of her citrus delights. Email Sophia Cohen HERE for more info!

Fruit Tarts, The Jewish Hostess

My niece Shirley Dana is an amazing baker.  Her desserts are made in her own strictly kosher, dipped kitchen, and are baked personally from scratch to order. She works hard to create sweets that not only taste like heaven, but that can be seen as tiny works of art as well. Using only the finest ingredients, her desserts can be glamorously displayed at an event, but equally enjoyed on a cozy night at home. Check out her website HERE.

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“Tu bishvat encompasses a variety of delicious fruits and nuts that represent Israel, but it goes beyond that. In my eyes, the holiday also serves as a reminder for how our country was built, all the hard work that went into it (and continues to go into it), all of the men and women who joined forces to create our homeland. This kosher cake contains dried fruit and is encrusted with almonds, a clear correlation to tu bishvat. Frosted with chocolate to represent carobs, the top is decorated with date balls. They’re dusted with pink sanding sugar to tie in the gorgeous pink and brown theme. Circle-shaped and filled with so many accompanying flavors, the cake symbolizes all the different “flavors” that have worked together, not in a hierarchy but rather equally in a circle, to form our beautiful country.” By Yvonne Orfali- The Cravery. Check out Yvonne’s Instagram feed HERE.

 

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Mahia Fig Liquor, The Jewish Hostess

The official liquor of the Tu Bishavt Holiday! Mahia Fig Liquor!  Kosher. Distilled by the Nahmias family.

Place your  order with Amazon.

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Gold Rimmed Coffee Cups by Michael Wainwright.

Rimmed Resin Circular Tray by Parci Parla.565 Kings Highway New York, NY 11223

(347) 587-5179

Close up of resin tray below.

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The bags and tags below were hand stamped with a cherry blossom stamp  by moi! When Miriam told me that as a child in Mexico they would run into the house with wide paper bags on Tu Bishvat excited for their delicious new and dried fruits from their parents,(originally from Aleppo, Syria) they played a game of, “Who sees ‘Id Il Jar?” (the holiday of trees). And when the kids said- “WE SEE HIM!!!” They would fill up their bags with candy. Inspired by her story, I decided to recreate my own rendition below…..

Dried Fruits, Tubishvat Display, The Jewish Hostess

So easy and fun to make these hand stamped cherry blossom craft bags! I also purchased the wood grained cardboard boxes above from Paper Source.

I think I almost bought the entire store out! Check out Paper Source HERE

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My 10 Minute Tu Bishvat Centerpiece- Easy and Beautiful by The Jewish Hostess

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My 10 Minute Tu Bishvat Centerpiece- Easy and Beautiful by The Jewish Hostess

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This Shabbat,when my daughter’s friend took a double take at my colorful fruit and flower dining room centerpiece, my daughter explained, “Yeah, my mom is The Jewish  Hostess…. check out our Tu Bishvat table.”

“WOW- WHEN IS TU BISHVAT  YOUR MOTHER IS SO CUTE! HOW COOL!” Was her friend Danielle’s response.

Tu Bishvat is a celebration of the new trees and fruits of the land of Israel. It has loosely evolved into a Jewish Earth Day and celebration of nature. Its a moment to reflect upon the blessings of our natural surroundings as many of us race through our hectic city lives.

For many years on Tu Bishvat, my kids would come home with a crafty Tu Bishvat  green tree made of tissue paper, I’d buy some dried fruits pre-mixed on a plate, we would say the Shiv’ah minim berachot,  and hallelujah lets get ready for Purim.

I’ve recently discovered that Tu Bishvat was an exciting holiday for kids way back in Syria, which was my grandparents home town. Actually, Tu Bishvat was even more exciting than Purim  in which the adults celebrated the Megillah holiday by passing around the typical Syrian pastries to fellow neighbors and friends.

In Syria, weeks before Tu Bishvat arrived, the older women and mothers would gather beautiful fabrics and start sewing velvet bags with a drawstring for their excited children. Within these bags the adults would gather exotic fruits such as kiwi, pineapple, peaches, and plums  that the children would have  to savor on the holiday of Tu Bishvat. Each child would have a unique  bag that they would bring to school on Tu Bishvat and show off  and trade their tropical treasures with their friends. The kids would sleep with the bag tied to their bed post for several weeks until the seemingly magical bagful of  sweet holiday memories was empty. Many of our Syrian Jewish community members who have recently arrived from Syria have saved their hand sewn Tu Bishvat bags till today.

As our many of us barely know how to sew, and thankfully we  only need to go to the corner grocery store to pick up a pineapple, this tradition has fallen by the wayside. That doesn’t  mean that we shouldn’t find ways to make this Jewish holiday meaningful and memorable in our own way.

This year, my family agreed  to set our Shabbat table several days before Tu Bishvat arrived. As my kids are getting into my Jewish Hostess table settings, each one pitched in with ideas. This past Thursday I decided to  take  a trip into NYC with the older kids to check out the flower market on 28 Street between 6 and 7th. Walking into each store is another adventure, and I knew I couldn’t go wrong purchasing any of the beautiful florals that abound on that wonderful street.

Looking at my centerpiece, I could really tell you that I sat with dirt, a shovel and wood crates and assembled these beautiful hyacinth and grass plants all by myself, but I have to be honest with you. They were sitting right there on the sidewalk outside the store, all perfect and ready to go. My daughters and I chose 2 grass plants ($15 each) that were planted into wood crates, and 2 hyacinth plants(about $20 each). We decided that we would figure out how we would set the table later on. I bargained a little, asked the guy to re-pot some of the plants that were a little wilty looking, paid, got the car from the parking lot, pulled up, and he happily put the plants into the back seat. Check out Paradise Plants website HERE. 

On Friday morning, I was so excited to set my table, I almost forgot to cook for Shabbat. I tried several variations, but in less than 10 minutes, I placed the 2 grass boxes one in front of the other and perched a glass cake plate in the middle atop the wood edges of the crates. The whole family mounded some pretty grapes, kumquats, pears, etc.in the center. (Ouri’s Fruit  on Avenue U in Brooklyn is getting in their exotic fruits for Tu Bishvat this week, so I will make another trip over there on Monday.) I then placed the 2 gorgeous smelling hyacinth plants on either side.

As for the  hot pink flowers on my lime green napkins…… although I was contemplating buying up all of these gorgeous artificial flowers myself, I have decided to share this great find with my Jewish Hostesses. They were about $2. each, and you can find them about 3 or 4 stores to the left of Paradise Plants. (I’m sorry, I threw out their business card!)

Love these hot pink flowers!

I’m so glad that I set the table and photographed it before my husband came home because as soon as he entered the house, he started sneezing and coughing, claimed a migraine, and blamed his brand new allergy on my poor perfumed hyacinth plants. Within minutes my plants were banished to the outside freezing windowsill, so if any of you know my cellphone, then just text me and I will give you permission to snatch them from  my front porch!

My Banished Hyacinth Plants

In case you were wondering, Here is my new centerpiece sans the hyacinth plants:

Send in your Tu Bishvat centerpiece or  new fruit arrangement idea for a chance to win Paula Pryke’s Gorgeous New Book, Decorating with Flowers!
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Take your pics- an iPhone works the best! and just click here to email me!

 

This year, we will have a Tu Bishvat Seudah, make Tu Bishvat Sangria, Almond Date Truffles, Shiva Minim Wheatberry Salad, talk about the environment and the earth, and enjoy the taste of beautiful springtime in the midst of a mid-winter February here in NYC.

I hope you will too!

I’ve also compiled a list of  10 EASY AND GREAT THINGS TO DO WITH YOUR KIDS ON TU BISHVAT. Check it out HERE.

To learn more about the UNFORGETTABLE holiday of Tu Bishvat, CLICK HERE.

Happy Tu Bishvat! Marlene M.

 

 

 

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Jeweled Brown Rice Topped With Carmelized Tropical Fruit

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Jeweled Brown Rice Topped With Carmelized Tropical Fruit

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This easy, jeweled vegetarian rice dish is a no-fail-no-brainer dish perfect for Thanksgiving or any Jewish holiday menu. If you are having a big Shabbat lunch, its so easy to make the day before, warm and combine nuts and fruit right before serving. The autumn colors in the dried fruits and nuts will make it especially pretty on your Thanksgiving table. This easy  delicious recipe was given to me by a very modest gourmet cook! Enjoy and please let me know how it comes out!!!  Don’t forget to buy a Jewish hostess apron for your  favorite Thanksgiving hostess!!!! Marlene

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Wild and Brown Rice  With Candied  Tropical Fruit

Ingredients:

– Wild and/or brown rice

-3 tbsp. Earth balance

– You can choose from any of these fruits: dried figs, dried pineapples, dried papaya, dried cranberries, and dates

– You can choose from any of these nuts: honey roasted nuts peanuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews etc.

 Directions:

– Cook rice according to the directions on the bag.

– Cut all the dried fruit into same size cubes.

– Melt Earth Balance in a pan

– Caramelize the dried fruit till sticky and shiny.

–  Caramelize the honey roasted nuts till they get sticky.

– Mix the fruit and nuts with the rice and serve, or place rice in a bundt pan mold and when cool unmold and place nuts and fruit in the center for a beautiful presentation.

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Greek Yogurt and Granola Layered Parfaits

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Greek Yogurt and Granola Layered Parfaits

No Comments 27 July 2011

No brunch is complete without a yogurt and granola parfait. There are so many different fruit and yogurt combinations and endless ways to serve it. You can make individual glasses in advance by layering the yogurt, granola and berries on top. Or, you serve everything separately and let your guests assemble their own. Either way you can make something simple into something spectacular!

Did you know that Greek yogurt has twice the protein content of regular yogurt? It also has much less lactose content.  Greek yogurt is  thicker and creamier because the liquid whey is strained out. All yogurts are excellent sources of calcium, potassium, protein, zinc, and vitamins B6 and B12.

Pick a glass or bowl- a water glass, wine cup, or martini glass will do.    

You can really use anything. Arrange fruit and yogurt options separately. Greek Yogurt comes in lots of flavors and is now very easily found in any grocery store (Chobani or Oikos Brands).

Healthy Granola:

  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 2 Cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup chopped slivered almonds (you can mix in walnuts and pecans)
  • 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Mix wet ingredients in a large bowl. Add dry ingredients and mix until combined.
  2. Spread mixture on an ungreased baking sheet.
  3. Bake at 350 for 2o minutes, mix, and continue baking until golden.
  4. Let cool.  Can be frozen at this point.

by Laura Cohen

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How to Make Your Own Edible Fruit Bouquet

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How to Make Your Own Edible Fruit Bouquet

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Thank you Rochel from the wonderful blog Barefoot and Cooking! This DIY edible fruit bouquet looks so easy and amazing!!! Can’t wait to make it for the holidays!!!  Marlene

 


“Hi. I’m Rochel from Barefoot and Cooking. I’m excited to share one of my favorite hostess tricks just in time for Shavuous – an edible fruit bouquet centerpiece that doubles as dessert.

Simple to prepare, healthy, beautiful, and delicious, this fruit bouquet will wow your guests.

For this project, you’ll need:

  • Bamboo skewers
  • Fruit in a variety of colors – melons, pineapple, berries, kiwis, grapes
  • Small cookie cutters in a variety of shapes
  • Melon baller (or cookie dough scoop)
  • Cutting board
  • Sharp knife
  • Rose bowl or vase
  • Chocolate, melted (optional)

Assume that each guest will eat 2-3 skewers worth of fruit. Keep in mind that depending on the size of your bowl or vase, you’ll probably need at least 15 skewers for it to look complete.

One of the many reasons I love making fruit bouquets is their infinite adaptability. I like colorful bouquets in a variety of shapes and sizes. But of course, you can arrange yours according to personal preference or color scheme.

The next part is simple, really. Wash and set out all ingredients. Peel the fruit. Scoop balls of melon. Slice pineapple and leftover melon into discs. Use the cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the discs.

Place skewers in your bowl or vase to determine how low on the skewers to place your fruit. Carefully arrange fruit on the skewers and place in your bowl or vase. (If they are loose, go ahead and strategically place a few pieces of citrus fruit in the bottom of the bowl or vase to hold skewers in place.)

If you want, dip individual pieces of fruit in the melted chocolate, wait for it to harden and then arrange on the skewer. Or, even better, place a bowl of melted chocolate on the table next to the fruit bouquet and, just like fondue, have your guests dip their skewers.”

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