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A MAG Sheva Berachot by Barbara Franco- Pink and Red!

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A MAG Sheva Berachot by Barbara Franco- Pink and Red!

No Comments 24 December 2012

 

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“Hi Marlene,
Here are some pictures from the Sheva Berachot I made for Susan and Maurice Kassin. The theme was pink and red. For napkin rings, I printed out a wallet-sized picture of them from their engagement in black and white. Then, I punched a hole in the corner and alternated between pink and red ribbon to tie the picture around the napkin. The name cards are heart shaped sugar cookies with hot pink sprinkles covered by a rectangular shaped cookie with names written in edible marker. The giveaways are pink pillow boxes filled with Red Hots candies and tied with red and pink ribbon to coordinate with the theme. Hope you like!”
-Barbara R Franco

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No-Fry Sweet Potato Latkes on Chanuka

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No-Fry Sweet Potato Latkes on Chanuka

4 Comments 29 November 2011

You don’t have to feel like you gained 10 pounds this Hanuka. Try these low fat healthy sweet potato latkes and enjoy every minute of  Hanuka with your kids. Try to sneak in whole wheat pastry flour instead of the white flour and this may become an all year round treat for your family!

My sister in law made  this great latkes version and she found that it worked better on parchment paper rather than tin foil.

No-Fry Latkes with special permission by Norene Gilletz from her fabulous cookbook Healthy Helpings.

Enjoy!

One no-fry latke contains just 1 gram of fat, compared to 2.7 grams for the fried version!

  • 1 very large sweet potato,plus 2 Idaho potatoes
  • 4 tsp. canola or vegetable oil, divided
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 clove garlic, if desired
  • 1 tbsp. fresh dill (or 1 tsp. dried)
  • 1 egg & 2 egg whites (or 2 eggs),lightly beaten
  • 1/4 c. flour (white or whole wheat)
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper

*1. Place oven racks on the lowest and middle positions in your oven. Preheat oven to 450°F. Line 2 baking sheets with parchment paper. Spray each sheet of parchment paper lightly with non-stick spray, then brush each sheet with 1 tsp. of oil. (This provides a crispy exterior to the latke.)

2. Peel potatoes or scrub them well if you don’t want to peel them. Grate potatoes. (The processor does this quickly.) Transfer them to another bowl. Use the processor to finely mince onion, garlic and dill. Add potatoes, egg, egg whites and remaining 2 tsp. of oil to the processor. Mix using quick on/off turns. Add remaining ingredients and mix briefly. If over-processed, potatoes will be too fine.

3. Drop mixture by rounded spoonfuls onto prepared baking sheets. Flatten slightly with the back of the spoon to form latkes. Bake uncovered at 450°F for 10 minutes, or until bottoms are nicely browned and crispy. Turn latkes over. Transfer pan from the upper rack to the lower rack and vice versa. Bake about 8 to 10 minutes longer, or until brown. Best when served immediately.

*Note: Alternatively, line the pan with parchment paper, such as Chefs Select. Bake uncovered at 425°F for 12 minutes. Ensure the paper does not extend beyond the baking sheet or touch the walls of the oven.

Yield: 2 dozen medium latkes or 6 dozen minis.

Serve with applesauce, low-fat sour cream or yogurt topped with minced lox and chives. Latkes freeze well.

Nutritional Information:

36 calories per medium latke, 1 g fat (0.1 saturated), 9 mg cholesterol, 1 g protein, 6 g carbohydrate, 92 mg sodium, 143 mg potassium, trace iron, <1 g fiber, 10 mg calcium.

NO-FRY IDAHO POTATO LATKES:

Prepare latkes as directed above, but use 4 or 5 medium Idaho potatoes (2 lb./1 kg.). One latke contains 50 calories, 1.3 g fat and 18 mg cholesterol.

Norene Gilletz is a cookbook author and food writer based in Toronto, Canada. Her world revolves around food! For more information about Norene’s kosher cookbooks, visit www.gourmania.com.

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How to Make Your Own Edible Fruit Bouquet

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How to Make Your Own Edible Fruit Bouquet

No Comments 31 May 2011

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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Presents for the Sephardic Groom- My Gift Wrapped Swanee

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Presents for the Sephardic Groom- My Gift Wrapped Swanee

2 Comments 03 April 2011

 

In a nutshell, a swanee is a Syrian Jewish custom in which the bride receives gives from her fiance and future mother in law prior to the wedding. These gifts range from beautiful soaps and lingerie to fine crystal and jewelry! In recent times, brides started to do the same for their future husbands. The men’s gifts can be anything from a watch and cufflinks to a kiddush cup and other beautiful Judaica.  They’re usually beautifully displayed on a table and exchanged in front of close friends and family!
I don’t know about you, but I would never want to receive a beautiful gift in 99¢ wrapping paper. I believe that the  presentation is just as important as what’s inside the box!  The hours of meticulously picking out, wrapping, and displaying each gift was more difficult than it looks, but it was well worth it!
For my husband’s swanee, I wanted to create a beautiful display table that also matched his personality.
So I used the following wrapping papers and color scheme:
Navy Suede - classic, handsome, masculin
Orange Textured Pebbles- bold, unique
Tuscan floral print- interesting, fun
I added rustic wood crates, pretty bows, and an organza navy stripe linen. And there you have it! A beautiful swanee display table.
 

Lillian Antar Shomer
Event Design & Planning

 

 

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Gifts That Give Back

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Gifts That Give Back

No Comments 17 June 2010

The best gifts are always the ones you can enjoy too. Your husband knows that trick, thats why he books a vacation for your anniversary instead of buying you jewelry. He wants in. Here are some gifts that you can snag a little joy from, or just plain snag.

Margaritaville Bahamas Frozen Concoction Maker – $199 (Frozen drink maker… ‘Nuff said.)

Power Drill - $129 (I saw a commercial for this on TV and I actually thought, OH WOW, I want this! No more paintings propped against walls instead of hung where they belong!)

John Allan’s Hair Products and Membership (Cause who wants their man looking scruffy… Well I do, so I guess this one is more for them than for you.)

Olive Oil of the Month Club $22/month (Gourmet Olive Oil delivered to your doorstep. YES!)

Ipad – $499 and up (You know you want it… You just dont want to admit it.)

Canon G11 – $499 (Best Camera EVER. I have it and LOVE it. Ten thumbs up.)

Vilebrequin linen Shirt - $198 (This classic linen shirt will take your man through summers for years to come…. Looking great.)

Obviously, these gifts would be awesome for your father or your baby’s daddy, but you can get more out of them if you give them to your spouse!

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Inspiring Books for the Jewish Mom on Mother’s Day

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Inspiring Books for the Jewish Mom on Mother’s Day

1 Comment 30 April 2010

These books are meant to inspire all Jewish women.  Perfect as a gift on Mother’s Day , Shabbat, Birthday,or just to say that you care.

 

Fifty Jewish Women Who Changed the World

Whether born in the ghetto or into lives of privilege, Jewish women throughout history have overcome prejudice and persecution by the power of their intellect and courage. And what a difference they have made. In this inspiring volume, the histories of fifty Jewish women come vividly alive in text and pictures.

Angels Don’t Leave Footprints

Rabbi Twerski shows us all how to see the inner good that is obscured by the debris of everyday life. Angels do their job and move on without leaving a mark, but human beings stumble and scrape their knees — and wonder if they can get anything right. They absolutely can — and this book proves it!

Rabbi Abraham Twersky

Dear Daughter

A father’s wise guidance for wholesome human relationship, a happy marriage, and a serene home. Great Gift for any dad to give his daughter on Mother’s Day.

Tending the Garden

This beautifully crafted book by author and well-know lecturer Chana Weisberg, illuminates the special blessings, gifts, and unique feminine qualities that the Jewish woman has been given. The author explores the lives, experiences, and roles of Jewish women in history, the matriarchs, the Jewish festivals and cycles, special women’s mitzvot, mysticism, to understand what is the Divine mission of the Jewish woman.

Women’s Wisdom

There are times when we search our souls and ask ourselves,  Are we aware of our own tremendous power?” A woman must know her phenomenal intrinsic value and capabilities. Also perfect for a mother to daughter gift.

A Labor of Love

Build a positive birth experience on a foundation of faith and understanding.

Perfect for the new Jewish mom.

Finding the Woman of Valor

Drawing on Scripture, Talmud, and Midrash, analyzes King Solomon’s immortal text, both in Hebrew and English, with focus on each verse and an accompanying personage. Paints a vivid portrait gallery of heroines prominent and pivotal in Jewish…

Full Hearts and Empty Nests

Full Hearts and Empty Nests is the reflections of a woman on motherhood and the Jewish home. In this collection of essays and poems, Miryam Steinberg writes about ordinary wives and mothers, their successes and…

If We Could Here Them Now

Encounters With Jewish Heroines of the Past

The Jewish Woman Next Door- Repairing the World One Step at a Time is a collection of absorbing essays about contemporary Jewish women. Some known throughout the world, others known only in their own communities…

 

 

 

 

How To Talk So Teens Will Listen and How to Listen So Teens Will Talk

Great for all Jewish moms!

All of Our Lives

A journey into life begins on the very first page of this magnificent anthology, rich with real emotion, remarkable writing, and experiences from the four corners of our lives that will speak to every reader. Contributing authors range from the…

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Gourmet Kosher Gift Baskets for Mother’s Day

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Gourmet Kosher Gift Baskets for Mother’s Day

No Comments 26 April 2010

Check out the best kosher gift baskets on the web!

Godiva Kosher Gift Baskets:

$45

Introducing Godiva Gems Gift Basket. Make every day a little more special with our new Godiva Gems, individually wrapped in smaller sizes, so you can enjoy eating them anywhere, anytime. Includes a 12 pc. Milk Chocolate Truffle Gems, 18 pc. Dark Chocolate Solid Gems, 12 pc. Milk Chocolate Caramel Gems, Milk Chocolate Strawberries, Dark Chocolate Almonds, Solid Milk Chocolate Bar, Solid Dark Chocolate Bar, and Solid White Chocolate Bar. Tied with sheer gold ribbon. (1 lb. 2.6 oz.)

Zabar’s Kosher Cheese Collection:

$125

All foods in this collection are certified kosher. * Redwood Hill Farm’s Camellia from Sonoma, California. A soft-ripened, pasteurized, farmstead goat cheese. Soft, creamy and sweetly earthy. 5 oz.

* Tnuva Sheep Milk Feta-Style from Israel. Not too salty with a creamy, crumbly texture and sweet, grassy flavors; pasteurized. 7 oz.

* 5-Spoke Creamery Redmond Cheddar from New York State. Hand-made medium-sharp cheddar made from the raw milk of grass-fed cows; cave-aged for at least six months. 6 oz.

* Blue Star Farms Organic Stone Ground Wheat Crackers from Washington State.

* Somech Farms Fig Preserves from Israel. 11.5 oz.

* Handsome and helpful cheese knife and wooden cheese board.

Includes 1-day shipping. All cheeses in the Kosher Collection will arrive in their original packaging, thus assuring their kosher certification. Zabar’s may substitute cheeses of greater or equal value according to availability, but all are guaranteed to be certified kosher.

Zabar’s Kosher  Coffee and Babka Collection:

$109.

Zabar’s chocolate babka, Amaretti di Sorrono cookies (do you dip them in your coffee? We do!), Almondina biscuits, Zabar’s cinnamon rugelach, Erica’s Apricot Raspberry rugelach, Ghirardelli Dark/Raspberry chocolate bar, Walker’s shortbread Petit Coat Tails, a Zabar’s chocolate bar, and a Zabar’s mug to go with all the goodies! Part of Zabar’s Gift Boxes, Gift Baskets, and Gift Crates Collection. Price includes shipping. Additional $15.00 charge for 1-day Saturday delivery.

Max Brenner’s Chocolate:


$55

kosher dairy under the supervision of the Bet-Shemesh Rabbinate.

BONBON  GIFT SET- an assortment of 9 bonbons carefully chosen by Max. 80g/2.8oz


Woman of Valor Basket:

$52.50

Contains a beautiful ceramic Woman of Valor mug was designed by Jessica Sporn and inspired by a Biblical poem offering women gratitude, praise, and appreciation. This basket also includes gourmet tea and fresh rugelach !

Rugelach is certified Kosher Dairy, tea is kosher Pareve. 

A portion of all manufacturer’s sales from the Woman of Valor Collection will be donated toward the education and research of breast cancer causes, treatment, and the search for a cure.


My Fair Lady Kosher Chocolate Gift Box:

$34

Two layers of delicous, assorted dark & white chocolate truffles in a polka dot spring hat box. Dainty and sweet, this large ‘Fair Lady’ hat is an elegant way to say ‘Happy Mother’s Day’!
Approximate Dimensions: Hat 12″ Diameter, Chocolate Box 5″

Kosherline Gift Baskets:

$52

Cookies, Fudge Balls and Brownies

Bella Delights exclusive Italian Cookies, Fudge Balls & Chocolate Treasure Brownies Gift Tower.

Includes 1.5 lbs. assorted tray of homemade Italian cookies (may include the following: spice drop, raspberry filled pinch, chocolate chip, apricot drop, chocolate sprinkles, vanilla fudge, raspberry filled chocolate cookies, chocolate stripe, assorted pariels, marble, chocolate jelly, Roman twist, sesame, coconut crescent, chocolate drop, brownie cookie, almond half moon, mini-biscotti), 1 lb. chocolate treasure brownies (dense, rich chocolate brownies with chocolate chips), .5 lbs. fudgie chocolate balls with chocolate sprinkles, .5 lbs. fudgie chocolate balls with rainbow sprinkles. Under OK strict kosher supervision. Parve. Pas Yisroel. Yoshon.

Starbucks Kosher Gift Basket:

$29.

  • Starbucks Biscotti Vanilla Almond (.92oz)  K Nonni’s Brand
  • Starbucks Ground Coffee Breakfast Blend (2.5oz)    OU-P
  • Starbucks Ground Coffee House Blend (2.5oz)  OU-P
  • Starbucks Selects Brown & Haley Cashew Roca (2pc)   Kehilla- dairy
  • Starbucks Selects White Chocolate & Raspberry Cookies (2pc)   OU-D
  • Tazo Calm – Herbal Tea (3bags)  KSA
  • Tazo Duet – Black & Green Teas (2 bags 1 Calm & 1 Zen)KSA
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    Super Chic Hostess Gifts for the Jewish Holidays

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    Super Chic Hostess Gifts for the Jewish Holidays

    1 Comment 31 March 2010

     

    Dear Hostesses,

    Since I love seeking out fun items for gifts giving, I decided to share my fun finds with all of you.

    Each one of these items are treasures that I would personally enjoy gifting, and I hope you will too!

    Order this week so we can personalize in time for the holidays!

    MarleneHappy Hanukka Gifts under $100.


    Silk Painted Challah Cover
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    Hanukkah Kosher Gourmet Chocolate
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    Monogrammed Crystal Paperweights
    thejewishhostessshop.com

    Monogram Lucite Trays
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    Kiddush Cup with Turquoise Artistic Detailed Base
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    Monogrammed Crystal Coasters
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    Happy Holiday!

     

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    Passover Gifts: Round 2!

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    Passover Gifts: Round 2!

    1 Comment 30 March 2010

    You still have time to order things and have them arrive at your doorstep in time for Seders!

    So here goes: Hostess gifts, Round 2!

    Passover Gift - Option 1. Monogrammed Soaps from Pottery Barn $39.00

    I love these, and would be thrilled if someone gave me these as a gift!

    Passover Gift - Option 2. SurEvolution Frangipani Server Set $39.00

    I actually have given these to someone when I ate by them on a Friday night! She loved them and still uses them!

    Passover Gift - Option 3 Georg Jensen Season Candleholder  $110.00

    This candelabra would look really cool as a centerpiece!

    Passover Gift - Option 4. Diptyque Bais Noir Candle $68.00

    I cant believe that people spend $68.00 on a candle but this brand has a cult following! If your hostess loves candles she may flip for these.

    Passover Gift - Option 5 .Luciano Pitcher By Match Pewter $305.00

    I love this pewter pitcher precisely because it is being used as a vase. It has that old world elegance.

    Passover Gift - Option 6. Pear Salt Cellar by The Clay Company $28.00

    I cant live without my Maldon Sea Salt… and I use little salt bowls to hold it! Salt tastes so much better when you crush it with your fingers right over a dish… Its healthier too. Sea salt is much better for you than table salt. 

    Passover Gift - Option 7. Set of Four Agate Coasters $60.00

    I love this set of coasters. They are colorful, naturally beautiful and you will help prevent ring stains! Your host will thank you! 

    Passover Gift - Option 8. Claus Porto Soaps $19.00

    I bought these soaps so many times! Once for myself, once for a Chanuka grab bag and once for a giveaway on my other blog Sketch42! Obviously, I adore them!

    Passover Gift - Option 9. Style & Substance: The Best of Elle Decor $30.00

    A coffee table book is a great gift for a hostess! Find out your hostess’s interests and you can find a chic book on the topic! 

    Passover Gift - Option 10 PortoMarinica Teapot, Sugar Pot and Creamer $260.00

    This set is beyond beautiful! The crisp white porcelain is offset by the modern geometrics of the pattern! Any hostess would be lucky to have this!



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