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“Thanksgivukkah” Table and Decor-Syrian Style!

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“Thanksgivukkah” Table and Decor-Syrian Style!

4 Comments 19 June 2013

 

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Dear Hostesses,

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Wine Decanter by Pampaloni

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

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Hope u enjoyed! XoXo

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The Jewish Hostess Macaroon Menorah Hanukka Table RECAP

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The Jewish Hostess Macaroon Menorah Hanukka Table RECAP

7 Comments 08 May 2013

Last year’s Hanukka , I wanted to try to be a little different than previous years, and I also KNEW that my table had to be unique being that my kids put the “Jewish Hostess” pressure upon me. Loving how macaroons have been in the forefront of “dessert style” lately, I brainstormed with Leila Akaad of “La Magnifique Macaron”  famous for her fantabulous homemade macaroon displays, we dreamed up a Macaroon Menorah in which she would create an ombre of blue macaroons in 8 plus 1 lucite canisters and we would display it upon a lucite bow that was 3 feet wide and 4 inches high. Under the box I placed some mirrored squares from Ikea and atop that I scattered some sparkly blue and silver dreidels.

Atop each pacesetting was a gorgeous blue glass dish (if you are interested in purchasing please contact me marlene(at)thejewishhostess.com), an IKAT cotton napkin, in which I folded a blue velvet ribbon and placed an “M” squared Hanukkah coaster. (it looked better on the napkin than set as a coaster- as I always say- you DON’T always have to follow the table setting “rules”!)

 

I then placed a cake pop with a hand calligraphied name tag (designed and baked by the talented Mari Gindi) for each guest in front of each plate as a place card holder.

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Flowers by Betty Esses…..Note the silver sprayed monstera leaf… Hanukka cookies by Mari Gindi.

Note my wonderful West Elm purchases!

 mercury glass vases, Hanukka dishes, and festive mercury glass votives. I love West Elm as a Jewish Hostess resource center because that always add a Jewish touch in the midst of all the Christmas Holiday decor, not making the Jewish Hostess feel like an alien in a red and green table setting decor of a  whirlwind shopping season. They even had a whole HANUKKAH category on their website!

Wine tags added to the festivities as everyone took home a kosher wine bottle as a special hanukka gift. The lucite trays are a gorgeous addition to any table. Please contact me if you are interested in scooping up one as a gift or for your self……

 

Besides Bingo, and some activities whipped up by the kids, we placed Lottery tickets under each plate. The grand winner won $17!!!!

All in all it was a great Hanukkah night. I am grateful that I am able to share a beautiful table with my wonderful family and FABULOUS JEWISH HOSTESSES.

LET’S KEEP ON SHARING our holidays and semachot on The Jewish Hostess! Send all ideas and submissions to marlene(at)thejewishhostess.com),

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Two Beautiful Hanukka Tables from Esther Sassoon In Israel

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Two Beautiful Hanukka Tables from Esther Sassoon In Israel

No Comments 03 December 2012

Thank you Esther Sasson! Esther lives in Israel and shared pictures of  two beautiful Hanukka parties that she created. Esther plans parties and dessert buffets in Israel. She also creates beautiful flower arrangements such as the menorah centerpiece below. You can contact Esther at asassoon@neto.bezeqint.net.

“Hi Marlene,

These pictures were taken in Israel at a Hanuka party that I made for my husband’s students and their wives.

In the first pictures I made an olive themed party. I set out all different types of marinated olives.  For the centerpiece of the main table I made a menorah out of  glass squares  built on top of a long glass sheet. The cups are filled with olive oil and can actually be lit with floating wicks.  Under the menorah I put a small jug of olive oil pouring into a square of olives.

On the buffet tables I just put pretty, purple, brown, and green artificial flower arrangements, that I made,  with pretty olive trifles.

The blue party pictures were  a party that I made for the Syrian women of Israel. I just took mirrored trays and set them with all different types of desserts. The menorah centerpiece in the middle was built out of long goblets filled with blue marbles. On top of the goblets I put small cups of blue water with tea lights in them. On the table itself I put all kinds of blue Hanuka knick knacks like marbles, candles, coins, and dreidels.

That’s basically what I did in a nut shell. If you have any more questions, I’d be happy to answer.

Good luck, Esther”

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Baked Lower-Fat Soufganiyot-Hanukah Apricot Jelly Doughnuts

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Baked Lower-Fat Soufganiyot-Hanukah Apricot Jelly Doughnuts

5 Comments 03 December 2012

by Joan Nathan

We scoured the ‘net for a lowfat soufganiyot recipe for our calorie conscious Jewish Hostesses and we found Joan Nathan’s great recipe

to share. I wasnt sure if my kids would love the apricot filling so I bought caramel and custard filling from Kitchen Caboodles on Avenue P in Brooklyn.

Enjoy!

Baked Soufganiyot–Low Fat Israeli Hanukkah Jelly Doughnuts

This recipe serves:  24

  • 1 package dry yeast (1 scant tablespoon)
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 cup lukewarm water
  • 3 1/2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour (approximately)
  • 1 cup lukewarm skim milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 egg yolk
  • pinch of salt
  • grated zest of one lemon
  • 3 tablespoons reduced fat butter, at room temperature
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam  or caramel, chocolate, or custard filling.
  • confectioner’s or granulated sugar for rolling

1. Dissolve the yeast and 1 tablespoon of the sugar in the water.

2. Put the flour in the bowl of a food processor equipped with a steel blade. Add the dissolved yeast, milk, egg, egg yolk, salt, lemon zest and the remaining 2 tablespoons of sugar. Process until blended. Add the butter and process until the dough becomes sticky yet elastic.

3. Remove the dough to a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place for at least an hour. If you want to prepare the dough in advance, place it in the refrigerator overnight, then let it warm to room temperature before rolling and cutting.

4. Grease 2 cookie sheets. Dust a pastry board with flour. Roll the dough out to a 1/2-inch thickness. Using the top of a glass as a cutter, cut into rounds about 2-inches in diameter and roll these into balls. Place the balls about 1 to 1 1/2-inches apart on the greased cookie sheets. Cover and let rise 30 minutes more.

5. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Bake the doughnuts for 12 to 15 minutes or until they’re golden. Remove from the oven and let cool.

6. Soften the jam in a food processor. Using an injector, insert a teaspoon of jam into each doughnut. Roll the soufganiyot in confectioner’s or granulated sugar and serve immediately.

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Raquel Fallas’s Inspiring Hanukkah Table

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Raquel Fallas’s Inspiring Hanukkah Table

4 Comments 02 December 2012

Dear Raquel, Its amazing to see how many gorgeous tables evolved out of one Maccabee Hanukkah holiday! Even though your table may not have cost a fortune, it looks like a million bucks! I love how you tied up the napkins and placed the gift boxes along the table! Stunning! Marlene M.

“Dear Marlene,

I love to have fun setting my table for all different kinds of events. I recently heard about your website and decided to check it out. I loved so many of the ideas I decided to share my own.
I had a small Chanukah dinner party and stuck to the traditional blue and silver theme. I put a silver table cloth by Allison (718) 415-3860 and 5 mirror squares lined up as my runner from Amazing Savings (a great thing to have and keep for all kinds of ocassions). On the mirrors I scattered chocolate coins, glittered snow flakes that cost $1 and filled blue candle holders from Ikea with dreidels. As a finishing touch I sprinkled blue sprinkles on the mirrors.
I used my Murval placemats which I already owned from Kitchen Caboodles. As accents, I used blue and silver boxes from Amazing Savings which were less than $2 with a small gift inside for each of my guests. I also cut out dreidel shaped placecards. Instead of the traditional napkin rings I used a ‘Happy Hannukah’ ribbbon to wrap my napkins as a gift- as a little treat I placed chocolate coins in each napkin!
From,
Raquel Fallas”

 

 

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DIY Glittered Doughnuts for Kids on Hanuka

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DIY Glittered Doughnuts for Kids on Hanuka

No Comments 01 December 2012

This great post was sent in by Amy Oren of Blowoutparty.com

“Here’s a fun way to decorate doughnuts for Hanukkah- glitter them! I did this with my kids tonight and they had SO much fun with this!”

  • Step 1: Frost the doughnut and let it set for a few minutes. Then lightly press a dreidel shape cookie cutter in the center of the doughnut.

  • Step 2: Using a funnel, slowly pour colored sugar crystals into the cookie cutter. Don’t overfill, as this will cause the crystals to leak out of shape when you remove the cookie cutter.

  • Step 3: Leave the cookie cutter in the frosting for a minute, this will help the sugar stay in place.

  • Step 4: Slowly remove the cookie cutter.

Here’s the doughnut recipe I used. It was sooo easy to make, and they came out unreal!

Doughnuts

  • Ingredients
  • 2 (.25 ounce) envelopes active dry yeast
  • 1 3/4 cups warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup shortening
  • 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 quart vegetable oil for frying

Directions

  1. Sprinkle the yeast over the warm water, and let stand for 5 minutes, or until foamy.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the yeast mixture, sugar, salt, eggs, shortening, and 2 cups of the flour. Mix for a few minutes at low speed, or stirring with a wooden spoon. Beat in remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough no longer sticks to the bowl. Knead for about 5 minutes, or until smooth and elastic. Place the dough into a greased bowl, and cover. Set in a warm place to rise until double. Dough is ready if you touch it, and the indention remains.
  3. Turn the dough out onto a floured surface, and gently roll out to 1/2 inch thickness. Cut with a floured doughnut cutter. Let doughnuts sit out to rise again until double. Cover loosely with a cloth.
  4. Heat oil in a deep-fryer or large heavy skillet to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Drop the doughnuts into the hot oil. Turn doughnuts over as they rise to the surface. Fry doughnuts on each side until golden brown. Remove from the oil, and drain on a wire rack.
  5. Inject with your favorite filling, and top with your favorite frosting.   I just used confectioner’s sugar mixed with a little water for the icing. Easy and my kids love it.
  6. Check out my blog, Blowout Party!, for incredible party inspiration and tutorials, and my store BlowoutParty.com for fabulous party favors and accessories!

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The Jewish Hostess Shops Ikea and West Elm for a Hanukka Blue Table Setting!

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The Jewish Hostess Shops Ikea and West Elm for a Hanukka Blue Table Setting!

13 Comments 01 December 2012

 

 Please “like” this Hanukka post and share with your friends!  A lot of hostess effort went into this holiday table!

 (Enjoy from Hanukka 2011!)

Happy Hanukka to all of my Jewish Hostesses!

This year I decided to get an early start on my Hanuka table setting.Being that my Amex card was getting a little rusty, I decided to get into the holiday spirit and  venture out to Ikea and West Elm to see if I could whip up some Hanuka table decor inspiration on a budget.

I decided to stick with the traditional Hanukkah blue and silver color combo because I already owned blue water glasses given to me by my consuegro (Syrian word for son-in-law’s mother) as a Rosh Hashanah gift, plus I happen to own a set of blue and silver rimmed Greek style dishes (a perfect Macabee theme!).

After an hour or two of piling anything and everything blue or silver into my shopping cart at Ikea, this is what I finally ended up with:

  1. Hanukah blue cotton place mats at $1.99 each. A great buy!
  2. Silver mirrored squares-(come in a pack of 4- these are a great investment- buy a dozen or two- you can use them on a dessert bar, as placemats, or you can even line your entire table with them. Your friends will definitely ask you to borrow these mirrored squares when they see how cool they look on your table…) I placed 4 in a row as a runner in the center of the table and then place one atop each blue placemat.

 

3. Go run and buy these beautiful silver candles from Ikea before they run out of them! Eight of these festive candles look so elegant lined up along the center of the table-menorah style.  Ikea also has gorgeous cobalt blue glass candle holders that fit perfectly as a base for my  new silver candles.  I placed four candles into their bases in a row to the right and the left of my own “shamash” vase. (Note- my son reminded me that this “menorah display” cannot be used as the actual menorah- even if I decided to use a candle as a the shamash in the center- according to tradition, the menorah has to be fashioned out of one piece of metal, wood, or glass…like in the beit hamikdash…)

4. I couldn’t resist buying two velvety bluish purple pillows at $19.99 from Ikea to place on silver gray chairs (from B and B party rental in Brooklyn, N.Y.) at both heads of the table of the table.

5. Dashing into West Elm (while the whole family waited outside), I purchased  these stunning silvery shimmery cotton napkins at $7 each. They look perfect atop each plate. I neatly folded each one and topped with a sparkly dreidel. I also found delicious kosher blue and white swirley lollipops at West Elm that I placed on the  mirrored table runner as well.

Hanuka Flowers, Cakes, Cookies, Boxes and Sparkle and Chairs:

      1. Again, thank you to B and B party rental for these gorgeous silver grey chairs. Ballroom chairs always add that touch of elegance for all of your  holiday table decor and party needs. Call B and B at (718) 436 – 8433 or go visit at 1076 38th Street, Brooklyn, NY.
      2. My good friend Shirley Barnathan happens to be a Brooklyn and NYC florist. Check out her Facebook  florals  here. She ran over with some gorgeous Hanuka-blue dyed feathers, and within minutes, she draped them from my dining room chandelier. Shirley also filled my center vase with stunning silver sprayed leaves. Within seconds she picked up my dying orchid plants with replaced them with vibrant new ones. She also brought over some place card holders that I borrowed for the photo shoot. Its great to have friends in the business!
      3. The magnificent and gorgeous Hanukka cake is by Fortune Farca. You will be amazed at her bakery creations! Check out her Facebook page HERE!  The beautiful and delicious Hanukaa dreidel cookies are by the talented Esther Dana. Check out her Facebook page HERE There’s nothing like gorgeous holiday themed baked goods to cozy up the look of your table.
      4. Chocolate Hanukka Coins, Dreidel and Hanukka Ornaments are inexpensive and really add to the holiday excitement. Sticking to one or two colors within your scheme  give a more elegant look. Shop here for Hanukkah Table Accessories and inspiration!
      5. You can find silver boxes and gorgeous ribbon in  local shops or try sites like M and J trimmings for pretty Hanuka blue ribbons.
      6. Hanukka sprinkles and nonpareils can be used as “sand” to sprinkle around chocolate coins and dreidels. They will really add a lot of pizzaz to your table!  Click here for a selection of Wilton Kosher Sprinkles. Use the White Glitter Sprinkles for extra sparkle.
      7. P.S. Don’t forget to buy inexpensive Dreidel Ice Cube Molds! (see ice cube pic below). Kids love ‘em!
      8. Keep scrolling down below to see the rest of my Hanukka table setting.

Use these suggestions as a basic guide for your own unique Hanukkah table decor. Using your favorite silver or blue or white tableware as a base, and then shop around your favorite discount stores, florist, Crate and Barrel, Ikea, Target, or West Elm for fun accessories to add to your holiday centerpiece. Of course if you want to go all out, you can click on over to Barneys for a real first class treat -to your wallet!

Of course I can’t wait to see your Hanuka holiday tables! Please send your pics over to marlene (at) thejewishhostess.com.

I have a fabulous brand new gourmet kosher cookbook for the most voted winner!

What do you think of this holiday table setting? Comment below with your suggestions for your sparkling Hanukka celebration!

 

 

 

 

 

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Newlywed Paula Benzaken Lights Up Hanukkah With A Magnificent Hanukkah Table

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Newlywed Paula Benzaken Lights Up Hanukkah With A Magnificent Hanukkah Table

3 Comments 01 December 2012

 

Dear Paula, I hate to sound like an old lady, but what a fantastic table for a newly married girl!!! You should be SO proud of yourself!!! What a menu! WOW! Love, Marlene M.

by the way- if anyone is interested in a quick link to the Hanukka ornament balls below, click here-  Silver and Blue Hanukkah Ornaments

“Hi Marlene!
First off i have to say I LOVE your blog/website and check for updates several times a day. I cant tell you how helpful it is, especially being a newlywed and trying to come up with new ideas all the time.
With Hanuka being my favorite holiday, I decided to whip up a brunch for both sides of my family (first time ever cooking for anyone besides for my husband!).Okay, so really everything was budget friendly.. Though it required 6 trips to 3 different home goods…! All the candy Apothecary jars were from there and I filled them with different things like dreidels ornaments chocolate gelt gum balls etc.. Feathers and vase were from Julie’s flowers…

The menu was simple- mini pizzas ,sambosak, string beans with galic sauce, beschamel, salmon with sweet and sour sauce, falafel salad sandwiches and pasta with basil and mushrooms.  Your website helped spark the creativity and everything just flowed from there, so Thank you!  -Paula Bekar Benzaken”

 

 

 

 

 

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Sweet and Crunchy Cinnamon Candied Almond Treats

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Sweet and Crunchy Cinnamon Candied Almond Treats

No Comments 26 November 2012

This past weekend, my kids decided to whip up their own Sunday afternoon snack via Google, and after some clicking away they found this cinnamon almond edible delight from Allrecipes.com. This concoction fit the bill because luckily we happened to have all of the ingredients stocked in the house. It gave me such pleasure to see them running around and grabbing  ingredients, because even though the kitchen was stating to look like hurricane Sandy hit, at least the TV was not the focus of the morning. 
We edited the recipe a drop and it was gobbled up!
Add this home made treat to your Hanukka gift giving list! Just wrap it up and add a Hanukkah gift tag!
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Sweet and Crunchy Cinnamon Candied Almond Treats

  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon cold water
  • 3 cups whole almonds
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C). Lightly grease a 10×15 inch jellyroll pan.
  2.  Beat the egg white, make sure its beaten totally. I used an immersion blender in a small cup to make sure it was beaten well. Add water, and beat until frothy but not stiff. Add the nuts, and stir until well coated. Mix the sugar, salt, vanilla and cinnamon, and sprinkle over the nuts. Toss to coat, and spread evenly on the prepared pan.
  3. Bake for 1 hour in the preheated oven, stirring occasionally, until golden. Allow to cool, then store nuts in airtight containers.
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Hanukkah Hydrangeas and a Festive Table By Ruthie Levy

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Hanukkah Hydrangeas and a Festive Table By Ruthie Levy

1 Comment 11 November 2012

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Thank you Ruthie for your beautiful note and  for sharing your Hanukkah tips with us!!! Marlene
“Dear Marlene,
This is my Hanuka tablesetting for this year.
I started out with a white tablecloth as a base and a ran silver and white stripe wrapping paper down the middle.
I used silver square chargers from Amazing Savings and glass square dishes from Kitchen kaboodles .
Under the dinner plate I placed the napkin and under the salad plate.
I put metalic blue driedels and menorahs also purchased from Amazing Savings .
The blue water glasses are from Wishing Well and the wine goblets were borrowed from my mother.
Scattered all over the table are silver chocolate coins and metalic dreidels and menorahs…
The centerpeice is a vase from Home Goods filled with faux blue hydrangeas , white orchids and branches which will last through the entire Hanuka and ill look foward to bringing them out year after year!
Faux Florals can be purchased by calling /texting me (917) 439 1889…
Hope to inspire others the way I’ve been inspired!
Thank you Marlene for such an awesome website!You truly inspire me.”
Ruthie Levy
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The Gorgeous Hanukah Table Setting at Table Set Go in Deal, New Jersey

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The Gorgeous Hanukah Table Setting at Table Set Go in Deal, New Jersey

3 Comments 04 November 2012

Alls I can say is “WOW” to the fantastic Hanukka table created by Betty Esses and Gracie Silvera. They really put their heart and soul into their Hanukka  display for The Morris I. Franco Community Cancer Center Table-Set-Go charity event in Deal, New Jersey. The ladies used a deep ocean blue colored cloth as a base for their Hanukka table and layered it on the festive Hanukka colors from there. Silver Chilewich placemats lined their elegant but casual silver rimmed china. A Tiffany shopping bag graced each place setting. Grace Sivera’s dreidel collection, amassed from her travels all over the world came in handy as she creatively dangled a unique dreidel from each turquiose blue Tiffany mini gift bag. Driedels that were drizzled along the table were craftily dipped in glue and then blue and silver glitter, and added even more sparkle to their Hanukka table decor. The hydrangea filled blue vases were purchased from Home Goods, and the unique sterling and blue dotted drinking glasses were borrowed from Surrey Lane on Avenue P in Brooklyn. Even though it was the middle of the sumer, Grace and Betty fried soufganiyot and baked Hanukka cookies!  Blue and silver ribbons of different widths and colors tied around the soufganiyot platter flowed down both sides of the table.

Thanks so much ladies for your fabulous Hanukka inspiration!!!!

Photos by Victor Gindi

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Baker’s Alert! Keep Sending Us Pics of Your Hanukka Cakes and Cookies! Check These Out!

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Baker’s Alert! Keep Sending Us Pics of Your Hanukka Cakes and Cookies! Check These Out!

1 Comment 03 November 2012

Whether you spell it Hanukka, Hanuka or Chanuka, holiday memories are kept alive because of the fun that goes into the holiday planning. Help us keep up the inspiration by sharing your pics, ideas, and recipes.  Enjoy this re-post from 201o! 

Send your pics and holiday creative sparks  to marlene@thejewishhostess.com.

Delectable Cupcakes by Rachel Mamiye Dweck!:


“Happy Chanukah Jewish Hostess!
Attached is a pic of my Chanukah I made for a Chanukah party.”:

From “mwygoda”- thanks for the pic!

Thanks Vicki! Gorgeous Cupcakes!

by Vicki Betesh Hoffstein:

 

Thanks jenharari for these yummy looking cookies!:

“Hi, I hope I can be entered even though I do this professionally.” Cheryl

YES!!!! Check out Cheryl’s website mmdesignsny.com:

by Cheryl Spilzinger

Cookies by Shirley Mamiye:

Check out her baking website HOMEBAKED

by Shirley Mamiye

Dreidel Cake by Esther Chrem:

Check out her delicious website!

www.ECPattycake.com

Patty Cake by Esther Chrem

PattyCake by Esther Chrem

By Rebecca Willis:

“Thank you! Its basically kosher marshmallows with a pretzle stick in the top, and a Hershey kiss on the bottom.  I used frosting to stick the kiss to the bottom.  Then I just used frosting to write the letters on the side. For the platter in the picture, I only wrote one letter on each driedle so the frosting wouldn’t smear.  This year I am setting it up as an activity for the kids to do themselves, which should be a lot of fun!”

Chanukah Treats by the Willis Family

By Magen David Yeshivah third grade girls:

by Meirah, Sarah, Danielle, Lauren, Rivka, and Judy

Chanuka Menorah cake by Alexis Fallas:

Menorah Cake by Alexis Fallas

“I make these cookies every year for hanukah and they are a big hit! there sugar cookies with rolled fondant and decorated with a frosting.”  Beth Cayre

Chanuka cookies by Beth Cayre

Keep sending in your Hanuka cake and cookie pics to marlene@thejewishhostess.com

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Kim Dabah’s Fabulous Hanukkah Dessert Table!

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Kim Dabah’s Fabulous Hanukkah Dessert Table!

4 Comments 31 October 2012

 

 

 

Thank you Kim Dabah for sharing your gorgeous Hanukkah themed table with us! The  white lucite rectangles and cubes add a subtle modern architecture to your dessert buffet. Blue frosted cupcakes, Dreidel blue linzer tarts,  dipped marshmalow treats and Hanukkah cookies are a kids Hanukkah feast. The gorgeous swirly Venetian glass menorah is the perfect setting for your Hanukkah centerpiece. Wow! Happy Hanukkah! Marlene M.

 

 

 

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How to Capture the Joyful Holiday Moments in a Snap!

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How to Capture the Joyful Holiday Moments in a Snap!

2 Comments 30 October 2012

 Thank you Gladys Hedaya for insights into capturing those fleeting glorious Jewish holiday dinners! It always seems that we prepare our meals forever and then its over in a flash. I love Gladys’s photo tips! Check out her new website Picsaloo.com for more ideas and ways to keep the memories in our hearts and on our bookshelves for many years to come! It’s time to start thinking about our Hanuka parties!!

“As I look through my old albums, I notice that some albums are more exciting and revealing to look at than others.   I realized that the albums I love the most have one thing in common, they tell a full story with a combination of photos that capture the many facets of that particular event.

Hanukah time is near, and is such a fun holiday to photograph. From your family standing before a flickering menorah, to an excited child tearing open a present, to the wobbly spin of a dreidal as it begins to slow down, there are many moments you can mindfully capture with your camera.

The most effective way to capture your Hanukah festivities fully is to write out or think about the following checklist before the holiday.

Before the party starts…

1. Preparation of the party: An example would be your daughter frosting the cupcakes or your four year old son smashing a cookie cutter into sugar cookie dough, your husband placing the candles in the menorah, or even half arranged flowers in a vase with the remaining resting on the side.

 

2. The décor: Back up and capture the room with all its holiday decorations, snap a photo, then step closer to capture that pile of gifts on the coffee table, the scattered dreidals and chocolate money, the table settings, the flowers. You can be creative with angle, and the specific parts of the scene you focus on.

During the party…

3. The action: what types of activities are taking place? Action shots may be a magician pulling a rabbit out of a hat, a bunch of children playing dreidal, or a child tearing open a Hanukah gift. Capturing the action gives you an opportunity to snap candid moments.

4. The people: Family group shots, and kids smiles are must-haves for your Hanukah photos. A group shot can be some people sitting on the couch, or around the table. You can capture genuine kids smiles because Hanukah is naturally so much fun!!

After the party:

5. If you are one of the last guests to leave or if the party took place in your house, you can photograph the torn wrapping paper on the floor, the strewn toys, the empty dessert platter…all hints that a good time happened here.

Follow the above suggestions and  ensure that your Hanukah holiday festivities are  captured more fully! Imagine how much more compelling your Hanukah photo album will be!!!” Gladys Hedaya

Live in the moment. Capture your memories. Celebrate the images of your life at Picsaloo.com your first stop for memory books, albums, canvas prints and more. Sign up at Picsaloo.com for more free tips, tricks, and promotions.

 

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Lorraine’s Hanukka Mahjong Lunch Table

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Lorraine’s Hanukka Mahjong Lunch Table

5 Comments 15 October 2012

My friend Lorraine Kasavi decided to get a head start on  Hanukka by surprising her mahjong game with a fabulous Hanukka themed lunch table. Her love of color is evident by her gorgeous display of shades of electric blue flowers and Hanukka table decor. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous Hanukka table pictures with us, Lorraine! Love you and Happy Holiday! Marlene

p.s. Lorraine happens to be a Brooklyn based watercolor artist and teaches painting classes to adults and teen. Group and private rates available. Contact Lorraine at lkasavi@aol.com

 

 

 

 

 

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Sarah Nuseiri’s Decadent Hanukka Dessert Table

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Sarah Nuseiri’s Decadent Hanukka Dessert Table

No Comments 03 September 2012

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What a Hanukka dessert table! Thank you Sarah Nuseiri for sharing your Hanukkah party with us!!! I especially love the Hanukka cake pops!!!

“Hi Marlene!

I had the best time doing this dessert table! I think the highlight are my munchkin cake pops. I originally thought of making jelly donut cake pops, but didnt have the time. So I literally bought a dozen jelly donuts, chocolate and powdered munchkins from Dunkin Donuts, stuck them on a popsicle and added ribbon!  Easiest thing ever,and adorable!!  Shirley Mamiye Dana did the gorgeous Hannuka cookies and cupcakes. She’s amazing! I think its more of a fun Hanukka table for kids to enjoy after lighting. There’s lots of candies and chocolates, and the chocolate gelt streamers were also a fun idea.   The mirrors are propped up on candles and it would be a cool effect if they were lit (I didn’t want to ruin the tablecloth though).  I wrote Happy Hannuka with dry erase marker. These could be used to personalize any event, either on the buffet , or even as initial place setting around the table. Sarah Nuseiri”

 

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