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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

4 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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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

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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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Cardamom Citrus Olive Oil Cake with Orange Glaze and Candied Citrus Slices

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Cardamom Citrus Olive Oil Cake with Orange Glaze and Candied Citrus Slices

3 Comments 10 August 2012

Lately, olive oil cakes have been all the rage, but little do most of us know, is that Italians have been using olive oil in their moist cakes for centuries. 

 Many chefs use olive oil because it provides a nice richness and an undertone of earthy flavor without all the denseness and greasiness of butter that you would usually use in baking. 

Another difference of an olive oil cake is that it’s not an overly sweet cake, taking the notes from citrus and herbs, in this case cardamom.  Greek, Roman, Egyptian, and Arab cultures loved infusing this spice into their foods and potions because of their aphrodisiac qualities. (So, if you are looking for that extra special Hanukkah gift, you might try serving this Cardamom cake to your hubby ASAP!!!)

Its nice to always add new spices to our cooking and baking menus because of the healing qualities that benefit a varied diet. In this case, cardamom also contains chemicals that appear to treat stomach and intestinal issues, and increase the movement of food through the intestine. Thank you Rachel Harkham of RecipeRachel.com. for sending in this wonderful recipe.

 Make sure to use a high quality extra virgin olive oil to add to the sweeter, stronger flavors of this olive oil cake. 


Cardamom Citrus Olive Oil Cake

by Rachel Harkham at RecipeRachel.com.

When you think of Hanukkah food  you think of Latkes, right? Golden,crisp-fried potato pancakes are perfect holiday food for a cold winter’s night. Lighting the menorah for eight nights aptly commemorates the miracle of  little jar of oil that lit up the menorah in the Temple.  Eating food made or prepared with oil is the best way to celebrate this eight day Festival of Light .  But after a few crispy fried nights when your taste buds are yearning for a different texture and taste, Citrus-Cardamom Olive Oil Cake is just the thing to keep the oil celebration going.  Made with olive oil (non-extra virgin yields moister results), with layers of bright citrus bursts  and warm cardamom spice, this cake tenderly celebrates both flavor and olive oil in every bite.

Cardamom Citrus  Hanukkah Olive Oil Cake

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Zest of one small lemon (about  1 tablespoon)
  • ½ teaspoon  cardamom
  1. Preheat oven to 350F and spray a round cake pan
  2. Beat together eggs and sugar until pale and fluffy and very thick
  3. Slowly stream olive oil into egg-sugar mixture, beat together on lowest speed .
  4. In separate bowl: whisk together flour, baking powder, salt, zest, and cardamom.
  5. Gently fold wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, being sure to mix completely.
  6. Pour into prepared pan and bake for 30 minutes or until light golden brown and it passes the toothpick test .  After cake has cooled  remove from pan, plate, and pour orange cardamom glaze over top of the cake, allowing glaze to drip lazily down the sides.

Orange Cardamom Glaze

1 ½ c. powdered sugar

1 teaspoon cardamom

1  teaspoon orange zest

4-5 tablespoons fresh orange juice

  1. Mix all ingredients together in bowl until the glaze is thick enough coat the back of your spoon.  Alternately, dilute with 1 tbsp. of OJ at a time if the glaze is too thick.

 

Candied Citrus Slices

1 cup sugar

2/3 cup water

1 sliced lemon and/or orange cut into ¼ inch  rounds

  1. In a medium saucepan combine the sugar and water.  Bring to a boil and then reduce heat.  Boil gently for 12 -15 minutes or until mixture becomes thick and syrupy, stirring every so often.
  2. Add fruit slices to syrup, stirring to submerge.  Simmer for about five minutes until fruit is tender and slightly shrunken.  Gently remove fruit from syrup and place artfully on top of the cake.  Reserve citrus simple syrup for another use (it’s great for mixed drinks).
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A Birthday Table Setting That’s Perfectly Suited for a Birthday Dad! By Raquel Franco

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A Birthday Table Setting That’s Perfectly Suited for a Birthday Dad! By Raquel Franco

5 Comments 14 January 2012

 

 

 

 

WoW! Raquel! Thanks for sharing your fabulous table setting with us! So classy and unique! I’m going to save this idea for a Father’s Day table.

 Dear Hostesses! Please comment below if you loved the effort that Raquel put into her husband’s birthday table setting! Marlene

“Anyone who knows my husband knows what a great dresser he is. So, In honor of his birthday,  I “dressed” the table in his favorite style! I used a navy pinstriped fabric for the tablecloth and bought a variety of pocket squares online and folded them with the napkins. A friend lent me napkin rings that were actually small leather belts. Each setting had a mini martini glass with hummus and a Moroccan cigar. The flowers were simple red roses and his own ties were tied into bows beside them. The table was set so true to his own personal style that we joked all weekend that it looked like he was lying on the table! Raquel Franco”

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An Amazing Earthy Table Setting by Sari Tawil

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An Amazing Earthy Table Setting by Sari Tawil

No Comments 11 January 2012

Dear Sari, Thank you SO much for sending in your Thanksgiving table setting! I know that somehow November faded into January but I just want to say that your table setting is so pretty and your table decor ideas can be used until the buds start blooming for Springtime!

Thanks again! Marlene M.

“I usually don’t do this my kids made me lol.

I wanted a earthy look so I worked around my beige dishes, burlap fabric as my cloth which cost $10.00, I overlaid a runner from Blossom Blu. My chargers were from Amazing Savings & cloth napkins were from Home Goods which were $12.00 for a dozen. My big splurge were the napkin rings from Kitchen Caboodles which I couldn’t resist… My best were the acorns from Wegman’s which have a cinnamon scent.” Sari Tawil

 

 

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10 Jewish Women Bloggers and Kosher Recipe Blogs That You Should Follow:

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10 Jewish Women Bloggers and Kosher Recipe Blogs That You Should Follow:

3 Comments 17 December 2011

 

 

 

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Dear Hostesses,

Check out these  fabulous Jewish Blogging women who work very hard to bring us Jewish holiday highlights, decor and kosher recipes from all over the world. Here’s a roundup of some of them!

1- The Jewish Hostess- The Jewish Hostess is a place for all Jewish Women to be inspired by one another. My special love is displaying gorgeous pictures of Jewish Holiday Table Settings and parties  that women send me from all over the world.  Of course, gourmet kosher recipes are also a huge part of our  holiday meals and you can find tons of ideas for holiday and weeknight menus on The Jewish Hostess, many with a Sephardic and middle eastern flair!

 

2- Learn how to make garlic knots out of challah dough! Great to use these soft  challah knots for sandwiches on Shabbat!

Click on the video below from the famous kosher cook Jamie Geller from Joy of Kosher.

garlic-knot-thumb challah dough

 

3-Kosher Shopaholic- Friday night chicken soup recipe and dreidel shaped noodles! YUM!

On Kosher Shopaholic you will also find regular sales and deals, coupons, money savings tips, and reviews of products that interest the Jewish consumer.

 

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4- For more great holiday deals,  coupon, freebie, or money-saving
idea,
visit my Yeshivah of Flatbush elementary school classmate, Susan Ehrenfeld Sharf over at Daily Cheapskate. She scouts the web for deals like this Barnes and Nobles 30% discount ! Who doesn’t love a good deal???

 

 

 


Print your coupon for 30% off one item, in-store, at Barnes and Noble.  Good until 12/24/11.

And don’t forget about the $10 off $20 coupon for toys and games at Barnes and Noble.

5- Check out Esti Berkowitz’s blog at Prime Time Parenting for the latest deals on gourmet kosher products and products for  growing Jewish families. Esti has been connected with brands and bloggers from around the world since 2008!

6- Get some GREAT kosher recipes from The Kosher Blogger Margo Sugarman who lives in Israel. Try her lowfat, low carb latkes all year round!

 7-I’ve got to try to make this EDIBLE MENORAH! HOW PEFECT IS THIS HANUKKA IDEA ??

From my friends at COOK KOSHER.com

8- Check out this crafty no-mess DIY post by Creative Jewish Mom over in Israel. Your kids can learn how to make their own crayon resist

Hanukkah wrapping paper! Gorgeous and so personal!

Crayon resist gift packaging+tags

9- Learn how to make Skirt Steak Diablo with Zahava from Kosher Camembert.  Zahava has been featured in Saveur, PhotoGrazing, Food Gawker, and Tastespotting.

 

11-WAIT!!  I have five more great blogs!! Busy in Brooklyn should keep you clicking!.  Check out this Hanukkah snow globe!

12- Please visit  The Kosher Foodies.  You will love their healthy recipe for Lentil and Brown Rice Burgers!!!!!!

 

13- Fashion- Isha has the chicest picks of fashion and style for every Jewish woman. Enjoy!!!!

 

 

 

14- Koshereye has all the latest info on all of the top kosher products on the market. Check them out!

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Its Time to Vote for The Hanukka Table That You Love The Most!

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Its Time to Vote for The Hanukka Table That You Love The Most!

74 Comments 07 December 2011

Enjoy these Hanukkah tables from Dec 2011!

ANNOUNCING THE WINNER WIHH MOST VOTES!!! RAQUEL FALLAS!!!! #2!

The treasure trove of  Hanukka tables sent in by our amazing Jewish Hostesses are SO unique and display the wonderful energy and passion that was  put into their holiday atmosphere. I’v e become obsessed with each holiday table scape  and I’m amazed at  how each fabulous hostess reinvented the traditional Hanukka holiday table. The Jewish Hostess is all about each and every one of us and how we can all be inspired from one another!

Thanks so much to Lorraine Kasavi, Raquel Ralack, Paula BenZaken, Kim Dabah, Raquel Habert, Lori Mizrahi, Esther Sasson, Lorene Sasson, Sarah Nuseiri, Sheila Gindi, Yvette Kassin, Michelle Dayan, Rochelle Cohen,Victoria Arnold,Doris Dweck, Barbara Franco, and Vicky Cohen for taking the time to photograph and share your  special holiday with The Jewish Hostess readers.

Let your imagination run free with all of these table setting ideas. There are no rules when it comes to tweaking your own theme for your table top. Make your own brand new table statement by reinventing your old color combinations. Adding new textures such as lucite, glass, gorgeous soft flowers, feathers, and fabrics are all possibilities for new table inspirations from the Jewish Hostess Hanukka pics on this site. Enjoy and bookmark these pages!

Please COMMENT BELOW with your favorite and most creative tablescape.

Although I LOVE THEM ALL only one lady can win this  FREE copy of Kosher Elegance by Efrat Libfroind- A $39 value.!

 WHICH TABLE  BELOW INSPIRED YOU MOST OF ALL?

PLEASE COMMENT BELOW AND HELP CHOOSE A WINNER!

1- Loraine Kasavi’s Mahjong Lunch Table-

2- Raquel Fallas’s Inspiring Hanukka Table:

3- NEWLYWED PAULA BENZAKEN LIGHTS UP HANUKKAH WITH A MAGNIFICENT HANUKKAH TABLE:

4- Kim Dabah’s Fabulous Hanukka Dessert Table:

5- HAPPY HANUKA BY RAQUEL HABERT!

6- Lori Mizrachi’s Sparkly Hanukka Table:

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7: Two Beautiful Hanukka Tables from Esther Sassoon in Israel:

8: What a Hanukka Table! By Lorene Sasson

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9: Sarah Nuseiri’s Decadent Hanukka Table:

10: Sheila Gindi’s Impressive Hanukka Table!:

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11: Easy and Elegant by Yvette Kassin:

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12: Michelle Dayan-My First Hanukka Party:

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13- Rochelle Cohen’s Sparkly Hanukka Table Setting!

14- Victoria Arnold’s beautiful and Meaningful Hanukka Table:

15-Party Planner Doris Dweck’s Impressive Turquoise and Gold Hanukka Table:

16- Hanukka 2011 with the Cohens! by Vicky Cohen:

17- Barbara Franco-Modern Gold ‘n Bold on Hanukka!

 

 CLICK HERE FOR MORE LINKS TO YOUR FAVORITE HANUKKA TABLES!! 

GIVE ALL OF OUR JEWISH HOSTESSES A ROUND OF APPLAUSE!!!

ANNOUNCING THE WINNER WITH THE MOST VOTES!!! RAQUEL FALLAS!!!! #2!

AND THE WINNER OF THE COOKBOOK IS FRIEDA KATZ!!!!!

 

 

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Yummy Hanukka Cupcakes!

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Yummy Hanukka Cupcakes!

No Comments 05 December 2011

 

Thank  you Esther  Chrem of  “Cupcake Wars” for sharing your Hanukah recipe for  jelly filled cupcakes! Being a judge at cupcake wars I was gained about 10 pounds tasting all the cupcakes, and I kid you not! These Hanukka cupcake were delicious!!!!  A secret Hanukkah tip from Esther- lightly fry each donut in a pan before serving!!!

Enjoy! Marlene

Jelly Donut Cupcakes for Hanukka

Makes approximately 12 cupcakes.

  • 1 cup soy milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup raspberry, strawberry, or grape jam
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar

Preheat the oven to 350 F (175 C) and line a cupcake tin with paper liners. In a mixing cup, combine the soymilk, vinegar, and cornstarch and set aside.
In a large mixing bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, nutmeg, and salt. Create a well in the center of the flour for the wet ingredients and mix gently.
Fill the liners 3/4 full with batter. Place a heaping spoonful of jam into the center of each cupcake, being careful not to overfill. The jam will sink into the bottom of the cupcake during baking.
Bake cupcakes for 21 to 23 minutes. Cool them completely on a wire rack, and then set uncovered overnight in a cool, dry place. This will make the tops slightly crispy, like a donut crust. Using a sifter, sprinkle the donuts with powdered sugar and serve with coffee.
Recipe courtesy of  http://www.vegnews.com/

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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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Whipped Greek Yogurt Dip for Hanuka

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Whipped Greek Yogurt Dip for Hanuka

No Comments 25 November 2011

“Hi Marlene,

Thanks for visiting my blog. I am really enjoying the recipes posted on The Jewish Hostess. I just made the healthy chocolate chip cookies submitted by Margo Shalom.

I just posted a recipe for Hanuka–Whipped Feta Dip.

It is based on a classic Greek recipe called Kopanisti (I originally got the recipe from a book by Diane Kochilas called The Greek Vegetarian). There are just a few ingredients, so it is important to use the best quality of each: freshly ground black pepper, freshly squeezed lemon juice, extra-virgin olive oil, and a really good feta.

So, wait, why feta dip on Hanukah? Well, it is a custom to serve cheese on the holiday to commemorate Yehudit, who vanquished the Greek general Holofernes by plying him with salty cheese and wine (also here). (and here is another explanation based on the letters of  chalav). “

Whipped Greek Yogurt Dip

  • 1/2 lb. feta, crumbled
  • juice 1/2 lemon
  • 4-5 Tbl. olive oil
  • 1/4-1/2 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 Tbl. labne or Greek yogurt (optional, will make mixture looser and a bit milder tasting)

Put all ingredients in the food processor and pulse until smooth. Adjust seasonings, adding more lemon juice as needed, before serving.

This can be served in a bowl, drizzled with more olive oil, with za’atar pita triangles on the side. It can also be served in mini filo shells or maybe stuffed into cherry tomatoes. Or serve it with crudités.

Laura

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Rachelle Cohen’s Sparkly Hanukkah Table

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Rachelle Cohen’s Sparkly Hanukkah Table

3 Comments 01 October 2011

Thank you Rachelle, for sending in your beautiful Hanukkah table photos!!!  I love all of the holiday sparkle and gorgeous flowers!! Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

I used my silver tablecloth blue napkins under a mirrored placemat. I bought lucite napkin rings that have a little hole for water and a flower from Parci Parla in Brooklyn, NY.. Then I used those sparkley dreidles as name card holders, and hung some from chandelier. I placed white orchids in the vase and real flowers in the napkin ring. I purchased all the candlesticks and candles from Ikea. After the whole hanukka table was set,  I threw  blue shiny sprinkles all over the table. Got a lot of ideas from your site ! Came out gorgeous. Thank u!!!!! ” Rachelle Cohen

 

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What a Hanukka Table! By Lorene Sasson

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What a Hanukka Table! By Lorene Sasson

4 Comments 12 August 2011

Lorene, there are no words to say how much I LOVE your Hanukka table!!! I’m so happy that the table setting pics on The Jewish Hostess inspired you to make your own holiday table so much more memorable and festive for your own family. I love that this site is bringing all of us just a drop closer! Its so much fun peeking into everyone else’s dining room on a holiday night!!! Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

Just want to say that Holidays have become a bigger deal in my home than ever before -so I would like to thank you so much. If it wasnt for you I wouldnt give my table settings that extra push that it should have.
Chanukah is one of my favorites just because its a fun week for the kids and its so joyous.

This year I was going to go out of the box when it came to the color scheme but I just couldn’t because Chanukah for me will always be about blue and white. However, with all the Menorahs that I have, I always use the first one that my husband and I bought together. Its a gradient of blue which reflected on my choice for the table scheme.

I purchased my navy beaded chargers from Bed Bath and Beyond, along with the napkin rings which matched my menorah to the T.
I got the silver branches, candles, blue ornaments, star of David confetti and beads from Michael’s.
Everyone received a star box on their plate with a little ‘childish’ gift.- what else but chocolate coins and a dreidel.
I was so excited that the colors I found were exactly what I needed.

I just had to attach a pic of one of my desserts because it came out so nice. I bought clear jello (I guess they dont make kosher blue jello) put a few drops of blue food coloring and Voila blue jello… Kids were happy and so was I !!!! Lorene Sasson”

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Blue and Silver Hanukkah Table

Menorah Hanukkah Table

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An Elegant Sheva Brachot Dinner Party for the Bride and Groom

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An Elegant Sheva Brachot Dinner Party for the Bride and Groom

1 Comment 09 January 2011

Thank you Suzanna Raff from Kosher Shopaholic for sending in these beautiful Sheva Berachot pics! Its so special when a good friend or family member offers to open their home for a Sheva Berachhot for a new bride and groom. Its becoming so much more common nowadays- its really a beautiful custom!!

For those of you who are new to this idea of the seven days of blessings after a Jewish wedding, CLICK HERE  for more info.

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“Hi Marlene,

First I want to state that these gorgeous tables are not my creation and I can’t take credit for them.  I made the Shalom Bayis challah and suggested the Build-a-Bears.  The rest was created by  my friend who hosted the Simcha along with her friend who is a party planner. They were inspired by the peacock Chanukah Tablescape from the Chanukah edition of Mishpacha Magazine’s Family First.  They used a dark blue velvet tablecloth, laced the tablecloth with gorgeous green ribbons and alternated peacock and blue feathers on each plate.  The feathers were on top of green napkins that matched the ribbon lacing .  They put small white boxes with mints, green ribbon and name tags on each plate on top of the napkins and feathers.  They had tall, thin vases with feathers on the head table and flowers on the rest of the tables.  The dishes were all white to give a gorgeous contrast of the rich blues and greens.  It was stunning! ”

 

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Barbara Franco’s Modern Gold ‘n Bold Hanukka Table

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Barbara Franco’s Modern Gold ‘n Bold Hanukka Table

2 Comments 03 January 2011

I really thought that I’d seen all of the possible combinations of  Hanukka table designs! Barbara Franco’s table broke the blue and silver mold yet still transformed the Hanukka atmosphere with lucite gift boxes and Hanuka gelt. Hooray for the simply modern Hanukkah table! Great job, Barbara!  Love, Marlene M

“Hi Marlene,

I invited my friends over for Hanukkah. I used a navy pinstripe tablecloth with mini gold vases filled with orange orchids Each place setting had a silver charger with a navy glass plate and a glass salad plate with a gold rim on top.  Instead of place cards, I used clear plastic boxes with a black and white picture of each person. Inside the boxes were gold and silver chocolate coins. Hope you like it!
-Barbara Franco ”

 

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Hanukka 2011 With the Cohen’s!

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Hanukka 2011 With the Cohen’s!

1 Comment 03 January 2011

 

Hanukka 2011 With the Cohen’s:

“Hi Marlene..it was a simple sugar recipe..the icing was egg whites and powder sugar…added my food coloring and presto all the colors we wanted…i got paint brushes from rc 10 for $2….you don’t need alot of money to make an afternoon of memories…we played music,talked and painted…..Vicky”

Vicky!

Your Hanukka table really shows the great love of the Jewish holidays and efforts to infuse that happy atmosphere within your home. The sparkly tinsel menorah, and your gift wrapped centerpiece boxes really add so much joy to the room.

PLUS- your hand painted cookies are a great fun family idea ! Magnificent! Thank you for sharing! Marlene

 

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