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Sweet Holiday Tender Brisket with Red Wine

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Sweet Holiday Tender Brisket with Red Wine

1 Comment 10 September 2015

Here is another kosher recipe to put on to your seder menu.

Brisket, brick roast and minute steak recipes are staples for our Jewish holiday meals. I buy organic brick roast at the Kosher butcher. Hopefully there are less unwanted chemicals and hormones in the beef! This is a quick and easy recipe for Passover.


This recipe is courtesy of Gourmet Kosher Cooking

Brisket Recipe Ingredients:

  • 2 medium shallots, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4  teaspoons chili powder
  • 4  teaspoons smoked paprika or Hungarian paprika
  • 2  teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2  teaspoons oregano
  • 1  teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4  pounds first-cut brisket
  • ¼ cup red wine
  • 1  cup chicken stock
  • 1  14-ounce can diced tomatoes
  • ¼  cup packed dark brown sugar
  • ¼  cup cider vinegar


  1. Combine shallots, garlic, chili powder, paprika, cinnamon, oregano and salt in a small bowl. Rub into both sides of meat. Set the meat in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, cover and refrigerate for at least 8 hours or overnight.
  2. Pour wine and stock over the meat. Cover the pan with foil and set aside at room temperature while the oven heats to 350°F.
  3. Bake the brisket, covered, for 2 hours. Meanwhile, blend tomatoes, brown sugar and vinegar in a large blender or food processor until smooth.
  4. After 2 hours, pour the tomato mixture over the meat; continue baking, covered, until fork-tender, basting with pan juices every 30 minutes, for about 1 1/2 hours more.
  5. Remove the meat from the sauce. Let rest for 10 minutes; then slice against the grain. Skim the fat from the sauce in the pan; pour the sauce over the meat and serve.

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Raquel Fallas’s Inspiring Hanukkah Table

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Raquel Fallas’s Inspiring Hanukkah Table

4 Comments 10 December 2014

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!
Raquel Fallas”



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Orange Rosemary Garlic Roast Turkey Recipe by Vera Levy

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Orange Rosemary Garlic Roast Turkey Recipe by Vera Levy

No Comments 18 August 2013

 Thank you Vera Levy for sharing this Thanksgiving turkey recipe via Instagram.

I love the combination of flavors and I’m sure it gets even better if it sits in the fridge with the marinade from day before.Dear Hostesses- Comment below with any turkey roasting suggestions! Marlene

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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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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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Timeless Rustic Table Decor by Jane Choueka

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Timeless Rustic Table Decor by Jane Choueka

No Comments 10 January 2012


Dear Jane, 

Thank you for being such a good friend and being so patient with me. I know you sent this pic way back in November, but even though it’s January 10, I just want to say that  I LOVE your Thanksgiving table and I am so happy to share it with The Jewish Hostess readers!! Your table decor ideas are truly inspiring for all year round. Its a great reminder for all of us to just take a look outside and bring some of mother nature indoors. A trip to Amazing Savings certainly adds the perfect color and finishing touch! Keep sending your pics! Love, Marlene

“For my Thanksgiving table, I went with a simple fall look.. I started by buying a piece of fabric in a terra cotta color and used it as a runner. I bought napkins with leaves,  and white rectangular plates from Amazing Savings.  I placed them over a round straw colored placemat. For the finishing touch I cut branches from a tree in my backyard and used it as a  centerpiece.” Jane Choueka

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What an Awesome Holiday Lunch by Rachel D.!! Click Here NOW to Check it Out!!!

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What an Awesome Holiday Lunch by Rachel D.!! Click Here NOW to Check it Out!!!

1 Comment 29 October 2011

Thank you Rachel D. ! You are a fabulous Jewish Hostess and we can all see that the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree!!!

Thanks so much for send in these fabulous images of your holiday table decor!! Amazing!! Marlene

Rachel- you are a winner of another Jewish Hostess Apron!!!

“Hi Marlene, here are some pictures of my holiday table…

tomato soup with grilled cheese appetizers

salmon with peppers and mushrooms, spaghetti squash, asparagus with chopped nuts over cabbage salad, farro, mini pizzas, ratatouille tart, and coconut fried fish

white chocolate raspberry cheesecake, apple cake, carmel apples, chocolate suffle, oatmeal cookies, creme brules, brownies and some candy,

mini chocolate souffle and creme brulee! Happy Holidays! Rachel D.”

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Prime Rib Roast with a Mustard-Herb Crust

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Prime Rib Roast with a Mustard-Herb Crust

1 Comment 04 September 2011

This  recipe was a proven winner from our archives!


1 (6-7 lbs) rib roast

4 large garlic cloves, chopped

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1/4 cup fresh rosemary, chopped

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

3 Tablespoons dijon mustard

3 teaspoons balsamic vinegar

4 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 450 degrees

Place roast bone side down in roaster.

Mash garlic and salt together, and then stir in all other ingredients.

Smear the mixture over the meaty part of the roast (not the bones).

Place in oven and roast for 20 minutes. Reduce heat to 350 for 1 hour and 15 minutes (10 minutes more for medium).

Remove from oven and let stand 10 minutes. Carve with meaty side down. Expect two sliced from each rib- one with bone and one without.

Recipe courtesy of Prime Cut Butcher,431 Avenue U, Brooklyn, NY 11223;

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How to Feel Skinny After the Seders by Sari Dana

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How to Feel Skinny After the Seders by Sari Dana

4 Comments 27 March 2011

It’s Thursday morning, and the Seders are behind us, the kids are in school, and all that food is in us! I must be honest, as much as I tried to eat as close to my ideals as possible, the over dose of all the extra food that my body is unaccustomed to, makes my body feel….well, simply… FAT!

One part of brain tells me, “don’t be such as party-pooper!” It’s so much fun to taste everything in sight and share in the fun with friends and family. The other side of my brain says, “get over it Sari, having control over what you eat is a direct line to how you look, and more importantly feel.” For example, I hosted the first seder to 16 family guests. I was so excited to prepare my family’s favorite dishes that I forgot to prepare something acceptable for myself! Being unprepared totally left me vulnerable.  As a Jewish mom, I know taking care of others sometimes precede taking care of myself. On the converse, when I ate a lunch at a friends house, it was so easy to stay focused. I was being served, and making choices was easy, knowing that eating lightly will honor my body greatly.

In retrospect, I believe it’s a sign of maturity to enjoy all the wonderful aspects about a family holiday dinner without over doing it and tipping the scale way over to what you are comfortable with.  Whew! I thought I lost the ability to “have fun”, and “let loose.” Instead, I’m simply being insightful and in tune to my needs.

Just know, that Jewish women from all over the globe are going through the same thing! We are in it together! We can share in each triumphs and help each other in time of need. Like now! We do our best…. but together we can do better!


20- 30 minutes of walking or jogging

16 lunges

16 pushups

20 -60 second planks-3x

One important tip that’s easy to follow: up your water intake! Aim for 8-10 glasses of water. You will immediately feel less bloated. Matzahs are very dry and can clogg us up, if you know what I mean

Here’s something to look forward to…..

After 8 days of Passover (Pesach) feasting, I will be introducing my 2nd annual “30 Day Sugar Challenge!” You are going to love this! Tell your friends and family. This challenge is for anyone and everyone who craves eating at a higher ideal.

Starting date: May 1, 2011

Ending date: June 1, 2011

Keep on the lookout for more information on how to join in and get started. But for now, enjoy your family, friends and honor your body. If not YOU…then who??

With Gratitude to All, Sari Dana



Very Vanilla Vegan French Toast

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Very Vanilla Vegan French Toast

No Comments 05 June 2010

My mother concocted this recipe from one of her favorite cookbooks from the  Candle Cafe. I was in shock when she told me there was tofu in the recipe! And I know what you’re thinking, tofu????? Yes, there is tofu and the recipe is great, so just try it for a healthy change. Summer is coming!!!!!!

This recipe is also great because its dairy free.


1 pound vanilla silken tofu
1 1/4 cup rice milk
3 tsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract
6-8 slices of  spelt bread (or bread of your choice)

In a blender, combine the tofu , rice milk, cinnamon, and vanilla, and blend until smooth.
The consistency should be fairly liquid
Pour the mixture into shallow bowl.
Add bread slices and immerse both sides of the bread in the batter until soaked through.
You can add more rice milk if necessary.
optional: either bake whole platter in the oven on 350 for 40 minutes uncovered, or you can cook each slice in a large skillet over medium heat using coconut butter or safflower oil.
The toast should feel slightly crispy before removing from the skillet.
Serve with fresh fruit and confectioners’ sugar if desired. Serve Organic 100 % Pure Maple Syrup on the side

Its Time to Cut Your Magnolia Trees!

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Its Time to Cut Your Magnolia Trees!

No Comments 31 March 2010

by Claudia Bildirici

Depending on the weather each year, the Magnolia tree starts to bud.

At that time, you can cut these buds to display at your holiday table.

The branch is very thick, so be careful and make sure you have good cutters. If it has flowered, than it is too late to cut it!

1-Place the branch when it is just a BUD  in warm water.

Not a vase just yet!

2-In approximately one week it will bloom indoors.

3-Wow! You will love the results. Float them in a bowl or a heavy vase.This heavy branch may tip so use rocks at the base.

If its not your tree, please ask permission. I’m not responsible for any arrests made!

By the way, my tree is off limits! Enjoy. Happy Holiday.

After Passover, you can enjoy my  homemade biscotti. Check out  http://www.lottiebiscotti.com/.

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Skillet Matzoh Brei with Cinnamon, Apple, and Raisins

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Skillet Matzoh Brei with Cinnamon, Apple, and Raisins

No Comments 21 March 2010

Recipe Ingredients

Serves 4


  1. Place matzos in a bowl, and cover with water. Place a plate on surface to keep matzos submerged. Let stand for 5 minutes, and drain. Return to bowl.
  2. Whisk eggs and salt together in a small bowl. Add to matzo. Add sugar, apple, raisins, cinnamon, and 1/2 cup oil. Gently stir until combined.
  3. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Spread matzo mixture evenly in skillet, pressing firmly into pan. Cook, undisturbed, for 5 minutes. Carefully flip with a spatula, 1 piece at a time. (The mixture will break into 3 or 4 pieces.) Cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Spoon onto serving plates. Serve hot or warm with toppings if desired.

This recipe comes from Gita Edelsburg, the mother-in-law of Monita Buchwald, recipe tester at Martha Stewart Living.

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