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Allison’s Simple and Elegant Shavuot Table Setting

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Allison’s Simple and Elegant Shavuot Table Setting

2 Comments 14 January 2012

“Hi Marlene- Enjoy my Shavuot table. Happy holiday! Allison Srour.”

Thank you Allison  for sending in your table setting pic for Shavuot! A simple strand of pearls in the shape of a TORAH really dressed up your  table!! Simple and elegant!! Marlene

p.s. need beautiful tablecloths or napkin rings? email Allison- click HERE!

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Three Fantastic Authentic Passover Tablescapes by Kineret Spector

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Three Fantastic Authentic Passover Tablescapes by Kineret Spector

No Comments 05 January 2012

WOW! Kineret you’ve done it again- I’m so glad to be able to help  share your wonderful Passover seder table ideas. I am constantly amazed at how one Egyptian-Passover-escape-from-bondage-theme can be translated into so many unique holiday table ideas. Thank you, thank you, thank you for inspiring us all. To all Jewish Hostesses – Check out Kineret’s facebook page BSG TABLESCAPES .   Marlene

p.s.- Attention a hostesses! Rememeber to snap some pics of your seder table pics to win one of 3 great prizes! Send PICS to marlene (at) thejewishhostess.com.

1- $100 gift certificate to Parci Parla- the fablulous table top shop on Kings Highway in Brooklyn. Kim Seybert, Jonathan Adler, Ralph Lauren Home, Coffee Table Books nd so much more!

Parci Parla Inc 565 Kings Hwy, New York, NY 11223

(347) 587-5179 ‎
2- $75 to STRETCH activewear by Jeanette Sabbagh- Jeanette can make sure you look chic while sweating off those matzo pizzas! Call her at 917-678-6000 for personal activewear shopping for every body size!
3- A Gorgeous Orchid plant by Shirley Barnathan- call Shirley at (917) 535- 8387 for all of your holiday and party flowers. Free Delivery in Brooklyn.

             “Hi Marlene,

             Hope this finds you well. I’m sending you some Passover tablescapes from years past.  Haha, no pun intended

Many Jewish families already have many of the kinds of items I used for this “Exodus from Egypt” themed table- various clay and brass pots and vases, and even wooden camels!  The palm leaves are from the plants in my front yard. Blue and black paired with gold and silver is reminiscent of ancient Egypt.  Metal bangle bracelets from the local flea market make awesome napkin rings. Finally a gold chain around the table with place cards tied to them remind us how we were chained together in bondage, and how we are bound together in our heritage.
Here are a few more ideas!
Covered Hagadot and flowers make an elegant spring theme for any Passover table!
Another favorite of mine, our Nile theme, with my version of Miriam and Yochevet looking on among the reeds (Ross finds!) Baby Moshe name card holders (below) add a whimsical touch for the young and young at heart!
If you like what you see please LIKE our page BSG TABLESCAPES on facebook for many good ideas.
Wishing you a happy and healthy Pesach!
Kineret Spector

 

 

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10 Cool Tu Bi’ Shvat Activities for Today’s Kids

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10 Cool Tu Bi’ Shvat Activities for Today’s Kids

2 Comments 04 January 2012

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As some of my Jewish Hostess readers may know, I am involved in interviewing many elders for The Sephardic Heritage Museum which has really  forced me to think about what  memories my kids will take with them as they go on with their own lives.  Many of the elders that we interviewed, recalled great anticipation for Tu B’ishvat during their childhood in Syria. They all reminisced about how their mothers would sew them a cloth bag with a drawstring, and their parents would collect  treasured “exotic” fruits such as pineapples and grapefruits, and Syrian pastries until giving it to them on the  day of Tu Bishvat. Kids would savor their treats, and share and trade with friends for weeks afterwards. Can you imagine this year, Tu Bishevat 2012, handing your kid a home-sewn velvet bag filled with kiwi, papaya and almonds????? lol-  this year, a baggie with some fruit rollups and apple sour sticks just might do the trick!

Growing up in Brooklyn, in the 70’s, my friends and I still joke about the the inedible rubbery brown carob stick that they used to dole out to students on Tu B’shevat at The Yeshivah of Flatbush. Well, I can just imagine my kids tossing that carob right into the trash can if I tried it on them today!

As my quest for a modern day Tu Bishvat continues, here’s a list of some holiday ideas to try with your kids. Use your imagination and send in your great ideas and traditions to me so that we can all share it on The Jewish Hostess:

1- Watch the video above to appreciate the beautiful flowering country of Israel. When you are done watching, You may just book a one way  ticket to Israel!

2-Rebuild trees burnt in Fires in Carmel, Israel Since Tu Bishvat  calls for the renewal of nature, what better way to teach kids how to reach out to others in time of need?

Tzedakah via internet. Perfect for kids with short attention spans!

3- Grape Juice Sangria-

Let your kids pick out which fruits they like and let them help chop and mix.

 

Grape Juice Sangria

  • 1 medium bottle of kosher grape juice
  • 1 cup pomegranate juice (optional)
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • 1 pear cubed
  • 1 apple cubed
  • 1 orange pith removed and cubed
  • 3 cups carbonated  plain or lemon-lime beverage
  • 1 cup of red grapes cut in half

Mix all ingredients in a pitcher and refrigerate for several hours. Be creative but only use the fruits that you know your kids will like! Serve in your prettiest fruit cups.

4- Make Tu B’shvat Pomanders out of fresh oranges . Use these decorative balls as centerpieces in a bowl on your breakfast table. Creative Jewish Mom has easy projects for your creative kids.

Orange Pomander

5-Does you kid love  the combo of sticky wood and glueMake a Fruit Crate and display it on your dinner table with a bunch of grapes, some dates, and a cut up pomegrante. What a centerpiece! Click HERE for easy instructions.

6- Connect with nature right in your kitchen and plant a seed in an egg shell. Or learn how to easily plant apple,  orange, grapefruit, tangerine or lemon seeds HERE. Planting a seed teaches kids patience and responsibility in our modern day world of instant rewards.

Try planting seeds in an egg carton as another down to earth craft!

photo via Good to Grow

7- Make your own flowering dried fruit sculpture with the kids- they will feel so proud to leave it out all week on your family dining table!

Click HERE to get creative!

centerpiece

8- Have a Shiv’a Minim Tu Bishvat Family Seder .

Click HERE to find out how.

9 – Buy A Tu Bishvat classic for kids- Sammy Spider’s First Tu B’Shevat
– an educational book, and a great children’s gift for all year round!

10- Check out how I came up with this year’s Tu Bishvat centerpiece HERE.

Let’s start some new Tu Bishvat traditions in our homes this year, and maybe one day, in about 2020 or so, our grown kids will be planting a seedling in their kitchen, making grape juice sangria, sending money to plant a tree in Israel, or creating their own Tu Bishvat centerpiece with their own little ones…..

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4 Gorgeous Fruit-Filled DIY Tu B’ishvat Centerpieces

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4 Gorgeous Fruit-Filled DIY Tu B’ishvat Centerpieces

2 Comments 27 December 2011

Enjoy this re-post from our creative Jewish Hostess Lillian Shomer! Don’t let Tu B’ishvat get swept by the wayside. This meaningful Jewish holiday celebrates the continual re-birth of the miraculous trees, flowers and exotic fruits  that we tend to take for granted. Add some Tu Bishvat fruit ‘n florals to your holiday week! Marlene M.
P.S.Tu Bishvat, The 15 0f Shevat 2013 begins in the evening of

Friday, January 25

and ends in the evening of

Saturday, January 26
We’re getting rid of your traditional bowl of fruit and flower arrangement this holiday. Actually, we’re combining them!
Yes, It’s hard to believe that Tu b’shvat is just around the corner in this bone chilling weather. The holiday of new blooms and fruit is probably more applicable in Israel rather than New York. But, we can always pretend, right? The answer is yes. So I decided to bring this holiday to our tables in a rather unusual way. I came up with something modern, easy to do, and best of all, affordable!
Floral spheres are a great way to update your Tu b’shvat table. To incorporate the holiday we used some of the 7 species in our arrangements and color coordinated them with the flowers. (i.e., pomegranates with red flowers, grapes with purple flowers). I always find that if you use one type of flower in an arrangement it just has a more expensive feel to it. I don’t suggest mixing too many kinds of flowers, but if you’re planning on doing so, try to stay in the same color family.
What you will need:
  • A vase – I got these gorgeous mirror vases in the flower market in New York. It was the great deal at only $6.00 a piece.

$6 Dollars!

  • Floral foam ball – I also got these in the flower market, (they have everything you need) but you can get them online at www.oasisfloral.com
  • Flowers – You guessed it, the flower market. They have great deals and always a great selection. I suggest you choose carnations as they are inexpensive and give a nice clean surface to your arrangement. I used them in my red “pomegranate” arrangement. Spider mums, hydrangeas or any other large flower will also look great and save you a lot of tedious work. If you opt for a small flower on a short stem, make sure you have a lot of time on your hands.
  • Fruit – We used three of the seven species for our table–Dates, pomegranates, and grapes. Apricots are not of the seven species, but it’s traditional to eat dried fruit on Tu b’shvat. And let’s face it, it adds a lot of color! You can get most of these in your local market. The only seasonal fruit are pomegranates.

  • Wood BBQ sticks
Directions:
1. Soak the floral foam in water. This will help keep your flowers fresh.
2. Take your flower of choice and cut the stems leaving about 1.5″ of the stem still in tact.
3. Put the foam in the vase and start sticking the flower stems in the foam! I suggest working the flowers in lines wither horizontally or vertically. This will give your centerpiece a clean and neat look.
4. Once you’ve covered the sphere with flowers, simply pierce a piece of fruit with the bbq stick on one end, and place the other end in the floral foam. continue doing this until you’ve reached your desired amount of fruit per centerpiece. In case you’re wondering, this is the holiday aspect of the arrangement!
It’s that simple.
How cute? An easy way to bring pizzazz back to your tu bishvat table.
So, when the weather outside is frightful, floral spheres make for a fun project that will bring spring into your home, and will certainly make for an interesting Tu b’ishvat dinner conversation! The great thing about this arrangement is that you can make it all year round with any flower. Be creative and have fun with it.
Special thanks to Silver Spoons on Avenue U in Brooklyn for the use of their magnificent table accessories!
Happy Holiday!
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My 10 Minute Tu Bishvat Centerpiece- Easy and Beautiful by The Jewish Hostess

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

5 Comments 05 December 2011

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Love these hot pink flowers!

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

My Banished Hyacinth Plants

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

Send in your Tu Bishvat centerpiece or  new fruit arrangement idea for a chance to win Paula Pryke’s Gorgeous New Book, Decorating with Flowers!
Decorating with Flowers: Classic and Contemporary Arrangements

Take your pics- an iPhone works the best! and just click here to email me!

 

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

I hope you will too!

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

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

Happy Tu Bishvat! Marlene M.

 

 

 

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Gourmet Challah Recipe with Eucalyptus and Wild Flowers Honey From Israel

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Gourmet Challah Recipe with Eucalyptus and Wild Flowers Honey From Israel

1 Comment 23 October 2011

This year, I sent all of my Jewish Holiday Hostess Gifts from Negev Nectars. Negev Nectars helps subsidize Israeli farmers by promoting their delicious olive oils, jams, chutneys, Israeli tea, Sweet and Savory Spreads, and more. Packaged beautifully, there  are several price ranges for every type of holiday gift that you’d like to send. My family  especially loved the Cherry Tomato Spread, the Yellow pepper and Lemon Salsa, and the Green Olive Tapenade. Try them all!!!! Marlene

 Two Honey (from Negev Nectars) Challah Recipe

(challah recipe for 3 small loaves)


Negev Nectars Honey

  • 2 packs of yeast
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ½ cup Negev Nectars Eucalyptus Flower Honey
  • ½ cup Negev Nectars Wild Flowers Honey
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 cup light vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 7 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup mixed seeds: poppy, sesame, nigella, cumin seeds

 

How to Make This Honey Challah Recipe from Negev Nectars Honey:
  1. Pour the yeast into the warm water, and let soak for 10 minutes, until yeast is active.
  2. Add sugar, Eucalyptus Honey, salt and vegetable oil to yeast.
  3. Add 3 beaten eggs and 4 cups all purpose flour. Stir until smooth.
  4. Add 3 more cups of all purpose flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour.
  5.  Stir until dough is soft.
  6.  Turn onto well-floured board/table. Knead until smooth (about 10 minutes). Put the dough into a greased bowl and allow rising for 1-2 hours.
  7.  Turn onto floured board again. Cut into 9 equal portions.
  8. Braid into 3 loaves. Place on greased pans.
  9. Glaze with remaining beaten egg, Wild Flower Honey, and seed mixture.
  10. Allow to rise for 1 hour.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.
Negev Nectars gourmet kosher products hail from small-scale Israeli
farmers producing artisanal foods from a unique desert landscape.
All of our partners employ the most innovative and sustainable
agriculture techniques, bringing you foods and flavors otherwise
unavailable in the United States.
We spend our time continuing to search for the newest tastes of the
Negev with the mission to invest in expanding the growing capacity
of these small businesses, all the while supporting sustainable
agriculture in the process. For more information on our products and
partners, visit our website at www.negevnectars.com.
Negev Nectars foods are certified kosher.

 

 

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The Prettiest Sukkah Decor Ever! A Breathtaking View of Jerusalem, Israel!!

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The Prettiest Sukkah Decor Ever! A Breathtaking View of Jerusalem, Israel!!

1 Comment 19 September 2011

Thank you Naomi for sharing this breathtaking view of Jerusalem from your Sukkah 2011!!!  You are absolutely right!!! This is the best decoration yet!! If we can’t all travel to Israel this year for Sukkot, then let’s enjoy Naomi’s view!!!  

By the way, Naomi- LOVE the dishes, wine cup, challah cover, and your baby pomegranates!!!

Jewish Hostesses-please comment below!

What do you think of  this view of Jerusalem for Sukkot???

Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

This view is the best sukkah decoration. It is taken from my terrace in Jerusalem.

Sushi gefilte and chopsticks as well as Algerian lamb.
Naomi Sutton Neustadter”

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My Summery Lavender and Blues Shabbat Table

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My Summery Lavender and Blues Shabbat Table

8 Comments 14 August 2011

Please “LIKE” my SHABBAT TABLE! 

First of all, I would like to thank all of my Jewish Hostesses for sending in their beautiful summery Shabbat table pics for our “Summery Shabbat Table Contest”.

I also knew that if I didn’t post my own Summery Shabbat table pics pretty soon then I would probably get officially fired as “The Jewish Hostess” by all of my wonderful readers, so here goes:

I decided to see if I could mix all of the  purple, lavender and blue tabletop items in my house,and see if I could whip up a “Summery Shabbat” table for my family to enjoy.
On Tuesday I was lucky enough to receive a gorgeous bouquet of hydrangeas and roses from a friend(by Sheila Bibi Fine Flowers).  The flowers were still so pretty and alive by Friday morning, I decided to separate them and divide them up into short blue juice glasses that I’ve had forever.

I placed them on gold leaf trays that I bought last summer from One Kings Lane.The blue flower candle holders are also from One Kings Lane.

I always find great table top treasures from that site when I don’t have time to shop around in the stores. I placed tea lights in blue glass votive that I found in Pier One imports about 10 years ago.

Atop the mauve laquered dining room table( that one belonged to my parents), I placed three cool tablecloths that were also purchased from One Kings Lane.

(They were originally labeled as towels, so I bought them thinking they were cool as kitchen towels. When they came in HUGE I decided to use them as tablecloths instead of returning them.)

In the center of the table below I placed some flowers atop a gold sprayed mosaic tray that my daughter made in summer camp a couple of years ago.

 

Note the artwork by Irene Mamiye in the background above.

 

My homemade napkin rings top off each plain white Pottery Barn Caterer’s plate below. 

 HERE’S HOW to make THESE pretty floral napkin rings yourself.

 

 

Purple glass goblets and place mats (above) purchased last summer.
Shabbat Challah cover below purchased in Israel made by children with special needs.

Crate and Barrel buffet platters below:

Colorful glass shot glasses by Surrey Lane in Deal, N.J.

Phew!!!! All done! Shabbat  Shalom!!!

Love, Marlene

 HERE’S HOW to make THESE pretty floral napkin rings yourself.

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A Summery Shabbat Shalom from Linda and Emile Haddad

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A Summery Shabbat Shalom from Linda and Emile Haddad

5 Comments 07 July 2011

Thank you Linda for sending in your gorgeous Shabbat table as Shabbat approaches again this week!!!! 

Linda is the first to enter our Summery Shabbat table contest!!! 

Wishing everyone a great weekend!!! Marlene

Linda and Emile Haddad wish you Shabbat Shalom
Shalom Bayit at it’s best,a renewal of spirituality,a
true sabbatical dining experience with a refreshing white on white story:

  • Ligne Roset dinnerware,
  • Stainless sculptural steel flexible napkin rings,”
  • Vacationy white napkins,century 21 Dept Stores,
  • Desert glasses a wedding gift from “consuegros” (my son married their daughter) Nancy and Joey Rishty,
  • Fresh steamed artichokes resting after the busy week,
  • Modest flatware
  • Simple white flowers in a white Ligne Roset vase,
  • White china salt shakers,
  • White satin challah cover with just a hint of gold that picks up the
  • 18carat gold crystal water pitcher,,,,
  • get ready for your after dinner shot of arak in the mini lalique cupid shot glasses,,,

Honeymooners Shabbat table Shabbat shalom!!!!

P.S.Try my lahemagene!!!

 

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Easy Passover Chocolate Freezer Cookies- UPDATED!

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Easy Passover Chocolate Freezer Cookies- UPDATED!

12 Comments 27 March 2011

Get a head start on  Passover with this great kosher chocolate cookie recipe sent in by my friend Yael over in Israel. Check out her  fantastic new kosher recipe site !

“When is Passover 2011?”, you ask?  Chabad.org has all the updates on this year’s Passover holiday dates so that you can begin preparing your Passover menus.

Start buying your Passover ingredients and add these Passover cookies to your Seder menu. Bake and freeze up to 4 weeks ahead of  time. They are so delicious straight out of the freezer!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 6 ounces Passover chocolate chips
  • 3 egg whites
  • 1 package Passover vanilla sugar
  • 1/2 cups ground nuts
  1. Preheat oven to 350F.
  2. Melt the chocolate and let it cool.
  3. Beat the egg whites until foamy add the vanilla and beat until stiff.
  4. Slowly add the sugar.
  5. Fold in the chocolate and the nuts.
  6. Drop 1 teaspoon at a time on a greased cookie sheet.
  7. Bake 15 minutes.
  8. Remove when cool. Store in freezer.

 

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The Prettiest Modern Passover Seder Plates and Matzo Holders For Your Holiday Table

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The Prettiest Modern Passover Seder Plates and Matzo Holders For Your Holiday Table

No Comments 18 March 2011

 

 

 

On Passover,  don’t forget that its the little glimmery holiday touches that add to the WOW factor of your table. One of my favorite  Judaica Designers is Laura Cowan who is constantly inspired by the natural beauty of  the land of Israel’s dreamy sea and sky. I recently contacted Laura to asks her about her inspirations, and I was immediately drawn into the way that she was able to translate her passion for outer space into her gorgeous moon inspired Seder Plate featured below.

 I was so impressed to hear that it has been featured  in Bon Appetit and  Epicurious.com. (If you’d really like to be impressed, scroll down to the bottom of the page to see all of the galleries and museum shops that her work is featured in.)

According to Laura, “I had an image of moon craters in my head but I didn’t know how I was going to make this design until I started experimenting with different types of metals, thickness of metal and shapes. Each time I would adjust the type or thickness of the metal, or the size and depth of the indentations until I got a look closest to what I had imagined. Although because the dips are made by hand, each one turns out slightly different.”

When I asked her about the materials that she used, she said  “I chose aluminum because the shapes came out softer than steel but more defined than on brass. Also I love the bright, white, mirror finish that doesn’t tarnish.To make sure it was user friendly I tried out several types of chrane to check that it didn’t leave a stain (it doesn’t!)”

 “Most of my work is about vertical lines – “weightless” rockets and cones shooting up into space.
I knew that for a matzah plate that these motifs wouldn’t work because a plate is of course, horizontal by nature.
I had designer’s block for months until I realized that every time I had been cycling on the “tayelet” (promenade) I had been gazing at the shapes of the yachts on the Mediterranean sea and the fishing boats in Old Jaffa’s harbor. So back in my studio, I curved pieces of highly polished steel to reflect the ocean waves and the sails that glide upon it.
I wanted the piece to look like a piece of sculpture so I used hidden magnets so that the waves can be placed anywhere on the plate.”
I want all of my hostesses to know that these Judaica pieces are even more gorgeous in person, and we recently sold them at a community event.
Dozens of  Laura’s seder plate and napkin holders were purchased so quickly that we had to re-order them on the spot. 
Many women bought two matzo holders so that they could place  each one on each end of their holiday tables.
I asked Laura if she could offer my Jewish  Hostess readers a discount, and if you order ASAP  you can take 5% off the price on the checkout page.
Your discount will be reflected on your credit card statement as her website does not discount out automatically.
Make sure you write 5%Jewish Hostess on the checkout page.
Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday, and send me pics of your beautiful seder tables! email to my photos@thejewishhostess.com.
Matzo Holder $195. – I bought these gorgeous matzo holders as holiday gifts for some special people in my life, and I can’t wait to give it to them!

5% off for Jewish Hostess readers. Just type in 5%JewishHostess- your discount will show up on your credit card statement.

CLICK HERE to purchase.

Rectangle Modern Matzo Holder by Laura Cowan

2- Square Modern Matzo Holder- 11″x 11″ x 13″

Retail $240. 5% off for Jewish Hostess readers.

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3- Modern Moon Inspired Seder Plate-$ 240 (includes shipping) A perfect wedding gift as well as a hostess gift. Personalized engraving available.

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 Each Seder Plate is unique and signed by artist Laura Cowan. Engraving optional- the ultimate wedding or hostess gift.

4- WAVE SEDER PLATE-  My favorite piece!

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The six words in Hebrew which represent the symbols on this Silver and Aluminium Wave Seder Plate and Laura’s round seder plates, are hand cut by Laura. Avoiding the use of soldering, all the components of the Pesach Seder Plate are screwed together in a style reminiscent of Bauhaus, affording a clean look, and preserving the smooth finish of the metal.

Material – Anodized Aluminum and/or Silver
Diameter – 25 cm / 9.8 inches
Dishes available in Sterling Silver or Polished Aluminum. Price includes shipping
Price:
With Sterling Silver dishes
$2350
Price:
with Polished Aluminum Dishes
$1300

 

5- LAYER SILVER WAVE SEDER PLATE – an heirloom piece. If you buy this seder plate, please share the beauty on your table, and send a pic to me!

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The Silver Wave Seder Plate beholds an elegant, classic yet modern design. Taking almost a year to complete, it incorporates four unique layers. The top layer consists of a silver platter and 6 silver dishes with three layers underneath for the three Seder matzos. Three matzot are needed so that when we break the middle matzah, we are still left with two whole ones to pronounce the “Hamotzi”. These layers represent the three components of the Jewish nation: Cohen, Levy and Israel. The flowing effect of the six dishes on the silver layer gives the illusion of them floating just above the surface.

Materials – Heavy Gauge Sterling Silver, Anodised Aluminum
Limited edition of 100 numbered pieces.
Diameter: 42 cm/ 16.5 inches. Height 15 cm / 6 inches
Price – $6300 (includes shipping)

Materials – Heavy Gauge Sterling Silver, Anodised Aluminum
Limited edition of 100 numbered pieces.
Diameter: 42 cm/ 16.5 inches. Height 15 cm / 6 inches
Price – $6300 (includes shipping)

Laura Cowan began her career in London after graduating in Silversmithing and Jewellery at London Guildhall University.  She now brings her unique ideas to the field of Judaica, working from her design studio and workshop in Tel Aviv, Israel.

GALLERIES WORLDWIDE WHO STOCK LAURA COWAN’S JUDAICA DESIGNS

AMERICA

Spertus Museum Shop610 S. Michigan Ave.Chicago,ILTel 312-322-1768 Audreys Gift ShopThe Skirball Cultural Center2701 N. Sepuveda BlvdLos Angeles CA 90049
Tel 310 440 4522
Gifts at The Jewish Museum1109 Fifth Avenue
New YorkTel +212 423 3202
Judaica Classics by Doina125 E. 85th St New York NY 10028Tel 212 722 4271,
or 212 427 1000 ext 5225
Adath Israel Cincinnati Judaica Shop
3201 East Galbraith Road
Cincinnati
Ohio
Tel: 513 984 3499
CBL459 Pleasant Valley WayWest Orange NJ 07052Tel (973) 736-7776 1-877-861-5578
Jewish Collection Inc.7601 North 11TH StreetPhoenix Arizona 85020Tel 602.312.5722 Kolbo437 Harvard St.Brookline MA 02446Tel (617) 731-8743
POMEGRANATE, INC.2905 W 113th StreetLeawood, KS 66211Tel  913-498-1846 The Aesthetic Sense198 Main StreetMt. Kisco New York 10549Tel: 914 244 4429
BMH-BJ Gift Shop
560 South Monaco Parkway Denver,
Colorado
80224
Tel 303 951 8238
San Francisco Contemporary Jewish Museum
736 Mission Street, San Francisco,
CA 94103
Tel: 415.655.7800
Elaine Baker Gallery
608 Banyan Trail
Boca Raton
Florida
Tel: 561.241.3050
Elaine Baker Gallery
The Boca Raton Resort & Club
501 East Camino Real
Boca Raton
Florida
Tel. 561.447.0321
National Museum of American Jewish History
10 S. Independendence Mall East,
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
Tel: 215 391 4648
Santa Fe Weaving Gallery
124-1/2 Galisteo Street,
Santa Fe,
New Mexico
Tel: 505-982-1737
Temple Beth Am
2632 N E 80th St
Seattle
Washington
Tel: 206 525 0915
Hebrew Congregation of St. Thomas
St Thomas
U.S. Virgin Islands
Tel: 340.774.4312

 

CANADA

 

Pacific Judaica
275 East 22nd Ave, Vancouver
British Columbia, CANADA V5V-1T8
Tel 604-737-1854
Petroff Gallery
1016 Eglington Ave West Toronto,
Ontario M6C 2C5 Canada
Tel: 416 782 1696 1877 542 3600

 

 

ISRAEL

 

Luvaton Gallery
23 Yoel Salomon St Jerusalem
Tel +972 2 625 7186
Mira
The Cardo
Jerusalem
Rotem
89 Sokolov
Ramat Hasharon
Tel 03 540 8793
Reymond
66 Ben Yehuda St. Tel Aviv
Tel: 03 529 1586
Joi
25 Shabazi
Neve Tzedek
Tel Aviv 65150
Tel 03 516 5715
Sarah’s Tent
56 Alkabetz St.
Tzfat 13200
Tel 04 692 3378
David’s Jewellery
22 King David St
Jerusalem
Tel +972 2 624 6635
Raphaels
94, Ben Yehuda, Tel Aviv
Tel: 03 527 3619
Michael Unique
124 Ahuza St. Raanana,
43450
Tel: 09 740 3654
Bauhaus
99 Dizengoff St.
Tel-Aviv
Tel: 03 522 0249
Chaya
Mamilla
Jerusalem
Tel: 02-5867833/02-6253241

 

 

ENGLAND

 

Aisenthal
11, Ashbourne Parade
Finchley Rd
London
Tel +44 208 455 0501
Lubavitch
4-5 The Square
Hale Barns
WA15 8ST
Cheshire
Tel 0161 980 8511

 

 

ITALY

 

Comunita Ebraica di Firenze
Via L.C. Farini
450121 Firenze
Italy
Tel. +39 055 245252

 

 

AUSTRALIA

 

Jewish Museum of Australia
26 Alma Rd
St. Kilda
Victoria 3182
Tel 613 8534 3600
The Antique Silver Company
253 Carlisle St
Balaclava 3183
Melbourne
Tel: 613 952 58480
Odem
Shop 7, 16-22 Bay Street
Double Bay
NSW 2028
Australia
Tel 612 9328 7477
Matana – Artistic Judaica
Naomi Feldman, Melbourne
For appointments call (613) 90152595


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Allison’s Breathtaking Seder Table

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Allison’s Breathtaking Seder Table

4 Comments 15 March 2011

 

 

This magnificent table setting for a Passover meal just in from Allison Srour!!!

Allison is our first contestant to ENTER to win $100 worth of Shabbat flowers !!!!

Send in your holiday table pics now to marlene (AT) thejewishhostess.com!!!!

A picture is worth a thousand words  so feast your eyes!!!

By the way you can buy affordable table cloths and these napkin rings from Allison- email her at

allison7396@aol.com

 

 

 

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Who Wants to Win $100 Worth of Shabbat or Holiday Spring Flowers?

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Who Wants to Win $100 Worth of Shabbat or Holiday Spring Flowers?

3 Comments 10 January 2011

The Jewish Hostess is offering $100 worth of gorgeous flowers from Josh and Co. Florist to the winner of the most creative Pesach table.

If you live beyond the Delivery area, Josh is offering the winner a $100 check, so all of you Hostesses in Israel, Florida, California, Australia, and Canada, (etc.) have no excuse!!!

Second and Third Prizes will be announced.

Last year, Claudia Bildirici sent in her magnificent tablesetting ideas:

simple


and stunning.


Be inspired by our:

Centerpiece Ideas HERE,

Baitzah or Hard-Boiled Egg Decor HERE,

Some Cheap and Chic Napkin Ring and Tablecloth Decor Ideas HERE,

Blue Hues Passover Accents HERE,

Vibrant Gold and Bold Accent Tips HERE,

and More Centerpiece Tips HERE

p.s I’ve heard from the grapevine that you can find great table accents at Amazing Savings and Target…..

Don’t be camera shy!

The goal here is to make your holiday table  as memorable and unique as you are.

Right before you light your  Passover candles, snap a pic of your Passover Seder table and/or  your seder plate,  and send it to

marlene(at)thejewishhostess.com.

Forward this to a creative friend!

I can’t wait to see your Passover tables!!!

Visit Josh and Co. Florist at their brand new location in Brooklyn, at 1965 McDonald Avenue Between Kings Highway and Quentin Road.

Go in and order your Passover flowers today!

or email Josh at sales(at)joshandcompany.com.

Below is just a sample of Josh’s Spring Party Centerpieces:

 

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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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Almond Date Truffles for Tu B’shvat

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Almond Date Truffles for Tu B’shvat

9 Comments 01 January 2011

Don’t miss out on Tu B’shvat this year! We traditionally celebrate this day by eating fruits of the seven species from  Israel that is praised in the Torah: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranate, olives, and dates. Ancient Sepharadic Jews originated  the idea of a  Tu B’shvat seder, where participants enjoy munching on a variety of fruits and nuts, drinking wine, and discussing the day’s spiritual and mystical meanings.

Dates are a great Tu B’shvat ingredient for two reasons: first, they are one of the seven species.  Second, they are really delicious – available fresh in season and dried year-round, dates are super sweet and almost candy-like.  They are great by themselves or added to a variety of sweet or savory dishes.

Almonds, another one of the “Tu B’shvat seven”, are loaded with calcium and protein.  Traditional truffles are made of chocolate and heavy cream – yes, they taste great, but they’re far from healthy.  This modern spin on truffles  are a rich, sweet, and a wonderfully healthy alternative to their chocolatey counterpart. Encourage your kids to try these healthy treats and remind them of the the Tu B’shvat holiday. I will be serving them for Shabbat dessert this week so that we can get a head start on Tu B’shvat, which begins on Thursday, January 20, 2011. Enjoy! Marlene

Kosher Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dried dates
  • 1 cup chopped  almonds
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder and/or ground walnuts to coat (optional)

Directions for making this Kosher Recipe

  1. Grind almond in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a baking sheet and toast in oven for 5 to 7 minutes, until fragrant  and slightly darker.
  2. Place the dates, almonds, cocoa powder, and honey in a food processor.  Pulse the processor until the mixture comes together to form a ball.
  3. Form cherry-sized balls out of the mixture and roll them in cocoa powder , ground almonds, or coconut to coat.  Enjoy them right away or store them in the fridge for later!
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Shabbat Table of the Week

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Shabbat Table of the Week

1 Comment 23 December 2010

Today I mixed lots of vibrant colors-hot pink salad plates and a scarf that I wore with a gown acts as my runner. I placed large rectangle  white plates from Ikea on top of green chargers from Kim Seybert.  The placemats are woodcut from Home Depot (I had Home Depot custom cut some woodcut panels for me) and I glued leopard fabric  on top to complete the look. The vase is vintage from the 20’s and the napkin rings are from Pier One Imports.   I try not to restrict myself to what really goes together. Its more about creating a table that works with my attitude for the day!” Shelly Anteby.

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Shabbat Table of the Week

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