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Quinoa Salad with Pistachios and Pomegrantes

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Quinoa Salad with Pistachios and Pomegrantes

5 Comments 26 September 2012

This recipe is back by popular demand. Its a gourmet winner for a Rosh Hashanah lunch or Sukkot.

by Kady Harari -Kady Harari lives in Jerusalem with her husband Joey. She’s a food enthusiast, enjoys shopping at the local shuk (at times up to 3 times a day!) and teaches  “Traditional Syrian Cooking” to seminary girls studying  in Israel in a post high school program. She also owns the most magnificent upscale Jewelry and gift shop in Jerusalem. www.yigaljewelers.com

When our family visited Israel for a bar-mitzvah recently, Kady had catered a  delicious Shabbat sebet. (Did we mention that she also caters parties in Jerusalem???) We all raved over her quinoa salad . Something about the combo of pistachio nuts, lemon, and pomegrante seeds kept us eating until the whole taboule was wiped out!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe- Kady!

Quinoa Taboule


  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained well
  • 2 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp oil
  • bunch of parsley chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup shelled raw pistachio
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 1 pomegranate, peeled
  • optional- 2 tblsp.  pomegranate syrup
  • lemon
  • olive oil
  • salt
Heat the oil in a small pot, add quinoa and dry roast for 5 minutes. Add water and salt, bring to a boil, lower flame, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork and cool
Place the quinoa in a bowl and add the parsley, pistachio, onion and pomegranate seeds. Mix. Add the seasonings and mix well to incorporate the flavors. Enjoy!
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No Comments 05 July 2012

Dear Renee,

Thanks so much for dishing out this healthy recipe for weeknight brown rice pasta. I just know how gourmet blood just runs in your family  so I’m betting that this recipe is a winner!

Can’t wait to see you at Lottie’s Kitchen on July 11! Marlene


By: Renée Cohen Safdiah

  • 1 package brown rice spaghetti
  • I medium red onion, finely diced.
  • 6 cloves garlic, finely diced
  • I bunch flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 lb baby arugula
  • kosher salt
  • red pepper flakes
  • freshly ground black pepper

Cook brown rice spaghetti in large pot of boiling salted water- 2 minutes short of cooking time. It should be al dente.
When the pasta is ready, drain and save a glass of its starchy cooking water.
At the same time, heat a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil in a deep, wide skillet.
Add the red onion, garlic and kosher salt. Cook slowly over low heat until golden. Add the chopped parsley and a dash of red pepper flakes. Continue to cook for 5 minutes.
Add some of the cooking water to this mixture. Simmer for a moment to make it thick and creamy. Add the spaghetti and toss well over the heat. Season with salt and pepper.
Put spaghetti in serving platter and top with baby arugula. Toss gently to wilt arugula before serving.

Find this and other amazing summertime recipes in the Lottie’s Kitchen Cookbook available at the LOTTIE’S KITCHEN charity event on July 11th, 2012
This summer, we look forward to:

  • A Vegan Throw-Down featuring the chefs of Candle Cafe West (certified kosher), Jorge Pineda & Angel Ramos vs. our very own Alice Adjmi.
  • Demo and book signing with Levana Kirschenbaum, author of “The Whole Foods Kosher Kitchen: Glorious Meals Pure & Simple.”
  • Many exciting cooking demonstrations from creative community members.
  • Please join us!
  • For more information or to volunteer at the event, please email Lottieskitchen@gmail.com.

Lottie’s Kitchen is a food distribution program established in Jerusalem, Israel.
Lottie’s Kitchen prepares hundreds of meals, sandwiches and snacks every
day for families of sick and hospitalized patients. Dedicated volunteers
deliver the food to hospitals and the homes of sick people, bringing
encouraging words and emotional nourishment along with the nutritious
The fund raiser for this program is a major event that takes place each
summer in Deal, NJ. This event includes cooking demonstrations, an elaborate chinese auction, a
kitchen boutique, a bakery shoppe as well as renowned speakers

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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???


“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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The Secret Trick to Boiling Gorgeous Eggs for an Elegant Seder Plate

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The Secret Trick to Boiling Gorgeous Eggs for an Elegant Seder Plate

11 Comments 27 March 2011

Even though the hard boiled or roasted egg that is placed on the Passover seder plate is symbolic of mourning and destruction of the Beit Hamikdash in Jerusalem, Jewish Hostesses worldwide can still beautify their seder plates by using this unique idea from Apartment Therapy.  Create your own unique Passover seder patterns that may even impress Eliyahu Hanavi!

Recipe and photos via  thekitchn. 

Huevos Haminados
Makes 12 eggs

all measurements are approximate
Onion skins
2 tablespoons peppercorns
2 tablespoons salt
4 tablespoons of white vinegar (or 2 glugs, as Sierra says)
4 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
1 dozen eggs
pretty leaves, such as parsley or cilantro (optional)
clean pantyhose (optional)

You begin by asking your grocer for as many discarded brown onion skins they can give you. For a dozen eggs, we used about 8 cups, although it’s recommended that you have twice that for the best color, particularly if you are slow-cooking them. If the onion skins are dirty, wash them before proceeding.

Fill a large soup pot with the skins, cover with water, and bring it to a boil. You should see the color of the water change to medium brown. Then add the peppercorns, salt, and white vinegar. Turn down the heat to a simmer.

Gently lower the eggs in the water, making sure they are completely covered, and add more water if necessary. Cover the surface of the water with the oil, and then cover the pot with a lid. Let simmer, covered, until the eggs are a rich mahogany color – about an hour.

Cooked this way, the eggs have just the slightest flavor of onions, and are similar to hardboiled eggs. If you want hot eggs on your Sabbath table, you can move the pot to a preheated slow oven (about 225F) after you add the eggs. The longer cooking time will increase the onion flavor, although it will still be delicate.
Before adding the eggs, you can press a decorative leaf such as parsley, cilantro, or even a leaf from your garden to the outside. Affix the leaf with pantyhose, tied in a tight knot. Just to be safe, we would refrain from cooking these pantyhose clad eggs in the oven.

The longer you cook the eggs, the more likely they are to crack. They’ll have a spiderweb-like pattern on them, similar to Chinese tea eggs and more of the onion flavor.


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Coolest Modern Judaica

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Coolest Modern Judaica

2 Comments 08 June 2010

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance. “- Aristotle

The simplicity of these designs will enhance your home, but more importantly, refine the mitzvot of Hanukah, havdalah, mezuzah, tefillin and kiddush.

For the  Jewish dad who appreciates fine design.

Check out these extra special Judaica pieces designed by Jewish artists. Though some of these items may be pricey, you will never tire of these timeless creations.

1- The ever changing menorah -A signed and numbered limited edition of 199 pieces by Yaakov Greenvurcel.  The Ever-Changing Hanukah Menorah is a dynamic sculpture, that one can rearrange in virtually endless configurations. Separate units of the Menorah can be used for Shabbat and for other occasions.It was awarded the first prize by the Bezalel Academy of Art, Jerusalem, 1980.

2-http://www.jerusalem-art.org/Embroidery by Adina Gat Artist-

These Tefillin bags, Challah covers, Chuppahs etc. are all hand embroidered to perfection. My brother in law had a koracha made up with Adina and it is absolutely magnificent. Contact Adina for more photos and custom orders.

3Modern Award Winning Havdalah Set by Silversmith DesignerSrulovitch Sari .Born and raised in Jerusalem. Graduated with distinction from  the Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem (BFA), and the Royal College of Art, London (MA). Her works of art have received many prizes and awards. Contact the artist for more info.

4-Sterling Silver and Gold Mezuzah Case $325

5-Sterling Silver Kiddush Cup by Piet Coen $585 for Jewish Museum members. Regular price $650.

6-Set of Kiddush Cups by Yaacov Greenvurcel- magnificent and modern sterling siver  kiddush cups. Contact the artist for prices.

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Classy Kiddush and Havdalah Gifts for Father’s Day- June 20

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Classy Kiddush and Havdalah Gifts for Father’s Day- June 20

1 Comment 03 June 2010

Husbands, dads, brothers and grown sons, will appreciate these new  modern additions to the Shabbat table.  These unique treasures will be weekly reminders of your thoughtfulness and are a true reflection of your love.

Chipping in with other family members will definitely lighten the bill!

For more info about the kiddush and havdalah prayer click Here.

Michael Aram $54.

Michael Aram Kiddush Cup

Modern Classic $165.

Sterling Silver Classic Kiddush Cups

Michael Aram $79

Michael Aram Wine Accessories

Bergdorf Goodman Reidel O Series Barware $195.

Bergdorf Goodman Decanter and Barware

Illusion Decanter-Target $59.

Illusion Decanter by Target

Modern Decanters $175-$225.

Modern Decanters by Clayton Gray Home

Kiddush Papercut Artwork $89. unframed

Kiddush Papercut

The Family Table Birkon Rabbi Shlomo Riskin $19.95

The Family Table Birkon

Gallilee Region Wine with Wood Box $99.

Gallilee Region Wine with Wood Box

Sauvignon Blanc $32.

Sauvignon Blanc $32

Havdalah Set by Israeli artist Shraga Landesman $225.

Havdalah Set $225

The platter  above, is made of beech wood and stainless steel. The same materials were used for the mounted pomegranate candleholder and peace dove spice box. The Kiddush Cup is solid brass. Made in Israel.

Aluminum Design Havdalah Set by Shraga Landesman $65

Havdalah Set $65

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Unique Modern Judaica  for Mom on Mother’s Day

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Unique Modern Judaica for Mom on Mother’s Day

2 Comments 30 April 2010

We’ve scoured the marketplace to bring you gifts for your  mom that will be treasured for years to come. Each gift is designed with skilled precison and talent by a Jewish artist.

Lets promote Jewish community  e-commerce. Shop and click just in time for mother’s day!

A simple yet beautiful candlestick holder, Loop, designed by London designers Martin Blum and Dan Black, is inspired by the Fibonacci curve that is seen throughout nature and looks correct and balanced to the human eye.  Made of polished stainless steel, Loop candlesticks will not tarnish. Comes in Gold.$115

.More candlestick styles available at The Jewish Museum Shops:


Dani Schwartz Laser Cut Stainless Steel Candlesticks:

We love these Shabbat candlesticks. Dani Schwartz is an Israeli architect who began creating modern Judaica out of laser cut stainless steel. The steel stands hold glass cups sized for tealights. The candlesticks are approximately 4″ high. Click views to see them in a table setting. Made in Israel.


Glass Leaves Challah Tray: 14″ at The Urban Mensch

Yair Emanuel at Eichler’s:

These colorful hand painted travel Shabbat candle holders are an essential gift for the mom who travels!



Gary Rosenthal:

Gary Rosenthal has been sculpting in welded metals for over 20 years. He is self-taught and his popular style is unique and reflects a rare sensitivity to both his materials and his subject.
Rosenthal sculpture has been commissioned by the International Special Olympics Committee for the 1978 World Games, the Miss Dance America Trophy and the annual membership awards for B’nai Brith International. Mr. Rosenthal’s art has also been used as presentations for individuals as varied as Presidents Carter and Clinton, John Travolta and musician Issac Stern.

This challah tray is a chic modern classic.


Emily Rosenfeld:

This Jewish charity box is made of linden wood and has a pewter detail on the top and front. The pomegranate symbolizes abundance and sustenance while the tree of life connects to all mankind. It is a contemporary interpretation of the tradition, with a slot on top for change and a hinged top for access. Perfect for your mom’s vanity or next to her Shabbat candleticks, as it is custom to give charity before a jewish woman lights candles on Friday night.


Amalya Nini Birchat Habayit- Blessing for the Home:

Home Blessing Birchat Habayit Harvest Round Papercuts Unframed Amalya Nini

Translation of the text is:

“May this home be a place of happiness and heath, of contentment, generousity and hope, a home of creativity and kindness. May those who visit and those who live here know only blessing and peace.”


Gad Almaliah:

Internationally known artist Gad Almaliah was born and raised in Jerusalem and attended the Bezalel Academy of Art. His designs are seen on coins, medals for the Israeli Government, postal service stamps, sculpture and KETUBOT. He created the emblem for the Six Day War. Kolbo is proud to feature the many works of Gad Almaliah. This unique Woman of Valor plaque will be treasured by the special mom in your life.


Mickie Caspi:

Beautifully illuminated roses add a classic elegance to the biblical quote ( Proverbs 31:10-31 ) that is traditionally sung by a husband to his wife on Friday night. The Woman of Valor is a wonderul gift from a husband to wife or from a woman’s children for Mother’s day.


9in x 13in


20in x 16in
Designs in raw silk are appliqued and attached with embroidery.
Made in Israel.


Rimon Glass Painted Candlesticks:

These pomegranate design candlesticks really make a statement and will add a flair to any Shabbat table.

Size: Approximately 3.5″

Material: Hand Painted Glass


By Israeli artist Enya Keshet.

Home blessing art in two layers cut and raised in Hebrew and English. Classic and Elegant:

Dimensions: Approximately 10″ x 10″


This beautifully crafted basket by Talila Abraham recreates a 16th-century Brussels bobbin lace pattern in contemporary, etched stainless steel  for a modern elegance that can only be found in peices made by true artisans.  Use it for challah or fill it with fruit for an attractive centerpiece on your table. At The Jewish Museum.:


Also comes as a gorgeous Matzoh tray by Talila Abraham at The Jewish Museum Gift Shop.:



Challah Board ,Knife and Salt Holder:



This cleverly designed Challah board has raised strips for the crumbs to fall through, and a Challah knife fitted to the frame:

Made in Israel.

Dimensions: 17.5″ x 14.5″

Material: Wood


Though this is not exactly Judaica, we couldnt resist this charming tote by Israeli artist Barbara Shaw, features the Hebrew wordIma in the center, surrounded by a heart. Ima is the Hebrew word for mom, making this a thoughtful gift for the mom in your life. The heart is filled with expressions in both Hebrew and English relating to moms, such as “Oh’ Mama”, “Mamale” (Hebrew for mommy), “Red Hot Mama”, “Mama Mia” and “A joyful mother of children”.  Made in Israel.
Shaw was born in Australia to Polish and Hungarian immigrants. In the 1980’s her family moved to Jerusalem. Shaw now pulls all of her inspiration from Jersulam and her Jewish heritage. The focus of her work is to mix tradition with ultra modern colors and shapes. At The Jewish Museum:


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