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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.


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.


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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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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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:


Do you have any more suggestions for a Jewish Mother’s day? Comment Below!

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Super Chic Hostess Gifts for the Jewish Holidays

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Super Chic Hostess Gifts for the Jewish Holidays

1 Comment 31 March 2010


Dear Hostesses,

Since I love seeking out fun items for gifts giving, I decided to share my fun finds with all of you.

Each one of these items are treasures that I would personally enjoy gifting, and I hope you will too!

Order this week so we can personalize in time for the holidays!

MarleneHappy Hanukka Gifts under $100.

Silk Painted Challah Cover

Hanukkah Kosher Gourmet Chocolate

Monogrammed Crystal Paperweights

Monogram Lucite Trays

Kiddush Cup with Turquoise Artistic Detailed Base

Monogrammed Crystal Coasters

Happy Holiday!


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