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Cast Your Vote! 15 Fantabulous Dessert Bars! Win a $25 Gift to The Jewish Hostess Shop!

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Cast Your Vote! 15 Fantabulous Dessert Bars! Win a $25 Gift to The Jewish Hostess Shop!

21 Comments 11 March 2012

Dear Hostesses,

The time has FINALLY come to vote for your most favorite desert bar! Vote below and the winner will win a SIGNED Sweet Designs Dessert Bar book by Amy Atlas!

This array of 15 dessert bars will give you inspiration for years to come!

Comment below with your FAVORITE MOST ORIGINAL DESSERT BAR!!!

One voter will win a $25 gift certificate to THE JEWISH HOSTESS SHOP!

Don’t miss a single recipe or table setting idea!! 

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1-Esther Sassoon:

SO CHIC! A CANDY PINK AND CHOCOLATE BROWN DESSERT BAR FOR A BABY GIRL

 

2-Ruth Gindi:

POPS OF NEON COLOR AND A GOURMET MENU- BRIDAL SHOWER DESIGNED BY RUTH GINDI

PINKALICIOUS LITTLE GIRL’S BIRTHDAY BASH BIRTHDAY PARTY AND DESSERT BAR DESIGNED BY SHEILA GINDI

 

A SPRINGTIME BRUNCH BY GRANDMA GRACE AZAR FOR BABY GRACE KAIREY

And the WINNER with the most votes is Nellie Esses! #10!

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A Persian Passover Seder at The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica

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A Persian Passover Seder at The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica

No Comments 04 March 2012

Thank you  Djamilla Cochran of http://www.theroseweddings.com for sharing this elegant Persian seder from 2012 with Jewish Hostesses from so many different backgrounds. I am continually fascinated by the different Jewish cultures that span the globe.We all share the same Torah, yet throughout thousands of years of peace and persecution, history has allowed us all to survive, and express our individuality as separate Jewish communities. Beautiful! I have enjoyed posting this unique seder, as I hope you will all enjoy reading. Marlene

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This beautiful Passover Seder was styled by Marjaneh from Candybar Couture with lots of help from her mother Guity. Although, Passover is a Jewish Holiday celebrated for thousands of years, this family who is originally from Iran, took a very modern approach to designing the party. The party was held at the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica. The second floor patio that was covered halfway by a beautiful white tent that was the ideal location to seat more than 70 guests. It is very common for Iranians living in Los Angeles to have a large number of guests at the Seder. They invite friends and lots of extended family. A microphone had to be used for all of the guests to hear the prayers!

The food that is used for the prayers, along with flowers were used as the centerpiece.

They included lettuce, bitter herbs, Matzos, vinegar and Halegh which is the Iranian version of Charoset. The highlight of the nigh is generally Dayenu where it is customary for Iranian Jews to playfully hit each other with the raw scallions. This tradition symbolizes the whips of the slaves in Egypt.”

Jilla Javaheri, Sahla Sassounian, Sion Javaheri, Moise Aghaipour during the Passover Seder

Persian ceremony of dayenu with scallions that represent the whips upon the Jewish slaves

Persian Rice with Saffron,

Chocolate Marble Sponge Cake with Rice Flour,

 

Guity Sassounian, Sohrab Sassounian, Marjaneh Etebar and Afshin Etebar

Nassir Ebrahimian, Sophia Ebrahimian and Pegah Ebrahimian

Dahlia Zakhor, Jasmine Zakhor, Rhonda Zakhor, Alex Zakhor

Sean Sassounian, Jasmine Sassounian, Shiva Aghaipour

Mandy Amini and Marjaneh Etebar

 

List of vendors :

Photography by Djamilla Cochran/theroseweddings.com  Djamilla Cochranhttp://www.theroseweddings.com/

The Huntley Hotel http://www.thehuntleyhotel.com/

The Party was styled by Candybar Couture. http://www.candybarcouture.com/

The Desserts were by Madame Dessert. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Madame-Dessert/128740397170724

The Catering was by Alfredo Catering. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alfredo-Catering-Inc/352678486239

 

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10 More Fantastic Passover 2012 Seder Table Decor Ideas To Inspire You All Year Round

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10 More Fantastic Passover 2012 Seder Table Decor Ideas To Inspire You All Year Round

10 Comments 02 March 2012

Thank you to all of the Jewish Hostessses who took the time to send in their tables. I hope all of my readers enjoy looking at these tablescapes as much as I do. Each one is unique and as beautiful as the hostess behind it.  Click here to see the first batch of  Passover tables that were posted last year.

May we continue to share in many Jewish holidays together! Marlene

P.S Comment below with your favorites! 

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1. Lily Pads and Frogs Passover Table Decor By Kineret Spector (check out more of  Kineret’s creative tables HERE and HERE!)

“This year we went for a fresh frog-inspired spring theme for our Passover table. Paper lotus flowers on lilly pads are fun place cards. Appetizer plates off center add to the floating lilly pad feel. Round woven place mats down the center of the table make a fun lilly pad kind of runner, with water lilly candle holders and candles adding a glowy ambiance. Finally, wire garden frogs add a little whimsy.
Thanks, Marlene!”
:) Kineret

2. A Country Seder Table by Lisa Ades-

“My country seder in Massachusets – nothin’ fancy since the green outside from our Japanese garden is all the decoration we need…”

“I wish I had chairs that match but at least we have glasses that match – they were Grandma Ades’s.”

“This is my “centerpiece” – my mom and I went to the nursery down the street where they have the most beautiful pansies…”

“We planted them in this pot that has real moss growing on it. What could be prettier than that?”

“Did you notice my “diamond” napkin fold? I found it on http://www.napkinfoldingguide.com/! Ethan made that kippah on the right when he was little – i love the pom pom on it and that all the letters fell off except for HA! Enjoy! Lisa”

 

3. An Elegant Persian Tablescape at the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica. Check out the rest of the post HERE.

 

4. Blue Suede Seder Trays by Emily Massry

Hey Marlene I'm only sending this because I ran into you in Walmart. I Bought these blue suede boxes for Purim never used them but they came in handy for Passover . I put Haggadah, egg, haroset, and celery in salt water lettuce and a little cup of salt. Thank g-d it was a great Seder! Love ya keep up the great work, Marlene!," Emily M.

 

 

5. Color Array of Tableware by Susie Dweck

6. Alexis and Sarah Mizrahi “Spring” into action every year on Passover. Check out their LAST YEAR’S gorgeous crafty seder HERE!.

“Hi Marlene!
Our gourmet popcorn business closed for pesach-so we finally had some free time on our hands! Like always-we suprise our mother with a beautiful table every holiday. This years inspiration was “hag ha’aviv-holiday of the spring. ” A trip to the flower market, & a local nursery-& we were done! We rented a camel table cloth,yellow napkins,& bamboo chairs from Brooklyn Party Rental -Sonny Halawani- Our centerpieces were grass we bought already in those rustic wood crates, glass jars filled with moss, real birch wood, birds, lemons & limes.. For place cards we potted moss in terra cotta pots, & used birch wood scraps (we got it free!) that we ripped in small pieces for the names. Next to that, we placed our home-made leather bound Hagadahs! Our favorite part of the whole table – everyones little shelf with all the symbolic foods. We found these lucite “cabinet organizers” for cents-& we turned them into individual ke’aras! It was soo easy & so much fun! Enjoy!!”
Alexis & Sarah Mizrahi
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7.Pretty Greens and Flowers Pesach Tablescape by Jennifer Malka- “my hubby does all the flower arrangements!”

8.  ” Hi Marlene…here is a photo that I just took of our seder table. Thank you. Chag Sameach!!” Karen Rubin- Brown

 9.  A Springtime Pesach Table By Jane Choueka

 

10. Fabulous Holiday Lunch Table By Carol Chera-

Get your Kim Seybert fashionable napkins napkin rings and placemats at Bloomingdales!

Enjoy the creativity and please comment below with your favorite holiday tables!

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Announcing The Winners of the  Shavuot 2011 Table Contest!

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Announcing The Winners of the Shavuot 2011 Table Contest!

1 Comment 19 February 2012

Announcing the winners of our 2011 Shavuot Table Contest!

Winner for FIRST PRIZE wins $200. gift certificate to PARCI PARLA!

This a just one of Parci Parla’s gorgeous table settings! Parci Parla has tons of gift and table ware for your home! Email Irene for more info!

SECOND PRIZE - $100 to Josh and Co. Florist

THIRD PRIZE -$75 to Josh and Co.

 

Winner #1 with the most Facebook likes, comments, and emailed votes sent in to me is Karen Tawil! Check out her beautiful tables HERE!!!


Winner #2 with the most Facebook likes, comments, emailed votes sent in to me AND most inspiring Holocaust survival story is Felicia Bryn, from Sunny Isles Florida. Check out Mrs. Bryn’s table settingHERE.


Winner #3 with the most Facebook likes, comments, emailed votes sent in to me is Lorene Sasson! Lorene’s two table top displays were a big hit! Click HERE to check it out!

A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Linda and Emile Haddad, Susan Lerner, Aunt Linda Betesh, Claudia Bldirici, Rachel Dweck,  and Allison Srour for sharing your GORGEOUS holiday tables with us!!!!

Click on each of their names above to see their beautiful Shavuot tables!

To check out ALL of the magnificent tables shared by our Jewish Hostesses please click HERE ! You are all such an inspiration to me and thousands of Jewish women all over the world! Marlene

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Tu Bishvat Exotic Fruit and Flowers Centerpiece by Esther Sassoon In Israel

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Tu Bishvat Exotic Fruit and Flowers Centerpiece by Esther Sassoon In Israel

No Comments 07 February 2012

Esther Sassoon, a fabulous florist and party planner living in Israel, was so gracious to send in her Tu Bishvat centerpiece to all of us Jewish Hostesses living mostly in the USA and Canada. Thank you Esther for bringing us all a little bit closer and warming up our computers during our cold winter months. I’m so glad to see that Jewish women all over the world are not forgetting the unassuming and quiet holiday of Tu Bishvat.

If you happen to live in the beautiful land of Israel, or even if you are just visiting, please contact Esther for all of your floral needs. Click HERE to email.

Happy Tu Bishvat to all! Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

When I think of Tu’ bishvat, I think of fruit!

That’s why I thought to incorporate fruit into this arrangement.

In each square of the pyramid I put in different types of fruits such as kumquats, mini lemons, and green apples  in the arrangement.

If you have any more questions I’d be glad to answer.

Esther”

 

 

 

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The Chicest Shavuos Table by Sara Fishman

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The Chicest Shavuos Table by Sara Fishman

No Comments 21 January 2012

“Hi Marlene! I am loving your facebook page and thought you might enjoy these
Sara Fishman”
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Wow Sara! The details you put into your Shavuot holiday table setting are unmatched! The crystal lettered place cards, the printed menus placed upon each table setting, the simple daisies placed within mini glass cubes, gorgeous bronze modern flatware,mini delectable hor dourves,  refreshing green gazpacho in martini glasses (PLEASE send us your recipe!) all make us want to dine at your table. Thank you so much for sharing. I am SO impressed! Marlene
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Get Green for a Fresh and Sophisticated Spring Passover Seder!

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Get Green for a Fresh and Sophisticated Spring Passover Seder!

1 Comment 19 January 2012

Go Green for Passovcer Tabletop!
This year, allow your Passover seder dinner table to usher in a fresh, clean, updated elegant look.
Imbue your table top with sophisticated greens and a modern relaxed touch. Splash on accessories from Oscar De La Renta’s fabulous brand  new table top line. These salt and pepper and bottle stopper fish designs will just bring images of the Red Sea right onto your seder table!
(LOVE them for summer entertaining too!)
I would use several of  the stunning Egyptian inspired  mini green foil square trays to hold marror (bitter herb- we use romaine lettuce), haroset, boiled eggs, the vegetable
(we use endive), . Invert a bowl in the center of  a lucite tray and place a square tray atop for the center shank bone or zeroah to be raised higher than the other seder plate items. Place on a clear lucite tray and voila! You’ve got a brand new seder plate! 
Don’t forget to add some frog napkin rings to symbolize one of  the 10 plagues to adorn your linen napkins…
Now is the time to pull out your best cloths, napkins, china, and placemats. Be bold.
Be daring. Use creativity and  imagination. How are you going to spruce up your table this Passover 2013?

 

3.Jasper Conran At Wedgwood Kilim Accent Plate

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4.Tree Frog Napkin Ringkasaboo.com

7. Juliska Classic Bamboo Charger
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8. Juliska Straw Loop Round Placemat

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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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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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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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Jeweled Brown Rice Topped With Carmelized Tropical Fruit

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Jeweled Brown Rice Topped With Carmelized Tropical Fruit

No Comments 17 November 2011

 

 

This easy, jeweled vegetarian rice dish is a no-fail-no-brainer dish perfect for Thanksgiving or any Jewish holiday menu. If you are having a big Shabbat lunch, its so easy to make the day before, warm and combine nuts and fruit right before serving. The autumn colors in the dried fruits and nuts will make it especially pretty on your Thanksgiving table. This easy  delicious recipe was given to me by a very modest gourmet cook! Enjoy and please let me know how it comes out!!!  Don’t forget to buy a Jewish hostess apron for your  favorite Thanksgiving hostess!!!! Marlene

The Perfect Jewish Hostess Gift!

 

Wild and Brown Rice  With Candied  Tropical Fruit

Ingredients:

– Wild and/or brown rice

-3 tbsp. Earth balance

– You can choose from any of these fruits: dried figs, dried pineapples, dried papaya, dried cranberries, and dates

– You can choose from any of these nuts: honey roasted nuts peanuts, almonds, walnuts, cashews etc.

 Directions:

– Cook rice according to the directions on the bag.

– Cut all the dried fruit into same size cubes.

– Melt Earth Balance in a pan

– Caramelize the dried fruit till sticky and shiny.

–  Caramelize the honey roasted nuts till they get sticky.

– Mix the fruit and nuts with the rice and serve, or place rice in a bundt pan mold and when cool unmold and place nuts and fruit in the center for a beautiful presentation.

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Ariella’s DIY Sparkling Silver Holiday Table Inspiration

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Ariella’s DIY Sparkling Silver Holiday Table Inspiration

3 Comments 30 October 2011

Wow- Ariella! I’m so glad that The Jewish Hostess site gave you some great table simple setting ideas and the confidence to express your own individuality and bring out your creative side!

Your note really lets me know that you appreciate the effort that goes into this site! Thanks for sending in photos of your beautiful and festive table setting!! Marlene

“Marlene,

I wanted to thank you for all of your posts and inspiration. I am truly inartistic and not creative. I was sincerely inspired and excited from the pictures, posts, and recipes that I became adventurous this holiday. I’ve never used a glue-gun before without burning myself, or getting stuck to something- but the instructions to make my own home made napkin rings were so inviting! My son and I ran to Lana Fabric and bought overlay material (like you did for the Purim meal) and sequin material for napkin rings (like Karen T.). (I actually told Lana that they were famous on your site and she chuckled!) All the recipes that I tried were deliciously amazing enough that my mother in law said that she “felt like she was in Tuscany, Italy”. I couldn’t have done it without you! Ariella F.”
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Healthy Brown Rice Sauteed with Spinach and Mushrooms

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Healthy Brown Rice Sauteed with Spinach and Mushrooms

2 Comments 18 October 2011

This is another healthy and easy kosher recipe from the Magen David Yeshivah Chef at Home gourmet kosher cookbook(page 206).  I made it for a Sukkot meal, but of course its great for any Jewish holiday menu, or Shabbat meal. Since I was voted to cook the meal for the second night of Sukkot (always so HARD because everything has to be done from the day before!) I cooked the rice and the mushrooms in advance, and last minute re-sauteed the mushrooms and adding in the fresh baby spinach till it wilted.

I multiplied this recipe by 4 because I was having a lot of company and I also added in a cup of cooked wild rice which was not in the original recipe.

Kosher Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 cup COOKED wild rice according to the instructions on the bag
  • 2 cups Imagine No- Chicken Broth 
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 pound (total) portobella and button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bag fresh cleaned baby spinach leaves

Directions:

  1. Combine washed rice and broth in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stir, reduce heat cover and simmer about 45 minutes till cooked.
  2. In another skillet, saute chopped  onion, mushrooms and garlic till tender. Stir in lemon juice and oregano.
  3. Right before serving, re-heat mushroom mixture and add in spinach until wilted- don’t overcook or you will lose the pretty bright green color of the fresh spinach.
  4. Toss brown rice with cooked wild rice, and mushroom and spinach mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.

 

 

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Make Your Own Gorgeous Holiday Napkin Rings In 10 Minutes or Less!

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Make Your Own Gorgeous Holiday Napkin Rings In 10 Minutes or Less!

2 Comments 25 September 2011

 With only a couple of days to count down to the Jewish holidays, its time to start thinking about a creative table setting.If you would like to add some down to earth homemade creativity to your holiday table then these do it yourself napkin rings will add a touch of elegance without making much of a dent in your wallet! Don’t forget that you can match the ribbon to your holiday  table setting theme whether it be Rosh Hashanah, Sukkot, Tu Bishvat, Chanuka,  Purim or Passover!

Gather round the kids or any extra hands in the house, and you will be done in a jiffy.

You will need:

  1. Several cardboard paper towel rolls.
  2. Choose about 3 yards of an elegant ribbon about 1 1/2 inches wide to make about 24 napkin rings.
  3. Choose a matching solid ribbon to line the inside of  your paper towel holder.
  4. Choose a thin metallic ribbon (I chose a silver thin ribbon to match my moroccan style ribbon)
  5. Buy double sided fabric tape. (I found that fabric glue can be very messy)

How to:

1-Cut your paper towel holder into equal sizes about 1/4 inch narrower than your ribbon, marking your “cut” lines with a pencil beforehand.

2- Measure and cut the ribbon to fit around the perimeter of the cardboard holder overlapping slightly. The overlap will be the underside of your napkin ring.

 

 

3- Line the inside of your napkin ring with the matching ribbon (It doesn’t matter which step you do first)

4- Cover the overlap edges with the narrow matching ribbon, and glue with krazy glue.

5- You can mix blues and vary your hues……. -

6- Slide in a pretty flower, layer over a pretty salad plate….

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7- You can even layer your place settings over two table runners set across from each other.

This Moroccan style table runner is from Kim Seybert.

 

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Fashion Isha’s Rosh Hashanah Table Decor- Stunning!

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Fashion Isha’s Rosh Hashanah Table Decor- Stunning!

No Comments 24 September 2011

 

Thank you Sharon from Fashion Isha for sending in your Rosh Hashanah table decor!

Hi Marlene,
Shana Tova-
Here’s what I did:
I purchased yellow tulips and daisies, red roses, apples, pomegranates, lemons and honey from my local grocery store. I purchased flower pots, crystal bracelets, ribbons and mini jars from my local craft store. I placed 4 different sized vases (that I found around the house) in the center of the table and added the fruit and flowers keeping each type of flower separate and keeping all four vases at different elevations. I also placed some apples and lemons around the base of the vases.
I place a bracelet around each flower pot and placed a pomegranate inside. I then filled the mini jars with honey and tied a red ribbon around each one. A pile of sheer gold ribbon makes a gorgeous base for the centerpiece or they can be laid across the table as runners.

Thanks!

 

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Hot Pink and Turquoise Shabbat Table Inspiration

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Hot Pink and Turquoise Shabbat Table Inspiration

5 Comments 19 June 2011

Thank you Susan for sharing your Shabbat and Shavuot table settings with us! Your hot pink peonies and  pops of color make me very happy!!  The subtle hints of green that peek through your vases add another shade of color into the mix. Pier One placemats are the perfect base for your centerpieces! Keep sending your pics!!! Thanks again- Marlene

“Hi Marlene!
Just a note to tell you that I love your website. My name is Susan Lerner and I live in Jamaica Estates, NY. I am very good friends with Vered Shamosh and she is the one who told me about your beautiful website. Thought I would share some pictures of my Shavuot and  Shabbat tables. Great finds all from Pier One and Homegoods!!!
All the best and continued success,
Shabbat Shalom,
Susan”

 

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