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Melt in Your Mouth Minute Steak Roast for the Holidays

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Melt in Your Mouth Minute Steak Roast for the Holidays

1 Comment 27 March 2014

When making our Passover, Sukkot, Rosh Hashanah menus etc., its easy to get overwhelmed by the thousands of kosher recipes on many other sites. Here at The Jewish Hostess, I really try to sort through all of the wonderful kosher Jewish holiday recipes out there, and I try to publish the ones that I would make for my own Jewish holiday and  Passover dinners. This minute steak recipe is delicious and takes about 15 minutes to prepare. Its a no brainer. Thanks Elyse Lincer for sending it in!

:Hi Marlene,
Just prepared this minute steak roast for passover. I got it from Passover by Design by Susie Fishbein.
I made it yesterday before shabbat and it looked so good I had to sneak a piece!!  Was delish and very easy.. And freezes well too!”
Elyse Lincer
Ingredients for this kosher recipe:
  • 1 minute steak roast sliced and deveined by your kosher butcher into 2 pieces.
  • 1 c barbeque sauce
  • 1 c   ketchup
  • 6 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 large onions, sliced into rings
  • 10 cloves of garlic, chopped in food processor.

Directions:

  1. Saute onion and garlic in a little oil.
  2. Mix together sauces and sugar  in a separate bowl.
  3. Place meat in a roaster
  4. Add onion, garlic and sauce on top of roast.
  5. Bake at 350 for an hour.
  6. When cool, slice and freeze on top of kosher for Passover parchment paper (parchment can have flour sprinkled on it) lined in a tin.
  7. If serving fresh, slice thin and reheat at 350 degrees for another half hour.

 

 

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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 2014

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.
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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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Debbie’s Not “JUST” for Passover Cookies!

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Debbie’s Not “JUST” for Passover Cookies!

3 Comments 27 March 2014

 

Any recipe that I get from Debbie Gindi is sure to be a guaranteed winner. Debbie is ahead of  every trend in town, especially the food and  table decor scene.

Thank you Debbie for being such a big contributor to The Jewish Hostess! Jewish women all over the world are loving your recipes! Love, Marlene

“Hi Marlene ,

I have a fast,easy and elegant passover cookie recipe that all your guests are sure to love. My family and friends love these sweet chewy treats so much I bake them all year round,hence the name!! NOT JUST PASSOVER COOKIES!

You can also add mini chocolate chips,different nuts or extracts to change them up a bit!

I even spread the flat side with seedless raspberry jam,sandwich two cookies  together and dipped in melted chocolate for variation!

Either way these are sure to be a big winner with everyone!

Happy Holiday! Debbie Gindi”

Not “JUST” Passover Cookies

  • 4 egg whites
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 4 cups ground almonds (or any nut of your choice)
  • (1/2 c shredded coconut, Almond or any type Extract, mini choc chips)optional
  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Line 2 large cookie sheets with parchment paper. Beat all ingredients together on medium speed with hand blender.(If adding chips or coconut add after blending and combine with spoon)
  3. Form into teaspoon size balls.
  4. Place on lined cookie sheets 1 inch apart. Bake for 15-17 minutes.
  5. When cool you may drizzle with melted chocolate or spread jam on flat side and sandwich together for “linzer tart cookies”

 

 

Yom Ha’atzmaut Special! Barbara Streisand Sings Hatikvah to Golda Meir – 1978 Video

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Yom Ha’atzmaut Special! Barbara Streisand Sings Hatikvah to Golda Meir – 1978 Video

No Comments 15 April 2013

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I have decided to celebrate Israel’s 65th birthday by presenting to you, our readers, two great Jewish women who have succeeded in life, way beyond the expected. I may be revealing my age, but I’d rather watch Barbara Streisand sing any day rather than  even look at Taylor Swift!

Do you agree? Comment Below!

1-Barabara Joan Streisand was born on April 24, 1942, in Brooklyn, New York. She is an actress, director, producer and writer. . She has won many awards including two Oscars, five Emmys, eight Golden Globes, three People’s Choice Awards, two Women in Film Crystal Awards and two ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards. Barbra has also received an American Film Institute award and a Cecil B. DeMille Award. She has also supported autism awareness, and On April 16th, 2008, Barbra Streisand endowed $5 million to Cedars-Sinai for the creation of The Barbra Streisand Women’s Cardiovascular Research and Education Program.

Inspiring Quote:

“I arrived in Hollywood without having my nose fixed, my teeth capped, or my name changed. That is very gratifying to me.”

2-Golda Meir was born the daughter of Moshe and Bluma Mabovitch in Kiev, Ukraine, on May 3, 1898. She moved with her family to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1906. The Mabovitch family had fled their home in part to escape pogroms (mob attacks) that had been carried out against Jews in Russia at the time. Meir later recalled that her childhood terror of anti-Semitic (anti-Jewish) violence strongly influenced her later commitment to establish Israel as a safe, secure Jewish state.

In 1956, Israeli prime minister David Ben-Gurion (1886–1976) called Meir “the best man” in his cabinet and named her to replace Shertok-Sharett as foreign minister, among the most important government jobs in the nation. It was now, as a result of Ben-Gurion’s desire to have all Israelis bear Hebrew names, that she reluctantly altered her name to Meir, while keeping it as close as possible to Myerson.

Golda Meir served as Israel’s foreign minister from 1956 to 1966 and became its fourth prime minister in 1969.

Even in retirement, Meir remained an important political presence in Israel. Her autobiography, My Life, helped assure her place in the public’s imagination as the kindly grandmother who had risen to greatness in her nation’s hour of need. Meir died in Jerusalem on December 8, 1978.

Inspiring Quotes:

“Not being beautiful was the true blessing. Not being beautiful forced me to develop my inner resources. The pretty girl has a handicap to overcome.”

“To be successful, a woman has to be much better at her job than a man.”

“Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.”

“We Jews have a secret weapon in our struggle with the Arabs; we have no place to go.”

Read more: Golda Meir Biography – life, family, childhood, children, parents, name, story, death, school, information, born, college, husband, house, time, year, sister http://www.notablebiographies.com/Ma-Mo/Meir-Golda.html#ixzz0lVvUjzNB



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Susan’s Modern Glass and Floral  Passover Seder Plate

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Susan’s Modern Glass and Floral Passover Seder Plate

6 Comments 14 March 2013

Susan Menash happens to be another favorite person in my life. Her talent is knows no bounds- just check out her  photography website HERE and you will know what I mean. I especially love the pictures of the seniors on her site as there are so many great stories waiting to be told…..

I love her seder plate creation from 2011 as it teaches us that a little imagination goes a long way….

Enjoy! Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

I used 2 rectangular vases from Crate and Barrel but you can choose to use up to a dozen small vases as your base. I had a piece of glass made up  24 inches by 12 inches. (You can use any clear tray or any thick piece of glass ) I filled my vases up with water, orchids, (last longer in water) and topped with my glass seder tray.

I was thinking of putting red or blue tropical fish to symbolize the parting of the Red Sea sea  but I didn’t want to be stuck with the live fish after the seder.

Now that I think of it, I should have given the fish away as Afikoman gifts for my grandchildren.

Susan Menash”

 

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How to Roast a Perfect Turkey with Fresh Cranberry Relish- Recipe by Miriam Kairey

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How to Roast a Perfect Turkey with Fresh Cranberry Relish- Recipe by Miriam Kairey

1 Comment 26 February 2013

 

 

 My friend Miriam Kairey can not only professionally trace your family history back at least ten generations, but she can also teach us all how to roast the perfect kosher turkey for Thanksgiving. She is a gourmet cook and is author of the  cookbook Positively Passover. She makes Syrian “kaak” regularly and is committed to preserving the art of cooking  Syrian Jewish Cuisine. Although Thanksgiving turkey is not exactly a Syrian main dish, Miriam has perfected her turkey roasting technique and I asked her to share it with all of us Jewish Hostesses! Thanks Miriam!!

“Thanksgiving is a big deal in the Kairey house.  It is a great opportunity to invite family and friends who live too far to walk over on Jewish Holy Days.  On this day we set aside the rich culinary tradition of the Syrian Jews in favor of delicious dishes that are quintessentially American.  The key to capturing the essence of these flavors is to use an abundant supply of fresh herbs including parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme, just like the Simon and Garfunkel song.

There is no shortage of  Thanksgiving recipes on the web. Besides The Jewish Hostess, I also recommend Martha Stewart as a reliable source.  Just be sure to add plenty of chopped parsley and sage leaves to your stuffing, and sprinkle rosemary leaves on top of your sweet potatoes before cooking.  Reserve the stems to use when making turkey stock.

When it comes to roasting a succulent turkey, twenty years of trial and error have made me an expert.  My recipe combines the flavors of garlic and thyme, but neither overwhelm the delicious taste of the bird.  If you do not already have one, invest in a large roasting pan with cover (check out Granite Ware 18-Inch Covered Oval Roaster from Amazon.)
A foil roaster will deliver a turkey that takes longer to roast and is drier.  Make sure you have a meat thermometer (check out Taylor Elite 602 Meat Roasting Thermometer from Amazon).

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Take the turkey out of the oven the minute it is cooked, otherwise the breast dries out and shreds when you try to carve it.

If you purchase a frozen turkey, put it in the fridge to defrost on Sunday or Monday, clean and season it on Wednesday,  and it will be ready to stuff and roast on Thanksgiving day.

Enjoy! Miriam.”

Roast Turkey

  • 12 to 16 lb turkey
  • 1 ½ heads garlic cloves peeled
  • 2 Tbs. Paprika
  • 1 Tbs. kosher salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 3 to 4 Tbs. Oil
  • 4 Onions sliced into discs
  • 7 bay leaves
  • Large bunch fresh Thyme, leaves attached to stems
  • You will also need:
  • Roasting bag
  • Roaster with cover
  • Meat thermometer
  • Turkey baster

The day before Thanksgiving, make a paste of garlic, paprika, salt, pepper and oil in a food processor .  Rub completely over turkey inside and out.  Lift the skin on the breast and rub the paste underneath the skin directly onto the breast.  Tuck several bay leaves under skin as well.  If turkey is not completely defrosted yet don’t worry.  Put turkey in an oven bag and scatter remaining bay leaves, onion and thyme (stems included) all around the bird.  Close bag and refrigerate overnight.

Thanksgiving  day heat oven to 325.  Calculate 20 minutes per pound, and you will arrive at the approximate roasting time.  Then you can decide what time you need to put the turkey in the oven.  With turkey still in bag place stuffing inside the cavity of turkey.  Twist bag closed put in roaster and cover.  It cover does not close completely its ok, because the turkey is in a bag.

Once roasting is well under way,  I remove turkey from oven every 20 minutes or so, unwrap the bag, and baste turkey. About 1 hour from finish time I cut away the bag so the turkey can get a golden brown color.  Now you will want to start checking the temperature by inserting meat thermometer between the thigh and breast, but not touching the bone.  When temp reaches 165, remove bird from oven.  It will continue to cook even after leaving oven.  Discard Thyme.  Wait 20 minutes, carve and serve immediately.

 

Serve with fresh Cranberry Relish:

  • 12 oz fresh cranberries
  • 1 navel orange, peeled
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2 Tbs. fresh ginger, grated.

Place all ingredients in food processor and pulse until finely chopped.  Do not puree.

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10 Fresh and Fabulous Last Minute Ideas for Purim

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10 Fresh and Fabulous Last Minute Ideas for Purim

6 Comments 04 February 2013

Looking for some last minute Purim ideas for Mishloach Manot? Here are some easy ones that you can use for inspiration this Purim holiday. If you are not really sure about the meaning of mishloach manot, just click here, and then continue reading below!

1- Make a ton of  mini biscotti and pile into a small or medium mason jar. Tie  a decorative ribbon and silk flower around a bottle of  inexpensive kosher sweet wine and have your kids deliver the combo to all of your friends and neighbors.

2- Give out warm kosher hot chocolate, skewered marshmallows, pink chocolate dipped rice krispy treats that are rolled into a ball (right after cooking the mixture)in a cute Wilton Striped Cupcake Box. Very cozy!:

3- My niece Shirley who is a professional baker, was inspired by Bakerella’s cookie mix in a jar, and turned the idea into a fabulous mishloach manot. Their entire family stood in an assembly line and filled and scooped until they were done with all of their beautifully filled jars.  It really was one of the prettiest mishloach manot that I received last year. You can also find more cookie mix-in-a-jar recipes from allrecipes.com.

Download pretty instructions to attach to your cookie-mix filled jar with this PDF from Bakerella.

4-Bake orange juice cakes in mini loaf pans and send them with a mini bottle of fresh orange juice  or a mini Tropicana juice box from your local grocer. You can find fruit themed tissue paper from Bags and Bows and for a real home squeezed feel, use a crate from an empty clementine box, or a Purim basket that was stashed in a storage bin during last year’s Passover cleaning.

5- Last year my sister in-law  invited us to her annual gala Purim party with a printed potholder that held a note explaining that all the moms invited were to be united in a cooking contest. What a great way to invite the family over without not actually having to cook anything! (lol…)  Each family was given a rolled up note with what main dish or salad to bring.  The “judges” chose the winner who received a gift certificate to Kitchen Kaboodles on Avenue U in Brooklyn. All in all, it was so much fun and easy to for everyone to walk in with part of the Purim seuda.

6- Need an adorable Purim card to attatch to your mishloach manot? My very creative friend Erika Sabbagh sent in this unforgettable idea. Dress your kids up in their Purim costumes, take a pic,  print it on cardstock within a card making or a label software, print, and you are done!

7- Make an sweet treat, pile into food bags, tie with raffia or a pretty ribbon, add a bottle of  kosher grape juice, a fresh daisy, place a decorative napkin inside a disposable 
paper loaf pan and deliver!

8-Borrow some of Martha Stewart’s Valentine’s Day ideas and transform them into your Purim Jewish hostess treats!

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9- Be inspired by The Kitchn’s skillet toffee and 39 other homemade gifts. It’s a mouthwatering roundup of melt in your mouth treats. Any one of these delectables would make a unique Purim gift to send. Make sure to add two different items in your package so that your  recipient can make two prayers according to the Purim custom.

10- My good friend Allison  Srour made this healthy mishloach manor: baby spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette,
and veggie burgers with tehine!

Allison also asked me to tell you about her elegant tablecloths that she has for sale for Purim. They are elegant AND washable. Contact Allison at allison7396@aol.com

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Newlywed Paula Benzaken Lights Up Hanukkah With A Magnificent Hanukkah Table

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Newlywed Paula Benzaken Lights Up Hanukkah With A Magnificent Hanukkah Table

3 Comments 01 December 2012

 

Dear Paula, I hate to sound like an old lady, but what a fantastic table for a newly married girl!!! You should be SO proud of yourself!!! What a menu! WOW! Love, Marlene M.

by the way- if anyone is interested in a quick link to the Hanukka ornament balls below, click here-  Silver and Blue Hanukkah Ornaments

“Hi Marlene!
First off i have to say I LOVE your blog/website and check for updates several times a day. I cant tell you how helpful it is, especially being a newlywed and trying to come up with new ideas all the time.
With Hanuka being my favorite holiday, I decided to whip up a brunch for both sides of my family (first time ever cooking for anyone besides for my husband!).Okay, so really everything was budget friendly.. Though it required 6 trips to 3 different home goods…! All the candy Apothecary jars were from there and I filled them with different things like dreidels ornaments chocolate gelt gum balls etc.. Feathers and vase were from Julie’s flowers…

The menu was simple- mini pizzas ,sambosak, string beans with galic sauce, beschamel, salmon with sweet and sour sauce, falafel salad sandwiches and pasta with basil and mushrooms.  Your website helped spark the creativity and everything just flowed from there, so Thank you!  -Paula Bekar Benzaken”

 

 

 

 

 

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The Perfect Savory Mushroom Turkey Stuffing

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The Perfect Savory Mushroom Turkey Stuffing

1 Comment 20 October 2012

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I’m so glad that I bumped into Julie again on our weekly Shabbat walk. Always with a sweet word to say, she lets me know that at there are people out there who love The Jewish Hostess!!

Thank Julie for sending in this great recipe for stuffing! Can’t wait to put it on my Thanksgiving menu!! Marlene

 The Perfect Savory Mushroom Turkey Stuffing by Julie Esses

“Hi Marlene-

  • Two tablespoons of Earth Balance
  • Two medium celery stalks
  • One cup one medium onion chopped
  • One quarter cup fresh parsley
  • One tablespoon chopped sageor one teaspoon dried sage leaves
  • One and half teaspoons chopped majoram
  • Three quarter teaspoon fresh tarragon leaves or one quarter teaspoon of dried tarragon
  • One half teaspoon salt
  • Salt seven cups soft bread cubes (you can use challah)
  • Two medium carrots shredded
  • One and half cups one medium zuchini shredded
  • One cup one cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  1. Melt Earth Balance  in ten inch nonstick skillet over low medium heat
  2. Cook celery and onion in butter stirring frequently until onion is tender
  3. Stir in parsley, sage, majoram, tarragon, and salt.
  4. Mix bread cubes, carrots, zuchini, and mushrooms in a large bowl add celery mixture and toss.
  5. Mixture is now ready to stuff.
  6. Refrigerate turkey with stuffing until ready to roast
  7. Bake leftovers in a  pyrex at 350 degrees. Enjoy!

Julie Esses”

How to Check The Simanim for Insects

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How to Check The Simanim for Insects

No Comments 24 August 2012

 

 

by : Linda Dayan

Most of us are familiar with the minhag (custom) of eating the different fruits and vegetables (simanim/signs) on Rosh HaShana, which are meant to represent what kind of year we really desire. For example: we dip the apple in the honey to symbolize a sweet year. There is the old joke of a Jew who put raisins on a stalk of celery… he was hoping that H-Shem would bless him with a “raise in salary…”

Yes, it is important for us to keep our minhagim, but would it be right to do something that is not permitted from the Torah – so we can eat that symbolic date or leek?

(The following info is reprinted from

The Torah prohibits us from  eating worms or any other bug. As Jewish women its our responsibility to make sure our family doesn’t ingest those miniscule critters, so therefore, as a service to our readers, we are providing information on how to check some of the simanim which we will serve on our tables in few days. Wishing you a Happy, Healthy and Kosher Year!

Given the strict Torah prohibitions against eating insects – there are five Torah commandments against eating crawling insects and six against consuming flying insects – and the tendency of bugs to find fruits and vegetables as much a part of their lifestyle as people do, it has become extremely important to check veggies and fruits for insect infestation to be certain they are kosher.

As with any agricultural product, dried fruits are subject to insect infestation concerns. The consumer should look carefully at the fruit for signs of damage, webbing, or other indicators of insect presence. Certain fruits – notably whole dried figs and dates – sometimes harbor insects in their cavities and it is advisable to split these open and scan for insects prior to eating.

Leek (Carti):

Leek must be cut at the bottom, in the area of the root, and then sliced the length of the green, separating each layer. Each layer should be held under a strong stream of running water while rubbing with one’s fingers. Alternatively, one may soak in soapy water for 2-3 minutes and rinse well.

Dry Dates (Tamar Yasvesh):

One cuts open the date lengthwise, removes the pit, and holds the date against a light source, like a window or lamp and inspects it from both sides, looking for a dark insect. A dry date may exhibit white clusters, formed from sugar and these are not bug related and not problematic.

Swiss Chard:

IN ISRAEL:

When grown regularly, the leaves are simply infested. Small worms are imbedded deep in the leaves and they are not removed by washing the leaves. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that one only use the bug-free type leaves, of course only those with a reliable hechsher (kashrut supervision). They too should be washed, in soapy water and then thoroughly rinsed.

When not using the bug-free:

Soak in cold water; add several drops of concentrated non-scented liquid detergent or vegetable wash; agitate leaves in water to wash their surface; use a heavy stream of water to remove all foreign matter and soap from surface of the leaf; check leaves under direct light.

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Shavuot Table Decor by the Sea – Emile and Linda Haddad

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Shavuot Table Decor by the Sea – Emile and Linda Haddad

5 Comments 15 May 2012

For all of you that may not know Linda, she is the ultimate Jewish Hostess entrepreneur who started her business career in the 80′s designing and selling gorgeous stone encrusted angora sweaters to major department stores all over the country. Of course since we were getting wholesale prices, I do believe that my mother was Linda’s best customer at the time, shlepping us girls into Linda’s basement to try on the stunning line of knits. Linda advised my mom to preserve the fuzzy angoras in a cold area. I think that dozens of  Linda’s sweaters must still be frozen solid in the deep freezer that is in our old house on the corner of Bedford and J…..

Thank you Linda for sharing your gorgeous New Jersey ocean view and Shavuot table with all of us that are still sweating in good old Brooklyn, N.Y.! I’m waiting for more Shavuot Table pics from all of my Jewish Hostesses!!!!

Let’s see who else will have a chance to win the $200 gift certificate to Parci Parla!!!   Marlene

” Dear Marlene,

Wishing a happy holiday to all!  Hope you like my seafoam linen placemats with batik print cloths and matching napkins:

  1. Cloths- Century 21 dept store,
  2. Lalique stemware and glasses from France,bought in 1977 !!!
  3. St. Martin dishes Mikasa, 2005.
  4. Stainless flatware, Century 21.
  5. Plant from Paradise florist (from Mother’s Day lol),
  6. Napkin rings are bangles from the accessory district.
  7. The ocean is view is from the 19th floor !!!”

Emile and Linda Haddad

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Shavuot Tablescape from Table Set GO!- Great Floral Centerpiece Ideas!

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Shavuot Tablescape from Table Set GO!- Great Floral Centerpiece Ideas!

No Comments 09 May 2012

 

In the summer of 2011, the Table Set GO event in Deal, New Jersey (sponsored by the Morris I. Franco Community Cancer Center) showcased the communities’ women’s striking table decor talents. Each table represented a unique Jewish holiday ‘s theme. The botanical holiday of Shavuot was displayed by Barbara Chehebar, Ruthie Bibi, and Adele Pardo. This table decor’s shades of blues and purples heralded the arrival of Shavuot’s custom of decorating one’s home, the synagogue and even the Torah scroll itself with greens and flowers in honor of the holiday. This custom of flowers and greens was based upon a statement in Midrash that the foot of Mount Sinai (where the Jews stood in awe, awaiting the granting of the Torah) was carpeted with greens and sweet smelling flowers.

To accent the Shavuot table’s floral decor and centerpiece, the girls used Kim Seybert napkin rings, geometric Pucci scarves, sky blue bordered china dinnerware, and sparkling crystal stemware. Delicate blue dotted quilted linens were the backdrop to this elaborate variety of sweet smelling Shavuot florals. Mini Torahs and two mountains of roses, represented the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinaii. Thank you ladies for all of your hard work, table setting ideas inspiration! I’m so glad that we have the photos to remember this stunning event! 

 

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Making Knaffe Shredded Wheat Dairy Dessert With Grandma Abadi

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Making Knaffe Shredded Wheat Dairy Dessert With Grandma Abadi

8 Comments 25 April 2012

Thank you Joy Betesh for sending in your grandma’s recipe for kanafe. I LOVED watching this video because that was exactly how MY grandma spoke!!! The EXACT accent!!!! And the Syrian BANGLES!!!!!  MEMORIES!!!  (Please note- when the video is completely edited Joy will send it in for us to view but enjoy these couple of minutes with her grandmother!!!)

Shavuot would NOT be the same without Kanafe!!!! Happy holiday to all!! Marlene

 

“Hi Marlene, Here is my Grandma Abadi’s recipe for Kanafe. I submitted it to Food 52 and it was an Editor’s Pick! In 1985 I videoed my Grandma Abadi and Grandma Rahmey making Kanafe and also interviewed them about their lives. In 1995 when my son was bar mitzvahed my mother made the kanafe and referred to the video for the recipe. Two months ago, for my grandson’s Bris I made the Kanafe, and watched the video , too!

Kanafe is the most heavenly Syrian Dessert….the combination of the ricotta cheese, buttery crispy shredded wheat  and the fragrant rose and orange blossom water syrup makes me swoon.This knafe recipe is unique because cream of rice cereal is used as a lighter alternative to heavy cream. I submitted it to Food 52 and it was an Editor’s Pick!

This is my grandmother’s recipe and I videoed her making kanafe in 1986. Ten years later, my mother wanted to make Kanafe for my son’s Bar Mitzvah and we did not have an accurate recipe…so we popped in the video and was able to capture Grandma Abadi’s recipe and her technique! Now I have prepared the Kanafe and will bake it next week in honor of the birth of my grandson!” – Joy Betesh

p.s. Its also the perfect dairy Shavuot Dessert!

SERVES 12-14

For the kanafe:

  • 1 pound kanafe (shredded phyllo dough)
  • 2 1/2 pounds ricotta cheese
  • 1/2 cup cream of rice cereal
  • 3 sticks of sweet butter melted
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon rosewater
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/4 cup pistachios, peeled & chopped

For the Syrup:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon rosewater
  • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
     

  1. Drain the ricotta in a strainer. Prepare the cream of rice according to the box directions using the 2 cups of milk, add the 4 Tbsp sugar and the rosewater. When the cream of rice mixture is cool add the ricotta and mix well.
  2. In a large bowl shred the kanafe with your hands, tearing apart the strands of dough so there are no clumps. Mix in the melted butter, continuing to shred the kanafe till it is well coated with the butter.
  3. Spread 1/2 the kanafe in a 9 x13 pyrex or large pan. Press down firmly and press the kanafe 1/2 way up the sides of the pan. Add the ricotta mixture, spreading evenly over surface. Top with the other 1/2 of the kanafe. The kanafe may be frozen up to this point.
  4. For the syrup, bring the sugar, water and lemon juice to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes. Add the rosewater and orange blossom water. This syrup may be made ahead and refrigerated.
  5. Bake in a 350 oven for one hour or till golden. Pour the cold or room temperature syrup over the hot kanafe. Garnish with the chopped pistachios. Serve warm or at room temperature.

 

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Jeanette’s Chicken and Veggie Tacos

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Jeanette’s Chicken and Veggie Tacos

1 Comment 28 February 2012

Looking for a great healthy recipe for tacos?

My sister Jeanette makes a great chicken taco recipe that her brood of hoodlums can down in a minute. (just joking- she has all boys B’H’ and when they come over all h— breaks loose!-Jeanette- I  really do love your kids with all my heart!).

When I invited her to my Purim party I silently panicked. You know that inner fear you get when you are not sure if you are cooking enough food? So, when she offered to bring a dish, I felt relief. I just told her to bring something that all of her kids will love. And she did!

When I texted her that my Jewish Hostess readers requested her healthy tacos  recipe as seen on my

Purim Party Post,

she replied,:

“Ooh how exciting!!

  1. Ok: heat an 8inch skillet wth a teaspoon of oil.
  2. Add 1 pound of organic chicken chop meat continuously breaking with a fork, until no longer pink.
  3. add 1/2 cup water and the seasoning packet that comes in the Ortega box.
  4. Shred lettuce, fresh corn off the cob and place in a t0asted taco shell with chicken on bottom.
  5. Its delicious and so easy. I serve wth mazza friday night!-

Shabbat Shalom!

Jeanette

P.S. Jeanette sells all top brands of activewear. Whether you are an exercise guru, or just need comfy cool leggings and tops to hang out in, Jeanette has it all. Even if  you live in Australia, California, Florida, or Israel, (which many of The Jewish Hostess readers do) just contact Jeanette (a NY girl) and she will size you up  and make you a custom order  while  still on the phone with you. Orders (and gifts) will be shipped the next day. Contact Jeanette at jeanette(at)stretchactivewear.com.

Marlene


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The Jewish Hostess Post Purim 2011 Party ReCap

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The Jewish Hostess Post Purim 2011 Party ReCap

12 Comments 22 February 2012

Dear Hostesses, I want you to know that this site is meant to be about each and every one you!! Feel free to email me with your Purim and Passover recipes, holiday table ideas,tips and inspirations.

Check out Bold and Gold for Spring, the Purim Feast for a King,  the Tony Duquette Purim table roundup and Queen Esther Reigns and Entertains!

I’d like to give you some Purim table inspiration so here is my  Purim 2011 story.

It was Thursday morning when I realized that I was so busy posting articles about how everyone ELSE should be inspired for Purim, I couldn’t believe that I had no table setting,or menu plan of my own .

Here’s when a kid with a driver’s licence will come in handy.

One of my  kids  waited in the car while I ran in to Lana’s fabric on Kings Highway to buy Zebra polyester fabric -$5.99 a yard cut into 54 inch squares- cost  about $25.

I placed the 2 squares as diamonds side by side on top of my white cotton hemstitch tablecloth.

While on her way to Starbucks another of of my kids ran and bought me a pack of white paper napkins that look just like linen. $10.99.

She also bought grey luncheon napkins that we decided to fold over the white large paper napkins $4.99.

I also bought  a silver chain trim  from the fabric store to use as napkin rings. $3.99 a yard. Pretty- no?  cost about  $15.

You can use this napkin idea for your Passover seder.

(Send me pics if you come up with any cool ideas!!!!)

This is how the back of the napkin should tie:

These sterling ice coffee glasses given to us a wedding gift by Aunt Sydelle and uncle Mosie in the 80′s. About 15 years later I realized that they were still sitting in the closet needing a good polish, so I decided to turn them into vases, and I  haven’t stopped using them since! My daughter ran out and bought me the dendrobium orchids from the corner flower kiosk up the block, and I stuck these exotic masks that I ordered from from AnytimeCostumes for about $10 each into the “vases”.

So many of my goblets have broken over the years that I had to alternate clear goblets from Target with my pretty new blue goblets given to me as a Rosh Hashanah gift from my  new “consuegra”- (Syrian word for my daughter’s mother-in-law.)

Lunch was not bad if I don’t say so myself.

Since the Purim Seuda is traditionally a meat one,

We had grilled chicken with kalamata olives and tomatoes on salad,

melt in your mouth minute steak roast,

wild rice with spinach and sauteed red peppers, plain white rice (for the kids),home made za’ata challah rolls filled with sliced turkey,

(let me know if you want any recipes……)

mini lahamageen,

mini kibbe, tehine, mini baked sweet potatoes,

pareve kibbe neye,

whole wheat mazor’s dough with meat hammentashen filling,

fried chicken (for the kids), and my sister Jeanette brought chicken tacos that got wiped out. (click HERE for the recipe)

I have advice for all of you Jewish Hostesses out there- Being a Jewish Hostess doesn’t mean you have to be a super woman and  make everything yourself!!! I BOUGHT the lahamageen, kibbe, and fried chicken from Kings Highway Glatt. I called them 3 minutes in advance and the kid that was on her way HOME from Starbucks ran in and picked it up for me.

So, if you are organized and want to make it all yourself,then, great, but if you are a last minute  type like me, and if you are lucky enough to live near some kosher butchers and kosher grocery stores that sell delicious ready made kosher appetizers…..

The highlight of our day came when Gail and Andy came to say hello…..

But we really had a great laugh when the  Gail’s normally very serious dad,Ricky C. also rang our doorbell and hung out for dessert.

How was your day?

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Marlene M.

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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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