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A  Holiday Table That Connects Holocaust Survival To The Beauty of Shavuot

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A Holiday Table That Connects Holocaust Survival To The Beauty of Shavuot

21 Comments 16 January 2012

Thank you Helen Bachrach for sharing  your mother’s Shavuot table with The Jewish Hostess readers. Her story is so inspiring and I would really love to sit at her table and  hear it directly from her. I really enjoyed reading about the detail of this beautiful table. How wonderful that your mother was able to transform  sad childhood  memories into a meaningful, inspiring, and gorgeous Shavuot table!

Several years ago I viewed a documentary entitled “Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust that sounds so similar to her story, I hope you don’t mind that I linked to a clip of it above. Its about a man who took his children to Poland to thank the non-Jews that hid their grandfather during the holocaust. I highly recommend everyone buy a copy of the film from Amazon and show it to their kids and grandkids!

To all of my Jewish Hostesses- enjoy Mrs. Bryn’s holiday table! Marlene

 

“This table was set for the holiday of Shavuot, by my mother, Felicia Bryn, from Sunny Isles Florida. My mother was a hidden child during the holocaust. She came to Israel in the 1950’s. At that time, she had very little connection to Judaism; she felt very lonely and missed Poland terribly. Gradually my mother started to make friends who invited her for Shabbat and Yom Tov. My mother was captivated by the beautiful Yom Tov and Shabbat tables she saw in different homes. This positive exposure to beauty and Jewish observance instilled in her a desire to create that type of Jewish life in her own home. She met and married my father in Israel. He was a Cantor in the United States and later became a Rabbi. As a Rebbetzin, my mother has had many opportunities to entertain in her home. She starts thinking about her Yom Tov and Shabbat table weeks in advance.  The attached picture shows my mom’s Shavuot table covered with Lenox butterfly patterned dishes on glass chargers. The crystal glass goblets come from Poland. My mother has always felt a sense of Hakarat Hatov for the people who saved her during the war and always finds a way to incorporate her crystal from Poland into her Shabbat and Yom Tov table. After the war, she visited them in Poland many times, even during the communist era. On these visits, my mother would collect colored glass goblets of all types and sizes.  My mother’s centerpiece consists of two cake stands with a pineapple on top. The bottom cake stand is porcelain. She does not remember where she picked it up. The second cake stand is by Atlas. The pattern is 22 karat gold. My mother picked up the pineapple at Bed Bath and Beyond. She thought the pineapple was whimsical and would add something different to the usual Yom Tov center piece. The bottom cake stand rests on a gold embroidered cloth. The porcelain cake stand is mostly red and white, but the gold trim on the edge picks up on the gold embroidery. The gold on the second cake stand really highlights the gold embroidery on the cloth. The pineapple is red and gold which highlights the entire centerpiece. My mother used gold flatware to tie the rest of the table into the center piece.  The tradition on Shavuot is to decorate the house and synagogue with greenery and flowers. One of the reasons given for the custom is as a remembrance of Har Sinai which grew beautiful flowers and greenery when Hashem gave the Jewish people the Torah. My mother expanded on this theme by using flowered napkin holders and filling vases in her home with a variety of greenery picked up from a florist. On Shavuot my mother brings beauty into her home to celebrate the beautiful gift of the Torah to the Jewish People. Please checkout her autobiography on Amazon.com. www.amazon.com/Never-Forget-Lie-Felicia-Bryn/dp/1412070198

Helen Bachrach

 

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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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Fresh and Wholesome DIY Purim Baskets

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Fresh and Wholesome DIY Purim Baskets

2 Comments 01 January 2012

Hello Hostesses!

If you’re anything like me, you’ve been bustling around this week, making lists of…well, darn near everything. Groceries, to-dos, important events… and of, course, with one of the most festive holidays fast approaching, you may also be making lists of people you’d like to include in your celebrations, and what you plan to give them.

I’ve received mishloach manot on Purim that were supremely elaborate and packed to the brim, and I’ve also received bags of goodies that were extremely thought provoking and personal. One in particular that comes to mind was a bag given to me by one of the ushers at my temple, a lady whose friendship I am lucky to have. Her gift certainly showed how much thought she’d put into it, maybe in a little less conventional way. Her pointedly plain, brown paper bag included one small bottle of kosher wine, one apple, one bag of carrot sticks, one bag of prune hamentashen, and one bag of ribbon candy. Included was a note about how each item in the bag requires a different blessing, and that in the midst of all the revelry, we should take the time to remember the holiness in each item. It was a very touching sentiment, one that I will remember fondly for years to come.

There are many ways to put together your gifts of Purim food items. A popular way to arrange your baskets is to create themes, based on whatever strikes your fancy–the season, the recipient’s hobbies or passions, a sports or movie theme, a springtime theme if it’s warm where you are, or a chilly weather theme if you’re still getting snow. It can be  kosher foods based on a favorite movie or play, a color theme, anything your heart desires.

I made a few different theme baskets to show you this year.

This happy hostess is stuck in Saint Louis, where we got another inch of ice and snow last night. While hunkered under my blanket with my husband, I thought about some of my warm and cozy comfort foods. And thus, the Snuggle Purim Basket was born:

This basket was super easy to put together. I bought:

  • Some 1-quart canning jars
  • A bag of raffia
  • A rectangular basket, about 4″ deep
  • A small 1-cup jar with an airtight lid
  • Pre-made ciabatta rolls from a local bakery
  • A tin of chocolate chip cookies

I made a large batch of basic vegetable noodle soup. You can also simply buy cans of your favorite ready-to-eat brand. Because the cookies and ciabatta contain dairy, I’d stick with vegetarian soups like vegetable barley, tomato, split pea, etc.

I ladled the soup into the clean canning jar, place the lid tightly, and wrapped with raffia to make a decorative bow. Because this should be eaten quickly, there’s no need to actually “can” and pressurize the soup unless you think the recipient will want to store it. It will keep, refrigerated, for 2-4 days. For artistic purposes, I removed the packaging from the ciabatta and cookies, but you can keep yours on if your baskets will be sitting out a while.

I spooned about a cup of cappuccino mix into my smaller jar. You can use instant coffee, hot cocoa blend, teabags, whatever you like. You can add a note if you like, by writing out mixing instructions on a small tag and tying it to the jar with a strand of raffia or ribbon.

Ray of Sunshine Purim Basket:

To battle some of this cold, I thought–“What’s the most bright, summery activity there is?” The answer was immediate–picnics, of course! What says summer cheer better than red and white checked tablecloths, fresh fruit, and sunshine? Nothing I can think of.

So I put together the “Ray of Sunshine” basket.

This is arranged in an actual picnic basket, and though the photos are too close to see, all the food items are nestled in red and white checked cloth napkins. A trip to Hobby Lobby allowed me to pick up some silk sunflowers and some fuzzy little bees for decoration. They attach with wire, easy peasy.

In this basket, I arranged all your summer picnic staples.

  • Cold fried chicken– picked up at a local deli.
  • Fresh fruit
  • A large bottle of lemonade A canning jar filled with Fresh Garden Salad, decorated in a gingham ribbon.
  • Corn on the cob, wrapped in aluminum foil
  • Chocolate chip cookies– if your recipient keeps kosher, substitute a non-dairy dessert, such as macaroons or pareve hamentashen.

Even though summer is quite a ways away here in St. Louis, one can always daydream about it. One of my favorite things to do when the weather is warm is visit one of our many beautiful vineyards. My husband and I used to make a monthly tradition of visiting a local winery and enjoying an afternoon on the terrace. So when I asked him for a basket idea, he suggested perhaps revisiting one of our favorite themes.

The “Afternoon at the Vineyard” Purim basket:

This is a smaller basket, but absolutely packed with decadence and deliciousness.

Everything is snuggled nicely into a green satin cloth napkin. You can use raffia or cotton batting underneath to help keep everything in place and fill in any extra spaces–not that you’ll have extra room with all the goodness in here!

This basket contains:

  • Two single-serving bottles of sweet Riesling. Any bottle of your favorite wine will work. Or you can give juice.
  • Bunches of grapes, both green and red
  • A wheel of Gouda (again, any cheese will be fine–just make sure it’s a hard enough cheese that it can withstand room temperatures if it will be sitting out for a while. You can find kosher cheese at any local Whole Foods or kosher market)
  • A small tub of hummus. I chose sundried tomato and basil flavor.
  • A package of water crackers. I chose “vegetable medley” flavor.

I stuck a few cookies in there to fill out the space, and I also had a small tub of olives–greek and italian, packed in oil, but they somehow got swiped. I think my husband forgot I was making baskets and helped himself to a snack.

Purim Brunch Basket:


And of course, if you or your little ones will be delivering baskets in the earlier hours, nothing beats a Purim Brunch Basket! Give your recipient the best gift of all–a full gourmet breakfast with no dishes and no cooking!

I picked up a few things for this basket, but it’s all super easy stuff to make yourself, too.

I used a basket I had around the house, and just lined it in a remnant of pretty pastel polkadot fabric I bought at a craft store. With prices usually less than $5 a yard, check out your local fabric or craft store’s clearance racks for interesting fabrics. You don’t have to buy a lot, and it always comes in handy for lining gift baskets, wrapping jars, anything!

This one is so versatile. You really can put anything in it.

I chose to add a 2-serving spinach and mushroom quiche. You can make your own, or make a dozen little mini-quiches, instead.

I also bought a couple miniature loaves of pumpkin raisin bread from my favorite Mom-n-Pop bakery, and accompanied these with fresh fruit and two bottles of Simply Pure orange juice.

You can mix and match whatever you like into such a basket:

  • Dry cereal and bottles of milk
  • Homemade bread, scones, or muffins
  • Hard boiled eggs, in the shell
  • A wheel of cheese
  • Pastries
  • Homemade granola bars
  • Jars of instant coffee or teabags

Oh, my head is reeling from all the choices!

Whether you copy one of these, or if one item inspires you and you run with that idea into a whole new world of possibilities, your recipient is going to adore your gift and the thought that accompanies it. It doesn’t have to be fancy or elaborate. Even if your goodies are simple and tucked into a plain paper bag, if you put a little thought and meaning into it, the person who opens it is sure to remember it for years to come.

Enjoy, and happy eating!

Charlie Michelle

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4 Gorgeous Fruit-Filled DIY Tu B’ishvat Centerpieces

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4 Gorgeous Fruit-Filled DIY Tu B’ishvat Centerpieces

2 Comments 27 December 2011

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

Friday, January 25

and ends in the evening of

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

$6 Dollars!

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

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

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Queen Esther Reigns and Entertains With Regal Purim Decor!

No Comments 17 December 2011

 

The Queen Reigns & Entertains!

 

Why not go all out this Purim for your special guests? Details, details, details– that’s what it’s all about! Pull out your finest wines and most creative ideas, and share the celebration with special friends and loved ones.
Your guests’ eyes deserve a feast as well! Achieve a regal and festive effect through antique golden dishware with matching glasses and utensils. The bright gold carving on each contrast and mirror blood red tablecloth with intricate details of its own.
Stained glass lanterns and candles provide a warm, inviting glow, beckoning to your guests to sit and enjoy each other’s company in front of the flickering light. A variety of masquerade masks and handmade Hamentashen help lighten the mood and bolster the festive atmosphere. Happy Purim!



Lanterns and masks from Pier1 Imports (pier1imports.com)
Design by Salut Event Planning (
salutparties.com)
Hamentashen by One More Bite Signature Desserts, 646 207 7019
Photography by Morris Antebi Photography (http://www.morrisantebi.com/
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Purim Table Decor That’s Fit For a King

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Purim Table Decor That’s Fit For a King

6 Comments 20 November 2011

This Purim create a table setting that’s fit for a king… King Ahashverosh- Maybe?

I know the original Purim feast took place in Persia, but I imbibed this table setting with Middle Eastern flair from around the region including elements from India to Morocco.

They key to this super saturated and princely look is textures like bone in lay and pressed tin, with layers of handmade textiles and mixing colors with names that make your mouth water!

Happy Purim Everyone!


1. Ikat Placemats $45

2. Gold Banded Glass $48

3. Capiz Placemat $88

4. Tangerine Banded China

5. Colorful Glasses

6. Gold Bowls $26 – $365

7. Floor Cushions $45 – $65

1. $485

2. Peacock Mirror

3. $340

4. Round Lantern $450

5. Fountain $500

6. Hammered Metal Pitcher $29

7. Footed Bowl $29

8. Perforated Metal Hurricanes $29-$59

9. Hammered Metal Stool $775

1. Blue Tray $199

2. Striped Box $199

3. Horn Calligraphy Brushes $89

4. Bone Inlay Chair

5. Horn Cups $18-$22

6. Syrian Side Table $1490

7. Medina Boxes $82-$98

8. Horn Carving Set $379

9. Mother of Pearl Cheese set $26/ea

10. Lavender Tray $199

11. Horn Tiered Server $150

1. Pillows $45 – $65

2. William Yeoward Pink China

3. Pink Glasses

4. Rug $325

5. Fuchsia Pouf $270

6. Colored Glasses $22

7. Peacock Placemat $4.95

Happy Purim!

by: Nicole Cohen

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Carmelized Cornish Hens – Revised!!

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Carmelized Cornish Hens – Revised!!

2 Comments 19 September 2011

This is a fancy dish for Shabbat  that was such a hit with our readers that we decided to repost it:

Combine the following ingredients in a mixing bowl:

  • 4 Rock Cornish Game Hens cut in half and dried with a paper towel
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2  jar of duck sauce
  • 1/4 cup spicy mustard
  • 6 cloves chopped fresh garlic
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 2  big squirts of honey
  • these amounts can be varied according to your tastes.
  1. Place all Cornish hen pieces in a roaster that is sprayed with Pam.
  2. Mix all sauce ingredients and pour  over Cornish hens- for better flavor- RUB sauce onto chicken(I use kitchen gloves).
  3. Roast uncovered for 50 minutes- 1 hour 350- 375 degrees till golden brown and carmelized.

Sprinkle chopped parsley on top and serve with a fruited rice on the side.

You can also use chicken cut in eight pieces for this recipe.

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Mother of Pearl and Coral Themed Shabbat Table Setting

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Mother of Pearl and Coral Themed Shabbat Table Setting

6 Comments 06 August 2011

“Last week I started to take out my props to start setting my Shabbat table. For some reason I kept getting interrupted. First the phone kept ringing. Then the doorbell, then the plumber asking questions about everything except going to the moon! It was not meant for me to finish or let alone even start! At that point, a friend stopped by with her six year old daughter and she was the one who basically told me what she liked from my dishes and napkins,  and the rest of the things that you see on my table!

So there you go, its so easy to make a table work if you play with accessories in your home. Even a six year old can do it. Just don’t be intimidated . There are no rules to follow. We used a double place mat. One is brown beads and the other is sea foam green mother of pearl. I found the dishes in home goods. What a score! They had service for 24! The napkin rings are  coral beads by Kim Seybert, and my six year old friend insisted on the color napkin! It was fun to see that anything she wanted to use seemed to look fine!

I think next week I will call her again!” Shelly Antebi

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Easy Napolean-This Week’s Shabbat Dessert

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Easy Napolean-This Week’s Shabbat Dessert

5 Comments 06 July 2011

By Debbie Gindi

Kosher Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 bag mazors puff pastry dough
  • 1 container frozen rich whip,defrosted in refrigerator overnight
  • 1 box vanilla pudding
  • 1 tsp Any flavor extract you would like(optional)
  • Berries for decoration

Defrost mazors for about 20 minutes. preheat oven to 350•.  On a lightly floured surface,roll out a bit.

Cut into 3 strips lengthwise. on ungreased cookie sheet Bake for about 15 minutes or until golden. Remove,let cool. (This step may be prepared up to 2 days in advance and kept at room temp in an airtight container)

Beat rich whip in chilled bowl until stiff peaks form,add vanilla pudding pack and whip until incorporated.

(And any extract desired,if using)

On serving platter place on layer puff pastry dollop 1/2 whipped cream mixture on top. Repeat with puff pastry and cream. Ending top layer with pastry. Garnsh with confectioners sugar on top. And a few fresh berries! Shabbat Shalom.

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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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Enjoy Aunt Linda’s Beautiful Shavuot Lunch Table!

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Enjoy Aunt Linda’s Beautiful Shavuot Lunch Table!

1 Comment 16 June 2011

Thank you cousin Robin Antar for sending in Aunt Linda’s traditional Shavuot table. Aunt Linda and Uncle Leon are known for their warmth, grace and great style. Their Shavuot table is a perfect reflection of their wonderful hobby of collecting unique and beautiful dishes and glassware, so that they can continually gather their family around their inviting table.

This Shavuot table gave me a great excuse to call Aunt Linda. Always happy to answer my questions, whether it be about her parent’s history coming from Syria, or to tell me about her elegant Shavuot table, its always fun, and a pleasure to speak to her.

The crystal goblets are from aunt Linda’s antique collection of Heisey crystal, the lace tablecloth is a purchase from a vacation to St. Thomas, the silver flatware is Christofle, and her dishes were a post wedding purchase from an English china company.

On the menu was, Koosa B’jiben (squash quiche mixed with cheese and eggs), an assorted cheese platter arranged by her grandaughter Marjorie, avocado salad with lemon and cumin, sliced tomato, basil and cheese platter, and much, much more!

By the way, Aunt Linda and Uncle Leon are very proud of their daughter Robin Antar, who is a famous sculptor, and who has a 6,000 pound sculpture of a bag of potato chips that is sitting in her garage at the time of this posting… Robin’ pieces are in some of the most prestigious corporate headquarters in the world.  Doc Martin’s, Chateau Haut Brion Wines, Sketcher’s Boots and more. Check out Robin’s video HERE.

Robin’s work is also includes a beautiful collection of Torah cases and Judaica that are featured in OUR ART, a 400 page coffee table book collection of 300 artists of the Sephardic Community.

I also want to say that I really admire Aunt Linda and Uncle Leon for supporting their daughter’s artistic passion!!!

Enjoy! Marlene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Holiday Nautical Low-Key Glamour by the Shore

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Holiday Nautical Low-Key Glamour by the Shore

4 Comments 10 June 2011

 

The talented Irene Kassin, owner of  Parci Parla styled this Shavuot table for her client Rachel Dweck.

Glass dishes were updated with Kim Seybert blue tie dye napkins. Kim Seybert white coral napkin rings and silver square chargers are the perfect accent for this summer table setting. I LOVE the jolt of aquatic blues and coral accents that infuse this holiday table with a nautical, sun soaked elegance.

To top it all off, three large blue glass vases filled with banana leaves and fresh cut  pink cherry blossoms feel right at home in the center of this gorgeous table.

Great job, Irene!!!

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Shavuot Table Contest!! Win a $200 Gift Certificate to Parci Parla, and $100 to Josh and Co. Florist!!!

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Shavuot Table Contest!! Win a $200 Gift Certificate to Parci Parla, and $100 to Josh and Co. Florist!!!

7 Comments 01 June 2011

Since so many of you sent in such gorgeous seder table pics for our Passover Seder Table Contest, (CLICK HERE ), I decided see what all of my Jewish Hostesses have up their sleeves for Shavuot. Whether you dig up some tabletop surprises in Target and Home Goods, or use your finest delicate china dinner plates, I REALLY WANT TO SEE YOUR SHAVUOT TABLES!! Just be creative and have fun! Its my goal for us all to be able to take a peek into each other’s dining rooms to gain inspiration and learn from each other’s individual talents!!!.

Click HERE for SOME GREAT CENTERPIECE IDEAS!!!

On a similar note, I’d like to bring up the concept of “Hiddur Mitzvah”. Simply put, when we are faced with a simple mitzvah of putting out a holiday table for our family, one in which many berachot are said, and  in which holiday memories will be embedded in our children’s minds for years to come, the concept of beautifying that mitzvah is a huge one.  You’ve probably made the good deed of “Hiddur Mitzvah” without even realizing it. Beautiful sterling kiddush cups,  stunning menorahs and shabbat candles are a prime example.

(Read more about “Hiddur Mitzvah” HERE)

Lets beautify our tables this Shavuot and share in our individuality- send in your Shavuot table pics to marlene(AT)thejewishhostess.com (use an @).

First Prize: will receive an amazing $200 gift certificate to: Parci Parla Home Accessories

Parci Parla: Home Accessories, Table Top, Kim Seybert, Exclusive Ralph Lauren Tabletop, Exclusive Allesi Tabletop, Decorative Pillows and Vases, Trays, Personalized decorating service for your home.

Two locations:

1-4904 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219 (718) 686 – 6858

2-508 Kings Hwy # 10,Brooklyn, NY 11223

Second Prize: $75 to Josh and Co. Florist.

1965 McDonald Avenue Between Kings Highway and Quentin Road. Call (917)-520 6446

Third Prize: $50 to Josh and Co. Florist

I love this photo decorated by Irene Kassin and Rachel Benun of Parci Parla at

DECOR BY THE SHORE in Deal, NJ.:

Some of Parci Parla’s tablesettings:
Josh and Co. Florist:
Brand New Loation! 1965 McDonald Avenue Between Kings Highway and Quentin Road. Check out some of his gorgeous creations:

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Need Help with Shavuot Cooking? Call These Top Kosher Bakers and Cooks!

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Need Help with Shavuot Cooking? Call These Top Kosher Bakers and Cooks!

8 Comments 01 June 2011

 

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Having company and no time to cook or bake like a  gourmet for Shavuot?

In my book, being a Jewish Hostess means getting delicious and kosher gourmet food on the table even if you didn’t have time or energy to cook or bake it yourself. The real reason for your beautiful table is to get the family and friends together for Jewish Holidays and family occasions, not to collapse on the couch after everyone leaves.

This Mother’s Day and Shavuot don’t be a slave in the kitchen.

If you live in the New York area, then you are in luck. I’ve chosen some of the best kosher cooks in the neighborhood that you can call for excellent appetizers, dishes, and desserts. All of  the talented women on this list are widely known in the Jewish community for their culinary skills.

Please inquire individually about hashgacha.

Relax and Enjoy! Marlene

Keep checking back as this list is growing daily! add your name to the list! email marlene@thejewishhostess.com!

1. Lisa Grazi is famous for her cheesy spinach tarts, kelsonnes, cheese semboosak, and mini pizzas. This dairy  list of delicacies is perfect for Shavuot! Packaged  by the dozen. Buy fresh frozen, and you cook it fresh.

Lisa’s utensils are dairy and dipped.

Call her at (718) 986-3810.

2. Terry Esses has been baking the most delicious healthy whole wheat and spelt lowfat muffins in New York. Flavors include: banana chocolate chip, banana walnut, bran chip, bran nut and raisin, carrot nut raisin, zuchinni nut and cranberry, and corn. (WOW!)

Her utensils are pareve and dipped. For more info please call Terry at  (917) 301- 0006.

3. Mary Sutton and Teri Blanco make the most delicious home made Syrian Twisted Cheese in town. You can order plain twisted cheese, zaatar flavor or with olives.

Cholov Yisroel cheese available upon request.

call Mary-(917) 902-6595 or  Teri (732) 996- 3690

4- Known as the Granola Gal, Esther Sabbagh’s batches of healthy granola are gobbled up by kids and adults 24/7. Ingredients are: Pure maple syrup, whole grain rolled oats, canola oil, hard red whole wheat flour, almonds, pure vanilla extract, and cinnamon. (Yum!) call Esther at (646) 236-3983.

5- Eat Gracefully with Grace Benun

  • Parve lachmagene on whole wheat dough 1 dz.- 20$
  • Parve lachmagene on large Ezekial tortillas 6pc- 20$ tehine – 8$
  • Chummus- 8$
  • Parve yebrah a piece -$1.50
  • Parve specha a piece -$2.00

gracebenun1@gmail.com-

6- Jane Choueka- Click here to email Jane for her delicious:

  • Syrian string cheese
  • cheesy olive balls (which are a semboosak dough made w/cheddar cheese stuffed with an olive)
  • caak dough – just defrost, roll & bake fresh ca-ak!
  • Delicious Homemade Stringcheese –  plain, olive & zatar. Only $8 Each delivered to your home.

Perfect for all your Shavuot  dairy meals! Chalav Yisrael, utensils are dipped .Call Jane at 917-647-1620

Or email janec2000@aol.com

 

7- Esther Chabot’s specialty is mazza.- fried kibbe, meat lahamagine, samboosak, enwarat, empanadas, knishes, chicken nuggets, filla meat triangles, bastelle with meat, and more. She is famous for her crunchy cauliflower and pickled peppers, turnips,celery, carrots, and her mix of pickles. Tehine ,bazergan, and taboule salad also top her list. All orders are freshly made to your customizations! Click HERE to email Esther.

8- Fresh Challah by Frieda and Shelly! $6 each.! Everything spice, plain, sesame, zata, whole wheat, challah rolls, breakaways and our famous sticky buns! (732) 485- 7931. free delivery in Deal, New Jersey

 

9- Delicious dairy, chalav yisroel, or pareve DIPPED Shavuot “Soph’s Famous CheeseQuakes” by Sophia Betesh

Guaranteed to ROCK your world!

Caramel, Chocolate, or Fruit on Top,

– 8 inch and 10 inches available. (917)620-9869

$26-$42.  

 

add your name to the list!

email marlene@thejewishhostess.com!

 

 

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10 Simple Spring Centerpiece Ideas for an Impressive Passover Seder

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10 Simple Spring Centerpiece Ideas for an Impressive Passover Seder

7 Comments 10 April 2011

Its time to free the creative spirit that has been ignored in the midst of all of our holiday planning. Scrubbing, grating, chopping, boiling (those pots and pans), outfitting, shopping…. can really leave even the most creative Jewish moms to the point of exhaustion. Take it from me, some years I’m lucky just to plop a bunch of tulips from the street corner into a vase just before lighting the holiday candles.
This year will be different!
I’ve searched and clicked all over tons of inspiring websites all around internet town to bring all of my
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10 spring centerpiece ideas for your Seder table. These simple table decor ideas can be transformed into a Passover seder that expresses YOU!
Start planning and gather your materials this week so that your Seder centerpiece wont be a last minute throw-on. Get the kids involved so that you can direct them while you are putting the final touches on your Passover meal.
You can choose to pull out all of your assorted vases and line them up on your table with a simple streamlined color theme of blooms, or you can go out on a limb and create a more intricate design.
Whatever style you choose, just remember that these spring inspired decor ideas adds as much to the memories of the evening as the delicious  meal that you serve your guests.
(image via deutweddings)
1-Silver vases of all sizes capture the glamour of your Passover seder table. Try these fluted vases with a mercury filled base for only $19.99 from  Target , and add your personal touch with the simplest of buds.
2-Looking for a cheap, chic and glamorous DIY project?
Hop on over to  100layercake.com for theit tutorial on how to spray paint your extra mason jars
for a vibrant new look on your  Passover seder table.
3-Go through your storage closets and pull out stored wedding gifts that you haven’t used in years.
You’d be surprised at the gorgeous display you can create by lining up assorted bud vases and filling them all
in the same color scheme.
(image via 100layercake.com)
4-Inspired by the Elizabeth and Anne blog, use assorted jars and containers, buy a rustic burlap, or for a more elegant look find a dressier  metallic or floral fabric, tie with a matching cord or fancy ribbon, and scatter on your seder table.
images via Social Couture and jjdesigns
5-Use fruit cups or glasses, An ice cream dish, a champagne bowl, or a martini glass that are on pedestals , fill with clear or white pepples. You can also find vase filler HERE, top with a single flower or two,  and disperse among your platters.
6-Your guest will really enjoy their four cups of wine while enjoying the view. Make a fruit  topiary using regal grapes as the star of the show.
The timeless Preston Bailey shows you how to do it right here on his blog.
7-Fabric wrapped containers will steal the show. Use vibrant papers and flowers and go beyond the  expected. DIY  instructions HERE.
8-This terra cotta centerpiece tutorial from Real Simple magazine will give a breezy rustic aura to you holiday dinner.
9-Spring is here, and there is no prettier way to show it with an eco-inspired pink and green vegan centepiece .
Check out Epicurious.com for their down to earth DIY how-to.
10- I actually saved the prettiest for last!
This unexpected burst of spirited colors will keep your guests family and guests in a cheery mood the whole entire seder! I’ve been having a color obsession with these eye-popping brights. If you are too, then run on over to your local florist and buy:
10 red, white and pink anemones
5 mini daffodils
8 orange, red, and white ranunculus (better if blown open)
Ranunculus greens and buds
English daisies in pink and white (cut from 2 plants)
and click HERE for a simple tutorial.
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