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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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Sparkling Blue Table Decor for Your Passover Seder

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Sparkling Blue Table Decor for Your Passover Seder

7 Comments 08 April 2011

 

 

 

Sparkling Blue Table Decor for Your  Passover Seder !

The story of Passover occurred thousands of years ago, but that doesn’t mean your Seder table needs to look like it took place in Ancient Egypt. This holiday, let’s take a cue from one of the most trendsetting designers of all time, David Hicks.

“My greatest contribution as an interior designer has been to show people how to use bold color mixtures,

how to use pattern … and how to mix old with new.”-David Hicks

Adding bright colorful and eye-catching elements to your Seder table will add excitement to your lavish spread and transcend your Passover seder into modernity. Give a nod to David Hicks who always embraced crisp, bold pattern and bright hues making your banquet one that even King Pharoah would say YES to!

1- Passover Seder Plate $255

2- Fanny goblets William Yeoward Bloomingdales $85

3- Black charger plate $2

4- Turquoise Greek key placesetting Jonathan Adler 4 piece placesetting $50

5- Carnaby hazard vase Jonathan Adler $68

6- Wright 5 piece place setting dishes by Crate and Barrel $36.95

7- Passover Haggadahs $76.50

8- Aquamarine Moser bowl

9- Kim Seybert napkin ring 4 for $80.

10-Oslo tiles placemat Jonathan Adler $18

by Elizabeth Braha,

Simple Dwellings LLC.


 

 

 

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Presents for the Sephardic Groom- My Gift Wrapped Swanee

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Presents for the Sephardic Groom- My Gift Wrapped Swanee

2 Comments 03 April 2011

 

In a nutshell, a swanee is a Syrian Jewish custom in which the bride receives gives from her fiance and future mother in law prior to the wedding. These gifts range from beautiful soaps and lingerie to fine crystal and jewelry! In recent times, brides started to do the same for their future husbands. The men’s gifts can be anything from a watch and cufflinks to a kiddush cup and other beautiful Judaica.  They’re usually beautifully displayed on a table and exchanged in front of close friends and family!
I don’t know about you, but I would never want to receive a beautiful gift in 99¢ wrapping paper. I believe that the  presentation is just as important as what’s inside the box!  The hours of meticulously picking out, wrapping, and displaying each gift was more difficult than it looks, but it was well worth it!
For my husband’s swanee, I wanted to create a beautiful display table that also matched his personality.
So I used the following wrapping papers and color scheme:
Navy Suede - classic, handsome, masculin
Orange Textured Pebbles- bold, unique
Tuscan floral print- interesting, fun
I added rustic wood crates, pretty bows, and an organza navy stripe linen. And there you have it! A beautiful swanee display table.
 

Lillian Antar Shomer
Event Design & Planning

 

 

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Heather’s Vegan Seder Plate

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Heather’s Vegan Seder Plate

No Comments 01 April 2011

Thank you Heather Nyack for your seder Pictures!
“We opted this year to move the table into the living room, as two of our guests are pregnant: Rachel Wedel Cruse, is 39 weeks, and my daughter Ashlianna Nyack, is 24 weeks with twins, and have the seder table between two couches, so the ladies could recline on the comfy couch. It made… for a much more relaxed seder not just for them, but for everyone. We also use the avacado pit option on the seder plate, instead of the lamb shank, as we are mostly vegetarian, and working towards becoming vegan. We have kids who cannot eat eggs — we let them have Kosher chocolate eggs for that portion of the seder. Finding ones that work for all the kosher/vegan/allergen issues though can be tough!”

 

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How to Feel Skinny After the Seders by Sari Dana

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How to Feel Skinny After the Seders by Sari Dana

4 Comments 27 March 2011

It’s Thursday morning, and the Seders are behind us, the kids are in school, and all that food is in us! I must be honest, as much as I tried to eat as close to my ideals as possible, the over dose of all the extra food that my body is unaccustomed to, makes my body feel….well, simply… FAT!

One part of brain tells me, “don’t be such as party-pooper!” It’s so much fun to taste everything in sight and share in the fun with friends and family. The other side of my brain says, “get over it Sari, having control over what you eat is a direct line to how you look, and more importantly feel.” For example, I hosted the first seder to 16 family guests. I was so excited to prepare my family’s favorite dishes that I forgot to prepare something acceptable for myself! Being unprepared totally left me vulnerable.  As a Jewish mom, I know taking care of others sometimes precede taking care of myself. On the converse, when I ate a lunch at a friends house, it was so easy to stay focused. I was being served, and making choices was easy, knowing that eating lightly will honor my body greatly.

In retrospect, I believe it’s a sign of maturity to enjoy all the wonderful aspects about a family holiday dinner without over doing it and tipping the scale way over to what you are comfortable with.  Whew! I thought I lost the ability to “have fun”, and “let loose.” Instead, I’m simply being insightful and in tune to my needs.

Just know, that Jewish women from all over the globe are going through the same thing! We are in it together! We can share in each triumphs and help each other in time of need. Like now! We do our best…. but together we can do better!

Remember…

20- 30 minutes of walking or jogging

16 lunges

16 pushups

20 -60 second planks-3x

One important tip that’s easy to follow: up your water intake! Aim for 8-10 glasses of water. You will immediately feel less bloated. Matzahs are very dry and can clogg us up, if you know what I mean

Here’s something to look forward to…..

After 8 days of Passover (Pesach) feasting, I will be introducing my 2nd annual “30 Day Sugar Challenge!” You are going to love this! Tell your friends and family. This challenge is for anyone and everyone who craves eating at a higher ideal.

Starting date: May 1, 2011

Ending date: June 1, 2011

Keep on the lookout for more information on how to join in and get started. But for now, enjoy your family, friends and honor your body. If not YOU…then who??

With Gratitude to All, Sari Dana

GROUP FITNESS MOVEMENT SPECIALIST LIFE STYLE COACH

sari@dananyc.com

Passover Rasberry or Strawberry Tart

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Passover Rasberry or Strawberry Tart

9 Comments 23 March 2011

When Jamie Doueck gives me a Passover recipe, its a guaranteed winner.  This tart doesn’t look like a Passover recipe, but it looks and tastes like an all year round Martha Stewart  fruit tart. – For this recipe, place the rasberries or strawberries carefuly and everyone will think that you bought it!

Kosher for Passover Crust Recipe:

  • 2 cups toasted pecans
  • 1/2 stick margarine or butter
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp brown sugar

Passover Tart Directions:

  1. Mix above ingredients in food processor till like consitency of oatmeal.
  2. Press into 9 or 10″ tartpan
  3. Bake at 350 degress for 20 or 30 minutes.
  4. Melt 6 oz of good quality Passover chocolate in the microwave or double boiler.
  5. Fold in 1 container of rich whip .
  6. Pour onto cooled crust.
  7. Melt 4 tablespoons of raspberry preserves in pan.
  8. Spread onto chocolate mixture.
  9. Top with fresh raspberries.(please check the raspberries according to halacha- please ask your rabbi.)
  10. Recipe can also be used with strawberries and strawberry preserves.
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DAY 1- Sugar Detox with Sari!

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DAY 1- Sugar Detox with Sari!

6 Comments 02 March 2011

 

May 2nd, 2011

Day 1 on Sari’s Sugar Detox

Hello Sugar Detoxers,

I know everyone is so excited to get started!  Yesterday,  was preparation day, and everyone sent emails, questions, and had lots of anxiety.  Don’t worry- everyone comes out a winner on this challenge. even if your nervous and unsure, I guarantee you will absolutely feel different about the way you view sugar when this challenge is over.

Did you tell your family and friends? The beauty of this plan is that everyone in the family can be on the same page. I don’t promote pills, drops or anything that you will not be able to withstand for a lifetime. Isn’t that refreshing?

I know everyone is looking forward to feeling great, especially as the warm weather sets in and the feel of summer approaches, but first, I must dive back to the past for a few  moments.

The past:

I  know Passover is behind us, but since Jewish women, meals and holidays are all intertwined into one package, its important to keep our eating experience close to the the forefront of our lives  in order to achieve  maximum health and wellness. Jewish women know, that  when one holiday ends…another is sure to come real soon with big festive meals to try to sabotage our diets!!

With that in mind, I must devulge  a couple of dark secrets before we are able to have this Sugar Detox relationship. Firstly, you must know that I am not perfect, and it is not my intention for you to believe that I am, further more,  I don’t expect you to be perfect either. We all do our best under the circumstances that we are dealt with.

Lets go over my first imperfection- when it is holiday time and I am sharing a fabulous meal with beloved my friends and family, I  indulge on sweets that make me feel horrible!

Do I know and fully believe that sugar is toxic? Yes! Do I know and fully believe that I am going to gain unwanted pounds? Yes!…and that I’m going to feel groggy and lethargic the next day? You know my answer!  When I feel horrible- my passion for eating healthy gets validated. The trick is to keep those indulgences to a minimum.

Just a few years ago  I wasn’t able to last a day without eating sugar. I  slowly graduated to keeping sugar free for a week…then a month and so on. I remember feeling ecstatic when a Sugar Free lifestle became “normal” for me, as it will for you too! Even if you are eating sugar all day long- you can change!

As time went on, I kept a sugar free diet for longer and longer periods- but when holidays came along- I indulged again. Looking back on the Passover Feasts, it really wasn’t worth it. Was yours?  Chocolate Leaf cookies made out of potatoes are really gross, as are fake brownies,  but I ate it anyway. It must be the act of eating with my family around the table for hours that’s appealing to me, because the desserts really aren’t! Anyone with me on this?

My personal goals are to eat cleaner during the Jewish holidays. I just came up with a great idea- lets work on it together! I”m sure there are many Jewish Hostesses  who have the same pitfalls as me. Don’t be shy- share your views, we can all help each other.

Lets move on to the topic at hand!

What should you eat on Saris Detox 30 Day Challenge?

Before I spell it out for you- you are going to be so happy to know, that this is going to be the easiest food plan you will ever go on. Its a food plan that your whole family can enjoy. The best part is, everything is natural  and focuses on whole foods, which promotes healthy bodies and minds.

I like to break down the sugar detox into two groups, you can decide which group is best for you;

Group A: If you have never done a Sugar Detox before, feel addicted to sugar, or you simply eat sugar or refined white four or rice at most meals. If this is you, then your plan for this month should be simply  to avoid eating refined sugars and refined white flour. (check list from yesterdays post for names of sugars)

Group B: If you are used to eating a Sugar Free diet, then this can be your time to try to incorporate organic foods, add more raw veggies, and eat less meat.

Whichever group is for you- everyone can benefit from eating a Sugar Free diet.

Food List:

  • every  fruit
  • every vegetable
  • every grain, whole grain breads and cereals (try Ezekiel sprouted breads and cereals)
  • every bean
  • proteins- poultry, meat, fish, eggs, tofu, nuts, seeds
  • natural almond, cashew and peanut butter
  • oils-
  • dairy- Greek plain yogurt is best,
  • choose  organic milk or original almond milk
  • see… i told you it was easy! (there are lots of great recipes on this site)

What to avoid:

  • white flour breads, bagels, muffins,
  • processed cereals with added sugars
  • fruit juices
  • sodas
  • diet soda
  • splenda
  • equal
  • sweet and low
  • cookies, cake
  • ice cream
  • candy
  • well…..it wont always be easy….

Remember…we are not putting a morsel of Sugar or white flour in our mouths for 30 days starting today!

Use your Sugar Detox partner for support.

I will continually give you tips and guide you through this.Share your experience on The Jewish Hostess- we all want to know how you are doing!

I know you are going to feel  happier, healthier and more energetic. Don’t take my word for it- try it yourself!

A motto that I live by:  “ JUST SAY YES, AND THEN FIGURE IT OUT”( I learned this trait from my mother)

Here is a great recipe to get started!

Very-Berry Omelet and Avocado Toast

  1. whisk 1 organic egg and 2 egg whites together with a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. Stir in 1 cup mixed berries.
  2. Spray a saute’ pan with cooking spray. set heat to medium high. Pour egg mixture into pan, and cook, folding continuously, until eggs are no longer runny.
  3. Meanwhile, toast 1 slice of whole grain bread and spread 1/4 medium avocado, mashed.
  4. Garnish omelet with 3 chopped mint leaves and serve with toast.

Sari Dana

Health Coach, Fitness Professional

 

 

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Chicken Scallopini with Wild Mushrooms

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Chicken Scallopini with Wild Mushrooms

1 Comment 22 February 2011

Thank you Paula Shoyer for this  new kosher chicken scallopini recipe!   Its a cinch to make, its perfect for company, and can be kept warm until serving. This Kosher Chicken Recipe Serves 6

 

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 8 boneless kosher chicken breasts sliced or pounded thin, or scallopini slices
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 8 shitake mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 8 button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 cup kosher chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 250ºF. Heat the oil in a wide frying or saucepan on medium-high heat.  Place the flour, salt and pepper into a large plastic bag and shake.  Add the kosher chicken breasts three at a time, close the bag and shake to coat.  Shake off the excess flour.  Add the kosher chicken breasts to the pan and cook 2-3 minutes each side until you see some browned parts.  Place into a 9 X 13 oven-proof pan.  Cook the rest of the breasts and then place the pan into the oven to keep warm. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for two minutes, stirring often.  Add the wine and thyme and cook for two minutes, until the wine starts to cook down a little and thicken.  Add the stock and lemon juice and cook another two to three minutes until the sauce thickens a little. Remove the kosher chicken from the oven and add into the sauce, turning to coat both sides.  Add salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with the chopped parsley.  Place into the oven until serving. About the creator of this Kosher Chicken recipe… Paula Shoyer is one of the leading kosher chefs in the Jewish foodie world. She now teaching classes in French pastry and Jewish cooking and baking to adults and kids, both in the Washington, D.C. area and all around the United States. Buy her new book The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy (HBI Series on Jewish Women) on Amazon.

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How to Make Chocolate Dipped Pretzels For Purim

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How to Make Chocolate Dipped Pretzels For Purim

5 Comments 06 February 2011


Believe it or not Purim is March 20 this year- the clock is ticking!!!

Please send in your inspirations and ideas to share with other Jewish Hostesses!

These pretzels by Shirley are a gorgeous add-in for Mishloach Manot. Just place them in food cello  bags from HERE or  HERE and tie them with fringe cord ribbons from HERE. Of course as a second item to include in a gift basket you can simply add a bottle of grape juice or if you want to shmancy it up use a nice bottle of wine.

Shirley actually made these pretzels for an engagement party and when I saw how everyone was grabbing them to take home as a goodie for their kids -(ahem) I knew that I had to get the recipe for my Jewish Hostess readers.


I found these personalized ribbons from HERE to decorate Purim baskets.  Just order the ribbons with “Happy Purim! Love the Cohens…” written on them. It takes 2 weeks to order, so do it soon!

Pretzel photos by Morris Gindi Photography.

Happy Purim!

Marlene M.

“Hi its Shirley from Homebaked…I’d like to share with you one of my most well received recipes, which also happens to be one of the easiest to prepare. People (old and young alike) just go crazy for the salty/crunchy/chocolaty goodness of a chocolate covered pretzel.  These little treats are the perfect way to end a meal, and the flavor combinations and toppings for the pretzels are quite limitless. Here I have posted a few of my personal favorite ideas for decorating, however, feel free to get creative…you certainly can’tt go wrong.

What You’ll Need:

  • Pretzel Rods (If the rods are big, I like to cut them in half with an knife to make a smaller pretzel. )
  • Semisweet, Milk, or white Chocolate for dipping and drizzling
  • Sprinkles such as chopped oreos, chopped nuts, mini m&ms, toffee bits, nonpareils, peanut butter chips…

To Assemble:

  1. Line a cookie sheet with wax paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate that you will be using to dip the pretzels in the microwave, in 10-second intervals (as to not burn the chocolate).
  3. Transfer the melted chocolate into a deep bowl or cup, and proceed to dip the pretzels into the chocolate, leaving just the tip of the pretzel bare. Shake of any excess chocolate back into the bowl. (If the chocolate seems to be too thick for dipping, simply use a knife to spread it evenly around the pretzel. Don’t worry about imperfections- they’ll be covered up by the sprinkles.)
  4. Immediately roll or sprinkle the pretzel with the desired topping while the chocolate is still melted, and place onto the cookie sheet.
  5. When all of the pretzels have been dipped and decorated, melt some chocolate (of a different shade) in the microwave.
  6. Transfer the melted chocolate into a sturdy ziplock bag and squeeze down until all the chocolate is in one corner of the bag.
  7. With sharp scissors, snip a tiny hole into the corner of the bag, begin to drizzle the chocolate-covered, decorated pretzels that are on the cookie sheet.
  8. Freeze the pretzels for up to a month in an airtight container.
  9. Enjoy!!


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Six Charoset Recipes From all Over The World

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Six Charoset Recipes From all Over The World

6 Comments 15 January 2011

 

When I came across this sweet medley of  Charoset recipes on My Jewish Learning I instantly appreciated the hard work that must have gone into gathering kosher recipes for The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York.

The Book of Jewish Food was awarded the 1998 Jewish Quarterly/Wingate Book Prize for Non-Fiction, was the 1998 Glenfiddich Food Book of the Year and the 1997 André Simon Memorial Fund Food Book. (WOW!!!)

Claudia Rodin’s latest book is the award-winning Arabesque: Sumptuous Food from Morocco, Turkey and Lebanon. She is considered to be a leading authority of Sephardic cuisine.

I think I would try the Italian Charoset.

Which Charoset recipe would you try for your Passover Seder?

 

Charoset Recipes from all Over the World

The Book of Jewish Food: An Odyssey from Samarkand to New York

By Claudia Roden

Ashkenazi Haroset

On the Passover seder plate, haroset symbolizes the mortar used by slaves in Egypt. These are the classic Eastern European ingredients. Only the proportions vary.

  • 2 medium-sized tart apples
  • 1/2 cup (50 g) walnuts, chopped
  • 1/2 – 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 – 3 tablespoons sweet red wine
  • 1 tablespoon sugar or honey or to taste

Peel, core, and finely chop or grate the apples. Mix with the rest of the ingredients.

Haroset from Turkey

  • 2 sweet apples weighing 1/2 lb (250 g), peeled and cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 lb (250 g) dates, pitted
  • 1 cup (150 g) raisins
  • Juice and grated zest of 1 orange
  • 1 cup (250 ml) sweet red Passover wine
  • 2 – 4 tablespoons sugar or to taste (optional)
  • 2 oz (60 g) walnuts, coarsely chopped

Put all the ingredients except the sugar and the walnuts together in a saucepan and cook on very low heat until the mixture is soft and mushy and the liquid is reduced, stirring occasionally. Add sugar to taste. The amount will depend on the sweetness of the other ingredients. Blend to a paste in the food processor. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle with walnuts.

Haroset from Egypt

  • 1/2 lb (250 g) pitted dates, chopped
  • 1/2 lb (250 g) large yellow raisins or sultanas
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) sweet red Passover wine
  • 1/2 cup (60 g) walnuts coarsely chopped

Put the dates and sultanas with the wine in a pan. Add just a little water to cover. Cook on very low heat, stirring occasionally, until the dates fall apart into a mush. Cook until it thickens to a soft paste. Pour into a bowl and sprinkle with walnuts.

Haroset from Morocco

  • 1 lb (500 g) dates, pitted and chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups sweet red Passover wine
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 cup (125 g) walnuts, coarsely chopped

Put the dates into a pan with the wine, cinnamon, and cloves and simmer, stirring occasionally, until you have a soft paste. Put through the food processor if you want a smoother texture. Let it cool and stir in the walnuts.

VARIATION

A Libyan version is flavored with ground ginger, nutmeg, and cloves — 1/4 teaspoon of each.

Haroset from Italy

In Italy there are various regional versions of haroset. The haroset of Padua has prunes, raisins, dates, walnuts, apples, and chestnuts. In Milan they make it with apples, pears, dates, almonds, bananas, and orange juice. The following is a general version.

  • 3 apples, sweet or tart
  • 2 pears
  • 2 cups sweet wine
  • 1/3 cup (50 g) pine nuts
  • 2/3 cup (50 g) ground almonds
  • 1/2 lb (250 g) dates, pitted and chopped
  • 3/4 cup (100 g) yellow raisins or sultanas
  • 4 oz (100 g) prunes, pitted and chopped
  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar or honey or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

Peel and core the apples and pears and cut them in small pieces. Put all the ingredients into a pan together and cook, stirring occasionally, for about one hour, until the fruits are very soft, adding a little water if it becomes too dry.

VARIATIONS

Other possible additions: chopped lemon or candied orange peel, walnuts, pistachios, dried figs, orange or lemon juice, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves.

Piedmontese Haroset

This recipe is adapted from one sent by Nedelia Tedeschi, of Turin. She enclosed a little picture of a squirrel eating a chestnut, from the package of dried chestnuts she uses to make the paste. It was Passover, and the Italian store near my house had closed, so when I phoned around to try to find dried chestnuts and couldn’t, I used cooked vacuum-packed ones instead. The result was very unusual and also delightful.

  • 1/2 lb (250 g) cooked chestnuts
  • 2/3 cup (125 g) blanched almonds
  • 2 hard-boiled egg yolks
  • Grated zest of 1 orange
  • Juice of 1 orange
  • About 3/4 cup (175 ms) sweet red kosher wine
  • 1/3 cup (75 g) sugar or more to taste

Boil the chestnuts for a minute or two, and drain. Grind the almonds fine in the food processor, then add the rest of the ingredients, including the chestnuts, and blend to a paste.

Claudia RodenClaudia Roden is one of England’s leading food writers. Her works include the James Beard Award winning The Book of Jewish Food and A Book of Middle Eastern Food.

 

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Who Wants to Win $100 Worth of Shabbat or Holiday Spring Flowers?

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Who Wants to Win $100 Worth of Shabbat or Holiday Spring Flowers?

3 Comments 10 January 2011

The Jewish Hostess is offering $100 worth of gorgeous flowers from Josh and Co. Florist to the winner of the most creative Pesach table.

If you live beyond the Delivery area, Josh is offering the winner a $100 check, so all of you Hostesses in Israel, Florida, California, Australia, and Canada, (etc.) have no excuse!!!

Second and Third Prizes will be announced.

Last year, Claudia Bildirici sent in her magnificent tablesetting ideas:

simple


and stunning.


Be inspired by our:

Centerpiece Ideas HERE,

Baitzah or Hard-Boiled Egg Decor HERE,

Some Cheap and Chic Napkin Ring and Tablecloth Decor Ideas HERE,

Blue Hues Passover Accents HERE,

Vibrant Gold and Bold Accent Tips HERE,

and More Centerpiece Tips HERE

p.s I’ve heard from the grapevine that you can find great table accents at Amazing Savings and Target…..

Don’t be camera shy!

The goal here is to make your holiday table  as memorable and unique as you are.

Right before you light your  Passover candles, snap a pic of your Passover Seder table and/or  your seder plate,  and send it to

marlene(at)thejewishhostess.com.

Forward this to a creative friend!

I can’t wait to see your Passover tables!!!

Visit Josh and Co. Florist at their brand new location in Brooklyn, at 1965 McDonald Avenue Between Kings Highway and Quentin Road.

Go in and order your Passover flowers today!

or email Josh at sales(at)joshandcompany.com.

Below is just a sample of Josh’s Spring Party Centerpieces:

 

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Marshmallow Mania! Vote for your Favorite Dessert and Win a Jewish Hostess Apron!

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Marshmallow Mania! Vote for your Favorite Dessert and Win a Jewish Hostess Apron!

32 Comments 10 January 2011

Dear Jewish Hostesses,

Which marshmallow recipe would YOU whip up? You can choose all three! (If its a tie, Shirley C.  Mamiye from HOMEBAKED will cast her vote)   Comment below or on our FACEBOOK PAGE! All voters win a chance at a JEWISH HOSTESS APRON!

The recipe that gets the most comments or FACEBOOK LIKES wins a $50 gift certificate to homebaked by shirl’s fabulous desserts!

Marshmallow Mania : Kosher Recipe #1:

Ooey, Gooey n Crispy Nutty Marshmallow Bars (Recipe #1)

“I have this outrageous recipe for an ooey, gooey n crispy marshmallow bar!  They’re so good I have to double the recipe because we finish it before it hits the dessert table!! Enjoy!!” Debbie Gindi

    • 6 cups chocolate rice cereal(such as cocoa pebbles or cocoa krispies)
    • 1 c raw unsalted peanuts
    • 4 c mini marshmallows
    • 1 cup corn syrup(light or dark)
    • 1- 12 oz bag semi sweet chocolate chips
    • 1 c peanut butter

Optional:(additional 1/2 c mini chocolate chips)

  1. Grease a 13 x9inch pyrex.
  2. Combine cereal,peanuts and mini marshmallows (and additional 1/2 cup chocolate chips if desired)in large bowl. Set aside
  3. In a medium saucepan ,heat corn syrup and 12 oz bag chocolate chips over medium heat until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in peanut butter. Combine cereal mixture and mix well. Spoon into greased pan and pat down wearing disposable plastic gloves or with a piece of plastic wrap to avoid sticky fingers. Chill for at least 1 hour and cut into squares. Yummy !!!

Chocolate Marshmallow Squares (Kosher Recipe #2)

Hi Marlene,

“I got this recipe from my sister Barbara, who got the recipie from a baker who made them for a bake sale.

They are a hit every time we make them! good luck with Marshmallow Mania!” Renna Bildirici

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

  • 3/4 c oil
  • 3/4 c sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1 and 3/4 c flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 6 graham crackers
  • 1 bag mini marshmallows, or 1 bag large marshmallows cut in half
  • 2 or 3 and 1/2 oz parve chocolate bars
  1. mix oil, sugar, egg, and vanilla. add baking powder, flour, and salt. crush graham crackers and add to mixture.
  2. spray 9″x13″ pyrex. add 3/4 of the dough pressed flat to cover the bottom of the pyrex. bake 12 minutes.
  3. sprinkle with broken chocolate pieces, then marshmallows, then with the rest of the dough crumbled on top. bake for 12 minutes more. cool, cut into small squares or bars and serve.


Marshmallow Baked Alaska (Kosher Recipe #3)

“Easy and Gourmet! ” by Marie Torgueman

  1. Line sides and bottom of Pyrex  with chocolate chip cookies.
  2. Fill Pyrex with softened ice cream flavor of your choice.
  3. Sprinkle and cover with mini marshmallows and chocolate chips.
  4. Freeze to harden the ice cream.
  5. Before serving place in oven and broil a few minutes until marshmallows are toasted but not burnt.
  6. Serve immediately and watch it disappear!

Thank You Debbie Gindi, Renna Bildirici and Marie Tourgeman for sending in their  fabulous tried and true marsmallow dessert recipes.

Comment below and let us know which Marshmallow recipe you would love to make! All commenters win a chance at a Jewish Hostess Apron!

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How to Add Drama and Fun to Your Purim Seuda Table

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How to Add Drama and Fun to Your Purim Seuda Table

4 Comments 02 January 2011

To all of my Jewish Hostesses,

Meet Elizabeth Braha,  Elizabeth is an emerging talent on the interior design scene. She is a graduate from Parson’s School of design.

Her elegance and fresh approach to style is a breath of fresh air.I’m loving her Tony Duquette inspired Purim table. I’m thinking of buying animal print fabric from HERE to use as a tablecloth or napkins…

Keep an eye out for more of Elizabeth’s posts, as she promised me that she will find the time to inspire us in between the baby feedings….Enjoy! Marlene M.

“More is More” Purim 2011

After a hectic day of carpools and diaper changes, I usually find it calming to set a clean and simple table. I typically use a lot of whites of varying textures, along with stainless steel silverware, always some flowers, and occasionally when the timing is right, candles. This calm setting is perfect during the year, but Purim calls for more fun and  pizzaz.

I decided to go on a fantasy shopping spree inspired by one of my favorite designers, Tony Duquette. Duquette was known for his glamorous mix and match approach to decor.  Beauty, not luxury was what he valued, designing homes for many of Hollywood’s leading actors, as well as jewelry for royalty and parties for fabulous friends. He fearlessly layered exotic prints with organic textures such as leaves, feathers, bamboo, and branches, and splashed metallic and bold colors into the mix.

This Purim let’s embrace flamboyance and say goodbye to simplicity, as Tony Duquette said, “More is More”!

While it would be impractical to live so ostentatiously every day, we should all take inspiration from Tony Duquette and use the special day of Purim to rejoice and add some extraordinary splendor to our lives  … if only for one night!

Here are some of my favorite picks for your Tony Duquette inspired Purim table this year!

1- Square ceramic red vases at Pier One Imports $49.

2- Mask at Mardis Gras Costumes $9.99 and up

3- Dahlia placemat at ABC Carpet and Home $8.

4- Tortoise plates by Juane De Chrome at Michael C Fina $156.

5- Leopard plate by Wayland Gregory at Michael C Fina $195.

6- Mask at Anytime Costumes $9.99 and up

7 -Bamboo napkin ring by Dransfield and Ross

8- Coffee pot by Haviland at Michael C Fina $472.

9- Turtle salt and pepper shakers by L’Objet at Vivre $175.

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Almond Date Truffles for Tu B’shvat

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Almond Date Truffles for Tu B’shvat

9 Comments 01 January 2011

Don’t miss out on Tu B’shvat this year! We traditionally celebrate this day by eating fruits of the seven species from  Israel that is praised in the Torah: wheat, barley, grapes, figs, pomegranate, olives, and dates. Ancient Sepharadic Jews originated  the idea of a  Tu B’shvat seder, where participants enjoy munching on a variety of fruits and nuts, drinking wine, and discussing the day’s spiritual and mystical meanings.

Dates are a great Tu B’shvat ingredient for two reasons: first, they are one of the seven species.  Second, they are really delicious – available fresh in season and dried year-round, dates are super sweet and almost candy-like.  They are great by themselves or added to a variety of sweet or savory dishes.

Almonds, another one of the “Tu B’shvat seven”, are loaded with calcium and protein.  Traditional truffles are made of chocolate and heavy cream – yes, they taste great, but they’re far from healthy.  This modern spin on truffles  are a rich, sweet, and a wonderfully healthy alternative to their chocolatey counterpart. Encourage your kids to try these healthy treats and remind them of the the Tu B’shvat holiday. I will be serving them for Shabbat dessert this week so that we can get a head start on Tu B’shvat, which begins on Thursday, January 20, 2011. Enjoy! Marlene

Kosher Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 cup pitted dried dates
  • 1 cup chopped  almonds
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • Unsweetened cocoa powder and/or ground walnuts to coat (optional)

Directions for making this Kosher Recipe

  1. Grind almond in a food processor until finely chopped. Transfer to a baking sheet and toast in oven for 5 to 7 minutes, until fragrant  and slightly darker.
  2. Place the dates, almonds, cocoa powder, and honey in a food processor.  Pulse the processor until the mixture comes together to form a ball.
  3. Form cherry-sized balls out of the mixture and roll them in cocoa powder , ground almonds, or coconut to coat.  Enjoy them right away or store them in the fridge for later!
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A Shavuot Blintz Souffle and a Chance to Win Sammy Spider’s First Shavuot

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A Shavuot Blintz Souffle and a Chance to Win Sammy Spider’s First Shavuot

26 Comments 01 January 2011

 

Who wants to Win an autographed copy of award winning author Sylvia Rouss’s Sammy Spider’s First Shavuot??

Just comment below with a valid email address (so we can notify you if you win!) and tell us who you would give this book to for Shavuot!

Sammy Spider’s First Shavuot


Thank you author Sylvia Rouss for sending in this easy Shavuot blintz souffle! So easy to layer and pop into the oven!

Blintz Souffle Recipe for Shavuot:

Batter:

  • ¼ lb. butter or margarine, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder

Blintz Souffle Filling:

  • 1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, cut up
  • 1 pt. small curd cottage cheese
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix batter ingredients. Pour ½ of the batter into a greased 9 X 13
baking pan. Mix filling ingredients well and spread evenly over
batter. Pour remaining batter over the filling and bake at 350 for 50
– 60 minutes. Serve with jam, thawed fresh frozen fruit or applesauce.

Sylvia Rouss is the award-winning author and early childhood educatorwho created the popular Sammy Spider and The Littlest books. She has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Israel.

Check out her blog and Shavuot stories and songs for kids HERE

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Pretty in Pink – Birthday Dinner for Friends

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Pretty in Pink – Birthday Dinner for Friends

4 Comments 25 December 2010

“For my best friends birthday, I went all out in MY favorite color with my pink placemats, drinking glasses and my rhinestone glitzy bow napkin rings wrapped in not one- but two napkins. I folded both a white and a pink napkin together to get that perfect shape to fit beautifully into my bows. For her special day , I served spaggheti squash baked ziti, a big hearty salad (every girls favorite) , artichoke bottoms, bruchetta, parmesan truffle french fries and last noodles with pesto. A deliciouse meal brings a smile to everyone :)

Recipe by Gladys Bawabeh

P.S. Send in your party pics, table settings, recipes, for all Jewish Hostesses to share!  send to marlene@thejewishhostess.com!

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