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Shana Tova! Welcome to my Rosh Hashana Table!  Love, The Jewish Hostess

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Shana Tova! Welcome to my Rosh Hashana Table! Love, The Jewish Hostess

4 Comments 12 August 2016

 (Enjoy my Rosh Hashanah table setting from September 2011!)

Dear Hostesses,

Even though Rosh Hashanah came a little bit later this year, for some reason I was still scrambling till the last minute. Thank goodness  it all came together somehow by the time it was time to light the candles! Setting my table took about three days, (believe it or not), and of course it always looks so effortless when the guests walk in.

1- My tablecloth- a simple linen hem stitch cloth was the backdrop for the beautiful dishes that my mom packed up as a gift to me before the holiday. She had owned them for about 40 years, and I seem to remember the navy dishes with the gold scrollwork being piled high at the the disco-dinner party that my parents had made for my older brother back in the 70’s. Looking back, she still wishes that she had ordered more than service for 18. Out of curiosity,  I checked on Replacements.com and actually found these dishes! Unfortunately they are out of stock but will let me know if they ever uncover any more.

2- My napkin rings are lucite each napkin ring has a small hole to display a flower. You can purchase them at The Jewish Hostess Shop.  I didn’t want to deal with keeping real flowers alive with water that would spill on everyone’s new holiday clothes, so I sent my daughter to the flower district on 28 Street between 6 and 7th  in Manhattan to find very real looking orchids which we snipped with scissors and slid into each ring.


3- Honey dippers- I bought these wooden honey dippers from www.craftparts.com. They were so inexpensive! About $30. for 50 of them. The little kids had a great time sliding them into the lucite napkin rings, and I also bought honey sticks (not shown) which we also slid into the napkin rings on the kids table.


4- I have about 6 of my grandmother’s little crystal shot glasses (above), so I poured some honey into each of them and spread them along the length of the table.

5- I had a lot of fun putting together my centerpiece of “new fruits” for my Rosh Hashanah table. Last year I purchased this L’Objet centerpiece bowl from Parci Parla, and I knew that it would be a perfect match for my mom’s gold dishes. I purchased a gold apple for about $15 from “Aimee”, and a gold butterfly from Karen’s Invitations on Avenue U  and then ran into Ouri’s fruit store to get whatever new gorgeous fruits that were still left on the shelves. Ouri had the best Medjool dates, mini pineapples, dates on the vine, concord grapes, champagne grapes, raisins on the stem, Meyer lemons (which gave a pop of color), and several more fruits which I cannot remember the names. (If you really want to know ALL of the names of these fruits then I give you permission to email Martha Stewart with any questions and I’m sure she will answer you right away- let me know!)

6- I love these little tasting spoons and bowls that I found online from  http://www.worldmarket.com, and I especially loved how cool all of the red pomegranates seeds looked lined up in the white ceramic tasting spoons before we said the Beracha.

7- Sugar in a mini silver dish…. (above), and “sillet”(next to the apple and the medjool date) made by my mother in law- which is a Syrian recipe for the gourd. I will hopefully post this gourd recipe by next Rosh Hashanah!

After this pic was taken, we put out the rest of the berachot which included leek edjeh, (fried patties made by my mother in law) sugared quince, and loobiah (meat stew made with black eyed peas)

8. Note the natural honey in the wood crate  from Ouri’s fruit. Ouri warned the women in the fruit store not to let their families eat the “waxy” exterior which he said is not kosher. Just serve the delicious honey that drips out!

Shana Tova Oometukah to all of my Jewish Hostesses!!!! Love, Marlene

P.S. Check out Candy Gabbay’s Missoni Mania Rosh Hashanah table!!!!

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Claudia’s Gorgeous Passover Tablesetting

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Claudia’s Gorgeous Passover Tablesetting

1 Comment 10 March 2013

Claudia Bildiricci, our very own Martha Stewart, deserves a academy awards for her creative genius for her Passover Seder table decor.

Mini picture frame place cards, a quail’s egg, gold chargers atop a a damask backdrop and an orchid are just some of the  table top details that make this night different from any other! Great job, Claudia!

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A Gourmet Father’s Day Family Summer Barbeque

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A Gourmet Father’s Day Family Summer Barbeque

6 Comments 13 June 2012

There is a special someone in my life  that insists on being nameless, even though she pulls off the most the most amazing family get-togethers. With a bunch of little tots running around, she makes Martha Stewart look like an amateur. Enjoy our Father’s Day Barbeque pics. Happy Father’s Day, DAD!!!!


Flowers by Shirley Bar-nathan







My sister made the sangria. Pink mint lemonade in the background.








Summery paper napkins and square plastic plates look SO pretty!








Arugula, pecans, cranberries, and roasted sweet potato cubes.- My favorite salad!








Roasted Corn Salad

Sesame Chicken Salad

Summer Quinoa-Beans and Pepper Salad








Nobody was on a diet……
Marshmallow Fudge Tart. YUM!!!
Want the recipe???
Flavored pareve Italian Ices hit the spot!
Rice Krispy Ice Cream Cake
Leon, I know that you really wanted to be on The Jewish Hostess!!!
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Fantasy Mother’s Day Party Table Setting at Table Set Go in Deal, NJ

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Fantasy Mother’s Day Party Table Setting at Table Set Go in Deal, NJ

No Comments 27 April 2012

If you need some ideas for your mother’s day party, then look no further! Frances Betesh, Freda Chehebar, Jennifer Jemal and Candice Bailey at the Table Set Go Event in Deal, New Jersey used their better-than-Martha- Stewart-talents to raise some funds for the Morris I. Franco Community Cancer Center this past summer. Rose petals, a gift wrapped trinket, and a mother’s day poem are some of the feminine details that  pulled this bright and blooming Mother’s Day table decor together. A modern sterling vase with classic roses add the final touch!  Of course we can use so many of these details and ideas to incorporate into our own tables for a bridal shower, wedding, and even a family dinner. Napkin rings and placemats by Kim Seybert. Gorgeous job, girls! Check out more table settings at Table Set Go HERE.

photos by Victor Gindi.


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Sarah’s Table-A Gorgeous Feast

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Sarah’s Table-A Gorgeous Feast

3 Comments 01 October 2011

My cousin Sarah is famous for her  gourmet cooking. Her holiday and Shabbat table setting should be featured in Martha Stewart magazine.

I saved this pic of Sara’s last year’s Sukkot table decor and menu- I wonder what she’s planning this year!!!

This Sukkot , PLEASE  take a picture of your table and share it with Jewish Hostesses all over the world!. Send it over to marlene@thejewishhostess.com.

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Roasted Portabello Mushroom and Bleu Cheese Salad

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Roasted Portabello Mushroom and Bleu Cheese Salad

3 Comments 28 March 2011

So, my husband’s away all week. This means that it takes a whole lot of willpower NOT to eat sandwiches, packaged meals and bowls of cereal each night for dinner. I need quite a bit of inspiration just to turn on the stove while he’s traveling. Luckily, that’s exactly what this blog is all about — inspiration.

This week, I decided to try a really simple, light salad (with VERY little oven-time required), courtesy of the doyenne of domesticity herself, Ms. Martha Stewart. The roasted portobello salad with blue cheese is from Martha’s Food Everyday “Fresh Flavor Fast” cookbook , which is a compilation of recipes from her magazine, Everyday Food . If you haven’t picked one up, you should. The magazine (and cookbook) are filled with awesome and easy weekday recipes. It’s a true favorite of mine.

This super simple dish will not disappoint. The portobello mushrooms are so meaty that they serve as a great, kosher replacement for steak. If you’re having trouble finding a kosher blue cheese, Kirkeby (Kirkeby-Cheese.dk) makes a Danablu that can found in many kosher supermarkets (I even found it in my neighborhood,in a non-Kosher market). You can also find many kosher cheeses HERE

The salad would make a great appetizer or a light meal. I had mine with a piece of French bread, which was perfect. I’m just sorry my husband missed it.

-Lucy Cohen Blatter




Make sure you dress both sides of the mushrooms with dressing and keep brushing them every five minutes as they cook.

Some people don’t care for blue cheese’s strong smell and flavor. Feel free to substitute your favorite kosher cheese to accompany these meaty portobellos and crunchy, slightly bitter endive.

The final product: A satisfying, but light vegetarian appetizer or meal.

Here’s the recipe, which serves four, with my tweaks and notes (in italics):

Roasted Portobello Mushroom and Blue Cheese Salad*


  • About 3 tablespoons kosher red-wine vinegar (I didn’t have any on hand, so I substituted balsamic. Not a problem at all)
  • 1 tablespoon kosher Dijon mustard
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2/3 cup olive oil
  • 4 portobello mushroom tops only (to clean, pat the tops with a wet paper towel)
  • 2 or 3 medium heads endive (great for crunch, but I’d say three, as the original recipe calls for, is a bit excessive)
  • 8 ounces mesclun or mixed salad greens, (about 10 cups)
  • 1 small red onion, halved and thinly sliced
  • 4 ounces blue cheese (cholov yisrael, kosher)


  1. Preheat oven to 450. Whisk together vinegar, mustard, heavy pinch of salt and heavy pinch of pepper. Slowly add olive oil, whisking to emulsify. Set aside 1/2 cup dressing to toss with the salad later.
  2. Place mushrooms, stem side up, on a baking sheet (or tin foil– less cleanup!). Coat both sides with some of the remaining dressing. Roast mushrooms, brushing with more dressing every 5 minutes, until they are tender, about 15 minutes.
  3. Toss endive, mesclun, onion, and cheese with reserved dressing, and divide among salad bowls. Cut portobellos 1/2 inch thick, and arrange a few slices over each serving.

*From Everyday Food’s “Fresh Flavor Fast”





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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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Chocolate Nut Chunk Wrapped Gifts for the Holidays

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Chocolate Nut Chunk Wrapped Gifts for the Holidays

1 Comment 19 March 2011

Chocolate Orange Peanut Bark

Its so easy to make your own gourmet chocolates and package them yourself as a gorgeous holiday hostess gift. Inspired by Martha Stewart, I decided to create something scrumtious from scratch. Chocolate-Orange Peanut Bark – Preparation  time- 25 minutes

Recipe Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of kosher chocolate chips
  • 1 orange
  • 1 1/3 cups of any kind of  lightly roasted nut.
  • 1/4 tsp coarse salt

how to:

1-Chill an aluminum foil lined baking sheet . 2-Remove the zest from the orange with a vegetable peeler. Slice the zest into long pieces with a sharp knife. 3-Melt a bag of  chocolate chips in a double boiler. 4-mix in half of the zest and nuts, immediately pour onto the chilled sheet and spread into a rectangle with a rubber spatula. 5-Sprinkle with remaining zest, nuts, and salt. Chill until firm. Break into pieces. May be stored in airtight container in the freezer. For a chic homemade holiday gift- package these in a tin from Atlantic Sales. Cut Parchment Paper with pinking shears and line each layer.

Wrap with cellophane and a beautiful ribbon!

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Almond-Coconut Macaroons

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Almond-Coconut Macaroons

No Comments 10 March 2010

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Who knew that even Martha Stewart is cooking Passover treats?

These Passover cookies couldn’t be easier to make — just stir and bake — and they require only a handful of ingredients. The coconut treats are crisp and nutty, with a chewy center.

Prep: 10 minutes
Total: 35 minutes

Makes Serving Size of 8

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup whole almonds, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of coarse salt

Kosher Recipe

Directions Cont’d
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with a nonstick baking mat or parchment. Whisk together sugar and egg white in a large bowl. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  2. Form dough into eight 2-tablespoon mounds, and drop each onto sheet, 2 inches apart. Bake macaroons until
    Coconut macaroons, a type of popular meringue-...

    Coconut macaroons, a type of popular meringue-like cookie which has an egg white base and prominently features dried (and often sweetened) coconut meat shavings. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    golden-brown on bottoms and edges, about 15 minutes. Let cool on sheets for 5 minutes. Transfer to wire racks, and let cool. Macaroons will keep, covered, for up to 1 week

Check out Martha Stewarts Chocolate Chunk macaroons!

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