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Juicy Holiday Brick Roast with Pomegranate Honey Glaze

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Juicy Holiday Brick Roast with Pomegranate Honey Glaze

6 Comments 14 September 2013

When I looked online for Rosh Hashanah main course inspiration,  I came across a believe-it-or-not- PORK (!)- recipe- so I whipped up a kosher version and  tested out this juicy brick roast recipe on Shabbat just to make sure it would be a delicious addition to my Rosh Hashanah menu. The aromas that emanate from your oven will have you craving your brick roast at lunchtime. The glaze, when thickened is SO delicious. I’m sure your family will love it.

For those of you who don’t know what brick roast is, it’s also called  French Roast. If you have a hard time finding it, you can email me at marlene (at) thejewishhostess.com.

Wishing all of my Jewish Hostesses a Happy and Healthy New Year! 


In a pyrex bowl, make a paste out of:

  • Honey
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Chopped Garlic
  • Salt Pepper
  • Dried Thyme

Marinate a 3 lb. brick roast with this mixture overnight in a roaster.

Sear the roast in the oven turning on both sides in the morning.

Add 1 cup of water to the sides of the roaster and cook at 350 degrees for 90 minutes-2 hours.

When tender, take out of the oven, cool, slice, pour juices on top and cook (covered) for another 45 minutes till meat is brown and tender and pulls apart easily. May be frozen at this point.

(Because meat thicknesses and oven heat varies, please use your judgement with cooking times.)


  • 2 teaspoons safflower oil
  • 2 large shallots, chopped
  • 4 stems fresh thyme
  • 1 cup pure pomegranate juice
  • 2/3 cup  honey

4. Sauté  the shallots in safflower oil over medium heat until they soften. Add the sprigs of rosemary and lemon thyme and continue cooking until the shallots just start to brown. Add the pomegranate juice and scrape the bottom of the pan to loosen the caramelized bitsand bring to a slow boil. Remove the herb sprigs and add the honey. Bring back to a slow boil over medium heat and continue cooking until the glaze reduces and thickens, about 10 to 15 minutes.

5. Remove the pan from the oven and place it on a heat resistant surface. Let cool.

6. Slice into very thin pieces and serve with the thickened glaze drizzled on top.


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The Jewish Hostess Jewel Toned Sweet Rosh Hashanah Table 2012

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The Jewish Hostess Jewel Toned Sweet Rosh Hashanah Table 2012

2 Comments 12 January 2013

 Enjoy this repost of my Rosh hashanah table setting from 2012!

What will be YOUR Rosh Hashanah table decor style for 2013?

This Rosh Hashanh (2012), I decided to purchase two ram’s horns as accents to my Rosh Hashanah table decor. The horns flanked a centerpiece of gorgeous orchids and ruby red roses and “new” Rosh Hashanah fruits embedded within the display- all designed by  Shirley Bar Nathan.

Originally I had planned on using jelly apples with butterfly place card holders on each dish (pictured down below), but the jelly apples were a little more tedious than I had anticipated, so I ended up using about 10 of them as an accent on the table. I bought a couple dozen bumble bee sugar shapes on Amazon.com.
Sugar Bumble Bees Cake Decorations (1 dz)

My napkin rings were simple burgundy strips of tied velvet ribbon that picked up upon the colors of the pomegranate and the new fruits within the table’s centerpiece. A simple wood honey dipper (saved from last year’s Rosh Hashanah table setting) slipped into each “napkin ring” served as extra Rosh Hashanah table themed decor. Every table setting had their own little individualized plate of Simanim, which made it much easier to clear away and serve my dinner buffet style on the server. Candles and little golden tea lights added to our romantic themed new year’s table. Email me with any questions! Wishing all of my hostesses a healthy an happy and successful year!

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(photo taken by the housekeeper at the start of the holiday)





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A Personal Recipe for YOURSELF on Rosh Hashanah by Life Coach Alice Chera

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A Personal Recipe for YOURSELF on Rosh Hashanah by Life Coach Alice Chera

1 Comment 14 September 2012


Thanks you Alice Chera for your calming words of wisdom during this rushed and hectic holiday whirlwind…

For many Jewish women September is an amalgam of moving trucks, school supplies, holiday menus, shopping lists, and back to school tears. But let’s face it; we women are incredibly energetic and creative. When it comes to whipping up a months worth of gourmet holiday meals we can conquer the kitchen like nobodies business. But oftentimes the essence of the holidays, especially Rosh Hashanah can be overshadowed by the quest for the right fall shoe to the yummy aromas wafting from our kitchen. The fact that another year has passed and a fresh new year awaits us can seem secondary to the myriad of responsibilities required to get our selves and our families “holiday-ready.” So as we think about setting our tables and tweaking our menus, take a moment to focus on yourself and the upcoming year. What do you want this year to look like?

Rosh Hashanah is a time for both gratitude and reflection, a time to take stock of the past year and set our intentions for the year to come. Now is the time to channel some of that wonderful creative energy and decide what you would like to serve up for yourself in this New Year. Close your eyes and take a moment to go into your “inner house.” Picture a large, glorious table, a table just for you. This is your table for the year to come. How do you want to set it? What will be on your menu? What will you do this year to nourish your body, mind and soul?

There are 2 ways that we walk through our lives, one is by “being” and the other is by “doing.” How we walk through this year and who we decide to be is just as important as what we choose to do. This holiday think about what attributes you want to cultivate and what pesky habits you want to release. Perhaps it’s time to let go of self-doubt and work on really appreciating who you are and all that you do. Or how about cranking up your Fun-meter and doing something out of the box at least once a month just for fun? Maybe you have been waiting to go back to school, take that class, or start that juicy project you keep putting off. This Rosh Hashanah, don’t forget one of the most important people to grace your table- that person is you! Create a recipe for yourself this year that spices up your fall, warms your winter and has you blossoming through Spring and Summer.”

Alice Chera, CPCC, ACC
AKC Life Coaching
(917) 692-4409



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The Calm Book- Daily Meditations for a Jewish Mom

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The Calm Book- Daily Meditations for a Jewish Mom

No Comments 20 March 2010

Excerpts from the soon to be published  The Calm Book , by Tzirelchana,mom and writer devoted to promoting world calmness.

We recently started a new year. Yes, according to the Mishna, Rosh Hodesh Nissan, the first day of the month of Nissan is the new year for festivals and kings and aren’t all we Jews royal, all of us Jewish women princesses. To me, the idea of starting the year during the spring  feels intuitively right.

Aside from Pesach cleaning, a great way to celebrate is to de-clutter. . De-cluttering is like dieting except you can eat as much as you like while your house loses the weight. And you find such interesting stuff. Calendars from 2006, and 5 and 4, math tests, going back at least a decade, and not to mentional ties of any size, jackets with shoulder pads to fit a linebacker, expired medicines…

Right now, I’m preaching but I’m not practicing. Decluttering just doesn’t seem so royal. Does Queen Elizabeth go round Balmoral or Windsor filling giant hefy bags? Still I  know its what I need to do and though the prospect makes me yawn—I’d rather be writing or painting, So here’s a start. A procrastinator’s prayer.

: Dear G-d, make we want to get the junk out of my house and out of my soul. And then help me to do it.Amen.

The Calm Book- Post #2

You heard it through the grapevine, that your niece or sister or first cousin became a Kallah or a mother…None of the baalei simcha the primary parties, who happened to be your very closest relatives actually  phoned to inform you..

Though  you are  happy, your primary emotion is hurt.  You sulk. You feel sorry for yourself. You may even speak badly of the people who didn’t tell you—what kind of a family is this anyway? And how did you end up in it?

You know that you have to give them the benefit of the doubt so you think up excuses, reasons why they didn’t call, the time difference, telephone troubles, too overwhelmed, but the hurt has settled in your heart. You can’t seem to pry it lose.

You unload to your journal or your therapist or your friend and you have a good cry.

Families. We have expectations. Of how things should be. Of how we should be treated..

Lets reframe. Consider, really consider that the ba’alei simcha aren’t out to get you. That they have good reasons for not phoning yet.

Before my own nieces’s shidduch was finalized. I heard about it through a third party. I figured that my brother didn’t care about me enough to call and  I  hurt, needlessly.The shidduch wasn’t final yet. He didn’t want to tell anyone until it was a done deal and he was quite right to keep quiet.

Now, I’m going to do teshuva,. Whenever something like this happens, I will just keep still and wait. More shall be revealed.

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