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Moroccan Date Charoset “Truffles” with Dates, Raisins, and Walnuts, Rolled in Cinnamon

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Moroccan Date Charoset “Truffles” with Dates, Raisins, and Walnuts, Rolled in Cinnamon

No Comments 30 March 2014

This modern twist on the traditional Charoset recipe for your Passover Seder,was created by my new friend  Jennifer Abadi, author of a wonderful new cookbook,  A Fistful of Lentils . Jennifer’s passion for carrying on her family’s Syrian Jewish tradition is evident within the 125 recipes that she shares with us.

Upon reading that Jennifer’s recipes were inspired by her grandmother Fritzie Abadi A’H  I realized that Jennifer and I have a connection. Five years ago, I set out to produce a coffee table book  documenting the artwork of 200 of our communities artists of which all of the proceeds were donated to Magen David Yeshivah in Brooklyn.

“Our Art”- A collection of the Artists of the Syrian Jewish Community.

Guess which artist’s work is on the first page? None other than Fritzie Abadi A’H’ herself!

The quote on the page, as told to me 5 years ago by Mrs. Luna Sutton (who recently passed away in her late 90’s and who bought the painting from Fritzie 50 years ago), is,

“When Fritzie Abadi painted these in the 1920’s, it was said that she was inspired by the strong features of the typical Syrian woman that immigrated to America at the time.”

So, you can see that in her own way, Jennifer’s grandma Fritzi was also trying to preserve memories of her heritage!

You should also know that Fritzi’s father Chacham Matloub Abadi was a great Rabbi of the Syrian community in the early 1900’s, but that is another story…..

Hope you enjoyed that little tidbit of info!

Moroccan Charoset “Truffles” with Dates, Raisins, and Walnuts, Rolled in Cinnamon

photograph by April Selditch

“Here they are!!  I rolled the Moroccan Charroset Truffles  in three flavors: cinnamon, crushed almond and coconut.
They are so delicious!  Yep, I tasted one. April. “

  • ½ cup walnuts
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 6 large Medjool dates or 10 regular-size dates, pitted and coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/4 cup dark raisins
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons sweet Passover wine, such as Manischewitz

For Serving:

1 box of matzah sheets or tea size matzahs

Cinnamon (for dusting the outside)

1. Place the walnuts and almonds in the food processor and pulse until coarsely ground, but not into a meal-like consistency (about 30 seconds).

2. Add the dates and raisins and combine in the food processor until a thick paste is formed.

3. Add one tablespoon of the wine at a time until the paste is smooth but not so sticky that you cannot roll it into small balls.

4. Taking approximately one tablespoon at a time, roll the thick paste into 1-inch balls* (if the paste is sticking too much to your hands, try dipping your hands in cold water and then rolling them) and sprinkle the outsides lightly with cinnamon. Store balls in a tightly covered plastic container in refrigerator for up to one week.

5. Dust the outsides of the balls with ground cinnamon. Serve charoset balls at room temperature on a platter, alongside tea matzahs (can also be served as a paste in one or two small dessert bowls, placed at either end of the seder table.)

Yield: Serves 6 to 8 (approximately 1 ½ cups or 24 one-inch balls)

*Note: If you wish to serve the mixture in the more common way of a paste in a bowl, then add a little more wine and warm water to make a bit smoother and softer for spreading.

©Jennifer Felicia Abadi

(Author of: A Fistful of Lentils: Syrian-Jewish Recipes From Grandma Fritzie’s Kitchen)
www.FistfulofLentils.com

 

 

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Chocolate and Coconut Dipped Matzah Dessert for Passover

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Chocolate and Coconut Dipped Matzah Dessert for Passover

3 Comments 27 March 2014

This simple Passover dessert recipe is so easy and delicious with three simple  Passover ingredients!

Enjoy, and we will all detox AFTER Passover!  Marlene

 

Passover Ingredients:

Chocolate and Coconut Dipped Matzah Dessert for Passover

Chocolate and Coconut Dipped Matzah Dessert for Passover

Ingredients

  • 4 oz. semi-sweet baking chocolate
  • 2 matzos, broken into several pieces
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut

Instructions

  1. MELT chocolate in small saucepan on very low heat, stirring constantly.
  2. DIP each matzo piece partially into chocolate; sprinkle with coconut.
  3. PLACE on wax paper-covered tray. Let stand until chocolate is firm.
http://www.thejewishhostess.com/2014/03/chocolate-and-coconut-dipped-matzah-dessert-for-passover/

 

 

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Susan’s Modern Glass and Floral  Passover Seder Plate

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Susan’s Modern Glass and Floral Passover Seder Plate

6 Comments 14 March 2013

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

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

Enjoy! Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

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

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

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

Susan Menash”

 

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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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Fantastic Fuchsias for  your Passover Seder Table Decor!

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Fantastic Fuchsias for your Passover Seder Table Decor!

No Comments 03 February 2013

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Fantastic Fuchsias for for your Passover Seder Table Decor!Looking for new ways to make your Passover seder table more festive this year? A table with hot fuchsia and spring greens would make any guest get into the holiday spirit! Even Eliyahu may surprise you! Being an interior designer, I am always on the lookout for new creative ideas and inspiration, and this year Amanda Nisbet’s bold and exciting use of color evokes my Passover table. Nisbet is a successful interior designer who has created an award winning design reputation with her glamorous yet comfortable style. “I pride myself on never doing the same thing twice.” Her love of hot pink bright hues has inspired me to create this fantastic fuchsia fantasy table for Passover.by Elizabeth Braha- founder of Simple Dwellings Interior Design
Follow on Instagram @simpledwellings.
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Passover Holiday Lunch Table Decor by Elena Kassin

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Passover Holiday Lunch Table Decor by Elena Kassin

No Comments 10 April 2012

 

I’m loving Elena’s classic metallic silver and white tablescape from Passover 2012.

A gorgeous backdrop for a delicious lunch. GREAT job, Elena!! Marlene  

p.s. Especially loving the Kim Seybert’s Tile  napkin ring on sale till 3/10/13 at Bloomingdales! Click to order now~

 

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13 UNIQUE and GORGEOUS TABLESCAPES FROM PASSOVER 2012

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13 UNIQUE and GORGEOUS TABLESCAPES FROM PASSOVER 2012

5 Comments 17 March 2012

Dear Hostesses, Just when I’d thought I’d seen almost every possible tablescape combination on the web, you’ve all blown me away by the original Passover  table ideas that you’ve found the time to set, snap, and share with all of us here at The Jewish Hostess. All in all about 20 seder tablescapes were sent in! Here’s the first batch- Thank you all for your sharing your talents and holiday creativity with thousands of Jewish women worldwide who check in on our site for holiday inspiration. And for all of the hostesses who love to browse- PLEASE comment below with your favorites!! We need to pick some winners!!! Enjoy the rest of the holiday. Marlene

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1.“Hi Marlene, Happy holidays, I got creative this year!” Terri Harary

2.A Bountiful Passover Table by Rochelle Falack- (note the reading glasses at the head of the table!)

3.  A Seder Tablescape that helps feed the less fortunate in Israel- by Miriam Kairey

“This year I have added a special mitzvah to my seder.  I purchased place cards from Meir Panim.  Each card represents a donation to feed the hungry in Israel.  So as we are feasting we can remember our cousins in Israel, some of whom are unfortunately not eating as abundantly. On my table is a chicken dish I just made up.

 Crunchy Chicken Cutlets

  • 2lbs. thin boneless chicken breasts
  • Breading: 8 boards matzoh
  • 4 Tbs dried oregano leaves
  • 2 Tbs. coarse salt
  • 2 Tbs. Paprika
  • 6 eggs

Break up  4 Matzoh boards in the Cuisinart.  Add half the other ingredients. Pulse until coarsely chopped.  Some of the matzoh will be finely ground and that is ok.  Empty crumbs into a bowl and repeat. Bread chicken by dipping into dry crumbs, then eggs, then dry crumbs again. Fry until golden.

Happy Pesach wherever you are!” Miriam

4.  Thank You  Patti Rotman!

“Our family has made the trek from Toronto to Florida for 23 years to celebrate Passover with special relatives. With so many decades and age ranges represented, our table always combines fun and tradition. From the frogs “jumping” out off each wine glass and a “plague” finger puppet at each place setting, to the cover for shmura matzah, we always celebrate in a joyous, traditional and inclusive fashion. Chag sameach to everyone at the Jewish Hostess” Patti Rotman

 

5. Springtime White and Garden Greens By Allison Srour

6.“Splitting of the Sea” by Kim Tawil- Gorgeous napkins and flowers in each glass!

7. Claudia does it again! by Claudia Bildirici

  • “I used a red vinyl fabric bought about 3 yards cost 30.00
  • This was to represent blood. and cleaned up like a dream even after the
  • wine was spilled!
  • The aloe vera plants were to look like the desert….
  • Under each plate over the charger was a picture of frogs
  • The masks were ordered from amazon and had the plagues on each. Kids
  • got a kick out of the adults who wore them during the seder
  • It was a fun table to be at!

Claudia”

 

 

8. Bringing the Outdoors In! by Natalie Greenberg

Hi Marlene-
I was really inspired to create a beautiful seder table this year after viewing all of the ones on your website.
This year we will be so many people that we do not fit in my dining room! So I set up in the living room.
I have green accents in the living room so I used that idea to create a spring seder look.
I rented tables and cloth toppers ( they look like trellises!) from All Affairs, and everything else I own.
The created the place card holders from votive candle holders that I already owned and filled them with
babys breath and then a name card. I will use the leaf platters for all of the greens.
I am so pleased with my look- can’t wait to finish cooking and sit down to enjoy!
Have a very happy holiday- send my love to your family.
Love, Natalie Greenberg

 

9. A Glamourous Seder Table by Gladys Haddad- Gorgeous as usual, Gladys!

10. Israeli Soldiers Celebrate Pesach -sent in  by Margo Sugarman of The Kosher Blogger. 

Hi Marlene,

I hope you had a wonderful chag. I saw this on Facebook and I thought of you and had to share it. It’s a picture of some soldiers in the Israeli Navy celebrating their seder in an unusual setting. The table may not be a gorgeous as yours, but it’s certainly unique!

Chag sameach ve’kasher, Margo

 

11.Passover Table By Connie Billie- Thank you Connie! Love the blues, and loving the wine carafes!

12. Sarah Beyda’s  Passover Table Setting- Cool silverware setup!

13. As Sweet As It Gets!- 

“Dear Marlene,

Hag Sameach! I enjoy following your blog-

We had a fun seder for 24 relatives and friends.  My husband made the seder fun for the many kids at the table as well as the adults.  There were hand motions for the order of the seder, role-playing, lots of questions and festive singing.  For karpas we like to do a fun vegetable dish so that people do not wait to eat until too long.  This year, for karpas I served a roasted eggplant and tomato napoleons with pesto.   It was delish!  At dinner we enjoyed brisket, apricot chicken, quinoa salad, roasted veggies, and sweet potato.  For dessert, we had my signature Pavlova, an apple cake, and a chocolate mousse cake from my aunt.  All had a delightful time.  Thanks, Oksana V. Bella  www.assweetasitgets.com

 

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A Fabulous Elegant Seder by Marilyn Harary

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A Fabulous Elegant Seder by Marilyn Harary

No Comments 15 March 2012

If you thought that Passover was over, then think again! The photos are still coming in, please enjoy Marilyn Harary’s timeless seder! Thank you for sharing your holiday with us, Marilyn!

“Hi Marlene ,
It was so much prettier but I didn’t get any close ups  I seated 16 comfortably I had two cloths white with buttercup yellow with matouk linens napkins and place mats.  Gorgous flowers,  and Baruch hashem  a good time was had by all.
We’ll talk menu one day !! Marilyn”

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A Seder Table That Could Split The Sea!

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A Seder Table That Could Split The Sea!

11 Comments 12 March 2012

Dear Hostesses, Enjoy this seder table designed by two talented sisters for Passover 2011:
I’m so impressed with Alexis and Sarah Mizrahi. You can not put a price upon the creativity and energy that went into this table. Give these girls a round of applause for a job well done, and after Passover please call Alexis and Sarah for all of your gourmet flavored popcorn orders!!!  Marlene
“Hi Marlene,
Our Crazy Corn business was closed for Pesach – so we had a lot of extra time on our hands and wanted to surprise our mother with a beautiful table. We made our own hagadahs out of croc embossed leather we found in the fabric store. We had my father reprint the hagadahs we’ve been using in my family for years and covered them in leather and trimmed them with ornate ribbon and tassles. To top it off we had our names printed on them.
We bought some turquoise fabric, and used it as a tablecloth. We had extra leather and used that as the runner and then added another touch of the turquoise with pleated tulle running down the center – it definitely added to the holiday spirit by giving off the aura of the splitting of the sea. We got 4 tall skinny vases and place them along the tulle. As the centerpiece we put a modern white tall cake plate that we used as the ke’ara (seder plate)
To really tie it all together we found this crazy sequined trimming which we made into napkin rings.
We also found these gorgeous gold croc embossed chargers that took the table over the top.
My mother and all of our guests were wowed and really felt as if they were sitting by a kings table!! We’re thinking about switching our professions! lol
We went around the house and found things that we could put the symbolic foods in to complete the look. We put the celery and salt water in martini glasses, the endives in champagne flutes, bitter herbs in vases and the haroset in dessert cups. The guests found it cute, to be dipping into martini glasses, and pulling endives out of champagne flutes!!
We want everyone to know that its really not hard or expensive to set a table like this. we bought everything from save-a-thon (including the vases $5 each and chargers!!) ok, so the Hagadahs took some time, but everything else was done with ease!!
If this is what we can do to an ordinary table, imagine what we can do with popcorn!?!
email us 4 tips and ideas and of course to order Crazy Corn!
Alexis & Sarah Mizrahi”

 

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Frogs Here, Frogs There- What a Fun Seder Table! by Sara Kasten

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Frogs Here, Frogs There- What a Fun Seder Table! by Sara Kasten

No Comments 10 March 2012

Thanks again to Sara Kasten for her wonderful inspiration- Sara knows hope to make a holiday meaningful for all age groups. I would love to be a kid at your seder table, Sara. Happy Holiday, and please send in your pics from this year’s seder! Marlene


“I’ve always felt that an important part of the Pesach Seder  table meant including the children in the telling of the great miracles that happened when our nation was taken out of Egypt.  Sometimes after  saying the “Ma Nishtana” the very young ones are bored and distracted early on.  In order to capture their attention and bring the seder to their level of understanding, I decided to make it exciting and meaningful for them.  I purchased all types of miniature wild animals, pyramids, and frogs and scattered them all across the Seder table.  You can imagine the excitement that was had when the little ones spotted the table!  I also purchesed froggy hats for them to wear and before you knew it, they were hopping around the table and asking all types of questions about the animals. Both the adults and the children got involved with the explanations. The funny thing was that after the Seder, the older children hid the climbing frogs all around the house.  Guess who had the biggest suprise of all when I had frogs in my sink, my pantry, my shoes, and anywhere else you could think of!!   I’m sure the children will never forget this Seder table.
The rubber animals and frog hats were purchased at Michael’s
The pyramids and climbing frogs were bought at my local Judaica store.” Sara Kasten
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A Persian Passover Seder at The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica

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A Persian Passover Seder at The Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica

No Comments 04 March 2012

Thank you  Djamilla Cochran of http://www.theroseweddings.com for sharing this elegant Persian seder from 2012 with Jewish Hostesses from so many different backgrounds. I am continually fascinated by the different Jewish cultures that span the globe.We all share the same Torah, yet throughout thousands of years of peace and persecution, history has allowed us all to survive, and express our individuality as separate Jewish communities. Beautiful! I have enjoyed posting this unique seder, as I hope you will all enjoy reading. Marlene

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This beautiful Passover Seder was styled by Marjaneh from Candybar Couture with lots of help from her mother Guity. Although, Passover is a Jewish Holiday celebrated for thousands of years, this family who is originally from Iran, took a very modern approach to designing the party. The party was held at the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica. The second floor patio that was covered halfway by a beautiful white tent that was the ideal location to seat more than 70 guests. It is very common for Iranians living in Los Angeles to have a large number of guests at the Seder. They invite friends and lots of extended family. A microphone had to be used for all of the guests to hear the prayers!

The food that is used for the prayers, along with flowers were used as the centerpiece.

They included lettuce, bitter herbs, Matzos, vinegar and Halegh which is the Iranian version of Charoset. The highlight of the nigh is generally Dayenu where it is customary for Iranian Jews to playfully hit each other with the raw scallions. This tradition symbolizes the whips of the slaves in Egypt.”

Jilla Javaheri, Sahla Sassounian, Sion Javaheri, Moise Aghaipour during the Passover Seder

Persian ceremony of dayenu with scallions that represent the whips upon the Jewish slaves

Persian Rice with Saffron,

Chocolate Marble Sponge Cake with Rice Flour,

 

Guity Sassounian, Sohrab Sassounian, Marjaneh Etebar and Afshin Etebar

Nassir Ebrahimian, Sophia Ebrahimian and Pegah Ebrahimian

Dahlia Zakhor, Jasmine Zakhor, Rhonda Zakhor, Alex Zakhor

Sean Sassounian, Jasmine Sassounian, Shiva Aghaipour

Mandy Amini and Marjaneh Etebar

 

List of vendors :

Photography by Djamilla Cochran/theroseweddings.com  Djamilla Cochranhttp://www.theroseweddings.com/

The Huntley Hotel http://www.thehuntleyhotel.com/

The Party was styled by Candybar Couture. http://www.candybarcouture.com/

The Desserts were by Madame Dessert. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Madame-Dessert/128740397170724

The Catering was by Alfredo Catering. http://www.facebook.com/pages/Alfredo-Catering-Inc/352678486239

 

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10 More Fantastic Passover 2012 Seder Table Decor Ideas To Inspire You All Year Round

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10 More Fantastic Passover 2012 Seder Table Decor Ideas To Inspire You All Year Round

5 Comments 02 March 2012

Thank you to all of the Jewish Hostessses who took the time to send in their tables. I hope all of my readers enjoy looking at these tablescapes as much as I do. Each one is unique and as beautiful as the hostess behind it.  Click here to see the first batch of  Passover tables that were posted last year.

May we continue to share in many Jewish holidays together! Marlene

P.S Comment below with your favorites! 

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1. Lily Pads and Frogs Passover Table Decor By Kineret Spector (check out more of  Kineret’s creative tables HERE and HERE!)

“This year we went for a fresh frog-inspired spring theme for our Passover table. Paper lotus flowers on lilly pads are fun place cards. Appetizer plates off center add to the floating lilly pad feel. Round woven place mats down the center of the table make a fun lilly pad kind of runner, with water lilly candle holders and candles adding a glowy ambiance. Finally, wire garden frogs add a little whimsy.
Thanks, Marlene!”
:) Kineret

2. A Country Seder Table by Lisa Ades-

“My country seder in Massachusets – nothin’ fancy since the green outside from our Japanese garden is all the decoration we need…”

“I wish I had chairs that match but at least we have glasses that match – they were Grandma Ades’s.”

“This is my “centerpiece” – my mom and I went to the nursery down the street where they have the most beautiful pansies…”

“We planted them in this pot that has real moss growing on it. What could be prettier than that?”

“Did you notice my “diamond” napkin fold? I found it on http://www.napkinfoldingguide.com/! Ethan made that kippah on the right when he was little – i love the pom pom on it and that all the letters fell off except for HA! Enjoy! Lisa”

 

3. An Elegant Persian Tablescape at the Huntley Hotel in Santa Monica. Check out the rest of the post HERE.

 

4. Blue Suede Seder Trays by Emily Massry

Hey Marlene I'm only sending this because I ran into you in Walmart. I Bought these blue suede boxes for Purim never used them but they came in handy for Passover . I put Haggadah, egg, haroset, and celery in salt water lettuce and a little cup of salt. Thank g-d it was a great Seder! Love ya keep up the great work, Marlene!," Emily M.

 

 

5. Color Array of Tableware by Susie Dweck

6. Alexis and Sarah Mizrahi “Spring” into action every year on Passover. Check out their LAST YEAR’S gorgeous crafty seder HERE!.

“Hi Marlene!
Our gourmet popcorn business closed for pesach-so we finally had some free time on our hands! Like always-we suprise our mother with a beautiful table every holiday. This years inspiration was “hag ha’aviv-holiday of the spring. ” A trip to the flower market, & a local nursery-& we were done! We rented a camel table cloth,yellow napkins,& bamboo chairs from Brooklyn Party Rental -Sonny Halawani- Our centerpieces were grass we bought already in those rustic wood crates, glass jars filled with moss, real birch wood, birds, lemons & limes.. For place cards we potted moss in terra cotta pots, & used birch wood scraps (we got it free!) that we ripped in small pieces for the names. Next to that, we placed our home-made leather bound Hagadahs! Our favorite part of the whole table – everyones little shelf with all the symbolic foods. We found these lucite “cabinet organizers” for cents-& we turned them into individual ke’aras! It was soo easy & so much fun! Enjoy!!”
Alexis & Sarah Mizrahi
Don’t forget to call Brooklyn Party Rental: (646) 233-7955
And Crazy Corn – to try one of their 16+ flavors of gourmet popcorn: (718) 613-9558

 

 

 

7.Pretty Greens and Flowers Pesach Tablescape by Jennifer Malka- “my hubby does all the flower arrangements!”

8.  ” Hi Marlene…here is a photo that I just took of our seder table. Thank you. Chag Sameach!!” Karen Rubin- Brown

 9.  A Springtime Pesach Table By Jane Choueka

 

10. Fabulous Holiday Lunch Table By Carol Chera-

Get your Kim Seybert fashionable napkins napkin rings and placemats at Bloomingdales!

Enjoy the creativity and please comment below with your favorite holiday tables!

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A Down to Earth Cozy Passover Seder Meal

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A Down to Earth Cozy Passover Seder Meal

3 Comments 01 March 2012

Thank you April Yvonne Abrams for sending in your authentic Desert inspired Passover seder pics from 2012!!!
“Hi Marlene,
I had lots of fun designing this tent area as part of our seder this year. It was like leaving Egypt all over again!
I just finished making these stunning Huevos Haminados!  Mine look just like the ones in your photos.  I can’t wait to present them tomorrow night!  Thank you for all of your excellent inspirations!
April Yvonne Adams”
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Tu Bishvat Exotic Fruit and Flowers Centerpiece by Esther Sassoon In Israel

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Tu Bishvat Exotic Fruit and Flowers Centerpiece by Esther Sassoon In Israel

No Comments 07 February 2012

Esther Sassoon, a fabulous florist and party planner living in Israel, was so gracious to send in her Tu Bishvat centerpiece to all of us Jewish Hostesses living mostly in the USA and Canada. Thank you Esther for bringing us all a little bit closer and warming up our computers during our cold winter months. I’m so glad to see that Jewish women all over the world are not forgetting the unassuming and quiet holiday of Tu Bishvat.

If you happen to live in the beautiful land of Israel, or even if you are just visiting, please contact Esther for all of your floral needs. Click HERE to email.

Happy Tu Bishvat to all! Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

When I think of Tu’ bishvat, I think of fruit!

That’s why I thought to incorporate fruit into this arrangement.

In each square of the pyramid I put in different types of fruits such as kumquats, mini lemons, and green apples  in the arrangement.

If you have any more questions I’d be glad to answer.

Esther”

 

 

 

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Get Green for a Fresh and Sophisticated Spring Passover Seder!

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Get Green for a Fresh and Sophisticated Spring Passover Seder!

1 Comment 19 January 2012

Go Green for Passovcer Tabletop!
This year, allow your Passover seder dinner table to usher in a fresh, clean, updated elegant look.
Imbue your table top with sophisticated greens and a modern relaxed touch. Splash on accessories from Oscar De La Renta’s fabulous brand  new table top line. These salt and pepper and bottle stopper fish designs will just bring images of the Red Sea right onto your seder table!
(LOVE them for summer entertaining too!)
I would use several of  the stunning Egyptian inspired  mini green foil square trays to hold marror (bitter herb- we use romaine lettuce), haroset, boiled eggs, the vegetable
(we use endive), . Invert a bowl in the center of  a lucite tray and place a square tray atop for the center shank bone or zeroah to be raised higher than the other seder plate items. Place on a clear lucite tray and voila! You’ve got a brand new seder plate! 
Don’t forget to add some frog napkin rings to symbolize one of  the 10 plagues to adorn your linen napkins…
Now is the time to pull out your best cloths, napkins, china, and placemats. Be bold.
Be daring. Use creativity and  imagination. How are you going to spruce up your table this Passover 2013?

 

8. Juliska Straw Loop Round Placemat

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A Healthy and Gorgeous Shavuot Buffet Lunch by Claudia Bildirici

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A Healthy and Gorgeous Shavuot Buffet Lunch by Claudia Bildirici

11 Comments 17 January 2012

Its one thing to be a creative Jewish hostess, but its so amazing to me when talented Jewish women use their strengths to better the community and people in need.

I’m sure you remember Claudia Bildirici’s Bento Box Passover Seder Table, but did I tell you that she is one of the founders of the famous Lottie’s Kitchen in Israel? Learning from their mother’s gracious hospitality and giving nature, Claudia, her sisters Linda Dayan, Susan Menashe, and Nina Cohen helped found Lottie’s Kitchen in memory of their famous mom, Lottie Chalom a’h. Lottie was known for her great cooking and generous hospitality. What better way to memorialize Lottie Chalom than an organization that feeds the  families of hospitalized patients in Israel? Read more about Lottie’s Kitchen HERE in The Jewish Press.

Every  summer, Claudia and her sisters host the most magnificent Lottie’s Kitchen Day  in Deal, N.J. Delicious kosher baked goods for sale, cooking demonstrations, kitchen gadgets for sale, and a delicious lunch that will really make your day one of the most enjoyable of the summer!  You will know that I am not kidding when you see these pics from Lottie’s Kitchen  2009. This year, Lottie’s Kitchen will be held at Adele and Jeff Cohen’s home on Elberon Avenue in Deal, New Jersey on July 7, 2011. Save the date! More info to come!

Claudia- thanks for sending in pics of another one of your holiday tables! We want your recipes also!!!! Marlene

“Marlene, first I must thank Josh for the flowers! I added shells to the flowers, being summer has almost started. I made a healthy,light, and parve lunch.

  • Seitan kebabs recipe from Candle Cafe
  • Rice tofu wraps with peanut dipping sauce from Susie Fishbein  (use tofu instead of chicken)
  • Mushroom/asparagus/endive
  • Greek salad

I know you cannot post all pictures. so I guess pick the winning one! HAHA
Also please let your  Jewish Hostess readers know that the new Trader Joes in NJ sells amazing pasta! Lemon pepper or basil garlic all OU parve!
They also carry fresh pizza dough whole wheat /pesto and reg for ……get this .99 !!!! Can u believe under a buck?!
Thanks again!!
Claudia”

Rice Tofu Wraps:

(Claudia-PLEASE invite me to your next holiday meal!!!)

 

Mushroom Asparagus Endive Salad:

 

Greek Salad:

 

Syrian Style Pickles:

(love the shells!!!)

A Perfect Lunch Buffet!!

Thanks for sharing, Claudia!!!

 

 

 

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