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10 Fresh and Fabulous Last Minute Ideas for Purim

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10 Fresh and Fabulous Last Minute Ideas for Purim

6 Comments 03 March 2015

Looking for some last minute Purim ideas for Mishloach Manot? Here are some easy ones that you can use for inspiration this Purim holiday. If you are not really sure about the meaning of mishloach manot, just click here, and then continue reading below!

1- Make a ton of  mini biscotti and pile into a small or medium mason jar. Tie  a decorative ribbon and silk flower around a bottle of  inexpensive kosher sweet wine and have your kids deliver the combo to all of your friends and neighbors.

2- Give out warm kosher hot chocolate, skewered marshmallows, pink chocolate dipped rice krispy treats that are rolled into a ball (right after cooking the mixture)in a cute Wilton Striped Cupcake Box. Very cozy!:

3- My niece Shirley who is a professional baker, was inspired by Bakerella’s cookie mix in a jar, and turned the idea into a fabulous mishloach manot. Their entire family stood in an assembly line and filled and scooped until they were done with all of their beautifully filled jars.  It really was one of the prettiest mishloach manot that I received last year. You can also find more cookie mix-in-a-jar recipes from allrecipes.com.

Download pretty instructions to attach to your cookie-mix filled jar with this PDF from Bakerella.

4-Bake orange juice cakes in mini loaf pans and send them with a mini bottle of fresh orange juice  or a mini Tropicana juice box from your local grocer. You can find fruit themed tissue paper from Bags and Bows and for a real home squeezed feel, use a crate from an empty clementine box, or a Purim basket that was stashed in a storage bin during last year’s Passover cleaning.

5- Last year my sister in-law  invited us to her annual gala Purim party with a printed potholder that held a note explaining that all the moms invited were to be united in a cooking contest. What a great way to invite the family over without not actually having to cook anything! (lol…)  Each family was given a rolled up note with what main dish or salad to bring.  The “judges” chose the winner who received a gift certificate to Kitchen Kaboodles on Avenue U in Brooklyn. All in all, it was so much fun and easy to for everyone to walk in with part of the Purim seuda.

6- Need an adorable Purim card to attatch to your mishloach manot? My very creative friend Erika Sabbagh sent in this unforgettable idea. Dress your kids up in their Purim costumes, take a pic,  print it on cardstock within a card making or a label software, print, and you are done!

7- Make an sweet treat, pile into food bags, tie with raffia or a pretty ribbon, add a bottle of  kosher grape juice, a fresh daisy, place a decorative napkin inside a disposable 
paper loaf pan and deliver!

8-Borrow some of Martha Stewart’s Valentine’s Day ideas and transform them into your Purim Jewish hostess treats!

image via martha stewart

9- Be inspired by The Kitchn’s skillet toffee and 39 other homemade gifts. It’s a mouthwatering roundup of melt in your mouth treats. Any one of these delectables would make a unique Purim gift to send. Make sure to add two different items in your package so that your  recipient can make two prayers according to the Purim custom.

10- My good friend Allison  Srour made this healthy mishloach manor: baby spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette,
and veggie burgers with tehine!

Allison also asked me to tell you about her elegant tablecloths that she has for sale for Purim. They are elegant AND washable. Contact Allison at allison7396@aol.com

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Classic No-Fail Hammentashen Recipe

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Classic No-Fail Hammentashen Recipe

10 Comments 09 February 2012

Whether you spell it hamantaschen, hamantashen, hamentaschen hamentashen,or hammentoshen, every Jewish Hostess has their favorite Purim classic triangular cookie that will be handed down to their kids and grandkids. This great no-fail, easy recipe is on page 230 of the classic Red Deal Delights cookbook that was compiled by the Syrian Jewish women in on the Jersey Shore in 1985. This cookbook has traditional Sephardic recipes that is a must in every Syrian Jewish home. I wonder if they had Hammentashen in the old days in Syria…

You can order your Deal Delights cookbooks from the hard working PTA at Hillel Yeshiva.

Ingredients:

  • 4 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil
  • 2 tbsp vanilla
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 jar apricot butter
  • 1 jar prune butter

Beat eggs, and add sugar, oil, vanilla,baking powder, salt and flour (add flour slowly) while beating continuously until you have a workable dough.

Roll dough into baseball size balls and add slight amount of flour to reduce stickiness.

Roll flat with rolling pin.

Even the boys can get involved…..

Cut into circles using the plastic red top of a can of spray Pam.

Place one teaspoon of the fillings into each circle and squeeze with 3 pinches to form hammentashen shape.

You can even use kosher chocolate chips, Nuttela, and homemade fruit preserves as a filling! Yum!

Bake on sprayed parchment paper lined cookie sheet till desired crunchiness (about 25-30 minutes).

What fantabulous new fashioned sweet fillings can you think of this year?

Comment below!



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Sweet and Savory Hamentashen by Leah Koenig

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Sweet and Savory Hamentashen by Leah Koenig

3 Comments 01 January 2012

Leah Koenig’s Sweet and Savory Hammentashen:

“Nothing brings out the baking spirit in me like Purim.  Several weeks before the holiday, I start dreaming up new exciting fillings to spoon onto my cookies before pinching them into the familiar tri-cornered shape recalling Haman’s hat.  Never a fan of mohn (poppy seeds) or artificial cherry pie filling, my hamentashen fillings tend to skew either towards the sweet-tart – things like lemon curd, apricot marmalade or homemade pear and ginger compote (see below for a kosher recipe) – or the all out, hands-down decadent – think spoonfuls of Nutella, or white chocolate chips swirled with raspberry jam.

But a few years ago, while in the midst of one of my pre- Purim daydream sessions, my thoughts drifted from sweet to savory.  What would it taste like, I wondered, if I cut back on sugar in the dough and replaced it with dried herbs?  And what sort of filling combinations might compliment this savory foundation?  After a few excited rounds of testing, tweaking and tasting, I hit the Purim jackpot: a rich, herb-flecked “cookie” encasing a medley of lightly caramelized mushrooms and onion, browned in the oven until golden and unbelievably fragrant (see below for a kosher recipe)

One bite was all it took to know that I’d stumbled on a new annual tradition – for me anyways!  Lest one think that savory hamentashen sounds too unconventional to try, consider the spinach knish, the Middle Eastern bureka or the Italian calzone.  All of these delicious pastries combine dough with meat, vegetables and any number of tasty fillings – so why should the hamentashen be left out of the fun?”

Savory Hamentashen

Directions, Dough:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme, basil, oregano, or rosemary
  • 2 tbsp milk

Cream butter, egg and sugar. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, and herbs together and set aside. Add 1/2 of dry mixture into wet ingredients and combine until smooth. Add milk, then remaining flour mixture, stirring until incorporated. If dough is too sticky at this point, continue adding flour until it is firm enough to withstand being rolled out.

Gently roll out dough until it is 1/4 inch thick. Cut into rounds with a circular cookie cutter or the rim of a wide-mouthed glass and transfer to a baking sheet. Dot each circle with filling (see below).  Pinch corners into triangles. Bake at 375 for 15-20 minutes until delicately browned.

Variation 1: This dough can be used for sweet hamentashen too.  Increase the sugar to 3 Tbs and omit the dried herbs.

Variation 2: If you would like to eat these hamentashen after a meat meal, replace the butter with non-hydrogenated margarine (e.g. Smart Balance) and the milk with soy or almond milk.

Savory Onion and Mushroom Filling

  • 3/4 pound mushrooms (white cap or cremini)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 4 Tbsp olive oil
  • pinch salt
  • 1/4 cup dry red wine (optional)

Chop mushrooms and onion into small dice. Heat oil in a large pan or skillet over medium heat and brown onions. Add mushrooms and salt and let cook, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and about halved in size. Add red wine (if desired) and salt and cook 2-3 minutes, until liquid is dissolved. Let cool before stuffing into hamentashen.

Sweet Pear and Ginger Compote

  • 2 bosc pears, chopped
  • 1 Tbs honey
  • 1/2 tsp ginger powder
  • 1 Tbs water
  • 1 1/2 tsp crystallized ginger, chopped

Combine all ingredients in small saucepan and cook over low heat, stirring regularly until the pears soften and soak up the fragrant liquid, about 8 minutes.  Allow to cool slightly before using as hamentashen filling.

Happy Purim!

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Purim Table Decor That’s Fit For a King

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Purim Table Decor That’s Fit For a King

6 Comments 20 November 2011

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

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

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

Happy Purim Everyone!


1. Ikat Placemats $45

2. Gold Banded Glass $48

3. Capiz Placemat $88

4. Tangerine Banded China

5. Colorful Glasses

6. Gold Bowls $26 – $365

7. Floor Cushions $45 – $65

1. $485

2. Peacock Mirror

3. $340

4. Round Lantern $450

5. Fountain $500

6. Hammered Metal Pitcher $29

7. Footed Bowl $29

8. Perforated Metal Hurricanes $29-$59

9. Hammered Metal Stool $775

1. Blue Tray $199

2. Striped Box $199

3. Horn Calligraphy Brushes $89

4. Bone Inlay Chair

5. Horn Cups $18-$22

6. Syrian Side Table $1490

7. Medina Boxes $82-$98

8. Horn Carving Set $379

9. Mother of Pearl Cheese set $26/ea

10. Lavender Tray $199

11. Horn Tiered Server $150

1. Pillows $45 – $65

2. William Yeoward Pink China

3. Pink Glasses

4. Rug $325

5. Fuchsia Pouf $270

6. Colored Glasses $22

7. Peacock Placemat $4.95

Happy Purim!

by: Nicole Cohen

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Revised!- Zaatar Mini Pizzas

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Revised!- Zaatar Mini Pizzas

5 Comments 02 May 2011

This recipe was such a hit that I decided to re-post it. Zaatar is a tangy, addictive spice that is actually a mixture of dried herbs, sesame seeds,  sumac, and salt.  It is a centuries-old mixture dating back to at least the 13th century. Exactly what those herbs are, and how all those ingredients are proportioned vary from culture to culture and family to family. If you would like to create your own memorable zaatar recipe, you  can start  HERE, and  give or take a little until you create your own personal zaatar potpourri.

Great last minute yummy pizza!

Kids and adults love it- great for parties! Perfect for your Purim Seuda!!

    • Mazor’s Pizza Dough- these come ready made- I buy whole wheat mini pizza doughs at Kosher Corner.
    • Zaatar spice
    • olive oil
    • shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
    • delete the cheese, or use cheese substitute and it becomes dairy-free and vegan!
  1. place pizza doughs on Pam sprayed parchment paper on a cookie sheet
  2. mix zaatar with 1 teaspoon of olive oil, salt,  pepper and sesame seeds (to taste) in a small bowl
  3. spoon mixture on top of each pizza dough
  4. sprinkle cheese on top of each one
  5. bake at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes

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