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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 2014

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! 

Directions:

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.)

Glaze:

  • 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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Rosh Hashanah Roasted Marinated Honey Chicken

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Rosh Hashanah Roasted Marinated Honey Chicken

8 Comments 14 September 2014

 

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I call this “Rosh Hashanah” Honey Chicken, but of course you can use recipe all year round. I devised my own version of this recipe after hunting online for a roasted holiday chicken marinade. Make sure you continually baste and brush with the honey at the end of roasting. You don’t want leathery dry chicken on Rosh Hashanah!

The overnight marinade is also essential for the great flavor boost. I made it last week and I knew it was good when my son’s teenage friend kept forking more chicken pieces over into his plate. I heard him say , “This is great chicken” as he was gobbling it up.

Teens don’t lie! (at least not about food…)

Enjoy and Happy New Year! Marlene

Ingredients for Rosh Hashanah Roasted Honey Chicken:

3 chickens cut into 10 pieces each, or you can order 3 packs of chicken legs and thighs separated.(I always order my chicken pieces without the skin.)

Make a paste and marinate overnight:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil (if you buy chicken without the skin, then use more olive oil so it doesn’t dry out.)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme – finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp dried rosemary – finely chopped
  • 3 tsp. lemon juice
  • 8 cloves garlic – finely chopped
Glaze:
3/4 cup honey melted in a pot over low flame.
Directions:

1. Rinse chicken and remove excess fat. PAT DRY so that the marinade sticks.

2. Combine paste ingredients, put on kitchen gloves and rub onto all chicken pieces in a large bowl.

3. Slice about 3 large onions and place on the bottom go the roaster. Drizzle safflower oil over the bottom of the roaster.

4.Place chicken pieces on top of onions .Marinate overnight.

5. Cover and cook for one hour at 350. Remember to baste continually.

6. Melt  3/4 cup of honey in a pot and brush  every 15-20 minutes till pieces of chicken slides off the bone and top is brown.

7. Leftover chicken is even better deboned, warmed up, and served the next day for lunch.



 

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Loobiah- Black Eyed Peas Simanim for Prosperity- Aleppo Syrian Style

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Loobiah- Black Eyed Peas Simanim for Prosperity- Aleppo Syrian Style

No Comments 14 September 2014

Image via -Aromas of Aleppo: The Legendary Cuisine of Syrian Jews by Poopa Dweck

The Syrian Jewish custom of eating black eyed peas for prosperity goes back many generations to Aleppo, Syria. It amazed me that our grandmothers, some as young as 13 years old when married in Aleppo, came to this country over 100 years ago with not so much as a Farberware pot, yet they managed to continue our centuries old Rosh Hashanah culinary traditions. I often wonder how they were able to scour the streets of the lower East side, not knowing the language- and manage to find ingredients such as black eyed peas to celebrate their Jewish New Year as they had remembered their parents cooked back in Aleppo and Damascus. Black-eyed peas are rubiyah (in Aramaic and Hebrew) or lubiya (in Arabic), which are related to the Hebrew words harbeh, meaning many, and l’harabot, to increase.

Growing up, I remember holding up the fork full of loobiah (black eyed peas) and saying the “ZECHHOYOTANU KAROOBIAH” prayer while everyone joked that if we wanted to get rich that year we better chow down those black eyed peas ASAP.

This is my mother in law’s “LOOBIAH”- Black Eyed Peas Recipe for Rosh Hashanah. I’m sure many Syrian jewish women have different adaptations. Please send yours in to marlene(at)thejewishhostess.com so I can share it with Jewish Hostesses worldwide. (OR you can comment below).

We make enough loobiah  to serve for the Rosh Hahsanah seder and then serve again during the actual holiday meal over rice.

Loobiah- Black Eyed Peas Simanim for Prosperity- Aleppo Syrian Style

Loobiah- Black Eyed Peas Simanim for Prosperity- Aleppo Syrian Style

Ingredients

  • Boil 1 lb. package or 1 lb chopped flanken with the bone for 1 hour and throw out fatty water.
  • In a clean pot, sauté 3 cloves garlic and one chopped onion with boiled flanken for 20 minutes on a low flame.
  • Add one lb. bag of washed black eyed peas (washed and drained in a colander), sauté a minute.
  • Add salt, allspice, cinnamon,
  • Add 1 can tomato sauce.
  • Add water to cover the beans and spices...
  • Cover and cook about an hour or more till loobiah is cooked and a stew-like consistency.

Instructions

    If you are having a big crowd on Rosh Hashanah then double or triple this recipe.
http://www.thejewishhostess.com/2014/09/loobiah-black-eyed-peas-simanim-for-prosperity-aleppo-syrian-style/

 

 

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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

3 Comments 12 August 2014

 (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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Missoni Mania on Rosh Hashanah by Candy Gabbay

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Missoni Mania on Rosh Hashanah by Candy Gabbay

No Comments 19 May 2013

Enjoy this Rosh Hashanah inspiration from 2011….

Feast your eyes on this colorful and daring Rosh Hashanah holiday table that Candy Gabbay whipped up after dashing to the Missoni Target sale last week! Candy is constantly ahead of the trends, it’s no wonder that she pulled this hot table decor  together using a MISSONI SHOWER CURTAIN!!! 

P.S  If your table setting is fun, unique, inspiring,  and one of a kind, then we want to see it too!!!! Send it over to marlene (at )thejewishhostess.com!!!

 

“Hi Marlene,

  Since the only thing I could find of Missoni in Target was a shower curtain, I had to buy it even though I didn’t need one! So, I decided to turn it into a table cloth and base my table settings around it! It’s so fun and colorful, just like me! I got so many comments on it as my BBM picture, so I decided to share it with your website. The photos are attached, if you have any problems opening it let me know!
  I put a solid black tablecloth first. Then took the Missoni reversible shower curtain and placed in center and folded sides up so you would see the black and white pattern along the edge of table. I bought flowers that coordinated with the colors on the curtain and placed them in small circular vases down center of table. Found the exact green from the cloth in plates at Amazing Savings and loved the cool shape. Added black and white napkins, a Missoni candle, and last but not least my outrageous challah cover that I needle pointed myself! As you can see I like color!”
Candy Gabbay
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Rosh Hashanah in Morocco? Check out Sarah’s Table!

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Rosh Hashanah in Morocco? Check out Sarah’s Table!

2 Comments 19 May 2013

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(Enjoy Rosh Hashanah inspiration from 2011….)

Thank you Sarah for sending in your “Night in Morocco” themed Rosh Hashanah! WOW!!! I wish I was there!

Sarah created this Moroccan themed evening on Rosh Hashanah  by buying nargilla smoking pipes as props from Kosher Palace on Kings Highway. Always thinking of making her guests feel cozy and right at home, she also somehow found a minute to run to  Canal Street in Manhattan to purchase pashmena wraps which she artfully displayed on the back of each chair. Comfortable Morrocan patterned silk slippers were displayed in a basket at the foot of the dining room table. Moroccan drums and mirrored trays on this fabulous Rosh Hashanah table completed the holiday decor. Thick candles and Moroccan inspired candlesticks topped off the festive Jewish New year.

This is one table that will inspire us all to make our Jewish  holidays fun AND memorable! Thanks again for sharing your evening with us, Sarah!

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A Chic Parisian Rosh Hashanah by Raquel Habert

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A Chic Parisian Rosh Hashanah by Raquel Habert

2 Comments 19 April 2013

Rosh Hashanah flashback-2011!
Raquel Habert is a very busy woman. Besides finding the time to cater everybody else’s Rosh Hashanah holiday table, she also found time to create a fabulous Parisian lunch for her entire family. This lunch is a perfect inspiration for SUKKOT, so keep these pics on your desktop and wait for your stomach to start rumbling!!! Call Raquel to cater your next party! Enjoy! Marlene

Hi Marlene,

Inspired from my trip to Paris last year – I wanted to serve all the food in individual portions Not being able to  find the right table cloth, so I went to the fabric store and bought a black leather cloth and made a runner from that black and white fabric. I happen to love inspiring messages, so each Eiffel tower place card holder  had a word printed on it – happiness, gratitude, honor, love grace etc … and each card also the guest’s name on it.

I found butterflies at Kitchen Caboodles and placed them on my napkins.
Mirrors were used as chargers.
I set up the food in the kitchen on display boxes with mirrors And I also bought lamp posts online to create the Paris street setting.
I also got the individual ramekins from kitchen caboodles and the martini glasses and large glasses for salads.

I’ll send over the pics now !
Raquel Habert
(917)536-2122


carmelized onion goat cheese tarts with fresh figs and truffle oil

 mac and cheese logs

fried eggplant squares topped with sautéed spinach and piece of grilled salmon on top

string bean salad

 

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Italian Plum Torte  – A  Rosh Hashanah “New Fruit” Dessert

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Italian Plum Torte – A Rosh Hashanah “New Fruit” Dessert

10 Comments 26 January 2013

Italian prune plums are in season this month, and are a juicy “new” fruit for the Rosh Hashanah new year. They look like an extra large purple olive. In the 80’s, The New York Times printed this Italian plum recipe, and its been in my mother in law’s Rosh Hashanah recipe archive ever since. Its a moist cake recipe that can be made two weeks in advance and frozen with plastic wrap. When you pull it out of the freezer and warm it up, it will taste oven fresh.

This dessert is easy to make and gorgeous on your breakfast or Rosh Hashanah dessert table.

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup margarine (we use Earth Balance these days)
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 12 Italian prune plums
  • Sugar & lemon juice – for topping
  • Teaspoon of cinnamon

Oven – 350 degrees

  1. Cream the sugar & margarine in bowl
  2. Add flour , baking powder, salt & eggs
  3. Beat well
  4. Spoon the batter into 8-10 inch spring form
  5. Split and pit the plums and place the halves on top of batter – skin side up
  6. Sprinkle lightly with sugar and lemon juice and cinammon.
  7. Bake about 1 hour
  8. Remove and cool
  9. Refrigerate or freeze if desired.
  10. Serve plain or with whipped cream, dust with confectioner’s sugar.

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How to Seed a Pomegranate for Rosh Hashanah: Two Techniques

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How to Seed a Pomegranate for Rosh Hashanah: Two Techniques

5 Comments 26 January 2013

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Pomegranate fruit.

There are two techniques  to scooping out 613 of those pomegranate seeds!

The first one was sent in by Linda Dayan in Israel-:

Technique #1:

1-When my children were little, we wanted them to be a part of the preparing for Rosh HaShana. We used to put giant bibs on them and let them remove the seeds from the pomegranates. The reason that we eat this fruit on Rosh haShana is the symbolism of its many seeds; that we should have a new year filled with many mitzvot. It is even said that the pomegranate contains 613 seeds, the number of mitzvot in the Torah. I don’t know if this is true, but the counting was another way to keep our kids busy, while I was cooking!

Now that my children have B’H,  grown and we are both (hopefully) smarter… I have discovered easier ways to seed this delicious, healthy fruit. Here goes:

Put on an apron!

Roll the pomegranate on your counter, pressing gently around all sides.

Cut the pomegranate in half (like you would slice a grapefruit). Slice off the little crown on the top.

Place the two halves of the fruit face down on a cutting board. Cover with plastic wrap and then a dish towel.

Get your poultry hammer or heavy wooden spoon and hit around all the sides – and top of the fruit.

Carefully, lift off the coverings and the rind. Those beautiful, bright red seeds will be yours for the taking.

Technique #2:

2– Watch the video now:

and/or read on….

First cut off the top of the pomegranate. With a spoon, gently take out some of the center core. Be careful not to squeeze or disturb the seeds. Next, use your knife to score the outer rind around the fruit. Put your thumbs in the center and gently pull apart the sections. Peel away some of the white skin. You may be able to remove pieces from the rind.

To easily remove the seeds, place the pieces of pomegranate into a large bowl of cold water. Now when you go to remove the seeds, they’ll come right out. The seeds will sink to the bottom of the bowl. With the sieve, remove the skin floating on top. When the skin is gone, take out the seeds. Don’t freeze the seeds as they lose their color when frozen.

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Table-Set-Go Rosh Hashanah Table – Be Inspired!

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Table-Set-Go Rosh Hashanah Table – Be Inspired!

6 Comments 20 January 2013

On Tuesday July 11, the fabulously talented women of the Sephardic community in Deal, New Jersey unleashed their creative table setting talents to amaze hundreds of Jewish women who arrived to support the Morris I. Franco Community Cancer Center. This event, staged on the spacious summer porch of the home of our gracious hosts,Charles and Ariella Ben Dayan, was a competition that consisted of eight teams of 1-5 women per team. Each team was given a random holiday theme, in which they created a unique table setting. The basic rule was that they must use a 48 inch round table that was supplied to them, and from there on in, the sky was the limit.  An impressive lunch, chinese auction gifts, and demonstrations were also featured during the day. Pictures are worth a thousand words, so go on and feast your eyes!!!!

Rosh Hashanah

Table by:

Marcy Smeke, Pauline Assa, Michal Gindi, Grace Chehebar, Tunee Missry

This  Rosh Hashanah table is truly a work of art and imagination. The table was lined with a vintage table cloth. Next, the girls layered the table with bamboo place mats, a gold woven place mat, green glass charger, gold dish, a hand painted gold leaf salad plate, embroidered leaves napkin and gold flatware. Note the symbolic silver apple that tops off the whole place setting. Of course we “dip the apple in the honey” to symbolize the hopefully sweet upcoming New Year.

Are you starting to get a little anxious about when is Rosh Hashanah this year of 2011? Well, mark your calendars and get back on the beach! You’ve got till Sept 28 at sundown to start dipping those apples…..

 

Above: Note the LIVE FISH swimming in the elongated green vases. A genius idea!!! Of course the fish are a perfect symbol of The Jewish New Year, as many people serve the head of the fish on the Rosh Hashanah table to symbolize the fact that we should be the “Rosh”  (the head)and not the ” Zanav”(the tail).

The fish also symbolize our custom of “Tashlich” in which we throw our sins into a live body of water that contains fish.

The photo above was taken by Norma Cohen just seconds before an ocean breeze sent one of the vases toppling over. Thankfully Grace Chehebar saved the day and scooped  all of the flopping fish off of the porch and flung them into the second vase.

Note the Shofar candlesticks above!!!

Above :I LOVE the silver apple casually placed in to the bowl of green apples!!!

Below: Don’t miss the fresh honey oozing out of the honey combs! (The girls whispered to me that  the honey combs can be bought HERE .)

In my opinion, the real hit of the whole table was the apple that doubled as a honey jar. Pauline Assa explained her unique Rosh Hashanah invention to me in 4 easy steps:

  1.  Take an apple and slightly slice off the bottom so that it sits upright.(leave a flat bottom so the the honey doesn’t leak out)
  2. Scoop with a melon baller
  3. Swish some lemon juice around the apple sides and top (this may be done the night before the holiday).
  4. Fill with honey.
  5. HOW COOL????
  6. Stay tuned to The Jewish Hostess for more of the fabulous Table Settings displayed by the Jewish women who came together for the Morris I. Franco Community Cancer Center on July 12 2011!!! (Coming up…… Sukkot, Shabbat, Chanuka, A Garden Party, Shavuot, and Passover……..)

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A Royal Rosh Hashanah Table Setting! By Viviane

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A Royal Rosh Hashanah Table Setting! By Viviane

2 Comments 19 January 2013

 

Enjoy Rosh Hashanah inspiration from 2011!

WOW!! What a gorgeous holiday table!!  If you are looking for elegant table setting ideas then you’ve come to the right place! Viviane’s flair for color and style is evident with the effort that she put into her Rosh Hashanah table. Shades of the color purple are associated with royalty, wisdom, and mystery in which the flowers, dishes, placemats and stemware add the extra touch of sophistication to the table.

 I love how she so cleverly used  Kim Seybert napkin rings as a backdrop for printed place cards for her guests! And the individual simanim for each family member! What a cool idea! Love it! I’m sure adults and children alike went home with wonderful holiday memories that reflected the effort and thought that went into this special holiday table setting. (Not to mention all the the yummy kosher holiday recipes that were prepared as well! Viviane- send us your holiday menu also!!) Shana Tova! Marlene

“I got my idea online from a Chinese hostess website. I bought the spoons from a restaurant warehouse and the plates underneath from CB2. I went to Paper Moon Invitations on Avenue P and had them print up the cards with each beracha. Then I went to Lana fabric on Kings Highway and bought organza plum ribbon and tied each one to each spoon. Every person got their own plate with their own spoons and simanim. What a nice night! Viviane”

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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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The Jewish Hostess Shops Ikea and West Elm for a Hanukka Blue Table Setting!

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The Jewish Hostess Shops Ikea and West Elm for a Hanukka Blue Table Setting!

13 Comments 01 December 2012

 

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 (Enjoy from Hanukka 2011!)

Happy Hanukka to all of my Jewish Hostesses!

This year I decided to get an early start on my Hanuka table setting.Being that my Amex card was getting a little rusty, I decided to get into the holiday spirit and  venture out to Ikea and West Elm to see if I could whip up some Hanuka table decor inspiration on a budget.

I decided to stick with the traditional Hanukkah blue and silver color combo because I already owned blue water glasses given to me by my consuegro (Syrian word for son-in-law’s mother) as a Rosh Hashanah gift, plus I happen to own a set of blue and silver rimmed Greek style dishes (a perfect Macabee theme!).

After an hour or two of piling anything and everything blue or silver into my shopping cart at Ikea, this is what I finally ended up with:

  1. Hanukah blue cotton place mats at $1.99 each. A great buy!
  2. Silver mirrored squares-(come in a pack of 4- these are a great investment- buy a dozen or two- you can use them on a dessert bar, as placemats, or you can even line your entire table with them. Your friends will definitely ask you to borrow these mirrored squares when they see how cool they look on your table…) I placed 4 in a row as a runner in the center of the table and then place one atop each blue placemat.

 

3. Go run and buy these beautiful silver candles from Ikea before they run out of them! Eight of these festive candles look so elegant lined up along the center of the table-menorah style.  Ikea also has gorgeous cobalt blue glass candle holders that fit perfectly as a base for my  new silver candles.  I placed four candles into their bases in a row to the right and the left of my own “shamash” vase. (Note- my son reminded me that this “menorah display” cannot be used as the actual menorah- even if I decided to use a candle as a the shamash in the center- according to tradition, the menorah has to be fashioned out of one piece of metal, wood, or glass…like in the beit hamikdash…)

4. I couldn’t resist buying two velvety bluish purple pillows at $19.99 from Ikea to place on silver gray chairs (from B and B party rental in Brooklyn, N.Y.) at both heads of the table of the table.

5. Dashing into West Elm (while the whole family waited outside), I purchased  these stunning silvery shimmery cotton napkins at $7 each. They look perfect atop each plate. I neatly folded each one and topped with a sparkly dreidel. I also found delicious kosher blue and white swirley lollipops at West Elm that I placed on the  mirrored table runner as well.

Hanuka Flowers, Cakes, Cookies, Boxes and Sparkle and Chairs:

      1. Again, thank you to B and B party rental for these gorgeous silver grey chairs. Ballroom chairs always add that touch of elegance for all of your  holiday table decor and party needs. Call B and B at (718) 436 – 8433 or go visit at 1076 38th Street, Brooklyn, NY.
      2. My good friend Shirley Barnathan happens to be a Brooklyn and NYC florist. Check out her Facebook  florals  here. She ran over with some gorgeous Hanuka-blue dyed feathers, and within minutes, she draped them from my dining room chandelier. Shirley also filled my center vase with stunning silver sprayed leaves. Within seconds she picked up my dying orchid plants with replaced them with vibrant new ones. She also brought over some place card holders that I borrowed for the photo shoot. Its great to have friends in the business!
      3. The magnificent and gorgeous Hanukka cake is by Fortune Farca. You will be amazed at her bakery creations! Check out her Facebook page HERE!  The beautiful and delicious Hanukaa dreidel cookies are by the talented Esther Dana. Check out her Facebook page HERE There’s nothing like gorgeous holiday themed baked goods to cozy up the look of your table.
      4. Chocolate Hanukka Coins, Dreidel and Hanukka Ornaments are inexpensive and really add to the holiday excitement. Sticking to one or two colors within your scheme  give a more elegant look. Shop here for Hanukkah Table Accessories and inspiration!
      5. You can find silver boxes and gorgeous ribbon in  local shops or try sites like M and J trimmings for pretty Hanuka blue ribbons.
      6. Hanukka sprinkles and nonpareils can be used as “sand” to sprinkle around chocolate coins and dreidels. They will really add a lot of pizzaz to your table!  Click here for a selection of Wilton Kosher Sprinkles. Use the White Glitter Sprinkles for extra sparkle.
      7. P.S. Don’t forget to buy inexpensive Dreidel Ice Cube Molds! (see ice cube pic below). Kids love ‘em!
      8. Keep scrolling down below to see the rest of my Hanukka table setting.

Use these suggestions as a basic guide for your own unique Hanukkah table decor. Using your favorite silver or blue or white tableware as a base, and then shop around your favorite discount stores, florist, Crate and Barrel, Ikea, Target, or West Elm for fun accessories to add to your holiday centerpiece. Of course if you want to go all out, you can click on over to Barneys for a real first class treat -to your wallet!

Of course I can’t wait to see your Hanuka holiday tables! Please send your pics over to marlene (at) thejewishhostess.com.

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What do you think of this holiday table setting? Comment below with your suggestions for your sparkling Hanukka celebration!

 

 

 

 

 

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Chicken Lettuce Cups from “Cooking for a Cause” Kosher Cookbook

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Chicken Lettuce Cups from “Cooking for a Cause” Kosher Cookbook

8 Comments 01 November 2012

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Recipe for Chicken Lettuce Wraps  from “Cooking for a Cause” Gourmet Kosher Cookbook

  •  2 large chicken breasts (boned, skinned & diced)
  • 1 red pepper (chopped)
  • 1 green pepper (chopped)
  • 3 stalks celery (chopped)
  • 3 carrots (chopped)
  • parsley (for garnish)
  • ½ can bean sprouts (drained)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 3 tbs. hoisun sauce
  • 1 tbs. apricot preserves
  • 3 tbs. soy sauce
  • 3 tbs. rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tbs. olive oil
  • lettuce leaves for cups (either Boston, butter or romaine)

1. In sauté pan over high heat, add oil, sauté garlic for a minute.

2. Add chicken, celery, peppers, carrots and bean sprouts.  Sauté until chicken is cooked.

3. When chicken is cooked, add the remaining ingredients for the sauce.

4. Cook over medium heat for 2 more minutes.

5. Spoon chicken mixture into lettuce cups and serve.

Mozelle Tobias

 

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Quinoa Salad with Pistachios and Pomegrantes

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Quinoa Salad with Pistachios and Pomegrantes

5 Comments 26 September 2012

This recipe is back by popular demand. Its a gourmet winner for a Rosh Hashanah lunch or Sukkot.

by Kady Harari -Kady Harari lives in Jerusalem with her husband Joey. She’s a food enthusiast, enjoys shopping at the local shuk (at times up to 3 times a day!) and teaches  “Traditional Syrian Cooking” to seminary girls studying  in Israel in a post high school program. She also owns the most magnificent upscale Jewelry and gift shop in Jerusalem. www.yigaljewelers.com

When our family visited Israel for a bar-mitzvah recently, Kady had catered a  delicious Shabbat sebet. (Did we mention that she also caters parties in Jerusalem???) We all raved over her quinoa salad . Something about the combo of pistachio nuts, lemon, and pomegrante seeds kept us eating until the whole taboule was wiped out!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe- Kady!

Quinoa Taboule

 

  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained well
  • 2 cups water
  • pinch of salt
  • 2 tsp oil
  • bunch of parsley chopped fine
  • 1/2 cup shelled raw pistachio
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 1 pomegranate, peeled
  • optional- 2 tblsp.  pomegranate syrup
  • lemon
  • olive oil
  • salt
Heat the oil in a small pot, add quinoa and dry roast for 5 minutes. Add water and salt, bring to a boil, lower flame, cover and simmer for 20 minutes. Fluff with a fork and cool
Place the quinoa in a bowl and add the parsley, pistachio, onion and pomegranate seeds. Mix. Add the seasonings and mix well to incorporate the flavors. Enjoy!
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A Sukkah Table That will be Remembered For Years to Come

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A Sukkah Table That will be Remembered For Years to Come

No Comments 19 September 2012

Thank you Kineret Spector for sending in this beautiful inspiring story about the importance of carrying on our wonderful Jewish holidays and traditions! Marlene

The Reason for Everything

It was Sunday night dinner in our Sukkah.  Family and good friends totaling 20 were gathered around the table, already a beautiful sight!  I beamed at my guests for a minute and thanked everyone for being there, before turning to go in for the soup. Suddenly, my friend Jody’s daughter spoke up.”I want to say something!” she announced.  We all turned to look at Gilda, 6 years old, a normally reserved and serious child, and shy around adults – definitely not one to speak up at a table of 20. But Gilda showed no sign of hesitation as she continued, “I just want to say how happy I am to be here in this Sukkah, and it is so beautiful in here, and I really love it.  I am so happy.”  Her eyes glistened as she looked around the Sukkah.

I was speechless. Years of hosting, cooking, decorating, inviting. Every Shabbat and holiday, as we say, Eem kol ha lev - with our whole heart.  And always to a happy, satiated, and appreciative crowd.  But Gilda’s pure and genuine compliment, in all its simplicity, instantly reminded me (and provided a case in point to my whole family), why we do this at all.  For our children.  For the next generation of Jews.

Every Shabbat and Holiday is ultimately for them, but especially Sukkot.  We know the symbolism of a sukkah and retell it every year.  But for children, it’s even more than that. It’s a fort! A little hut! A small house! An enchanted little getaway. And we get to have this in our driveway every year because we’re Jewish!  While the Sukkah is being erected, the kids are hard at work at the decoration table, making paper chains, paper lanterns, and welcome signs.  They get to decide where it goes.  It’s their own little Sukkah fort.  Truly, the party starts that evening, as it all starts to come together.

For Gilda, the magical appeal of a sukkah may have been just that spark that evoked the gush of appreciation and awareness. I’m so lucky. I’m so happyI’m Jewish. I’m part of something. Our kids do as we do.  We tell them we’re Jewish, we model the rituals and tradition, we tell and retell stories of our ancestors, we explain and we teach. But to witness the moment when the first burst of genuine spirituality is stirred in a child – that is just a transcending experience.  From oldest to youngest, we were all touched by a little bit of sukkah magic that night.

Kineret Spector lives in Los Angeles with her husband and four daughters.  Please ‘like’ her facebook page BSG Tablescapes. 

 

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