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Veggie Egg White Pizza Omelet by Grace G.

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Veggie Egg White Pizza Omelet by Grace G.

No Comments 27 March 2014

My sister in law Grace is a fabulous cook and friend, although she never wants to take credit for it. She is one of the few people I know that will do anything for anyone without being asked to, including dropping off a plethora of last minute perfectly folded Purim costumes for a niece in need, constantly sending gourmet meals to my parents, making me a “surprise” family birthday party,  accompanying  me on my various business ventures, and too many more to mention. She is a true sister in every sense of the word. Several months ago she made an unbelievable dairy Sunday brunch, and this was just one of the gourmet dishes that she served, which of course would be perfect on a Shavuot, Passover, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, or summer brunch menu. Love u, Grace! Marlene

 Veggie Egg White Pizza Omelet

  • onions
  • mushrooms
  • peppers
  • tomatoes
  1. From the day before you can saute onions, mushrooms and peppers until soft and refrigerate.
  2. Next day heat frying pan with Pam,beat egg whites and pour into pan.
  3. Add sauteed veggies into omelete along with diced raw tomatoes…let cook.
  4. Flip over once add salt and pepper.
  5. When the egg omelete is done place onto a plate…to make it fun cut like a pizza!!
  6. If desired you can sprinkle with chopped parsley.
  7. Enjoy!!!
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Heavenly Cheese Samboosak

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Heavenly Cheese Samboosak

3 Comments 06 May 2013

Mother’s Day and Shavuot  would not be the same  in a Sephardic Jewish household if we did not serve samboosak as a side dish on the table.

Many people even serve it with the dessert and coffee or tea at the end of the dairy meal.

A bag of frozen unbaked  sambousak is considered like “gold” because of the loving handmade touch of each delectable crimped half moon pastry.

Remember to always keep a bag of frozen samboosak in the freezer for an unexpected guest!

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 2 1/2 cups of flour
  • 1/2 cup of smead- (semolina flour) available at Bob’s Red Mill
  • dash of kosher salt
  • 2 sticks of melted butter
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tsp oil

Cheese Filling:

  • 1 lb. low fat mozzarella cheese, grated,
  • 2 eggs beaten,
  • 1/2 tsp  aluminum-free baking powder.

Egg Glaze and Sesame Seeds for Topping:

  • one beaten egg in a small bowl for dipping sambousak.
  • 3/4 cup sesame seeds mixes with 1/2 tsp of kosher salt.
  1. Mix flour, semolina and salt. Add butter , add water and oil slowly.

(Can be kneaded by hand, but I like using the metal blade of the food proccessor.)

  1. Refrigerate dough for 20 minutes.
  2. In a glass bowl, mix grated cheese with  aluminum-free baking powder and eggs .
  3. roll the dough into walnut size balls.
  4. flatten with tortilla press or your palm
  5. place a teaspoonful of cheese mixture into the circle
  6. fold over and crimp, starting at one end, rolling the dough between your thumb and forefinger and pinching as you turn the half moon. It takes practice!
  7. dip half moon into beaten egg, and then into sesame seed mixture.
  8. place on sprayed parchment on a cookie pan.
  9. May be frozen on a tray at this point. Place in a freezer bag when frozen. or-
  10. bake at 350 degees for approximately 20 minutes.
  11. Done when bottom of each sambousak is a light brown and top is perfectly baked.

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Drizzled Mini Cheesecake Pops

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Drizzled Mini Cheesecake Pops

4 Comments 03 May 2013

cheescake pops on the right -I made alot of the desserts for this engagement party

 

 

“Hi! Its Shirley from HomeBaked.com , counting down the days till Shavuot . This holiday is definitely one of my personal favorites – so rich in tradition, spirituality, introspection, and of course, outstanding desserts.

Because we traditionally refrain from eating meat on the holiday of Shavuot, we are blessed with the rare opportunity to serve DAIRY desserts after the holiday meals. Being me, I usually plan my family’s Shavuot dessert menu from about three months in advance, as dairy dessert is an extremely exciting thing to me (and not something that I often get to do). This year, I plan to make an authentic mascarpone-filled tiramisu, a strawberry shortcake trifle (with real whipped cream!), a flaky blueberry tart a la mode, and perhaps some buttery, golden, lemon-glazed madeleines a current obsession of mine…

Anyway, I promised myself that I wouldn’t share yet another cheesecake recipe with you as a Shavuot dessert idea. I sometimes wonder if Shavuot could be Shavuot without that rich, sinful cheesecake staring out at you some point in the holiday. However, I am an enormous cheesecake fan, and I do believe that if you are going to indulge, it may as well be on Shavuot. Therefore, I decided to give you my favorite cheesecake recipe with a spin:

Cheesecake Pops !

These adorable little treats are pretty simple to make (in fact, I bet kids would have a blast dipping them in the melted chocolate and sprinkles), can be eaten with minimal guilt (considering you can stop at just one), and will certainly still pay a respectful homage to the traditional cheesecake that I am sure we would all like to let go of for a while.

While there are a bunch of steps involved in this recipe, do not get overwhelmed –  each can be done in stages, and can be spread out across several days.

Cheesecake Pops

Recipe from Sticky, Chewy, Messy, Gooey by Jill O’Connor

Makes 30–40 pops

  • 5 8-oz packages cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 5 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • boiling water as needed
  • thirty to forty 8-inch lollipop sticks
  • 1 lb chocolate (semi-sweet, milk or white), finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable shortening
(optional- used to thin out the chocolate)
  • assorted decorations: chopped nuts, colored sprinkles, toffee bits, mini chocolate chips (optional)

Position oven rack in the middle of the oven and preheat to 325 degrees F. Set some water to boil. In a large bowl, beat together the cream cheese, sugar, flour, and salt until smooth. If using a mixer, mix on low speed. Add the whole eggs and the egg yolks, one at a time, beating well (but still at low speed) after each addition. Beat in the vanilla and cream. Grease a 10-inch cake pan (not a springform pan), and pour the batter into the cake pan. Place the pan in a larger roasting pan. Fill the roasting pan with the boiling water until it reaches halfway up the sides of the cake pan. Bake until the cheesecake is firm and slightly golden on top, 35 to 45 minutes. Remove the cheesecake from the water bath and cool to room temperature. Cover the cheesecake with plastic wrap and refrigerate until very cold, at least 3 hours or up to overnight. When the cheesecake is cold and very firm, scoop the cheesecake into 2-ounce balls and place on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Carefully insert a lollipop stick into each cheesecake ball. Freeze the cheesecake pops, uncovered, until very hard, at least 1 – 2 hours.

When the cheesecake pops are frozen and ready for dipping, prepare the chocolate. In the top of a double boiler, set over simmering water, or in a heatproof bowl set over a pot of simmering water, heat half the chocolate and half the shortening, stirring often, until chocolate is melted and chocolate and shortening are combined. Stir until completely smooth. Do not heat the chocolate too much or your chocolate will lose it’s shine after it has dried. Save the rest of the chocolate and shortening for later dipping, or use another type of chocolate for variety. Alternately, you can microwave the same amount of chocolate coating pieces on high at 30 second intervals, stirring until smooth.

Quickly dip a frozen cheesecake pop in the melted chocolate, swirling quickly to coat it completely. Shake off any excess into the melted chocolate. If you like, you can now roll the pops quickly in optional decorations. You can also drizzle them with a contrasting color of melted chocolate (dark chocolate drizzled over milk chocolate or white chocolate over dark chocolate, etc.)

You can also chop up Heath Bars as a delectable topping.

 

Place the pop on a clean parchment paper-lined baking sheet to set. Repeat with remaining pops, melting more chocolate and shortening (or confectionary chocolate pieces) as needed.

Refrigerate the pops for up to 24 hours, until ready to serve.

So, enjoy your Shavuot, enjoy your cheesecake, be sure to post any questions or comments and I’ll be happy to answer.

All the best,

Shirley Dana

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Summer Holiday Fruit and Sweet Cream Trifle Dessert

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Summer Holiday Fruit and Sweet Cream Trifle Dessert

6 Comments 28 April 2013

Fruit Trifle, The Jewish Hostess

photo by @marsellouzia via Instagram

What an easy and gorgeous trifle for  your Mother’s Day, Shavuot or summer brunch! (You can even whip up a pareve version for Shabbat dessert).

Just cube assorted colorful fruit and layer into a trifle bowl or a huge florist cube or cylinder.

Make sure all of the fruit is cubed perfectly and all are similar size for a prettier dessert display!

For the  dairy whipped cream:

Summer Holiday Fruit and Sweet Cream Trifle Dessert

Summer Holiday Fruit and Sweet Cream Trifle Dessert

Ingredients

  • One container of heavy cream
  • One or 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  • A drop of vanilla.
  • Assorted colorful cubed fruit.
  • Instant espresso, powdered cocoa or orange or lime zest.

Instructions

  1. Leave the metal Kitchen Aid bowl and the metal whisk in freezer overnight.
  2. In the morning take one container of heavy cream and beat in one or 2 tbsp powdered sugar
  3. add a drop of vanilla.
  4. Beat until the cream holds it's shape when you lift the whisk attachment.
  5. Layer and serve immediately with fruit.
  6. You can add instant espresso, powdered cocoa or orange or lime zest to the cream as you are whipping it.
  7. Don't over whip!
http://www.thejewishhostess.com/summer-holiday-fruit-and-sweet-cream-trifle-dessert/

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Two Magnificent Holiday Table Settings by Karen Tawil

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Two Magnificent Holiday Table Settings by Karen Tawil

10 Comments 27 March 2013

Karen Tawil is one of the most creative and talented people I know. Years ago, Karen volunteered for a Sephardic Bikur Holim bake sale that we were working on.  In one day, she ran down to the flower district and bought tons of  bonsai plants, flowers, and all sorts of containers and ribbon, and created about 50 of the coolest Shabbat arrangements for sale. Needless to say, we were all sold out within hours, and it greatly helped us add to the profits and enjoyment of the day!

I must also add that Karen and her husband Neil own  Bright Eyes, the BEST place to shop for designer sunglasses in the Tri-State area. Bright Eyes is Located at 508 Kings Hwy # 1, Brooklyn, NY 11223-1917

Call Karen or Neil for more info:(718) 382-8722 ‎

Thanks for sharing your breathtaking holiday table settings with us, Karen!  You make it look so easy!!!

p.s. To all of my Jewish Hostesses! keep sending in your holiday photos to marlene(AT)thejewishhostess.com! use the @!!

Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

I love the reaction of my guests when they come into our home and they get excited with all they see. I feel like the table setting makes the meal memorable even if its a meal as simple as bbq. For shavuot lunch it was just the four of us. I used a woven leather placemat from Pottery Barn with a silver charger ,the dishes are limoge and the flatware is lucite. I used stargazer and blue hydrangeas…….

For dinner table decor, I used a silver liner with a shimmer white overlay. Everything else was simple. As it was the holiday of Shavuot,  I just wanted it to be about the flowers. I put six vases across the table filled with roses, lisianthus,philanopsis,calla lillies and peonies. In front of each place setting, I put a single orchid in medicine tubes. The napkin rings were made out of silver leather from the fabric store sealed with a hot glue gun. Simple and elegant!!! Karen Tawil”

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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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Meatless Monday Vegan Quesadillas

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Meatless Monday Vegan Quesadillas

No Comments 21 December 2012

 

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If you’re in need of new dinner menu idea, look no further than a classic quesadilla! Perfect for entertaining or a weeknight kid- friendly dinnner!

I used corn tortillas, replaced the typical ground beef with fat free refried beans, and featured creamy avocados instead of cheese and sour cream, so this party pleaser is healthy, light (less than 80 calories per quarter!), kosher parve, vegan, and gluten free. Not to mention, the triangle shape makes for easy snacking, as well as a festive touch for any  get together.

What you’ll need for a dozen quesadilla wedges:
* If you’re vegan, be sure to check your refried beans. Some have added sugar.

– 6  organic corn tortillas
– 3/4 cups fat free refried beans
– 1 tablespoon hot sauce or ground chiles
– 1/2 fresh avocado, diced
– 1/2 large tomato, seeds removed, diced
– 1/4 white onion, diced finely
– 3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

In a small bowl, combine beans and hot sauce or chiles.

On half the corn tortillas, spread 1/4 cup refried beans on each. Place a second tortilla on top of each and press down slightly. You can always use more if 1/4 cup is too scant for your taste. There’s no such thing as too much deliciousness.

You’ll have three whole quesadillas now. In a large skillet, panfry each quesadilla over medium-high heat. You don’t need to use oil, but a bit of nonstick spray will help to make the edges nice and crisp.

When the quesadillas are golden and crispy, cut each into quarters and set aside. You’ll have 12 wedges.

In a medium bowl, toss together your tomato, avocado, onion, and lime juice. Spoon over the top of your warm quesadilla wedges and serve immediately!

You can always add shredded purple cabbage for more color, or a bit of greek yogurt if you don’t mind dairy, or plain soy yogurt to keep them parve.

Enjoy, and happy eating!

 

 

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The Jewish Hostess Romantic Scarlet Themed Shabbat Table Decor

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The Jewish Hostess Romantic Scarlet Themed Shabbat Table Decor

3 Comments 22 May 2012

When Amy Oren of  Elegant Impressions asked me to create a table setting  for “True Colors” a fundraiser to benefit Mekor Haim of Brooklyn, NY, I was immediately open to the challenge. The idea of the event was that several table decor designers were instructed to prepare round or a 4 foot long Shabbat tablescape using 1 color as an inspiration. “Would you do red?”, she asked, and I immediately accepted, even though the color red was not yet my top choice of color for a table setting theme. With the big day about four weeks into the future, I mentally swept the thought of my red table decor into the corner of my calendar until the event loomed less than a week away. I decided to stay calm while semi-frantically searching among my own table ware.  I pulled out five crystal candlesticks, and some antique scarlet red fruit compotes that I had bought when I was first married. I also  plucked some crystal goblets out of the cabinet that my mom had given to me when she moved out of her huge corner house on Bedford Avenue in Brooklyn.

Eyeing my little assembly, it was starting to look a little cozy and romantic to me, so I decided that we would have a rectangular shaped Shabbat table for two.

I ran down to my basement where I had stored some white plexi squares that I had made up for my daughter’s birthday party last year. Hmm…..

Borrowed two stunning white beaded placemats and  looped linen napkins…

Ran into Parci Parla on Kings Highway in Brooklyn, and of course Sherri was willing to lend me the entire store…

The Judaica store next door to Parci Parla was very gracious in lending me  red siddurim….

I laid it down on the dining room floor, added the red siddurim and a bottle of red wine…

I played around with some napkin folding ideas and tried the one above, but my kids said it looked like a Red Cross logo, so I turned it around until it became an X.

I started to envision red rose petals along the vertical edges of my lucite table “runner”, so I called Shirley Bar Nathan who advised me that rose petals peel off the stem much more easily when they are a couple of days old, so I ran to the corner and bought three dozen deeply colored red roses, enjoyed them for Shabbat, and on the Tuesday morning of the event, I really enjoyed peeling and displaying them along the edge of the table display. Of  course you can integrate this rose petal theme into so many table scopes using a multitude of rose petal hues on the floral market.

Because I was really getting into the romantic theme, I wanted to have place cards that were calligraphied “Scarlet” (get it? RED..) and “Rhett” (of course from Gone With the Wind) If you are too young to know who Scarlet and Rhett were, you can get some kind of comparison to modern day love stories  here…

 I was advised that Rhett and Scarlett might be too racy for a religious crowd… So last minute I switched the names to  Abraham and Sarah…

I used matching Kim Seybert beaded napkin rings as votives….

  • lucite box and Jonathan Adler red frame by Parci Parla…
  • printing for “thejewishhostess” label and  frame by Bonnie Adjmi
  • Siddurim by Tehillat Yitchak Judaica
  • red and black Hermes dishes and crystal place card holders and lucite flatware by “Aimee”,
  • long stemmed strawberries (by Ilan from Ouri’s fruit on Avenue U) topped my compotes (hashgachah NOT included)
  • Swirly candlesticks by Surrey Lane.
  • Calligraphy for place cards by Michelle

 

All in all it was great fun, and I was glad to help out  a community cause. Thanks Amy!

 

 

 

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How to Make Summery Napkins and Coasters for Your Shavuot Table

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How to Make Summery Napkins and Coasters for Your Shavuot Table

4 Comments 18 May 2012

Thank you Nicole from Sketch42 for sending in this perfect Shavuot table napkin do-it-yourself craft!

All of the items here can be purchased at M and J Trimmings in Manhattan so head on over there for some great Shavuot table inspiration! They have tons of ribbon, trim, feathers, flowers and more. The creative possibilities are endless! Its time to spruce up your Shavuot table!!

Summer Cloth Napkin Dip Dying and DIY Coaster:

by Nicole Cohen

This spring I am SO inspired by neons and color, andI have been dying to do some dip-dying ever since I made some tie-dye napkins this summer. Dip Dying seems just a tad more sophisticated and is a much simpler affair.

So for my first project, I made a place setting that I would use for a spring lunch or brunch. The great thing about this project is that even just by using the neon grosgrain bow as a napkin ring, you can set a totally current and chic table with very little permanence or cost.

After I made the dyed napkins and the co-ordinating napkin ring and placed them on a white plate, I knew I wanted to add way more color. So I added a peacock colored placemat that I already had. Then I realized I had these amazing vintage neon glasses and that they would add even more color to the table. And then after that, I thought of making the orange coaster! (I was considering making a placemat but I didnt have enough cord…)

 

Materials:

  • 4mm Imported Rayon Twist Cord Item# 42950 in Orange
  • 1” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain Item# 02224 in Neon Orange
  • 1” Imported Chromspun GrosgrainItem# 02224 in Neon Yellow
  • 1” Imported Chromspun Grosgrain Item# 02224 in Neon Pink
  • Rit Dye Powder Item# 46301 in Fuchsia and Sunshine Orange
  • Seed Beads Item# 76010 in Paque

Project 1

Project 1 Instructions: Dip Dyed Napkins

  • Follow the instructions on the Rit Dye Box. I chose to do mine on the stove. Mix dye with hot water, salt and a small amount of detergent. Stir and wait until desired color is achieved.
  • Take clean, washed napkins and dip into the dye bath. I dipped the edges of one napkin, the side of another and the bottom of another. Ultimately, the napkin with the dyed bottom was the most successful.
  • Immediately rinse with warm water, then cold until the water runs clear.
  • Dry and iron.

Project 1: 

Project 2 Instructions: Neon Grosgrain Bow.

  • Begin the  bow by winding the ribbon back and forth to form three loops. To do this, first form one loop. Holding the loop at its midpoint, wind the ribbon underneath to form another loop that is slightly larger than the first. Now hold both of the loops together at their midpoints and wind the ribbon underneath in the opposite direction to form a final loop, again slightly larger than the previous.
  • Staple them together at the midpoint.
  • Wrap a small piece of ribbon over the staple and secure in the back with a glue gun.
  • Attach to the center of the extra ribbon , and using the glue gun secure the ends of the ribbon to each other.
  • Place the napkin inside.

Project 3:

Project 3 Instructions: Orange Cord Coaster

  • Remove the tape from the edge of your cord.
  • Using a glue gun, apply a little bit of glue to the edge of your cord to stop fraying .
  • Place the cord flat on a table and wrap the cord into a spiral, using one hand to keep it flat and the other to twist.
  • Take your glue gun and cover the entire cord with glue. Make sure that the glue gets in between the cord. Finish the edge of the cord with a little more glue and tuck it into the side of the coaster.
  • After the glue dries, turn it over and voila!

Finished Look

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Shavuot Table Decor by the Sea – Emile and Linda Haddad

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Shavuot Table Decor by the Sea – Emile and Linda Haddad

5 Comments 15 May 2012

For all of you that may not know Linda, she is the ultimate Jewish Hostess entrepreneur who started her business career in the 80’s designing and selling gorgeous stone encrusted angora sweaters to major department stores all over the country. Of course since we were getting wholesale prices, I do believe that my mother was Linda’s best customer at the time, shlepping us girls into Linda’s basement to try on the stunning line of knits. Linda advised my mom to preserve the fuzzy angoras in a cold area. I think that dozens of  Linda’s sweaters must still be frozen solid in the deep freezer that is in our old house on the corner of Bedford and J…..

Thank you Linda for sharing your gorgeous New Jersey ocean view and Shavuot table with all of us that are still sweating in good old Brooklyn, N.Y.! I’m waiting for more Shavuot Table pics from all of my Jewish Hostesses!!!!

Let’s see who else will have a chance to win the $200 gift certificate to Parci Parla!!!   Marlene

” Dear Marlene,

Wishing a happy holiday to all!  Hope you like my seafoam linen placemats with batik print cloths and matching napkins:

  1. Cloths- Century 21 dept store,
  2. Lalique stemware and glasses from France,bought in 1977 !!!
  3. St. Martin dishes Mikasa, 2005.
  4. Stainless flatware, Century 21.
  5. Plant from Paradise florist (from Mother’s Day lol),
  6. Napkin rings are bangles from the accessory district.
  7. The ocean is view is from the 19th floor !!!”

Emile and Linda Haddad

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lorene’s Two Summer Table Settings-Flower Garden and Sea Side Inspired Dinners

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Lorene’s Two Summer Table Settings-Flower Garden and Sea Side Inspired Dinners

4 Comments 14 May 2012

Thanks Lorene Sasson for sharing two of your holiday tables with us! I love the holiday colors and themes that you chose! Now I’m ready for summer! Marlene

Hi Marlene!

The first night of Shavuot I went for the summer/ocean/colorful look, and for the second night, I went for a garden feel. I actually bought the mirrors and the silver chargers from Amazing Savings. The napkins and rings are from Bed Bath and Beyond.

I also used shower gifts from 6 years ago. The silverware was a gift from my sister, as well as the dishes and stemware. I love making the holiday by me  because I can use the items that are really special to me.
I was going to go thru with the whole summer/oceanside feel- but then I saw the flowers at the shop stuffed together and i love COLOR and at the last minute my whole table changed. but to stay true to my original theme, I threw in some ocean glass.

The second night-  I bought new dishes from home goods (Mikasa Cherry Blossom) and I already had cherry blossom branches that I have never known what do do with EVER so i put them away. I decided to bring them out of the closet and add them to the table with my new dishes.
The table runner is Lenox. The  pewter dragonfly/butterfly plates were a gift from my mother who was not here for the holiday this year, so it gave me the chance to make the nights by me. I cant wait to show her the pictures,I know she’ll love them!

I am very pleased with this table because everything really fell together nicely in the garden theme.

Thanks Marlene,  and Shabat Shalom!!
Lorene Sasson

First Shavuot Night- Seaside Inspired

 

Second Night- Flower Garden Settings Below

 

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Crunchy Jicama Salad-Great for Shavuot!

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Crunchy Jicama Salad-Great for Shavuot!

1 Comment 10 May 2012

This spring, try crunching on jicama instead of potato chips.

Native to the Americas and sometimes called the Mexican potato, and a mix between a potato and a pear. You can also compare it in texture to a water chestnut, and in fact , jicama is made up of almost 90 percent water.

A cup of jicama has almost 6 grams of fiber and only 50 calories. It is also high in vitamin C, potassium and folate.

Peel the coarse, papery skin and julienne the white flesh, into carrot stick size pieces, and squeeze some lime juice on it to keep it from browning. Add a pinch of chili to the lime juice and you have an excellent treat right there.

This colorful jicama salad is appealing to guests of all ages. Kids love the crunch, and adults savor the light, tart, flavors of all of the vegetables marinated simultaneously.

  • 1 large jicama (about 1 1/2 pounds), peeled, then julienned or cubed (easiest to work with if you cut the jicama in half first)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 yellow bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1/2 a large cucumber, seeded, chopped
  • 1 navel orange, peel cut away, sliced crosswise, then each round quartered
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • Salt
  • Cumin

Optional

  • 1/2 avocado chopped
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil

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    Shavuot Tablescape from Table Set GO!- Great Floral Centerpiece Ideas!

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    Shavuot Tablescape from Table Set GO!- Great Floral Centerpiece Ideas!

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    In the summer of 2011, the Table Set GO event in Deal, New Jersey (sponsored by the Morris I. Franco Community Cancer Center) showcased the communities’ women’s striking table decor talents. Each table represented a unique Jewish holiday ‘s theme. The botanical holiday of Shavuot was displayed by Barbara Chehebar, Ruthie Bibi, and Adele Pardo. This table decor’s shades of blues and purples heralded the arrival of Shavuot’s custom of decorating one’s home, the synagogue and even the Torah scroll itself with greens and flowers in honor of the holiday. This custom of flowers and greens was based upon a statement in Midrash that the foot of Mount Sinai (where the Jews stood in awe, awaiting the granting of the Torah) was carpeted with greens and sweet smelling flowers.

    To accent the Shavuot table’s floral decor and centerpiece, the girls used Kim Seybert napkin rings, geometric Pucci scarves, sky blue bordered china dinnerware, and sparkling crystal stemware. Delicate blue dotted quilted linens were the backdrop to this elaborate variety of sweet smelling Shavuot florals. Mini Torahs and two mountains of roses, represented the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinaii. Thank you ladies for all of your hard work, table setting ideas inspiration! I’m so glad that we have the photos to remember this stunning event! 

     

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    Making Knaffe Shredded Wheat Dairy Dessert With Grandma Abadi

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    Making Knaffe Shredded Wheat Dairy Dessert With Grandma Abadi

    8 Comments 25 April 2012

    Thank you Joy Betesh for sending in your grandma’s recipe for kanafe. I LOVED watching this video because that was exactly how MY grandma spoke!!! The EXACT accent!!!! And the Syrian BANGLES!!!!!  MEMORIES!!!  (Please note- when the video is completely edited Joy will send it in for us to view but enjoy these couple of minutes with her grandmother!!!)

    Shavuot would NOT be the same without Kanafe!!!! Happy holiday to all!! Marlene

     

    “Hi Marlene, Here is my Grandma Abadi’s recipe for Kanafe. I submitted it to Food 52 and it was an Editor’s Pick! In 1985 I videoed my Grandma Abadi and Grandma Rahmey making Kanafe and also interviewed them about their lives. In 1995 when my son was bar mitzvahed my mother made the kanafe and referred to the video for the recipe. Two months ago, for my grandson’s Bris I made the Kanafe, and watched the video , too!

    Kanafe is the most heavenly Syrian Dessert….the combination of the ricotta cheese, buttery crispy shredded wheat  and the fragrant rose and orange blossom water syrup makes me swoon.This knafe recipe is unique because cream of rice cereal is used as a lighter alternative to heavy cream. I submitted it to Food 52 and it was an Editor’s Pick!

    This is my grandmother’s recipe and I videoed her making kanafe in 1986. Ten years later, my mother wanted to make Kanafe for my son’s Bar Mitzvah and we did not have an accurate recipe…so we popped in the video and was able to capture Grandma Abadi’s recipe and her technique! Now I have prepared the Kanafe and will bake it next week in honor of the birth of my grandson!” – Joy Betesh

    p.s. Its also the perfect dairy Shavuot Dessert!

    SERVES 12-14

    For the kanafe:

    • 1 pound kanafe (shredded phyllo dough)
    • 2 1/2 pounds ricotta cheese
    • 1/2 cup cream of rice cereal
    • 3 sticks of sweet butter melted
    • 4 tablespoons sugar
    • 1 tablespoon rosewater
    • 2 cups milk
    • 1/4 cup pistachios, peeled & chopped

    For the Syrup:

    • 2 cups sugar
    • 1 cup water
    • 1 teaspoon rosewater
    • 1 teaspoon orange blossom water
    • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
       

    1. Drain the ricotta in a strainer. Prepare the cream of rice according to the box directions using the 2 cups of milk, add the 4 Tbsp sugar and the rosewater. When the cream of rice mixture is cool add the ricotta and mix well.
    2. In a large bowl shred the kanafe with your hands, tearing apart the strands of dough so there are no clumps. Mix in the melted butter, continuing to shred the kanafe till it is well coated with the butter.
    3. Spread 1/2 the kanafe in a 9 x13 pyrex or large pan. Press down firmly and press the kanafe 1/2 way up the sides of the pan. Add the ricotta mixture, spreading evenly over surface. Top with the other 1/2 of the kanafe. The kanafe may be frozen up to this point.
    4. For the syrup, bring the sugar, water and lemon juice to a boil and then simmer for 15 minutes. Add the rosewater and orange blossom water. This syrup may be made ahead and refrigerated.
    5. Bake in a 350 oven for one hour or till golden. Pour the cold or room temperature syrup over the hot kanafe. Garnish with the chopped pistachios. Serve warm or at room temperature.

     

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    Announcing The Winners of the  Shavuot 2011 Table Contest!

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    Announcing The Winners of the Shavuot 2011 Table Contest!

    1 Comment 19 February 2012

    Announcing the winners of our 2011 Shavuot Table Contest!

    Winner for FIRST PRIZE wins $200. gift certificate to PARCI PARLA!

    This a just one of Parci Parla’s gorgeous table settings! Parci Parla has tons of gift and table ware for your home! Email Irene for more info!

    SECOND PRIZE - $100 to Josh and Co. Florist

    THIRD PRIZE -$75 to Josh and Co.

     

    Winner #1 with the most Facebook likes, comments, and emailed votes sent in to me is Karen Tawil! Check out her beautiful tables HERE!!!


    Winner #2 with the most Facebook likes, comments, emailed votes sent in to me AND most inspiring Holocaust survival story is Felicia Bryn, from Sunny Isles Florida. Check out Mrs. Bryn’s table settingHERE.


    Winner #3 with the most Facebook likes, comments, emailed votes sent in to me is Lorene Sasson! Lorene’s two table top displays were a big hit! Click HERE to check it out!

    A SPECIAL THANK YOU to Linda and Emile Haddad, Susan Lerner, Aunt Linda Betesh, Claudia Bldirici, Rachel Dweck,  and Allison Srour for sharing your GORGEOUS holiday tables with us!!!!

    Click on each of their names above to see their beautiful Shavuot tables!

    To check out ALL of the magnificent tables shared by our Jewish Hostesses please click HERE ! You are all such an inspiration to me and thousands of Jewish women all over the world! Marlene

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    The Chicest Shavuos Table by Sara Fishman

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    The Chicest Shavuos Table by Sara Fishman

    No Comments 21 January 2012

    “Hi Marlene! I am loving your facebook page and thought you might enjoy these
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    Wow Sara! The details you put into your Shavuot holiday table setting are unmatched! The crystal lettered place cards, the printed menus placed upon each table setting, the simple daisies placed within mini glass cubes, gorgeous bronze modern flatware,mini delectable hor dourves,  refreshing green gazpacho in martini glasses (PLEASE send us your recipe!) all make us want to dine at your table. Thank you so much for sharing. I am SO impressed! Marlene
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