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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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A  Holiday Table That Connects Holocaust Survival To The Beauty of Shavuot

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A Holiday Table That Connects Holocaust Survival To The Beauty of Shavuot

21 Comments 16 January 2012

Thank you Helen Bachrach for sharing  your mother’s Shavuot table with The Jewish Hostess readers. Her story is so inspiring and I would really love to sit at her table and  hear it directly from her. I really enjoyed reading about the detail of this beautiful table. How wonderful that your mother was able to transform  sad childhood  memories into a meaningful, inspiring, and gorgeous Shavuot table!

Several years ago I viewed a documentary entitled “Hiding and Seeking: Faith and Tolerance After the Holocaust that sounds so similar to her story, I hope you don’t mind that I linked to a clip of it above. Its about a man who took his children to Poland to thank the non-Jews that hid their grandfather during the holocaust. I highly recommend everyone buy a copy of the film from Amazon and show it to their kids and grandkids!

To all of my Jewish Hostesses- enjoy Mrs. Bryn’s holiday table! Marlene

 

“This table was set for the holiday of Shavuot, by my mother, Felicia Bryn, from Sunny Isles Florida. My mother was a hidden child during the holocaust. She came to Israel in the 1950’s. At that time, she had very little connection to Judaism; she felt very lonely and missed Poland terribly. Gradually my mother started to make friends who invited her for Shabbat and Yom Tov. My mother was captivated by the beautiful Yom Tov and Shabbat tables she saw in different homes. This positive exposure to beauty and Jewish observance instilled in her a desire to create that type of Jewish life in her own home. She met and married my father in Israel. He was a Cantor in the United States and later became a Rabbi. As a Rebbetzin, my mother has had many opportunities to entertain in her home. She starts thinking about her Yom Tov and Shabbat table weeks in advance.  The attached picture shows my mom’s Shavuot table covered with Lenox butterfly patterned dishes on glass chargers. The crystal glass goblets come from Poland. My mother has always felt a sense of Hakarat Hatov for the people who saved her during the war and always finds a way to incorporate her crystal from Poland into her Shabbat and Yom Tov table. After the war, she visited them in Poland many times, even during the communist era. On these visits, my mother would collect colored glass goblets of all types and sizes.  My mother’s centerpiece consists of two cake stands with a pineapple on top. The bottom cake stand is porcelain. She does not remember where she picked it up. The second cake stand is by Atlas. The pattern is 22 karat gold. My mother picked up the pineapple at Bed Bath and Beyond. She thought the pineapple was whimsical and would add something different to the usual Yom Tov center piece. The bottom cake stand rests on a gold embroidered cloth. The porcelain cake stand is mostly red and white, but the gold trim on the edge picks up on the gold embroidery. The gold on the second cake stand really highlights the gold embroidery on the cloth. The pineapple is red and gold which highlights the entire centerpiece. My mother used gold flatware to tie the rest of the table into the center piece.  The tradition on Shavuot is to decorate the house and synagogue with greenery and flowers. One of the reasons given for the custom is as a remembrance of Har Sinai which grew beautiful flowers and greenery when Hashem gave the Jewish people the Torah. My mother expanded on this theme by using flowered napkin holders and filling vases in her home with a variety of greenery picked up from a florist. On Shavuot my mother brings beauty into her home to celebrate the beautiful gift of the Torah to the Jewish People. Please checkout her autobiography on Amazon.com. www.amazon.com/Never-Forget-Lie-Felicia-Bryn/dp/1412070198

Helen Bachrach

 

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Allison’s Simple and Elegant Shavuot Table Setting

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Allison’s Simple and Elegant Shavuot Table Setting

2 Comments 14 January 2012

“Hi Marlene- Enjoy my Shavuot table. Happy holiday! Allison Srour.”

Thank you Allison  for sending in your table setting pic for Shavuot! A simple strand of pearls in the shape of a TORAH really dressed up your  table!! Simple and elegant!! Marlene

p.s. need beautiful tablecloths or napkin rings? email Allison- click HERE!

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Crispy Homemade Apple Chips- repost!!!

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Crispy Homemade Apple Chips- repost!!!

3 Comments 25 September 2011

 

 

I am very close to a certain family member who makes the most awesome brunches. Last month she decided to have the entire family over on a Sunday. It was so nice just to get together. We just never wanted to leave. Check out her table and comment with the recipes that you would like me to post for Shavuot.

 

 

I purposely left the pictures a tiny drop small so that I can surprise you with more great pics for  Shavuot.

My anonymous relative just gave me her great recipe for crunchy apple chips sweetened with a drop of sugar.

Perfect for Mother’s Day AND Shavuot!

Check out the video above for a great lesson on how to use a mandoline.

Crispy Homemade Apple Chips

  • 3  honey crisp apples, washed, cored and sliced thinly with a #2 blade on a mandoline.(leave the shell)
  • each apple should have enough slices spread thinly  to cover one baking pan that is covered in parchment.
  • you should have 3 trays with thinly sliced apples.
  • spread 1 teaspoon of sugar across each tray covering the apples thinly.
  • bake at 175-200 degrees for 3-4 hours depending on your oven. If you take them out too soon they will be soggy, but at the same time don’t let them burn! Enjoy!
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    10 Gorgeous Shabbat Tables Sent In by our Fabulous Jewish Hostesses!

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    10 Gorgeous Shabbat Tables Sent In by our Fabulous Jewish Hostesses!

    3 Comments 02 September 2011

    (PLEASE “Like” this post!!)

    Thank you to all of my Jewish Hostesses for sharing your Shabbat tables with other Jewish hostesses all over the world! 

    Each table is an expression of the unique flair that you all have. By creating a Shabbat table that is truly your own, you are creating memories for your children that will be treasured for years to come. Ladies! Keep the pictures coming! Send them to marlene@thejewishhostess.com and be featured on The Jewish Hostess!

    As a special thanks to my Jewish Hostesses- this week I will be sending the women who submitted Shabbat pics for this post, a free Jewish Hostess apron!

    p.s- Check out MY Shabbat table HERE!!!

    Shabbat Shalom! Marlene

    1- “Hi Marlene, I love using accessories from nature for my Shabbat table.

    My table has a classic white pintuck tablecloth, with coral and seashells scattered in the center. The challah cover has pink  roses.’

    Jennifer Srour

    2-”Hi Marlene,
    Here is a picture of my shabbat table. I made challah napkin rings (inspired from one of the Susie Fishbein cookbooks) and bought some bright colored flowers.”
    Michelle Dayan

    3- “Hi Marlene,

    I live in Baltimore, Maryland and really enjoy your website. The name of my business is Swirl. I specialize in creating handmade, beaded serving utensils and giftware. My creations are sold both in the retail market as well as the wholesale sector. Have a look at my website when you get a chance: www.swirlgifts.com
    The look I am going for with this poolside Shabbat setting is along the lines of casual elegance.
    Among the colorful pieces I design and have included for this shoot:

    • Challah Knife
    • Pewter Kiddush Cup
    • Shot Kiddush Cups
    • Wine Pourer decorated with summer flowers
    • Wine Goblets
    • Salt and Pepper Shakers
    • Challah Basket
    • Ice Bucket
    • Water Pitcher
    • Spreader and Spoons

    The assorted colors make for a beautiful summer shabbat afternoon.
    I hope you enjoy the look.
    Shabbat Shalom.”
    Linda Lebovic
    www.swirlgifts.com

     

    4-” Hi Marlene, Here is a picture of my mom’s Shabbat table! Frieda”

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    5-  ”Hi Marlene, My kids got way too excited when they heard me talking about this ’contest’ – they insisted on creating the table with me…so we ended up with a summery kidcrafty shabbat table…which absolutely applies to us, lol! I did not put place settings out yet, since it’s outside :) You get our ‘centerpiece’ with our summer decorations and ritual items. My three year old made the kiddush cup, my six year old made the challah cover and painted the ‘tea set’ from which we used two cups as candlesticks, I made the seashell box a few years ago, and my eight year old says he thinks he needs a new apron ;)”

    Lyn Anne Cutler

    6- “Hi Marlene- this picture is the first course at a Friday night Shabbos table.  The sushi was made with gefilte fish from a ready made roll.  It looked lovely on the table and made a beautiful presentation.” Sara Katsen

    Get this Gefilte Fish Nori Roll Recipe HERE

    7- “Hi Marlene, this is my daughter’s first Shabbat in their home in Florida.”

    Victoria Arnold

    8- Hi
    I love your web site!
    I’ve attached my Shabbat table pictures, but I must confess that I am a simple hostess and these pics were taken after a minor flood & BIG MESS.
    Keep up the good work!
    Tamara Moser

     

    9- Here’s a first-ever  Shabbat table set  for the Gindi family!!!  by  Ruthie Tawil!

    p.s. Ruthie also cooked her first-ever delicious authentic Allepian Syrian meal for her parents and brothers!!

    Great job- Ruthie!!

    10- And last but not least- Another unique  Shabbat table by Shelly Anteby . Give Shelly a hand for always creating a brand new Shabbat table setting every week!

    Check out her Facebook page for weekly sample sales in NYC!!

     

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    My Summery Lavender and Blues Shabbat Table

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    My Summery Lavender and Blues Shabbat Table

    8 Comments 14 August 2011

    Please “LIKE” my SHABBAT TABLE! 

    First of all, I would like to thank all of my Jewish Hostesses for sending in their beautiful summery Shabbat table pics for our “Summery Shabbat Table Contest”.

    I also knew that if I didn’t post my own Summery Shabbat table pics pretty soon then I would probably get officially fired as “The Jewish Hostess” by all of my wonderful readers, so here goes:

    I decided to see if I could mix all of the  purple, lavender and blue tabletop items in my house,and see if I could whip up a “Summery Shabbat” table for my family to enjoy.
    On Tuesday I was lucky enough to receive a gorgeous bouquet of hydrangeas and roses from a friend(by Sheila Bibi Fine Flowers).  The flowers were still so pretty and alive by Friday morning, I decided to separate them and divide them up into short blue juice glasses that I’ve had forever.

    I placed them on gold leaf trays that I bought last summer from One Kings Lane.The blue flower candle holders are also from One Kings Lane.

    I always find great table top treasures from that site when I don’t have time to shop around in the stores. I placed tea lights in blue glass votive that I found in Pier One imports about 10 years ago.

    Atop the mauve laquered dining room table( that one belonged to my parents), I placed three cool tablecloths that were also purchased from One Kings Lane.

    (They were originally labeled as towels, so I bought them thinking they were cool as kitchen towels. When they came in HUGE I decided to use them as tablecloths instead of returning them.)

    In the center of the table below I placed some flowers atop a gold sprayed mosaic tray that my daughter made in summer camp a couple of years ago.

     

    Note the artwork by Irene Mamiye in the background above.

     

    My homemade napkin rings top off each plain white Pottery Barn Caterer’s plate below. 

     HERE’S HOW to make THESE pretty floral napkin rings yourself.

     

     

    Purple glass goblets and place mats (above) purchased last summer.
    Shabbat Challah cover below purchased in Israel made by children with special needs.

    Crate and Barrel buffet platters below:

    Colorful glass shot glasses by Surrey Lane in Deal, N.J.

    Phew!!!! All done! Shabbat  Shalom!!!

    Love, Marlene

     HERE’S HOW to make THESE pretty floral napkin rings yourself.

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    Two Glamourous Shabbat Table Settings from Brooklyn, N.Y.

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    Two Glamourous Shabbat Table Settings from Brooklyn, N.Y.

    2 Comments 07 August 2011

    One of my favorite neighbors (who wishes to remain anonymous) amazingly transforms her Shabbat table with renewed style each week. Details such as linen napkins and place card holders are  never displayed in the same spot. Her napkins are always folded differently, and candles and flowers are  a weekly surprise.

    Enjoy the pics below- and see if you can pick out the details an differences in these two glamourous tables!!

    If you are enjoying The Jewish Hostess- please forward to your friends all over the world! Lets unite through our holiday table pics!!!! Thanks so much! Marlene 


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    Table-Set-Go!!!  An Ocean Blue Shabbat Table by Eva Ben Dayan

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    Table-Set-Go!!! An Ocean Blue Shabbat Table by Eva Ben Dayan

    3 Comments 25 July 2011

     

     

    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.

    Your Shabbat meal will never be the same after you view this elegant Shabbat table that was displayed  by Eva Ben Dayan. It  definitely put us all into a tranquil Shabbat mood with its aqua blue and silver themed tableware. White coral Kim Seybert chargers set the scene for this stunning table. The napkins and napkin rings, also by Kim Seybert were also a magnificent addition. Ava chose modern sterling silver Shabbat candlesticks, and kiddush and netilat yadayim cup for a glamorous sparkle.

    The treasure of the table was the hand embroidered Challah cover that Ava brought over from her native country of Columbia, and everyone was inquiring how they could purchase one for the upcoming Rosh Hashanah holidays.


    I also fell in love with these dotted embroidered cotton tablecloths!!!  

    After doing a bit of research I found out:

    1. The dots come in tons of gorgeous colors: fuchsia, lime green, persimmon, yellow, brown, beige, orange, white on white, dark green, kiwi, black, turquoise and red!
    2. You can purchase this design on napkins, coasters, and place mats.
    3. Table cloths can be made in custom sizes for your Shabbat and holiday meals.
    4. They are machine washable.
    5. Click here to  Contact Michele at Table Toppers for more info.

    If you didn’t get to see the gorgeous Rosh Hashanah table that was featured at our event, then CLICK HERE to be SO INSPIRED for the Jewish New Year!!

    Check back daily to see more table settings from the Morris I Franco Community Cancer Center Event.

     

     

     

     

     

    Enter our SUMMERY SHABBAT table CONTEST!!!! CLICK HERE for DETAILS!!!!

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    A Summery Shabbat Shalom from Linda and Emile Haddad

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    A Summery Shabbat Shalom from Linda and Emile Haddad

    5 Comments 07 July 2011

    Thank you Linda for sending in your gorgeous Shabbat table as Shabbat approaches again this week!!!! 

    Linda is the first to enter our Summery Shabbat table contest!!! 

    Wishing everyone a great weekend!!! Marlene

    Linda and Emile Haddad wish you Shabbat Shalom
    Shalom Bayit at it’s best,a renewal of spirituality,a
    true sabbatical dining experience with a refreshing white on white story:

    • Ligne Roset dinnerware,
    • Stainless sculptural steel flexible napkin rings,”
    • Vacationy white napkins,century 21 Dept Stores,
    • Desert glasses a wedding gift from “consuegros” (my son married their daughter) Nancy and Joey Rishty,
    • Fresh steamed artichokes resting after the busy week,
    • Modest flatware
    • Simple white flowers in a white Ligne Roset vase,
    • White china salt shakers,
    • White satin challah cover with just a hint of gold that picks up the
    • 18carat gold crystal water pitcher,,,,
    • get ready for your after dinner shot of arak in the mini lalique cupid shot glasses,,,

    Honeymooners Shabbat table Shabbat shalom!!!!

    P.S.Try my lahemagene!!!

     

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    Hot Pink and Turquoise Shabbat Table Inspiration

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    Hot Pink and Turquoise Shabbat Table Inspiration

    5 Comments 19 June 2011

    Thank you Susan for sharing your Shabbat and Shavuot table settings with us! Your hot pink peonies and  pops of color make me very happy!!  The subtle hints of green that peek through your vases add another shade of color into the mix. Pier One placemats are the perfect base for your centerpieces! Keep sending your pics!!! Thanks again- Marlene

    “Hi Marlene!
    Just a note to tell you that I love your website. My name is Susan Lerner and I live in Jamaica Estates, NY. I am very good friends with Vered Shamosh and she is the one who told me about your beautiful website. Thought I would share some pictures of my Shavuot and  Shabbat tables. Great finds all from Pier One and Homegoods!!!
    All the best and continued success,
    Shabbat Shalom,
    Susan”

     

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    Enjoy Aunt Linda’s Beautiful Shavuot Lunch Table!

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    Enjoy Aunt Linda’s Beautiful Shavuot Lunch Table!

    1 Comment 16 June 2011

    Thank you cousin Robin Antar for sending in Aunt Linda’s traditional Shavuot table. Aunt Linda and Uncle Leon are known for their warmth, grace and great style. Their Shavuot table is a perfect reflection of their wonderful hobby of collecting unique and beautiful dishes and glassware, so that they can continually gather their family around their inviting table.

    This Shavuot table gave me a great excuse to call Aunt Linda. Always happy to answer my questions, whether it be about her parent’s history coming from Syria, or to tell me about her elegant Shavuot table, its always fun, and a pleasure to speak to her.

    The crystal goblets are from aunt Linda’s antique collection of Heisey crystal, the lace tablecloth is a purchase from a vacation to St. Thomas, the silver flatware is Christofle, and her dishes were a post wedding purchase from an English china company.

    On the menu was, Koosa B’jiben (squash quiche mixed with cheese and eggs), an assorted cheese platter arranged by her grandaughter Marjorie, avocado salad with lemon and cumin, sliced tomato, basil and cheese platter, and much, much more!

    By the way, Aunt Linda and Uncle Leon are very proud of their daughter Robin Antar, who is a famous sculptor, and who has a 6,000 pound sculpture of a bag of potato chips that is sitting in her garage at the time of this posting… Robin’ pieces are in some of the most prestigious corporate headquarters in the world.  Doc Martin’s, Chateau Haut Brion Wines, Sketcher’s Boots and more. Check out Robin’s video HERE.

    Robin’s work is also includes a beautiful collection of Torah cases and Judaica that are featured in OUR ART, a 400 page coffee table book collection of 300 artists of the Sephardic Community.

    I also want to say that I really admire Aunt Linda and Uncle Leon for supporting their daughter’s artistic passion!!!

    Enjoy! Marlene

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Holiday Nautical Low-Key Glamour by the Shore

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    Holiday Nautical Low-Key Glamour by the Shore

    4 Comments 10 June 2011

     

    The talented Irene Kassin, owner of  Parci Parla styled this Shavuot table for her client Rachel Dweck.

    Glass dishes were updated with Kim Seybert blue tie dye napkins. Kim Seybert white coral napkin rings and silver square chargers are the perfect accent for this summer table setting. I LOVE the jolt of aquatic blues and coral accents that infuse this holiday table with a nautical, sun soaked elegance.

    To top it all off, three large blue glass vases filled with banana leaves and fresh cut  pink cherry blossoms feel right at home in the center of this gorgeous table.

    Great job, Irene!!!

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    Olives Stuffed With Creamy Goat Cheese on Top of A Crunchy Rainbow Salad

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    Olives Stuffed With Creamy Goat Cheese on Top of A Crunchy Rainbow Salad

    3 Comments 01 June 2011

    by Charlie Michelle

    For a dairy lover like me, Shavuot is one of my favorite holidays to spend in the kitchen. There are a millions different ways to include cheese in your Shavuot meal, but in the interest of our waistlines, I thought a bountiful salad would be the perfect way to celebrate while also tempering the indulgence with a hearty dose of healthiness.

    A colorful mix of red and green Tango lettuce makes the bed of this Mediterranean inspired salad.
    Nestled among the greens is a lovely blend of vitamin-packed strawberries, bright crisp carrot slivers, spicy red onion, cool julienned cucumber, and heart-healthy kalamata olives, stuffed with creamy, low fat cheese.

    The beauty of salads is that they are so very versatile. You can add or subtract ingredients to your taste, adjust quantities, and spruce your salad up with any number of dressings. I used a very basic greek vinaigrette to top mine– olive oil, vinegar, basil and herbs, and a handful of crushed kosher feta.

    Shavuot Salad (for 2)
    - Four heaping cups of your favorite greens
    - A dozen jumbo olives, halved and pitted
    - 1 large carrot, shaved
    - 1/2 medium cucumber, seeds removed and julienned
    - 1 cup medium fresh strawberries, tops removed, quartered
    - 1/2 cup kosher goat cheese or a kosher creamy feta cheese
    – 1/4 small red onion, slivered

    Dressing:
    - 1/4 cup high quality olive oil
    - 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
    - 2 teaspoons dry basil
    - 2 teaspoon dry thyme
    - 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
    - pinch kosher salt
    - 3 tablespoons kosher feta or goat cheese, crushed under the blade of a knife

    To stuff the olives, simply pinch a piece of creamy feta or goat cheese and roll it into a ball between your fingers. Then pack your little cheeseball into the cut half of each olive.

    Making a salad is easy–just toss it all together, or arrange it artfully for presentation.
    The dressing is super simple as well. Simply mix everything together in a small bowl and whisk well before drizzling over your salad.

    Serve with a chunk of crusty bread, and you’re all set for a scrumptious Shavuot!

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    Shavuot Table Contest!! Win a $200 Gift Certificate to Parci Parla, and $100 to Josh and Co. Florist!!!

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    Shavuot Table Contest!! Win a $200 Gift Certificate to Parci Parla, and $100 to Josh and Co. Florist!!!

    7 Comments 01 June 2011

    Since so many of you sent in such gorgeous seder table pics for our Passover Seder Table Contest, (CLICK HERE ), I decided see what all of my Jewish Hostesses have up their sleeves for Shavuot. Whether you dig up some tabletop surprises in Target and Home Goods, or use your finest delicate china dinner plates, I REALLY WANT TO SEE YOUR SHAVUOT TABLES!! Just be creative and have fun! Its my goal for us all to be able to take a peek into each other’s dining rooms to gain inspiration and learn from each other’s individual talents!!!.

    Click HERE for SOME GREAT CENTERPIECE IDEAS!!!

    On a similar note, I’d like to bring up the concept of “Hiddur Mitzvah”. Simply put, when we are faced with a simple mitzvah of putting out a holiday table for our family, one in which many berachot are said, and  in which holiday memories will be embedded in our children’s minds for years to come, the concept of beautifying that mitzvah is a huge one.  You’ve probably made the good deed of “Hiddur Mitzvah” without even realizing it. Beautiful sterling kiddush cups,  stunning menorahs and shabbat candles are a prime example.

    (Read more about “Hiddur Mitzvah” HERE)

    Lets beautify our tables this Shavuot and share in our individuality- send in your Shavuot table pics to marlene(AT)thejewishhostess.com (use an @).

    First Prize: will receive an amazing $200 gift certificate to: Parci Parla Home Accessories

    Parci Parla: Home Accessories, Table Top, Kim Seybert, Exclusive Ralph Lauren Tabletop, Exclusive Allesi Tabletop, Decorative Pillows and Vases, Trays, Personalized decorating service for your home.

    Two locations:

    1-4904 13th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11219 (718) 686 – 6858

    2-508 Kings Hwy # 10,Brooklyn, NY 11223

    Second Prize: $75 to Josh and Co. Florist.

    1965 McDonald Avenue Between Kings Highway and Quentin Road. Call (917)-520 6446

    Third Prize: $50 to Josh and Co. Florist

    I love this photo decorated by Irene Kassin and Rachel Benun of Parci Parla at

    DECOR BY THE SHORE in Deal, NJ.:

    Some of Parci Parla’s tablesettings:
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    Need Help with Shavuot Cooking? Call These Top Kosher Bakers and Cooks!

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    Need Help with Shavuot Cooking? Call These Top Kosher Bakers and Cooks!

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    Having company and no time to cook or bake like a  gourmet for Shavuot?

    In my book, being a Jewish Hostess means getting delicious and kosher gourmet food on the table even if you didn’t have time or energy to cook or bake it yourself. The real reason for your beautiful table is to get the family and friends together for Jewish Holidays and family occasions, not to collapse on the couch after everyone leaves.

    This Mother’s Day and Shavuot don’t be a slave in the kitchen.

    If you live in the New York area, then you are in luck. I’ve chosen some of the best kosher cooks in the neighborhood that you can call for excellent appetizers, dishes, and desserts. All of  the talented women on this list are widely known in the Jewish community for their culinary skills.

    Please inquire individually about hashgacha.

    Relax and Enjoy! Marlene

    Keep checking back as this list is growing daily! add your name to the list! email marlene@thejewishhostess.com!

    1. Lisa Grazi is famous for her cheesy spinach tarts, kelsonnes, cheese semboosak, and mini pizzas. This dairy  list of delicacies is perfect for Shavuot! Packaged  by the dozen. Buy fresh frozen, and you cook it fresh.

    Lisa’s utensils are dairy and dipped.

    Call her at (718) 986-3810.

    2. Terry Esses has been baking the most delicious healthy whole wheat and spelt lowfat muffins in New York. Flavors include: banana chocolate chip, banana walnut, bran chip, bran nut and raisin, carrot nut raisin, zuchinni nut and cranberry, and corn. (WOW!)

    Her utensils are pareve and dipped. For more info please call Terry at  (917) 301- 0006.

    3. Mary Sutton and Teri Blanco make the most delicious home made Syrian Twisted Cheese in town. You can order plain twisted cheese, zaatar flavor or with olives.

    Cholov Yisroel cheese available upon request.

    call Mary-(917) 902-6595 or  Teri (732) 996- 3690

    4- Known as the Granola Gal, Esther Sabbagh’s batches of healthy granola are gobbled up by kids and adults 24/7. Ingredients are: Pure maple syrup, whole grain rolled oats, canola oil, hard red whole wheat flour, almonds, pure vanilla extract, and cinnamon. (Yum!) call Esther at (646) 236-3983.

    5- Eat Gracefully with Grace Benun

    • Parve lachmagene on whole wheat dough 1 dz.- 20$
    • Parve lachmagene on large Ezekial tortillas 6pc- 20$ tehine – 8$
    • Chummus- 8$
    • Parve yebrah a piece -$1.50
    • Parve specha a piece -$2.00

    gracebenun1@gmail.com-

    6- Jane Choueka- Click here to email Jane for her delicious:

    • Syrian string cheese
    • cheesy olive balls (which are a semboosak dough made w/cheddar cheese stuffed with an olive)
    • caak dough – just defrost, roll & bake fresh ca-ak!
    • Delicious Homemade Stringcheese –  plain, olive & zatar. Only $8 Each delivered to your home.

    Perfect for all your Shavuot  dairy meals! Chalav Yisrael, utensils are dipped .Call Jane at 917-647-1620

    Or email janec2000@aol.com

     

    7- Esther Chabot’s specialty is mazza.- fried kibbe, meat lahamagine, samboosak, enwarat, empanadas, knishes, chicken nuggets, filla meat triangles, bastelle with meat, and more. She is famous for her crunchy cauliflower and pickled peppers, turnips,celery, carrots, and her mix of pickles. Tehine ,bazergan, and taboule salad also top her list. All orders are freshly made to your customizations! Click HERE to email Esther.

    8- Fresh Challah by Frieda and Shelly! $6 each.! Everything spice, plain, sesame, zata, whole wheat, challah rolls, breakaways and our famous sticky buns! (732) 485- 7931. free delivery in Deal, New Jersey

     

    9- Delicious dairy, chalav yisroel, or pareve DIPPED Shavuot “Soph’s Famous CheeseQuakes” by Sophia Betesh

    Guaranteed to ROCK your world!

    Caramel, Chocolate, or Fruit on Top,

    - 8 inch and 10 inches available. (917)620-9869

    $26-$42.  

     

    add your name to the list!

    email marlene@thejewishhostess.com!

     

     

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    Why Don’t We Take This Outside?

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    Why Don’t We Take This Outside?

    3 Comments 25 May 2011

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    This Shavuot, Memorial Day and Summer take your meals outside…. Every Shabbat all summer long, my family enjoys Saturday lunch outdoors, under a pergola with views of a lake…. With nature as your decor, how can you go wrong?


    For Summer, I love galvanized metal, burlap and linen tablecloths and runners, retro touches and graphic prints! Here are some of my favorite pieces for outdoor dining. 

    Party tub $24

     

    12 pc set $49

     

     

    Flatware set of 12 $24

     

     

    Fringed Burlap Tablecloths

     

     

    Metal Hurricanes $16-$50

     

     

    Melamine Dinnerware $11

     

     

    Soda Fountain Glasses $3.95

    Have a great summer!

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