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Pareve Stuffed Grape  with Tamarind Sauce-Meatless Monday Kosher Recipe

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Pareve Stuffed Grape with Tamarind Sauce-Meatless Monday Kosher Recipe

2 Comments 22 May 2011

With all of the dairy dishes that are prepared for the festive holiday of Shavuot, its a good idea to serve some lighter sides like this pareve yebrat, or stuffed grape leaves recipe. Stuffed grape leaves also are frequently called Dolma which is a family of stuffed vegetable dishes in the cuisines of the former Ottoman Empire and surrounding regions such as RussiaIran and the Caucasus and Central and South Asia. Perhaps the best-known is the grape-leaf dolma. Common vegetables to stuff include zucchinieggplanttomato and pepper. The stuffing may or may not include meat. Meat dolma are generally served warm, often with sauce; meatless ones are generally served cold, though meatless dolma are eaten both ways in Iran. Dairy stuffed grape leaves are often eaten with yogurt. (source Wikipedeia)

This recipe is from Nina Cohen, who is famous for her  elegant entertaining and gourmet dishes. She is our very own Jewish Martha Stewart!

Pareve Yebra (Stuffed Grape Leaves Recipe)

  • 2 ½ cups goya white rice rinsed three times
  • ¾ cup pitted prunes
  • ¾ cup California apricots
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 ½ Tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 6 shallots chopped, about 1 cup
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 16oz jar of grape leaves (available at specialty supermarkets such as Kosher Corner in Brooklyn)

Place prunes and apricots in food processor with steel blade and process until chopped and forms a ball. Boil water and add salt, oil, rice and prune and apricot mixture. Wisk mixture to combine well.

Cover and simmer on low flame for 15 – 20 minutes, or until rice is tender. Mix after 10 minutes while cooking.

While rice is cooking, sauté shallots in olive oil until golden.

Add shallots to cooked rice. Let mixture cool before rolling.

Rinse grape leaves and cut off stems.

Place leaves in a large pot of boiling water and cook for 15 minutes to soften leaves. Drain in colander.

Place leaves vein side up and roll as you would an egg roll. May be frozen at this point. Yield about 50-60 yebra

Place 36 yebra in a 3 quart pyrex    Preheat oven 350

Sauce:

  • 2 Tbsp tamarind -this is traditionally called “ourt”-this sweet and tangy sauce is available at specialty supermarkets such as Kosher Corner and Pomegrante in Brooklyn.
  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice,
  • 2 Tbsp dried mint,
  • ¼ cup olive oil,
  • 2 tsp sugar,
  • 1 Tbsp salt
  • 1 cup water.

Combine and pour over yebra. Cover and bake about 60 to 75 minutes. Serve hot or cold. Garnish with lemon slices.

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Fantastic Fuchsias for Your Shavuot Table!

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Fantastic Fuchsias for Your Shavuot Table!

8 Comments 12 May 2011

Enjoy this Fantastic Fuchsia Table on Shavuot !!!

For al of you design junkies, the Kips Bay Deorators Showhouse in New York is a must see.  This years spectacular show has a  fabulous room decorated by Amanda Nisbet. Nisbet is a successful interior designer who has created a name for herself with her glamorous yet comfortable style.”I pride myself on never doing the same thing twice.” Her love for hot pink and has inspired me to put together this fantastic fuchsia table for Shavuot. Happy Holiday!

 

  1. Named tea towel (also comes in a runner) $19
  2. Aurora vase $273
  3. Hot Pink Tray $18
  4. Green tumbler$10
  5. Bowl $40
  6. Green beaded napking rings set of 4 $31
  7. Dishes start at $113
  8. Green Charger $16
  9. Napkins set of six $226
  10. Pea pod salt and pepper shaker $4
  11. Flatware $105 available at Addy and Co.

by Elizabeth Braha

Simple Dwellings Interior Design Services

Email simpledwellings@gmail.com

 

Shop HERE for holiday gifts and tableware at Addy’s.

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Enjoy the Amanda Nesbit design inspirations below!

 

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How to Fold your Linen Napkins for the Holidays

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How to Fold your Linen Napkins for the Holidays

4 Comments 02 May 2011

Its time to take out those crisp linen napkins that have been hiding all winter!

Capture the spirit of  springtime by folding napkins with the Lotus fold.

Use small bowls or votives to float a  flower in the center of each flower fold:

For a huge selection of votives and candles in all shapes and colors click Here.

Enjoy your Shavuot, and let the kids help with the napkin folding!

 

 

 

 

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Your Fruit Plate- How to Slice a Mango

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Your Fruit Plate- How to Slice a Mango

3 Comments 02 May 2011

image courtesy of Elana’s Pantry

This Mother’s Day and Shavuot make sure your fruit platter is the hit of your dessert table. Cut your watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, kiwis, strawberries  uniformly, and place your beautifully cut mangos on top or on the sides. When fruit is appealing, your kids and  guests will be just as temped to grab a vitamin C packed chunk of fruit instead of a sugary snack.

The video above shows several ways to slice a mango. Of course all of the different mango shapes are beautiful but my favotite are the decorative mango cubes pictured above!

How to Slice a Mango- Decorative Style:

  1. Stand the firm but ripe mango on its end, with stem side down
  2. Slice the flat sides off the mango, without cutting into the pit
  3. Place half mango on a cutting board, flesh side up
  4. Without cutting through the skin, score the mango with vertical lines
  5. Next, score mango with horizontal lines; leaving squares attached to the skin
  6. Turn the piece of fruit inside out and use a spoon to dislodge the cubes from the skin
  7. Repeat for the other half of the mango. Let the kids enjoy the pit!!!

Check out our Mothers Day Gift Ideas and Recipes!

Check out Elana’s Pantry for  gourmet gluten free recipes!

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Up to 40% Off CHUCKIES Designer Shoes and Handbags Pre-Shavuot Sale!!

4 Comments 04 January 2011

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How to Make Shavuot Special for Kids

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How to Make Shavuot Special for Kids

No Comments 01 January 2011

By Carol Ungar

1. The counting of the Omer is exciting for kids especially if they’ve counted the whole way through at home or at school. Emphasize this.

2. It’s customary to decorate the home and synagogue with greenery because  on the day that  the Torah was given Mt. Sinai was full of flowers . Send your kids out into the garden to clip flowers and shrubs. Better yet, go out there with them.

3.Kids usually love the Shavuot dairy menu. In addition to blintzes think lasagna, quiche and yogurt soups.

4. Tell the story of Mount Sinai with great  drama. Hachai Press has a wonderful kids book about called  ”When the World Was Quiet”  which describes that very special day

5. Talk about what it means to recieve the Torah.

6. Go to the synagogue to hear the Ten Commandments.

Click below for a great assortment of books for kids bedtime. A great holiday present!

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A Shavuot Blintz Souffle and a Chance to Win Sammy Spider’s First Shavuot

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A Shavuot Blintz Souffle and a Chance to Win Sammy Spider’s First Shavuot

26 Comments 01 January 2011

 

Who wants to Win an autographed copy of award winning author Sylvia Rouss’s Sammy Spider’s First Shavuot??

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Sammy Spider’s First Shavuot


Thank you author Sylvia Rouss for sending in this easy Shavuot blintz souffle! So easy to layer and pop into the oven!

Blintz Souffle Recipe for Shavuot:

Batter:

  • ¼ lb. butter or margarine, softened
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 1 cup flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder

Blintz Souffle Filling:

  • 1 8 oz. pkg. cream cheese, cut up
  • 1 pt. small curd cottage cheese
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla

Mix batter ingredients. Pour ½ of the batter into a greased 9 X 13
baking pan. Mix filling ingredients well and spread evenly over
batter. Pour remaining batter over the filling and bake at 350 for 50
– 60 minutes. Serve with jam, thawed fresh frozen fruit or applesauce.

Sylvia Rouss is the award-winning author and early childhood educatorwho created the popular Sammy Spider and The Littlest books. She has lectured throughout the United States, Europe and Israel.

Check out her blog and Shavuot stories and songs for kids HERE

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Announcing a Summery Shabbat Table Contest!

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Announcing a Summery Shabbat Table Contest!

4 Comments 04 August 2010

 

To all of my JEWISH HOSTESSES!

Beautify your Shabbat  with a little splash of  SUMMER thrown in!

Send me your SUMMERY shabbat table pics-CLICK HERE to email me!

The photos must include your kiddush cup, challah cover and some summery elements!

Think SHELLS? COLOR? FLOWERS? SEA GLASS? 

Use your imagination!

CLICK HEREfor some SHABBAT  TABLES to get you started!

Lets all be inspired from one another!

Do you have friends in OTHER STATES?? OTHER COUNTRIES??

Forward  this link and lets see how everyone celebrates Shabbat all over the world!

HOW COOL IS THAT???

I have a prize for every submission!

Thank you for being a part of The Jewish Hostess family!

Love,

Marlene

p.s. “Everyone is gifted – but some people never open their package”~ Unknown

 

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Shavuot- Everything You Always Wanted to Know

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Shavuot- Everything You Always Wanted to Know

No Comments 12 May 2010

Ever wanted to know Shavuot was all about, in your own terms? We found this tasty little Shavuot Digest from one of our favorite sites for fellow Jews-

Tablet.com.- A New Read on Jewish Life.

Its everything you wanted to know about our favorite holiday, from why we eat Cheesecake to the Book of Ruth’s juicy plot lines!

Enjoy!

WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT?

It’s the day the Israelites got the Torah. As you may recall, they left Egypt in a bit of a hurry, and therefore it took some weeks until they were ready to attend to the business of receiving the word of God and become the official Chosen People. How many weeks? Seven, the Hebrew word for which, sheva, shares a root with the word Shavuot, which means weeks. To mark the occasion of having received the divine laws, we do what Jewish mothers everywhere would have us do year-round: study all night long.

Together with Passover and Sukkot, the holiday is also one of the Three Pilgrimages (or shalosh regalim, if you want to rock the Hebrew), annual occasions for the ancient Israelites to bring their harvest and livestock over to the Temple in Jerusalem for festivities and ritualistic slaughter. And while the pilgrimage part was abandoned—you know, exile and all—we still mark these three major holidays with special recitations of the joyous Hallel prayer.

ANY BAD GUYS?

Surprisingly, none. It’s one of those Jewish holidays without an awesome villain. Which is also why it’s one of those Jewish holidays not yet turned into a major Hollywood motion picture.

WHAT DO WE EAT?

Delicious dairy products. Cheesecakes are big. If your ancestors hail from the Tri-State area—Poland, Russia, Ukraine—so are blintzes.

WHY?

The rational explanation is that the Torah was given on the Sabbath, and as no animals could be slaughtered to celebrate the happy occasion, the Israelites likely shrugged their shoulders and collectively agreed to nosh on some brie. More mystical Jews—you know, Madonna—believe that the numbers speak for themselves: Dairy in Hebrew is chalav, and if you sum up the numerical value of the three Hebrew letters that make up that word you get 40. Which is a number you’d remember if you had to wander in the desert for as many years.

ANY DOS AND DON’TS?

First up, be happy. Why? It says so in Deuteronomy: “And you shall rejoice in your festival … and you shall only be happy.” Done rejoicing? Get ready for Yom Tov, which is a kind of Holiday Lite: You’re not allowed to work, use electrical appliances, handle money, or do any of the other stuff you can’t do on the Sabbath, but you are allowed to cook and bake, provided you use a pre-existing flame for lighting your fire and avoid that Kitchenaid. You can also carry stuff in public, another Sabbath no-no.

But Yom Tov’s less about the nays and more about the yays. Because we have to be happy, we’re obligated to prepare obscene amounts of food and invite the less fortunate to partake. Men are also expected to buy new clothes or jewelry for their wives, candy or toys for the wee ones, and flowers for the home, as Shavuot, celebrated in the spring, is also known as the Festival of Harvest.

ANYTHING GOOD TO READ?

You bet. Traditionally, we read the Book of Ruth on Shavuot. It’s like the Desperate Housewives of Canaan—Dead husbands! Levirate marriages! Sexy harvest scenes!—whose heroine is a Moabite who converts to Judaism and becomes the great-great-grandmother of King David (symbolism alert: Just as the Israelites accept the Torah and become Jews, Ruth embraces the Torah and becomes a Jew herself). King David, by the way, is said to have been born and died on Shavuot, which makes the book apropos, as do said harvest scenes.

And then, of course, there’s the matter of all-night learning. We weren’t kidding about that: It’s called a tikkun, Hebrew for correction, and tradition has it that since the Jews didn’t rise early enough to receive the Torah in Sinai—some accounts have God himself nudging them from their sleep, in what must have been the most terrifying wake-up call ever—they have resolved to stay up all night and study the Torah, commemorate the day it was given, and make up for the drowsiness of their ancestors. While religious Jews still adhere to Torah study, many less observant ones choose to spend the night studying anything from Jewish history, poetry, and art to contemporary Israeli television shows.

Reprinted from Tablet Magazine.

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Use What You Have Table Setting…

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Use What You Have Table Setting…

No Comments 10 May 2010

I created this table setting with things I had laying around the house…

It’s my idea of a  perfect breakfast/brunch for two. I think it would be absolutely GORGEOUS as a Shavuot table setting set for a family as well.

Many people own white dishes, and this table setting makes a case for them. Why? You can combine them with other sets, bright napkins look fabulous with them and they can never go out of style.  (Mine were actually my mother’s! They are over 25 years old but they still sell them in department stores today! How is that for timeless!)

I added in these bowls that I recently bought from Anthropology($12), colorful napkins that I bought a few years ago and brightly colored glasses that were a wedding gift. Here are some similar ones.

I used a white linen hemstitch placemat, which is perfect for a breakfast or a lunch. You can buy some HERE ($54.00/Set of 6).

It also helps that I have an absolutely beautiful centerpiece that I took from my nephew’s bar mitzvah yesterday!

The point is… You can mix and match the pieces that you already own to create beautiful tablescapes that are both charming and interesting!

How do you change it up for the holidays? Do you mix and match your sets of dishes? Send us photos, we would love to publish them!

Happy Shavuot!

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Candle Stick Round Up- A Perfect Gift- For Yourself!

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Candle Stick Round Up- A Perfect Gift- For Yourself!

No Comments 09 May 2010

Who says Shabbat Candlesticks have to be traditional? I did a round up of the most eclectic candlesticks I could find… These are perfect for a Mom that steps outside the box once in a while! They vary in price and in style, so we could find something for everyone. From rustic to modern to elegant we have got you covered!

Are you lucky enough to be invited out to eat on Shavuot? Your Jewish Hostess will love any of these candlesticks as a gift!

Are you exhausted from Mother’s day?

Working hard in the kitchen lately?  Treat Yourself!

1. Agate Candleholders- 125

2.Analiese Taper Holder 24

3. Jonathan Adler lantern candlestick $48

4. Iron Branch Candle holder $250

5. Michael Wainwright Large Turo Candlestick $130

6. Lumi Candleholders $2.95 – $4.95

7.Fashion Forward Taper $18

8. Horn Candlesticks

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