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Yeshivah Bakers Jewish Holiday Cupcake Wars, 2011- Re-Cap!

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Yeshivah Bakers Jewish Holiday Cupcake Wars, 2011- Re-Cap!

4 Comments 31 October 2012

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Yeshivah Bakers Jewish Holiday Cupcake Wars, 2011- Re-Cap!

On Wednesday, November 16,  the Sephardic Community Center hosted hundreds of community women to gather and soak up  the talents of the celebrity bakers that reside within the Syrian Jewish community. Never before have all of our expert “Jewish Hostesses” mommy bakers gathered  in one place for a friendly fundraising competition.

This day of unity featured the creative baking expertise of six teams consisting of 2-3 yeshiva moms, each team representing a different community school.

Each team was given a Jewish holiday theme (which was chosen at random), in which they had to create a cupcake from scratch that represented that theme. I was lucky enough to be chosen as a one of the judges (I think I gained about 3 pounds that day- but it was SO worth it!!!!) for the competition, along with Claudia Bildiricci (of the famous “LOTTIE BISCOTTI”) and Katy Zanville of Sprinkles Cupcakes, NYC.

The clock struck at 12:15, and  the girls  flurried about in organized precision, rolling, baking, fitting, topping, and assembling their cupcake themed displays.As their masterpieces began to take shape, you could hear the “oohs and aahhs” among the crowd of amazed women. In 90 minutes they would  be judged by their creativity, adherance to the theme of the holiday, and deliciousness of their cupcakes.

While the bakers were hard at work, the hungry audience was ushered into a fabulous lunch bar that was catered by A Kosher Affair. A gorgeous turquoise themed chinese auction full of tempting gifts for every Jewish Hostess had tons of  tickets stuffed into each box, each one awaiting a lucky winner.

Though these events seemingly fall into place SO easily, we all know that it takes women like  Lisa Elo and Linda Sasson who can defy the conventional. and pull a monumental gathering like this  together.  Another thanks to our MCs for the day- Gail Mizrahi, Lynda Levy, and Linda Sasson.

Please comment below and mention everyone that I may have forgotten to thank!

So now, the moment you’ve been waiting for!!!! First of all, let me introduce you to some real Jewish Hostesses in every sense of the word!

The Barkai Team

Susie Sorscher, Margalit Dweck, Melissa Soffer

The Hillel Team

Sari Rishty,  Alexis Cohen

The Yeshivah of Flatbush Team

Jamie Bailey, Sarah Dweck, Jennifer Terzi

The Shaare Torah Team

Sharon Haber, Mary Sutton, Tunee Mizrahi


Tha Magen David Yeshivah Team

Esther Barnathan, Esther Chrem,  Sarine Segal

The Yeshivaht Derech Eretz

Frieda Cohen Fortune Nakash,  Fortune Farca

Sherri Gindi, GLadys Haddad, Linda Sasson, Lisa Elo


Judges Katy Zanville, Claudia Bildiricci, and Me

MCs Gail Mizrahi, Lynda Levy

Racing against the clock…

I wish that I could have uploaded ALL  of the gorgeous pictures taken by Mark Greenberg that day but the pics below were the best ones!

And NOW……. for the CUPCAKES!!!!!

Passover By Hillel Yeshivah bakers was displayed as a petite seder plate atop a silver star shaped dish. The girls created their very own mini gold pillow, wine cup, celery dipped in salt water and charoset out of home-made modeling chocolate. The cupcake was a unique fleur de sel “red”  velvet (representing the river of blood on Passover!) cupcake with yummy coconut cream cheese frosting (get it? Cream cheese on matzo….) Great Job, Girls!!!!

Barkaii Yeshivah bakers displayed a fabulous Achashverosh Crown shaped vanilla vodka (for the liquor on Purim….) flavored cupcake. The filling had a tinge of whiskey flavor which added to the authenticity of this delicious Purim dessert. The clever use of the upside down champagne glass, the mask, and fondant megillah really amazed the crowd!

The Yeshivah Derech Eretz yeshivah bakers really captured the spirit of Simchat Torah by using fun filled ingredients like home made caramel, a peanut butter frosting, chocolate, M and Ms and nuts. Hand made steps leading up to a torah  hid their surprise candy cupcake. Thank you girls for sharing your  wonderful talents with us!

Magen David Yeshivah’s glamourous hand made menorah and fondant candles spread Happy Hanukah vibes throughout the crowd. Gleaming handpainted chocolates and fondant soufganiyot graced the mirrored tray and  looked too good to eat!  The “present themed” cupcake was actually a scrumptious jelly doughnut cupcake- I hope that the  Magen David bakers will share this Hanukah cupcake  recipe with us! Thank You, girls!!!


And now for the talented  Shaare Torah Sukkot bakers! This unique vanilla date cupcake (dates representing the lulav, which grows on the date tree) was filled with a citrus curd flavored with etrog zest and etrog liquor . The topping was a light meringue frosting that symbolized the clouds that Hashem protected us with in the desert (WOW!). The whole intensely flavored cupcake was enclosed in a star (that we see through the bamboo sechach) cutout cupcake holder and sat atop a mini  bamboo Sukkah.

Candied tangy etrog peel dipped in chocolate sat aside a shot of fizzy etrog liquor. (as a judge, I admit to drinking a shot in the middle of the day. For those of you who know me, they will tell you that I wasn’t that much more fun…) The whole modern Sukkot ensemble was so enjoyable to view as well as to eat…. Thank you girls for all your hard work!

This jewel toned  Rosh Hashanah ensemble was cleverly designed with several rounds of tree bark that were layered atop each other for a three dimensional , natural look. Apples, flowers and hand rolled and painted bumble bees really evoked that festive Rosh Hashanah holiday season. Apple cinnamon cupcakes filled with a cozy apple pie filling was topped off with cinnamon honey filled cream puffs and drizzled with caramel. Served with vanilla ice cream, this dessert really took the cake and was voted as the winner of $2600 for The Yeshivah of Flatbush! Mabrook to all the girls for a job very well done!!!

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Healthy Brown Rice Sauteed with Spinach and Mushrooms

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Healthy Brown Rice Sauteed with Spinach and Mushrooms

2 Comments 18 October 2011

This is another healthy and easy kosher recipe from the Magen David Yeshivah Chef at Home gourmet kosher cookbook(page 206).  I made it for a Sukkot meal, but of course its great for any Jewish holiday menu, or Shabbat meal. Since I was voted to cook the meal for the second night of Sukkot (always so HARD because everything has to be done from the day before!) I cooked the rice and the mushrooms in advance, and last minute re-sauteed the mushrooms and adding in the fresh baby spinach till it wilted.

I multiplied this recipe by 4 because I was having a lot of company and I also added in a cup of cooked wild rice which was not in the original recipe.

Kosher Ingredients:

  • 1 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 1 cup COOKED wild rice according to the instructions on the bag
  • 2 cups Imagine No- Chicken Broth 
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 pound (total) portobella and button mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bag fresh cleaned baby spinach leaves


  1. Combine washed rice and broth in a saucepan and bring to a boil, stir, reduce heat cover and simmer about 45 minutes till cooked.
  2. In another skillet, saute chopped  onion, mushrooms and garlic till tender. Stir in lemon juice and oregano.
  3. Right before serving, re-heat mushroom mixture and add in spinach until wilted- don’t overcook or you will lose the pretty bright green color of the fresh spinach.
  4. Toss brown rice with cooked wild rice, and mushroom and spinach mixture. Add salt and pepper to taste.



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What a Hanukka Table! By Lorene Sasson

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What a Hanukka Table! By Lorene Sasson

4 Comments 12 August 2011

Lorene, there are no words to say how much I LOVE your Hanukka table!!! I’m so happy that the table setting pics on The Jewish Hostess inspired you to make your own holiday table so much more memorable and festive for your own family. I love that this site is bringing all of us just a drop closer! Its so much fun peeking into everyone else’s dining room on a holiday night!!! Marlene

“Hi Marlene,

Just want to say that Holidays have become a bigger deal in my home than ever before -so I would like to thank you so much. If it wasnt for you I wouldnt give my table settings that extra push that it should have.
Chanukah is one of my favorites just because its a fun week for the kids and its so joyous.

This year I was going to go out of the box when it came to the color scheme but I just couldn’t because Chanukah for me will always be about blue and white. However, with all the Menorahs that I have, I always use the first one that my husband and I bought together. Its a gradient of blue which reflected on my choice for the table scheme.

I purchased my navy beaded chargers from Bed Bath and Beyond, along with the napkin rings which matched my menorah to the T.
I got the silver branches, candles, blue ornaments, star of David confetti and beads from Michael’s.
Everyone received a star box on their plate with a little ‘childish’ gift.- what else but chocolate coins and a dreidel.
I was so excited that the colors I found were exactly what I needed.

I just had to attach a pic of one of my desserts because it came out so nice. I bought clear jello (I guess they dont make kosher blue jello) put a few drops of blue food coloring and Voila blue jello… Kids were happy and so was I !!!! Lorene Sasson”

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Blue and Silver Hanukkah Table

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Hanukkah Table


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20+ Great Kosher Cookbooks

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Check out this hot selection of gourmet kosher cookbooks. Perfect kosher recipes for your favorite Jewish Hostess on Hanuka. Choose from your favorite Sephardic Jewish cook’s recipes in Brooklyn and Deal, N.J. , or scroll down and order from Amazon’s bestsellers by Susie Fishbein, Jamie Geller, Paula Shoyer, and more! Whatever you choose, your gifts will be treasured in the kosher kitchen for years to come.

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