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The Jewish Hostess Post Purim  Party ReCap

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The Jewish Hostess Post Purim Party ReCap

12 Comments 01 March 2015

Dear Hostesses, I want you to know that this site is meant to be about each and every one you!! Feel free to email me with your Purim and Passover recipes, holiday table ideas,tips and inspirations.

Check out Bold and Gold for Spring, the Purim Feast for a King,  the Tony Duquette Purim table roundup and Queen Esther Reigns and Entertains!

I’d like to give you some Purim table inspiration so here is my  Purim 2011 story.

It was Thursday morning when I realized that I was so busy posting articles about how everyone ELSE should be inspired for Purim, I couldn’t believe that I had no table setting,or menu plan of my own .

Here’s when a kid with a driver’s licence will come in handy.

One of my  kids  waited in the car while I ran in to Lana’s fabric on Kings Highway to buy Zebra polyester fabric -$5.99 a yard cut into 54 inch squares- cost  about $25.

I placed the 2 squares as diamonds side by side on top of my white cotton hemstitch tablecloth.

While on her way to Starbucks another of of my kids ran and bought me a pack of white paper napkins that look just like linen. $10.99.

She also bought grey luncheon napkins that we decided to fold over the white large paper napkins $4.99.

I also bought  a silver chain trim  from the fabric store to use as napkin rings. $3.99 a yard. Pretty- no?  cost about  $15.

You can use this napkin idea for your Passover seder.

(Send me pics if you come up with any cool ideas!!!!)

This is how the back of the napkin should tie:

These sterling ice coffee glasses given to us a wedding gift by Aunt Sydelle and uncle Mosie in the 80’s. About 15 years later I realized that they were still sitting in the closet needing a good polish, so I decided to turn them into vases, and I  haven’t stopped using them since! My daughter ran out and bought me the dendrobium orchids from the corner flower kiosk up the block, and I stuck these exotic masks that I ordered from from AnytimeCostumes for about $10 each into the “vases”.

So many of my goblets have broken over the years that I had to alternate clear goblets from Target with my pretty new blue goblets given to me as a Rosh Hashanah gift from my  new “consuegra”- (Syrian word for my daughter’s mother-in-law.)

Lunch was not bad if I don’t say so myself.

Since the Purim Seuda is traditionally a meat one,

We had grilled chicken with kalamata olives and tomatoes on salad,

melt in your mouth minute steak roast,

wild rice with spinach and sauteed red peppers, plain white rice (for the kids),home made za’ata challah rolls filled with sliced turkey,

(let me know if you want any recipes……)

mini lahamageen,

mini kibbe, tehine, mini baked sweet potatoes,

pareve kibbe neye,

whole wheat mazor’s dough with meat hammentashen filling,

fried chicken (for the kids), and my sister Jeanette brought chicken tacos that got wiped out. (click HERE for the recipe)

I have advice for all of you Jewish Hostesses out there- Being a Jewish Hostess doesn’t mean you have to be a super woman and  make everything yourself!!! I BOUGHT the lahamageen, kibbe, and fried chicken from Kings Highway Glatt. I called them 3 minutes in advance and the kid that was on her way HOME from Starbucks ran in and picked it up for me.

So, if you are organized and want to make it all yourself,then, great, but if you are a last minute  type like me, and if you are lucky enough to live near some kosher butchers and kosher grocery stores that sell delicious ready made kosher appetizers…..

The highlight of our day came when Gail and Andy came to say hello…..

But we really had a great laugh when the  Gail’s normally very serious dad,Ricky C. also rang our doorbell and hung out for dessert.

How was your day?

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Marlene M.

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Gourmet Kosher Gift Baskets for Mother’s Day

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Gourmet Kosher Gift Baskets for Mother’s Day

No Comments 26 April 2010

Check out the best kosher gift baskets on the web!

Godiva Kosher Gift Baskets:

$45

Introducing Godiva Gems Gift Basket. Make every day a little more special with our new Godiva Gems, individually wrapped in smaller sizes, so you can enjoy eating them anywhere, anytime. Includes a 12 pc. Milk Chocolate Truffle Gems, 18 pc. Dark Chocolate Solid Gems, 12 pc. Milk Chocolate Caramel Gems, Milk Chocolate Strawberries, Dark Chocolate Almonds, Solid Milk Chocolate Bar, Solid Dark Chocolate Bar, and Solid White Chocolate Bar. Tied with sheer gold ribbon. (1 lb. 2.6 oz.)

Zabar’s Kosher Cheese Collection:

$125

All foods in this collection are certified kosher. * Redwood Hill Farm’s Camellia from Sonoma, California. A soft-ripened, pasteurized, farmstead goat cheese. Soft, creamy and sweetly earthy. 5 oz.

* Tnuva Sheep Milk Feta-Style from Israel. Not too salty with a creamy, crumbly texture and sweet, grassy flavors; pasteurized. 7 oz.

* 5-Spoke Creamery Redmond Cheddar from New York State. Hand-made medium-sharp cheddar made from the raw milk of grass-fed cows; cave-aged for at least six months. 6 oz.

* Blue Star Farms Organic Stone Ground Wheat Crackers from Washington State.

* Somech Farms Fig Preserves from Israel. 11.5 oz.

* Handsome and helpful cheese knife and wooden cheese board.

Includes 1-day shipping. All cheeses in the Kosher Collection will arrive in their original packaging, thus assuring their kosher certification. Zabar’s may substitute cheeses of greater or equal value according to availability, but all are guaranteed to be certified kosher.

Zabar’s Kosher  Coffee and Babka Collection:

$109.

Zabar’s chocolate babka, Amaretti di Sorrono cookies (do you dip them in your coffee? We do!), Almondina biscuits, Zabar’s cinnamon rugelach, Erica’s Apricot Raspberry rugelach, Ghirardelli Dark/Raspberry chocolate bar, Walker’s shortbread Petit Coat Tails, a Zabar’s chocolate bar, and a Zabar’s mug to go with all the goodies! Part of Zabar’s Gift Boxes, Gift Baskets, and Gift Crates Collection. Price includes shipping. Additional $15.00 charge for 1-day Saturday delivery.

Max Brenner’s Chocolate:


$55

kosher dairy under the supervision of the Bet-Shemesh Rabbinate.

BONBON  GIFT SET- an assortment of 9 bonbons carefully chosen by Max. 80g/2.8oz


Woman of Valor Basket:

$52.50

Contains a beautiful ceramic Woman of Valor mug was designed by Jessica Sporn and inspired by a Biblical poem offering women gratitude, praise, and appreciation. This basket also includes gourmet tea and fresh rugelach !

Rugelach is certified Kosher Dairy, tea is kosher Pareve. 

A portion of all manufacturer’s sales from the Woman of Valor Collection will be donated toward the education and research of breast cancer causes, treatment, and the search for a cure.


My Fair Lady Kosher Chocolate Gift Box:

$34

Two layers of delicous, assorted dark & white chocolate truffles in a polka dot spring hat box. Dainty and sweet, this large ‘Fair Lady’ hat is an elegant way to say ‘Happy Mother’s Day’!
Approximate Dimensions: Hat 12″ Diameter, Chocolate Box 5″

Kosherline Gift Baskets:

$52

Cookies, Fudge Balls and Brownies

Bella Delights exclusive Italian Cookies, Fudge Balls & Chocolate Treasure Brownies Gift Tower.

Includes 1.5 lbs. assorted tray of homemade Italian cookies (may include the following: spice drop, raspberry filled pinch, chocolate chip, apricot drop, chocolate sprinkles, vanilla fudge, raspberry filled chocolate cookies, chocolate stripe, assorted pariels, marble, chocolate jelly, Roman twist, sesame, coconut crescent, chocolate drop, brownie cookie, almond half moon, mini-biscotti), 1 lb. chocolate treasure brownies (dense, rich chocolate brownies with chocolate chips), .5 lbs. fudgie chocolate balls with chocolate sprinkles, .5 lbs. fudgie chocolate balls with rainbow sprinkles. Under OK strict kosher supervision. Parve. Pas Yisroel. Yoshon.

Starbucks Kosher Gift Basket:

$29.

  • Starbucks Biscotti Vanilla Almond (.92oz)  K Nonni’s Brand
  • Starbucks Ground Coffee Breakfast Blend (2.5oz)    OU-P
  • Starbucks Ground Coffee House Blend (2.5oz)  OU-P
  • Starbucks Selects Brown & Haley Cashew Roca (2pc)   Kehilla- dairy
  • Starbucks Selects White Chocolate & Raspberry Cookies (2pc)   OU-D
  • Tazo Calm – Herbal Tea (3bags)  KSA
  • Tazo Duet – Black & Green Teas (2 bags 1 Calm & 1 Zen)KSA
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