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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 April 2015

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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Fantastic Fuchsias for Your Shavuot Table!

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Fantastic Fuchsias for Your Shavuot Table!

8 Comments 12 April 2015

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.

Click HERE for gorgeous lingerie gifts and shopping.

Enjoy the Amanda Nesbit design inspirations below!


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Summery Feta Watermelon Basil Bites by Sarah Mamiye

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Summery Feta Watermelon Basil Bites by Sarah Mamiye

1 Comment 23 May 2013

Feta Watermelon Salad

Leave it up to Sarah Mamiye to serve this beautifully presented version of the classic watermelon feta salad.

In my book the perfect dish needs to have these qualities:

1- Easy to assemble (LOL-would be buy ANYTHING if the box said “difficult to assemble?”)

2- The color combo should automatically put you in a better mood than the minute before you walked into the room.

3- The presentation should make everyone say, “Wow- how did she think of that?”

4- A great dish needs to have a mix of great taste and texture! In this case Sarah melded the classic sweet juiciness of a summer watermelon with the salty, creamy rich soft feta goat’s cheese originally exported from Greece. (Currently many countries produce forms of feta cheese, including Australia, Denmark, Germany, and of course, the United States. Modern-day, different versions of feta cheese are made from cow’s milk)

Sarah’s recipe is so simple to assemble, that the most preparation for the dish needs to be in ordering the mini appetizer dishes and party picks for serving.

I’ve found a fantastic site for all of your Jewish Hostess needs- Check out http://www.pickonus.com and send me pics of your brand new menu presentations!

Here’s how Sarah did it!

“Hi Marlene, This salad was so easy… cube and drain watermelon,  cut even cubes of feta, roll and slice basil leaves,

1-Skewer feta and watermelon cubes

2-Drizzle with balsamic vinegar and sliced basil leaves.

3- As an alternative, you can also drizzle  with chopped mint and lime juice.”

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Berta’s Award Winning Movie Themed Bridal Shower

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Berta’s Award Winning Movie Themed Bridal Shower

No Comments 02 December 2012

 Thank you Berta Naftali for sharing your very special bridal shower with us! I love the movie theatre theme, and how you coordinated the desserts, flowers and candies.

Little details like how you flipped over your white lucite trays to add height and a more modern touch makes all the difference. Using your glass table without a cloth is also another great look. Red, black and white are a classic big hit color combo. Your bridal shower truly wins an Academy Award!


“Hi Marlene,
These are some pictures of my movie themed bridal shower.To start, we gave out mini popcorn buckets for our invitation.We had a candy table to mimic the consession stands at the movie theater. There were raisenets, Milk Duds, Dots, Mike ‘n Ike, Twizzlers,  Crunch a Bunch ; all the candys you buy at the theaters.

The desserts were made by Mari Gindi.

My center peice cake, was made by my sister in laws. All desserts were made around the theme and the colors black white and red. My mother and I really worked hard to put it all together!!”

Berta Naftali





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Top Notch Style and Glamour Table Top Display at the KJ Sisterhood Charity Event Ladies Luncheon

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Top Notch Style and Glamour Table Top Display at the KJ Sisterhood Charity Event Ladies Luncheon

1 Comment 08 August 2012

Thank you Shirley Serure for sharing these enchanting photos of this super chic table setting charity event!  As we are about to begin planning our Rosh Hashanah dinner table designs, we can all imbue  a touch of flair into our own holidays by being inspired by this showcase of floral runners and centerpieces, posh napkin rings, chic spins on linen napkin folds and edgy table top color combos- all designed by the best and the brightest architects, florists, and event planners in the field.
Enjoy-  Marlene
 Dear Marlene,
Last month, I had the pleasure and honor of
photographing Kehilath Jeshurun Sisterhood (Ramaz’s shul) Annual Spring Luncheon Dining by Design Event. It was an
unbelievable and exclusive event where top notch designers, architects, party planners 
and florists were hand selected and invited to design magnificent and unique tables for charity. Each designer’s table had a theme and the items on the table were donated for the event. It was amazing! 

I think the tables are all so unique and are full of ideas and inspirations (especially for summer entertaining and simchas). 
Below is the list of the talented individuals who helped make the event such a success:
  • Jennifer Agus of Agus Interiors
  • Diane Amante of X-Quisite Flowers & Events, inc
  • Jonathan Baron of Baron Design Inc
  • Anthony Baratta of Anthony Baratta, LLC
  • Doina Bryskin of Judaica Classics
  • Marc Charbonnet of Meca Productions
  • Andrew Charles of AHC Events
  • Matthew Kollins of Atlas Flowers
  • Emma Mahfar of E.M.A.
  • Scott Salvator of Scott Salvator Inc.
  • Yaira Singer of Yaira Singer Architecture and Design
  • Sara Weisblum of SWP Events
  • Stefan Event Decor and Floral Design
  • Shirley Serure Photography: ShirleySerure.comFacebookPinterest

 Above: Atlas Floral Decorators – Mirror Image – www.atlasfloral.com

 Above: Atlas Floral Decorators – Mirror Image – www.atlasfloral.com

Above:Emma Alliance Mahfar of E.M.A – Modern Romance

Above: Emma Alliance Mahfar of E.M.A – Modern Romance

Above: Singer Architecture 7 Design – Chic Adventure – www.yairasinger.com

Above: Singer Architecture 7 Design – Chic Adventure – www.yairasinger.com

Above: Agus Interiors- American Fusion www.agusinteriors.com



Marc Charbonet, MECA Productions- Natural New York- www.mecaproductions.com

Marc Charbonet, MECA Productions- Natural New York- www.mecaproductions.com

AHC Events www.ahcevents.com – Empress Spring 

above: AHC Events www.ahcevents.com – Empress Spring 

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6 Easy Ways to Capture the Spirit of Yom Haatzmaut At Home

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6 Easy Ways to Capture the Spirit of Yom Haatzmaut At Home

No Comments 24 April 2012

This year, Yom Haatzmaut falls on April 26, 2012. Just to brush everyone up on Israeli history, Yom Haatzmaut is the day that Jews worldwide celebrate the creation of the state of Israel. It is preceded by Yom Hazikaron in which we memorialize the fallen soldiers of Israel.

As a side note, growing up as a student in the Yeshivah of Flatbush in Brooklyn, I am forever grateful for the love of Israel that was instilled in all of us. On Yom Haatzmaut we would craft Israeli flags, sing and dance, and yearn for the day when we could go kiss the kotel in Jerusalem. The school was founded by Joel Braverman, who was born in 1896 in the Ukraine. He went on to found one of the top modern orthodox yeshivot in America which combined a top notch Torah education and the love of Israel, with secular learning on par with the American public schools. 

Several years ago, while interviewing a Syrian Jewish gentleman for The Sephardic Heritage Museum, I was surprised to learn that  he was was of the first Syrian Jewish students to attend the Yeshivah of Flatbush in the 40’s. He recounted the story of how, during the Israeli War of Independence in 1948, as a first grader, he was taunted by the Ashkenazi kids that he was indeed an Arab, and an enemy of  the new state of Israel. When his father heard about the students accusations, he promptly contacted Mr. Braverman who in turn educated all of the children that Syrian Jews were their brethren, and they resided in Syria for 3,000 years. He explained to them that only in the late 1800’s did they start to emigrate to countries such as the United States.

Little did Joel Braverman and other community members know, that at the very same time in 1948 that Israel was happily declared a state, the Jews back in Syria were suffering their very own “Kristalnacht” in which angry Arab mobs rampaged through the streets of Aleppo, burning down marked Jewish homes, synagogues (including the 3,000 year old ancient Great Synagogue of Aleppo), and destroying hundreds of irreplaceable Torah scrolls and manuscripts. Jewish men, women and children fled upon the rooftops, or hid with sympathetic Arab neighbors. Hundreds of Syrian young boys escaped Syria at that time to fight as soldiers in the War of Indepence and they proudly tell their stories today. (Get ready for Episode 7 produced by Joe Sitt and The Sephardic Heritage Museum!)

Please remember the struggles and tribulations of Eretz Yisrael this week. Here are some ways to incorporate Yom Haatzmaut into your week!

Read more about Yom Haatzmaut HERE.

1-Thank you Rachel Margolies for a fun way to celebrate Yom Haatzmaut with the kids! Check out  Delightfully Dowling for instant instructions on how to make these delicious blue and white color swirled cupcakes. What does your family do to celebrate Yom Haatzmaut? Please comment below!

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2- Learn about  The Foods of Israel Today by Joan Nathan. Here are some great  Amazon reviews that convinced me to click and buy…

“When was the last time you took a cookbook to bed with you? This is a book that you’ll read from cover to cover, and not necessarily in the kitchen. Well researched and expertly written, “The Foods of Israel Today” is actually a history of food traditions in Israel with a bonus of assorted recipes.”
“With 300 recipes, two pages of suggested Israeli restaurants, two web sources for ingredients, and nine suggested menus, Nathan shows the diverse cuisines of Israel’s sabras and immigrants. THIS IS ISRAELI CUISINE that is being eaten in Israel. Includes turkey schnitzel, quick kibbutz apple cake, eggplant salad, and halvah chocolate cake..”
“In addition to salad, tahina, and hummus recipes, Nathan lists 19 of the best places for hummus from Jerusalem to Akko to Haifa. Plus 12 happening places for falafel. There are 23 salads, including Hamutzim (pickled vegetables). Some of my favorite recipes are Mish Mish Apricot Jam (with cinnamon stick); Egyptian Coconut Jam….”

3- Support Israeli agriculture and shop at Negev Nectars- Gourmet kosher delicacies made by Israeli farmers. I’ve served these gourmet preserves and spreads to my guests and they are indeed delicious !

Shop online today at NegevNectars.com. Use promo code Israel64 at checkout. Sale includes all a la carte items (olive oil, olives, dates and more) as well as all packages.

4- Make Israeli Couscous- adapted from The New York Times:

  • 1 cup Israeli couscous, preferably whole-wheat
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives
  • 1 ounce feta, diced
  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, lightly toasted
  • 1 can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 red pepper, cut in thin 2-inch slices
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon cumin seeds, lightly toasted and ground
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt (or use half olive oil)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Aleppo pepper or mild chili powder (more to taste)

1. Heat one tablespoon of the olive oil over medium-high heat in a medium saucepan and add the couscous. Stir until the couscous begins to color and smell toasty, 4 to 5 minutes. Add 2 cups water and salt to taste and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer 15 minutes, or until the couscous is tender. Drain if any liquid remains in the pan.

2. Transfer the couscous to a bowl and add the cilantro, chives, feta, pine nuts, chickpeas and red pepper.

3. In a small bowl or measuring cup, mix together the lemon juice, salt, cumin, remaining olive oil, yogurt and Aleppo pepper or chili powder. Toss with the couscous mixture. This is perfect Shavuot recipe or grab a cup of this delicious Israeli couscous for lunch on the go.

5- Make these Israel themed books a bedtime favorite. A memorable gift for a niece or nephew…

6- Watch Barbara Streisand sing Hatikvah to Golda Meir - I LOVE THIS VIDEO!

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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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Gourmet Challah Recipe with Eucalyptus and Wild Flowers Honey From Israel

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Gourmet Challah Recipe with Eucalyptus and Wild Flowers Honey From Israel

No Comments 23 October 2011

This year, I sent all of my Jewish Holiday Hostess Gifts from Negev Nectars. Negev Nectars helps subsidize Israeli farmers by promoting their delicious olive oils, jams, chutneys, Israeli tea, Sweet and Savory Spreads, and more. Packaged beautifully, there  are several price ranges for every type of holiday gift that you’d like to send. My family  especially loved the Cherry Tomato Spread, the Yellow pepper and Lemon Salsa, and the Green Olive Tapenade. Try them all!!!! Marlene

 Two Honey (from Negev Nectars) Challah Recipe

(challah recipe for 3 small loaves)

Negev Nectars Honey

  • 2 packs of yeast
  • 2 cups of warm water
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • ½ cup Negev Nectars Eucalyptus Flower Honey
  • ½ cup Negev Nectars Wild Flowers Honey
  • 3 tsp salt
  • 1 cup light vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, beaten
  • 7 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup mixed seeds: poppy, sesame, nigella, cumin seeds


How to Make This Honey Challah Recipe from Negev Nectars Honey:
  1. Pour the yeast into the warm water, and let soak for 10 minutes, until yeast is active.
  2. Add sugar, Eucalyptus Honey, salt and vegetable oil to yeast.
  3. Add 3 beaten eggs and 4 cups all purpose flour. Stir until smooth.
  4. Add 3 more cups of all purpose flour and 1 cup of whole wheat flour.
  5.  Stir until dough is soft.
  6.  Turn onto well-floured board/table. Knead until smooth (about 10 minutes). Put the dough into a greased bowl and allow rising for 1-2 hours.
  7.  Turn onto floured board again. Cut into 9 equal portions.
  8. Braid into 3 loaves. Place on greased pans.
  9. Glaze with remaining beaten egg, Wild Flower Honey, and seed mixture.
  10. Allow to rise for 1 hour.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45-60 minutes.
Negev Nectars gourmet kosher products hail from small-scale Israeli
farmers producing artisanal foods from a unique desert landscape.
All of our partners employ the most innovative and sustainable
agriculture techniques, bringing you foods and flavors otherwise
unavailable in the United States.
We spend our time continuing to search for the newest tastes of the
Negev with the mission to invest in expanding the growing capacity
of these small businesses, all the while supporting sustainable
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partners, visit our website at www.negevnectars.com.
Negev Nectars foods are certified kosher.



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Healthy Colorful Forbidden Black Rice Salad

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Healthy Colorful Forbidden Black Rice Salad

1 Comment 31 July 2011

Lately black rice has been making huge headlines on the food scene. What IS black rice? Where has it been all these years????
Well, scientists have just discovered that black rice is a treasure trove of nutrition. Hailed for thousands of years in China as a food for the royals, its benefits lay hidden to us common folk  till now.  A spoonful of black rice bran contains more health promoting  antioxidants than are found in a spoonful of blueberries, plus the bran within the rice has less sugar, more fiber and an abundance of vitamin E.
As healthy as brown rice is, however, researchers think black rice may be even healthier. They analyzed samples of black rice bran from rice grown in the southern United States and found it possesses higher level of anthocyanins antioxidants than brown rice bran.
So, of course when my gourmet kosher foodie friend Debbie Gindi told me about this unbelievable recipe that her whole gourmet foodie family wiped out in 10 minutes, then I knew that my Jewish Hostess readers would love it. Here goes!

Healthy Colorful Forbidden Black Rice Salad
  • 2 c black rice(NOT WILD RICE)
  • 3 1/2 c water
  • 1 lb diced roasted sweet potatoes
  • 1/2 c roasted corn kernels(can be frozen type)
  • 1/2 c red peppers,chopped
  • 1/2 c yellow peppers,chopped
  • 6 scallions,chopped(white n light green part only)
  • 1/4 c dried cherries(preferably unsweetened)


  • 1/3 c reduced sodium tamari
  • 1/2 c sesame oil
  • 1 TBSP ume plum vinegar
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Peel and dice the sweet potatoes. Place in greased tray. Toss with 1 tsp olive oil. Roast in oven for appx 25 minutes.
  3. Put “forbidden” black rice and water in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over high heat reduce cover and cook 30 minutes.
  4. Whisk tamari,sesame oil and ume vinegar together.
  5. When rice is warm toss all dressing into rice. Add sweet potatoes,peppers,corn,scallion and cherries. Serve room temperature or chilled .

Find more black rice recipes HERE:

Forbidden Rice Pudding With Blueberries from New York Times

Black Rice Pudding from Epicurious

Thai Forbidden Rice Salad from Barefoot Kitchen Witch

Forbidden Rice and Beans from Whole Foods

Learn more:http://www.naturalnews.com/029735_black_rice_antioxidants.html#ixzz1FIA6x0G3

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Win a Brand New Viking Mixer from Kitchen Caboodles!

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Win a Brand New Viking Mixer from Kitchen Caboodles!

90 Comments 02 June 2011

Win a Brand new Viking

Professional 7 qt. Black Stand Mixer ($475. Retail Value)

from Kitchen Caboodles !



2-comment below and tell me the best recipe you have made or would like to make with your brand new Viking.

A Viking Mixer makes a great gift, and if you already have one, its so nice to have a brand new Viking!. Mine is chugging along- its from the 80’s! I would also LOVE to have a brand new one for Passover!

About Kitchen Caboodles:

Kitchen Caboodles happens to be one of my favorite stores. Whenever I need a new dessert inspiration, I know that I can run in and get kosher great quality chocolate for baking, any size tart pan or baking mold. They carry any kitchen or baking gadget that you can conjure up.  The salesgirls are so cute because they truly LOVE what they do. Ask them which gourmet cookbook on the shelf is a good one and their eyes light up! Ask them for an easy holiday dessert idea and they whisk through the store bubbling with excitement.  Take a break and run in to Kitchen Caboodles or give them a call, and you will see what I mean!  Marlene

“Hi hostesses!  My name is Suzanne Sasson and my parents own and operate Kitchen Caboodles 492 Ave P between East 4th and 5th street, in Brooklyn, NY.  Of course, as usual I have to always bud in!  So they decided to put me to work.  We have been opened on Ave P since 2005 and over the years we have doubled our space.

We have a mikveh kelim on premises where the torturous errand of toveling can be combined with shopping for anything you’ll need for your kitchen.  We have everything from gadgets, tablecloths,gift ware, flatware, dishes, pots and complete lines of bake ware and kosher baking ingredients from Wilton. We carry products from All-Clad, Cusinart, Le Cruset, Viking, OXO, Zyliss, Nordicware, Bodum and much more.

We are  a full service kitchen boutique where shopping is fun, informative and EASY!!!  We will take your phone order  and then tovel it in the mikveh and have it delevered!!! (718) 998-9111

We also have a bridal registry and we design unique wishing well baskets for bridal showers.

We can even incorporate the theme of the shower into the basket.  If you need a gift , we will give you personal help and wrap it beautifully.   A gift from Kitchen Caboodles is always received with big smiles!  So come by and see us. We promise you a great time!! ”


2- Then Comment below with the recipe that you would make with your new VIKING MIXER!



Congratulations to ADELE! You won the VIKING MIXER!!!!!!!



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Designer Showhouse: Decor By the Shore

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Designer Showhouse: Decor By the Shore

14 Comments 21 May 2011

I’m SO proud of my cousin Lizzy Sarway who has managed to pull off this awesome charity event to be unveiled this week in Deal, N.J. Spend a relaxing day by the shore and treat yourself to the talents of the most acclaimed interior designers of the decade. Take a sneak peek of Lizzy’s behind the scenes pics that she just sent over!



WIN 2 Tickets to Decor by the Shore!

Just comment below and tell us why you would love to come see this gorgeous showhouse!

Make sure you leave a valid email so we can contact you in case you win!!!!

Entry to designer showhouse with free tickets valid for May 31- June 5

Announcing a Truly Special Event:
Designers’ ShowHouse: ‘Décor By the Shore’

New Jersey ShowHouse,
136 Ocean Avenue, Deal, NJ
Contact: Liz Sarway 917-693-6805

A Designer ShowHouse will be staged in a magnificent historic mansion built in 1906; Just a little more than an hour from New York City [exit 105 of the Garden State Parkway, south].

The Show will run from May 26 – June 30, 2011.  Showrooms representing over twenty well-established interior designers will be on display, including, Jamie Drake, John Ike, Nick Calder, Kerry Delrose, Bjorn Bjornsson, Robert Passal, William McIntosh, S.Y. Interiors, Lee Najman, and Jamie Herzlinger, as well as by Studium Tiles, decorative painters, and landscape designers.

Hours: Sunday – Thursday 10am – 6pm
Fridays 10am – 4pm
Saturdays Closed
Closed also Wed, Thurs, Fri, June 8,9,10

Parking: Free parking directly across the street at the Deal Casino beach club parking lot

Tickets: Single entrance$30
Group Rate over 10 people, one day$20
Art Event & Sale 6/28$30
Luncheon with Decorators/ Home Décor Expo 6/29$30
Package for Single Entrance, Art Night, Luncheon/Expo$70

Proceeds will benefit the Sephardic Community Center of Brooklyn, New York www.SCClive.org / 718-627-4300

There will be self guided tours throughout the house daily.

On Tuesday, June 28, 2011, from 10am ~ 9pm there will be a special viewing of paintings from consultants, galleries and artists.

On Wednesday, June 29: 12 noon lunch. Meet some of the decorators responsible for the mansions décor.  A panel discussion with some of the designers will be followed by a Q&A.

On Wednesday, June 29; Experience the Home Décor Expo on the mansion’s front lawns and discover all there is to know about Home Décor from experts in their fields.









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Sugar Detox- Day 18!

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Sugar Detox- Day 18!

2 Comments 19 May 2011


Hello Sugar Detoxers!

How are you doing? Today is Day 18 on our Sugar Detox. Is it getting hard for you to keep up this regimen of eliminating refined sugars? I’m sure that it is! It’s so unfortunate for us that the USDA named sugar as the number 1 food additive. It’s added to pizza, hot dogs, boxed rice, soup, crackers, flavored yogurts… We simply cannot get away from the substance that literally destroys lives. I know that is a bold statement to make- but it is a fact that becomes more clear as time passes. Newspapers and magazines   are making headlines on articles about sugar.  If we all know how bad sugar is for our health, don’t  you think that the American government would know this also? Wouldn’t it be amazing if the government put a ban on sodas and soft drinks. I know I am sounding idealistic and unrealistic, but before any reality there is always a dream. So lets keep dreaming!  How wonderful would it be if we no longer have to witness our children downing a can of Coke? It breaks my heart to know that going to a children’s birthday party means coming home with a candy bag that can basically feed the whole block.

As many times as we discuss the negative effects of sugar I can’t stress enough that this is real. This is an epidemic that is affecting America, yet we still allow it in our homes.

Let’s do an awareness experiment. Go into your food pantry and see how many items have sugar or white flour in the ingredients. It’s mind boggling how we bring this drug into our homes and actually serve it as food. My suggestion is to fill the fridge with the best high quality fruits and vegetables. Always have a platter cut and ready to eat, so when you or a family member is ready to munch- its there for you -ready to eat!

I know Sugar Detox is pushing the comfort level for many people. Honestly- its asking a lot from me! We are surrounded by sugar laden foods almost everyday  and are constantly troubled with trying to stay away from sugar.

Let’s create power in numbers! Let’s make a deal- if you stay away from all your sugar favorites, then I’ll stay away from my favorites! Let’s make this coming week, the best week that we can. If you cave in- don’t worry! Just get back on track right now. Eat whole foods and I know you will feel great, look awesome and help your health and wellness in its most natural way.

Please comment  below!
Sari Dana
Health Coach
Fitness Professional

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Seder in Style

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Seder in Style

4 Comments 30 March 2011

There is perhaps no more traditionally Jewish night than Seder night, and there is no reason that your Seder table has to be as stale as the Matzah you are serving!

These modern takes on the traditional Seder plate will add that Dash Of Panache to your traditional Seder.

Here are our picks for best  modern Seder plates of 2011:

1.Elegant Ceramic Seder plate engraved by hand, this Bernardaud “Louvre Judaica” Seder Plate is the perfect Passover gift for your favorite Jewish Hostess.  At Bloomingdales $220.


2. This contemporary  sterling silver seder plate is a stunning piece. Famed designer LellaVignelli brings her strong architectural vision to a limited collection of Judaica commissioned by The Jewish Museum. Of course its my favorite one and at $1875.00 its the most expensive!!!

3. This Spode designed seder plate is based on historic Judaic manuscripts from the 1880’s, influenced by early ceramic tile motifs,and features the traditional Judaic colors of blue and white. $103.00 available HERE.

4. A celebration of spring’s arrival, this handcrafted seder plate by American artist Melanie Dankowitz is lasercut from stainless steel. This is my second choice for prettiest seder plate, much more affordable at $254, HERE.

5. Laura Cowan makes a line of Judaica that is space-age minimalist.  We love it.  This seder plate design is inspired by the craters on the moon’s surface and is crafted out of polished aluminum. $199.00 available HERE.

6. Designer Ann Morhauser created this elegantseder plate featuring 24kt gold lettering and trim on a glass platter. $225 available HERE.

7. Designer Jonathan Adler brings us this modern seder plate for Passover.   The seder plate is crafted in glazed porcelain with real gold accents and is sure to be smashing on your holiday table. $150.00 available HERE.

8. Designer Michael Aram created this seder plate inspired by the form of pomegranates, a symbol of eternity, fertility, and plenty.  It is an age old image which crosses cultures and transcends time and one of the seven species of Israel.  Weaving modern thought with tradition, Aram included seven spaces rather than six, so the seder plate can hold both the six symbolic seder foods and an orange, which honors the contributions of women. $225.00 Available HERE.

9. The designers at Israel Giftware Designs is affordable and and chic. $29.99 available at Amazon.com



10. This artfully designed porcelain Seder plate has the elegance of a Michael Aram’s style and the price of
Crate and Barrel at $85.
Allison’s Breathtaking Seder Table

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Allison’s Breathtaking Seder Table

4 Comments 15 March 2011



This magnificent table setting for a Passover meal just in from Allison Srour!!!

Allison is our first contestant to ENTER to win $100 worth of Shabbat flowers !!!!

Send in your holiday table pics now to marlene (AT) thejewishhostess.com!!!!

A picture is worth a thousand words  so feast your eyes!!!

By the way you can buy affordable table cloths and these napkin rings from Allison- email her at





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Chicken Scallopini with Wild Mushrooms

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Chicken Scallopini with Wild Mushrooms

1 Comment 22 February 2011

Thank you Paula Shoyer for this  new kosher chicken scallopini recipe!   Its a cinch to make, its perfect for company, and can be kept warm until serving. This Kosher Chicken Recipe Serves 6


  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 8 boneless kosher chicken breasts sliced or pounded thin, or scallopini slices
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • 8 shitake mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • 8 button mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 cup kosher chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped parsley
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat the oven to 250ºF. Heat the oil in a wide frying or saucepan on medium-high heat.  Place the flour, salt and pepper into a large plastic bag and shake.  Add the kosher chicken breasts three at a time, close the bag and shake to coat.  Shake off the excess flour.  Add the kosher chicken breasts to the pan and cook 2-3 minutes each side until you see some browned parts.  Place into a 9 X 13 oven-proof pan.  Cook the rest of the breasts and then place the pan into the oven to keep warm. Add the mushrooms to the pan and cook for two minutes, stirring often.  Add the wine and thyme and cook for two minutes, until the wine starts to cook down a little and thicken.  Add the stock and lemon juice and cook another two to three minutes until the sauce thickens a little. Remove the kosher chicken from the oven and add into the sauce, turning to coat both sides.  Add salt and pepper to taste and sprinkle with the chopped parsley.  Place into the oven until serving. About the creator of this Kosher Chicken recipe… Paula Shoyer is one of the leading kosher chefs in the Jewish foodie world. She now teaching classes in French pastry and Jewish cooking and baking to adults and kids, both in the Washington, D.C. area and all around the United States. Buy her new book The Kosher Baker: Over 160 Dairy-free Recipes from Traditional to Trendy (HBI Series on Jewish Women) on Amazon.

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A Healthy Passover Snack for Picky Eaters

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A Healthy Passover Snack for Picky Eaters

5 Comments 16 January 2011


KOSHER RECIPE: Makes 6 Banana Bites

In the world of simple Kosher Recipes, these banana bites are a big hit when little friends get together on the Jewish holiday. The ingredients are all available Kosher for Passover, which makes life much easier  during that hectic holiday week. Kosher kids can stand in an “assembly line” and join in on this yummy DIY snack…Reprint from disney family.com

Recipe Ingredients

1-2 bananas
4 oz chocolate – milk or plain
Dried coconut
Chocolate sprinkles
Colored sprinkles

Kosher Recipe

Directions Cont’d


Peel the banana and trim off the ends. Chop the flesh into 6 bite sized pieces.

Break the chocolate into a heat proof bowl. Put the bowl over a pan of hot water, making sure the bottom of the bowl doesn’t touch the water and melt the chocolate, stirring occasionally. Leave to cool slightly.

Push a straw through the banana, and then drizzle melted chocolate over each piece. (Don’t worry if it’s not perfect, it will still taste delicious!)


Roll the chocolate-covered banana in the coconut or sprinkles. Let the chocolate harden, and then serve. Store in the fridge and eat within 24 hours.


About the Author
Annabel Karmel is the mother of three children, a bestselling author of books on nutrition and cooking for babies and toddlers, and a familiar face on British television. Annabel travels frequently to the United States, where her books on feeding babies and young children are very popular. She has appeared on many TV programs, including the Today Show and The Early Show. Please visit her website at www.annabelkarmel.com.

And, remember for the latest Kosher Recipes and innovation, and new takes on how to enhance your Kosher lifestyle, check this website frequently.

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