12 Tips for Reducing Stress when Hosting a Holiday

Chicken soup chicken transformed. See tip #12

Chicken soup chicken transformed. See tip #12

Stressed when you’re hosting?  Who isn’t?

There are a few super simple ways to make holiday planning a whole lot easier and more streamlined.

Here are my top12 tips for getting organized and reducing some of that stress before ANY dinner/event you host: Continue reading

8 Charoset Recipes Sure to Spark Chatter at your Passover Seders

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

Is charoset one of your favorite dishes on the seder table? Why not use it as chutney or cake filling at other times of the year? But first… Seder. Read on.

Julie Levine, San Francisco lifestyles blogger and friend at Florence & Isabelle, has joined forces with me again this week as we share a wide array of charoset recipes for your Passover table. These chopped and blended mixtures reflect ingredients grown in regions as far apart as Eastern Europe (Ashkenazic) to the Mediterranean and the Middle East (Sephardic). We hope you’ll consider serving more than one of these (how about all 8?) as you explore the symbolism of charoset and the different flavor profiles from communities across the globe.

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WIN this Barbara Shaw Passover Seder Plate!

Seder Plate Giveaway from artist, Barbara Shaw.

Seder Plate Giveaway from artist, Barbara Shaw.

As we approach Passover, I’m teaming up with Julie Levine at Florence & Isabelle for two fantastic Passover posts and one fabulous giveaway. Today we’re featuring modern, stylish, handmade gifts from artist, Barbara Shaw. Next week, you’ll find a charoset recipe roundup to end all other charoset roundups.

And here’s the best part…we’re giving away this gorgeous seder plate (above), courtesy of Barbara Shaw Gifts, valued at $100 to one lucky reader. (See below for all the juicy details.) Continue reading

Dilly Leek Croquettes for Passover

Photo: Liz Rueven

Photo: Liz Rueven

I’ve been feeling all warm and fuzzy as we wind our way towards Passover this year.

It was only a year ago that I met three like-minded bloggers and we had the crazy idea of pooling our very different viewpoints and co-authoring a Passover cookbook together. We bonded over countless hours of recipe brainstorming, strategizing, and late night laughter, ditzy from too many hours of Google Chat.

In just four intensely focused months, we created the e-book, 4 Bloggers Dish: Passover, Modern Twists on Traditional Flavors.

The beauty of it is, that we are now true friends, despite the fact that we have never all been in the same room.  If any of us were to need something, food related or not, I believe we would be right there for each other. Talk about the beauty of technology! Continue reading

Pass the Wine- Pairings for Passover

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We’ve invited Yosef Silver of Kosherwine.com to share some great Passover wine finds and pairings with just enough time to order before the holiday begins on April 3.
He’s made it easy by breaking  it down into his favorite pairings with meat, vegetarian and fish meals. And he’s attached a discount code just for our readers!
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Leave the Passover Baking to the Experts

Photo: Brian Kennedy for Breads Bakery

Photo: Brian Kennedy for Breads Bakery

I love it when my readers tell me what they need! So when M. phoned to ask where oh where should she buy her Passover desserts, we took the challenge and got to work looking for the best of the best.

For those strictly kosher or not so much, those on the west side or the west coast, we’ve got your  freshly baked, professionally made Passover dessert options covered. Continue reading