New for 2012: Miracle Brunch Hanukkah Gift Baskets

We Love these Great New Hanukkah Gift Basket Items!

It’s been really fun coming up with great new products to our Hanukkah gift baskets this year. If you’re looking for special Jewish holiday gifts, Challah Connection has a creative selection of Hanukkah baskets that I’ve put together to suit the people on your list.

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Kosher Hanukkah Baskets that make  “Miracle Brunches”

This is a great kosher gift basket for anyone who likes to cook and entertain.Send this Jewish holiday gift to friends or family, and they can whip up some delicious blueberry muffins in adorable Chanukkah muffin cups to serve overnight guests – or themselves!   I love it when there’s an opportunity to make breakfast into a special occasion. There’s also flatbread and gourmet smoked salmon pate in this Hanukkah basket, along with some fantastic Meditalia basil pesto tapenade (great on crackers or in an omelette), and roasted chickpeas for snacking.

We rounded out this great kosher Hanukkah gift with coffee, tea and honey. I couldn’t resist adding a Happy Chanukah dish towel, and topping it all off with some peony foiled chocolates. Yum! It’s a delicious and festive Jewish holiday gift that’s perfect when you’re looking for something a little different, and memorable.

Get your Hanukkah Basket Shipped for December 8th!

When you sign up for the Challah Connection newsletter, you automatically get holiday discounts and shipping priority. This means if you are on our list we will ensure your gifts arrive by the 1st night of Hanukkah (December 8th), if that’s what you request. Don’t forget to sign up!

 

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Stuffing Recipe for Thanksgiving

Looking for a Delicious Thanksgiving Stuffing Recipe?

I love stuffing, especially when it’s made with one of our delicious challah loaves! Here’s my go-to recipe for Caramelized Onion and Mushroom Stuffing for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Stuffing Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. plain challah cut into ½ cubes
  • 6 tablespoons butter (or margarine)
  • 2 large yellow onions, chopped
  • 1 lb fresh cultivated white mushrooms, brushed clean and sliced
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon or 2 teaspoons dried tarragon
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • ¾ cup chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 eggs, beaten until blended

How to Make Stuffing for Thanksgiving

Preheat over to 400.

Spread challah cubes in single layer in a large baking pan. Bake, stirring occasionally, until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.

In a large, heavy frying pan over medium high heat, melt the butter. When hot, add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally until golden brown, about 20 minutes. Reduce heat to medium. Add mushrooms and celery and cook, stirring frequently until tender, about 8 minutes. Add to the challah cubes, along with the tarragon and parsley. Add stock or broth to the same pan and bring to a boil, scraping up any browned bits. Add to the bread and season to taste with salt and pepper. Mix in the eggs.

To bake the stuffing in a turkey, fill the cavities with the stuffing and truss. Increase the roasting time of the turkey by 30 minutes.

Butter (can use margarine) a baking dish large enough to hold the remaining stuffing. Cover with foil and bake alongside the turkey for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until top is golden brown, about 30 minutes longer.
To bake all the stuffing in a baking dish, preheat oven to 325.

Butter a 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking dish and spoon stuffing into it. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover and bake until the top is golden brown, about 30 minutes longer.
Makes about 12 cups stuffing; enough for 16lb. turkey

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Kosher Hostess Gift for Thanksgiving

Need a Kosher Hostess Gift for Thanksgiving? Cookbooks are Great!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Check out my terrific stuffing recipe that includes–challah! Get a free plain challah with any order over $50.*

Anyone who’s having you over for Thanksgiving probably enjoys cooking – or at least let’s hope so! If you’re looking for a kosher gift to give your Thanksgiving hostess, here are a few ideas.

Send this Barefoot Contessa Cooking Set before the holiday, and your hostess will no doubt be inspired. It includes some really great Thanksgiving recipes: Accidental Turkey, balsamic roasted brussels sprouts, mushroom and leek bread pudding, and sweet potato puree!
Also great: it has a 10 step guide to preparing for Thanksgiving called “Foolproof Thanksgiving.” Now what hostess doesn’t need that?! SEND IT! $99.99
Smitten Kitchen Cookbook Thanksgiving Hostess GiftI also like the idea of Deb Perelman’s new Smitten Kitchen cookbook as a kosher gift for the Thanksgiving chef. Deb Perelman is one of my favorite cookbook writers, and she is also Jewish. While this cookbook isn’t “Jewish,” it does include some fabulous Jewish recipes mixed in with over 100 recipes in total. BUY! $74.99

jewish muslum Cookbook Thanksgiving Hostess GiftSince you’re gathering at Thanksgiving to celebrate thanks and togetherness, this big and glossy cookbook makes a perfect hostess gift for the holiday.

It’s a collaboration of 2 old friends, a Jew and a Muslim, who grew up together in Jerusalem. I think it’s a special gift to give for Thanksgiving, when we’re celebrating the American melting pot!BUY! $74.99

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Best Corporate Kosher Gifts & Catalog Coming

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Need a Kosher Holiday Gift for Clients?

Our new catalog is chock full of wonderful company gifts, with  20 new gift items in our Hanukkah Gifts department. We know you’ll find just the right holiday gift for your clients, but please do call for any help making your selections: 866-242-5524. Here are 3 kosher corporate holiday gifts that you might want to consider. And remember, you save 10% when you order by 11/25/12*

 

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Our Rugelach won “Best Mail Order Dessert”

David Rosengarten dubbed this the best, and Epicurious.com says it’s one of Sarah Kagan’s “Eight Delicious Hanukkah Gifts.” BUY! $44.99 You may want to have them packaged in a tin with your company’s logo. Makes a great kosher holiday gift for any customer. Contact us and we’ll get it all set up for you!

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This Elegant Wine Basket is a Stylish Holiday Gift for Clients

Perfect for your clients and customers, with Binyamina Cabernet Sauvignon and delicious gourmet snacks. Stylish, and delicious! BUY! $124.99

Send A Company Gift for Everyone to Enjoy!

Kosher corporate holiday gift

We love this great corporate gift because it has enough treats to make their entire staff smile! Two pounds (seventeen varieties) of artisan chocolate-covered cherries, nuts, and berries from the Pacific Northwest. They’ll love it! BUY! $59.99

Save 10% When You Order by November 25, 2012

Just enter code HAN1210 on the checkout page when you place your order over $60, exclusive of shipping. Cannot be combined with any other offer. This code will also ensure that your order will be delivered by December 8, 1st night of Chanukah, if that is your preference.

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New for 2012: Barefoot Contessa Hanukkah Gift Basket!

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A Great Kosher Gift Basket  for the Chef on your List

We’re so excited to feature this new Chanukah gift basket built around Ina Garten’s new cookbook “Foolproof.”  Kosher holiday gifts don’t always have to include just food – they can also be about food! We think this Hanukkah gift basket is just the right recipe for a perfect Jewish holiday gift. And I just love Ina Garten’s style of cooking. Did you know that “The Barefoot Contessa” is Jewish by both birth and heritage? She was born “Ina Rosenberg,” in Brooklyn, NY.

I paired the Barefoot Contessa’s newest book with some of her most favorite ingredients: kosher salt and terrific olive oil. Then I topped off this great kosher gift basket with one of Ina’s favorite Jewish desserts, rugelach. (I have to admit, it’s one of my favorite desserts, too!)

You can send one of these great cooking combos as a kosher holiday gift to an aspiring chef on your gift list – a new bride, a student graduating college – and they’ll love it. Or send it to someone who just likes to cook, and I’m sure they’ll find Ina Garten’s recipes are inspiring and delicious. This is a Chanukah gift basket to keep ‘em thinking about your thoughtfulness all year long, every time someone asks “What’s for dinner?”!

Hanukkah Starts December 8th!

Have you signed up for the Challah Connection newsletter? You automatically get holiday discounts and shipping priority. This means if you are on our list we will ensure your Jewish holiday gifts arrive by the 1st night of Hanukkah (December 8th), if that’s what you request. Don’t forget to sign up!

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New for 2012: Yiddish Yoga Hanukkah Gift Baskets

An Inspiring Jewish Holiday Gift for Fun and Fitness

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Boy did we love putting these Hanukkah gift baskets together as a new product this year! I had fun making this combination of Yoga and Yiddish – I just think it makes a super Jewish holiday gift for just about any fitness-minded person on your gift list.

This new kosher Hanukkah gift is an inspiration for the older person on your list especially. It includes a fun book, “Yiddish Yoga,” about a yoga skeptic whose granddaughter gives her a gift of yoga classes. Kvetching, stretching and schvitzing follows as Bubbe starts to find yoga exhilarating. As a yoga lover myself, I know how she feels! The grandma winds up meeting new friends and even changing her outlook on her future – all from a gift given by her granddaughter. Now that’s an inspiring Jewish holiday gift!

Who wouldn’t love to receive this great Hannukkah gift that combines this sweet story with a Yiddish mug, tea with Sarabeth’s honey, and snacks for after yoga? Keep it in mind for any health-conscious people on your Hanukkah gift list. It’s really super for a  young-at-heart grandmother, but I really think anyone who likes yoga would love this Chanukah gift basket!

Get it There by December 8th (First Night of Hanukkah)!

Remember, when you sign up for the Challah Connection newsletter, you automatically get holiday discounts and shipping priority. This means if you are on our list we will ensure your kosher Hanukkah gifts arrive by the 1st night of Chanukkah (December 8th), if that’s what you request. Don’t forget to sign up!

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Hanukkah Traditions

What is Hanukkah About?

Hanukkah is about way more than giving Jewish holiday gifts and eating delicious treats like potato latkes. It’s easy to lose track of the real meaning behind the holidays when so many new holiday traditions are always being created. But let’s take a moment and remember what Hanukkah is all about: it’s a Jewish holiday celebrating the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian-Greeks, who were trying to wipe out the practice of Judaism.

The Greeks had taken over the Jewish temple and dedicated it to the worship of Zeus and other gods for several years. The temple had even had pigs sacrificed in its midst, obviously a particularly painful slight for the Jews who had worshiped there.

In 167 B.C.E. Antiochus, the Syrian-Greek emperor, made observing Judaism a crime. It was punishable by death! He ordered the Jews to worship his Greek gods, and had his soldiers approach Jewish townspeople to get them to bow down to an idol, and then eat the flesh of a pig. As you can well imagine, this outraged the Jews, of course. One of their High Priests, Mattathias, refused to bow down. He and his five sons began attacking the soldiers, setting off a large battle.

When eventually they won this battle, the Maccabees (as they came to be called) rededicated the holy Temple in Jerusalem.  It had to be purified with ritual oil burned in the temple’s menorah. There was only enough oil to last one day as the Eternal Flame, but it miraculously burned for eight days. Thus, the 8 days of Hanukkah!

Do you know what the word “Hanukkah” actually means? This Hebrew word means “dedication,” since this Jewish holiday commemorates the re-dedication of the holy Temple. One of the funny things about this holiday is its many spellings. Is it Hanukkah? Chanukkah? Or Hannukkah? Since it’s transliterated, it really doesn’t matter! But however you spell it, this is one Jewish holiday everyone loves to celebrate.  Because Hanukkah is all about the miracle of the oil, we use oil in our cooking. The delicious fried foods we make to celebrate include donuts, “sufganiyot,” and potato latkes.

So this year, follow our recipe for delicious potato latkes and while they’re crackling in the pan, take a moment to reflect on the real meaning of Hanukkah: the re-dedication of the temple, and the miracle of the survival of Judaism!

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Rosh Hashana Gifts for Little Tots

Even the smallest of tots likes to join in the celebratory atmosphere of the Jewish New Year. If you’re looking for a great gift idea that’s appropriate for your special child’s first, second or third Rosh Hashana celebration, here are some to consider.

Toddler gift for Rosh HashanaRosh Hashana Gift For kids under 2:

Our Soft Rosh Hashana Gift Set has 8 plush pieces the little guys will love. They can play with the shofar, pretend to light the candles, and dip a plus red apple into the  honey “jar.” Two challot and a kiddush cup complete the set. They’ll love it!

Rosh Hashana Puzzle for Kids over 2:

Rosh Hashana gift for children

This beautiful 30-piece jigsaw puzzle is great for kids age 2 and over. It will help them learn about Rosh Hashanah histories and traditions, and they’ll love its cheerful artwork. It’s a great way to interact with children or grandchildren while you help them learn about the Jewish New Year and its importance.

Rosh Hashana Gift for Kids Over 4:

Rosh Hashana Gift for ChildrenThey’ll love this fun set of Shofars! Get them practicing early and learning the tradition of blowing the shofar to welcome the New Year.

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Just the Right Gifts for Rosh Hashana

rosh hashana breakfast basketHostess Gifts for Rosh Hashana

So you’ve been lucky enough to be invited to a delicious meal to kick off the Jewish New Year – now what can you do to say “thank you”?

After cooking for the Rosh Hashana crowd, your hosts won’t want to think about cooking the next meal! So surprise them with a perfect New Year’s breakfast! Send a Rosh Hashana gift basket including a delicious honey cake, some Bellagio coffee and an assortment of teas, and a jar of Sarabeth’s honey. Instead of dreading the post-meal dish washing, they will go to bed dreaming about a delicious, no-fuss breakfast you’ve provided. And you’ll be the first guest they invite back to break the fast!

Jewish New Year Gifts for the College Crowd

Rosh Hashana tower gift for college students

New college Freshmen can feel lonely on Rosh Hashana. For many it’s their first Jewish holiday spent away from home. Sending a gift for them to share with roommates, dorm residents and friends will kick off their New Year with joy. Everyone loves getting that little “you’ve got a package” slip in their college mailbox. Challah Connection’s Tower of Tradition gives them an exciting bunch of delicious little packages to unwrap and enjoy. They’ve love the traditional fresh apples and honey, rugelach, and amazing chocolate caramel apples. It’s a great way to share their Jewish traditions with college buddies. Or choose to send them a basket of Rosh Hashana essentials: challah, apples and honey, babka and rugelah (yes, we consider rugelah “essential”!). We have many other kosher gift baskets to choose from, too – just visit the website.

Kosher Gifts for Corporate Giving

Corporate gift for Rosh Hashana Jewish New Year

If you’re in need of a Jewish New Year gift for colleagues or clients, especially if you need a kosher gift, our elegant wine gift crate will always be a hit. A bottle of Binyamina Cabernet Sauvignon, delicious smoked sockeye salmon and flatbread crackers, some rugelach and fancy cashew nuts as well as a box of chocolate truffles – what could be a better way to say Happy New Year? The dark seagrass tray is a stylish accessory they’ll want to hold on to. It will always remind them of your thoughtful gesture.

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The Perfect Rosh Hashana Apple Cake

Entertaining for Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashana is one of my favorite holidays. It gives us a perfect excuse to invite friends, neighbors, and fellow congregants over for a celebratory meal. But sometimes the deadline of attending services can make entertaining with a full meal feel rushed. Wish you could still celebrate with friends, but make it easier and more manageable? Here’s an idea: open your home for a quick, sweet nosh of dessert and coffee. That way you can invite as many visitors as you feel like celebrating the Jewish New Year with.

Rosh Hashana Apple Cake

Have an apple cake delivered, plate it up, and you've got an instant Rosh Hashana celebration!

If you’re thinking of having a gathering to celebrate Rosh Hashana, a delicious apple cake is the perfect thing to serve. If you’re looking for the easiest way to entertain, you can order a Rosh Hashana Apple Cake and all you have to do is find the right serving plate! Our kosher apple cake is so delicious, it was featured in the New York Times. Delicious and moist, with no trans fat!

A Simple, Delicious Apple Cake Recipe

Want to make your own? Here’s my favorite recipe for the perfect Rosh Hashana Apple Cake. You can print this apple cake recipe and keep it on hand, because it’s also a great ending for your Yom Kippur meal!

The Jewish New Year is also a great time to send a kosher gift basket to someone special. They’ll appreciate your thoughtfulness! Some people you might not have thought of who’d love this gift: your temple youth group coordinator, Sisterhood president, or even the temple caretaker. Start the year off right by doing a mitzvah and recognizing their hard work and volunteer time. Send a kosher gift basket that includes our delicious apple cake, and they’ll remember your thoughtfulness all year long!

 

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