Monthly Archives: April 2010

Friday Favorites | Cook Sweet & Look Sweet

Every Friday, the Yentas want to make like Maria Von Trapp and show you a few of their favorite things. So say “so long, farewell” to other kugel recipes, because this is one that every Jewish wife and bride-to-be should share with her man and their families.

1 (1 lb) package noodles, cooked and drained
6 eggs, beaten
1 (8 ounce) package of cream cheese
1 & 1/2 lbs cottage cheese
1 (16 ounce) jar applesauce (get the cinnamon-flavored one for extra oomph)
1 cup of golden raisins
1 & 1/2 cups of sugar
nutmeg to taste
cinnamon to taste (if you’re like Yenta Alison, you’ll use a whole Texas-sized jar of cinnamon!)
1/2 cup melted butter, plus enough to line the 9 x 13 baking dish
Corn Flakes cereal, enough to cover top of kugel

Mix drained noodles with eggs, cream cheese, cottage cheese, applesauce, raisins, sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Melt butter in a 9 x 13 baking dish.
Add noodle mixture.
Top with Corn Flakes cereal and cover with desired amount of cinnamon.
Drizzle some leftover melted butter on top.
Cover kugel with foil and bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.
Uncover and bake 30 minutes longer, but check often to avoid burning.
Remove from oven and let cool.
Serve either warm or refrigerated.

Serves 12-16 depending on size of cuts.

Sounds yummy right? As you prepare to nosh, why don’t you wear one of these adorable aprons from Anthropologie! We Yentas love their feminine, vintage kitchen wardrobe. Plus, doesn’t everything taste a little better when you’re dolled up? If only the aprons could cancel out the calories…

The Lady’s Apron, style #983105, $32.00

Baker’s Delight Apron, style #883111, $32.00

Spring Mix Apron, style #983079, $38.00

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Real Weddings | Los Angeles, CA

Brad and Rachel met in the holy land. He was her counselor on her BBYO trip to Israel when she was 16 and he was 22. She liked him the way hummus likes pita, but nothing happened while they were on their trip. However, it must have been b’shert because three years later, they rekindled their friendship while Brad was visiting the University of Michigan and stopped by Rachel’s sorority house for a hello. This time, sparks flew and they began the romantic adventure of long distance dating. Three more years went by, and Brad and Rachel were finally united when they moved to D.C., and after another four years, they finally got married!  A lot of shlepping, sure, but as they say: Good things come to those who… shlep.

Mazel tov, Rachel and Brad!

Venue & Caterer – Stephen S Wise Temple
Photographer – Mi Belle Photography
Floral Design – Jackie Combs Floral Design
Coordination – Amber Events
Cake – Vanilla Bake Shop
Entertainment – Entourage from DeBois Entertainment
Officiant – Rabbi Vogel from Temple Aliyah
Hair & Makeup – Design Visage

  • Pamela T says:

    Gorgeous wedding.

Think Ink

Before your public wedding ceremony, you’ll gather with your officiant and immediate family for the ketubah signing. I’ll talk about this in detail in future blogs, but this traditional ceremony essentially makes the bride and groom officially married. You’re signing the Jewish version of a marriage contract, so it’s important to be sure that your ink will last all the years to come.

So how do you choose a pen that embalms your Judah Hancock into foreverness?

Avoid pens that feather or bleed. You also want to be certain that your ink won’t fade over time, even if your ketubah soaks up sunlight and UV light. Waterproof pens are also a good idea because someone in your family will be crying tears of joy (I have my money down on a mom). Therefore, you should make sure to use an archival pigment ink pen, which you can find at any framing or art store.

Brands we recommend:

As you sign your ketubah, be sure the ink has dried before wrapping or rolling it up. You’d hate to smear your document!

And never, ever use a felt tip pen like a Sharpie because it will bleed into the paper and potentially damage any art on your ketubah. Leave any damages to the appropriate glass portion of the ceremony!


Images courtesy of Eight20 Photography. Ketubah designed by Rachel Deitsch.

  • Robin says:

    What a great suggestion! I hadn’t even realized the importance of the proper pen. And I’m left handed so smearing could be a real problem on my ketubah. Tnanks and I look forward to more of your tips.

Real Weddings | Camarillo, CA

Bryan and I enjoy laughing and happy times with our friends and families, so we wanted our wedding to reflect our own personalities. The wedding was playfully elegant with bursts of pink and orange colors, complemented by textured flowers (roses, ranunculas, and dahlias), and coordinating paper accessories like dinner menus, escort cards, and programs. The reform ceremony was traditional, and incorporated a private ketubah signing prior to the ceremony, my circling the groom 7 times, the rabbi and cantor’s recitation of seven blessings known as the Sheva Brachot, and of course the grand finale when Bryan stepped on the glass. It was the best day of our lives and we had rave-worthy vendors! On May 25th, we’ll be celebrating 2 years of perfect, married bliss!

Venue & Caterer – Spanish Hills Country Club
Photographer – Eight20 Photography
Makeup Artist– Annie of Blushing Bridal Makeup
Floral Design – Happy Flowers
Linens – Sitting Pretty
Invitations – Celebrate Flowers and Invitations
Cake – Skiff’s Cakes
Videographer – Moonlight Video
Entertainment – Word of Mouth Band
Gown Designer – Casablanca
Bridal Salon – Bridal Elegance
Bridal Jewelry – EmitationsAnna Bellagio
Bridal Shoes – Caparros
Formal Wear – Calvin KleinFriar Tux
Bridesmaid Dresses – Jasmine B2
Ketubah – New World Wedding by Rachel Deitsch
Table Cards – The Paper Stylist














  • Linda says:

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  • Chris says:

    I guess this wedding was ok, but only because I was in it! 🙂

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  • Rachel says:

    A beautiful wedding! What makes it gorgeous aside from the lovely bride (and, ahem, awesome ketubah) is how clearly joyful and excited you were.

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Here’s A Grape Idea!

It’s a scene out of a movie… or “America’s Funniest Home Videos” depending how sick your sense of humor is.  During the wedding ceremony, a beautiful bride in a sparkling white gown receives her groom’s bar mitzvah Kiddush cup. She looks up at her handsome groom, feels butterflies and blushes over the excitement of the day, and just as she prepares to make contact with the cup, she presses her lips lightly on the surface to make sure that her lipstick stays in tact, and then it happens.

Red wine drips onto her perfectly pressed and clean dress and the crimson liquid continues to streak down every bead and patch of lace like rain drops on a windshield. It’s ruined. The dress is catastrophically ruined and the bride must go on with the evening in a wine tie-dyed shmata on the best day of her life, and no club soda will ever get out this stain.

Do we blame the ever-so-cared-for lipstick? The dashing groom and his distractingly handsome appearance? A faulty Kiddush cup? No. Because if the couple had selected white wine, this would have still happened, but it wouldn’t have mattered.

“But, dear Wedding Yentas, the go-to Manischewitz is red!!”

Not all Manischewitz and kosher wines are red, my young grasshoppersteins. There is white kosher wine and not only is it colorless, it is G.O.O.D.

No really, it’s delicious. You’ll want to stay under that chuppah and get married all evening, it’s that good. Keep it around for Passover and welcome Elijah an extra dozen times. That’s how yummy it is. We were advised to purchase white kosher wine on our wedding day and I’m so glad we did. We didn’t have any spillage issues, but it sure took my mind off any worry that wine would dribble on my dress. Not to mention, it helped make the kisses that much sweeter!