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The Latest Royal Engagement Upends 2017’s List of Top 10 Blog Posts


Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement announcement at the end of November totally upended our list of top ten blog posts for 2017. For the first eleven months of the year, the most sought-after posts were those that answered basic questions about planning a Jewish wedding, like “What do the Jewish bride and groom wear,” and “How tall should the huppah poles be?” But since Harry and Kate made their intentions official four weeks ago, posts referencing Buckingham Palace receptions and the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton shot up out of the background to take half of the top spots.

Couples planning weddings appear to be googling for royal inspiration for wedding dresses and wedding menus, in particular. And while we don’t yet have many details from Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s upcoming wedding, we can look to Will and Kate for inspiration.

As we look back at Huppahs.com’s all-time collection of blog posts, these ten claimed the top spots for popularity in 2017:

10. Your Own Royal Canape Reception: Kosher-fied Menu and Recipes – On the morning of William and Kate’s wedding, Queen Elizabeth threw them a canape reception. Over the following two weeks we posted recipes for kosher versions of nine of the canapes, including such tasty tidbits as poached asparagus spears and smoked haddock fishcakes. This post links to them all.

9. The Jewish Wedding Ceremony, Step by Step – Starting with the bride’s reception and the groom’s table, through the huppah ceremony, and finishing with yichud, this post lays out the parts of a traditional Jewish wedding ceremony.

8. DIY wedding dress in Grace Kelly style from Vogue Patterns – Kate Middleton’s wedding dress drew comparisons to Grace Kelly. This post links to sewing patterns for wedding dresses with silhouettes and details inspired by the iconic dresses of these two brides.

7. 5 Tips for Creating an Inviting Wedding Pie Dessert Buffet – A down-home outlier among the royal posts, this dessert option started trending several years ago and continues to charm.

6. Wedding Menu Fit for Royalty (You!) – A master class from Buckingham Palace on how to feed a crowd.

5. Wedding DIY: How to Decorate a Table with Garland – A collaborative post of Huppahs.com and FiftyFlowers.

Buckingham Palace Beefeaters4. Wedding Recipe: Garlic-Herb Crusted Beef Roast for a Crowd (Meat) – A British classic for your own wedding menu.

3. How tall should the huppah (chuppah) poles be? – The answer to this perennially popular question.

2. What do the Jewish bride and groom wear? – Why it’s all about white.

1. Recipe: Roasted Rosemary Potatoes with Garlic for 50 (Parve) – As the most popular menu item from the Buckingham Palace dinner reception menu, the humble potato takes the top spot among blog posts, in the form of a practical and flavorful selection for your own wedding menu.

I’m already looking forward to finding out about the wedding trends that Prince Harry and Meghan Markle will inspire in 2018.

[Photos: Official Buckingham Palace engagement photos of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle by photographer Alexi Lubomirski.]

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Summer, Time for Our Blissful Backyard Wedding Punch

Summer Bliss Wedding Punch with Watermelon and Gin
It’s summertime! Woo hoo! Which means it’s time to bust out our favorite Summer Bliss Wedding Punch. Never have watermelon and gin tasted so cool and refreshing. Find the recipe here. Find our instructions for the table garland decorations at DIY Weddings Magazine.

Hey, Joe, any watermelon in that backyard farm?

(Photo: Jason Weil for Huppahs.com)

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HE’BREW: Great Kosher Beer for Your Jewish Wedding

wedding bar kosher beerOne big plus of moving Huppahs.com to New York has been finding out about HE’BREW beer, a line of great-tasting kosher craft beers. If you want to offer your wedding guests something different at the bar and give the beer lovers in the crowd something they’ll appreciate, serve up some Origin Pomegranate Ale, Hop Manna, Messiah Brown Nut Ale, or one of the line’s other amusingly-named but seriously good brews.

I don’t have the beer vocabulary to even bluff at describing the tastes, but one reviewer who presumably does have that vocabulary was reduced to the word “WOW.” In the 2011/2012 World Beer Championships, where HE’BREW’s maker, Shmaltz Brewing, entered fourteen beers, nine of their beers won gold medals and five won silver. It’s good beer.

HE’BREW beers are brewed in upstate New York, but you can find them in more than thirty states (as well as extremely selected locations in Canada, Australia, and Japan). A newer line of Coney Island Craft Lagers is available through a more limited number of outlets. Shmaltz Brewing’s website provides helpful lists of wholesalers, shops and bars that carry its products.

roundstone-rye-whisky catoctin creekRelated: Special Wedding Details: Catoctin Cocktail with Kosher, Organic, Rye Whisky

Generally, an unflavored beer made with only water, barley, yeast, and hops, without any additives, will be kosher even without certification (for this information, I go to Orthodox-Jews.com). But when you want to get at all adventurous with taste and still keep kosher, you have to look for certification. HE’BREW beers are certified by the Orthodox-grade Kosher Supervision of America.

I raise my glass to the folks at Shmaltz Brewing Company for advancing the art of beer for the rest of us to enjoy and impress our guests.

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Persian Pomegranate Sangria (Kosher Drink Recipe)

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Persian Pomegranate Sangria (Kosher Drink Recipe)

pomegranate sangria recipe kosherIf your guests aren’t in the mood to celebrate before they have a sip of this fruity pomegranate sangria, they will be after. As presented, the recipe makes up to 15 servings, but you can easily prepare a few batches to satisfy the guests at an intimate backyard or apartment balcony wedding.

Huppahs.com thanks Marlene, the founder and creative force behind The Jewish Hostess (thejewishhostess.com) for allowing us to share this recipe with you here. The recipe was originally submitted to The Jewish Hostess by Joy Betesh, so a big thanks to Joy, too!

Have you ever seeded a pomegranate? If you have, you know it can be a tricky, messy business. The Jewish Hostess provides tips and a video at How to Seed a Pomegranate for Rosh Hashanah: Two Techniques.

Ingredients for Persian Pomegranate Sangria

Yield: 13 to 15 eight-ounce cups of sangria

pomegranateFor Syrup:

  • 8 cups cold water
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 2 large cinnamon sticks
  • 4 star anise
  • 1 vanilla pod, split in half

For Sangria:

  • 1 1/2 to 2 bottles red wine, chilled in refrigerator
  • 8 cups pomegranate juice, chilled in refrigerator
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 1 whole pomegranate, seeded (How to Seed a Pomegranate for Rosh Hashanah: Two Techniques)
  • 1 orange, sliced into thin rounds, then cut in half into semi-circles
  • 1 lemon, sliced into thin rounds, then cut in half into semi-circles

For serving:

  • Ice
  • Fresh mint leaves

Instructions for Persian Pomegranate Sangria

  1. In a heavy saucepan, combine water, sugar, cloves, cinnamon stick, star anise and split vanilla pod.
  2. Bring to a rapid boil over medium-high heat, then reduce to a low heat and simmer, uncovered, about 15 minutes to dissolve sugar and create a thin syrup.
  3. Turn off heat and let sit 20 minutes to cool to room temperature and to allow the ingredients to marinate.
  4. Strain over fine mesh strainer into a large punch bowl or pitcher.
  5. Pour in chilled wine, pomegranate juice, and lime juice. Mix well.
  6. Add pomegranate seeds, orange, and lemon slices and mix again.
  7. Serve in glasses with a sprig of fresh mint and 1 or 2 cubes of ice in each.

Make-Ahead Options

You can prepare the sangria through step 4 the day before serving, even letting the mix marinate more than 20 minutes before straining it. Keep the strained punch in the refrigerator overnight. Add the remaining ingredients as the time for serving approaches.

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Recipe: Apple Soup for a Fall Wedding – Dairy or Vegan/Parve (Serves 50)

This is a wonderful soup for a fall wedding. Not only is it delicious, it’s also simple and quick to make; great for a self-catered backyard wedding. The recipe comes from Moosewood Restaurant Cooks for a Crowd: Recipes with a Vegetarian Emphasis for 24 or More. I’ve made this soup a few times for dinner parties (decreasing the quantities), and people always love it. To make the full fifty-serving recipe you’ll need a large 2½ gallon stockpot, or a couple of smaller pots.

The original recipe calls for milk, but you can make a parve (and vegan) version by substituting almond milk.

Ingredients for Apple Soup

Makes 50 6-oz. servings

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 1/3 quarts (1 lb. 5 oz.) onions, chopped
  • 7 quarts (8 lbs. 5 oz.) apples, cored, peeled, and cut into chunks
  • 1 gal. apple juice or vegetable stock
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • ½ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1 qt. milk (for dairy soup) or almond milk (for vegan/parve soup)
  • ¼ to ½ cup maple syrup (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

Garnishes (optional)

  • Yogurt, sour cream, parve sour cream substitute
  • Cinnamon

Instructions

  1. Saute the onions in oil until they are softened.
  2. Add the apples and juice or stock and simmer until the apples are tender.
  3. Puree with the remaining ingredients with an immersion blender until smooth.
  4. Serve warm or chilled.
  5. If desired, top with yogurt, sour cream or sour cream substitute, and a sprinkling of cinnamon.

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Summer Bliss Wedding Punch Recipe

watermelon wedding punchYou’re going to love this cool, tasty wedding punch. We developed it to celebrate the recent launch of our Facebook page, and we’re pleased to share it with you here. The punch features refreshing watermelon and Watershed Gin from Catoctin Creek, a new award-winning artisanal distillery in Virginia whose liquors are both organic and kosher.

Want to know how to get our lush garland look for your own wedding table? Check out How to Decorate a Table with Garland.

Ingredients for Summer Bliss Wedding Punch

Makes 56 four oz servings

Instructions

Cut the watermelon in half and scoop out the fruit into very large bowl. Use an immersion blender to liquidate the fruit. Strain through a cheese cloth. You will end up with about 42 oz of watermelon juice. Combine all the ingredients. Add the seltzer and ice to the punch bowl just before serving.

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Recipe: Apricot Rolls for a Middle Eastern Wedding Menu (Vegan, Parve)

These traditional sweets add a Middle Eastern touch to a dessert buffet, hors d’oeuvres reception or, as Gil Marks, points out, a Middle Eastern wedding shower. The recipe comes from Mark’s treasure of a cookbook, The World of Jewish Entertaining.

Ingredients for Middle Eastern Apricot Rolls

Makes about 7 dozen rolls

  • 1 pound (3¼ cups) dried apricots, washed and drained
  • ½ cup sugar, plus extra for sprinkling
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped blanched almonds or unsalted pistachios

Instructions

  1. In a food processor or grinder, grind or puree the apricots with the ½ cup sugar.
  2. Sprinkle a large piece of wax paper with additional sugar and spread half of the apricot mixture on top of a ¼-inch-thick rectangle.
  3. Arrange the nuts along one side of the rectangle, then roll up from the nut side. Repeat with the remaining apricot mixture.
  4. Let stand, uncovered, at room temperature for 2 days, then cut into slices.

Alternatively, mix the nuts into the apricots, roll into ½-inch balls (about 50 balls), and press an additional piece of nut on top of each ball.

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Enjoy Our New Summer Bliss Wedding Punch Recipe

watermelon wedding punchWe put on our celebration hats to come up with this cool new wedding punch recipe to celebrate the launch of our new Huppahs.com’s Facebook page. We call our divine creation Summer Bliss.

Your guests will love this original summer punch: a cool combination of watermelon, Catoctin Creek Distillery’s Organic (and kosher!) Watershed Gin, and other tasty ingredients. It makes a refreshing and delicious addition to a wedding or party beverage menu.

Get the recipe on Huppahs.com’s Facebook page.

Along with the recipe, you’ll also find out on our Facebook page how to enter a drawing for a free Catoctin Creek Distillery T-shirt.

Wedding DIY table garlandWe even show you how to style your table like we did using garland from FiftyFlowers.com.

Check it all out – Summer Bliss awaits…

Photo: Jason Weil
Garland: Wholesale flowers from FiftyFlowers.com

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