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Get Inspired by this Outdoor Wedding Tablescape from Top Chef

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Planning an outdoor wedding reception? For a tablescape that celebrates the outdoors while delivering major style, take this Top Chef table for inspiration. It’s built on a sophisticated layering of color, pattern, and texture:

  • Tablecloth with a large leafy botanical print.
  • Wide table runner in a natural hue with unfinished and slightly frayed edges (You could DIY this with a length of plain weave natural fabric, like hemp)
  • Rafia placemats.
  • Dark amber water glasses.
  • Sideways glass vases holding pink flowers to give the setting a modern lift.

This screenshot, by the way, is from Top Chef’s 14th season, in South Carolina, at an estate that housed the restaurant and home of Edna Lewis, a luminary of traditional Southern cooking.

Maria BywaterMaria Bywater is the designer behind Huppahs.com and author of Sew Jewish: The 18 Projects You Need for Jewish Holidays, Weddings, Bar/Bat Mitzvah Celebrations, and Home.

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Martha Stewart Endorses Jello Shots for Weddings

Margarita shots. Source: Martha Stewart Weddings on The Huffington Post

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings on The Huffington Post

It feels like the earth just shifted. Martha Stewart has endorsed jello shots for weddings. Either Martha Stewart Omnimedia is finally starting to run out of content, or this could be a signal that we as an industry are outgrowing the candy buffet. Either possibility would be a shame.

Still, we’re not talking about the jello shots you’re probably used to seeing. These shots are very Martha Stewart. Very Pinterest. In fact, they look like they could have been created by sushi master Jiro Ono.

David Tutera might not be on board yet, but if I was planning a small cocktail or hors d’oeuvres reception, I’d consider serving one of these jello shots, especially if the flavor matched the sophisticated visual punch. But I wouldn’t serve more than one kind.

Yes, I lifted the photo from the article at The Huffington Post, because there’s no way to tell the story without a visual. Will trade traffic for image. You really should take a look.

Walk-in ice bar at Damenti's Restaurant, Mountain Top, Pennsylvania

Walk-in ice bar at Damenti’s Restaurant, Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. Photo: Bill Bywater.


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A Wedding Chuppah for All Venues: The Simplicity Huppah

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While finalizing the reservation of a Simplicity Huppah yesterday, I realized that of all our rental huppahs, we’ve probably shipped this style huppah to the widest variety of wedding venues, from backyards to bistros and hotel ballrooms. Its clean, classic design fits just about any setting (and like all of our huppahs, it’s easy to transport and set up anywhere).

Just for fun, we went back through the files and revisited some of the varied venues where couples have wed under Simplicity Huppahs:

You can check the availability of our Simplicity Huppahs for your wedding day or get more details at Huppahs.com. Or see all our huppah designs.

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Backyard Wedding? Embrace Decor with a Touch of Nature

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Photos courtesy of the Green Bride Guide.

If you’re planning a backyard wedding, play to the outdoor setting with decor and accessories that embrace nature’s themes and use eco-friendly materials, like the items in the Garden Wedding line from the Green Bride Guide.

We’ve highlighted some of our favorites in the pics above. Clockwise from top left: upcycled garden wedding invitations; jasmine head wreath for bride, bridesmaid, or flower girl; felt rose garland, plantable favor cards shaped like love birds and infused with flower seeds, lavender in a box wedding favors, and love bird wedding cake toppers.

We love that the Green Bride Guide provides modern designs for eco-conscious wedding couples, and Huppahs.com is proud to be an approved vendor of the Green Bride Guide.

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Oh, Martha Stewart, THIS is an ice bar

Walk-in ice bar at Damenti's Restaurant, Mountain Top, Pennsylvania

Walk-in ice bar at Damenti’s Restaurant, Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. Photo: Bill Bywater.

Martha Stewart’s wedding website recently featured an ice bar, an 18″ piece of ice sitting on a tabletop, charmingly carved, with cylinders cut out for chilling the bottled beverage of your choice. OK, it was pretty cool. But take a look at the walk-in ice bar constructed at Damenti’s Restaurant in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, for a series of fundraising events this winter. That’s an eighteen-foot-long sculpted ice bar protected by eight-foot Trojans – yes, Martha, this ice bar is bigger than yours.

What’s really cool: Damenti’s owners, Kevin and Helen MacDonald, set up the bar every winter to help raise funds for lots of local charities.

What’s even more cool: You could set up an ice bar like this for an event in the heat of summer.

One of the sculptors who created the walk-in ice bar, Bill Bywater (my big brother ;P), explains how it holds up in winter and summer, and gives some tips for using one at your own event:

With a freezer unit attached it can maintain during those days we had last week that peeked into the high fifties. And the freezer has been off all this week as the temps dropped back down. It will last like this from mid December through St Patrick’s Day.

That said, most customers want to know how it will hold up through an event. The answer is beautifully. All the construction elements are 5 to 10 inches thick making them very durable. Guests will feel a drop in temperature when they step up to the bar to order a cold drink. The ice will shrink at about 1/4 inch an hour at room temperature, resulting in a bar that will still be there the next day.

Even on a hot summer day it will last five hours without issue. Direct sunlight can actually be the bigger foe. The ultraviolet light shatters the crystal structure turning an ice block to rubble, from the outside in. Look at your prospective location at the time of day you will have your event to see where your shadow options are. That is where you want your ice bar. The ice bar looks best in darker setting anyway where it can be up lit or be illuminated with strings of chasing LED lighting.

Also consider reserving the ice bar to vodka drinks, or chilled white wine, a frozen drink or a couples “signature” drink. That way it won’t have ten people in front of it when the cocktail hour starts (so no one can see it). Let a house bar take care of high volume and mixed drinks.

The bar front can be themed or designed to the event at well at the bar top with engraved snow filled lettering.

Love the signature drink idea to avoid a crowd blocking the bar. Suggestions for a chilled signature drink, anyone? Please do share in the Comments section.

UPDATE: It turns out that the tops of the Trojans’ helmets are shot luges. I think I’ve used the word cool too many times in this post to use it again here, which is a shame.

Tips for Finding and Working with a Top-Notch Ice Sculptor (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.

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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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Wedding Music Budget Advice: A Little Live Music Makes a Big Impact

Are you weighing the pros and cons of live music versus a DJ for your wedding? Are you considering a custom iPod music mix for the cocktail hour or dance party, like I wrote about in my previous post? Recorded music can really stretch your music budget, but few details elevate the atmosphere of an event more than live music, so if you don’t have live music for the dinner reception and dancing, try to find room in the budget to add an element of live music during the ceremony, and the cocktail hour, too, if you can swing it.

If you’re planning a Jewish wedding with a bride’s reception or you’re planning to sign the ketubah in front of all your guests, consider having live music during those events also. For my own wedding, we hired musicians to play klezmer music while escorting the groom from the ketubah signing to the bride’s reception for the veiling. It was a lot of fun and really ramped up the party’s energy as we prepared for the ceremony under the huppah.

You could go with a small trio or quartet, but even a single instrument playing during your procession can heighten the emotional intensity of the moment, taking your breath away and tugging at your guests’ tears.

Find musicians on wedding planning websites, the music departments of a local college, or through friends’ recommendations.

The musical world offers so many instruments, you are sure to find one that matches and enhances the feel of your wedding. Here are some options:

  • Cello
  • Harp
  • Flute
  • Guitar
  • Piano

Am I missing your favorite?

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5 Tips for Creating an Inviting Wedding Pie Dessert Buffet

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Photographer: Jessica Watson | Source: Ruffled®

Are you considering a pie dessert buffet for your wedding? Follow these tips to create a mouthwatering display:

  1. Choose rustic/country or pretty/elegant: Does the feel of your wedding lend itself more to a rustic/country feel or a pretty/elegant feel? If it’s the former, choose traditional fruit pies. If it’s the latter, think custards, meringues and fruit tarts.
  2. Vary the pie toppings: For visual interest and to whet your guests’ appetites, choose pies with a variety of tops: crumble, lattice crust, full crust top cut with slits.
  3. Display the pies at various heights: Instead of putting all the pies directly on the table, raise some up on raised cake/pie plates or props such as upturned baskets or stacks of old books.
  4. Add tall decorative elements: Especially if your buffet doesn’t include a tall wedding cake, add tall decorative elements such as flowers in vases, flowering branches, or sheaves of wheat.
  5. Add generous displays of fresh produce: Display fresh produce of the kind used in the pies. The fruits can be stacked on plate tiers or heaped in pretty bowls or baskets. The produce will add color and freshness.


Looking for pie recipes?
Take a look at our recipes (they’re all parve, so they can fit into a kosher meat or dairy meal):

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Love Is Sweet: Rustic Backyard Louisiana Wedding

Captured Photography of Oxford, Mississippi photographed this backyard wedding of Emily & Andy of Louisiana in May 2011. The styling is rustic with a light touch…and another pie dessert buffet – keep ’em coming! (see our peach pie recipe).
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Source: WeddingWire.com
Photography: Captured Photography, Oxford, Mississippi

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Recipe: Parve Pie Crust (Non-Dairy)

With all the fruit pie recipes we’ve posted during the past couple of weeks, I’ve received a few requests for a parve pie crust recipe. Here it is. The dough uses vegetable oil instead of butter, and soy milk instead of milk. As a result of using oil, the dough mixes up more wet than a butter or lard based dough. The finished product also won’t be quite as flaky as a butter-based dough, but it holds up well, and the crust won’t preclude you from eating your pie at the end of a meal that includes meat. (And if you haven’t seen the pie recipes, here they are: Peach Lattice Pie, Ginger Pear Pie, Perfect Plum Pie, Fresh Raspberry Pie.)

Ingredients for Parve Pie Crust

Makes one 9-inch double pie crust

  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup soy milk
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar (Optional. Recommended for sweet fillings, not recommended for savory fillings.)
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions for Parve Pie Crust

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Combine the oil and soy milk. Add sugar, and mix to dissolve.
  3. In a mixing bowl, mix the flour, salt, and sugar. Add the oil mixture without stirring. Mix with a spatula.
  4. Refrigerate 20 minutes.
  5. Place half of the dough between two pieces of waxed paper. (Put a small amount of water between the work surface and the wax paper to help keep the dough from sliding as you roll.)
  6. Roll the dough into a round about 1/8-inch thick. Gently remove the top waxed paper, and carefully flip the dough into the pan. Peel off the remaining wax paper.
  7. Bake at 400 degrees until brown.
  8. Use the remaining dough for the top of the pie, or use it to line a second pie tin.

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Recipe: Fresh Raspberry Pie

Meg Bywater Agnes Goldrich Clara Goldrich picking raspberries
Another late summer fruit pie inspired by our fruit picking trip and the popularity of pie dessert buffets for weddings: Raspberry Pie. This recipe comes from canida at Instructables.com.

Ingredients for Fresh Raspberry Pie

  • 5-6 cups fresh berries
  • 1 pie crust (homemade or store-bought) [parve pie crust recipe]
  • 1/4-1/2 cup sugar (for tart berries, use the larger amount)
  • 2 Tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup water
  • Pinch salt
  • 1 Tablespoon lemon juice
  • Dash allspice (optional)

Instructions for Raspberry Pie

Visit Instructables.com for canida’s photos of the steps.

  1. Sort and gently wash berries. Set them aside to dry on a towel or in a colander.
  2. Meanwhile, make or buy your pie crust, then bake it. Use the package directions for baking a store-bought pie crust, or just bake at 350 until lightly golden-brown, 10-15 minutes depending on the recipe you’ve chosen. Homemade pie crusts may require weights to toast evenly without slipping down the sides (line with foil and add dry beans for weight if you don’t have pie-specific tools), but this isn’t absolutely necessary if aesthetics aren’t your thing.
  3. When pie crust is cool, fill with raspberries (reserve 1/4 cup berries for the glaze). Spread evenly, and mound them a bit in the center as shown below.
  4. Place in a small pot the reserved 1/4 cup raspberries, water, sugar, cornstarch, and salt.
  5. Cook and stir with a wire whisk over low heat until the sugar has dissolved and the berries have turned to mush. When sauce begins to thicken, add lemon juice and allspice (if using). Stir until glaze becomes thick, and remove from heat.
  6. Pour the glaze over your berries, spreading gently to cover the entire top surface. Allow the pie to set up for at least 30 minutes in a cool room or in the refrigerator.
  7. Serve chilled or at room temperature.

Make-Ahead Options

Raspberry pie can be stored covered in the refrigerator for two days.

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Hors d’Oeurve Recipe: Clinton Kelly’s Tapenade Three Ways

The last errand my daughters and I ran on Friday while preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irene in DC was the library, where we stocked up on books in anticipation of the possible loss of electricity and a three-day reading holiday. As things worked out, we didn’t get much more than the equivalent of a strong summer rain storm, although folks to the east and west of us dealt with some nasty stuff.

Our reading holiday was cut short, but we did make it through a lot of books. Aside from all the curl-up-in-a-chair-and-read-alone books, there was one book, which one of my daughters had picked up, that we read together: Freakin’ Fabulous: How to Dress, Speak, Behave, Eat, Drink, Entertain, Decorate, and Generally Be Better than Everyone Else, by Clinton Kelly. For those of you who don’t fritter away a lot of hours watching The Learning Channel, Clinton Kelly is the male counterpart to Stacy London on TLC’s What Not to Wear.

My favorite section of the book was “Entertain”. I haven’t found so many simple, tasty, impressive looking hors d’oeuvre recipes together in one book in a long time. I’m going to share with you Clinton’s three recipes for tapenade: black olive, green olive, and sun-dried tomato. Because tapenade is parve, it makes a great opening bite in a meat-inclusive meal. Clinton recommends serving all three alongside each other on a slice of crostini, but you can use just one.

Clinton calls this collection “Tapenade Threeway”, but I’m calling it Tapenade Three Ways. Still fabulous. You can make them a couple of days ahead, which, for a home catered event, makes them freakin’ fabulous.

Ingredients for Black Olive Tapenade

½ pound good-quality black olives, pitted and drained
4 anchovy fillets
1 clove garlic, peeled
4 Tablespoons olive oil

Ingredients for Green Olive Tapenade

½ pound good-quality green olives, pitted and drained
2 Tablespoons papers, drained
1 clove garlic, peeled
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
4 Tablespoons olive oil

Ingredients for Sun-Dried Tomato Tapenade

½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained
2 cloves garlic, peeled
¼ teaspoon salt
6 leaves basil, chopped
3 Tablespoons olive oil

Instructions for Making the Tapenades

Follow these instructions for all three tapenades:

Put all of the ingredients, except olive oil, into a food processor. Pulse a few times to combine, then add the oil tablespoon by tablespoon until a slightly chunk consistency is achieved.

Make Ahead Options

The tapenades can be made a couple of days in advance. Store covered in the fridge.

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Recipe: Ginger Pear Pie for a Wedding Dessert Buffet (Dairy or Parve)

Ginger Pear Pie RecipeWe’re continuing the pie recipes, inspired by our recent fruit picking trip to Lawrence Farms Orchards in Newburgh, New York and the growing popularity of pie dessert buffets at weddings. In our last post, we offered peach pie.

Today, we present a pear pie enhanced with the flavor of ginger and a crumble top with pecans. The original recipe and the photo come from Delilah Stauffer on allrecipes.com, but we adopted the commenters’ recommendations to use real maple syrup (in place of the original recipe’s corn syrup) and pre-bake the pie crust.

kosher ice cream at Lawrence Farms Orchards New YorkBy the way, did you see Bill’s question in the comment section of the last post? He asked about kosher foods at Lawrence Farms. In addition to the fresh fruits and vegetables being kosher, of course, the farm shop also has a freezer of Klein’s kosher ice creams and flavored ices for the many kosher-keeping families who visit. Yeah!

Ingredients for Ginger Pear Pie

  • 1 9-inch unbaked pastry shell (dairy or parve) [parve pie crust recipe]
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup real maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • 4 large pears, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine

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  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 cup cold butter or margarine
  • 1/4 cup chopped pecans

Instructions for Ginger Pear Pie

  1. Pre-bake pie shell according to package directions.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the next six ingredients until blended. Gently stir in pears. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally; boil for 1 minute. Add butter. Pour into pastry shell.
  3. For topping, combine flour, brown sugar and ginger in bowl. Cut in butter until mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle over pears. Bake at 425 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until topping is golden brown.

TIP: To keep the edge of the pie crust from over baking, cover the crust edge with aluminum foil during the second baking.

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Recipe: Luscious Peach Lattice Pie for a Wedding Dessert Buffet

The peaches are ripe and ready for picking at Lawrence Farms Orchards in Newburgh, New York. So are the pears, plums, and raspberries. Yesterday I took a trip there with my daughters and lots of nieces and nephews, and we came away with baskets of fresh pickings for munching, turning into jams (leave that to Mandy), and baking into pies.

With this profusion of late summer fruit and the growing popularity of pie dessert buffets at weddings, I thought it was time to share some wonderful pie recipes, beginning with a luscious peach pie. This recipe, with a traditional lattice crust top, comes from Deborah Snyder at BonAppetit.com. I did substitute purchased pie crust for Deborah’s homemade crust, because I want to get back outside and enjoy the gorgeous Hudson River Valley. (Today, we’re off to walk across the river on the Mid-Hudson bridge. Beautiful views.)

Ingredients for Peach Lattice Pie

  • 2 purchased roll-out pie crusts [parve pie crust recipe]
  • 1 cup sugar, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon (scant) ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • 3 1/2 pounds firm but ripe peaches, peeled, halved, pitted, each half cut into 3 wedges
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons (1/4 stick) unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten to blend with 2 teaspoons water (glaze)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar mixed with 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (cinnamon sugar)

Instructions for Peach Lattice Pie

picking peaches for peach pie recipe at Lawrence Farms Orchards

  1. Prepare the bottom pie crust as directed on the crust packaging.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Roll out second pie crust disk on floured surface to 13 1/2-inch round. Cut into 3/4-inch-wide strips. Chill while preparing filling.
  3. For filling, combine 1/2 cup sugar, cinnamon, and salt in large bowl. Add peaches and lemon juice and toss gently to coat. Let stand 30 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, stir remaining 1/2 cup sugar and 1/4 cup water in medium saucepan over medium heat until sugar dissolves. Increase heat; boil without stirring until syrup is deep amber, occasionally swirling pan and brushing down sides with wet pastry brush, about 11 minutes. Remove from heat. Add butter and cream (mixture will bubble vigorously); stir caramel until smooth. Strain juices from peaches into caramel; cool to lukewarm.
  5. Preheat oven to 375°F. Add caramel and flour to peaches in bowl; toss gently. Transfer filling to crust, mounding in center.

  6. Arrange 6 dough strips in 1 direction across top of pie, spacing apart. Working with 1 strip at a time, arrange 6 more strips in opposite direction atop first, lifting strips and weaving over and under, forming lattice. Gently press ends of strips to edge of baked bottom crust to adhere. Trim overhang. Brush lattice strips (but not crust edge) with egg yolk glaze. Sprinkle strips with cinnamon sugar.
  7. Bake pie 35 minutes. Tent pie loosely with foil to prevent overbrowning. Continue to bake pie until filling bubbles thickly and lattice is golden brown, about 25 minutes longer. Cool pie on rack.

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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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Wedding Inspiration: Rustic Backyard Summer Wedding

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The look of this backyard wedding was inspired by the soft colors and rustic country feel of peaches, tangerines and plums, with touches of feathers, wood accents and flower pods. And instead of a wedding cake: a selection of home-made pies.

Source: StyleMePretty
Photography: Synecdoche
Event Design: Flourish Event Design
Event Planning: Flourish Event Design
Flowers: New Creations Flower Company
Invitations: Elizabeth Grace
Dress: Carolina Herrera

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Can a Backyard Wedding Be Glamorous? Hang a Crystal Chandelier in the Tree and You’re on Your Way…

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This glamorous backyard wedding tableau was designed by Southern California’s Bella Raines Garden Studio and the photography team of Lavender & Twine.

A pair of chic satin Badgley Mischka pumps inspired the scene, including the color scheme of white, silver, and emerald green.

The details include crystal chandeliers, beaded curtains, piles of white flowers, sparkly pillows, metallic chargers, chic menu design, crystal cut wine glasses and vases of mercury glass.

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Source: The Sweetest Occasion
Flowers: Southern California’s Bella Raines Garden Studio
Menu: inspiraDesigns
Photography: Lavender & Twine
Shoes: Badgley Mischka

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Garland on the stairs. Source: Fiftyflowers.com

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Recipe: Zucchini Pancake Hors d’Oeuvres for a Summer Wedding (Vegetarian, Parve)

When I was growing up, there was always one week when every homemaker’s backyard garden exploded with zucchini. All the Moms in the neighborhood would race each other to hand out the surplus harvest to people in the neighborhood who didn’t have gardens before those folks, too, were inundated with more zucchini than they could use.

Those Moms would have loved to be able to hand over some of their zucchini to someone in the neighborhood who could use them for a backyard wedding.

Even if there’s no one in your neighborhood offering you an armload of free zucchini, you can hit the supermarket or local farmers market for zucchini to make zucchini pancakes, a wonderful savory summer hors d’oeuvre for your summer wedding. I’ve tried a few versions of zucchini pancakes, but I like this one from Ivy Fueurstadt in New Kosher Cuisine the best. The pancakes come out nice and crispy. I’ve upped the quantities to make enough for a crowd.

Like all my favorite backyard wedding hors d’oeuvres, these can be made ahead and frozen.

Ingredients for Zucchini Pancake Hors d’Oeuvres

Makes 100-125 hors d’oeuvres

  • 5 medium zucchinis, coarsely shredded (about 10 cups)
  • 10 large eggs, beaten
  • 1¼ cup minced onion
  • 5½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 scant Tablespoon baking powder
  • Salt, to taste
  • Oregano,to taste
  • Vegetable oil for frying

Instructions for Zucchini Pancakes

You may want to mix this up in 2 batches.

  1. In batches, place shredded zucchini in a colander and press out as much moisture as possible.
  2. In a large bowl, mix egges, onion and zucchini. Add dry ingredients and mix.
  3. Heat oil on griddle or in skillet over medium heat. Drop a scant tablespoon of batter into the hot oil. Flatten, if desired, and fry for 3 minutes on each side until brown and cripsy.

Make-Ahead Option

To freeze, place pancakes between pieces of wax paper so they don’t become soggy. When frozen solid, transfer to freezer bags. Reheat in 425 degree oven for 10 to 12 minutes until crispy.

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Wedding DIY: How to Decorate a Table with Garland

Garland wedding decorations

Let me refine the title of this article: it should be “How to Decorate a Table with Garland WITHOUT Putting Holes in Your Table or Your Tablecloth.” The conventional method of attaching garland to a table requires sticking pins into the table through the tablecloth. Not ideal, especially when the table and tablecloth are your own.

To style our wedding punch photo shoot we avoided putting holes in our cloth and table by attaching the beautiful Ruscus garland with tablecloth clamps.

The key is to use heavy duty metal clamps rather than the plastic versions. Use pieces of florist wire to attach the greenery to the clamps.

how to decorate a table with garland

how to attach garland to table

And here’s the recipe for that tasty watermelon punch.

Photo: Jason Weil; Rockville, Maryland
Garland: FiftyFlowers.com

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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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Tips for Finding and Working with a Top-Notch Ice Sculptor

Just out: This week’s Weekly Wedding Tips: Tips for Finding and Working with a Top-Notch Ice Sculptor

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