September 27, 2017

Chef Luke makes Blueberry Coffee Cake

One night this summer we had dinner at our friend Lucy’s house. When we walked in the house smelled DELIGHTFUL…like a cake was baking. Lucy made Blueberry Coffee Cake and we couldn’t get enough. Luke went right up to her *after licking  his plate* and said, “Lucy, could I please have this recipe? I’d like to make your blueberry coffee cake on my show”. She of course said yes and sent this ever so easy to make recipe that we are now obsessed with.

Chef Luke put on his hat and got baking. Though we went a little overboard with the sugar, the cake was so delicious and such a great use of blueberries.

Watch how Chef Luke made Lucy’s Blueberry Coffee Cake here and further below find the recipe that Lucy shared with us.

Jano’s Blueberry Coffee Cake (Brookesville, Maine)

Enjoy!

xx, Seri
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September 21, 2017

Rosh Hashanah Dinner with Family + Friends

The Jewish holidays happen to be my favorite.  Specifically, Rosh Hashanah and Passover are the best excuse to invite family and friends over for a super fun dinner.

Since I love to entertain, I take these holidays pretty seriously when it comes to the menu and tablescape. This year, I had an extra set of hands with my cousin Daniella in town AND…with Crafty Maggie to work on all the fine details.

Daniella and I spent hours prepping the food on Tuesday night. I always serve a traditional Jewish menu for the high holidays which include recipes by my Canadian Family members. We made Aunti Debi’s Chicken meatballs, Aunti Sandy’s peach brisket and Boobie Frieda’s gefilte fish and Matzo ball soup.

I don’t have a bar cart in our apartment and I wanted a place to put the wine and glasses however I didn’t want to break the bank with this purchase. I found the most PERFECT cart by Oh Joy for Target for $129. The best part is? It came fully assembled! Daniella and I just pulled it out of the box and voila!  I’m totally obsessed with this beauty…

I wanted to play off the fall season for our tablescape so Daniella and I let the flower market dictate our color palette. The market was filled with dahlias in burgundy, soft pinks and purple. We brought home an assortment of these florals and tons of greenery and our incredible intern, Natalie made us a floral runner for the center of the table and a few arrangements for the tables and bar cart.

Crafty Maggie was busy all day adding to the most beautiful touches to the table. She designed menus off of the flowers that we picked up and added a gold leaf splatter of paint to each. My sister Mandy had the amazing idea of spray painting apples white with a stroke of gold paint for the seating cards and Maggie nailed it with the execution.

Maggie also designed a water bottle label with each kid’s name on it for their seating assignment at the kids table.

Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the Jewish New Year. For the new year we start our meal by dipping apples in honey to signify a sweet and healthy year ahead.

My husband Adam’s family is not particular large, but I’m used to very large Jewish dinners from growing up. So his parents are always at our table and to fill in, I invite several friends. For the past several years, Ilana, Mike, Mazzy and Harlow have joined us and after so many years, it is like they are family. We were also joined by cousin Daniella and my friend Emily and her boys Charlie and Giles as well as Maggie who experienced her first ever Jewish Holiday dinner!

I wanted to set up some activities for the kids to enjoy when they walked in. We made stamps out of potatoes and gave them each a plate of paint + a blank piece of card stock to make cards with. Each kid also had a plastic tumbler that they could decorate with stickers and then take home. This craft lasted for about 30 seconds, they barely ate and then we popped on a movie with a huge bowl of popcorn. At least I tried.

It was the most lovely evening of incredible food, company and fun. From my table to yours, I want to wish all our Jewish friends L’Shana Tova!

xx, Seri
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  1. Rebecca shapero

    Shana Tova! Your table looks beautiful xx

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September 13, 2017

The Holidays Are Coming

It’s still quite gorgeous outside. Warm and sunny. However the summer, is long gone and over to me. My kids have been back to school for almost a week now and work is in full swing with events, shoots and major new developments ahead!

September may be the busiest month of the year for me. With all of my family and career commitments plus the Jewish Holidays that are thrown into the mix.

For ever and then some, my little guy has always loved to cook with me.  It’s my FAVE. I used to carry him on my back while cooking dinner and preparing the dinner table.

He is now known as Chef Luke and has his own cooking show that he enjoys sharing recipes on and today, he’s making a Rosh Hashanah essential: Challah.

I have the most fond memories of my home smelling of challah when my mom would bake it fresh for our Friday night dinner. I couldn’t love the smell of it more.

Without further ado…here’s Luke whipping up a challah. You will see there was an outfit change and truth be told the bread turned out to be a little dense. What can I tell ya? This chef is only 5.  He’s still working on his techniques!

But not to worry…just follow the classic (award winning) recipe that we have listed below for you and you won’t go wrong.

ENJOY!

xx, Seri
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September 4, 2017

The last days of summer

OY is right. I HATE when the summer ends. HATE IT! So what do I do over the last few days of summer? I celebrate every last moment.

So it’s labor day weekend and here’s what’s on tap…

The last Saturday of summer and we’re blowing it out. I packed Adam a cooler (Thank you General Mills!) of beers and he went fishing with a few of his friends and quite literally caught us our dinner. Our friends made smoked mackerel and fresh sashimi with the catches of the day.

I spent the morning with Gavin and his girlfriends while Luke got in another day of QT with Harlow followed by a ride in a red Ford Bronco.

We had a big dinner for 12 with smoked pork butts that were devoured by all…most importantly the KIDS!

And to close it all out I turned my sunroom into a movie theater! I dolled the place up to make it a little more cozy feeling with some blankets and pillows that I found at Target. I got a movie projector and screen from Amazon which were both very reasonably priced and our friends brought over a popcorn maker! The kids were in all their glory.

As for the day after…Sunday….when I tell you we did NOTHING I mean we did NOTHING. It was the laziest Sunday of our lives and I loved every second of it.

Labor day Monday will be at the beach soaking up every last sun ray before we go back to reality…

It’s been real friends. Till next summer, peace out!

xx, Seri
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August 14, 2017

How fun is taco Tuesday?!

I’m sure everyone has a go to meal when you have a crowd to feed. Mine is Tacos. So easy right? And during the summer, the fruits and veggies are so fresh. It’s so colorful and delicious!

Truth me told, I use the store bought box. I pick up a pound or two of fresh ground meat to brown up and set bowls of fresh toppings:

sour cream

cheese

pico de gallo

guacamole

Oh and of course….cocktails.

Abby served Spicy Pineapple Grapefruit Palomas and they were out of this world.

We had leftover pineapple juice from Abby’s cocktail so we turned that into a pitcher of fruity mocktails for the boys. It was the juice combined with all the citrus we could find in the fridge. Yum! They loved being part of the action.

I had leftover herbs so I put them into a small jar of water and picked flowers from the garden to add a little fun to the table.

Now load up corn or flour tacos and ENJOY! Taco Tuesday Rules.

xx, Seri
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