New Year, New Store, New Collection…

New Year, new store and a stunning fall-winter collection…. three good reasons for Dori to throw a party for her friends and long time customers… 🙂

If you didn’t happen to be in Tel Aviv and couldn’t join our store warming party, this is what you missed: yummy party favors, loads of sangria and best of all…gorgeous Dori jewelry pieces everywhere!

We snapped some pics to share with you:

Shopping for great party favors at Levinsky Market, Tel Aviv

Shopping for great party favors at Levinsky Market, Tel Aviv

Coffee break at Levinsky Market

Coffee break at Levinsky Market

Just before the party....

Just before the party….

guest at the party

We all had major fashion fun socializing, browsing the new collection and…playing with the cute doggy diva….

Alora boho chic necklace & earrings by Dori Csengeri

Alora boho chic necklace & earrings by Dori Csengeri

Joie earrings, the perfect sparkly accent to liven up any outfit during the holiday season and after....

Joie earrings, the perfect sparkly accent to liven up any outfit during the holiday season and after….

Whether it's New Year's Eve or just a night out, make sure you look party perfect with Dori's show-stopping Intrigue jewelry pieces!

Whether it’s New Year’s Eve or just a night out, make sure you look party perfect with Dori’s show-stopping Intrigue jewelry pieces!

We hope you can all join us next time around! 🙂
And until then…..
Here’s to a joyful present and a sparkling future.
Best wishes for an Exciting New Year!

All our best,
Dori & her team

Red, white…or Green?

How my spring vacation in Portugal inspired Dori to design our Baroque holiday collection.

The Portuguese navigators discovered much of the world four hundred years ago but the world has yet to discover Portugal.  The country remains one of the last secrets of Europe. A place of castles and palaces, of mountains and valleys, of sand and sea and…great food…

Eyal (my boyfriend) and I were lucky to land in Lisbon on the day of Saint Anthony festival.  Santo Antonio revered as a matchmaker, so mass marriages known as “St. Anthony’s Weddings” are held during the celebrations. The  food specialty of Lisbon, fish, in its diverse preparations is celebrated and there’s a parade of costumes from the city’s different traditional quarters, with hundreds of singers and dancers.
santo antonio paradeAfter “recovering” from santo Antonios parties, we went on to explore Portugal and its famous must-see sights.  We visited and held on to dear life at Cabo da Roca, Europe’s westernmost..and windiest point, “where the land ends and the sea begins”.  We continued to Sintra where we were huffing & puffing going up the steep hills to visit the beautiful Palacio Pena and the Castle of the Moors.

castle of the mooresWe were driving from Lisbon to Porto for 2 weeks, making detours through the countryside and the list of amazing places we visited along the way…is quite l-o-n-g, so I’ll only name a few: Tomar’s templar castle, the stunning caves of Mira d’Aire, Sierra da Estrela national park – the highest mountains in Portugal and the historic library of Coimbra (one of the oldest universities in Europe).

Library_of_the_Universtity_of_CoimbraWe had a great weather and time was flying….our biggest worries were…what type of traditional pastry we were going to try each day.  They looked soooo delicious that I wanted to try at least one of each. And..let’s not forget the difficult task of choosing red, white or…green wine with our dinner (decisions, decisions…).  Mostly, we chose green, a wine that offers just the right crisp spritz for summer sipping…. :))

SONY DSCOur last stop was an exciting antique cars race in Porto and then….it was time to go back home.  On my first day back at work, I showed Dori and some of our team members photos of my vacation. Dori enjoyed looking at them and by the time we got to the Lisbon Museum of Coaches images, I could almost hear the wheels turning in her head….
carriage 1Dori played for a few weeks with different materials, compositions and color combinations until she finally hit the “winning combination” that later on became our Baroque holiday collection with its festive colors, golden highlights and…the most adorable Fontanini cherubs….
bqe_n574_Baroque__resize_450x500_borderWe hope that you enjoyed the blog and wish you all a joyful present and a sparkling future. Best wishes for Happy holidays and an Exciting New Year!

We hope this Holiday season brings joy and
warmth to your winter!

All our best,
Dori & her team ♥♥♥

Smashing Pumpkin Desserts

Small cheer and great welcome makes a merry feast. ~William Shakespeare
…and team Dori is all about making the feast even merrier by sharing with you two recipes of wonderfully decadent pumpkin desserts. Enjoy! 🙂

Pumpkin Cheesecake Bars with Caramel Swirl
Contributed by chef Justin Chapple

  • ACTIVE:45 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME:1 HR 45 MIN Plus overnight cooling
  • SERVINGS:Makes 36 bars

These decadent chocolate-crusted bars are topped with a homemade caramel that sinks into the pumpkin cheesecake batter during baking.

Caramel

  1. 1/4 cup sugar
  2. 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  3. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  4. 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  5. Salt

Crust

  1. 13 ounces chocolate wafer cookies, crushed (about 3 cups)
  2. 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sugar
  3. Salt
  4. 1 stick unsalted butter, softened

Cheesecake

  1. 1 1/2 pounds cream cheese, softened
  2. 3/4 cup sugar
  3. One 28-ounce can pumpkin puree
  4. 1/4 cup sour cream
  5. 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  6. 4 large eggs
  7. Hot water
  1. In a small saucepan, combine the sugar and 2 tablespoons of water and bring to a  boil. Using a wet pastry brush, wash down any crystals on the side of the      pan. Boil over high heat until a deep amber caramel forms, about 6 minutes. Remove the saucepan from the heat and carefully whisk in the cream, butter, vanilla and a pinch of salt. Let the caramel cool to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350° and butter a 9-by-13-inch baking pan. In a food      processor, pulse the chocolate wafers with the sugar and a pinch of salt until fine crumbs form. Add the butter and process until the crumbs are evenly moistened. Using your fingers, press the crumbs into the prepared baking pan in an even layer. Bake the crust for about 10 minutes, until set. Let cool completely.
  3. In a large bowl, beat the cream cheese with the sugar at medium speed until blended.  Beat in the pumpkin puree, sour cream and vanilla, then beat in the eggs until just incorporated. Transfer 1/3 cup of the cheesecake batter to a      small bowl and stir in the caramel sauce.
  4. Set the pan with the crust in a large, deep roasting pan. Pour the pumpkin      cheesecake filling over the cookie crust and carefully drizzle the caramel      mixture over the top. Using a toothpick, decoratively swirl the caramel sauce. Transfer the roasting pan to the oven and carefully pour in enough hot water to reach halfway up the side of the baking pan. Bake the cheesecake for about 55 minutes, until the filling is barely jiggly in the center. Transfer the roasting pan to a rack and let the cheesecake cool completely. Remove the baking pan from the water bath and refrigerate the cheesecake overnight. Cut into bars and serve.

Pumpkin Pudding with Mile-High Meringue

Contributed by chef Dean Fearing

  • ACTIVE: 40 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR 40 MIN plus cooling
  • SERVINGS:12
  • •MAKE-AHEAD

This spiced pumpkin pudding is covered with meringue swirls…need we say more?… 🙂

  1. 2 1/2 cups sugar
  2. 3 tablespoons water
  3. 2 cups heavy cream
  4. 1 cup whole milk
  5. One 15-ounce can unsweetened pumpkin puree
  6. 8 large eggs, 6 separated
  7. 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  8. 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  9. 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  10. 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  11. Pinch of freshly ground pepper
  12. Salt
  13. 1 vanilla bean, split, seeds scraped
  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. In a medium saucepan, mix 1 cup of the sugar with the   water. Using a wet pastry brush, wash down the pan’s side to remove any      sugar. Cook over moderately high heat until an amber caramel forms, about  8 minutes. Off the heat, stir in the cream and milk. Cover over moderate heat, stirring, until the caramel is smooth, about 1 minute.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the pumpkin puree with the 6 egg yolks and 2 whole      eggs. Add the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cloves, pepper and a pinch of      salt. Gradually whisk in the hot caramel cream.
  3. Pour the pudding into twelve 1/8-cup ramekins set in a roasting pan. Pour enough  hot water into the roasting pan to reach halfway up the sides of the ramekins. Cover the pan with foil and cut 4 small slits in the top. Bake the puddings for about 40 minutes, or until the centers are just set. Remove the puddings from the water bath. Let cool on a wire rack then refrigerate until completely chilled, at least 11/2 hours.
  4. Preheat the broiler. In a large bowl set over a pot of simmering water, whip the 6    egg whites with the remaining 1 1/2 cups of sugar, the vanilla seeds and a      pinch of salt. Whip until the sugar has dissolved, 3 minutes. Remove the bowl from the water bath. Beat the whites until stiff, glossy peaks form, 6 minutes. Spread the meringue in swirls over the pudding. Broil 4 inches from the heat for 2 minutes, until golden, and serve.

Make Ahead. The pudding can be refrigerated for 1 day. It can be topped with the meringue and broiled 2 hours before serving. Let stand at room temperature.

Joy…
Happiness…
Health…
All these and many more are our wishes for you! Happy Thanksgiving!
And don’t forget to stay warm & cozy…. 🙂

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