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C S Lichtenstein  🔝Kosher Lifestyle Influencer 👩🏼‍💻Media Marketing 💡Brand Ambassador 🍴Recipe Developer 👸🏼 @CarbsAndCarats 📧 ChefChaya@Gmail.Com #chefchaya

בְּרֵאשִׁית 🌎 This is a week of beginnings.
Beautiful beginnings.
We begin a new cycle of Torah readings, in which we learn about the beginning of the universe, the world, and everything in it. I try to look for purpose and meaning in everything. #FallingForFall 🍁 It was My fiancées (Yaron ) first Shabbos spent at our house 🙌🏻. I was SO incredibly grateful setting the table with one extra setting. A setting that truthfully I kind of almost put out of my mind. I dated for so so so many years ... that I was at the point of WHATEVER 🤦🏼‍♀️. I’ll leave it at that for now.
I wish you all whatever beautiful beginning you are dreaming of.
Magnificent flowers @chanigreenbaumevents
Scalloped dishes @godingersilver
Chargers @target
Napkins & tablecloth @blossumbleu
#tablescapes #tablesetting #tabledecor #flowers #rusticdecor #tablecloth #jewish #shabbatshalom #shabbos #kosher #table

💍❤️I am #engaged!
I may not show my face on this platform, I connect & share a part of my heart and life with you & that’s worth way more.
You bring me into your homes.
You share personal stories with me.
You laugh with me.
You’ve followed my food & lifestyle journey for almost five years.
How can I not invite you into my heart and mind on one of most joyous occasions I’ve known?!? I share this as beautiful news, BUT also to give you hope.
My age you 🤦🏼‍♀️ ask.
A number I frequently ya know 🤥 Avoided.
A number I was ashamed of being single.
Why aren’t you married?
Don’t you want to have kids?
Is no one good enough?
You must have commitment issues?
What’s wrong with you?
Ya know what ?
Nothing is wrong with me.
I’m fabulous.
Im a great 🎣 catch actually.
I just haven’t met the right one.
Until now.
I’ve suffered MANY pains, rejections, struggles, embarrassments, shattered dreams and daily hurts.
Being single in our community at my age isn’t easy.
I’ve had some of the most obscene, painful, and crazy dating stories.
I can’t say I was bitter.
Although I was tremendously worried.
I felt like I had an invisible sand timer over my head, with the passage of time slipping through my hands and weighing me down.
Every day for the past five years I’ve showed you Sunshine.
I’ve worked on myself tirelessly .
I’ve strengthened my character.
I didn’t let my circumstance define me.
I defined my circumstance.
My page is about love, gratitude, inspiration, positivity, giving, humor, food, living the life you love & loving the life you live.
If I can teach you one thing:
Don’t let your status hold you back from living the life you dream and love.
It’s not who you are that holds you back, it’s who you think your not.
I’ve traveled.
I’ve gone back to school for my masters late in my 20’s.
I’ve had jobs that fulfilled | challenged me.
I’ve had heartbreaks.
I’ve created my own brand.
I’ve pushed my comfort zone.
I’ve taken Foster Parenting Classes.
I lived a fulfilled and happy life despite my circumstance.
I wish you all Inner Peace & Happiness.
Thank you for being on this journey with me.

🌲🦋 #Sukkah I bring you a real-life secret garden. Don’t look now but your girl CC has gone all Pocahontas on you and by the time you’re done reading this you’ll be a #treehugger too.
It began with a dream: a tiny little nugget of an idea dancing in my mind’s eye: an enchanted garden. Could it be done? It’s Wild. It’s Woody. It’s Whimsical. It’s WONDROUS! @chanigreenbaumevents coaxed the fleeting fantasy from my brain and transformed it into a SPECTACULAR SENSATIONAL SCINTILLATING STORYBOOK SCENE. Straight up magic brought to you by Chani & her elves, who tirelessly worked through the night to construct the vision that was born in my wildest dream.
The holiday #sukkot is in itself a joyful and holy day because now is when God himself descends from his kingly domain to reside among us, his people, within our very own self constructed huts. The term “Noi Sukkah” means the way YOU beautify your sukkah. Sparkle streamers & paper links & school crafts & Jerusalem posters, we each interpret this custom in our OWN way.
This year my Noi Sukkah is the tree of life that sustains us and keeps on giving and giving.
@chanigreenbaumevents executed every bit of the majesty and exotic beauty that I hoped for in this #treeoflife. Together with her team, we devised a plan that would bring my vision to life: the spicy scent of pine assaulting your senses even before you step inside, you will observe the walls covered in vibrant #boxwood, then draped & pleated in a lusty gray silk lining. This vision exudes class. But not your run of the mill CC class; this is wild and exotic and unexpected.
I can’t thank @godingersilver enough for ALWAYS enhancing my table to another level. Martin always saves the 🙏🏻 day.
The scalloped white Bone China dishes are so dainty & crush worthy! HELLO those gold Mini leaves 😍?!? Furniture @luxeeventrentals let’s discuss the perfect rustic, elegant and super classy chairs. The console, Bench and the fab wooden corner tables ⭐️Crush!!! My friend Barb @blossumbleu ( Tablecloth ) whose been with me from back when i started my table selfies Barb I 💓 you. You always pull through even tho I show in the 13th hour. Flatware @myrtleandrum SO MOD and FAB

I wear many hats with this @chefchaya brand I have been blessed to create.
Sometimes I joke and say I’m a Jack of all, Master of none 😉. When I started this ChefChaya Insta it was really just for fun. I never ever in my wildest dreams imagined it would be where it is today. 67,000 of you !!! That is a WHOLE lot of love ❤️ ! Thank you.
When I started this page I was just a girl who loved carbs and wanted to share my love for good food, and recipes with the world.
When people ask me where I see my brand going... I say I follow my brand where it organically flows.
When I fight my own flow, sometimes it’s to much pushback even for me.
Like recipe developing, it’s hard for me. Like writing grammatically correct for magazines, is really hard for me... I write as I speak.
Public speaking, is heart thumping painful for me. I hate it.
I try things that are uncomfortable to me, because I know that growth happens in the uncomfortable stage. I’ve had my hand in different aspects of “blogging” “influencing” “foodie” testing, writing, teaching, consulting, developing, demo’ing, tasting feeling what feels right for me. Figuring out what I’m good at. Where my niche is at. Where I can make a difference. Where I can make money. Where I can help brands grow. Where I can make people smile.
Influencer. Inspirer. Marketer. Entertainer. “Chef”. Therapist. Media Manager. Photographer.
When @thepomegranatemarket hired me three years ago to take photographs of their POM PRIME food weekly ( I was shaking inside ). I was asked if Me and my team can run their social media? I chuckled inside nervously. Me and my team = Me and my cellphone. I knew I crushed it at creating my own brand... but representing and photographing and being the girl behind @thepomegranatemarket the largest Gourmet Kosher Market. 🤩OMG?!! I don’t know. Im no photographer. I take 375 shots of one cookie before I get a semi decent shot.
What makes my job ( it’s not really a job when I love what I do) super fun is the privilege to photograph beautiful mouthwatering food made by my Uber talented friend & 💓 Chef @chefisaacb.
Pom Cut #SousVide 135 24 hours. Sear off in a screaming hot pan.Serve with Favo Relish

#Sukkah 2016 💓 When I posted My Sukkah in 2016 i was glowing inside.
I felt like this Sukkah.
Bright. Colorful. Proud. Happy. Sharp & bold.
I worked so hard putting this beauty together. I’m no party planner, and ideas don’t always come easy to me. I’m up hours and hours looking for inspiration, planning, writing, drawing and then squashing the entire idea and starting 🤦🏼‍♀️ over.
I stress easily.
I get overwhelmed.
I’m a 🤷🏼‍♀️perfectionist.
Contrary to what you may think and believe cooking and design doesn’t come easy to me.
It’s work.
I work really hard at it.
Really really hard at it.
I was SO proud to be able to share my work of art with you. It’s an expression of self. I like to share things that set me apart. I like to challenge myself and raise my own bar. I like to stay new, fresh and relevant.
I love to elevate my Sukkah and tables. And I LOVED to be able to share this with you Until... I got a lot of messages that didn’t make me feel so good inside. I got loads of beautiful messages and lots of underlying envious 🙇🏼‍♀️messages.
Your Sukkah is beautiful BUT.
I wish I had the time to make a Sukkah like that. I wish I didn’t have to hang my children’s ugly decorations. I wish I was single then I could do what you do. I wish I didn’t have to use plastic tablecloths but my children make everything dirty. I wish I didn’t have to work. I wish I didn’t have to go to my In-laws * The mildest of them 🗣 Don’t let someone dim your light because it’s shining in their eyes. 👊🏻 💥
BUT more importantly a lesson for you.
DONT judge anyone by the images you see on their Instagram. Remember. We show you the highlights we’d like to share. Heartache and suffering doesn’t discriminate. We all have our fair share.
Remember, someone is praying for the things you take for granted. Your children. Your in-laws. Your children’s decorations. Your family,health,job, children, martial status and life. Envy is the art of counting someone else’s blessings instead of your own. Remember, the grass is NOT greener on my side. The grass is green where YOU water it. My images are beauty. I don’t post them to instill envy. 💓 #paperflowers #tablesetting #tabledecor

🌿 🍋 My Families Sukkah 2015.
This was the first year I covered our gorgeous traditional wooden #Sukkah walls. This is 4 different color lining materials I had draped over our wooden Sukkah walls.
These wooden walls that hold so many beautiful sentimental memories.
Most of my life these walls hung beautiful Judaic posters that curled up at the edges from water that found its way into the edges.
Metallic glittery decorations that made our eyes and hearts twinkle for years and years.
The childhood decorations we were so proud of, origami flowers we cutout , handmade paper chains that broke at the sight of a rain drop.
School projects that accumulated from grade one when we were already in high school.
Esrogim we pierced with cloves that left our fingers sore for days.
Hanging viles of shiva minim.
Ripped, broken and tangled decorations that were so sentimental we couldn’t part with.
Every year some electric flashing decoration that never seemed to work. Or every other grape flashed.
Let’s not forget random birds that already had no feathers.
Stay tuned for 2018!
Memories. Such wonderful memories.
Tablecloth, chairs, votives and inspo from @scooplifestyle and fresh fab flowers @marzanflowers.
Dishes @herendusa @saks
a temporary outdoor shelter covered in natural materials, built near a synagogue or house and used especially for meals during the Jewish festival of Succoth. #jewish #tradition #homedecor #outdoor #sukkot #succos #succot #sukkos #kosher #mysukkah #sukkahdecor #sukkahselfie

🆕 #RoshHashana ( Jewish New Year ) Tomorrow is the blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good 🙌🏻 one.
New year.
New feels.
New chances.
Same dreams.
Fresh starts.
The year is yours.
What will you do with it?! Thank ❤️ you all for being on this wonderful journey of love, food, life, humor, and inspiration with me.
May you all have a smile on your face, love in your heart, and peace in your soul.
Whimsical & romantic flowers @mimulo
Gold Happy Dots Tablecloth @blossumbleu
Gold Beads Charger + Honey Bee @godingersilver
Pink Dishes @herendusa
Majestic Dishes #hutchenreuther
#roshhashanah #jewish #tablesetting #tablescapes #tabledecor #herend #herendporcelain #tablecloth #holiday #kosher #tradition #homedecor #candlelight ❤️💓❤️💓👑

💭 A secret to happiness is letting every situation be what it is, instead of what you think it should be.
IR: This Simanim Platter photo i took... which one do you prefer A ( which I planned on seriously editing and cropping out my shoes and the edges of the board.... ) or swipe for B.. ( has a much cooler and super edited affect ) Comment below. SO curious!!!
When I looked at A, with my happy monster 👹 sneakers and mint 🍃 leaves falling all over the floor I said. Yep. This is it 👌🏻. It’s perfectly imperfect. Like me 😜. There is a wonderful kind of beauty in imperfection.
Imperfection is beauty.
Madness is genius.
It’s better to be absolutely ridiculous.
Than absolutely boring.
Authenticity is a collection of choices that we have to make every day.
All these exotic fruits @thepomegranatemarket
#youdoyou #imperfectlyperfect #lifequotes #glutenfree #cleaneating #exoticfruits #rambutan #hornedmelon #dragonfruit #pomegranate #starfruit #jewish #newyear #roshhashana #roshhashanah

#RoshHashana ( #Jewish New year )
🥗Simanim Salad
This salad incorporates many significant simanim, foods which we eat on Rosh Hashanah in the hopes of being blessed with a sweet 🍯 and 🙌🏻fruitful new year.
I’m so SO honored to have the privilege to have worked on this #sponsored post for @OUKosher 🤩 .
You know the largest kosher certification agency worldwide?! 👑 Yeah. Ok.
OU kosher... WOW! THE OU!!! Talk about living my best 🙌🏻 life?! You get it.
Sometimes I like to surprise you all on my feed with something out of my comfort zone #glutenfree I’m wild like that 😉. Its a salad. Not just any salad! ( Also it photographs so beautifully. )
This salad.
It’s delicious.
Its super easy.
It’s gorgeous.
It’s no fail.
Its interchangeable with any fruits you love. I call it the non committal 😉 salad.
AND it hits so many delicious flavor profiles and textures.
I’d say that’s a NEW YEAR 💥 win!
CC RH Simanim Salad Recipe
Spring Mix, Baby Kale, Any Salad Base.
Pom Seeds
Blood Orange
Crunch Factor.
Silvered Almonds Or Sesame Seeds
CC Red Wine 🍷 🍯 Vinaigrette
1⁄4 Cup red wine vinegar
1/2 Cup Olive Oil
1 crushed garlic clove
1/4 - 1/3 cup honey
1⁄2 teaspoon kosher salt
1⁄8 teaspoon ground black pepper
Add all the ingredients to a plastic container. Cover. Shake shake shake. Store in fridge until ready to serve.
Place mixed greens on a large platter as the salad base. Choose your choice of fruits. The great thing about this salad is that it’s so versatile... Use whatever fruits you love. Be original.
Arrange them beautifully. Apples.
Dates. Figs. #bloodorange. Sprinkle with Pom seeds. Dress right before serving.
#oukosher #cleaneating #glutenfreerecipes #thefeedfeedvegan #glutenfreevegan @oukosher @thefeedfeed.glutenfree @thefeedfeed.vegan @food @foodandwine #foodandwine #food52 #f52lunch #forkyeah #salad #food #buzzfeed #buzzfeast #easyrecipes #foodie

#TieTheKnot 😄 Four Strand #challah
Cuz You all asked and I’m #challahback at y’all.
I happen to love how round challahs look, that and the fact when I mess up no one is the wiser. Round Challahs hide all my flaws. Not that I have 😄
ChefChaya Adapted Rebbetzin Kanievsky Recipe.
3 cups warm water
2 Cups Seltzer
4 tablespoons @redstaryeast dry yeast
1 1/4 cups @dominosugar
1/2 C honey
1 1/4 cups oil
1 1/2 tablespoons salt
5 pounds @kingarthurflour bread flour
1 egg, lightly beaten

To Make the Dough: Place 1 cup warm water, yeast and 2 T sugar in a bowl of electric mixer. Let it sit for about 7 minutes until it becomes bubbly. Add the rest of the water and the seltzer, add oil, honey and salt. Slowly add the flour, one cup at a time. Continue mixing on low, while adding flour, then mix for about 10 minutes on high.
Place dough in a large well greased bowl, allow it to Rise for one hour. Take a piece of dough and make a Bracha. Braid the dough and place in greased loaf pans. Let rise for another hour ( I let it rise three hours. Preheat oven 350. Brush with egg and bake for 45 minutes #FoodBlogger #foodie #foodandwine #foodstagram #feedfeed # #eeeeeats #thekitchn #buzzfeed #buzzfeedfood #challahbread #thefeedfeed #vscocam #challah #shabbos #kosher #bread #freshbread #f52grams #shabbos #shabbatshalom #shabbatdinner #foodvideo #foodvideos #foodblogfeed

🤤 Goat Cheese + Port Salut Malawach. With Ricotta And Honey 🍯 Dipping Sauce.
Drizzled 💦 🍯 . Ya know.
For an EXTRA Sweet New Year.
I always love partnering up with #breakstonebutter ♥️... because hello BREAKSTONES?!?! That’s really cool no?
I think so!
Anyway. The recipe!
A HUGE slab of butter ( Swipe so you can see the videos... which I kindly saved as you all were drooling over the stories... understandably 😈) Melt butter. Medium heat. Add #malawach Dough. Add Goat cheese & add any melty cheese of choice. Shredded cheese. I used Port Salut from Belgium. Cuz ya know. Im fancy like that ( Lies, 🙈 It’s what I had in the fridge ). Add another Malawach on top. Extra carbs is free therapy 💁🏼‍♀️. Wait till it gets a nice crispy crunch. Flip it. ⚠️ Careful, Don’t spritz the butter ( speaking for a friend.. of course ) watch the stunning dough layers pop 💥! Smell the butter 👃🏻 wafting.... ok sorry. I got carried away.. Ricotta Honey Sauce 3 TBS Ricotta + 3 TSP HONEY.
Mix. Dip the heaven crunchy goodness into this deliciousness. If you like it sweeter add more honey. If you’d like drizzle honey on top of the Malawach! Make it. Thank me. It’s decadent. It’s delicious. It will have you closing your eyes. Rolling backwards. Im serious. That’s what I did the first time I had it when my friend SAS made it for me. I was like OMG I can’t even deal with this goodness. #sponsored #BreakstonesButter #EverythingTastesBetterWithButter #roshhashana #huffposttaste #forkyeah #eeeeeats #eat #eat #goatcheese #thefeedfeed #kosher #kosherfood #foodandwine #f52lunch #kosher

BEST EVER Honey 🍯 Cake + 21 Year Single Malt 🥃 ( IN THE CAKE, not just the pic )
Cuz I’m 😉 Extra like that.
Yes. I took the liberty of saying. Best Ever Honey Cake. It’s just how I like it.
The right density. Killer flavor. Not fluffy. Not airy. Not dry. Super Moist. ( Just don’t over bake it ) 😍 And the GOOEY TOP IS JUST ON POINT. If you don’t want to do the gooey top. ✋🏻Whatevs. Fine. Don’t. [ Although I’m not sure we can be friends, just putting it out there ]. NewBee 🐝 🍯 Dish is the new member of the family this year from my besties @godingersilver . It needed its own Insta Debut. I think this is my third or fourth year sharing this recipe. Hollah at me ladies... you know I shared it with you ( Comment below if you’ve made it, convince the newbies ) this is NOT my recipe it’s Debs @smittenkitchen. I amended her recipe as I like it. Again, each to their own. Google smitten kitchen honey cake
My favorite comment when making this recipe. OMG?!?! Did you just use 21 year old @glengoyne Single Malt 🥃 Whiskey in a cake. Uh. Yes I did. Thanks @lich2 for always sharing his stash with me with love.
3 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
3 teaspoon cinnamon
Fat pinch of ground cloves ( add more if you like the flavor )
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup honey
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 large eggs at room temp
1/2 Tsp Vanilla Bean Paste or 1 teaspoon vanilla extract @nielsenmassey
1 cup warm coffee or strong tea I used one shot @nespresso and filled the rest of the cup with warm water.
1/2 cup OJ
1/4 cup whiskey. I used @glengoyne whiskey
Fits in three loaf pans, two 9-inch square or round cake pans, one 9 or 10 inch tube or bundt cake pan, or one 9 by 13.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Generously grease pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry. Then add the wet. Mix well. To make the gooey top. Read comments.
Bake until cake tests done, that is, it springs back when you gently touch the cake center. For angel and tube cake pans, this will take 60 to 75 minutes, loaf cakes, about 45 to 55 minutes.. #roshhashana #roshhashanah #jewish #kosher

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