Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a time for
reflection and new beginnings. Sweet foods such as
honey, carrots, apples and dried fruits are
served, expressing the wish for a happy, sweet
year ahead. Try my Honey
Apple Cake from
Food Processor Bible.
It is always difficult to resist the
special dishes associated with the holidays. When
planning your menu, lighten it up by preparing
more vegetable-based dishes. And when it comes to
poultry, experts agree that it makes very little
difference whether you remove the skin before or
after cooking. Just remove it before it ends up on
your fork - and in your mouth!
brisket is a traditional holiday favorite, but a 3
1/2 ounce serving (the size of a deck of cards)
can contain up to 16 grams of fat. Buy
a lean, first-cut brisket; second-cut brisket is
full of fat. Roast it a day in advance and
refrigerate it overnight. Trim off the excess fat
and discard the hardened fat from the gravy. Cold
brisket can be sliced thinly, which helps control
portion size. Refrigerate or freeze the brisket
slices until needed. Reheat in the skimmed gravy.
my recipe for
Tip: Prunes are the fruit highest in antioxidants.
a healthy holiday dessert, try this fiber-packed Quick Fruit
Combine 3 cups of mixed dried
fruits (e.g. prunes, apricots, raisins or dried
cranberries) in a microwave-safe glass bowl.
water or cranberry juice to cover the top of the
fruit by at least 1 inch.
Microwave covered on
high power for 10 to 12 minutes, stirring once or twice.
When cool, refrigerate. The liquid will
become sweeter the longer it stands.
No Rosh Hashana dinner is complete without
and here's the
for Rosh Hashanah
Recipes and Hints in these Articles
Pals Share Rosh Hashanah Food Memories
is for Apple: A-peel-ing Apple Desserts
My Healthy Kitchen to Yours
Share Favorite High Holiday Recipes over the Miles
Round the Holiday Table
from the Mavens Offers New Twists for a Sweet New
and Honey bring sweet blessings to the New Year
from Gatherings: Creative Kosher Cooking
from our Families to Yours
celebrates the final gathering of the harvest
before the winter. Meals are served in the Sukkah,
an outdoor structure with a leafy roof partly open
to the sky. The Sukkah symbolizes the temporary
shelters in which our ancestors lived during their
40 years in the desert.
agricultural theme is celebrated by eating a
variety of fruits and vegetables. Stuffed
vegetables (cabbage, eggplant, zucchini, peppers)
are served for Sukkot. Kreplach and
challah and strudels - these are a few of my favorite things!
Atzeret and Simchat Torah are the culmination of
the High Holy Days. On Shemini Atzeret, the 8th
day of Sukkot, it is customary to eat in the
Sukkah. On Simchat Torah, we resume eating our
meals indoors. Cabbage
are often served for Simchat Torah, because their
cylindrical shape symbolizes the shape of the
scrolls of the Torah.
During Passover, it is forbidden to
eat "chametz" (leavened products) containing wheat, barley, oats, rye
or spelt. Ashkenazi (European) Jews do not eat "kitniyot" (beans,
peas, lentils, corn, rice or soy products.) Many Sephardic Jews eat legumes and
rice, but only after checking them grain by grain to be sure they contain no
foreign materials. Some Jews will not eat "gebrocks," i.e., foods
containing matzo and its derivatives (cake meal, matzo meal, farfel) that are
combined with liquid. Fresh fruits, herbs and most vegetables are Kosher for
some reminiscences of Matzo Balls at Passover, read Memories
of Matzo Balls - Chicken Soup for the Bowl! and Food
Memories of Passovers Past.
more information, visit All A-Board the
Magical Matzo and Tips for
Passover. Read my review of Olive
Trees and Honey, which provides an outstanding collection of 300 vegetarian dishes
that have been woven together with
cultural and historical details, or Passover
Food Memories from a Food Maven which, in addition to recipes for
Passover, provides an abundance of information of gefilte fish..
For some historical background and great recipes read my
Select Passover Secrets.
Once the Seders have passed, here are some terrific recipes
that my "Pan-Pals” Share for
Passover Fare. My Pan-Pals also share their Favourite
Vegetarian Passover Recipes.
are some ideas Kid-Friendly
Passover Dishes that are too good to Pass-over!
is an index of many of the recipes on our web site that are suitable
for Passover. Omit spices or products that are not available for Passover. Where
necessary, substitute Passover side dishes.
Shavuoth commemorates the
giving of the Torah to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai and is also the
Festival of the First Fruits. The synagogue and home are decorated with
flowers, plants and fruits. Dairy foods such as cheesecake and blintzes
(which represent the shape of the Torah) are traditionally served.
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