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4 Simanim Inspired Quick & Kosher Holiday Menus


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So this is where it all comes together.  All the thought. All the planning. The testing. The tasting, the tasting, and the tasting. (That’s the best part).  A simanim-inspired menu brings added challenges, but also adds a level of meaning to your Rosh Hashanah meal.  I have been doing this for the past few years, using the opportunity as a Rosh Hashanah conversation starter with my kids during our cooking and prep time together. My guests, my kids, my guests’ kids – everybody loves identifying which simanim are on the table openly or “hidden” as an ingredient. Our discussion takes on a special Yuntif energy that only comes with Rosh Hashanah.

I hope you enjoy preparing and eating these simanim-inspired dishes and menus as much as I did creating them.

Which ones will you incorporate into your holiday menus this year?

 Menu 1

Gefilte Fish Cakes with Horseradish Sauce

Apple and Parsnip Soup

Wild Rice with Carrots and Beets

Date Glazed Roast Chicken

Garlic Honey Brisket

Spicy Sauteed Leeds and Spinach

Carrot Apple Mini Cupcakes

Menu 2

Spicy Thai Beef Salad

Honey Chicken

Black Eyed Peas and Green Beans

Roasted Sweet Vegetables in Cider

Apple Cardamom Tart

Menu 3

Carrot Quinoa and Spinach Soup

Spinach Noodle Kugel

Chicken with Apples

Veal Stew with Apricots and Prunes

Baked Apple Strudel Egg Rolls

Menu 4

Spiced Gefilte Fish

Leek and Mushroom Chicken with Spaghetti Squash

Carrot Cupcakes

Candied Apples

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8 Responses to 4 Simanim Inspired Quick & Kosher Holiday Menus

  1. I also build my menu around the simanim – I love to use beets and pomegranates in salads and meat dishes!

  2. Elisha – 2 of the more delish simanim both are incredibly versatile

  3. We truly enjoy your food magazine. We feel keeping strictly kosher does not mean boring same same menus of food to have on Chaggim and in general. Now in Cleveland one of the food markets has a room for strictly kosher products from meats and poultry to bakery and dry foods open and adjacent to the regular store area. People here who are observant and kosher and some folks who keep kosher in side the home only really want to gravitate toward toward the recipes and food ideas you put out in your magazine and over the net. I am an ordinary strictly kosher customer promoting your magazine and some of the products advertised in your magazine. My wife is the cook and I am the primary shopper. My background with kosher foods began as a kid in St Louis Mo. Where my dad was a religious Jewish Communal leader and was very much involved in Kashrus on all levels.

  4. avatar says: imergoot

    we just returned from a trip to Seattle and found a chain store with an extensive Kosher section. Fresh meat, deli etc. and their entire bakery is Kosher. What a treat. Wish we had that in the North San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles. I also come from St. Louis and remember Levin’s poultry, Diamands and Pratzel’s. Remember picking out fish from the tank and waiting while they butchered it an cleaned it. I can’t wait to use some of these recipes for the chagim.

  5. I always use simanim at my Rosh Hashanah meals. Carrots, apples, honey, dates, more. So wonderful, good taste and much food for thought.

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