A New Way To Eat Apples and Honey


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It’s tough being creative year after year with holiday cooking. Every year I try to draw inspiration from the season and the holiday customs. And just when I come up with a fresh new idea, I realize I already did that, 5 years ago.

My personal custom on Rosh Hashanah is to make a simanim-inspired menu. The goal is to get the whole mind-body-soul-food connection thing to click in my stomach and then in my brain.  Sure, there are loads of simanim to work with – but the challenge is to use them in unexpected ways.  (And don’t tell me to do apple pie and a honey cake. I’ve gotta do those anyway, or hubby will pout.) I know y’all want a little something special.  Is that true?  Tell me now – so I can stop torturing myself if I don’t need to.

Anyhoo, here goes my creative use of all those farm fresh apples this Rosh Hashanah: Apple and Parsnip Soup.

Don’t know why I didn’t think of this before. This one has no added sugar, with just a hint of sweetness from the apples. It’s similar in flavor and texture to a deliciously thick, savory, earthy, root vegetable soup.  You can use vegetable broth in place of chicken broth if you want to make it pareve; and you can thin it out to a consistency of your liking by adding more broth and blending it longer.  Finish it off with a drizzle of honey or olive oil and garnish with a few thin raw Granny Smith apple slices for a fresh, crisp, crunch.

What’s your creative idea for a simanim-inspired soup recipe?  Try to work with these popular simanim:  leeks, gourds, spinach, apples, honey, beets, dates, carrots, pomegranates. You get extra points if you use thepiece de resistance — a fish or lamb’s head!

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Jamie Geller is the only best-selling cookbook author who wants to get you out of the kitchen – not because she doesn’t love food – but because she has tons to do. As “The Bride Who Knew Nothing” Jamie found her niche specializing in fast, fresh, family recipes. Now the "Queen of Kosher" (CBS) and the "Jewish Rachael Ray" (New York Times), she's the creative force behind JoyofKosher.com and "Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller" magazine . Jamie and her hubby live in Israel with their five busy kids who give her plenty of reasons to get out of the kitchen - quickly. Check out her new book, "Joy of Kosher: Fast, Fresh Family Recipes."