Rosh Hashanah

 

Picking Apples In Season and Apple Honey Cake

 

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Fall is all about apples: from apple picking (straight off the tree) to using them in everything you make — salads, appetizers, main dishes and of course, dessert. Apples epitomize fall and are a significant symbol of the upcoming holiday. The humble apple is a really unique food, being full of nutrition, affordable and versatile all at once. What better way to celebrate the season so redolent of apples than with apples themselves!


 

Shana Tova

 

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In the coming year, may all of your meals be cooked to perfection — nothing burns, nothing sogs, nothing falls apart. May it be a year of culinary delights and taste-bud adventures!

And may you and your loved ones eat in good health, happiness, sweetness and peace.


 

My Middle Eastern Menu

 

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My sister and I were brainstorming recipe ideas when she described an incredible meal she had recently made, featuring lamb turnovers. I was immediately fired up to create my own version of her delicious turnovers, incorporating sweet cinnamon and spicy cumin; the Middle Eastern spices of fall.

My inspiration for Middle Eastern fare filtered even further into the side dishes, resulting in a beautiful, plated meal filled with golden yellow turmeric, green arugula, sweet mint and crunchy red pomegranate seeds; simply the perfect menu to celebrate the New Year.


 

5 Date Recipes for your Seudah

 

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The word for date in hebrew is tamri, similar to the word sheyitamu “may they be consumed”, the accompanying blessing that many people make on Rosh Hashanah asks that our enemies be consumed.  This summer I was in Israel where I felt firsthand the devastation that comes from the baseless hatred of the enemies of the Jewish people.  In truth, the enemy of the Jews is a threat to all peoples because in each generation we fight more than a group of oppressors; we are truly fighting against the blindness and darkness that comes from a lack of light and truth in the world.  Here at Joy of Kosher we have thousands of recipes which, yes, taste amazing, but more importantly are part a mission to be hiddur l’mitzvah, to beautify the mitzvah of kosher.  We hope that the holiday and year-round kosher recipes we share bring simcha (happiness) to your homes and helps you to beautify the incredible joy, and responsibility, that is keeping kosher.  Shanah Tovah U’Mesukah!

 


 

All The Wonderful Things You Can Do With Broth ...

 

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One of my absolute most favorite go-to kitchen staples for quick cooking meals in minutes is broth – especially around the holidays, when I don’t want to feel like I am cooking around the clock (even if I am!). I always have about a case of Manischewitz All-Natural Chicken, Vegetable and Beef Broth in my kitchen cupboard. Yes, a case, of each. I kinda love to stock up on the things that I love.


 

The Curious Case of Pomegranate Wine

 

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My first memory of the sweet and tart pomegranate was on Rosh Hashanah, when every year my parents would bring a small bag of these crimson spheres into the house for us to enjoy as our new fruit.  My dad would cut a hole in the bottom and roll the fruit around the table to help get the juices flowing.  My siblings and I would then fight over who gets the pleasure of sucking out the juice of the pomegranate.  Of course, this was long before POM and all the other brands of pomegranate juice available just about everywhere, but nothing tastes as good as that memory.


 

A Simanim Inspired Rosh Hashanah Menu

 

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Simanim are so my thing. Now of course I know that on Rosh Hashanah they are everyone’s thing, but in addition to holding a Rosh Hashanah Seder where all the simanim make an appearance (even that fish head!)

I let them inspire my menu. This fish course features no less than 9 simanim (fish, honey, spinach, carrots, cabbage, pomegranate, apples, leeks and dates). I am nothing if not efficient. And all recipes are kissed with honey… well more than kissed. I call for generous measurements because why shouldn’t our cup runneth over with sweetness this new year?!


 

Kosher Wine for Rosh Hashanah

 

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According to our tradition, Rosh Hashanah is the anniversary of the first day of creation of humankind.  We celebrate this holy day with a festive meal and of course, a special wine (or two).  On Rosh Hashanah we like to share a new wine for the New Year, appreciating the amazing diversity and creativity of kosher winemakers around the world.  It’s the perfect time to try something new.  Here are a few of the bottles we will be pouring at our table over the next week or two.

2012 1848 2nd Generation Cabernet Sauvignon (Israel); $23.
Aged in European oak barrels for 10 months, this wine has a purple color with bright burgundy tones.  An aroma of ripe red fruit, blackberries, mint, vanilla and tobacco in the background. The wine is full-bodied and complex, and gives a very balance, long and pleasant finish.


 

10 All-Time Favorite, Healthy, and Fancy Kugel...

 

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Kugel seems like a minhag, a tradition, for many families, although it’s not actually compulsory for the holiday celebration!  This is because kugels are such a treat 1) to eat  and 2) to make in advance and freeze.  If you haven’t yet experimented with making some of kugels below, now is a great time to experiment before the height of holiday cooking season is underway.  Below are just a few of the many  kugel recipes on the site (we have almost 100!); for more great ideas check out all of the great new recipes in the latest issue of Joy of Kosher Magazine.  What’s your favorite kugel recipe to serve at the holidays? Please share below!

 


 

10 Recipes That Want To Celebrate Rosh Hashanah...

 

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We have compiled these 10 High Holiday recipes that will dress up your table.  Manischewitz products will help make them all tastier and easier.


 

Holiday Prep Tip #2 – Consider Encore...

 

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When planning your menu, consider your company and time between each holiday meal and don’t shy away from serving the same thing more than once over the course of the month.  Serve the same soup the first night of RH and the first night of Sukkot or the same brisket Shabbos of the 3-day Rosh Hashanah Yom Tov and Shabbos Chol Hamoed (Sukkos).  Point is, don’t make 3 soups, 5 briskets, or even 8 desserts.  Cook in bulk by doubling/tripling/quadrupling recipes that freeze well.

Freeze in portions the size of your crowd and pull from the freezer in advance of the meal.  This way you are not starting from scratch before each holiday.  Alternate your menu based on company (so you don’t repeat food with repeat guests – although that wouldn’t be the worst thing) and proximity of meals.


 

Holiday Prep Tip #1 – Plan Your Menus Now

 

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By now, I mean right now.  Tomorrow is ok (now is better!) but just don’t let it wait a week.  Plan your menu for the entire holiday season at once, the earlier the better, from the first Rosh Hashanah meal to the last Simchat Torah seudah.  Crazy Fact: There are at least 16 meals if you live in Israel and 20 meals if you live outside of Israel.


 

DIY Rosh Hashanah Hostess Gift *Giveaway*

 

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Make your own hostess gift or centerpiece. Filled with candy this vase doubles as a gorgeous table decoration and a candy dish filled with edible goodies for the kids.

This year the first night of Rosh Hashanah falls on the night of September 24th, 2014.  A big relief after last year’s early holidays, we have time to plan and prepare.  Still, hopefully we will all get a little break and be invited out for at least one of the meals and that is when this amazing do it yourself hostess gift will come in handy.


 

Why You Should Add Leeks To Your Rosh Hashanah...

 

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Everyone knows that Rosh Hashanah is apples and honey time. But there’s a growing tradition to include other symbolic foods on the menu during the High Holiday season — foods that evoke our wishes for G-d to bless and protect us in the year ahead.

Leeks for instance.


 

15 Simanim Inspired Sides and Mains

 

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When I sat down to write this post I had to take a few minutes to research the many simanim we eat by Rosh Hashanah.  I ended up spending quite a bit of time reading up about the reasons we eat these foods, they are foods we eat all year round but yet their incredible significance is truly seen around Rosh Hashanah.  Foods such as dates and leeks are connected to the destruction of our enemies, pomegranates for increasing our spiritual merit, and carrots for abundance, just to name a few.  Below are 15 sides and mains that prominently featured some of the most well known of the simanim– don’t worry, you won’t find any recipes for fish head or ram’s head below!