Rosh Hashanah

 

Honey Recipes Rosh Hashanah

 

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This time of year, brings many families together to celebrate Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Succos. Most families have warm memories of special foods prepared for this occasion. I have received many requests to share the following favorites for the coming season.


 

Honey Sesame Glazed Chicken – Honey Recipe...

 

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Honey is the most universal symbol of Rosh Hashanah.  As everyone looks to wish one another a Sweet New Year.  We take that phrase for granted as we have heard it so many times over for so many years running but it is such a beautiful wish.  We use adjectives like good and great and wonderful to describe experiences, hopes and dreams but sweet is a quite beautiful word, for me, it conveys something more than the commonly used positive adjective, it conveys something warm, something homey.

Date and Honey Glazed Chicken Thighs

Date and Honey Glazed Chicken Thighs


 

5 Honey Cake Recipes For Rosh Hashanah

 

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Rosh Hashanah is the time when we ring in the Jewish New Year, and we want to do it in as sweet a way as possible. As a symbol of the sweet new year we hope is to come our way, we dip an apple in honey, and make a bracha loud and clear. We also have the custom to drizzle honey over the challah, and eat honey cake for dessert. One helpful tip I discovered while making honey cake is to briefly microwave your honey (for about 10 seconds) before measuring it for your recipe. This makes the honey come out of the container much more quickly. To save yourself a sticky mess, spray your measuring cup with some non-stick cooking spray before measuring your honey.  Now try one of these new honey cake recipes.

Mom’s Honey Cake


 

Rosh Hashanah Recipes

 

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It’s that time of year again.  Who can believe that the summer flew by, the kids started school and we are planning Rosh HaShana menus? The mornings are just starting to feel autumn-y and there are some great seasonal flavors and ingredients to work with!  I have a delicious and impressive line-up for Rosh HaShana and hope you enjoy it.

Duck and Wild Rice Salad

Duck and Wild Rice Salad with Orange Shallot Dressing


 

Apple Pie Versus Apple Cake

 

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During the High Holidays everyone in our family eats sliced apples and honey, the traditional New Year snack, just like all the other Jewish people we know. But we also have another tradition that goes way beyond that.

I’ll call it the Hoffman Family Annual Apple pie/Apple cake Event. My Mom and her sister, my Aunt Beck, were very close and loved each other lots, but sisters will be sisters and they had this baking rivalry thing. So, before the holidays each of them would bake her special holiday dessert and announce to all who cared to listen that the pie – or cake, as the case might be – was better.


 

Cooking Brisket – 5 Sweet Recipes

 

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For a busy cook, for whom cooking is not the priority, recipes that require a little bit of preparation followed by at least one fuss-free hour are choice. Perhaps this is why so many Jewish cooks cook with brisket. Since it is a cut from the lower chest of beef, it has a lot of connective tissue that needs to be properly broken down in order to tenderize. Braising the brisket as a pot roast for holiday meals is the perfect way to break down the connective tissue. Just ensure to keep the meat covered and that it has plenty of liquid to cook in to avoid a dry and stringy cut of beef.

Since braising meat can take around three hours to cook, it is the perfect recipe to prepare before a big holiday: prepare it, stick it in the oven, and work on all of the other patchke dishes while it cooks. Over the years, brisket has penetrated the collective unconscious as a “Jewish food.” This dates back to nineteenth century Europe, because it was, and remains today, a relatively cheap cut of meat. Since it is lean meat, almost none of it goes to waste. Brisket just takes a little bit of patience, so that it gets tender and delicious. Here are some brisket recipes for Rosh Hashanah.


 

Five-Ingredient Dinners Go From Everyday to...

 

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Dress them up, or dress them down—these dishes do double duty for either a holiday or weeknight meal.

We all have our go-to recipes that are easy, foolproof crowd-pleasers. Now you’ll have even more. These recipes use only 5 ingredients—doesn’t get much simpler than that—for weeknight family dinners. But I’ll also show you how a simple presentation tweak, garnish, or an extra ingredient or two can dress ‘em up for Yom Tov.  (And no, salt, pepper, oil, water, and cooking spray don’t count as ingredients.)  I promise these will become part of your tried & true recipe inventory, and now they’ll do double duty as everyday or holiday dishes.


 

DYI Distressed Simanim Plate Stand *Giveaway*

 

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Before we know it the summer will be over and our children will be back at school. Instead of being consumed with new shoes, backpacks, uniforms, and school supplies, we will readily turn our attention to our Rosh Hashanah menus.  As a crafter of sorts my brain works a bit different.  I see the Yom Tovim in texture and color, and I think to myself what can I make (AKA CRAFT) that will add vibrancy to my table and get my children excited about the upcoming holiday.

What I love about the craft that I am about to show you, is that you can not only do it by yourself, but you can also have your children join you too. It’s easy, simple, and a super inexpensive serving piece that can be used all year long!


 

Room for Dessert – 4 Rosh Hashanah Cakes

 

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WHEN THESE CAKES GRACE YOUR TABLE FOR THE FINAL COURSE, THOSE LAST BITES WILL CERTAINLY BE THE SWEETEST!!

Babka Bundt Cake

Chocolate Babka Bundt Cake


 

The Rosh Hashanah Table, Beautified

 

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“Zeh Keli, V’anvehu,” (This is my G-d and I will exalt Him), the Jewish nation sang as they crossed the Yam Suf, the Red Sea, and the miraculous walls of water stood up to offer them passage.

Our Sages tell us that this is the source for the concept of hiddur mitzvah, beautifying the commandments. Throughout the holiday season, the opportunities are plentiful. The Gemara specified (Shabbos 133b) “Make before Him a nice Sukkah, a nice Lulav, a nice Shofar…”
Since the destruction of the Beit Hamikdash, our Shabbat and yom tov tables are the altars we decorate to honor Hashem. On Rosh Hashanah, the first day of the Jewish new year, may the table we set and the honor we give the holiday, open the floodgates of blessing.


 

A Simanim Filled Menu For Rosh Hashanah

 

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Simanim Inspired – Taste your way into a blessed new year.

Simanin (literally signs or indicators) are foods that we eat on Rosh Hashanah to symbolize our hopes for the coming year. I like to work simanim into my Rosh Hashanah recipes for the added blessing, sweetness, and mazal they represent.  This menu is exquisite in its simplicity and great-tasting dishes.


 

Start Planning With Our Holiday Menu Ideas

 

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In this issue of Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller we share three Holiday menu ideas, Italian, Moroccan and Traditional.  Here online we have all kinds of menus for you to start your planning and more to come.


 

Honey Recipes for Rosh Hashanah

 

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We have everything from Honey Cake to Honey Chicken to sweeten your new year.  (more…)


 

Holiday Wars: 2 Chefs, 80 Minutes, 4 Courses, 1...

 

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Last year we filmed and wrote about the first Kosher Chef Holiday Wars.  In case you missed it or to see it again because really who remembers last year, we wanted to showcase the videos and share a little bit of what was in our Rosh Hashanah Magazine last year.

Two of the world’s top kosher chefs, Chef David Kolotkin of The Prime Grill and SOLO, and Chef Makoto Kameyama of Prime KO faced off in a cooking duel to each create a four-course holiday meal—in only 80 minutes. After all, we wanted a meal we could make in our homes.  The only catch for them, was that we threw in a last minute secret ingredient they had to incorporate into one of their dishes.  Anyone know the cactus pear? Well it is full of seeds, but they figured out a way to use them.


 

Holiday Chef Wars – Watch Now

 

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Two chefs. Eighty minutes. Four courses. One secret ingredient. This is the premise behind our first ever Chef Wars.  We had a face off between two of the world’s top kosher chefs, Chef David Kolotkin of The Prime Grill and SOLO, and Chef Makoto Kameyama of Prime KO.  Now you can watch the highly anticipated videos in High Holiday Chef Wars.