Sukkot

 

5 Menus for Shemini Atzeres, Simchas Torah, &...

 

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Ok, I admit it, I am guilty of calling every holiday “my favorite holdiay”.  Another confession, I don’t feel all that guilty– I really love everything about the holidays (minus the limits on showering, but let’s not discuss that).  Sukkos is this incredibly festive, yet humbling holiday.   Shemini Atzeres and Simchas Torah fall right at the end of Sukkos, after Hoshana Rabbah, and are literally, truly, just straight up days of rejoicing.  In gashmius, materialistic, terms: bring on the food!  These 5 menus will leave you full, feeling festive (you may also need a nap) and will motivate you to dance all night (and work off all those calories…sort of kidding!) by Simchas Torah.

 


 

The Best Stuffed Peppers With Variations

 

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Present a tray of multi colored stuffed peppers for an easy holiday dish that will surely elicit oohs and aahs. I am going to give you a few variations on this recipe that’s ready in 40 minutes: from start to serve.

Colors: Don’t stress on the colors – it’s just for presentation. Of course a green bell pepper is not as sweet as yellow, orange and red but after that consideration buy what’s on sale, available or pleasing to your eye.


 

Kosher Wine for Sukkot

 

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This year we enjoy a mid-October Sukkot.  The stars are coming out a little earlier, there is a chill in the air, leaves are starting to change color and the bees and mosquitoes are (hopefully) gone for the season.  Sukkot is also my most favorite holiday, there is nothing quite like al fresco dining and drinking.

Living in an apartment in the city our family relies on the kindness of friends and family during Sukkot, so we’re frequently visiting others with a bottle of wine in hand and thankfulness in our hearts.  Here are some of the wines we’ll be sharing this week.


 

A Menu That Is Easily Brought Outside For Sukkot

 

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When it comes to Succot, I think it’s really important to choose a menu that is a simple as possible. The tradition and fun of eating in a Succah is best highlighted by fill in your table with easily transported dishes and foods that taste best at room temperature. By removing the stress of serving hot foods and finding adequate space to place it, you can enjoy your family and friends and focus on what the holidays are really about!

The recipes below can be made ahead of time and served at room temperature- what more can you ask for?


 

30 Stuffed Foods for Sukkot

 

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In terms of the sheer number of holidays (not talking about amount of work…nissan has that one covered!) Tishrei is simply stuffed!  This year’s three-day-long chagim require a lot of advanced cooking and with that comes a lot of eating.  While we all look forward to enjoying certain traditional foods at Rosh Hashanah and (pre/post) Yom Kippur, Sukkos leaves a lot of room for culinary creativity.  A great way to exercise the foodie in all of us is by finding different ways to pack as many (read: pleasant) flavors into your dishes, the most literal manner of doing this is by cooking meats and vegetables that are literally quite literally stuffed with vegetables or dairy, respectively.  Here are 30 stuffed foods to try this sukkos.

 


 

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.


 

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!

 


 

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.


 

Healthy Recipes for the High Holidays *Giveaway*

 

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Summer is almost over, school is about to begin and the High Holidays are approaching.  I look forward to all our Jewish holidays, even the “dreaded” three-day Yom Tov.  It helps that I work for a Jewish company so I am not missing any work, but I especially appreciate the family time without work or digital distractions. Connecting to a day of rest is one of the healthiest things we can do for our bodies, but because we like to eat (a lot) on the Jewish holidays, we have to plan properly to stay healthy.

My goal at all Shabbat and holiday meals is to feature vegetables for two thirds of the menu (and my plate). Luckily, most of the simanim (symbolic foods) can help us out.  With carrots, leeks, cabbage, beets, and pumpkin among the foods that promise a year of health and wealth, there are some great choices at your local market.


 

5 Healthy High Holiday Main Courses

 

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I refuse to admit that the summer is quickly coming to a close, but instead I’m focusing on the upcoming simcha of the month of Tishrei to distract me from my end of summer blues.  While in Israel my waistline benefitted from the hills of Tzfat and the generally low-cal mediterranean diet.  I hope to continue this healthy trend back here in the states, and I have a strong feeling I’m not the only one looking for healthy, satisfying and holiday-worthy main courses.  See just five of our many holiday recipes below, and check out more ideas here and here.

 


 

Shemini Atzeret Menu

 

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In our family, whenever there is something that needs doing and it hasn’t yet been done, my husband Ed says “what are you waiting for, Shemini Atzeret?” It was meaningless to our children when they were young but they understood what he meant. There is a finality to things, an ending, when what we need to accomplish, we must accomplish.

On Shemini Atzeret the year has ended, the annual cycle of Torah readings has come to its end. I like to think of this joyful “ending” as akin to school commencement, which of course means “a beginning.”


 

Mix and Match Sukkot Menus

 

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Here we go, get ready for two more three day yom tovim. Unless you live in Israel.  I haven’t heard much from you all in regards to my low calorie Rosh Hashanah menus.  A lot of people read them, but not so many commented to let me know if they liked them and wanted to see more of them.  So, for Sukkot I am offering you a Mix and Match game.  Please comment and let me know which type of holiday menus you prefer.

Menu planning is as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5.  All you have to do is choose.


 

A Healthy Vegetarian Sukkot Menu

 

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After too much meat over these holidays I am going veggie with this Sukkot menu.  It is still high in protein and filling, but much healthier.  Here is my menu, simple, healthy and delicoius:

Citrus Salad with Beets, Candied Kumquats and Tangerine Honey Vinaigrette


 

Enter the Joy of Kosher Candy Sukkah Contest

 

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While some are building the real sukkah you can keep busy building a CANDY SUKKAH!!

Enter now through September 29th for your chance to win!!! Sponsored by Mike and Ike and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews.


 

Celebrate Sukkot With Unbreakable Tableware

 

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The crash of broken glass is the highlight of a Jewish wedding ceremony, but it’s not a sound you want to hear anywhere near the lunch or dinner table.  With three children, I’ve always been interested in the possibility of unbreakable plates and tableware, but to be honest, they usually look cheap and ugly.

With the holiday of Sukkot approaching and my meal traveling from the kitchen to the unstable fold-out table outdoors, I thought it might be time to revisit the melamine marketplace.  That’s when I got a chance to discover the fun colorful dishes from French Bull.