Sukkot

 

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.


 

An Italian Holiday Feast

 

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In last year’s Rosh Hashanah issue of Joy of Kosher with Jamie Geller we shared three unique holiday menus.  Italian, Moroccan and Traditional.  Today we will share Alessandra’s Italian feast with you, but you don’t want to have to wait a year for the amazing recipes and menus we feature in our magazine, get your subscription here.

Click through to each recipe to find make ahead tips to make this menu easier to prepare.


 

Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Recipes

 

 

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Sukkot and Simchat Torah in South Africa falls at a beautiful time of the year. A time when, blossoms appear on trees, days get longer and warmer and whales can be seen in the waters off our coastline.

Sukkah competitions are held by many shuls and the various themes created are quite exciting.  A few years back, we placed ‘Free Gilad Shalit’ posters, flags, and yellow ribbons on the walls of our sukkah which served as a stark reminder of our commitment to his release. You can imagine our absolute joy when he was released a year later almost to the day!


 

A Sukkot Feast

 

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On Sukkot we all build little outdoor huts to use as a home for 8 days and if we are lucky the weather cooperates and we enjoy 8 days of eating and for some sleeping in the outdoors. It seems for me that when we go outdoors we get a little more casual.  We might use paper, we dont’ worry about all the crumbs on the floor.  It is a beautiful time to be with friends and family and enjoy the festival holiday.  And there is no better time to have a huge feast on this holiday, the Feast of Tabernacles.

Last year I shared some fantastic Sukkot Lunch Menu Ideas, a Sukkot Menu from Susie Fishbein and a few more Sukkot Dinner Ideas.  This year I am giving you a hearty menu that can really be called a feast.


 

Glitter Fruit Sukkah Decoration

 

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Pressure Cooker Stews for Succot

 

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I usually spend Succot in Seattle with my family and the weather is always really cold! I know I should be talking about how much I love spending time with everyone when I return to my hometown (and I really do), but all I can think about is putting on layers and layers of clothes to eat in the succah every night. We put on our heavy coats, enter the succah and hope the soup will warm us very quickly.

As a kid, my Succot memories in chilly Seattle always existed around my Savtah’s incredible cooking and her recipes are still in full-swing today. For years, I’ve been making her cous cous, tongue, meringues, ice cream and more! But until this year, I never tackled two of my favorite recipes that my Savtah made every Succot: Cabbage Borscht and Oxtail Soup. Making these recipes in my own home has brought back so many sweet memories I know you will love these hearty stews as much as I always have.


 

Sukkot Tablescape

 

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Sukkot, rich with symbolism, is the holiday which tickles the senses and creates strong memories of warm sunlit lunches and dinners under a brisk star-filled sky spent with family and friends.

Start with…All that Glitters
While the Sukkah may be a temporary dwelling, we do our best to decorate it festively and set the table with holiday elegance. Add glamour to your humble hut with bold jewel tones and accents of gold.


 

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.


 

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.


 

Shabbat Menu – Sukkot

 

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This week the parsha is special for Sukkot, but we just need one more menu idea to get us through these three yom tovim.  By Shabbat dinner most won’t even be hungry anymore, so keep it light and simple.

California Rolls


 

Healthy Sweets for your Sukkah

 

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Sukkot, while known primarily as our Festival of Booths, is also the Jewish harvest festival celebrating nature and the ingathering of the fruits of the earth. As such, on Chag HaAsif, the “Feast of Ingathering,” vegetables and fruits are the theme of the meals eaten in the Sukkah as well as the décor of the Sukkah itself. What better way to honor this holiday of harvest than by utilizing a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and nuts in delicious treats to adorn our tables and share with our family and friends.

In our home during the holidays, sweet treats are not only limited to the desserts served after a festive meal. We enjoy bringing the sweet yom tov spirit into every meal by enjoying healthier home-baked goodies for breakfast, snacks and as dessert after meals as well. Muffins are usually our treat of choice as they are pre-portioned, are not too sweet, can be filled with healthy, nutrient and fiber boosting ingredients (don’t tell the kids), and most of all our kids love them. The Triple Apple Muffins and Pear Zucchini Muffins are two of our family’s favorites, and are also the perfect anytime treat to enjoy in your own Sukkah.


 

Sukkot Lunch Menus

 

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Sukkot Lunch Menu 1 (Meat)

Thai Coconut Chicken Soup

Thai Chicken Salad


 

A Sukkot Menu From Susie Fishbein – With...

 

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I hope you had a rocking Rosh Hashanah and enjoyed our Susie Fishbein menu.  Now it’s time to prepare for Sukkot with Susie.  Since it’s already October, I am thinking this is going to be the kind of year where we sit outside in our winter coats — so to warm us all up, I am including a hearty seasonal soup on our menu with a fabulous Italian Focaccia. There is a tradition to eat stuffed foods on Sukkot, so we have an Apricot Almond Stuffed Chicken that is the highlight of our spectacular Susie Sukkot menu.

Focaccia Bread Three Ways
Meatball Minestrone
Apricot Almond Stuffed Chicken
Rice Pilaf
Spinach and Parsnip Gratin
Cappucino Mousse


 

Sukkot Dinner Menus

 

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I live in an apartment and sadly I don’t have my own Sukkah.  That means I will be eating most of my meals as a guest, looking forward to that and bringing a picnic to the Sukkah at our shul.  Anotherwords I am not going to be cooking very much and don’t really need to plan any menus, but I know that most of you are on the opposite side of me, the hosts that are having those like me, especially if you live in a city where not everyone can have their own Sukkah.  So I would like to help you out plus Jamie is busy taking care of the newest Geller addition (number 5!) so I don’t think she is planning any big menus that don’t come from the gazillion meatballs she froze before she had the baby.  Anyways, here you go, two Sukkot Night menus.