Yom Kippur

 

Yom Kippur Pre Fast Meal

 

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Just before Yom Kippur, it’s important to eat foods that make fasting easier – in fact it’s a mitzvah. First, you want to minimize salt and spices that may induce thirst. But that doesn’t mean the pre-Yom Kippur feast must be bland or boring. This menu is simple and satisfying and can mostly be made in advance.


 

A Modern Break The Fast For Yom Kippur

 

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Lately, it seems everyone is really into either nostalgia or modern.  Either we want to make our traditional Jewish foods, like gefilte fish and kugel or we want to change it up and go modern.   Both have their merits, for me nostalgia often brings to mind the break fast I had growing up which I shared with you a few years ago, see that menu here.  I know Jamie has gone more modern lately looking for healthier foods and she shared some of her favorites last year, in her Yom Kippur Break The Fast Recipes post here.   This year I offer a simple modern menu for those looking for something a little different, but still true to our roots.

Pastrami Gravlax


 

10 Soup and Salad Combinations for the Break Fast

 

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This year Yom Kippur falls on shabbos, which is making me double down on the “ease factor” in my pre and post break fast cooking.  For the most part I fast pretty well, but post fast is always an issue because it is only too easy to overeat.  I prefer to have a meat meal, but usually soup and salad make up the majority of the meal  with the meat dish as a small but filling factor.  Below are 5 soups which can be made way in advance of the fast that pair well with 5 salads that are quick to prepare post fast.

 


 

A Gourmet Break Fast Worth Starving For

 

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Summer is a great time to lighten up your food and to take advantage of gorgeous produce. Take pleasure and savor summer. Cooking meals during the 9 days or at any point in the summer should be a reflection of what is going on outdoors.

Summer dishes should taste like sunshine and a meadow. I want my family to fresh flavors and to enjoy them slowly and fully.


 

The Day Before a Fast

 

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The day before a fast it is important to keep your body hydrated, well nourished and away from caffeine and alcohol.

I hate to beat a dead horse, but it is just that important to get lots of water the entire day before the fast, not just the last hour.  You should also eat throughout the day well balanced meals and snacks.  I suggest starting with 1-2 eggs, a slice of whole grain toast and a banana.  Then try a small yogurt with a few nuts or granola for a mid morning snack.  For lunch have a vegetable and pasta salad with a scoop of tuna or cottage cheese.  Throw in a fruit and some nuts or hummus if you like before getting ready for the main pre fast meal.


 

Break Fast with Cheese

 

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Typical breakfast fare includes bagels, lox, cream cheese, maybe a few quiches and maybe a baked ziti or pasta salad.  Sometimes you want to try something new, but it has to be easy and something you can make ahead.  So I got together with The Cheese Guy and came up with a few new recipes for you.


 

It’s Been 1 Year Since I Made Aliyah and My...

 

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Just about a year ago, Hubby and I decided to pick up with our five children and move from our comfortable home in Monsey, New York to a cottage in Israel, a place where we would all have to learn the language and culture, a place where we would be immigrants, just like my parents had been in the USA.  People are still asking me why.


 

Pre-Yom Kippur Menu: Hearty and Filling Foods

 

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Before a fast day, it’s important to fill yourself up with hearty foods but it’s also very important to avoid overly spicy and salty ingredients. Keeping that in mind, I’ve created a menu of recipes that will fill you up before the fast but won’t make you feel bloated or thirsty. A few tips to remember for your last meal before the fast of Yom Kipper: don’t overeat, drink tons of water, eat foods that are easy to digest and eat a lot of protein and complex carbohydrates. So enjoy your pre-Yom Kippur meal and have a safe and meaningful fast!

Salsa Baked Salmon


 

Best Foods To Eat Before Yom Kippur Fast

 

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With Rosh Hashanah behind us and Yom Kippur on the horizon I know it is time to share my fasting tips.  Even though we don’t eat for one day, there are still many customs and conversations surrounding this holiday.  Between what to eat before the fast to honor tradition and make the fast and easier one and what to eat after the fast, whether hosting a party or on your own, there is much to figure out.

As I was thinking about what to write this year, I looked back and realized I have said it all before and nothing has really changed.  I still believe the key to an easy fast is hydration, but not so much in the last hour that you end up missing Kol Nidrei because you are stuck on the toilet.  Drink throughout the day and try and skip that morning coffee.


 

Yom Kippur’s Break the Fast

 

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Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are holidays we look forward to with a passion; a food passion that is!  Weeks ahead of time we’re planning our menus and stocking up on ingredients.  This time of year the weather isn’t too hot and we’re able to sit on the porch or take a walk with the family.  Meeting up with neighbors and friends as we walk around the neighborhood, we enjoy the special mood of the day.  As every important occasion warrants, the conversations turn from “Good Yomtov ” to “So, what’s for break-fast?”

While we don’t do too much traditional Jewish cooking at Abigael’s, come the holidays it’s always a treat for us to delve into our history and cook our favorite family heritage recipes.  Together we incorporate dishes from our mixed backgrounds and have an array of delicacies that satisfy the edible needs of the holiday, as well as our fond memories of holidays past.


 

How To Have a Healthy Break The Fast

 

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Counting down the hours until the fast is over? Planning what delectable foods you will display on your plate? Are images of gourmet meals, penne vodka, hamburgers and other random dishes splashing across your mind?

Well, despite what our minds are telling us what we want to eat in our starvation, here is a list of what foods we need to eat to refuel and replenish our nutrient stores.


 

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.


 

Get Stuck With a Recipe for Sticky Fig Buns with...

 

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As the end of Yom Kippur can bring about a great sense of inner peace and rejuvenation of the soul, it seems only appropriate that Break the Fast should follow a similar theme… bringing about a rejuvenation of the body.  To present a delicious dish that is warm and comforting is a lovely way to mirror the feelings of the warmth and comfort shared by those sitting down to this special meal.

Suitable in the morning, afternoon, or as an evening dessert, these sticky sweet spirals may resemble cinnamon rolls, but they require none of the tedious and time consuming rolling out and folding necessary for puff pastry cinnamon rolls. And, while many cinnamon roll recipes tend to turn out far too sugary sweet, the flavors (and the dough!) of these sticky buns are completely fool-proof and allow for beautiful, scrumptious buns every time.  A delectable and simple addition to your Yom Kippur feast, these homemade Sticky Fig Sweet Buns combine all the elements necessary in a Break Fast treat in order to replenish, rejuvenate and satisfy.


 

Break Fast Recipes and Memories – A...

 

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Let’s chat.  Yesterday, Ronnie Fein of Hip Kosher fame shared her Yom Kippur Break Fast Ideas. Today we want to hear from all of you. What Yom Kippur break the fast recipes do you like to serve? Do you always have bagels and lox? Do you score big with a special souffle? Do you have any memorable stories to share?

Let me kick things off with an unforgettable Yom Kippur memory. I call it the Hurricane of Atonement. It was 7 years ago, a few months after my first child was born. We decided to go to my parents in Florida for Yom Kippur. Growing up, our family friend Maxine always had the best break fast in town – definitely worth the price of the plane ticket. This was also a good chance to show off the new baby to everyone and sneak away for a day at the beach before returning home. As it turns out, Hashem had other plans. Our friend Maxine did not plan on Jeanne coming by on Yom Kippur. Jeanne was a Category 3 hurricane that had already caused widespread damage in Haiti and was aiming straight for Fort Lauderdale. By mid-morning on the day of Yom Kippur, everyone was sent home before it would be too unsafe to be outside. We were stuck at my dad’s house for the rest of the fast, as 80+ mph winds shook the walls and windows inside. We were also woefully unprepared for a break fast.


 

Pre Yom Kippur Menu

 

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This week Yom Kippur falls on Shabbat, so there is no need for a Shabbat menu, but I will supply you with a pre fast meal that will prepare you for this Day of Atonement.

If you missed it around Tisha B’av or need a reminder, take a look at my fasting tips.  At this meal we do want to eat well, but not overstuff ourselves and of course go light on the salt.


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