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9 Tips for How to Be Your Own Sous Chef *Giveaway*

 

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Getting ready for holidays doesn’t have to be stressful. Follow my 9 tips for preparing and planning ahead and you will be cool as a cucumber.

Starting with Rosh Hashanah and prepping for a months’ worth of holiday meals for the masses can be  mentally and emotionally overwhelming even before you step foot  into the kitchen.  I find the best way I can help myself is to be my own sous chef.


 

Free High Holiday #FreshNewYear ebook

 

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RSVP for #FreshNewYear Twitter Party

 

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You’re invited to join our #FreshNewYear Twitter chat!
Hosted by @JoyofKosher and sponsored by @WinnDixie.

We are gearing up for the High Holidays with Winn-Dixie by our side.  For every day and holidays Winn-Dixie has over 1,000 kosher products plus a kosher baked goods in most of their stores.


 

A Healthy Rosh Hashanah Menu *Giveaway*

 

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This year get all your kosher shopping done in one place. Winn-Dixie is committed to providing kosher foods and works to add more products every day.


 

Top Ten Honey Recipes and Hosting Tips

 

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Cause I am feeling sweet I’m sharing my top 10 honey recipes along with my top 10 tips for hosting this holiday.  But not before a word from our sponsor… honey, the sweetest of all the simanim this Rosh Hashanah.

What are simanim?


 

Watch Honey Chicken Video

 

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Jamie Geller makes honey chicken for Rosh Hashanah or any time really.  Add some sweetness to your life any time.

Click here to get this recipe written out and ready to print.


 

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.


 

Where The Wild Rice Recipes Are

 

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For a crunchy, nutty, slightly sweet simanim side dish try my Wild Rice with Carrots and Beets recipe.  Beets are a siman for “removing our enemies” and carrots for “increasing our merits.” I added rice and raisins just ‘cause I like ’em and pecans for crunch.  Some people have the custom not to eat any nuts on Rosh Hashanah and even through Simchat Torah.  We personally refrain only from walnuts so in our kitchen pecans are fair game!  Thankfully! But obviously follow your custom and keep or remove the pecans from the recipe as you see fit.  Rabbi Lawrence explains the nut custom here.

What’s your favorite Rosh Hashanah siman and why?  It could be your fave because of its taste, or because you gravitate to its symbolic meaning.


 

Enjoy the Siman of Leeks and Spinach in One Recipe

 

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Let’s not go completely nuts with sweeter-than-sweet foods on Rosh Hashanah. While we customarily don’t eat foods that are downright tart or bitter at this time of the year, I still feel the need to break the sweet symphony.  Leeks and spinach will do just that. Eating the siman of leeks symbolizes our heartfelt prayer that the Almighty will decimate our nation’s enemies (and I can think of a few.)  So here’s to my Spicy Sautéed Leeks and Spinach side dish.

The downside of both these veggies is the bugs. Bugs aren’t kosher. So you have to be very careful when it comes to checking them properly for infestation. (The OU published a guide entitled, “The OU Guide to Checking Fruits, Vegetables and Berries.” The book may be obtained on the OU Press website, www.ou.org/oupress/category/1676, or by contacting the OU Kosher Consumer Hotline at 212- 613-8241.)  Also, as fabulous as leeks are, they’re pretty gritty when you bring them home from the store. Give ’em, a good soak and rinse.


 

A Roast Chicken with Date Glaze Recipe

 

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Dates are super-duper uber sweet. Kinda over the top.  So when we walk through our simanim seder on Rosh Hashanah, everyone in my family takes about as much date as they do fish head. Nobody can manage more than a nibble, except for my Momma.

But let’s not sell dates short. They’re one of the Seven Species of Israel and a powerful siman. Besides, they’re good for you, with lots of potassium and, um, iron, and stuff. If you know how to use dates, they can be delish on chicken too. Take a look at this special Rosh Hashanah Date Glazed Roast Chicken I developed and tested for you today.


 

A New Way To Eat Apples and Honey

 

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It’s tough being creative year after year with holiday cooking. Every year I try to draw inspiration from the season and the holiday customs. And just when I come up with a fresh new idea, I realize I already did that, 5 years ago.

My personal custom on Rosh Hashanah is to make a simanim-inspired menu. The goal is to get the whole mind-body-soul-food connection thing to click in my stomach and then in my brain.  Sure, there are loads of simanim to work with – but the challenge is to use them in unexpected ways.  (And don’t tell me to do apple pie and a honey cake. I’ve gotta do those anyway, or hubby will pout.) I know y’all want a little something special.  Is that true?  Tell me now – so I can stop torturing myself if I don’t need to.


 

Ask Jamie Geller – What Do I Cook for Rosh...

 

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Jamie,

With Rosh Hashanah so early this year, I’m having a hard time figuring out what to cook. My regular chicken recipes seem too heavy for warm weather. Do you have any light recipes for fish or chicken that would impress guests but that wouldn’t be too, too complex? (I’d love a complete menu!) I have young children and don’t have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen.


 

The Rosh Hashanah Roast Guide

 

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The yontif roast can provoke anxiety in even the most experienced cook but my roast guide will help you put a fabulous feast on the table without too much drama. Here is my Ultimate Rosh Hashanah Roast Guide from Kosher.com!

Kitchen Tools For Roast Preparation: A good roast requires proper tools. Two items are essential: a fairly sturdy, shallow sided roasting pan and a digital meat thermometer. Useful but not essential is a good pair of tongs. All items are affordable and your investment will pay handsome returns.