The new Shavuot issue is here!!!

I never celebrated Shavuot growing up. We did the biggies in our house—what I like to call the "holy trinity" (is that scandalous?) of Jewish holidays—Rosh Hashanah, Chanukah, Passover. And while I have memories from birth of those major holiday moments, recipes to pull from, customs to continue with my kids, stories to pass down, Shavuot was one of those holidays I had to start from scratch when I got married 13 years ago.

And unlucky me, Hubby doesn't like cheesecake. I then proceeded to have a carload of kiddies that caught his allergy to what may very well be the best dessert on the face of the earth (it's all protein, right?!?!). So how am I to cook, create, and celebrate Shavuot when I can't combine it with my love for the iconic holiday dish?

Shavuos 2017S

But I am consoled by the fact that Shavuot is not just for cheesecake lovers, it’s a vegetarian's dream. A holiday when you can serve Breakfast All Day (pg. 19), try the Savory Yogurt (pg. 22) or Vegan Bowl (pg. 24) trends, and shake things up with Milkshakes (pg. 14) or OTT Tiramisu (pg. 73) for dessert. And if you've just gotta have pie (believe me I know a person or two like that) then try a spaghetti one on for size (pg. 36).

Despite all this food talk, we have to remember that holidays are not just about the menu, they're an opportunity to create MEMORIES to last a lifetime. And those memories start with the holiday prep. 

Edible Garden centerpiece

Involving your kids in the days leading up to Shavuot extends the JOY of the holiday beyond the confines of the actual day or two of meals and special family time. Make Edible Floral Centerpieces (pg. 43) or oven-baked mozzarella sticks (pg. 68) with your sweethearts. 

Each activity presents an opportunity to discuss the meaning of the holiday or just bond over casual conversation while cooking and crafting. I am always amazed by how much my kids tell me while we are in the midst of doing 101 things. Don't miss these precious moments with them—a very smart person just told me "the days are long but the years are short." Let's not let this Shavuot pass by without creating that special family custom, craft, or cake with our kids.

Wishing you a Chag Sameach. Love,

Jamie Geller

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