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Jewish Holidays

Tzimmes Meets Tajine – Sumptuous Stews to Sweeten the New Year

September 25, 2008, by

Tzimmes is a specialty of Ashkenazi Jews, while tajines come from Morocco. Although they have such different origins, these slow-cooked entrees share many qualities. Both make festive fare for Rosh Hashanah. “Don’t make such a tzimmes out of it!” was my parents’ typical response to my childhood complaints when they meant not to make such […]

High Holiday Baking

September 25, 2008, by

Cakes, cookies and breads that I bake for the Holidays, I bake only for the Holidays. Except for testing out recipes, that is. In this way, my High Holiday baked goods are cherished on two levels: First, my family looks forward to these special foods that come just once a year. And second, I have […]

Simanim: Special Food As Signs For a Sweet and Healthy New Year

September 25, 2008, by

From the time I was a young child, I’ve known that Rosh Hashanah was associated with apples and honey, symbolizing sweetness for the coming New Year. My mother would make her special apple cake and always served her carrot tzimmes sweetened with honey, a big favorite in our family. In addition to the traditional wine […]

RRRUSH HaShanah

September 18, 2008, by

The holidays are rrrushing upon us, and that’s not the only thing rushing in. By. Around. Whatever, it’s one of Those Days(tm) again. The tenant downstairs needs the dryer repaired (and she wants it repaired NOW), the cat needs to be taken to the groomers, insurance rates have just gone up. Not to mention this […]

The Rosh Hashanah Seder

September 18, 2008, by

Symbolic Foods and Why We Eat Them, With Recipes As Rosh Hashana approaches, the preparations begin. And at my home, that’s an understatement. Getting clothes in order, setting up the seating chart at the synagogue, taking haircuts, you name it! All of these things must be done. And of course, I’m thinking through my menus […]

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