Sukkot, or Eating Homecooked Meals in a “Tent” for 8 Days!
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Forgive me for the excessive Jewish holiday references lately, but that’s how September goes, and tonight marks the beginning of yet another: Sukkot.
I didn’t realize it until pretty much today but Sukkot happens to be one of my favorite holidays to celebrate (if it’s not cold yet that is…) For a lack of a better description, it’s kind of fun to eat in a random tarp covered house-size box in your backyard. If you’re wondering what sukkot is, it’s an 8 day holiday where you are to eat and sleep in a sukkah. And ours is bright blue!
Now, we don’t exactly sleep in our sukkah (though I have once before on a table), we eat in ours, every night. And not only do we eat in it, but we cook extensive meals for company every night because you’re supposed to invite people over to your sukkah. Yep, no money spent going out to dinner for me for the next eight days, I’ve got my meals covered.
What do you eat on sukkot? Well really you can eat anything. Our family makes the traditional holiday foods at least for the first couple meals until we get bored: matzo ball soup, sweet and sour meatballs, maybe some brisket, that whole gig.
The picture you see above is of a whole bunch of citrons waiting to be packaged. The Jewish name for citron is etrog, and while it isn’t eaten on Sukkot, it is one of the symbols used during sukkot. But, some people cook the etrog after Sukkot, and I’m wondering if anyone has any etrog (or citron) recipes out there, because I’d like to try one! Submit them here!
-Hillary, hoping for nice weather and no more rain