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
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  • Maxine

    My parent’s sukkah was always bright blue too! I’ve never eaten an etrog, but I can tell you that my dad is trying to grow an etrog tree! He planted the seeds a few years ago and the plants are getting pretty big. I’ll let you know when they’re ready for harvest…. in another 10 years! :)

  • Hillary

    Haha what are the chances of yours being bright blue too? Are we the same person?
    That’s awesome that your dad planted an etrog tree! I look forward to them harvesting :)

  • 60 in 3

    I grew up in Israel, where Sukkot was an excuse for all us kids to scavenge building material from all around the neighborhood, build our own little shelter and then live in it for a week. Some of my fondest memories are from this holiday. We would play in the Sukkah for days with our parents occasionally checking in on us and bringing us food.


  • Hillary

    That sounds like so much fun! Do you still live in Israel?

  • JEP

    I know very little about Jewish traditions & have appreciated learniing from your articles–thanks!

  • Hillary

    I’m glad you’re interested! Thanks for the comment!

  • Savvy Savorer

    Hi, tell your brother about the my blog in Seattle PI, you said he is moving to Seattle right.
    I lived in Israel for 10 years too and I didn’t even celebrate sukkot. It’s nice to see that you remembered.


  • Ruth

    I love Sukkot. We started making a sukkah when my older daughter (now married with an 8 month old delicious little boy) started going to kindergarten in Hebrew school. In Montreal, October can sometimes be brutal…but my fondest memories are of 10 of us (that’s as big as the balcony we built our sukkah on would allow) dressed in coats and with a space heater to help us through. My daughter still makes a sukkah every year and Friday night we had Split Pea Soup with Dumplings, Roasted tongue that melted in the mouth, potato knishes and salad with apple crisp for dessert.

    Enjoy the rest of the holiday.

  • Hillary

    Savvy – Thanks for the blog recommendation for my brother!

    Ruth – Mmmm that meal sounds great. I have been enjoying my Sukkot thoroughly. Thanks for the wishes and happy rest of the holiday to you too!

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