September 9, 2010

Happy Rosh Hashanah!

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Rosh Hashanah is also known as the Jewish New Year. It’s today and I know tons of Jewish friends and coworkers who are taking advantage of this “day of rest.” But many, if not all of them, are definitely going to busy with dinners! Rosh Hashanah is dominated by foods including apples and honey. But there’s a whole lot more to the Jewish New Year, like the symbolic foods of pomegranate, fish head and carrots. After the jump, check out a Rosh Hashanah feast.
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September 14, 2009

Rosh Hashanah Recipes and Menu Ideas

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For those of celebrating the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah), it  is fastly approaching. This two day holiday that honors the start of the new year and features symbolic foods like  apples and honey, dates, pomegranates and more begins this Friday night. I’m very excited that I have the opportunity to spend this holiday with my entire family. Wishes for a sweet new year would not be complete without them and their delicious recipes.

Find some of these delicious Rosh Hashanah recipe ideas after the jump!

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September 29, 2008

Butternut Squash Risotto for Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah (The Jewish New Year) begins tonight. On this holiday, symbolic foods are eaten in hopes for a sweet, healthy and prosperous year ahead. Apples dipped in honey illustrate the sweet year we hope for while other less-known symbols like pomegranate signify the abundance of merit one hopes for in the coming year. Gourds and squash can also be seen as symbolic Rosh Hashanah foods and since they’re such a fall ingredient, it’s not such a long shot to incorporate them into Rosh Hashanah menus.

I saw this recipe on a very delicious food blog called Sophistimom. She made risotto look so easy (despite knowing that it’s not) and melded delicious flavors that were perfect for my Rosh Hashanah meal. That, and I happened to have ALL of these ingredients in my house already so I knew I had to make it.

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September 12, 2007

Apples aren’t the only things you dip in honey.

The most commonly known tradition of Rosh Hashanah is dipping apples in honey. While this is highly revered and probably the most observed tradition, I am here to tell you that if you’re Jewish, you can and should have more honey than that tonight.

Dip your challah into honey. Make honey glazed carrots. Eat honey cake (like Max hopes to do). Not only are you supposed to do all these things anyway (find out the meanings behind many of the symbolic foods here), but what better way to ring in the new year sweetly than to go all out?

Here are some Rosh Hashanah recipes to help you out. And if these don’t do it for you, just guzzle down the whole jar of honey. Don’t be ashamed. Yes, we’re all being judged on this holiday, but I don’t think that would be a sin.

Cinnamon Honey Sweet Potatoes
Bistro Challah Bread (round challah)
Dried Apricot and Date Jam
Beet Salad
Glazed Carrots
Pomegranate-Walnut Chicken

You’re probably confused as to why some of these foods are on the list, so don’t forget to read the explanations.

And, for those of you who are Jewish, L’shanah tova u’metukah: Here’s to a good and sweet year! And for those who aren’t, have a good and sweet REST of the year!

-Hillary, excited to see the family and stay with her niece for 3 days!
Editor, Recipe4Living

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