Well, It is almost the middle of September already!
The Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah is in a few days & most of my friends are busy cooking & preparing for the festive meals that we have at this time.
The Jewish Calendar is a lunar calendar which means that the date of our holidays & festivals changes each year. Rosh Hashanah starts at sundown on September 15 and concludes on September 17 this year.
My menu is always the same each year with the exception of one dish.. I like to add one new dish a year. I make the food that my Grandmother and my Mother used to make with my own twist on every dish. That is because the directions & recipes my Mom gave me were just a verbal description of what to do. I would scribble down her instructions trying to come up with a ‘recipe’. Did that happen in your family too? These two ladies used to cook by sight, taste & thier heart. As I am cooking I try to ‘channel’ them & a few other woman who taught me how to cook along the way.
We traditionally eat sweet foods to ensure a sweet new year! We dip apples in honey, eat honey cookies & honey cake! Sweet noodle kugel, sweet meats…. I love all of these foods. Not everything is sweet of course but there are always several sweet dishes at my table.
Before Covid we would have large tables full of family & friends. I loved this! Here is a picture of the last big Rosh Hashanah meal we had in 2019. Always lots of laughing & good food & so many dishes!!! We will get back to this soon! Right now it is still just the immediate family getting together which is nice too!
Here are some recipes that I make for Rosh Hashanah but EVERYONE will like these dishes! I promise!!
I like to make my Chicken Soup in the Instant Pot now but easy to make on the stove as well! Just use the same recipe & make it in a large soup pot! You can see the Matzo Balls in the pot! I use a boxed mix to make mine!
This Arugula Salad with Apples & Walnuts is perfect every day but the addition of apples & the slightly sweet dressing makes it perfect for Rosh Hashanah!
All types of kugels are popular at my table! This Butternut Squash Kugel is outstanding! it would be a perfect addition to any meal! Think Thanksgiving or Christmas!
A noodle kugel I one of my fav things to eat. The Sweet Noodle Kugel with Apples & Raisins is perfect! It goes with any meat & is delish as leftovers! If you want to eat this dairy dollop some sour cream on top!
For the perfect sweet meat to have for dinner, this Apricot Tzimmes Brisket is perfect! Tender because it is cooked nice & slow which allows the fruit in the recipe to get jammy which makes this so sweet!
Apricot Chicken is a fav for many! My recipe is a bit different than the usual. When my sister gave me this recipe I was a young wife & did not really know how to cook! She told me the ingredients & said Apricot Preserves which I didn't realize was jam!!! I thought she meant canned apricots! So, that is how I make this chicken. It is great! I cook it a long time & the apricots get nice & jammy! We love diving our Challah into the pan juices!
For dessert we alway have fruit & cake plus various other delicious things on the table. This Mom’s Apple Cake is one of my most popular recipes on the blog. Always good any time of year but always on my holiday table!
We do eat vegetables too! It looks like just meat & carbs 🤣. Usually we have roast veg & honeyed carrots!
There are so many dishes on the blog that I have made over the years!
On the Blog
Here is a blog post that has some different recipe
Do you follow Tik Tok? I love it .. I mostly look at food videos
There is a very popular recipe right now called
I had some trouble making this the way I saw it on TikTok so I prepared it a different way using the same ingredients pretty much!
Here is the post with a video for you! This is very good. Chocolate, Nut Butter, Nuts & Dates!
That’s all for now!