My Rosh Hashanah Shame

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I have a confession to make: I don’t like apples and honey. I mean, I don’t dislike them, but I don’t look forward to them, and I rarely even finish the one piece of apple that I take. I just find them to be thoroughly blah. I like my sweetness in different textures, I guess.

As a result of my non-standard preferences I decided that this year for Rosh Hashanah I’m going to throw away the rule book completely. I’m not serving any of the traditional or symbolic dishes (even though all of the new recipes we have sound delicious). Instead, for the first night of Rosh Hashanah I’m going to be serving breakfast for dinner. Blintzes, pancakes, frittata, Israeli salad, mimosas, and coffee cake for dessert. Rosh Hashanah is supposed to set the tone for the year, so why not celebrate with the meal that sets the tone for the day? I’m planning my meal to be hardy, nutritious, and sweet. I’ve invited some of my favorite people, and together I hope we’ll have a rowdy and fun meal that will begin a rowdy and fun year.

And hey, even if my year is crappy, at least I’ll have started it with some really good pancakes.

Posted on September 1, 2010

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2 thoughts on “My Rosh Hashanah Shame

  1. Annabel

    The “shame” is not that you don’t like apples and honey but that you can’t think of serving something more festive than boring flapjacks followed by coffee cake to welcome the new year (Tart Tatin for instance…or glazed cornish hen). And just exactly is what you consider “nutritious” in this meal?

    If serving an ordinary breakfast instead of a symbolic celebratory dinner is meant to set the tone for “a fun and rowdy” year…count me out.

  2. Marta Fainberg

    As a vegetarian, the menu sounds fine to me, except the pancakes, unless they are potato or veggie. Blintzes are healthy, frittata contains eggs but the coffee cake could be changed to something lighter…..fruit salad?

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