Holidays are all about the brisket and chicken soup, right? Well, the Jewish holidays can also be about healthful salads, cabbage strudel, luscious soups packed with veggies and even pomegranate topped cheesecake and sour cream apple coffee cake.
Brisket is one of the most iconic Jewish American dishes, though every family and every Jewish cook has their own way of preparing the meat. But before you are ready to decide on a recipe for your holiday table, do you ever ask where the meat comes from?
Basbousa cake is a sweet tradition for Rosh Hashanah with a pretty interesting history.
“Ladies can grill too!” is what I thought while watching the men tend to the grill at one of my favorite Middle Eastern eateries recently. But after years of owning a charcoal grill and by default, having the husband maintain it, I figured it was about time this lady learned to worked some magic over the coals.
Challah is one of the most iconic Jewish dishes. Recognizable by its fluffy braids and sweet, delicious taste, it is much beloved by Jews and non-Jews alike. During the Jewish High Holidays, it is traditional to make challah into a round shape, as a reminder of the never-ending cycle of life.
When the Jewish holidays roll around each fall it’s typically a time for abundant meals, family gatherings and a little festive decorating. Whether you are hosting meals or visiting friends and family, you may want a little special something for your table and kitchen.
Holidays can evoke such a sense of warmth and happiness just by their sounds, smells and tastes. For me, the smell of chicken soup and brisket reminds me of my grandmother’s house and there is nothing quite like it.
Like most Jewish holidays, Rosh Hashanah brings to mind certain traditional food customs – the most well-known being the dipping of apples in honey.
We grew up in Barcelona, Spain. Not exactly your typical Jewish upbringing, and while we loved the beautiful city, it could be difficult and isolating during the Jewish holidays. Nevertheless, we managed to form a tight-knit group each year with our aunt, uncle and cousins who enjoyed the festive Syrian-Lebanese style food our talented mother prepared for us.
Potato kugel is such a classic Ashkenazi holiday and Shabbat dish, but I never grew up eating it. We had sweet and savory noodle kugels at my grandmothers house on Rosh Hashanah, but it wasn’t until I started dating my now-husband that I tasted and fell in love with potato kugel during the first Sukkot I spent with his family.