Sep 19 2012
Welcome back, Kvellers! We hope everybody had a wonderful Rosh Hashanah and kicked off 5773 with a bang. We’re glad to be back in the swing of things, but are definitely curious to hear how your holiday weekend went. If you’re in the mood for sharing, tell us the one thing you were most thankful for this Rosh Hashanah in the comments below.
And then remember, it’s never too early to start preparing for the next Jewish holiday. T-minus one week until Yom Kippur.
Sep 14 2012
Today’s Rosh Hashanah recipe of the day brought to you by Meredith Jacobs is a nice alternative to the traditional honey cake. Enjoy!
Rosh Hashanah is known as a holiday that loves sweetness–after all, that’s what the whole dipping apples in honey thing is all about. And traditionally you’d find a honey cake on the holiday table–sweet and spicy. But personally, I never really liked that honey cake. I’m a fan of apple cake. This is my mom’s recipe and I think it’s delicious. I hope you like it too.
3 cups flour
2 ½ cups sugar
1 cup cooking oil
5 unbeaten eggs
½ teaspoon salt
1/3 cup orange juice
2 ½ teaspoon vanilla
3 teaspoons baking powder
8-10 thinly sliced apples
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Grease and flour a tube pan or bundt pan.
3. Beat together flour, sugar, oil, eggs, salt, orange juice, vanilla, and baking powder until smooth in a large bowl.
4. In another bowl, mix together apples with 2 teaspoons cinnamon and 3 teaspoons sugar.
5. Layer apples in the bottom of the pan. Pour over enough batter to cover, then layer more apples, then batter again. Top with apples.
6. Bake at 350 for 1 hour and 45 minutes.
Two years ago, on the first day of Rosh Hashanah, our moving truck pulled up to our current home in Pensacola, Florida. The move was arranged through the Marine Corps, and did not take into consideration that it was a Jewish holiday. While this might have seemed like a great excuse to skip services, my husband was determined to walk to shul that morning to pray.
Part of this determination stemmed from living, for the past four years, over an hour away from a Conservative congregation. Even when he wasn’t deployed, he struggled just to get to a meaningful High Holiday service. Read the rest of this entry →
In 1990, at 8 years old, I went away to sleepaway camp for the first time. My parents chose Camp Morasha in Pennsylvania, 3,000 miles away from my Seattle abode, partially because my father had attended years earlier, and partially because it was filled with my cousins. It also granted them an excuse to eat their way through New York’s kosher restaurants on their way to seeing us on Visiting Day, but this is a realization I only came to recently.
Is listening to stories a traditional sleepaway camp activity? At Morasha it certainly was. Every Shabbat morning, instead of a speech about that week’s Torah portion, we were told a story. It was always about the animals of the Magical Forest. We looked forward to hearing about Leah the Lion, Moishy the Monkey, Ze’ev the Wolf, and more. Read the rest of this entry →
Sep 13 2012
Rosh Hashanah, people: New Year’s resolutions. And these are the kind that get you written and sealed in the Book of Life, so let’s take it seriously, shall we?
I find I make resolutions like, “I want to be a better person,” “I want to be a better parent,” “I want to go to the gym more,” EVERY YEAR. These are all worthy goals, and I’ll be writing more about good ways to pursue them. Well, at least the first two. I mean, I’m almost 35 weeks pregnant over here, people. I get winded walking to school/the refrigerator. Read the rest of this entry →
The holidays are upon us, and once again, I find myself swimming in a sea of ambivalence. There is so much I enjoy about Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur; I find so much meaning and inspiration in the words and observance of my friends and community, both online and in real person.
But there’s this one thing that gets me every year, and every holiday. It starts with the constant barrage of recipes on my Facebook and Twitter feeds, and all my favorite blogs. (Yes, I’m talking to you, Kveller. And I don’t appreciate it.) It ends with me in a state of near panic and desperation. Read the rest of this entry →
Today’s Rosh Hashanah recipe of the day is quite the classic–chicken soup. Meredith Jacobs shares her recipe for the Jewish penicillin. But have no fear, vegetarians–we’ve also got a great recipe for vegetarian chicken soup from Leah Koenig that’s just as yummy.
Recipe for Chicken Soup:
My kids love this chicken soup. Why? Because I let the flavor of the chicken and vegetables infuse the broth creating a rich, velvety, and delicious soup. I make this every other week, freezing part of it use whenever we need it. My kids like it with matzah balls(of course) and they also like to eat the chicken shreds. Read the rest of this entry →
Sep 12 2012
Editor’s note: Today’s Rosh Hashanah recipe of the day comes from Kveller’s very own celebrity blogger, Mayim Bialik. Last week, Bialik announced her next book, a vegan family cookbook, and today we’re getting a sneak preview with her Rosh Hashanah recipe for vegan honey cake.
2 egg equivalents (I use Ener-G egg replacer)
3/4 cup agave
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup plus 1 Tbsp oil Read the rest of this entry →
Sep 11 2012
Need something to keep the little ones occupied while you perfect your honey cake? Grab your crayons and print out this adorable coloring page from children’s book author and illustrator, Ann Koffsky. To download and print, click here.
Generations of families have started the Jewish New Year with something sweet, in the hopes of a great year. It is a brilliant idea. What is more fun than allowing kids to put honey on their apple slices, and sprinkles on their challah at dinner? It’s a tradition, so we have to do it. Here are five sticky sweet treats to make and enjoy with your kids.
Make Your Own Brown Sugar: Combine 3 Tbsp. white sugar with ½ – 1 tsp. of molasses. It will be hard to combine, but it will work. Enjoy on yogurt mixed with fruit, or use it in baking. Read the rest of this entry →