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Sep 13 2012

I Love Rosh Hashanah But I Hate the Cooking Part

By at 1:00 pm

microwave disasterThe 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 →

Rosh Hashanah Recipes: Chicken Soup (& Veggie Chicken Soup)

By at 9:45 am

chicken soup recipeToday’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

Sneak Peek at Mayim Bialik’s Vegan Honey Cake

By at 9:53 am

mayim bialik vegan honey cake recipeEditor’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

Rosh Hashanah Coloring Page

By at 4:33 pm

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.rosh hashanah bear coloring page

Five Sweet Treats for Rosh Hashanah

By at 12:06 pm

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 →

Rosh Hashanah Recipes: Apple & Honey Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread

By at 9:01 am

apple and honey sandwich breadToday’s Rosh Hashanah Recipe of the day is a delicious way to add apples and honey to your everyday eats. Zoe Singer gives us a recipe for apple & honey whole wheat sandwich bread, which is about as delicious and wholesome as it sounds.

Recipe for Apple & Honey Whole Wheat Sandwich Bread:

This is a slightly sweet, tender sandwich bread with a crisp crust. It’s perfect with a sharp cheese or a schmear of cream cheese or nut butter. Read the rest of this entry →

Sep 10 2012

Rosh Hashanah Recipes: Apple Carrot Potato Soup

By at 3:51 pm

apple carrot potato soupToday’s Rosh Hashanah recipe of the day comes from Sarah M. Lasry, the author of two bestselling kosher cookbooks, The Dairy Gourmet: Secret Recipes from Tastebuds Cafe and The At-Home Gourmet: Simple Kosher Gourmet Recipes for Everyday. Now that summer is finally beyond us, we can indulge in the simple of joy of soup. This one uses Granny Smith apples and Yukon Gold potatoes for a creamy, warming delight.

Recipe for Apple Carrot Potato Soup: Read the rest of this entry →

Don’t Forget About Your Single Friends During the Holidays

By at 1:07 pm

dinner invitationAs many moms anxiously prepare for the upcoming High Holidays, busy with long grocery shopping lists, menu planning, and getting their children prepared, singles are going through their own anxiety.

For many, Rosh Hashanah marks yet another year single, another year not yet a mom or dad. In 2011, fully one third of Jewish adults living in Manhattan, where I live, were single, never married. And among many of them, the conversations leading up to the holiday season, especially when weekday holidays make it tough to travel to see family, are sometimes filled with shoulder shrugs and sighs: “What are you doing for Rosh Hashanah?” “I don’t know, you?” “I don’t know…” Read the rest of this entry →

Free Stuff Alert: Jewish Calendars for the New Year

By at 11:26 am

sammy spider's jewish calendarThe Jewish New Year is almost here, which means it’s the perfect time to give away a Jewish calendar! Kar-Ben Publishing offers two great calendars for 5773 that are perfect for families with young kids. One features great stories and recipes for the Jewish holidays, and the other features our favorite Jewish arachnid, Sammy the Spider.

We’re giving away three copies of each calendar, so chances are high that if you enter, you just might win. Read the rest of this entry →

Sep 9 2012

Mentally Preparing for the High Holidays

By at 4:14 pm

If Rosh Hashanah is when we are supposed to lift off into the sky of a new year, then the Hebrew month of Elul (which we’re currently in) is the runway preceding our flight. As a mother who generally has no time for anything, I have a true appreciation for the Hebrew month of Elul before the High Holidays as a time that is specially designated to think about all that is to come.

I’m a mom of three, soon to be four, kids, so I get it that “contemplation” is something as rare as “romantic getaway without the kids.” But parenting makes such contemplation more necessary than ever.

As parents, our days can feel like a waterfall of chaos, from the wake-up call from the crib at 4:47 a.m. to the “I had a nightmare, please hold me till I fall back asleep” summons of 11:30 p.m. Days are a seemingly endless tumult of missing shoes, stupid sibling arguments, forgotten lunches, lost permission slips, unmade beds, emotional scrapes, and physical bruises. The days of a parent can feel a hell of a lot like triage, where you respond to whoever’s needs are greatest (or most loudly expressed). Read the rest of this entry →


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