Chicken with Parsnips and Leeks

I have debated posting this dish, but in the end taste has won out over looks. This is an ugly, boring-looking dish. That almost makes the fact of how flavorful it is even more surprising and enjoyable. Each time I would take a taste while I was cooking it, I was always caught off guard…

Stuffed Cabbage

I hate to say it, but my mother was not such a great cook.  But there were a few dishes that she made that were outstanding – sweet and sour meatballs, noodle kugel (when she remembered all the ingredients), chicken fricasse, and stuffed cabbage.  Sadly, her stuffed cabbage recipe has been lost. But I have found…

Apple-Cinnamon Challah

Apples and Honey – the traditional foods to eat together to express our hopes for a sweet year to come.  So, why not combine the two in one challah? I used the dough recipe from the date challah, since it was so delicious. And this challah was just as delicious, it was a hit with…

Our Rosh Hashanah Dinner with Israeli Za’atar Salad

I traditionally make my Honey Orange Roast Chicken for Rosh Hashanah, but now that Lauren is a pescatarian, I made  poached fish with romesco sauce for our main dish.  It was a colorful table, with the brown Date Challah, green and red ‘Never Say Never Again’ Lima Beans, orange romesco sauce, golden honey, and multi-colored Israeli Za’atar Salad.  We…

Date Challah for Rosh Hashanah

Last year, I saw a post on The Smitten Kitchen for Fig, Olive Oil & Sea Salt Challah that simply captivated me. It sounded wonderful and looked absolutely beautiful.  I decided to try a variation on it for the High Holidays this year using dried dates (since I still have so many from our trip…

Ricotta & Pesto Souffle

Remember all that pesto I made and froze?  I sent a bag of pesto “cubes” with Emily to keep in her freezer in her apartment.  But there is still a lot of pesto in my freezer.  So, it is time to thaw some! This dinner highlighted my pesto and Farmer Kim’s eggs in Molly Katzen’s…

Cammy’s Cinnamon Raisin Challah French Toast

There is nothing better than challah french toast except, perhaps, cinnamon raisin challah french toast!  And who better to make it than our own Top Chef, Cammy? See the recipe for the cinnamon raisin challah in the recipe for raisin challah. The bread is so flavorful, that a very basic egg dip can be used….

Cammy’s Honey Spiced Apple Muffins

For Cammy’s contribution to our Rosh Hashanah celebration, he made the apple cupcakes from Joan Nathan’s The Children’s Jewish Holiday Kitchen.  We call them muffins because they seem better to us as a breakfast treat rather than as a dessert.  The warm spices evoke thoughts of the oncoming fall.  They are best drizzled with honey, but go…

Honey Orange Roasted Chicken

I rarely make roast chicken, but when I do, I cannot bring myself to make any other chicken than this.  It has become my go-to dish for Rosh Hashanah and often finds its way to the Passover Seder (when I am not doing a Persian meal).  The bird is always moist, the skin sweet and…

Raisin Challah

We are preparing for Rosh Hashanah, so it is time to bake some raisin challah.  Although I use a recipe I found years ago in Joan Nathan’s The Children’s Jewish Holiday Kitchen, I am not yet ready to tackle it with Cam.  Look for that post in a year or two.  I am perfectly capable of making…