Fast menus to break your fast

Fast menus to break your fast

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light

Fasting on Yom Kippur helps us to focus on the spiritual task of contemplation and self-renewal. We end our fast with a rejuvenating meal featuring lighter comfort foods that are easy on our stomachs and satisfying to our souls. 

Traditional “break fast” menus include kugels, quiches, deviled eggs, baked macaroni-and-cheese, carrot and raisin tzimmes, creamy soups, and often a fish selection such as tuna salad, lox or herring. But when you are returning from synagogue in the role of head chef for a feast that will include family and friends, being able to prepare most of the meal in advance is perhaps the most important element of a successful break fast.

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Taking all of this into consideration, I put together two break-fast menus. Feel free to mix them up and, of course, bear in mind that something as simple as a scrambled egg on a slice of challah may be just as satisfying. I have included recipes for the menu items that are asterisked.

Gmar Chatimah Tovah. 

Margi Lenga Kahn is the mother of five and grandmother of three. A cooking instructor at the Kitchen Conservatory, she is currently working on a project to preserve the stories and recipes of heritage cooks. She welcomes your comments and suggestions at [email protected].