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St. Louis Jewish Light

Tispishti (Walnut-Cake). Photo by Margi Lenga Kahn

A Sephardic Rosh Hashanah from Turkey

Margi Lenga Kahn, Special For The Jewish Light September 1, 2021

Leyla and Erman Kaspi are Jews from Turkey who I recently met outside the elevator of our Chicago apartment complex. After the usual introductions, I asked Leyla whether she still cooks the dishes with which she grew up. “Of course,” she exclaimed. That...

Sea Bass With Roasted Peppers and Herb Cream Filling. Photo courtesy The Edge Partners PR

5 gorgeous Rosh Hashanah recipes from Israel’s top chefs

By Jessica Halfin, My Jewish Learning via JTA September 26, 2019

Rosh Hashanah menus, while traditional and delicious, can also get a little stale year after year. With Israeli food trending across the globe, now is a perfect time to add some authentic Israeli flavors to your holiday.We have gathered five exclusive...

Diane Packman's Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze. Photo: Michael Sherwin

Apple Cake with Brown Sugar Glaze

Shared by Diane Packman September 19, 2019

Ingredients for cake:3 eggs1½ cups oil2 tsp. vanilla1¾ cup granulated sugar3 cups apples of your choice chopped1 cup nuts (optional)1 cup coconut3 cups gluten-free flour (Better Batter)1 tsp. cinnamon1 tsp. nutmeg1 tsp. baking soda1 tsp. saltIngredients...

Photo: Dikla Frances

Meringue-topped apple pie bars: An innovative Rosh Hashanah dessert

Dikla Frances September 18, 2019

This recipe originally appeared on The Nosher.Looking for an innovative way to incorporate apples into your Rosh Hashanah menu? Look no further than these meringue-topped apple pie bars. With layers of buttery pastry, cinnamon-scented apples and fluffy...

Chicken Marbella. Photo: Michael Kahn

Go-to holiday recipes from beloved cookbook

By Margi Lenga Kahn, Special to the Jewish Light August 31, 2018

Culinary traditions and culture are intrinsically linked. Nowhere is this more evident than in the foods we associate with our Jewish holidays. You probably can name several such foods off the top of your head: latkes on Hanukkah, hamentaschen on Purim,...

Nir Mesika’s braised short ribs with squash puree and roasted corn salad recipe

Nir Mesika’s braised short ribs with squash puree and roasted corn salad recipe

BY BETH KISSILEFF, JTA September 28, 2016

Nir Mesika is the founder and executive chef at Timna, a modern Israeli restaurant in New York that was dubbed the “best new restaurant of 2015” by USA Today.Growing up in northern Israel, in Mesika’s family, Rosh Hashanah was all about his mother’s...

Alon Shaya. Photo: Marianna Massey

Alon Shaya’s challah recipe

BY BETH KISSILEFF, JTA September 28, 2016

Alon Shaya, executive chef and partner at New Orleans restaurants Domenica, Pizza Domenica and Shaya, and named best chef in the South by the James Beard FoundationFor Shaya, challah is central to the Rosh Hashanah festivities.“I love keeping our...

Jeffrey Yoskowitz. Photo: Ty Ueda

Jeffrey Yoskowitz’s herbed gefilte fish recipe

BY BETH KISSILEFF, JTA September 28, 2016

Jeffrey Yoskowitz, co-founder, with Liz Alpern, of the Gefilteria, and co-author of the forthcoming cookbook “The Gefilte Manifesto.”“Homemade gefilte fish became such a staple for me at the Rosh Hashanah table that when my grandmother stopped...

Itta Werdiger Roth (Courtesy of Itta Werdiger Roth)

Itta Werdiger Roth’s pomegranate chicken recipe

BY BETH KISSILEFF September 28, 2016

Itta Werdiger Roth, “supper-club impresario,” is the founder of the Brooklyn pop-up restaurant The Hester.“Pomegranates are not only in season but they are also one of the symbols of Rosh Hashanah,” Roth said. “It’s a win-win situation!”POMEGRANATE...

Photo by Adrian Danciu, courtesy of Andrew Zimmern

Andrew Zimmern’s chopped liver recipe

BY BETH KISSILEFF, JTA September 28, 2016

Andrew Zimmern, chef, writer and creator/host of the Travel Channel’s “Bizarre Foods” franchise The dish that defines the TV host’s Rosh Hashanah table is his grandmother’s chopped liver.“Nothing signals the turn of the season more than our...

Spiced honey cake

Spiced Honey Cake

By Margi Lenga Kahn September 10, 2015

(Cake should be baked one day in advance of serving) Unsalted butter for coating pan 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for coating pan 1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest 2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/2...

Apple and honey pie pops. Photo: Sheri Silver

Apple and Honey Pie Pops: A new family favorite

By Sheri Silver, The Nosher via JTA August 26, 2015

Like most Jewish holidays, Rosh Hashanah brings to mind certain traditional food customs, the most well-known being the dipping of apples in honey.And while a classic apple pie or cake is a lovely way to mark our hopes for a sweet new year, I thought...

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