Sunday, September 25, 2011

Kosher Cooking Carnival - The Holidays Are Coming!

Welcome to the Kosher Cooking Carnival (KCC) for the Hebrew month of Tishrei! Autumn is officially upon us. It rained this Shabbat here in Israel and I'm guessing some of you have an incredible view of the colorful autumn leaves. This year Israelis and Jews abroad unite under the infamous "three day yom tov."

For those who don't know: Outside of Israel, Jews celebrate holidays for two days, whereas in Israel the chagim are only observed for one day... except Rosh Hashana!  The Jewish new year is, and has always been, observed for two days throughout the world.  Outside of Israel, where two day holidays are commonly observed, it is not unusual for the holidays to abut or overlap with Shabbat, giving two or three days in a row where holidays are observed with the resulting restrictions.  But Israelis are not accustomed to the extended period of observance that occurs this year where two days of Rosh Hashana (beginning Wednesday night) lead directly into Shabbat.   This puts many in quite a frenzy, especially those in charge of preparing six festive meals in a row (lunch and dinner for two days of Rosh Hashana and Shabbat).

G6's  Croation Star Raisin Challah  
For the majority of us who have not been planning our meals and freezing kugals and pies for weeks, I hope this edition of KCC will put you in the mood to celebrate the way Jews do best... with food!

Food is an integral part of most Jewish holidays.  While Passover seems to be the best known for requiring specific foods, Rosh Hashanah has a rich tradition of food-based symbolism to reign in a good new year.  Sarah Melamed of Food Bridge celebrates Symbolic Foods of Rosh Hashanah with her beautiful photography and explanations of a sampling of traditional symbols.

Mirj's Tzimmes

Leora Wenger baked Homemade Pita Bread and made Creamy Chickpea Soup at Here in HP.

Mirjam Weiss, of  Miriyummy,  made Beef Tzimmes with Butternut Squash in "Like Talking To A Wall".

Annette Berlin posted an oh-so-simple Delicious 5-Layer Deli Salad at Craft Stew, suggesting it would make an "easy and delicious Shabbos appetizer."

Yosef used vegan cheese to make a Kosher Pizza with Salami at This American Bite.

At Penniless Parenting "Penny" shares her frugal recipe for Pakistani Black Bean Curry.

My bulgur mix
Read my Cooking Outside the Box post on making Pre-mixed Bulgar Salad.  If you have access to hot water (like an urn on Yom Tov) you can have a hot side dish in minutes!

Hannah of Cooking Manager presents Rosh Hashanah Tips and Recipes, a valuable compilation of links on organization and recipes, including one of my favorites Chicken with Black Olives and Tomatoes.

For those hectic days in between chagim, check out Hannah's  Healthy Last-Minute Dinners about which Hannah says, "Ever been tempted to order take-out at the end of a long day? Help is here."  Her post includes ideas on quick starches, proteins, and veggies, and how to put it all together.

Lisa Rose shared Tips for Weeknight Dinner Planning on Real Food Digest, with ideas on proteins, vegetables, extras, and having a backup plan. 
Rivki's Peach Tart

For Something Sweet:  

Rivki Locker made a Peach Tart at Healthy Eating for Ordinary People and Cinnamon Rugelach at Kosher Cooking for Ordinary People.

At Our Shiputzim: A Work In Progress,  Mrs. S. shares Mini Black and White Cookies in "A study in contrasts". No dairy or margarine required!

G6's Mini Gourmet Apples
At Guess Who's Coming To Dinner, G6 makes Mini Gourmet Apples.  They are so cute and would be the perfect treat to share during Simchat Torah celebrations.  (Or bookmark to put in your Purim baskets next year!)  Looking for something fancy? Check out her Chocolate Leaf Cake.  G6 also made the gorgeous Croation Star Raisin Challah pictured at the top of this post.  What a creative take on round challah!

Jonathon's Energy Bar Recipe, posted at World of Diets, would make a great breakfast to get you through the Rosh Hashana service.  (No blech of platta required!)

Yael's brownie in progress
New to the blogosphere, Yael of Country Mouse Cooks posted Sweet Tea Vodka.  Just in time for Simchat Torah!   Yael also baked Only The Best Chocolate Brownies Ever.

Ari, aka "Kitchen Girl" of Ari Cooks baked Cranberry Nut Biscotti, adapted from Gourmet Today.

Mimi made Sourdough Pancakes on Israeli Kitchen and shared a story of her great-grandmother Rose.  Mix up this batter before the chagim and you could make pancakes for breakfast over a pre-lit flame.

Eating Out:

Forell with feta cheese from Gabriela
If you're on vacation to Niagra Falls this month, you might want to check out the kosher meat restaurant at the Sheraton is called "Mendl's", or the dairy restaurant, "Mendy's."  Read Leora Wenger's review on Kosher at Niagara Falls | Here in Highland Park posted at Here in HP.

Visiting Jerusalem?  Don't miss the amazing dairy and fish restaurant, "Gabriela Cucina." Read my review of Two Jerusalem Dairy Restaurants on Cooking Outside the Box.

Sarah Melamed of Food Bridge visited Chacho Restaurant and tasted Flavors of Tripoli in Netanya.

Other Kosher goings on:  

Yisrael's Israeli "Pumpkin"
Menachem Kuchar of  Menachem's Writings wrote the essay: Why I Don't Eat Lettuce: The True Story of the Demise of Gush Katif.

At My Right Word,  Yisrael Medad shares his experience of Buying Pumpkin, Israeli style: "When basta and protekzia come together" and asks Kosher Locust?

At me-ander,  Batya's grapes are ripe - Friendly Voices From the Family "Vinyard". She is also growing a mystery squash in her Israeli garden - Transplant, Horticultural Success?

Check out Yehoshuah Halevi's image of sabra fruit on Israel the Beautiful.

PBS food posted Ask Joan Nathan Your Cooking Questions for Rosh Hashanah! Cookbook author Joan Nathan will answer five questions submitted by September 28.

For a little humor, watch Mendy' Pellin's refresher course, ""How to dip your apple in honey."

May you all have a very sweet, healthy, successful, and delicious 5772!

To submit your blog article to the next edition of KCC us the carnival submission form. Past posts and future hosts can be found on the blog carnival index page.  If you would like to host KCC, contact Batya.

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  1. The latest KCC is Out of The Box great! Thanks so much for hosting it. If anyone would like to host an edition, please contact me, Batya.

  2. Thank you for the lovely KCC. As I need to firm up my own recipe ideas, I plan to include your link at the top of a post of my recipe ramblings.

    Shana tova.

  3. Thank you for the special Holiday Kosher Cooking Carnival and for adding my site as well. Hag Sameach and happy cooking!

  4. Wonderful job, and thanks for the link. Shanah tovah u'metukah and ktivah v'chatimah tovah!

  5. The best Holiday Kosher Cooking Carnival in Israel.

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