symbolic foods

Cooking Jewish Whether You’re Jewish or Not: Hanukkah…Thanksgivukkah!

This year Hanukkah begins on Thanksgiving! That has given way to fun, silly words like Thanksgivnukkah. How can you blend your second night of Hanukkah with Thanksgiving? We’ll introduce you to some new recipes that are right for both holidays – like sweet potato latkes and pecan rugelach. Want to plan a Hanukkah Party? We’ll…

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DIY Judaism: Let’s Make Challah!

No previous experience necessary! Everyone loves the smell of baking bread or the taste of warm homemade bread from the oven. Do you wish you could make delicious challah for Shabbat, but don’t consider yourself a baker or are short on time? Join us in the kitchen, and we’ll quickly put your mind at ease….

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Sunken Apple Tart for Rosh Hashanah

From Kosher by Design, one of the books in the fabulous cookbook series by Susie Fishbein The wonderful and talented Paige Kaplan made it for our Rosh Hashanah cooking class at Beth Am in Los Altos. Makes 8-10 servings Ingredients: 1/3 cup honey 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice 3 medium Granny Smith or Rome apples,…

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Rosh Hashanah Bird Rolls

Why Bird Shapes? According to “Joan Nathan’s Jewish Holiday Cookbook” (Schocken, 2004), bird-shaped challah rolls, called feygelekh (Yiddish for “little bird”) symbolized “the protection of God’s people as stated in Isaiah 31:5: ‘As birds hovering [over their fledglings], so will the Lord of hosts protect Jerusalem.’” Another interpretation, offered by Linda Burghardt in “Jewish Holiday…

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An Israeli Shavuot Food/Craft

Fun and delicious – make them with friends or children! One of the best ways Israelis enjoy celebrating Shavuot in Israel is to prepare tene bikkurim, a basket filled with greens, fruit and other treats, which symbolizes the first yield of the agricultural year. Children in Israel participate in parades wearing white clothing, each one…

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