rosh hashanah

Green Chili Apple & Honey Galette

Green chili peppers make this dessert a slightly savory tart ideal for ringing in 5774.

Special To The Jewish Week

It’s hard to believe that summer is nearly over and the High Holidays are upon us. First up is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year: very similar to secular New Year’s, except with less cheap champagne and more apples and honey. Much like every Jewish holiday, there are customs and symbols for the day, including especially the practice of eating sweet foods for a sweet new year: pomegranates, dates, beets and the iconic apples-and-honey combo.

For crust: (makes two, but you will only need one)
2 cups all-purpose flour plus more for dusting
1 ½ tsp sugar
½ tsp salt
1 cup cold butter, cut into chunks
¼ cup ice water
For filling:
3 cups granny smith apples, peeled, and cut into ¼ inch slices
Juice from 1 lemon
2 tbsp white sugar, plus more for sprinkling
½ tsp nutmeg
2 tbsp fresh rosemary, minced
2 tbsp green chili (Anaheim, poblano, hatch, jalapeno, depending on how spicy you like it), diced
2 tbsp honey
1 egg

Grazia's Mediterranean Lasagna

Lost tribes and hidden Jews returning to the fold offer delicious old and new recipes.
Special To The Jewish Week

Throughout history, entire communities of Jews became "lost" through forced conversions or gradual assimilation. However, in many cases their descendants passed down (more or less secretly) special rules, rituals, names or, most deliciously, recipes, that distinguished them from the surrounding populations.

½ lb egg lasagna
2 lb tomatoes
¾ lb fresh mozzarella, sliced
1 lb eggplant, sliced
1 clove garlic
About 20 leaves basil
1 tbsp oregano
3 tbsp black pitted olives
Salt and pepper to taste
5 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil

Carrot, Apple, and Honey Soup For The New Year

Ras el Hanout, the spice to top all spices, is the perfect blend of flavors for a sweet Rosh Hashanah.

Special To The Jewish Week

Ras el Hanout is not new – but the kosher versions are. A spice blend that is one of the culinary treasures of North Africa, its very name invites you to try it -- translated from Arabic, the words literally mean “top of the shelf.”

2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 large apple, peeled, cored and chopped
2 medium cloves garlic, chopped
1-1/2 lbscarrots, peeled and sliced
4 cups vegetable stock
4 whole cloves
2 tsp Ras el Hanout
1/4 tsp hot sauce (such as Tabasco), optional
Salt to taste
1 tbsp honey
1 cup coconut milk
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