21Sep

Rosh Hashanah: A Time to Reflect, Recharge (and Cook!)

rosh hashanah

After I deal with my worry about getting food on the table for Rosh Hashanah this year (brisket, pomegranate chicken, kugel, matzo ball soup, gefilte fish, to name just a few dishes), I need to take time to reflect on this past year and think about the year ahead. The holiday is a time to renew, to realign ourselves with what we really, really want, to think back on our mistakes or errors and make repairs. The problem is finding the time to reflect. Finding time is as challenging as anything else in my life right now, but having the time to make Read More

10Sep

Rosh Hashanah Twitter Party: Ring in the New Year Twitter Style

During the Jewish holidays, our families look to us to lead them through. Some of us are looking for ideas. How do we make Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur meaningful? How do we keep things interesting without breaking tradition? Are a round Challah and some apples and honey really enough? Join me and MamaDrama on Twitter this Thursday night at 9pm EST…the ultimate diaspora…for a special High Holiday hour. We’ll talk about our traditions, food/recipes and all things Rosh Hashanah (and if you want to throw in talk about Yom Kippur, why not?  We just Read More

26Dec

Candle Seven: Growing Up a Fish Out Of Water

Hanukkah with Kids

When I was growing up in Atlanta, there were less than 100,000 Jewish residents in a city of several million.  My parents had moved there from Philadelphia, and they retained much of that Northern Jewishness that set us apart growing up.  Much of that was cultural - bagels and lox on Sunday mornings, for example, instead of grits and fried chicken. We were members of the Temple, the biggest Reform shul in the city, and my sisters and I went to Sunday School and were had Bat Mitzvahs and confirmations.  We were involved members of the community, and it Read More

08Sep

Rosh Hashanah Recipe Link Up

Pomegranates

Back by popular demand, I bring you my delicious Rosh Hashanah Fesenjan Persian Chicken with Pomegranate Walnut Sauce recipe.  I'm also adding a linky so we can all share our favorite recipes with each other.  Leave your recipes in the comment section below and I'll coordinate another post with all the links! A good friend introduced me to this chicken a few years ago, and it’s been a New Year staple of mine ever since.  To say that it tastes divine is an understatement.  As a matter of fact, my book club has me to bring it to our annual holiday party Read More

31Aug

Rosh Hashanah Recipe: Fesenjan Persian Chicken with Pomegranate Walnut Sauce

A good friend introduced me to this Rosh Hashanah Fesenjan Persian Chicken with Pomegranate Walnut Sauce recipe a few years ago, and it's been a New Year staple of mine ever since.  To say that it tastes divine is an understatement.  As a matter of fact, my book club has me to bring it to our annual holiday party every year.  They think I am an outstanding cook.  Little do they know that this is one of the only dishes I make really well. Read More