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Rosh Hashanah

Emergency Salad

Recipe by Laura Kumin

Emergency Salad

From Washington Women’s Cook Book, published by the Washington Equal Suffrage Association: The name Emergency Salad may not be in common use today, but it was a well-accepted term in the early 2oth century. One popular version, found in Good Housekeeping magazine in the summer of 1908, a community cookbook published in Macon, Georgia the

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Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup

Recipe by Leah Koenig

Sweet and Sour Cabbage Soup

Beet borscht is undoubtedly the most popular sweet and-sour soup within the Ashkenazi soup canon. But this cabbage-based soup, called krautsuppe in German, is just as delicious. It is traditionally served during the cold winter months when a bright, savory potage is especially comforting.

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Yeasted Pumpkin Bread

Recipe by Leah Koenig

Yeasted Pumpkin Bread

Sephardi Jews traditionally eat foods made with pumpkin and squash on Rosh Hashanah, when they hold symbolic significance. Jewish traders also played a major role in spreading the New World gourd across the Mediterranean during the time of Columbus, and Sephardi cuisine continues to utilize pumpkin in many baked goods, jams, and other dishes today.

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Mushroom Keftes de Prasa (Sephardic Leek Patties)

Recipe by Leah Hadad

Mushroom <em>Keftes de Prasa</em> (Sephardic Leek Patties)

A traditional Sephardic Jewish dish, these leek patties are typical of the Balkans and Turkey.  They are eaten year round, but customarily served on Passover, when leeks are in season, and on Rosh Hashanah. Leeks (prasa in Turkish) are one of the ceremonial foods that are part of the traditional Yehi Ratzon seder on Rosh

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Evie’s Tzimmes with a Twist

Recipe by Wendy Nevett Bazil

Evie’s Tzimmes with a Twist

My mother, Evelyn (Grandma Evie or Grandma E to her grandchildren), made a great tzimmes. As a child, I loved it, but as I got older and tasted it with a different palate and the opinions of my husband and kids, I revisited her recipe to make it more Bazil-family friendly and found that I

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Nina’s Apple Cake

Recipe by Sarah Newman

Nina’s Apple Cake

For decades, Nina and Leon Merrick have brought not just a freshly baked cake to meals, but also countless stories of Poland, Ukraine, Russia and extended family across the globe—all peppered with the underlying strength, determination and calmness about the calamities they have survived. Despite it all, they exude joy and warmth—just like this modest,

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Tsukune “Matzah Ball” Soup

Recipe by Kristin Eriko Posner

<em>Tsukune</em> “Matzah Ball” Soup

When learning about reducing kitchen waste a few years ago, I read the book Waste Free Kitchen Handbook. There is a suggestion to keep food scraps like chicken bones, onion ends, carrot, turnip, celery and other vegetable peels and scraps in a bag in the freezer. When the bag fills up, you simply toss everything

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Spicy-Smoky Black-Eyed Peas

Recipe by Marcia Friedman

Spicy-Smoky Black-Eyed Peas

Traditional flavors of tomatoes, onions, and garlic meet nontraditional smoked salt and chipotle pepper for a spectacular smoky and spicy vegetarian version of black-eyed peas—a symbolic Rosh Hashanah food in some Sephardic Jewish communities. A dollop of labneh (optional) nicely unites the flavors and nods to the stew’s Middle Eastern roots. Serve as a side

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