How do you come up with your menu for the high holidays? Do you use your grandmother’s recipes? Or is it all new, from the latest cookbook? Do you craft a themed menu?

For some people, the holidays are all about the familiar, traditional family dishes (“Tradition! Tradition!”). Certainly, the Rosh Hashanah or Yom Kippur meals are not just about the food, but also about the meaning and the memories they evoke. But the New Year also offers a special chance to try something new.

In particular, the fact that the Jewish and Gregorian calendars do not align precisely reminds us of a period of change, a time for variety and novelty—for example, what’s in season.

Whether you follow the (farmers) markets or not, food is a good place to try something new—it’s low commitment and forgiving, and someone is guaranteed to like it (and here’s a secret: in the case of these recipes, we’ve already given them our seal of deliciousness).

We’d venture to say that easing your way into a new year and new things has never been so delicious. L’shanah tovah from the Jewish Food Experience!

 

 JFE Honey Cake Cocktail JFE Honey Cake Cocktail
Emily Landsman
Cocktail expert
 Gefilte Fish a la Veracruzana Gefilte Fish a la Veracruzana
Pati Jinich
TV host and author, Pati’s Mexican Table
 orange_olives_150x150 Orange and Black Olive Salad
Janna Gur
Founder and chief editor, hashulchan.co.il
 Chicken with Cinnamon and Apples from Metz Chicken with Cinnamon and Apples from Metz
Joan Nathan
TV producer, host and cookbook author
 Roasted Chicken and Eggplant in Pomegranate and Date Molasses Roasted Chicken and Eggplant in Pomegranate and Date Molasses
Vered Guttman
Food blogger, haaretz.com
Apple, Arugula and Celery Salad Apple, Arugula and Celery Salad
Shaina Shealy
Food writer
Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Salad Butternut Squash and Pomegranate Salad
Leah Hadad
Creator and owner, Tribes-A-Dozen
Orange Tea Cake Orange Tea Cake
Paula Shoyer
Pastry chef and author, The Kosher Baker
 Challah Bread Pudding with Apples and Rosemary Honey Challah Bread Pudding with Apples and Rosemary Honey
Carla Hall
Chef and owner, Carla Hall Petite Cookies
 Light and Fluffy Spinach and Cheese Strata Light and Fluffy Spinach and Cheese Strata
Aviva Goldfarb
Food expert and blogger, The Six-O-Clock Scramble