January 21, 2018

Rosh Hashana Recipe Round-Up, Tips & Greetings

round challahWhile standing in my kitchen earlier today, like most of us, preparing for the six yontif meals that lay ahead of us, I was thinking about you, my dear faithful KosherShopaholic readers. I was thinking about how much I wanted to share with you all: some recipes, shopping suggestions and warm, inspiring New Year greetings.

First, I wanted to tell you that the two kitchen gadgets you MUST have before Rosh Hashana this year are this handy apple corer
that will save you so much time and energy while you prepare the festive apples and honey for your families.  I also can never say enough about this ever faithful Braun food processor with which I make and prep everything from cakes to dips to grated or chopped veggies.  Buy yourself and/or your hostess a gift this Rosh Hashana – an apple corer like this one from Amazon and/or a Braun food processor
Throw in the new Artscroll Living Emuna book, that Rabbi Pesach Krohn recommended to me in his pre-rosh hashana shiur/class that I listened to while cooking earlier today.

I also found a new salad recipe that is perfect for Rosh Hashana since it contains apples and is also really tasty and healthy.

Rosh Hashana Health Salad Recipe

Combine 1 tablespoon olive oil, 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (which happens to have many health benefits), 1 teaspoon honey, 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl stirring with a whisk.  Add 1 1/2 cups julienned cut apple, 1 1/2 cups thinly sliced fennel bulb, and 1 cup thinly sliced celery. Toss to coat.

And, for those of you who asked (and those who didn’t) here are some of the dishes that I’ve placed on my yom tov menu this year.  I’ve linked to the recipes whenever they were available.

Pomegranate Brisket – our all-time favorite – it out trumps all other brisket recipes and is healthy too!

Homemade Challah

Apple Cake

Turkey from Norene Gilletz’s The Food Processor Bible

Coffee Cake from Norene Gilletz’s The Food Processor Bible

Carrot cake with parve cream cheese frosting from Norene Gilletz’s The Food Processor Bible (if you can’t tell – this is my favorite cookbook!)

My family’s ‘Shabbos Chicken’

I’m also making things like Tongue (my kids LOVE it) and there’s no recipe because all I do is boil it, twice, then peel (yuk), slice and serve.

Sheppard’s Pie, not fancy but requested nonetheless.  You can find a good recipe in all of the Kosher cookbooks

Chicken Soup and

Hot Crock-pot apple crisp

What’s on your Rosh Hashana menu? Please share it with us on Facebook or in the comments below.

Wishing you all a kasiva v’chasima tova – may you be signed and sealed in the book of life, health and good mazel.  Looking forward to sharing more with you next year. Until then, Happy New Year!






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Wishing all my readers a G’mar Chasima Tova – that you be signed and sealed in the book of life!

Rosh Hashana 2013 Recipe Roundup

I want to take this opportunity to wish you, my loyal, wonderful readers a happy, healthy and fruitful New Year. May you all be signed and sealed in the book of life, health and sustenance.  I haven’t had much time to post here in a while but I couldn’t go into the new year without some goodies for you.  I have gathered below links to some of my favorite Rosh Hashana recipes for you to enjoy!

Pomegranate Brisket .  This is my all-time favorite brisket recipe, which is also perfect for Rosh Hashana because of the Pomegranate ingredients. This recipe is from The No Potato Passover cookbook.

Classic Challah and Water Challah.  My favorite challah is the water challah but my family prefers the classic challah version which is really the best challah around.

Here is also my favorite video on how to make a round challah by Couldn’t Be Parve.

Shabbos Chicken. I make this every Friday night and I make sure to use an organic pasture raised chicken so that there are no antibiotics.  This chicken along with chicken soup may be the most nutrients I get into my kids all week so I make it count!

Chicken Soup.  This soup is so rich and delicious we’ve gotten used to eating just the plain broth without any noodles or soup nuts. For yontif I add matzah balls to the soup as a special treat.

Matzah Balls.  I make Norene Gilletz’s matzah ball recipe. In fact, whenever I need a classic recipe, I turn to her classic, The New Food Processor Bible because every recipe under the sun is in it and they are all excellent!

Tomato Dip.  The combination of this dip with challah is absolutely addicting! However, it is full of very healthy raw garlic which is said to be excellent for preventing cancerous tumors.  But make sure to use your mouthwash after enjoying this dip with your challah.  And enjoy it, you will!

Butternut Squash Kugel. This is a much healthier version of the classic kugel from since it calls for coconut milk instead of the parve whip.  You’ll never taste the difference!

Hot Crock Pot Apple Crisp. Perfect to use in that crock pot that will be out all 3 days in preparation for Shabbat. It is also the yummiest dessert.

Meringue Cookies.  These are my children’s favorite cookies. It is also the best way to use up those egg whites from your challah dough ( use the egg yolks to give the tops a brown sheen). It always amazes me how much I can get out of 2 little egg whites.


L’Shana Tova

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your continuous support of my efforts on this website and wish you, my readers, a happy, healthy and sweet new year may all your prayers be answered for the good, this year and always.


Shoshana Raff

Free Rosh Hashana Coloring Pages

Here are some cute coloring pages with Rosh Hashana theme that you can download and print from our friends at CookKosher.com 

For those with little ones at your feet all day long, these coloring pages may keep them busy enough for you to get your chicken or roast into the oven!

Wishing you a Chag Sameach!

Banana-Wheat Quick Bread

I make this recipe whenever I have bananas that are turning brown.   In my house we call it banana cake, even though the correct title is Banana-Wheat Quick Bread and it is so good that it only lasts about a few hours until its devoured.  I am so happy to see my family eating it because, unbeknown to them, it is made with 100% whole wheat flour, agave nectar instead of sugar and has the perfect amount of sweetness without tasting any of the whole-wheat.

I know that there are hundreds of banana bread/cake recipes out there but I’ve tried others and they are either too sweet, too sticky or too dry.  I find this recipe to be just perfect.  It makes a great quick breakfast for Shabbos or yontif morning before shul, on a weekday morning before school and a healthy snack to send with your kids to school.  I hope your family will enjoy it as much as mine does.

Banana-Wheat Quick Bread Recipe


1 & 3/4 cups whole wheat flour

1 cup agave nectar (or sugar)

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp salt

2 medium ripe bananas mashed

1/4 cup margarine softened or oil

2 Tbsp orange juice

1 egg

Optional: 1 cup oats & 1 cup chocolate chips


Preheat oven to 350

Grease bottom of a 9×5 loaf pan

Combine all ingredients

Beat with mixer for 3 minutes on medium speed

Pour batter into pan

bake at 350 for 60 minutes

cool on a wire rack



Free Rosh Hashana Jewish E-Book from Levana Kirshenbaum

In celebration of the upcoming Jewish Holidays of Rosh Hashana and Sukkot, Jewish E-Books has a free holiday gift:  a FREE comprehensive 28 page Rosh Hashana cookbook, featuring two complete menus of Levana’s hand-picked favorite dishes with stunning, full-color photographs.

Click here to download your free Kosher Cookbook just in time for the holidays …. and happy cooking!

Wishing all my readers a ketiva v’chatima tova (may you be written and sealed for good).

Shana Tova!

Free 3-Year Jewish Holiday Calandar

Yes, its that time of year again!  Ready to wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year.

Below you can find a printable 3-year Jewish holiday calandar that you can print out and keep as a reference.  Its always handy to know in advance when the holidays fall out.  Enjoy!

The original can be found here:  http://www.jr.co.il/calendar.htm

I’ll have lots of Jewish holiday posts coming up soon so make sure you’re subscribed to The Kosher Shopaholic!