Holiday

Matzah Ball Soup

Matzah balls are more traditionally known as knaydelach (Yiddish for dumplings). Matzah ball soup is generally a very thin chicken broth with two or three ping-pong-ball sized matzah balls (or sometimes one very large matzah ball) in it. Sometimes, a few large pieces of carrot or celery are added. Matzah balls can be very soft and light or firm and heavy -- sometimes the two types are referred to as "floaters and sinkers." Matzah ball soup is a staple at all Jewish holidays.

Svinge – Fried Sweet Dough

Svinge is a fried sweet dough and is a Hanukkah favorite.

Apple Kugel (Apple Pudding)

Apples are a traditional food and is accompanied by a prayer recited just before eating them. Additionally, apples are traditionally incorporated into the recipes of the festive meal itself

Ashkenazi Haroset

Haroset is a mixture of fruit, nuts, and wine, which are finely chopped or blended into a paste-like consistency. Haroset is meant to look like the mortar that the enslaved Israelites were forced to use to build Egyptian cities. However, Haroset tastes sweet, which reminds us that even in bitter times, we can always find something sweet in our lives and that bitter times are eventually followed by the sweetness of salvation.

Blintzes (Shavout)

Throughout the Western world people eat crepe suzettes. Blintzes are the Jewish eastern European version of the French treat. The word "blintz" comes from a Ukrainian word meaning "pancake." The Israeli bent on having a light meal in the evening, after a theater performance or movie, will choose from among a number of specialty restaurants serving this delicacy with a choice of several different fillings.

Sufganiyot (Doughnuts)

This special treat is served in every Israeli store, and sufganiyot (deep fried doughnuts) are consumed by all.

Spinach Jibben

This spinach and cheese casserole is another favorite for serving at Shavuot.

Salmon in a Puff Pastry

This non-meat version of lasagna and cheese make it a perfect recipe for serving during Shavuot.

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

This non-meat version of lasagna and cheese make it a perfect recipe for serving during Shavuot.

Tzimmes

Tzimmes is any kind of sweet stew. It usually is orange in color, and includes carrots, sweet potatoes and/or prunes. A wide variety of dishes fall under the heading tzimmes.

Keftes de Prasa (Leek Patties)

This is a tradition to celebrate Rosh HaShanah and also as a sign of spring.

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