Jewish New Year

Pumpkin Turnovers

pumpkins

Desserts made of pumpkin are intrinsic to the Sephardic tradition, in much the same way honey cake is to the Ashkenazic.

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Sephardic Stewed White Beans

Sephardic bean stew

This simple stew of white beans in a savory sauce is a common Sephardic recipe. It’s served year round at holidays such as Hanukkah and Rosh Hashanah, and everyday meals as well. more→

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Sautéed Carrots with Dried Fruits

Carrot bunches

Here’s a tasty way to highlight carrots in a lightly cooked side dish. Their natural sweetness is enhanced with chopped dried fruit and balanced with a bit of lemon. more→

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Vegan Apple Strudel

Vegan Apple Strudel recipe

This dessert is super easy to throw together, even at the last minute. Surprisingly, the most common brand of puff pastry (Pepperidge Farm) is actually vegan. Though it’s not the healthiest product in the world (to say the least — make this a once-in-a-while treat!), it’s a great way to make an impressive dessert quickly. Check the freezer section for it; it’s sold in sheets that come in a narrow, rectangular box. If you’re serving company, double the recipe (two puff pastry sheets come in the box)—it goes fast! Recipe from Vegan Yum Yumby Lauren Ulm. Photo by Debby Sunshine, from Vegan American Princess. more→

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Egg-Free (Vegan) Challah

challahWhen my son was diagnosed with severe food allergies, (eggs, nuts and citrus), I realized that I, along with so many others, was now faced with a mission…to keep my son safe, and educate others in the process.  Food allergies are terrifying and daunting, and for the first few months, I was a deer in the headlights. Slowly, I started to get a handle on things as I researched, experimented, failed and succeeded. more→

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Vegan Noodle Kugel

This mildly sweet noodle pudding is a classic Jewish comfort food, and always welcome at celebrations such as the Jewish New Year and Hanukkah. Adapted from Vegan Holiday Kitchen. more→

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Wine-Braised Leeks with Red Peppers and Shiitakes

Cut leeks

This naturally well-flavored side dish of sweet leeks and bell peppers goes well with just about any kind of simple plant-based protein entrée. more→

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Hot Beet and Potato Borscht

Hot beet borscht recipe

Though beet borscht is generally eaten cold, the addition of potatoes creates a more robust version for fall or winter. Unless you are fond of grating, doing so in a food processor makes the job much easier. Adapted from Vegan Soups and Hearty Stews for All Seasons. more→

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