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Why Do We Eat Pomegranates On Rosh Hashanah?

Pomegranates are a symbolic Rosh Hashanah food. The Nosher/JTA

(The Nosher/JTA) – Pomegranates, or rimonim in Hebrew, are among the most recognizable and highly symbolic fruits in Jewish culture. Originating in Persia, these reddish, thick-skinned fruits (technically a berry) begin to appear in markets at the end of summer and are readily available for holiday cooking by Rosh Hashanah.

Fall Pumpkin Soup

Fall pumpkin soup. Flickr CC

Fall Pumpkin Soup

With fall comes the Jewish holidays and a bounty of fruits and vegetables of the season—edible gourds such as pumpkin and squash are great bases for soups and side dishes. When it comes to the holiday of Sukkot, there are really no traditional Sukkot foods, except for kreplach, but these harvest vegetables andall-natural ingredients are always welcome on the dinner table.

Asian Chicken Soup

Asian chicken soup. Courtesy Kosher.com

Asian Chicken Soup

Your Rosh Hashana Menu

Rosh Hashanah this year (Wed, 20 Sep - Friday, 22 Sep) flows right into shabbat making it a 3-day food-fest! But not to worry, we've got a whole batch of fresh recipes to share with you this year. 

Moroccan-Inspired Tzimmes with Saffron, White Wine and Chicken

(The Nosher via JTA)

Moroccan-Inspired Tzimmes with Saffron, White Wine and Chicken

(The Nosher via JTA) – I didn't grow up with tzimmes, so the idea of stewed, mushy vegetables with dried fruit has never much appealed to me. I say “idea” because I am pretty sure I have never actually tasted tzimmes. The dish always seemed too sweet to be appealing, even if sweet foods are traditionally enjoyed for the New Year.

Make A Hot Mess In Your Kitchen With This New Cookbook

Given their joint background in food and comedy, Miranda Berman (L) and Gabi Moskowitz's (R) new cookbook is a recipe for success. Courtesy of Frankie Frankeny/Grand Central Publishing

When it comes to millennials and food what often comes to mind is avocado toast, overpriced smoothies and Seamless. But luckily, Gabi Moskowitz and Miranda Berman are here to break that stereotype one heaped-tablespoon at a time with their debut cookbook, “Hot Mess Kitchen: Recipes For Your Delicious, Disastrous Life” (Hachette Book Group) which hits bookstores today.

Wines And Spirits On Our Radar This Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again: the Jewish month of Elul. The end of summer, the start of fall, and the approaching holidays mark a time of transition. This is traditionally a time of reflection in which we are encouraged to contemplate our decisions and, more importantly, our mistakes — to learn from our actions and misdeeds, and the impact these have had on our lives and on the lives of those we interact with. Hopefully, a little self-knowledge and wisdom has come from these experiences.

Gluten-Free Honey Bars

Gluten-free honey bars. Pixabay

Gluten-Free Honey Bars

Farro Simanim Salad With Leeks, Squash, Dates

Flickr CC/Meal Makeover Moms

Farro Simanim Salad With Leeks, Squash, Dates

This hearty Farro recipe is great for Rosh Hashana. Leeks, squash, and dates incorporate some of the holiday’s traditional Simanim.

Easy Friday Night Pot Roast

Easy pot roast recipe. Credit: Flickr CC/Emily Carlin

Easy Friday Night Pot Roast