Last night, I went to a Rosh Hashanah card making event at Paper Source and learned a lot about traditional Jewish foods to celebrate the New Year.  How timely, since the Jewish New Year is just around the corner – the celebration begins on Sunday, September 16th.

There are many recipes highlighting each of the symbolic foods, and I would like to share the recipes that I have made in the past.  Fair warning – not all of them are strictly kosher.  Enjoy!

The traditional Challah, Apples, and Honey – for a sweet year.  Round Challah is traditional for New Year.

Beets – to remove adversaries from your life.  Beet, Orange, and Avocado Salad

Carrots – to increase the merits.  Slice the carrots into round disks to symbolize coins.  Apple Aand Carrot Cole Slaw with Grapes and Basil

Dates – to protect against the enemies.  Or to bring you more dates 🙂 Rolled Date, Golden Raisin, and Almond Challah Rolls

Baked Dates with Manchego (skip the bacon!) 

Pomegranate – to increase the merits  Salad with Pomegranate Seeds and Asian Pear

Pomegranate Molasses Roasted Leg of Lamb

Fish – to be fruitful and multiply.  Pan Seared Halibut, Braised in Diced Tomatoes with Capers

Whatever you will have on your table this Sunday to celebrate the New Year, I hope you are surrounded by friends and family, joy, and good wishes for the year!

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