This year Rosh Hashana starts at sundown on September 16th (tomorrow) and lasts until sundown on Tuesday. I've taken off work to go to synagogue for Monday and Tuesday, and will spend the weekend cooking for the first night dinner. It's traditionally a big family dinner like Christmas might be for you Christians out there, but my family is far away so it's just me and Dan and a couple Jewish coworkers. Here's the menu for Sunday night:
- Soup: homemade chicken soup with matzah balls (I use a box mix for those, I'm not superwoman!)
- Fish: Rosh Hashana tradition is to cook a fish with the head on (Rosh Hashana literally means "head of the year"). I've never done this before and am not even sure I can find a whole fish at my local grocery, but here's what I want to make.
- Round challah: Round instead of braided is another Rosh Hashana tradition. Using a recipe I emailed my mom a few years ago and now can't find online. Luckily she sent me her printed copy, covered in her notes!
- Brisket: my grandmother's (aka Lipton Onion Soup Mix's) recipe! Classic and can't be beat!
- Chicken: Since apple is a part of the Rosh Hashana tradition, this sounded yummy and appropriate!
- Salad: Pomegranates are another tradition, maybe this salad.
My favorite part of making chicken soup from scratch? Making other things with the boiled chicken. I always shred a couple pieces of chicken to put in the soup, but freeze the rest for another day. I'm doing 2 whole chickens in the soup so that's enough chicken for Anne's Healthy Chicken Enchiladas and some chicken salad!
Happy New Year!