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9/14/18 5:54 A

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they always have boiled potatoes, two salads, and veggies of some kind. in laws do all the cooking

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9/13/18 4:49 P

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Roast vegetables are easy, tasty and look nice. You can do a mix like carrots, onions, potatoes, butternut squash or 1 vegetable like broccoli or cauliflower. All are good to roast on a sheet pan. Toss with a little olive oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika and roast until golden or as crispy as you like your veggies.

I also second the suggestion of rice - that's always a nice side dish especially when you throw a little something in it.

Salad is always good and you can make it more of a special feel by adding things like dried cranberries and sliced almonds or other nuts/seeds.

Green beans or zucchini sauteed with just a smidge of olive oil and sliced garlic. Quick and easy and can be done right before you serve the meat.



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9/13/18 3:29 P

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My favorite is a tzimmas. Carrots, sweet potato, potato, onion roasted in honey orange glaze. I don't particularly like raisins or prunes in it but dried apricot is nice.

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9/13/18 2:26 P

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Sak, one of my favorite easy side dishes is to just cook some rice - either basmati rice, or brown rice. When done, add currants or raisins, and sliced almonds, and a bit of butter. Mix it all up and cover again so that the heat of the rice plumps up the raisins. Great side dish! And the sweetness of the raisins makes it seem fancier than it is!

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9/13/18 11:11 A

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Gwynne - what side dishes do you have every year? i'm so unimaginative - need ideas! from any of you! easy stuff. thanks!

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9/13/18 6:02 A

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of course we went to my brother in law's for dinner on Rosh Hashannah. we do that for every holiday. I must say it is nice not having to cook but it is getting rather old going over to the same place every year and eating the same food every year. just saying I am getting bored with it.
any way enough kvetching. hope all had a nice Rosh Hashannahy

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9/12/18 11:02 P

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may you all be inscribed for a healthy, happy, successful year (whatever success means to you)

i had nowhere to go so my single friend and i pooled food and me, my husband and she ate at her house. she does a lot of stuff premade (soup from can, frozen gefilte fish, preseasoned chicken breast etc) but it was good ot be with someone.
for tuesday, pre fast - i mentioned to a couple people they could come over. and yikes were up to 16! i dont mind but prefer that for break fast. but several of them are going places (they usually do) and i got invited somewhere. ok then. but its all good. but i made a 3.5 lb brisket before i knew about the last 4 and wanted to do some chicken. so i'm thinking since i'm lazy one of the roasted chickens from costco. trying to figure if that will be enough!
need simple side dish ideas - parve. 4 of the people keep kosher and while they will eat at my house, dont mix meat/milk at all. thanks

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9/12/18 10:00 A

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The Greek Orthodox Church in our neighborhood hosted their festival over the weekend. My dinner was spanokopita, roasted potato, and green beans in a red tomato sauce. I enjoyed a lovely piece of baklava dripping in honey at the beginning of the holiday.
A happy and sweet new year to all ... emoticon

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9/12/18 9:16 A

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Happy near year to everyone!

We had a very nice holiday, lots of people, lots of food, lots of wine. In the end I went middle-eastern style and made lamb/beef koftas, stuffed grape leaves (courtesy of a Jewish Egyptian friend's mom's recipe), salads, pickles, spiced rice... Very tasty if I say so myself!

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9/10/18 1:25 A

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L'shana tovah!!!!

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9/9/18 7:11 P

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My wishes for a happy & healthy new year to everyone!

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9/9/18 9:15 A

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Shana Tovah to all sparkers as well from Gwyn

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9/9/18 8:01 A

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Shana Tova to all the Spark Jews members. May you all have a sweet and happy and healthy year.

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9/9/18 7:55 A

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we all slip from time to time. best thing to do is track all food eaten and learn from what you did

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9/9/18 1:19 A

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My cooking is underway for Rosh HaShana. Already the house is full of too many cakes - maple, honey, coconut, apple. Meat dish-wise we have a beef roast done in a spice I've only used once before called barahat and chicken done with dried fruits and honey in the oven. We usually eat everything spicey-hot but for the holiday meal everything is sweet (except the fish which is always very chilli hot in red sauce). I've already broken my diet while "checking" the dishes as I cook. Hope I survive the holiday without too much cheating. Hug Samauch

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9/8/18 7:12 A

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Although it is nice that someone else always cooks Rosh Hashannah ( sister in law) I always get frustrated as my brother in law and his family never come to our place for meals or holidays. He feels that as along as he has children (adult children) living in the area, holidays are at his house. I would be happy to have all of them over. just venting that's all

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9/8/18 6:34 A

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This year I am off the hook for cooking. On Sunday, it's just me and my mom and she will cook a turkey breast. She was going to get a veal roast but when she went to buy it it was really expensive at $70 so she decided on the turkey breast instead.

On Monday and Tuesday we will go to services at the Temple and then on Monday night it's a small group of us at my aunt's place. So it's only one night I will have to be careful what I eat because on Tuesday after shul we are not invited anywhere which is fine.

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9/8/18 1:01 A

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In Paris, I had a lovely beef burgundy with roasted baby potatoes, and green beans. Just in case that inspires you.

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9/7/18 9:36 A

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Thanks, Phebess, I was actually thinking of that and found a great recipe from Ina Garten for that, which would be great with mashed potatoes. The other choice is beef/lamb koftas and keeping it more middle eastern. Then I can do a spiced rice that will go nicely with both the chicken and the koftas and a few different salads. But I will probably make the final decision tomorrow as I stand for a long time contemplating meat at the grocery store, annoying my husband with my indecision. emoticon

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9/5/18 7:12 P

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Spiegy, what about something like beef burgundy??? (I always spell it wrong in French.) Festive and easy way to do beef.

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9/5/18 5:43 P

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we always go over to my brother in law's house fir Rosh Hashannah -- Brisket of course

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9/5/18 11:31 A

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am thinking also - but for small crowd, very small. thanks.

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9/5/18 9:57 A

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Anyone cooking anything interesting for the new year dinners?

I'm trying to think of something different for the meat entree that is not related to brisket, which is not my favorite. We already have roast chicken on the menu and my sister is making lamb the first night so I can't do that. And my sister's family doesn't eat fish (how are they even related to me?) so that is out.

We do things the Sephardic way (my mother was Turkish & Rhodesli) so we do a little mini seder at the beginning of the meal with blessings over various types of food. We do different types of vegetables & cheese in phyllo dough, pumpkin in phyllo dough, plus dates for a sweet new year, pomegranate so "that our year be rich and replete with blessings as the pomegranate rich and replete with seeds" etc. emoticon

It's my favorite holiday with great food but I'm scratching my head over the main dish this year.



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