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Rosh Hashanah menu: Celebrate the new year with a feast

Every family has their own traditions and favourites, and whether you’re feeding picky eaters, or celebrating twice, here are some holiday staples, two ways.

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Celebrating the start of a new year with family and friends is special and exciting, and equally as important is what’s on the menu. Right?

Lucky for me, my mother-in-law is one of the best cooks I know. I can always count on her Rosh Hashanah spread to be as delicious and endless (think: two fish dishes, three meat mains, and countless salads) as the year before. And, yes, she even makes her own challah. Her culinary skills also extend to the prepping and planning of the many dishes ensuring they all land on the table at the same time (I’m still working on that). Her time-saving tip is to make several dishes (chicken broth and salads) the day before. Then, a few hours before dinner she’ll turn the oven on low to ensure that everything stays warm and toasty.

Every family has their own traditions and favourites, and whether you’re feeding picky eaters, or celebrating twice, here are some holiday staples, two ways.  

Wising you a very sweet year.

Starter: Soup
My favourite matzo ball soup starts with homemade chicken broth. Then, grab your favourite matzo meal and add the balls to your soup (count on at least two per guest).
For a heartier version, try our hearty homemade chicken noodle soup (omit the noodles and/or chicken, if desired).

Main #1: Fish
A guest-worthy and impressive recipe is our dilled salmon with leeks parcels. Or try this super-simple and sweet salmon with ginger and orange glaze.

Main #2: Meat
For many, dinner is not complete without a brisket. This brisket will feed a large family, and this bistro braised roast cooks in half the time but is equally as delicious.

Side: Vegetable
Carrots are the perfect sweet and in-season vegetable, that can handle a little extra sweetness. Try these sweet and sour rosemary carrots or these buttered carrots.

Dessert: Cake
End your celebratory with a piece of sweet honey cake. Or, try something a little different this year and serve our new moist and dairy-free apple-pecan olive-oil cake that’s chock full of apples and nuts.