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#1 Gator Pam  OFFLINE  

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Posted Sep 9, 2022 - 6:42 am

Erev Rosh Hashanah, the first night, starts at sunset on Sunday, September 25th this year. Traditionally, two challah loaves are served.

This year I've decided to do one regular egg challah for dipping into the honey and to use for sandwiches with any left. The second is going to be a plum jam and rosemary challah. Since the jam will keep up to a month in the refrigerator, I made a batch on Wednesday so it is ready to go. It was a little thin when I bottled it, but it is thickening nicely with refrigeration.

I managed to get two clean old preserves jars and slightly more than half of a four oz. jelly jar out of the batch.

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Here's the recipe for the jam and the challah for anyone interested. I'll probably bake the challah on the 25th.

Plum and Rosemary Challah

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Posted Sep 11, 2022 - 5:36 pm

This is the only place I can come where it is acceptable to talk about holiday menus already and not be judged

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Posted Sep 12, 2022 - 6:36 am

This is the only place I can come where it is acceptable to talk about holiday menus already and not be judged


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Posted Sep 12, 2022 - 3:28 pm

I started thinking about this last night.
I am sure that there is a best time to start stocking up on ingredients for making cookies, pies and other holiday meals.

I've seen the list, for instance, on the crazy coupon ladies site that shows when to buy what through the year.
But that puts holiday stuff in the Nov/Dec timeframe and that seems late to me...

Am I nuts?

(there are a few facebook groups where some folks have been building up their Christmas cookie collections since june. :) )


Merry ChrismaHanukwanzikayule Everyone! (I know it's early, but it's the best time of year, and it should last well beyond when it's fashionable!)

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Posted Sep 13, 2022 - 6:49 am

Best sales on butter, flour, etc., do seem to start mid-November. If you have freezer room, I treat those items similar to my Target gift closet. I'll stock up in November for Easter and Passover, and stock up during the winter holidays for the spring holidays. Butter freezes well and both flour and sugar keep. The only items I need to buy in season is kosher for Passover matzah and matzah meal.

I do make certain to shelve or freeze items so I always grab the oldest first. And I have the ingredients on hand for when I want to get an early start.

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Posted Sep 15, 2022 - 2:47 pm

Erev Rosh Hashanah, the first night, starts at sunset on Sunday, September 25th this year. Traditionally, two challah loaves are served.

This year I've decided to do one regular egg challah for dipping into the honey and to use for sandwiches with any left. The second is going to be a plum jam and rosemary challah. Since the jam will keep up to a month in the refrigerator, I made a batch on Wednesday so it is ready to go. It was a little thin when I bottled it, but it is thickening nicely with refrigeration.

I managed to get two clean old preserves jars and slightly more than half of a four oz. jelly jar out of the batch.

PXL-20220908-012204313.jpg

Here's the recipe for the jam and the challah for anyone interested. I'll probably bake the challah on the 25th.

Plum and Rosemary Challah

I love how every year you dont just talk about the items but post the finish products. Looks yummy. 



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Posted Sep 15, 2022 - 3:33 pm

I love how every year you dont just talk about the items but post the finish products. Looks yummy.

Aww, thank you.

Many years ago I moderated kosher cooking boards and hosted chats for an online forum called Moms Online, even though I don't keep a kosher kitchen. Showing photos of our resultant items was very important in sharing recipes there. I've carried that forward ever since.

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Posted Sep 15, 2022 - 4:56 pm

They say you eat with your eyes.

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Posted Sep 16, 2022 - 2:01 pm

They say you eat with your eyes.

Then I should be obese. The post on this board will make you lick the screen. 



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Posted Sep 17, 2022 - 6:15 am

For those of you who have Kroger stores (or equivalent) or Publix as well as Target tend to put butter on sale quite often. I am a big cake and cookie baker so I have to have the butter. I can freeze it and it still makes the best cakes and cookies. 



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Posted Sep 17, 2022 - 6:45 am

For those of you who have Kroger stores (or equivalent) or Publix as well as Target tend to put butter on sale quite often. I am a big cake and cookie baker so I have to have the butter. I can freeze it and it still makes the best cakes and cookies.

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I generally get butter when it's on sale for $1.99/lb, although lately the sale price seems to hover around $2.49/lb. Occasionally I get lucky, and DariGold butter goes on sale for $2.49/lb while there is an active $1/1 coupon.

I bake with unsalted butter, but use salted butter for everything else. I keep a supply of about 10 lbs of each, salted and unsalted butter, in my freezer, and restock only during the sales.

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Posted Sep 17, 2022 - 3:22 pm

Ooo...
A nice option for the gourd simanim for Rosh Hashanah.
https://www.missinth...umpkin-cannoli/

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Posted Sep 22, 2022 - 2:55 pm

I think my Rosh Hashanah Festive Meal Sunday night menu is finalized.

Apples and honey
Plum Jam and Rosemary Stuffed Challah
Pumpkin Soup with Pumpkin Spiced Matzah Balls
Apple Glazed Chicken
Honey Maple Carrots
Orzo Salad

I think we'll pass on dessert.
That'll do.

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Posted Sep 24, 2022 - 7:42 pm

Rosh Hashanah Festive Meal prep has begun. I have the Orzo Salad finished, the matzah balls resting overnight in the refrigerator, and the challah in the oven as I type. Pictures to come later, when I'm recovered from cooking for several days,or perhaps after we eat it all.

I know I said no dessert, but I forgot about honey cake. I'm not going to serve one tomorrow night,but I'll probably bake one on Monday.

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Posted Sep 26, 2022 - 6:50 pm

Mostly step-by-step breakdown of the Plum and Rosemary Challot I made for last night's Festive Meal. I figure it's easier to share the original post on my Facebook timeline, than to type it all up again.

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Edited by Gator Pam, Sep 27, 2022 - 7:40 am.


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Posted Sep 27, 2022 - 6:44 am

Next item for the Festive meal was the Pumpkin Spiced Matzah Balls in Pumpkin Soup.
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Posted Sep 27, 2022 - 9:52 am

Orzo Salad for the Festive Meal.
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Posted Sep 27, 2022 - 3:42 pm

The Main dish of the Festive Meal:
Apple Glazed Chicken Thighs
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Posted Sep 28, 2022 - 10:04 am

The second side dish for the Festive Meal was Bourbon Maple Glazed Carrots
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Posted Sep 28, 2022 - 11:38 am

The plum and rosemary filled challah is approaching its last legs, and I'm working the next couple of mornings, so French toast it is!
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Posted Sep 28, 2022 - 5:21 pm

This is my favorite recipe out of everything I made this Yuntiff.
Jake Cohen's Upside Down Apple Honey Cake
It is seriously amazingly good.
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*edit*
I was asked to post the recipe for those who don't Instagram. I totally understand, as I resisted Instagram for years. However, I try not to repost someone else's work without permission, which I don't have.

After searching, I did find the recipe on the Williams-Sonoma site. Here it is for those who prefer.
https://blog.william...ipe-jake-cohen/

Edited by Gator Pam, Sep 29, 2022 - 7:37 am.


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Posted Oct 1, 2022 - 6:59 am

Are any of our Canadian friends planning their Thanksgiving menus?

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Posted Oct 2, 2022 - 10:30 am

Next up for me will be Break Fast after sunset Wednesday night. I'll go super easy, since it's still just the three of us and I really won't want to cook after fasting without water for 27 hours.

Smoked whitefish
Lox
Creamed herring
Bagels
Cream cheese
Lettuce, tomato, onion, full sour pickles
Creamy cole slaw

If guests were coming, I would probably purchase Trader Joe's cheese blintzes and mae a blintz casserole as well. But the bagels and fish will work for us.




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