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Happy New Year: Our Sweet Rosh Hashana Menu

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Sundown on Wednesday marks the eve of 5775 in the Jewish calendar and the beginning of the Rosh Hashana holiday. While most celebrations lack much of December’s New Year’s Eve flair (no Champagne, and there are yarmulkes instead of party hats), the holidays do share one common tradition: Everyone gathers for a huge meal. If you’re looking to amp up your holiday dinner — or you simply want to enjoy a fall-centric menu — give these classic dishes a spin. You might like them enough to incorporate them into your next New Year’s party. After all, who needs caviar when you have kugel? L’shana tova (aka happy New Year!).

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Apples and Honey: 5 New Ways

Kelsey's Honey-Glazed Apple Pear Tart

Go beyond dipping for Rosh Hashana with Kelsey's Honey-Glazed Apple Pear Tart.

This week rings in Rosh Hashana, the Jewish new year. Instead of toasting with lots of bubbly, this celebration involves a big spread of food, Manischewitz wine and apple slices dipped in honey to symbolize a sweet new year. An apple-shaped honey bowl to use for this purpose is a common Jewish wedding gift and, sure enough, as a newlywed, I’m now the proud owner of one. 

To kick off the year 5772 on an extra-sweet note, go beyond dipping and jazz up your holiday spread with Cooking Channel recipes that feature the traditional Rosh Hashana pairing of apples and honey. Make sure to leave some apple slices and your little honey pot on the table for good measure — especially if the wedding guest who gave it to you will be in attendance. 

5 new takes on apples and honey:
Honey-Glazed Apple Pear Tart (pictured above)
Apple, Dried Cherry and Almond Loaf With Honey
Piadini With Apples, Honey and Blue Cheese
Dessert Pizza With Apple, Gorgonzola and Honey
Apple and Blueberry Hand Pies With Honey 

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