Ring in the new year with some delicious new recipes

It’s that time of year again; the time when you eat so much food that you ask to be rolled out of the dining room, the time you go home after dinner and put on your favourite sweat/stretchy pants, the time you sit around a larger than life table with your family and loved ones. You guessed it – Rosh Hashanah!

In the last year, I’ve really taken to the kitchen. Cooking Shabbat meals for friends and family, daily dinners, and weekly Sunday brunches! So far, the general consensus is that I can, in fact, cook, and no one has gone home sick! In familiarizing myself with the kitchen, I wanted to share with you some of my personal High Holiday speciality meals. The following are some staple recipes at our holiday dinner table, brisket and apple cake! Appetizers can be anything your heart desires, ranging from gefilte fish, chopped liver, a nice salad and even matzo ball soup! All of which we make from scratch – yes, even the gefilte fish. So if you want or need a recipe for any of the above mentioned appetizers, hit me up with an email at amanda.noodelman@bjec.org and I’ll send them your way!

So, keep reading to see how surprisingly easy it can be to make the most delectable holiday meal for your family!

Let’s start with my all-time favourite main dish, brisket. It’s easier than you think!


(3 pound) beef brisket

1 cup ketchup

1 (1 ounce) package dry onion soup mix

1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle ginger ale

3 large carrots, cut into 1 inch pieces, or baby carrots cut in halves (optional)

1 small onion, sliced (optional)


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

Place the brisket in a roasting pan fat side up. In a medium bowl, stir together the ketchup, soup mix and ginger ale; pour over the brisket. Arrange carrots and onion around the edge of the roast if using. Cover the roast with a lid or aluminum foil.

Bake for 2 hours in the preheated oven. Remove the cover, and cook for 1 more hour. Let stand for a few minutes before slicing and serving.

And now for dessert! This is another personal favourite of mine, as it’s a bit more on the healthy side, using applesauce and raisins to naturally sweeten the recipe.  And, I absolutely love apple cake! Here’s the recipe for your very own applesauce cake.


2 cups flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg, optional
1/2 teaspoon ginger, optional
1/2 teaspoon allspice, optional
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 eggs
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 cups thick applesauce
1 cup raisins, optional

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Sift together flour, baking powder and soda in a bowl, with cinnamon and other spices, if using.

In a mixer bowl, beat together sugar, shortening, eggs and salt until very well blended. Then add applesauce to the egg mixture.

Add the dry ingredients to the mixture and mix just until well blended. Stir in raisins, if using.
Bake in a 9 x 13 pan at 350 degrees, for 40 minutes.

In the past year, I’ve been inspired and encouraged by my friends to kick it up a notch in the kitchen and branch out from basic meals like cereal or toast. Cooking is now one of my top choices when it comes to having fun and doing things together with friends or loved ones. I’ve tried so many things that I never thought I liked, I’ve experimented with spices, herbs, grains and seasonings, and, if anything, I’ve found a new hobby. I am always on the hunt for new, easy-to-make recipes, so if you’ve got one, send it my way! I’d love to try it out!

Shana Tova from Team BIEC!  Wishing you and your families a happy and healthy new year, filled with lots of delicious food to eat!


Posted on September 28, 2011, in Family, Food, Holidays and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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