What’s Cooking In Queens And Beyond This Rosh Hashana

Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur are less than 13 days away. This is hard to believe, and even harder to come up with the time necessary for all of the preparations. You know the drill, or like me, maybe you didn’t until you had to make your first Rosh Hashana meal for 20 people as a newlywed. There are lists of recpies, ingredients, utensils, and menu planning. There are lists for dry cleaning, shoe polishing, house cleaning, and entertaining children during all of these tasks. If you could see my house during this time, it is chaotic but fun! is is also an emotional time of year, as my husband and I would love to have our entire families together and that is not possible. Even Jews get the Jewish Holiday blues!

So, now we have our own family and we try to make Rosh Hashana fun and entertaining for our children. One of the ways we do this is by cooking up a spectacular Rosh Hashana feast full of symbolic foods and recipes. I am so thankful for the array of cooking books that I have in my collection, however, I love that there are so many Rosh Hashana minded recipes online. Some of my favorite sites to find great recipes include koshereye.com, levenacooks.com, and joyofkosher.com. If you are need of unique and tasty Rosh Hashana recipes, you will find more than enough here and via any Google search. Just type in Rosh Hashana recipes.

I also wanted to share a recipe that I received not from a kosher foodie online, but from ELAL, the national airline of Israel! ELAL and I have a very special relationship! I took my very first flight to Israel on an ELAL jet and that trip changed my life forever. Even before my feet hit the ground at Ben Gurion International Airport in Israel, I was more than intrigued by the Israeli culture and people on that flight. This was my first tangible sense of Israel and it was the beginning of my true Jewish identity. That was almost 20 years ago and today ELAL is doing more than just reacquainting Jewish people with their heritage. They are online and engaging people in their sweet side.

With the Jewish New Year soon to arrive, EL AL is preparing for this holiday season by offering traditional desserts which symbolize a sweet new year. More than 550 pounds of honey cake is served to passengers traveling on EL AL from the USA in all classes of service as well as to premium class passengers in the King David Lounges. Also offered in the lounges is another symbolic holiday snack, apples and honey. Over 330 pounds of sliced apples and 170 pounds of honey will be consumed! 

In celebration of the Rosh Hashana holiday Chef Steven Weintraub, Executive Chef of Borenstein Caterers, is providing two special recipes for signature holiday sweets.


1 cup of honey

1/2 cup of sugar

4 whole eggs

1 cup of coffee, black and room temperature

3/4 cup of vegetable oil

1 fresh orange, grated fine (include juice pulp and skin)

4 – 4 1/2 cups of flour (adjust flour amount to ensure mixture is moderately loose)

2 teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon of baking soda

A pinch of salt (1/8 tsp)

1 cup of raisins


Mix honey, sugar, eggs, coffee, oil and orange thoroughly. In a separate bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Slowly add dry mixture into liquid mixture. Blend well. Fold in raisins. Pour mixture into a 9 x 13 greased baking pan or into a 36 muffin tin. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 1 hour. After 45 minutes of cooking, check periodically. Let cool on a wire rack.

Another delicious recipe that EL AL passengers have enjoyed is Baked Apples:


6 fresh, large Granny Smith apples

1 cup of brown sugar

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

4 oz of almond or macaroon paste

1/4 cup of dark raisins

2 egg whites from extra large eggs

2 cups of honey (for sauce, 2.5 oz per portion)

1 tablespoon of cinnamon-sugar mixture (1/2 tablespoon of each)


Blanch the apples in boiling water for 5 minutes and shock in cold water, drain well. From the top of the apples, make a crater by coring and removing the inside meat down 10 % depth, leaving the outside edge with an approximate ¼ even border. Place the apples in a shallow pan and set aside. Using a mixing bowl, add brown sugar, cinnamon, almond/macaroon paste, raisins, egg whites and blend well. Reserve honey and cinnamon-sugar mixture for garnish. Fill apple crater with mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for approximately 20 minutes. Test for doneness to the feel of a cooked baked potato. Cool apples down to a warm state and serve with honey at room temperature. Finally, sprinkle with the cinnamon-sugar mixture.

Visit http://drafts/www.elal.com and check out their blog and follow them on Facebook and Twitter: Hopefully, next year we will all be eating these delicious cakes on our way to Israel to celebrate the Rosh Hashana!


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