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Sukkot Menu

Sukkot is the holiday where we celebrate the fall harvest and give thanks for the fruit and vegetables that sustained the Jewish people when they lived in huts (Sukkahs) during their 40-year journey after fleeing Egypt. Stuffed foods like kreplach are eaten, some say, to represent being stuffed into the Sukkah, and season fruits and vegetables from the fall harvest are also enjoyed. The Sukkah is decorated and friends and family enjoy meals and sometimes sleep in the Sukkah as well.

My in-laws had a lovely Sukkah that my children loved visiting and eating in…or shall I say under? It was just beautiful and every time we did so, I wished we had one at our home all year long.

Here are our recommendations for a celebratory Sukkot meal:

For the Table:

Challah 

challah

First Course Options:

Chicken Soup with Kreplach

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Main Course:

Stuffed (Holishkes) Cabbage

stuffed-cabbage

Delectable Sides:

Dini’s Potato Kugel with a Twist

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Honey-Roasted Carrots

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Decadent Desserts:

Apple-Cranberry Cobbler – (Healthy Option)

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or

Poached Pears in Fruit Juice – (Healthy Option)

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Note: If you are building a Sukkah and are going to be enjoying your meal there, be sure to have an Etrog or lemon plus a bunch of Lulav or palm fronds tied together in a bunch. The Etrog or lemon is to be held in your right hand and the branches in your left. Recite a Bracha (blessing) over both of them and then wave them in six directions: up, down, North, South, East and East to symbolize G-d’s presence in the Sukkah and everywhere.

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Jodi Luber

Jodi Luber

Here goes: Born in Brooklyn. Daughter of a bagel baker with a Henny Youngman soul and a mom who makes Joan Rivers seem tame. Late bloomer. Married the love of my life at 45 and love being a mom to our three kids. I'm a professor at Boston U. Happiest in the kitchen baking and remembering how my dad would melt from a single bite of my cheesecake.
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