Simanim

Rodanchas with Kalavasa

September 19, 2011
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Hearing about an alternative to pumpkin borekas used to fulfill the simanim of squash for the Rosh Hashanah dinner blessings (Yehi Ratzones),  I endeavored to find a picture or recipe.  I have no memory of my mom or Nona making these.  I am not sure which Sephardic people made these or what towns they came […]

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Pomegranate Chicken

September 12, 2011
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Rosh Hashanah is around the corner so it is appropriate to make recipes containing ingredients from the Simanim (symbolic New Years foods).  Pomegranate molasses is a wonderful concentration

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Black Eyed Peas with Short Ribs, Fijones or Lubia

September 3, 2010
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This dish is often served as one of starters for the Jewish New Years Dinner.  Black eyed peas signify increasing ones merit in life and are used in a Sephardic ceremony

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Pumpkin Borekas

September 16, 2009
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Petite Pumpkin Borekas Borekas are the Sephardic Jewish version of the turnover or empanada.  Turkish in origin, the Sephardic Jews adopted these pastries as their own.  I make borekas with homemade dough, the way my mom and my grandmother did, and bake them until crisp and golden.  Once a year for Jewish New Year, I […]

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Leek Kufte

September 14, 2009
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Kufte de Prassa, Leek and Ground Beef Patties Somewhere between a meatball and patty is a kufte.  Made with ground beef, they are light and fluffy with a delicate crisp exterior, and redolent with the taste of autumn leeks.  Serve this recipe as one of the starters, Simanim, for a traditional Jewish New Years celebration. […]

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