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As per mod's suggestion ...<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I feel so good about already cooking the swedish meatballs and baking a few challot. I still have to do the knadlach (my step-mom is making the soup), some kugels, and ...hmm. I forgot. We coordinated the cooking together on the phone the other day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br><br>
btw, I also have a big head, and hats kill me. (to continue from the other thread.)
 

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Rosh HaShanah menus? My dh is planning to do most of the cooking, but I would like to make potato-leek soup to serve cold on Shabbat as a first course. I also have some knaidlach that I made at the end of Pesach, frozen in the freezer, to have on Friday or Saturday evening maybe? I make great knaidlach, I should repost the recipe sometime. We have leeks and pumpkin in the house from last week's shopping trip. I'm guessing we are going to have some curries because my dh likes to make curry. There is this great pumpkin and split pea curry that he makes that I'm hoping will be on the menu. I would bake a honey cake but I don't know when. My dh is planning to make his special incredible mandelbreit recipe, the one that is stuffed with apricot filling...I want to make quince sorbet, but unless I can get my neighbors to freeze the bottom of our ice cream maker I won't be able to do that...<br><br>
Wow, that was like several minutes of stream of consciousness food rant.<br><br>
I'm at work. I'm kind of under the weather. Realistically I'll be lucky if I can get it together to reheat some soup for dinner tonight. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad">
 

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Thank G-d DH does the majority of the yomtov cooking. I'd be going nuts ... am just totally fatigued and wiped out and ... oh never mind.<br><br>
And trying to stay out of trouble ... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
Can't bake khallahs this early in the week. If they're not fresh from the oven, they are too thick or something or crusty or whatever. I don't even like 'em so much the next day. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Gotta figure out what it is about my khallahs that makes them like that ...<br><br>
We've been invited for lunch both days, which is great, because the shuls we're going to are 30-some-odd blocks north of us, and to shlep all the way home to eat is not so simple ... and our invitations are both closer to the shuls ... yay ... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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just a quick aside - does everyone wait so long on the boards for things to pop up? It takes forever for me to post, or just check a link. Grrrrrr... Nothing else is like that on my computer, just MDC... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/confused.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Confused">:<br><br>
Okay. Food. the important stuff in life. So CO, can you put up any good pumpkin recipes you have? My ds made me (!) buy a pumpkin at the supermarket yesterday, so we may as well put it to good use. (Although I do remember hearing that the "cooking" pumpkins are different than the jack-o-lanterns - is that true?)<br><br>
On another note, I just found out that my ds - who seems totally healthy except for a little cough and a low-grade fever - has pneumonia! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> My younger ds had it 2 weeks ago. oy....
 

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oh no me&3! refuah shleima!!<br><br><br>
RH foods... hmmm<br><br>
chicken, green beans, roasted potaoes, roasted carrots. that's probably it (but a good quanity of it since it's my folks, my in-laws, my grandfather and my aunt)
 

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Cooking pumpkins are different, but you can't really predict which ones will have good flavor. The main thing is to buy them at the right time of year. Anyway.<br><br>
My dh's curry recipe is from the fabulous Classic Indian Vegetarian and Grain Cooking by Julie Sahni. I am paraphrasing it here so as not to violate copyright. It calls for camphor basil, which you might not have where you live, so she says alteratively, use 1/3 cup packed sweet basil and 4 star anises (which are so nifty looking!)<br><br>
Shred the basil and set aside. Cook 1 cup yellow split peas in two cups water with one chopped small onion, 2 bay leaves and star anise (if you are using it). Bring to boil and simmer 20 minutes until the split peas are tender.<br><br>
Meanwhile, peel and then cut up a 2 lb. pumpkin or butternut squash into cubes.<br><br>
When the split peas have cooked 20 minutes, add the squash along with an additional cup of water, a teaspoon of sugar and a teaspoon and a half of salt. Bring to boil again and simmer another 20 minutes. Pumpkin or squash pieces should be just beginning to fall apart. If they aren't, cook it longer!<br><br>
Now heat 5 tablespoons ghee, or a combination of butter and oil (or if you are serving fleishigs, just oil) in a pan. When the fat is hot, add 1 1/2 teaspoons whole cumin seeds. After 15 seconds, add 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger and shredded hot chilis to taste! Let the mixture heat another 30 seconds and add the basil. After another half a minute, pour the hot oil with herbs and spices over the squash and split peas. Mix a little with a fork. Serve with rice.<br><br><br>
I have one more exciting pumpkin recipe. This is from Claudia Roden's big bodacious Book of Jewish Food. She has a lot of pumpkin recipes. This is a Rosh HaShanah dish from Tunisia, served with couscous. The first instruction always blows my mind:<br><br>
heat 1/4 cup peanut or light vegetable oil with 3/4 cup sugar...<br><br>
(Whoa! Whoa! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/yikes.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="EEK!"> )<br><br>
until the sugar begins to carmelize and turn brown. Add a chopped onion and cook for five minutes. the onion will smell GREAT! Add 1/2 lb. peeled, cubed pumpkin and 1/2 lb. fresh pitted or dried apricots (If you use dried, you should soak them first.) the juice of 1/2 a lemon and a cup of water, and cook for 45 minutes or until the mixture is mushy, adding water if you need to. The pumpkin will dissolve. Serve with couscous. You can serve it hot or cold.<br><br>
This is a very yummy think to eat, but very weird. Roden gives a lot of variations, including using plums, quinces or chestnuts instead of the apricots.
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/oops.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="oops">T<br><br>
Hey, whoa, flminivanmama, check your business e-mail. Got questions for you about diapers & things, gotta buy 'em soon, transitioning our toddlers to cloth, wanted to do it before Sukkos & before my belly gets too big for me to have any patience (bli ayin ha'rah) ...<br><br><br><br><br><br>
On-topic ...<br><br>
c'o ... love star anise ... we have it in our b'samim box ... <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> :LOL<br><br>
... and love those recipes. Will try to convince DH that he needs to eat something that I try to cook ... :LOL
 

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Cooking pumpkins are usually marked "pumpkin pie squash" or something like that. I meant to say that, above.<br><br>
How to toast the seeds: remove them from the pulp by squeezing the pulp in you hands over a collander. (your children might enjoy that!) Rinse the seeds. You can dry them in the oven on 350--add one tablespoon oliveoil one teaspoon salt, and cook 20-30 minutes until crispy.<br><br>
Another pumpkin recipe with no peeling, for soup:<br><br>
Cut pumpkin in half. Remove seeds. (of course you also remove the seeds in every recipe, I just didn't put in that instruction above!) Cut a peeled garlic clove in half, or use two small ones--put half, or a small peeled garlic clove, on a non-stick baking sheet. Put a pumpkin half, cut side down like a dome, over each garlic. Bake at 375 until the pumpkin is very soft to the touch. Scoop the pumpkin away from the peel into a blender or food processor. Include the baked garlic. Puree with soy milk. Reheat gently.
 

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You guys inspired me to sit down and create a menu! Whew.<br><br>
Rosh Hashanah 1st night<br>
apples and honey<br>
WW challah w/raisins & spelt challah<br>
dates<br>
Tofu cutlets<br>
roasted rosemary garlic potatoes & carrots<br>
green salad<br>
waldorf salad<br>
carrot cake and sundrops for dessert<br>
very berry cookies from Kosher by Design<br><br>
lunch<br>
Russian chickpea bake<br>
egg salad<br>
challah<br>
carrot raisin aslad<br>
leftovers<br><br>
2nd night we are going to a friend's<br>
ditto 2nd lunch
 

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Ok, now that I found the new thread - I can add my menu, but first - merpk - check your PM messages about hats - I found a black chennile snood.<br><br>
DH is a meat fanatic:<br>
Friday: gefilte fish, cjhallah (bought some and will make some) chicken soup with matzah balls (my mom is making), salads (spinach/kiwi/red cabbage & cucumber), spinach/broccoli kugel, sweet roasted chicken, brisket, carrot cake that my mom is making with chocolate covered pretzels (bought at the store).<br><br>
Sat lunch - we are invited out<br><br>
Sat dinner - left over fish, salads, Yerushalim Kugel (I make the best), left over chicken, sweet & sour ground beef rolls in lasagna noodles, plum tart (15 people)<br><br>
Sun lunch - found a wonderful salad(spinach, grapefruit, avacados), BBQ turkey, left over kugels, and I need more becuase we have 15 people again.
 

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Help - Does anyone live in Boston or RI? I need a general idea of what the Jewish day schools in those areas cost per year?<br>
Thanks for any info.<br><br>
We might be moving there and I am trying to budget things out.<br>
Marcie
 

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flminivanmama - thanks. It figures that today (the day after the diagnosis, and already on antibiotics), he's feeling worse! His cough suddenly sounds bad... oy.<br><br>
C'O - thanks for all the great recipes!!! I got all excited about the neat one with the couscous, but then I got to your next post about the pumpkin... I'm sure I just have the regular old run-of-the-mill jack-o-lantern pumpkin. Not the cooking one. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/greensad.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="greensad"> Of course, I could go out and buy one - but, eh! Too lazy. :p<br><br>
I just finished making the knaidlach, and a really yummy carrot kugel (more like a cake, mmm), and I just put a rice kugel in the oven. Never made one before, but I figured it was a nice easy recipe (from the Lubavitch cookbook), and a change from regular rice. Sweet, too!<br><br>
I think I'll make a sweet potato kugel, too, instead of the pumpkin, because I happen to have a few cans of sweet potatoes.<br><br>
About day schools - sorry, don't live in Boston, but day schools everywhere are obscenely expensive, aren't they? If not, let me know where they're not, and I'm right there!!! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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RH is 2 nights away now & we just started planning our menu tonight! we're just having my parents & one other couple, so not too big a crowd. i think i'll make a lamb stew i've made before, w/fresh cranberries--yummy. had a yen for it today but aliyah has piano at 5:30 on weds., so it's a no-cook night usually. & it's my bday & i wanted cuban! mmm, maduros...flan...i digress. i'm getting old, so i'm allowed, lol!!<br><br>
we'll make salad & sweet potatoes & honey cake (marcy goldman recipe). my mom's in charge of dessert. dh wants potato kugel...anyone ever made one w/sweet potatoes? hmm...i'm not a plain potato fan. me&3? have you made one before? please share a recipe!? & btw, the whole mdc site works more slowly than ANY other for me, too.<br><br>
granolamommy--could you share the recipe for the russian chickpea bake? sounds good.<br><br>
captain--that tunisia/roden recipe sounds yummy!!
 

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This is alarmingly easy.<br><br>
Russian Chickpea Bake<br><br><i>This simple Russian dish traditionally contains honey. This recipe uses maple syrup instead.</i><br><br>
3 1/2 cups pre-cooked chickpeas, drained (2 15oz cans)<br>
1/4 cup maple syrup<br>
1 tsp cinnamon<br><br>
preheat oven to 350 degrees.<br><br>
Mix all of the ingredients together in a bowl. Pour into a small loaf pan and bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. Serve warm.
 

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I live in "the hub of the universe" or at least in the greater metropolitan area. Don't know the cost of day schools. <a href="http://www.jcdsboston.org/index.html" target="_blank">This day school</a> brought one of my college buddies to the Boston area: it was the only day school she and her dh could agree on! It seems really cool. I'm hoping if we have the funds, to send my son there when he is 5.<br><br>
The others that I know about are <a href="http://www.ssdsboston.org/" target="_blank">Schechter</a> and <a href="http://www.maimonides.org/" target="_blank">Maimonides</a> . My upstairs neighbors go to Schechter, and I tutored a little girl for her bat mitzvah who was at Maimo. I also subbed at Schechter. I was really into the Maimo kid, she had great middos and was getting a pretty good education there. I liked her friends, too.<br><br>
Oh, there is also the <a href="http://www.rashi.org/" target="_blank">Rashi School</a>. One of my dh's students got so fired up from learning with him that he decided to go there. I don't have an opinion of it, though.<br><br>
You will find contact information at all of these websites and you can phone them to find out how much it costs. there are actually more day schools in the Boston area that I don't know, I'll think and try to find you some URLs there.
 

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I was just popping in to say "Chasiva vi chasim tova!"<br><br>
Since we are sharing menus (they all sound so yummy!) I thought I'd share mine!<br>
Most of the stuff is made already but the apartment is upside down! For desserts I made brownies and choclate chip bars, I bought honey cake. All the guests numbers are approxamate- we never know how manty we will end up with<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"><br>
First night (10 guests)<br>
Seemanim ("signs") homemade challah and honey, apples and honey, fishhead, salads,<br>
knishes w/ mushroom white wine sauce<br>
sweet and sour roast<br>
sweet potato pie<br>
rice<br>
carrot kugel<br><br>
First day(6 guests)<br>
challah, salads<br>
egg salad<br>
cholent<br>
cold cuts<br><br>
2nd night (7 guests)<br>
seemanim, new fruit(?) salads, challah (same as above)<br>
morracan fish<br>
hawaiin chicken, sweet lokshen kugel, broccli/ cauliflower kugel ( I just remembered I have to cook this!)<br><br><br>
2nd day (5,6,7, ?? guests)<br>
challah, salads, gefilte fish<br>
roast with potatoes, onions, garlic<br>
apple crisp.<br><br>
my challah dough sat too long and now it smells all yeasty arrrg.<br><br>
shana tova all!!!!!<br><br>
-BelovedBird
 

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Am I too late to join in?<br><br>
I'm making homemade challah, matzoh ball soup, brisket (grandma's recipe), roasted vegetables with rosemary, noodle pudding (other grandma's recipe), and some kind of dessert to be decided.<br><br>
L'shana tova everyone!
 

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oh, the adventure of it all!<br><br>
we're just back from getting a ct scan of talia's head. she fell out of the high chair weds night (i had moved away to open my birthday present from the girls)& has a huge soft contusion on the right side of her head! awaiting results now.<br><br>
menu--we ended up making lamb w/raisins & almonds, sweet potato kugel, & honey cakes. my friends are bringing fish & salad & my parents are bringing dessert.<br><br>
i still want to try that chickpea bake--sounds yummy & i may make it tomorrow to take to friends'.<br><br>
off to sit by the phone. at least we're *ending* the year w/this & not beginning it!<br><br>
l'shana tovah to all of you.
 
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