Watch Joan Nathan Braid Challah and What I’m Making for Rosh Hashanah


Rosh Hashanah is only days away- oy veh- and there is so much to think about. I mean, so much FOOD to think about.

Last week I took a cooking class- as a student- with the one and only NY Times columnist and author extraordinaire of Jewish cookbooks Joan Nathan.

I am inspired! Things I learned and will incorporate into my classes: a not-only-not-gross-but-totally-delicious-fluffy-not-fishy salmon gefilte fish, a chicken with preserved lemons, sumac and zatar and a “>here.

AND WHAT AM I MAKING FOR ROSH HASHANAH?

This year, my mom is letting me take charge the buffet table for our annual lunch of 40 people. (Six years as a professional chef has finally landed me this honor. Whew! Not easy to prove yourself to a Jewish mother.)

So we are going to keep the carbs at bay this year. Thank Moses! I fear a buffet table filled with bagels and challah and kugel and breaded chicken in the salad…oy, it's too much to digest for my delicate, inbred ashkenazi digestive tract!

The carb count will be: “>Coconut Milk Kugel served as dessert in small portions….Because, yes people, noodle kugel is not a vegetable. It's sweet and creamy and bread-y…and in every culture ever to exist on planet earth- except American Ashkenazi Jews- that constitutes dessert!

Our main buffet will have lots of salads from my “>Click here to find many of my favorite recipes for the holidays.

To a sweet and prosperous new year for all.

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