Kate Hudson and Zach Braff took a break from filming Wish I Was Here for a Rosh Hashanah celebration on their LA set on Friday. Zach, who is starring in and directing the Kickstarter-funded project, reportedly organized the gathering as a way for the crew to ring in the Jewish New Year together. Kate and Zach posed for a group photo with the rest of the cast, including Josh Gad, Joey King, and Mandy Patinkin, who sounded the traditional shofar as a customary way to commemorate the holiday. The actors have been mastering the art of mixing work and play as they shoot scenes for the comedy drama on the West Coast. Kate recently drank beers on the beach with Zach before indulging in some girl talk with costar Ashley Greene later that week.
What could be better than an effervescent glass of Champagne? This bracing cocktail, for starters. Begat by a happy accident, this honey-sweet twist on an old classic might just be my new go-to cocktail for day or night — it's just as well suited for a Rosh Hashanah toast as it is for a booze-fueled brunch.
What sets this sparkling sipper apart from its classic preparation, you ask? When we decided to concoct a floral version of the tried-and-true tipple using Hendrick's (a notably floral gin) and honey, we referenced a recipe to find out the French 75's classic proportions. We accidentally doubled up on ingredients (save for the sparkling wine and garnishes), making for a slightly less effervescent but flavor-packed spin on an old favorite that we agreed might just top the original iteration.
Apples got their start in America from seeds brought by English colonists (the first apple orchard was planted on a slope in Boston in what is now Beacon Hill). In the 19th century, every homemaker could toss off a biscuit or pie dough and deftly wrap it around stuffed apples. They tied up the dumplings in cheesecloth, boiled or steamed them, and served them with sauce; latter-day cooks prefer to bake them. We're not sure when apple dumplings fell out of favor, but we set out to resurrect them.
While mom (or grandma) may do the bulk of the holiday cooking, inviting lil ones in to the meal prep process is easy and fun for the whole family. This round apple challah is filled with plenty of kid-friendly ingredients (apples and sugar) and needs a lot a kneading – a task practically calling for tiny hands!
I'm always reminded of the change in the seasons with the arrival of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, which begins at sundown tonight. It seems to straddle the end of Summer and the beginning of Fall. For Jews around the world, it's a time to come together with family, contemplate the past year, and hope for good deeds in the months ahead.
Rosh Hashanah's food customs echo these sentiments. One ingredient that plays a recurring role is honey, which symbolizes sweetness for the new year. As a child, I remember counting on apples and honey, but honeyed cake is an equally traditional and more gratifying end to a meal. It's not too sweet, has a gingerbread quality, and would be the perfect finish (or start) to the day, whether or not you're observing the holiday. See the recipe when you read more
For Jewish people all over the world, Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is a special time of new beginnings and rebirth. Other than attending synagogue for the High Holidays, there's one major tradition that Jews all over the globe share: the Rosh Hashanah dinner. Family and friends gather for a delicious feast to celebrate and pray for a sweet New Year. Whether you're a seasoned diner at these events or you're going to your very first Rosh Hashanah meal, here are some great recipes to help get the New Year kicked off right!
— Additional reporting by Nicole Perry
Marking the new year on the calendar, Rosh Hashanah is one of the most sacred and joyful Jewish holidays. You might not be prepped to host a full seder with all the traditional Rosh Hashanah foods, but you can enjoy a casual meal to celebrate the holiday with friends. Look to this menu for fresh, healthy, and most importantly delicious, recipes everyone will love.
Apples and Honey
At Rosh Hashanah suppers, everyone dips apples slices into this honey as a hopeful symbol for the "sweet" new year to come. Start your guests off on the right note with your favorite fiber-filled variety of fresh apples and antioxidant-rich raw honey. Make sure to have these ready to go even if you're not hosting a full seder.
Green Salad With a Sweet Vinaigrette
A green salad is a welcome addition at any gathering. Start off with mixed greens and pile on your favorite produce like tomatoes and fresh avocados. Drizzle your greens with this recipe for low-calorie apple cider vinaigrette, a sweet and simple recipe that supports healthy weight-loss goals and incorporates the star ingredient of the evening: honey.
Roasted Chicken With Fresh Veggies
Instead of relying on pounds of butter for tender meat, this roasted chicken with vegetables makes use of a number of alternative ingredients, namely Dijon mustard and lemon juice, to keep things light and moist.
No-Cream Creamed Swiss Chard
This butter- and cream-free swiss chard side dish tastes as decadent and comforting as traditional recipes. It's a perfect complement to the rest of the Fall foods at your table.
Carrot and Zucchini BreadChallah can tack on a ton of extra calories to your meal, but you can still enjoy a slice of fresh baked sweet bread — for dessert, that is! This sweet zucchini bread is a not-too-sweet treat everyone will enjoy.
Apples and honey are fixtures on the Rosh Hashanah table, but there's always space for a few new additions too. As the Jewish New Year approaches, consider bringing out the scissors and glue and get your lil one in the crafting spirit. From apple suncatchers to play challah made out of stockings, we have seven fun projects for tots to complete and place around the room before the big meal is ready to be eaten.
How sweet it is! Rosh Hashanah may have the tastiest symbols of any holiday out there — apples and honey. The two sweet foods are believed to help usher in a sweet new year. Unlike other holiday fare, these two foods are as beloved by children as they are by adults. In addition to serving up the traditional bowl of sliced apples that are to be dipped in honey, we've rounded up some other apple- and honey-themed treats that lil ones will enjoy baking up for their dinner guests this year.