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A Rosh Hashana Menu Fit for the Sabbath


This year Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown Friday. Because observant Jews do not cook on the Sabbath, I have put together a menu of recipes that can be prepared in advance and served Friday evening or Saturday.

Even better, two of the recipes combine apples and honey--the traditional foods served during the holiday to symbolize a sweet year.

Take the Apple Spinach Salad, for example. Not only does it contain the traditional combination, but the apple mixture can also be prepared the day before, refrigerated and tossed with the spinach just before serving.

When I was a teenager, my mother served roast chicken every Friday night, but this chicken recipe is very different. The breasts are poached with leeks, carrots and fennel, adding a rich flavor to the dish and making the chicken tender. The next day, the chicken can be cut up and used in a salad and the vegetables will make a delicious side dish.

The Apple-Honey Linzer Tart was inspired by Signora Grazia, a wonderful cook who lives in Poppi, a small village near Arezzo, Italy. She gave a cooking class as part of an Italian language school that I took last summer.

One of the dishes she prepared was a Linzer Tart. Don't be hesitant about rolling out pastry. Signora Grazia's recipe is easy; you just press the dough into the tart pan. In fact, I have replaced my favorite pastry recipe with hers. Instead of the blackberry preserves that she used, I am substituting homemade apple-honey marmalade.


Zeidler is author of "The Gourmet Jewish Cook" and "30-Minute Kosher Cook," both published by William Morrow. Her Web site is

Apple Spinach Salad

Active Work and Total Preparation Time: 25 minutes plus 1 hour chilling

1/4 cup sesame seeds

3 apples, peeled, cored and diced

3 green onions, thinly sliced

3 stalks celery, diced

Juice of 2 lemons

1/4 cup mayonnaise

1/4 cup tahineh (sesame seed paste)

2 tablespoons honey

1 bunch spinach, torn into bite-size pieces

* Toast seeds in dry skillet over medium heat, shaking pan constantly until seeds are golden, about 5 minutes. Set aside.

* In large bowl, toss apples, onions and celery with juice of 1 lemon to keep apples from darkening. Set aside.

* Blend together mayonnaise, tahineh, honey and remaining lemon juice; the mixture will be very thick. Toss with apple mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and chill at least 1 hour.

* Just before serving, place spinach in large bowl, add apple mixture and toss to coat spinach thoroughly. Garnish with sesame seeds.

6 servings. Each serving: 202 calories; 127 mg sodium; 3 mg cholesterol; 11 grams fat; 25 grams carbohydrates; 5 grams protein; 1.53 grams fiber.

Chicken Breasts With Zucchini-Barley Timbales

Active Work Time: 1 hour * Total Preparation Time: 1 hour 45 minutes


3 tablespoons olive oil

6 carrots, peeled and thinly sliced

2 small leeks, white parts only, thinly sliced

1 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced

1/2 cup dry white wine

1 cup chicken or vegetable broth

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

6 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Salt, pepper

* Heat oil in large pot over medium heat and saute carrots, leeks and fennel until tender, about 5 minutes. Add wine and stock, bring to a boil and simmer 3 minutes. Stir in parsley and mustard, cover and cook until vegetables are soft, about 5 minutes. Place chicken breasts over vegetables, add salt and pepper to taste, cover and simmer over low heat until chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes.

Remove chicken breasts, wrap tightly and chill, reserving broth and cooked vegetables for timables.



1 cup barley

1 cup thinly sliced vegetables from poaching liquid, diced

1/2 cup broth from poaching liquid

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 zucchini, thinly sliced in rounds

* Line 6 (1/2-cup) ramekins or custard cups with plastic wrap, overlapping about 2 inches. Set aside.

* Bring 2 quarts lightly salted water to boil in large heavy pot. Stir in barley and simmer until tender, 30 minutes; drain well, transfer to medium bowl. Add diced vegetables, broth and salt to taste and mix well.

* Heat olive oil in skillet over medium heat and saute zucchini until soft, 2 to 4 minutes. Transfer to a platter in a single layer. Arrange in an overlapping pattern on bottom and sides of prepared custard cups. Spoon in barley mixture and cover with overlapping plastic wrap. (There may be some barley left over, which can be eaten at room temperature as a salad.)

* To serve, open plastic wrap from custard cup and invert onto lower half of serving plate. Remove plastic wrap and repeat with remaining custard cups.

* Slice chicken breasts and arrange on serving plates and spoon poaching liquid over chicken breasts.

6 servings. Each serving: 561 calories; 519 mg sodium; 99 mg cholesterol; 13 grams fat; 40 grams carbohydrates; 47 grams protein; 9.06 gram fiber.

Apple-Honey Linzer Tart

Active Work Time: 40 minutes * Total Preparation Time: 2 hours 15 minutes plus 2 hours chilling

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