By Chef Laura Frankel
I love the idea of a brightly colored, chilled and refreshing soup for the holidays this year. There is plenty of cool weather coming during which I can eat heartier hot soups, but rarely do you get to show off gorgeous produce in holiday china.
The color of this soup, alone, will kick the meal off to a great start. Details count on the soup, so go crazy with garnishes and seek out the best tasting produce you can find.
3 medium red beets
2 pounds favorite heirloom tomatoes, diced
1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
2 medium shallots, diced
2 cloves garlic, diced
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
¼ cup best quality extra virgin olive oil
3 cups of tomato juice (preferably from fresh tomatoes)
Kosher salt and pepper
Garnishes: diced heirloom tomatoes (lots of colors here!), beet slices*- thinly sliced on a mandolin, fresh herbs, sliced cucumber, micro diced green and yellow beans**, extra virgin olive oil, edible flowers, diced figs, diced watermelon, pomegranate arils/seeds (if you can find them!)
Preheat oven to 350
Drizzle olive oil on the beets and wrap them individually in foil and roast for about 1 hour, until tender or until a paring knife can easily pierce them. When cool enough to handle, peel the beets. (the beets can be roasted up to 3 days ahead of serving).
Puree the ingredients for the soup, in batches in a blender or food processor, until smooth and no lumps remain. Chill the soup. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper
To serve the soup, portion the soup into shallow bowls or gorgeous glasses. Garnish with as many fresh items as you can find. Finish with a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
The soup can be made up to 3 days ahead of serving.
*To slice the beets for garnishes, position the blade on your mandolin to the thinnest setting. Peel the beets (I am using golden and candy stripe beets), holding the beets with a towel to prevent cuts, slice a cross section as thin as possible to produce a beet chip. Store the beet chips in ice-cold water in the refrigerator. The beet chips can be cut 1 day ahead of serving, with each color being stored separately.
**To micro-dice the beans, gather the beans together in a tight bundle (about 6 beans) and cut tiny cross sections. The beans can be gently blanched and shocked or if they are really sweet and delicious, cut them raw!
Recipe, kosher, soup, parve
Don’t get stuck in a sticky situation.Get those sweet gifts for Rosh Hashana today!
Compiled by: Yaakov Galen, Editor-in-chief
Receiving a thoughtful gift can make all the difference, especially during auspicious times like Rosh Hashanah. Giving gifts can also feel wholesome and empowering knowing that the recipient of your gift deeply appreciates it.
I compiled this list of gifts that I loved. Although I won't be ordering all of them, I will mention the ones I plan to choose. You can order them straight from Amazon and take care of your Rosh Hashana gifts today.
I think it's "dip the apple in the honey" or something like that. Correct me if I'm wrong.
1. Honeycomb ($20 Range)
Honey in its natural form, right out of the beehive! Oh and it is certified Kosher! (Certified Kosher by EarthKosher based in Colorado and on the CRC kosher list.)
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2. A Delectable Honey Selection ($20 Range)
I used to think honey was just the generic tasting honey we tend to find in the bear containers. As I learned more about honey, I discovered an entire honey world of flavors, textures, and colors. In summary, bees make honey with the pollen they collect in nearby areas. When raw (not infused) honey has a specific flavor it is because the bees collected pollen from areas with pollen that embodies that flavor. Ex. Orange-tasting honey is most likely sourced from the pollen of orange blossoms.
This selection comes with four kinds of honey and is certified OU-P. Berry, Orange Blossoms, Wildflower, and Clover.
Click here to purchase: Bee Harmony Mini Honey Gift Set
3. A Gorgeous Honey Gift ($50 Range)
This company has been featured on Kosherye before and we love them. They have a wonderful selection of delicious honey and their bottling is perfect for gifts. Oh, and they are KSA Kosher, also recommended by the CRC.
"Coming straight from the Altamaha and Apalachicola River Basins of Georgia and Florida, Savannah Bee Tupelo Honey preserves the authenticity of its roots. It has a buttery texture while being sweetly reminiscent of nature's taste enhancers from these areas." -Savannah Bee
Click here to purchase: Tupelo Honey by Savannah Bee
Swag for the kids
Although they may appreciate slathering honey all over their Rosh Hashanah dinner, swag for the kids is always a winner.
4. Hakol Dvash (everything is honey) T-shirt ($20 Range)
Click here to purchase: Hakol Dvash T-shirt
5. Shofar So Good T-shirt ($20 Range)
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6. Apple. Honey. Dip. Repeat. T-shirt ($20 Range)
Click here to purchase: Apple. Honey. Dip. Repeat. T-shirt
Oh my goodness, yes, swag for the baby.
This one is not for the baby obviously, it's for everyone else. Dress the baby up in cute Rosh Hashanah attire to keep everyone entertained.
7. My First Rosh Hashana Bib ($15 Range)
Click here to purchase: My First Rosh Hashana Bib
8. Shofar So Good Funny Baby Onesie ($15 Range)
Click here to purchase: Shofar So Good Funny Baby Onesie
This dish concept is a staple in many Jewish homes on Rosh Hashanah. These small practical honey dishes are a great way to show importance to the significance of the honey at our table. This selection of honey dishes is a few of my favorites that I was able to find online.
9. Stainless Steel and Glass Honey Dish ($20 Range)
By Art Judaica, With the Words A Good and Sweet Year in Hebrew
Click here to purchase: Stainless Steel and Glass Honey Dish
10. Glass Apple and Honey Dish ($50 Range)
Pomegranate Shape with Stones
Click here to purchase: Glass Apple and Honey Dish
11. Aluminum Pomegranate Honey Dish ($20 Range)
A Rosh Hashanah Plate By Yair Emanuel
Click here to purchase: Aluminum Pomegranate Honey Dish
12. Aluminum Apple Shaped Honey Dish ($50 Range)
Gold Honeycomb Design. Comes with a spoon.
Click here to purchase: Aluminum Apple Shaped Honey Dish
13. Nickel-Plated Pomegranate Honey Dish ($40 Range)
Click here to purchase: Nickel-Plated Pomegranate Honey Dish
14. Sterling Silver Apple Honey Dish ($800 Range)
Made of 925 Sterling silver with bee by Nadav Art ($800 Range)
Click here to purchase: Sterling Silver Apple Honey Dish
These kinds of gifts are often cherished and become staple pieces on your family and friend's tables. Be sure that the design would fit the ambiance of your recipient's home. These are 2 favorites I was able to find online.
15. Rosh Hashanah Table Runner ($80 Range)
This runner is embroidered with various, Simanim, Brachos, and phrases we experience on the night of Rosh Hashana. It is a linen-cotton blend and is machine washable. This runner is made here in the USA. Size: 16 x 122” ( 40 x 310cm )
Click here to purchase: Rosh Hashanah Table Runner
16. Challah Cover with Pomegranates Embroidery ($20 Range)
Challah bread cover with pomegranates design and Hebrew Brachos embroidery. Dimensions: 21 inch x 17 inch / 55 cm x 45
- Click here to purchase: Challah Cover with Pomegranates Embroidery
Fruit and Candy Gift Baskets
Gift baskets are a classy way to tell someone you appreciate or even love them. The Oh Nuts brand has been a favorite of mine for a while, they are reasonably priced, and they are on Amazon! These are my two favorites.
17. Oh! Nuts® Dried Fruit Gift Basket ($30 Range)
- From the vendor:
- Vegan, all-natural, and no sugar added: Our nutritious dried fruit is packed with healthy vitamins, minerals, and fiber for the ultimate diet-friendly indulgence. No additives, naturally sweet, zero sugar added, dairy-free, and vegan safe. Comes in an apple-shaped basket. OK Parave
Click here to purchase: Dried Fruit Gift Basket
18. Oh! Nuts® Chocolate Covered Cookie Gift Basket ($30 Range)
From the vendor:
This beautiful Oh! Nuts tray contains an assortment of 20 decorated sandwich cookies. The gift box is neatly divided into 20 compartments to highlight the beauty of each individual piece. Replace the traditional candy and chocolates with trendier baked goods and dessert treats. OK Parave
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