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But in this month we will still enjoy Shabbat as we always do but with the smells of Cholent, the all night stew with kishka, in my house. It’s disturbing, in a good way, to wake up in the middle of the night, to the glorious aroma of Cholent simmering away. It’s hard to wait til lunchtime to enjoy its scrumptiousness but eating it before its meaty flavors are properly melded would not be sensible.
So here’s to a so-called bitter month. I’m going to make it joyful anyway with challah and Cholent!
Easiest Cholent recipe: (adapted for extra ease)!
In a slow cooker place: ½ of the potatoes, ½ the onion and all the beans. Pour duck sauce over.
Cover and cook on low, overnight, at least 10 hrs. Turn to warm. It is so easy and delicious and gets better as it sits!
Bon Appétit! B’taiavon]]>
So, nu? Let’s begin…… (big breath)….
I just returned from an extended trip to sunny Florida where I spent Sukkot with my daughter, son-in law and grandkids. When I arrived the kids were putting on the finishing touches to their beautiful sukkah, hanging garlands cut and strung from swimming pool noodles, (a genius idea in place of the soggy, weeping paper garlands that droop and tear in the rain), and homemade painted and bedazzled artwork by my grandkids to welcome the ushpuzin, their Sukkot guests.
The first meal in the sukkah is always so exciting; the prayers, blessings and special round challahs drizzled with honey shared while sitting elbow to elbow in the flimsy walled booth, and incredibly humid Florida heat. Nothing like the chilly Sukkot gatherings we share up north where hot soups,casseroles and steamy cups of tea are the usual sukkah fare.
Weather aside, this holiday always reminds me of the fragility of life. In an instant, a gust of wind or heavy rain can blow the sukkah over and end up crumpled in the yard just as our lives can change in a blink of an eye. We are commanded to sit in the sukkah, surround ourselves with family and friends and rejoice in the holiday no matter the weather and feel God’s presence as did our ancestors long ago. I’m back home in the cold, windy Cleveland weather, but I can still feel the warmth of Sukkot in my heart with gratitude for all the blessings I enjoy each day.]]>