Easy Honey Cake Recipe for Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah)

Honey Cake is traditional to the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah because of its sweetness. The tradition on this holiday is that you are supposed to eat something sweet to start off the new year right. Honey Cake is also really popular because it’s a true taste of fall. I love this particular recipe because it is so moist, and it really doesn’t have a lot of oil or fat in the recipe (many Honey Cake recipes do). It has a wonderful hint of strongly brewed coffee, apple cider and lemon zest, adding terrific flavors. I also love that you can make this recipe ahead of time as the flavors get stronger everyday. This recipe is adapted from the wonderful cookbook “Adventures in Jewish Cooking” by Jeffrey Nathan. It is truly a great cookbook!

Note: The platter in the photo is from my favorite “Earthborn Pottery”

Healthy, Easy Side Dish: Sauteed Eggplant and Tomatoes

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I love making eggplant side dish recipes, and this recipe for Sauteed Eggplant and Tomatoes couldn’t be easier. I sauteed my eggplant in a good bit of chicken broth to reduce the amount of olive oil. I used garlic, red pepper flakes, organic canned tomatoes and fresh basil, and it came out wonderful. Enjoy as a perfect year-round side dish.

Once again, this great pottery bowl came from Earthborn Pottery

Healthy Protein-Packed Salad: Edamame-Corn Salad

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Edamame have become increasingly popular, and my kids honestly love them. Edamame is an excellent source of low-calorie protein, fiber and even iron.┬áThis recipe for Edamame-Corn Salad is so light and wonderful using fresh ingredients such as corn, tomatoes, fresh basil and chives. It’s so easy to prepare, but you might want to double it. It goes really fast!

By the way, the incredible pottery in this photo is my absolute favorite from Earthborn Pottery. If you live in Alabama, it can be purchased at The Cook Store in Mountain Brook.