After Rosh Hashanah (celebrating the new year) we have Yom Kippur.
Yom Kippur is our day of atonement. Once a year we go big, and wipe the slate clean. Then we repent for all the not so great stuff that we did in the past year by fasting for 25 hours, and as with most Jewish holidays we finish it up with a huge feast.
If you're really not into the spiritual thing then you can just skip the following bit.
One of my favorite parts of Yom Kippur is a prayer called Kol Nidre, it's a beautiful prayer and it has a pretty stellar message. Basically the prayer says that all vows, promises, pledges, or oaths that we have made in the past year are now void. They are forgiven, annulled and are no longer binding.
How great is that? Just like that, once a year, you are forgiven of the things you couldn't quite follow through with, because you know what? shit happens.
I think it's pretty great.
On a more basic food note, here's a quick look at the amazing food we broke the fast with.
Oh yah. Last year, we were told that the rabbis break the fast with a shot of whiskey so my brother and I quickly adopted the tradition.
We got real classy this year with the Basil Hayden...so tasty we were sipping on the shots.
My mom and I had just bought this pretty dish at Anthropologie ( I want a home sponsored by this store just for the record) so I buttered it up for the fritatta.
I also added some leeks that I cooked down in a little bit of butter.
I seasoned those veggies with salt & pepper, then mixed up 15 eggs with a splash of cream and poured it over the top.
The last thing I did was dropped some ricotta in the mixture. Then I baked it at 350 just until the cheese is golden brown and the eggs are set but not rubbery.
I also perfected a kugel recipe, so I'll have to share that gem at a later date.
Then there was the bagel lineup of course:
We got our bagels from a great place in Capitol Hill called Eltana. They make these cute little bagels that are nice and chewy. They sort of remind me of the little bagels you find people selling on the streets of the Old City in Jerusalem.
My mom/grandma's famous sour cream coffee cake:
Some of the remnants after everyone left
We were all disgustingly stuffed...as is expected. Everyone brought great dishes, including my favorite hummus from Carmela and some incredible desserts from Bakery Nouveau.
How could I forget? My most favorite salad of mixed greens, strawberries, candied pecans, avocado, scallions, and cucumber by Kathy. It's her thing. And it's an amazing mix of ingredients. Try it.