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Jewish High Holidays

The Jewish High Holidays consist of Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year and a time of reflection, and looking forward. And there's much to look forward to during this celebration. Honor the Jewish High Holidays by perfecting the traditional dishes -- including brisket, kugel, and challah -- and sharing them with your closest friends and family.

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This rustic cake is infused with the tastes of honey, lemon, and a hint of ground cardamom, like a flavorful cup of tea. Four layers of cake -- made tender and moist with oil (in place of butter), milk, honey, and brown sugar -- are brushed with more honey, then spread with a satiny-smooth filling that’s a cross between lemon curd and cream-cheese frosting (for the best of both). We topped ours with a piece of honeycomb, but a drizzle of honey is just as buzzworthy.

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Dipping apple in honey is a Rosh Hashanah custom (to welcome the sweetness of the Jewish new year). We went one step further, layering apples, honey, and sliced almonds on top of another holiday staple, challah, to make delicious open-faced sandwiches.

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Best-selling cookbook author Mark Bittman says, "This basic recipe is easy and reliable, and the results taste great. You can use any thick fillet or fish steak in place of salmon -- swordfish and halibut are also good." This recipe is adapted from Bittman's "How to Cook Everything: The Basics."

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Specially made for Hanukkah, latkes are potato pancakes that are fried in oil in recognition of the ancient lamps that held only enough oil for one day but miraculously burned for eight. Adding parsnips also celebrates the past, when latkes were made with vegetables, cheeses, or fruits.