Category Archives: Favorite Recipes – Side Dishes

Traditional Apple-Walnut Charoset

Traditional Apple-Walnut Charoset
Charoset, also spelled haroset

Scripture doesn’t instruct us to eat charoset at Pesach (Passover), but this is a cherished dish at every Passover Seder – it symbolizes the mortar that the Israelite slaves were forced to make and use in their labor under their Egyptian taskmasters.

Traditionally eaten on matzoh with the bitter herbs and horseradish, it’s part of what Sarah Kagan describes as “strange but delicious Passover ‘sandwich’: matzoh, sinus-clearing horseradish, and charoset.”  I heartily recommend that you read her article about chaoset – it is both informative and entertaining.  She explains that there are as many versions of charoset as there are Jewish families, but this recipe represents the type generally prepared by Ashkenazi (Eastern European) families.  The recipe was developed by Adeena Sussman, and published at Epicurious, March 2006.

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World’s Best Noodle Kugel!

Every Jewish feast includes a kugel of some sort, and this is our family’s favorite.  It is technically a side dish, but makes a great dessert, too.

Cinnamon Noodle KugelCinnamon Noodle Kugel THE BEST KUGEL EVER!!!

“I try and find any excuse to make this recipe, as it is one of my favorites. With the perfect combination of crunchy and sweet, you will never want to use another kugel recipe again.” — minichef at
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Sweet Potato & Carrot Tsimmes

Sweet Potato & Carrot Tsimmes from

This is a favorite recipe for many feasts, but especially for Pesach (Passover).  Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Carrot TsimmesINGREDIENTS

1 pound carrots
6 sweet potatoes
1/2 cup pitted prunes (optional)
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup honey or brown sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
2 Tbsp. margarine
1 (20 oz.) can pineapple chunks, drained
1 (11 oz.) can mandarin oranges, drained

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