Our Chol Hamoed Sukkot Bash. Complete Menu and Recipes

 Some of the kids grew a little! Here’s Mordy, left, carrying a huge pot of soup with Yissur

Our Chol Hamoed Sukkot family bash is an old tradition. We host it at  the capacious Sukkah of  Chabad West Side, occupying a good chunk of it, to accommodate our extended family of children, nephews and nieces and their own families. I find it is a fun and delicious way for everyone to see and enjoy everyone, in town for the Chagim from all parts of the country. One of the reasons that make it a real pleasure for this cook is that I find in my relatives a really appreciative crowd, not in the least squeamish about any dish, au contraire: curious and adventurous and full of expectation, from the youngest to the oldest. I watched my 14-quart brimming pot of soup get tilted after just a few minutes so one of the guests could help himself to a third bowl, and laughed when one of the children ran to his mother to ask if he could have a slice of the “grown-up” dessert. What Nachas!

You will love making these move-over-French-fries crunchy-melt-in-your-mouth baked fries, so much leaner and more interesting than French Fries, which I can never afford to get near. No recipe even: Cut some unpeeled large Yukon or new potatoes in wedges, toss them with a little olive oil, sea salt and rosemary, and bake them in one layer in a 425 degree oven for about 40 minutes. Watch them disappear without any guilt whatsoever!

Just one more thing: No soda ever. Iced tea, iced coffee and lemonade, and we keep refilling, so I conclude soda is not missed.

Here’s our menu for last night’s dinner. Enjoy the recipes, as always all-natural of course!

Miso Fish Soup

Moroccan Sweet and Sour Beef Tongue with Swiss Chard

Roasted Chicken with Moroccan Dry Spice Rub

Pate de Campagne

Kale Mushroom Stir-Fry with Rice Noodles

Oven Potato Fries (see intro)

Moroccan Tomato Salad

Jicama, Corn and Apple Salsa

Japanese Pickles


Pickled Beets

Baby Arugala, Fennel and Golden Beet Salad with Raspberry Dressing

Frozen Coconut Chocolate Crunch Cake

Date Granola Power Bars

Chocolate Salami

Chocolate Chip Cookies

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