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Tu B'Shvat Recipes - Kosher Jewish Holiday Food

An annual new year for trees was established by Talmudic rabbis so that Jews could calculate the age of trees and know when they could be harvested. This tree birthday is called Tu (15th day) B'Shvat (in the Hebrew month of Shvat). Jews celebrate Tu B'Shvat by learning about the environment, planting trees in Israel, and serving dishes containing fruit and grains mentioned in the Bible either for a regular meal or for a Tu B'Shvat Seder ceremony.

Apricot Almond Oatmeal (Pareve or Dairy)
A kosher recipe for oatmeal topped with apricots, raisins, almonds, and maple syrup.

Carob Date Bars (Pareve)
A kosher, diary-free recipe for carob date bars.

Tu B'Shvat 15 Fruit Salad
For a very special Tu B'Shvat dish or a signature dessert for your Tu B'Shvat seder, cut up the following 15 fresh fruits into a fruit salad. Why 15? Because Tu B'Shvat, the Jewish Arbor Day, takes place on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Shvat.

Baked Apples with Dried Fruit (Parve)
My mother traditionally served Baked Apples with Dried Fruit and Cherry Liqueur for the Jewish holiday of Tu B'Shvat. I'm making a change. I'm going to start preparing and serving these delicious baked apples throughout the year in my home.

Tu B'Shvat: Menu and Recipes
Read a succinct explanation of the Jewish festival of Tu B'Shvat, the Jewish New Year for trees. Enjoy this traditional Tu B'Shvat menu and recipes, based on the Bible's seven species (shivat haminim).

What might be considered a signature Tu B'Shvat recipe?
Is there a tradition of serving a full meal at a Tu B'Shevat seder? If so, what might be considered a basic Tu B'Shevat recipe like matzoh ball soup for Passover or latkes for Chanukah?

Almond Horseshoes (Parve)
These kosher and parve Almond Horseshoe Cookies can be served with tea at the end of a Sabbath or holiday meat meal. These cookies are festive, light, nut-flavored, and chocolate-dipped.

Apple Cake (Parve)
What do you get when you cross apples with flour, oil, eggs, sugar and spice? This kosher parve Apple Cake recipe from Ohio caterers Paula Levine Weinstein and Julie Komerofsky Remer. Julie says this recipe is by far their customers' favorite dessert.

Chicken Tagine with Prunes & Almonds - Levana Kirshchenbaum (Meat)
According to Levana Kirshchenbaum, tagine originally referred to the clay pot used to cook food over hot coals. Today, however, tagine refers to meat, poultry or fish cooked with vegetables until the liquids are reduced and thickened. This Chicken Tagine with Prunes and Almonds comes from her wonderful cookbook, Levana's Table - Kosher Cooking for Everyone.

Fruit Compote (Parve)
This Fruit Compote, contributed by Susan Portman, is easy to make and aesthetic to serve at the end of a festive Sabbath or holiday meal.

Oatmeal Cookies (Parve)
I have a confession to make. Please don't tell anyone. I pretend to make these Oatmeal Cookies for the kids, but I actually make them whenever I'm craving a hearty, sweet treat. Shhhh....

Pomegranate Apple Salad (Parve)
For lunch on the second day of Rosh Hashanah, after everyone feels a bit heavy from too many holiday meals, I like to serve this fresh and light Pomegranate Apple Salad. It complements the spirit of the holiday by using the two fruits upon which blessings have been made.

Sugared Almond Salad (Parve)
Paula Weinstein and Julie Remer's Kosher Sugared Almond Salad is the all-time favorite salad of my family and friends. Whenever we are invited to a potluck, I am asked to bring this salad. For a Sabbath or holiday meal, this can be served as an appetizer. This sweet combination of lettuce, fruit and nuts simply can't be topped.

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