When I was growing up, the true beginning of fall was signaled not by an excursion to pick apples, or the first game of the rec soccer season, or a bulging school binder with neatly-labeled tabs, but by the hours spent in synagogue on Rosh Hashanah. I'd be scrunched into a Talbots Kids sweater set, just slightly too warm for the weather. I'd snooze on my dad's shoulder, waiting for the shofar wake-up call. I'd stare intently at my watch, waiting for the best part of the day—the drive home and the anticipation of apples, honey, and sour cream coffee cake. And the afternoon nap!
I've got just one more week until my slice of cake—the Jewish New Year of Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on September 21, when the year will change to 5778—and, oh yeah, some quality family time, too. But even if you're not observing the holiday, treat Rosh Hashanah as a reason to celebrate fall—and the sticky, sweet, cozy flavors that come with it. Bake your first apple cake of the season! Or roast honey-hued carrots. (Try not to compare them to summer's tomatoes.)
To help you jump into fall (and welcome a sweet new year), we've got 23 recipes featuring Rosh Hashanah's most iconic pair:
How do you celebrate Rosh Hashanah (or the start of fall? or both!)? Tell us in the comments below!