It’s impossible to put it off any longer. It’s time to start cooking for Rosh Hashana. Here are some of our favorites – new and old – that will help get you in the mood.

Spiced Pumpkin Soup

2 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, chopped
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
1 small red chile, seeded and finely chopped
2 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
1 bay leaf
1 (28 ounce) can pumpkin or a 2 pound fresh pumpkin, peeled, seeded and diced
2 ½ cups vegetable stock

Heat the oil in a pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for about four minutes, until slightly softened. Add the ginger, chile, cilantro, bay leaf, and pumpkin and cook for another 3 minutes.

Pour in the stock and bring to a boil. Using a slotted spoon, skim any foam from the surface. If using fresh pumpkin, reduce the heat to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and simmer for about 25 minutes, or until the pumpkin is tender. For canned pumpkin, just simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and take out the bay leaf, and let cool a little.

Transfer the soup into a food processor or with an immersion blender, process until smooth. Return the mixture to the pan and season to taste with salt and pepper. Reheat gently, stirring. Remove from the heat and pour into warmed soup bowls. Garnish each one with a swirl of parve cream.

Beef tagine with butternut squash
Serves 4

Beef tangine with butternut squash (Courtesy)

2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 (1-pound) beef shoulder roast or brick roast, trimmed and cut into 1-inch cubes
1 tablespoon olive oil
4 shallots, quartered
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup fat-free, lower-sodium chicken broth
1 (14.5-ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, undrained
3 cups (1-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash (about 1 pound)
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

Combine paprika, cinnamon, salt, ginger, red pepper, and black pepper in a medium bowl. Add beef and toss well to coat.

Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add beef and shallots. Cook for four minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Add garlic and cook for one minute, stirring frequently. Stir in broth and tomatoes and bring to a boil. Cook 5 minutes. Add squash, then cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes or until squash is tender. Sprinkle with cilantro. Serve over rice.

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Wine-braised beets

Serves 6-8

Wine-braised beets (Courtesy)

2 bunches, medium beets
12 shallots, peeled
3 tablespoons olive oil
½ dry red wine
Salt and pepper to taste
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Peel the beets and cut each one into eight chunks. Mix the beets and shallots together in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish. Toss the olive oil and red wine and season with salt and pepper. Cover the dish tightly with aluminum foil and bake until the beets are just tender, about 1 ¼ hours.

Stir in the brown sugar and red wine vinegar. Bake uncovered stirring occasionally until the vegetables are tender and glazed with the sauce, about 15 to 20 minutes more.

Pomegranate Cheesecake (Parve)

Pomegranite cheesecake (Courtesy)

For crust:
½ cup (1 stick) margarine, melted
1-1/2 cups graham cracker crumbs
¼ cup brown sugar

For filling:
4 (8-ounce) packages tofutti cream cheese
1 cup sugar
¼ cup flour
3 eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla
2 cups tofutti sour cream
1-1/2 cups pomegranate seeds
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla

For sauce:
1 (approximately 15-ounce) bottle pomegranate juice
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tablespoon cornstarch

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Mix together melted margarine, graham cracker crumbs and brown sugar and press into bottom of 10-inch spring form pan. Bake for 10 minutes and cool on wire rack. Reduce oven to 325 degrees.

In a large mixer bowl, beat together tofutti cream cheese and sugar until light and fluffy. Beat in the flour, eggs and vanilla. Stir in ½ cup tofutti sour cream and fold in ¾ cup pomegranate seeds. Pour over crust. Place pan on baking sheet and bake for about 1 hour.

Mix together remaining 1-1/2 cups tofutti sour cream with the ¼ cup sugar and the teaspoon vanilla. Spread over cake and return to oven for 10 more minutes. Cool in pan for 10 minutes before loosening sides. Cool completely and remove sides. Place in refrigerator to chill.

To make sauce, bring the pomegranate juice to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, gently for about 10 minutes. In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar and cornstarch. Whisk into pomegranate juice and cook for about 2 minutes. Cool and chill until ready to serve. To serve sprinkle pomegranate seeds and drizzle sauce over cheesecake.

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