In many households, it’s customary to serve sweet dishes on Rosh Hashana to express the wish for a sweet New Year. My mother made classic tzimmes for the holiday and sweetened the stew of vegetables and dried fruit with a light hand. Usually this popular dish features sweet vegetables like carrots or sweet potatoes.

Other vegetables, such as eggplant, okra and zucchini, can also benefit from a touch of sweetness. Honey-flavored eggplant puree is on the Rosh Hashana menu of the family of Lisa Elmaleh Craig, author of Grandma Elmaleh’s Moroccan Kitchen.


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