Sometimes we just feel propelled to a fresh start. I am Jewish although I don’t go to synagogue and wouldn’t I really consider myself to be practicing Jew, much to my mom’s dismay, however this year the allure of starting the new year a whole 3 months earlier sounded phenomenal.
Last Thursday, I phoned my hubby after a yoga class and asked, “what do you think about celebrating the Jewish new year?” After sharing my logic (new year, early!), he was happy to participate. I headed to Draeger’s as it seemed like the most likely store to have the special round challah for such an occasion plus a few apples and a fun bottle of rose (La Vielle Ferme).
I came home and set the table for a special toast. We even googled the blessings to say before the apples and honey, wine, and challah.
Dinner was a joint effort, D made a delicious wedge salad topped with bacon, bleu cheese, some diced tomatoes and a bleu cheese vinaigrette. I made a grilled cheese sandwich with tomatoes, red onions, and garlic basil gouda from a place we discovered on our way back from Yosemite.
I used the Classic Grilled Cheese recipe from the September issue of Real Simple as a guide as I am always eager to find the perfect grilled cheese and this gave a nice crust and ooey gooey cheese. In the magazine, they offered several variations on the same page while on the website they are all listed separately.
The cheese shop was called Oakdale Cheese & Specialties. We stopped there because they offered a grilled cheese sandwich for a reasonable price and that sounded better than any of the fast food restaurants that we passed.
L’shanah tova, may your new year be sweet.