I am constantly amazed at how animated and talkative people get when you mention food. The mere aroma of certain foods can evoke memories that transport us back to a special place and time. Food can bridge the gap between all ages, races and ethnicities.
Let's face it, the only thing that should ever come between people is a table and some serving bowls.

Wednesday, February 21, 2007


Tzimmes is a Jewish casserole. It is always a sweet dish with endless variations. It is usually served during “Rosh Hashanah”, the Jewish spiritual New Year. But in our house it was a very common side dish only because we liked it so much. My Mother grew up eating many different versions of the dish. Her grandmother from Russia would put ground meat in her tzimmes. Kids tend to like this because it is sweet, a great way to sneak in some veggies.

1 bag carrots
6 sweet potatoes
1/4 cup pitted prunes
¼ cup of golden raisins
1 cup orange juice
1/2 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
margarine or oil

Wash and peel carrots and sweet potatoes. Cook carrots and sweet potatoes in covered pot of boiling, salted water until tender but firm. Line a shallow baking dish with silver foil. Drain carrots and sweet potatoes and place in pan with prunes and raisins. Stir gently. Mix orange juice, honey, salt, and cinnamon, and pour evenly over casserole. Dot top with margarine or corn oil. Cover with foil and bake in preheated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes. Stir gently and bake uncovered another 10 minutes.


Erica said...

I love good Tzimmes! MMmmmmmmmm... thank you for bringing it to the picnic :D

racheld said...

I really like these (this?) It's always seemed like GRITS to me, in that is it plural all by itself?

Anyway, I'm going to try your recipe; this made me miss Mrs. Kowalik, our down-the-road neighbor, who made this for our Church Suppers---it was a little Baptist church, and everyone in the community was welcome. She was a WONDERFUL cook.

Julie said...

Thank you, Racheld

Julie said...

You are welcome, Erica

~~louise~~ said...

Well it looks like I wasn't the only one who enjoyed your picnic dish. Erica and Rachel were also at the picnic and the excitement your Tzimmes created is still a whirling:)

Thanks for "playing" Julie. It sure was FUN!!!

maybelle's mom said...

I love tsimmes and these look very festive.

Julie said...

Thank you, Maybelle's Mom

Julie said...

You are welcome and thank you, Louise it really was fun. I am glad everyone is enjoying the Tzimmes it is one of my favorite foods from my childhood.