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Happy Thanksgiving Day!

It is time again to give thanks for all our blessings and to spend time together with family and friends. However, this year will not be as festive as always, due to the various limitations due to the raging COVID-19 virus.
Today I will not be posting any new recipes but will provide links to my previous posts, for your convenience.

Homemade Varenyky/Perogy – Recipe & Technique

One of the most popular dishes in Eastern European cuisine is Filled Dumplings, known as: Varenyky or Pyrohy in Ukrainian, and Pierogi in Polish. They are made from homemade pasta dough and filled with varieties of fillings, but potato and cheese filling being the most popular.

It is definitely “labor of love” for those who make them from scratch, as it requires several hours of preparation time, but it is so well worth it.

Ukrainian Festive Walnut Torte – Recipe

Ukrainians pride themselves on baking the best tortes, and Walnut Torte is one of the most traditional ones.
Tortes require time and patience, as you can see from reviewing this recipe, but it is a labor of love, and well worth the effort.

Apple Torte with Caramel-Nut Glaze – Recipe

If you love Tortes, but have been looking for a lighter filling, rather than the traditional butter cream one, this is a great recipe for you. The cake layers are very thin, and the filling is mostly apples, with a nice caramel glaze.

Jewish Apple Cake – Recipe

Rosh Hashanah is a Jewish religious holiday representing the New Year, so traditionally apples dipped in honey are part of the menu during this holiday.

Today I will post my recipe for a Jewish Apple Cake, which was given to me by a friend a couple of decades ago. I was not sure what made this particular recipe “Jewish”, so I turned to my readers for their feedback. One reader explained that Jewish desserts are usually made without dairy, so they can be served alongside the meat dishes, which also makes it a great dessert for Hanukkah holiday. If anyone else has a different take on this theory, please share your comments