With Labor Day a distant memory, it's time to think ahead. We don't want to stress you out, but if you're hosting a Yom Kippur break-the-fast, it's time to start planning. (This year, break-the-fast is the evening of Sept. 26.)
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A break-the-fast gathering can be especially challenging to put together. For starters, there's often a big crowd. And a lot of your guests will be starving, because they've been fasting for as long as 25 hours, in keeping with Judaism's most solemn day of the year.
But the biggest challenge of Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is that traditionally you don't do any work that day, instead spending many hours in synagogue. This means that everything has to be prepared ahead of time. When guests arrive after sundown, no one wants to stand around and watch you cook (insert joke here about your hungry relatives).
We've got five words of advice: Your freezer is your friend.
"The only thing I find that doesn't freeze well are pastas and potatoes," says Leah Schapira, co-founder of the recipe-sharing site CookKosher.com and author of Fresh and Easy Kosher Cooking: Ordinary Ingredients -- Extraordinary Meals. (But she points out that orzo pasta dishes are an exception to that rule, as are potatoes in a blintz or knish.)More »