Shavuot celebrates both the grain harvest and the giving of the Torah on Mount Sinai. One of the holiday’s customs is eating dairy products so we’ve collected some of Chef Melinda’s delicious dairy recipes to share with you.
Other observances include staying up all night to study Jewish texts, reading the Book of Ruth and decorate with flowers.
This year, Shavuot starts on the evening of Thursday, May 25 and ends at sundown on Saturday, May 27.
Shavuot 101: Need a refresher on Shavuot? My Jewish Learning offers a primer on the holiday.
Here are some delicious ways to start your meals.
A delicious start to your meal.
A sweet colorful salad.
Noodles, cottage cheese, cream cheese, and fruit with a crunchy topping
A twist on the traditional Shavuot blintz
Try a variety of options, such as adding cooked vegetables or chiles and corn.
Try a variety of fillings, from shredded cheese and spinach to sauteed vegetables.
A traditional Shavuot treat
Special Shavuot cookies
Tea biscuits, vanilla pudding, farmer cheese
Do you have a budding chef in your home? Here are recipes for young chefs (adult supervision recommended).
Yogurt and fruit with a little crunch
Chef Melinda McNeil honed her skills as a chef and baker at the Scottsdale Le Cordon Bleu Culinary School and has worked at the Phoenician Resort, Simply Bread bakery and the Olive & Ivy restaurant. She has baked challah and other baked goods at the East Valley JCC’s Challah Factory since fall 2016.