Holiday recipes

High Holidays 2023

Wishing you and your family a happy, healthy and sweet New Year! On this page, Chef Melinda shares some delicious recipes for you to enjoy! 

Downloadable High Holiday Cookbook:  ReCustom is offering a downloadable cookbook of High Holiday recipes this year!  

Other Holiday Content

‘Masa (Journey): Reflection, Return and Renewal,’ a Rosh Hashanah message from Early Learning Center director Pam Morris.

‘You Turn Me Right Round,’ a Yom Kippur message from Early Learning Center director Pam Morris.


Soup & Salad

Here are some delicious ways to start your meals (after the challah, apples and honey, of course).

Rosh Hashanah Kale Salad

Kale, apple, dates, pomegranates with a Miso Vinaigrette

Roasted Butternut, Carrot and Apple Soup

Spoonful after spoonful of creamy fall goodness.

Pear and Hazelnut Salad

Pears, greens & grains.

Spinach Salad

Spinach, walnuts, pomegranate seeds

New Meals for new year

Main Courses & Sides

Roasted Kabocha Squash

A simple and delicious side

Jeweled Black Rice

Coconut milk, black (forbidden) rice, with pomegranate jewels

Chicken Marbella

Chicken, prunes, red wine vinegar, green olives, capers, goldenberries

Time for dessert

Here’s to a Sweet New Year

Gluten-free Almond Apple Cake

Apples & Almonds

Coconut Malabi

Coconut, pomegranate seeds and pistachios

Little Chefs series

Recipes for Young Chefs

Do you have a budding chef in  your home? Here are recipes for young chefs (adult supervision recommended).

Rosh Hashanah Challah
Baked Apples

A sweet treat

Sukkot Arizona Fruit Salad

Fruit salad featuring fruit grown in Arizona

About Chef Melinda

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.