The last couple days have been the kick-off to the Jewish high holidays, and we have been cooking up a storm. Kugel, honey cake, apples, and other sweet dishes, are all traditional as the Jewish year comes to an end, and we wish for a sweet new year to come. At the end of this year, I am so grateful for the new community I have in Charlotte, one that I never dreamed would be so rich so soon. For the first time, I also have friends that share my love for cooking for others and sharing beautiful meals, and it has been such a joy to be both the giver and the receiver of those gifts.
On that note, here is a picture of the challah that my friend Teren brought to my house last night to share with us and with my grandmother. It speaks for itself.