Rosh Hashanah

Crazy for Kugel

K is for Kugel. K is for Kids. It’s no wonder then that kugel can bring back such fond memories of childhood – especially on Rosh Hashanah. Kudos for kugel! Here are a few other things to consider:


  1. The word “kugel” come from German for “ball”
  2. It’s usually pronounced as “koog-el,” but some people pronounce it as “kig-el” as in “big-el.” Go fig-el!
  3. Kugels can be sweet or savory
  4. Kugels are commonly made from noodles or potatoes
  5. Even though the phrase “noodle kugel” has a nice ring to it, kugels made of noodles are also known as “lokshen kugel”
  6. Kugels have evolved over time and today are also made with such diverse ingredients as goat cheese, asparagus, spinach, matzo, and preserves (such as cherry or apricot)
  7. For a matzo kugel that also has apples in it (to give it Rosh Hashanah “a peel”), try this recipe: Apple Matzo Kugel
  8. For a peachy presentation, make: Susie Fishbein’s Individual Peach Noodle Kugel
  9. For time-frugal kugel, make: No Boil Noodle Kugel
  10. If you prefer a less kooky kugel, make the classic: Delicious Potato Kugel

Rosh Hashanah Shopping List

  • Candles
  • Challah (or ingredients to make own, such as yeast, sugar, eggs, vegetable oil, salt, flour)
  • Grape juice and/or Wine
  • Seltzer
  • Gefilte fish
  • Horseradish
  • Salad and salad dressing
  • Exotic Fruit
  • Apples
  • Honey
  • Honey Cake
  • Carrots and other ingredients for Tzimmes
  • Spinach
  • Ingredients for first course, such as soup
  • Ingredients for main course
  • Ingredients for side dishes such as rice
  • Ingredients for dessert
  • Condiments
  • Cooking spray
  • Tea and coffee
  • Flowers for centerpiece