Hudi Rapoport prepares sweet noodle kugel, a dish traditionally served at Rosh Hashanah, at the Peltz Center for Jewish Life at 2233 W. Mequon Road in Mequon.
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Rosh Hashanah foods get a modern twist; Milwaukee families celebrate

Hudi Rapoport prepares sweet noodle kugel, a dish traditionally served at Rosh Hashanah, at the Peltz Center for Jewish Life at 2233 W. Mequon Road in Mequon.

Every family has traditional foods that are passed down from generation to generation, but chances are Grandma’s turkey stuffing and Aunt Betty’s apple pie have changed a bit over the years.

Tweaks and shortcuts happen. They might be motivated by convenience, availability of ingredients or simply to jazz up a recipe.

As Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, approaches, American Jewish families look forward to festive holiday meals that most likely include chicken soup, possibly brisket, and a variety of side dishes and desserts.

The goal in updating recipes is to incorporate subtle changes while maintaining or enhancing the flavor.

When Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown Sept. 25, Hudi Rapoport will welcome 25 family members and friends to her home in Mequon. The menu will feature traditional family favorites, but Rapoport’s Rosh Hashanah dinner would not be complete without two dishes that came from Hudi’s grandmother, affectionately known as “Bubbe,” the Yiddish word for grandmother.

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