There’s more than one holiday happening this weekend. Sure, Memorial Day is being observed to honor our country’s veterans, but those who practice the Jewish faith have another holiday to observe, too: Shavuot. The holiday celebrates the day that God gave the Torah, the first five books of the Jewish Bible, to the Israelites. During this holiday, foods made with dairy are enjoyed.


If you’re celebrating Shavuot, here are some recipes that can be used in your celebration that can make the most of local and seasonal ingredients.


  1. Parmesan Spinach Fritters in Fresh Tomato Sauce – Spinach is very easy to come by this time of year, and in many regions local tomatoes are available, too. These fritters can be made ahead of time and kept in the refrigerator for two days before frying.
  2. Upside-Down Honey Cheesecakes – Cheesecake is a favorite Shavuot dish. Use some local honey and fresh seasonal berries on top of these individual desserts to give them a seasonal, local flair.
  3. Focaccia with Peppers – Load up on fresh peppers, onion, cherry tomatoes, thyme and basil at the farmers market for these cheesy vegetable pizzas.
  4. Roasted Vegetables with Feta Cheese – A small army of fresh, seasonal vegetables are roasted with olive oil and oregano and served with feta cheese on top. Simple, healthy and delicious.
  5. Roasted Vegetable Tart – Garlicky cheese and roasted vegetables fill this free-form tart that I’m dying to make, and I don’t celebrate Shavuot.

Do you have a favorite Shavuot recipe that uses fresh, seasonal ingredients?


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