Today is Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. For those of you that observe this holiday, I wanted to wish you a sweet new year filled with health and happiness. Although I am not a particularly religious person, for some reason I’m feeling more introspective and sentimental this year. For me, these holidays aren’t necessarily about practicing a religion, but more about carrying on a tradition. And in my head, these traditions are very much associated with my family being together, united by the delicious food my mom spent all day preparing. Yesterday, I was excited when my mother-in-law wanted to cook a Rosh Hashanah meal. As the incredible aroma of the homemade chicken broth simmering on the stove permeated the house throughout the day, the smells engulfed me and took me back to my childhood and reminded me of all the things that these customs mean to me.
Although this dish is not specific to Rosh Hashanah, my Mom’s recipe for Green Beans with Water Chestnuts was a staple at many holiday dinners, and therefore reminds me of these special times. I love the flavors from the Italian seasoning, as well as the extra crunch the water chestnuts provide; both additions elevate these green beans to be more than just the average steamed veggie. This recipe could not be any easier, and makes a lovely presentation with any type of meat or poultry.