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Food & dining

Early arrival adds to Rosh Hashana meal options

The Jewish year 5774 is a bit of an odd year. Rosh Hashana is right after Labor Day and the second night of Hanukkah coincides with Thanksgiving (really, check the calendar). But before you start thinking about stuffing your turkey with latkes, rejoice in the fact that this year you can say, “It’s Rosh Hashana: Fire up the grill!”

An early-September holiday — it starts at sundown on Sept. 4 — means we have the opportunity to adorn the New Year’s table with all manner of seasonal produce usually unavailable by the time of the High Holy Days. It’s a little early for apples and honey, and a little too warm out for my family’s usual roast chicken with prunes. But keeping the spirit of meat and fruit alive (a culinary proclivity embraced by both Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews), try grilling chicken with a simple spice rub and add some late-season peaches to the grill for a fruit accompaniment so juicy that sauce is unnecessary.

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