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Blintz Souffle

Gilligan's Gourmet: Blintz souffle recipe for Yom Kippur

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Blintz Souffle

Last week I was in Beverly Hills LA working in a kitchen of course for a few days so I didn‘t get to see that much of the place but one thing I noticed was that the weather reports said that there would be a little fog, I believe the correct word is smog. It was like London during the “Jack the Ripper” days only with fancy cars and designer handbags.

The day I arrived the President was in town so I spent 2 hours on the freeway, they should lose the ‘free’ bit as I felt like a prisoner in that taxi and it cost $80 from LAX.

The week also brought in the Jewish New Year and Birmingham City won away in the Europa League in Slovakia.

The Blues are now unbeaten away in all competitive European games for 51 years, that is some record I am sure you will agree. {it was also the first time we have played competitively in Europe for 51 years but a fact is a fact!}

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So that brings us to this week when on Friday it is Yom Kippur, literally "Day of Atonement," and it is the holiest day of the Jewish year.

Yom Kippur is observed eight days after Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. It is believed that on Rosh Hashanah God inscribes all of our names in the "books", and on Yom Kippur the judgment entered in these books is sealed. The days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are called the ten days of repentance or the Days of Awe.

Yom Kippur is, essentially, our last chance to demonstrate repentance so God will seal us in the Book of Life in the upcoming year.

As repentance is the theme of the day, Yom Kippur is a day of "self-denial" with the goal of cleansing ourselves of sins. Prayer services on Yom Kippur are lengthy and solemn, and a 25-hour fast is kept.

At the end of Yom Kippur, Jews traditionally share a joyful Break Fast meal with family and friends. The Yom Kippur Break Fast is generally a festive breakfast menu consisting of foods such as eggs, cheese, bread.

BLINTZ SOUFFLE

While Jews probably began making blintzes hundreds of years ago in Poland, they only began to use frozen blintzes to make this Blintz Soufflé recipe in 20th-century America.

When you have a crowd joining you for a dairy meal - such as for Sabbath, Shavuot, or the Nine Days - this easy-to-make, crowd-pleasing Blintz Soufflé is the perfect dish to serve.

Ingredients:

¼ cup butter, melted
12 frozen cheese blintzes
6 eggs
1 ½ cup sour cream
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
¼ cup orange juice or 2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate
Sprinkle of cinnamon

Method:

Preheat oven to 350° F (175° C).
Melt butter in a 9x13 inch pan.
Line blintzes in one layer in the pan.
In a bowl, beat eggs. Add sour cream, sugar, vanilla, and orange juice.
Pour egg mixture over the blintzes.
Sprinkle lightly with cinnamon.
Bake, uncovered, for 45 minutes, or until golden brown on top.

AND FINALLY…Rabbi Ben Simmons was fed up with his congregation. So, he decided to skip the services on Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, and instead go play golf.

Moses was looking down from heaven and saw the rabbi on the golf course. He naturally reported it to God. Moses suggested God punish the rabbi severely.

As he watched, Moses saw the rabbi Ben Simmons playing the best game he had ever played. The rabbi got a hole-in-one on the toughest hole on the course and then again on the next hole.

Moses turned to God and asked, 'I thought you were going to punish him. Do you call this punishment?'

God replied, 'Who can he tell?'

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