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My first Shavuos (or Shavuot, the Jewish holiday coming up this weekend) as a married woman I did what any newlywed wife would do. I created the most complicated, intricate menu I could think of and hosted several guests for each meal. Though I’ve mostly pushed the memories out of my mind, I remember something having to do with homemade ravioli and three different types of cheesecake. I also remember finally accepting my sister-in-law’s offer to help when I realized we had about 30 minutes left before the holiday began to fold more than 50 squares of ravioli. When the ravioli came out sticky and ripped and the cheesecakes were just barely edible for humans, I was completely disappointed in myself for failing to create the perfect experience.
Two kids, the discovery of Wacky Mac and an unidentifiable amount of Chinese take-out later, I’ve finally learned that my self-worth is not dependent on the number of side dishes I've made. I now actively avoid cakes that have five paragraphs of instructions and sauces that burn if you turn off the flame 0.03 seconds too late. I slowly gained more confidence in the kitchen and found I could both enjoy cooking and be relatively enjoyable to my loved ones afterwards.
For this all-dairy Shavuos menu, I wanted the recipes to be flavorful, fun, and even a little adventurous… but I promise there is no homemade ravioli in sight. Hope you enjoy the cooking… and your family afterwards.