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In parsha Vayechi, Jacob’s days draw to a close, he gathers Joseph and his children, Ephraim and Manasseh, for a blessing that we include every Friday night for our sons.  Jacob reverses the traditional order and raises the younger son before the older, once again upsetting the traditional birthright.   Despite weary eyes, Jacob’s vision sees beyond the natural order of things.  We all know dessert typically follows a meal and you will never over hear a parent say: “eat your dessert and then you can have dinner” – except on this Shabbat.  

This week we start our Shabbos meal off with a Chocolate Chip Challah Bread that will bring the sweet taste of the end of the meal to the beginning.  Like Jacob, we like to turn things around sometimes, too.

chocolate challah

A chocolate filled challah you won't want to save for the end of the meal. 

Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

A favorite soup for Shabbat, easy and creamy and delicious. 

Apple Cider Roast Chicken

Apple Cider Roast Chicken

Simple and delicious roasted chicken with cider is perfect as is, or as a savory and sweet canvas for apple chutney.

Black Eyed Peas and Green Beans

Black Eyed Peas and Green Beans

A side of beans and green beans pairs so well with the apple flavors of the chicken. 

Sugar Dusted Wine Cake

Sugar Dusted Wine Cake

This cake is a doctored up cake mix, no one will know the secret. 

For last year's Shabbat Menu Vayechi click here.