Tzimmes mit Fasoles – Red Beans with Honey

Today is the national “I Love Honey” day. I only use honey during High Holidays that start with Rosh Hashana, popularly known as Jewish New Year, and end with Simchas Torah , almost a month later. However, during this time, I go all out and try to stick honey into everything. So today I had no choice but to repeat one of my favorite High Holiday recipes. Enjoy, Beautiful People, and don’t forget – the book is out!


The word Tzimmes insinuated itself into languages of all countries where Jews have lived during the two thousand years of exile. Its meaning evolved from something sweet eaten on Rosh Hashana with a hope for a sweet year to anything sweet, delicious, beautiful, a bargain, an advantageous deal, etc. “Have I got a girl for your son, – a matchmaker would announce, – the very tzimmes of a girl!”

In this beautiful scene from Fiddler on the Roof, the three sisters dream about a tzimmes of a match. Unfortunately, as we all know, it doesn’t happen for them. In America, this word somehow acquired yet another meaning: a fuss or an uproar. I can’t imagine the reason for it as this is a dish that requires the least amount of fuss.

The most popular tzimmes in the US is carrot, or mehren tzimmes. Carrots belong to the list…

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  1. spearfruit says:

    Nice looking dish. The honey touch sounds like a nice additive ingredient. Gary

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    1. Thank you, Gary. Around the New Year, we stick honey into everything, for a sweet year. 😻


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