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Posted on Tue, May 14, 2013 : noon

Celebrate Shavuot with these make-ahead dairy recipes

By Mary Bilyeu


Mary Bilyeu | Contributor

The holiday of Shavuot [shah-voo-OHT], which celebrates the giving of the Torah at Mt. Sinai, begins at sundown tonight and continues through Thursday evening. It is a major holiday, though one that isn't as well known as some (i.e.: Passover, Chanukkah).

It's traditional to eat dairy dishes at Shavuot, as the Torah's sweetness has been likened to "Honey and milk ... under your tongue" (Song of Songs 4:11).

So here are some dishes that can be made ahead of time and served frozen, chilled, or at room temperature, dependent upon the recipe; or they can be kept warm, as needed.

Fried Ice Cream Torah Scrolls

Apple Almond Kugel

Chocolate Cherry Kugel

Custard with Strawberry Sauce

Potato and Gorgonzola Soup

Basil Parmesan Shortbread Triangles

Roasted Tomatoes with Blue Cheese

Blueberry Bread Pudding

Vanilla Pudding

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