Tzimmes (TSIM-ess) is one of those Jewish dishes that doesn’t sound good when reading the ingredients, but one taste of this gooey, sticky, roasted vegetable dish will have you wanting more! The sweetness of this dish reminds us of the sweetness of redemption.
8 carrots, chopped 2 yellow onions, chopped 2 turnips, chopped 4 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced 8 ounces apple juice 8 ounces dried apricots, chopped 1 cup honey 2 teaspoons salt 1 teaspoon pepper 2 teaspoons tarragon
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. 2. Heat the apple juice, honey, salt, pepper, and tarragon and simmer in a small pot. 3. Place the vegetables and apricots in a 4-inch deep casserole dish. 4. Pour the honey and juice mixture over the vegetable/ apricot mixture. 5. Cover and cook in oven at 350°F for 90 minutes. 6. Remove cover and cook for 30 minutes more. Serve.
Yield: 10 to 12 portions
Meet the Chef
Mitch was raised in a traditional Reform Jewish home near Boston. After graduating from high school, he attended the University of Massachusetts and focused on a culinary career. Mitch worked at some of the finest kitchens in Boston including the Ritz-Carlton Hotel, The Parker House and Le Meridien, achieving his goal of cooking with the best chefs in the world. In 1982 Mitch moved to San Francisco and cooked at some of the top restaurants on the West Coast as well. Mitch had a chance to work with other top chefs who introduced a new and lighter style of cooking to America, which became known throughout the United States as New American Cooking.
His destructive lifestyle, however, was detrimental to his career and he could no longer keep up with the high demands and pressures of cooking at the top. He was eventually fired from his job at Stars, once a top restaurant and one of the most creative kitchens in the country. He realized that his life was a wreck and prayed to God for the first time in years. The next day, he quit smoking and drinking. As Mitch began to trust God for the first time in his life, he talked with a Christian co-worker about the Bible and finally began to grasp the Gospel message. Mitch accepted Yeshua (Jesus) into his life in 1987.
Mitch now serves as Vice President of U.S. Ministries for Chosen People Ministries and oversees all recruitment, training, mentoring and leadership of the entire U.S.-based missionary staff. Mitch is married to Kina, a second-generation Jewish believer, and they have two daughters, Kaelee and Alana, and a son, Joshua.