Tips on how to physically and emotionally go into Sukkot like a boss.  

Do you know how we always think we have time after Yom Kippur before Sukkos, but then every year Sukkos is like “hiiiii guys I’m here”, and you think to yourself, “ïsn’t sukkos not supposed to be here for a whole ‘nother week or something?” Well this year it is even more intense because we have a Shabbat in between. So grab your aprons and take this ride with me of a step by step guide on how to be the cool, calm and collected master chef/hostess of all time. 

October 10th – Thursday morning. Be the first one in your supermarket. Buy everything you need for the next week. If the fresh produce is high quality (meaning it is actually fresh) it will withstand the week and you won’t have to go shopping again! (not having to step into a supermarket during chol hamoed is probably the greatest gift a human could ask for)  

Buy all fresh produce, dried goods, meats and chicken, fish and dairy. Place all meat, chicken and fish directly into your freezer except what you are using for shabbat.  

Thursday afternoon: Make a giant tomato soup and garlic bread for dinner and call it a day (make extra soup for sukkot and freeze). Go to sleep early! 

October 11th – Friday morning: Wake up early and have a coffee and a giant bowl of yogurt and granola WHILE SITTING DOWN.  Put on some fun cooking music, get your apron on and start your day! Do everything you have to for Shabbat (while making extra for Sunday night if you wish) But do all the time consuming things first (salad dressings, dips, toppings, chopping, prepping). Do as much as you can while not going into Shabbat in a stressful way so that Sunday you feel no pressure. 

October 12 – Shabbat: Enjoy. Smile. Enjoy some more. 

Motzei Shabbat: Set the table in your sukkah (if you  can, or at least have everything organized and ready to go out, including candles for lighting, honey for challah, all tableware, kiddush cup, glasses. Make sure the Shabbat timers are done for the sukkah lights.

October 13 – Sunday morning: Wake up early, put on music, eat breakfast and  finish up cooking. Don’t stress yourself out and try and make everything in advance. Just cook what you need for the first day(s) of chag. You will have time to do the rest! 

Sunday night October 13 first night of Sukkot: You made it! This is such a joyful chag! Sending you a  very special Chag Sameach from my kitchen to yours!

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