Shana tova! Admittedly, the Jewish new year is not my celebration, but my husband’s; but I do like to celebrate events and holidays with food. Normally we mark the Jewish holidays with our kids at my mother-in-law’s, but this year she came to us for a mini version of our usual dinner: Matzo ball soup, mushroom-barley casserole, potato kugel, green beans and honey-mustard salmon. And a huge challah with raisins. And cake. We actually had no dessert planned, but I had a layer of cake in the fridge, as you do, and some leftover buttercream from last week’s cupcakes, so I quickly cooked some cinnamon apples and assembled the cake with pecans scattered over top. Apples are important for the holiday because eating them ensures you’ll have a sweet year. So we were covered on both fronts: a dessert course and a sweet new year!