My Farewell to Nora Ephron: her Tzimmes

Nora Ephron was a wonderful writer and filmmaker. When she died,  her recipes were passed around  at her memorial service. This one was printed in the NY Times and I held on to it so I would be able to pay some small homage to her. Since Rosh Hashanah is almost here, I thought it appropriate to post this recipe, which is a traditional Jewish dish of stewed fruits and vegetables. The funny part about this recipe is that, in it, Nora states that it is “delicious with a pork roast”. You have to laugh at her delicious sense of humor. I will miss her work and so this is my homage to her–the woman and the artist. I will think of her with fondness when I prepare this dish.


5 carrots cut in various shapes

3 peeled yams cut into pieces

2 cups butternut squash cut up

1 cup dried apricots

1 cup pitted prunes

1/4 cup raisins

2 cups beef stock

3 tbsp. butter or margarine

1/3 cup brown or white sugar or marmalade

1 tbsp. cornstarch


In a small pot bring the beef stock to a boil with the butter.

Add the carrots and boil for about 5 minutes till tender but not overcooked. Remove with a slotted spoon to a bowl. Add 3 peeled yams, and boil for about 5 – 7 minutes till tender but not overcooked. Remove to bowl with carrots. Add butternut squash and boil until tender but not overcooked. Remove to bowl. Add a cup of dried apricots and cook 5 minutes, remove, and then do the same with the prunes. Add some raisins for a minute or two. Then boil down the broth that’s left, adding about 1/3 cup sugar, white or brown; or if you prefer 1/3 cup marmalade. When mixture is reduced by about half, remove about 1/2 cup to a measuring cup. Whisk 1 tbsp. cornstarch into it, then add broth to the pot, and whisk until thickened. Put all the vegetables and fruit into a large, pretty casserole dish, and pour the broth over it. Before serving, reheat at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes.

* I printed this directly off of her recipe from the NY Times


2 responses to “My Farewell to Nora Ephron: her Tzimmes

  1. Candi
    Thank you for the recipe.I recently found my moms copy of it and it just named the veg and the last line said cook for a very long time. Typical old school, however what I remember most is having it at passover. After reading your post it makes more sense that this would be a fall harvest dish. will change up my menu for next week.happy news year

    • Linda, I am posting another fruit compote from my friend Ellen that also sounds amazing. Although I’ve never made either one. Nora’s sounds more fall like, but u may like Ellen’s recipe. I will post this week. Happy Healthy to you too. I loved the picture of the three of you on FB this week. xoxooxo

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