The Forest Feast

Recipe Archive:

* recipes serve 4 unless otherwise noted

Appetizers:

Figs and Peppered Honey - with goat cheese and mint 

Radishes with Sea Salt and Butter - a super simple appetizer

Guacamole Deviled Eggs – avocado replaces some of the yolk

Pesto Deviled Eggs - an avocado-based filling that makes this version creamy and light 

Kale Chips a quick and healthy snack

Spicy Paprika Pepitas - serve instead of cocktail nuts

Pesto Caper Bites - made with puff pastry and SUPER quick

Mango Salsa - serve with chips

Haroset - is a tapenade made of dried fruit and nuts, served on top of matzah crackers during the Jewish Holiday of Passover

Farfel - is like a crustless quiche, cut into squares, with a base of spinach and eggs, traditionally served on Passover.

Asparagus tart - with brie on a store-bought puff pastry. Soooo simple (and impressive!)

Green Garlic Pesto Crostini with pine nuts and parmesan

Zatar Flat Bread - pizza dough dusted with Middle Eastern spices and dipped in greek yogurt

Stuffed Dates - with honey lavender goat cheese

Prosciutto and Melon - an Italian summer classic

Zucchini Bites - on puff pastry with cream cheese and scallions

Goat Cheese Marbles - rolled in orange zest, dried berries and nuts

Watermelon Bruschetta - a cool, refreshing snack that’s nice on a warm, summer day

Scallion Pesto - great on crostini with radishes

Caper Crostini - with shallots and burrata

Balsamic Caramelized Onion Pizza - with cream cheese

Gorgonzola Grapes - rolled in nuts, on a toothpicks

Sage Chips – like kale chips, but more flavor packed

Stuffed Sweet Peppers - with a filling of pesto and avocado

Persimmon Brie “Sandwiches” - an easy cocktail hour snack

Edamame Hummus - with crudite

Breadsticks - made from pizza dough, rolled in nuts.

Caramelized onion bites - with brie and fresh thyme

Crostini - with cream cheese, fig jam, sharp cheddar and fresh thyme

Spiced Popcorn - with a little kick to it

Olive Pastry Bites - a cute and tasty finger-food option

Beet Haroset - this is specific to the Jewish holiday of Passover 

Tabbouleh - in endive boats

Strawberry Balsamic Jam - pairs nicely with cheese and crackers

Mint Pesto Crostini - a perfect cocktail hour snack

Cucumber Caprese Bites - a perfect outdoor summer snack

Salads:

Butternut Caprese - a squash salad with mozzarella, basil, tomato & avocado. This is my favorite (and my husband’s, too!)

Farro Beet Salad - The chewy grain farro is mixed with sauteed beets, onions, garlic and beet greens.

Wheatberry Kale Salad - wheatberries are a grain like rice, but chewier. They are great at room temperature mixed with tomatoes, kale and mushrooms (or whatever veggies you have on hand!)

Shaved Rainbow Carrot Salad - served with a light citrus dressing

Persimmon Salad - with red onion, cilantro and pomegranite- also good with chunks of avocado.

Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad - kind of like coleslaw, but nuttier and healthier.

Grapefruit Edamame Salad - tart/sweet/spicy/colorful! served on a bed of arugula

Spring Kohlrabi Salad - Kohlrabi is a spring vegetable that is similar to radish or jicama. Chopped and combined with fresh peas, green onions, apples and other goodies, it’s delish.

Blood Orange Cabbage Salad - with radishes and raisins. This salad is super colorful and you can serve heaps of it in the cabbage leaves themselves.

Orange Avocado Salad with scallion, cilantro and sea salt

Strawberry Caprese - with mozzarella, basil and walnuts

Three Pea Salad - with pistachios and golden raisins

Quinoa Salad - with avocado, tomato and turkey sausage

Peach Salad - with mint, feta and red onions

Strawberry Cucumber Salad

Watermelon Salad - with cheese, nuts and mint

Mint Pesto Potato Salad

Potato Greenbean Salad

Sesame Edamame Salad - with mozzarella balls and avocado

Persimmon Squash Salad - with radichhio, hazelnuts, pomegranate and parmesan

Valentine Salad - a salad for lovers!

Simple Lettuce Salad - with avocado, raisins, sunflower seeds,and clementine

Citrus Salad - with mint, basil, & red onion

Sauteéd Carrot Ribbon Salad - with meyer lemon basil

Watermelon Mozzarella Salad - a light yet filling salad

Broiled Citrus Salad - a unique way to prepare citrus

Miner’s Lettuce Salad - with fried goat cheese, figs, and shallots

Arugula Salad - with yellow cherry tomatoes & purple cabbage

Zucchini and Carrot Ribbons - with edible flowers

Purple Green Bean Salad

Vegetable Dishes:

Lentil Lettuce Cups - sauteed lentils, onions and butternut squash spooned into lettuce leaf “cups”

Red Roasted Carrots - with a reddish dusting of spices including paprika, cinnamon, chili, garlic and sesame oil. A great side.

Cauliflower Gratin - lighter, but still cheesy

Root Vegetable Pizza - with whole wheat dough and ricotta sauce

Roasted Brussels Sprouts - with turkey kielbasa and golden raisins

Roasted Acorn Squash - a fall classic. Super simple, with sage and butter.

Celery Root Puree - a mashed potato alternative!

Mushroom Quinoa Risotto - served in carved out squashes

Roasted Sunchokes with apples and onions - Sunchokes, a.k.a. Jerusalem artichokes, are a winter vegetable that look like ginger but taste similar to potatoes.

Snap Pea Pasta - with asparagus and fresh herbs

Rosemary Mushroom Skewers - the rosemary sprig IS the kebab stick!

Corn and Cauliflower Tacos

Heirloom Tomato and Parmesan Quiche

Egglant “Tacos” - rounds of eggplant replace the tortillas

Butternut Apple Tart - with ricotta and herbs

Chard Tart - with shallots, eggs and cheese- a free form tart

Cranberry Sauce with Persimmons - and onions and garlic

Quinoa with squash, peppers and figs

Latkes (potato pancakes) with Cauliflower - a Hanukkah specialty

Fancy Collards - with capers, burrata and truffle salt

Roasted Rosemary Beets - simple, delicious, winter classic

Sweet Potato Pizza - a savory pizza with a sweet twist 

Spaghetti - with puntarella and chicken skin

Beet, Onion, & Eggplant Stack - a fun way to present roasted veggies!

Orange-Glazed Vegetables - with blood oranges

Matzo Brei Scallion Pancakes - a.k.a. Passover Latkes 

Carrot Ribbon Fettuccine - a healthy and delicious spring dish

Avocado Pesto Gnocchi - with green garlic

Chard Tortilla Española - with red potatoes and spring onions

Roasted Beet and Turnip Galette - with ricotta, sea salt, and smoky paprika

Whole Pepper Tacos - with avocado, red quinoa, cottage cheese, and sriracha

Sesame Tofu Noodle Bowl - with almonds, cilantro, and avocado

Tofu Lettuce Wraps - an easy hot weather meal

Yam and Feta Stuffed Squash Blossoms

Sweets:

Challah Bread - pronounced “holla”, this Jewish bread is a sweet-ish loaf with sesame seeds on top. After trying a gazillion recipes, I came up with this one and I make it almost every Friday.

Pomegranate Challah

Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls - made with Challah dough above

Chocolate Chip Walnut Cookies

Sufganiyot - these are basically donut holes filled with jam that are traditionally served on Hanukkah (but good anytime!)

Persimmon Pear Cake - a twist on your average pumkin bread

Vanilla Ice Cream with Candied Lemon Slices

Peach Ricotta Galette - a free-form tart

Broiled Fruit with Cinnamon Cream

Dates stuffed with goat cheese and drizzled with honey

Apple and Honey Galette - sprinkled with pomegranate seeds- so pretty!

Pumpkin Smoothies - with banana and spices

Apple and Herb Galette - with brie

Fig Parfait - with greek yogurt, nuts and dried cherries

Beer Floats - like root beer floats, but more fun! With chocolate ice cream and fresh raspberries.

Spiced Apricots - with dark chocolate

Pear Sauce - think apple sauce, but with pears instead.

Olive Oil Cake - a great breakfast pastry that’s not super sweet

Hamentashen Cookies - with a poppyseed, dried cherry, and fig filling

Clementine Cakes - a pretty, citrusy dessert 

Broiled Grapefruit - with cinnamon & sugar

Pear Pancakes - perfect for a lazy Sunday morning (or afternoon!)

Condiments:

Garlic Herb Salt - homemade garlic salt that doubles as a neat gift idea!

Chili Oil - a handy oil that dresses up many dishes

 

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