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The Forest Feast

Cook along with Erin from The Forest Feast

Erin Gleeson
Woodside, CA
Food photographer/ Illustrator/ Blogger/ Cookbook Author

When did you first get in to cooking and do you remember the first recipe you tried?

When I was very young! We lived in an apple orchard and made everything imaginable with apples- the most memorable of which is Apple Pie.

What's your kitchen like and how do you keep organized when cooking?

My kitchen looks out on the forest and is very simple. I have a few copper pots hanging on the wall that I use often, and my large orange Le Cruset Skillet is always out on the stove.

What tips would you give to someone wanting to become a better cook?

Keep it simple. Start with colorful vegetables and some good olive oil, and you can’t go wrong!

Who would you invite to your dream dinner party and what would you cook for them?

I’d invite the Obamas! And my husband, of course- he’d make them laugh. We’d start with cocktails and my Guacamole Deviled Eggs. Then we’d have a BBQ on the deck and grill some kebabs stacked on rosemary sprigs. Then perhaps a farro salad with arugula, grilled veggies and burrata cheese. Grilled Pineapple Rounds with cinnamon whipped cream for dessert!

Do you do any other crafts and what are your hobbies?

I love watercolor painting and lately I am into printing my paintings and photos on fabric and making pillows and dresses.

Which cooking blogs do you love to read?

Is there anything else you'd like to add?

These recipes are from Erin's new book The Forest Feast, available on Amazon -

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What's your favorite...

TV Show
Mad Men
New York
Cook Book
Mark Bittman’s “How to Cook Everything Vegetarian”
Mediterranean, Thai
Avocados, Kale, Farro, Basil, Burrata
Kitchen Gadget
potato peeler