I know I’ve been VERY MIA lately, I’m feeling pretty bad about it. With my new job and new apartment I’ve been super busy and preoccupied. So I am grateful to Super Storm Juno or #whatabustblizzard for giving me a bonus day where I can catch up on everything I’ve been behind on. And that means some time for Forage and the Feast. It’s perfect timing because the Super Bowl is this Sunday and I have the absolute perfect recipe for you to make for your party. I call these Potato Pigskin Bites – pigskin, well, because they’re for football and there’s bacon involved and the Potato part is the same recipe as my Smashed Whole Potato Chips that I posted last year. Basically I took all the flavors and ingredients that go into a potato skin and turned them into little bites perfect for passing out during your Super Bowl festivities. Continue reading
The past year has been kind of nuts. One year ago Chad and I were married, we went on a honeymoon to Africa, attended EIGHT (of nine) weddings, we found a new apt and moved, all while trying to figure out what our new married-normal would be. On top of that Chad and I both underwent stressful job searches and both recently started new jobs. Also, since there’s no rest for the weary, we decided to buy an apartment. SO, today I’m going to take a pause (the week after wedding #8) to write this post in celebration of the big news that we are first time homeowners! Now I know your wondering why Sausage and Pepper Bites are relevant to my new homeownership. Well, the fact is, Forage and the Feast is making a big move. One that I have very mixed feelings about and I’m saddened to announce that I will no longer be a NYC resident. That’s right – we are jumping the river and making the move to Hoboken. Ok ok, Hoboken is the NJ borough of NYC and my commute to work will MAYBE be five minutes longer and we have parking, a 1,000 sqft private backyard (grilling!!!), and a fairly large kitchen, but it’s just not NYC. So in order to get myself mentally ready for the move I made these Sausage and Pepper Bites. Hoboken is/was an Italian immigrant town, home of Frank Sinatra, it’s in NJ (Sopranos, Jersey Shore, etc), and when I think of classic New Jersey Italian food I think of sausage and peppers.
When Chad and I go out to eat, nine times out of ten we go out for asian food. Whether it’s Sushi, Chinese, Ramen, Thai or Korean we love it all. Since we moved to the East Village we’ve become huge fans of Japanese food. There’s a little area in the East Vill that has a high concentration of Japanese restaurants. I’m not only talking about sushi (that’s a given and we eat it at least once a week) but we’ve discovered ramen, soba, izakaya, yakitori, shabu-shabu, udon, and the list goes on. Every Japanese restaurant specializes in a different cuisine and we’ve had so much fun trying a new one each time we eat out. Like so much fun that we are semi-mulling over the idea of a trip to Japan this year. Trip halfway across the world just to eat? I think so! I first tried Shishito peppers at a ramen restaurant and fell in love. And apparently the rest of New York has fallen too because I’ve seen them on several non-japanese menus AND I found them this week at the farmers market. I’m smelling the start of a trend here people. Actually, when I went back to the market a few days later to see if I could get another batch of Shishito they were sold out – so I think the trend has already begun. So get trendy with me this week and try this recipe – it’s like totally in!
For those of you who are on Instagram you know that food porn is one of the most Instagrammed subjects out there. If you’re like me and exclusively follow other food fanatics you start to pick up on food trends. What is getting people excited lately? Avocado Toast. Not what your were expecting right? Avocado Toast is ALL OVER Instagram. What is an Avocado Toast? It’s a piece of toasted sandwich bread with avocado mashed onto it. Some people even get pretty fancy and use different flavors, garnishes, or even add a runny fried egg on top. As odd as it sounds, Avocado Toast actually looks pretty tasty and my
every five minute work breaks to “snack” on these Insta-avo-toast pics are making me hungry. Actually, I find myself craving a food that I have yet to try! The wonders of the “www”, people, the wonders! As you know, I’m all about keeping up with the trends so this week I’m riding the wave of Avocado Toast!
This week at the farmer’s market I was disappointed when I saw that there are STILL no green, spring veggies for sale. I was getting a little mopey until I passed by a goat cheese stand that had FREE SAMPLES. By the time I tried every sample 3 times (the equivalent of a wheel of cheese) and completely reversed any progress I made from a week of spin classes – I had new goat cheese monger friends and the inspiration needed to get out of my funk. I had my recipe idea of the week! When I told the generous, sample giving, goat cheese mongers that I was going to make Goat Cheese Stuffed Dates Wrapped in Prosciutto and drizzled with honey the reply was “that sounds incredible – when can we come over?” I mean, the #1 way to this girls heart is with a wheel of cheese but I wasn’t quite ready to bring our relationship to that level. BUT this recipe is officially Goat Cheese Aficionado Approved! And Forage and the Feast approved too – because MY GOODNESS did it turn out well!
I just got back from an amazing week of skiing at Whistler-Blackcomb – didn’t you miss me? I knew you would, so here is a ski-inspired recipe that will transport you from your desks to slope-side apres ski and give you a little TASTE of what my vaca was all about. First for the obligatory scenery pic… BEAUTIFUL right?!
Superbowl week is here and the city is buzzing with excitement as we anticipate the biggest event of the year coming to our home town! Times Square has been transformed into the “Super Bowl Boulevard”, Hoboken has Super Bowl curling (huh??), and my kitchen has been a little stumped. You see, at my ‘real’ job, in the ad industry, I’ve been anticipating this Super Bowl for almost two years now. I’ve even been dubbed the “Super Bowl Specialist” for my team. And do we advertising people L-O-V-E the Super Bowl! It is a real “bring home the bacon” (or in my case the parsnip) kind of event. I’ve been so busy with the Super Bowl at work that when it was time to write this week’s post I hadn’t even thought to make something special. Being that the Super Bowl is in New York and I’m someone who calls her self a “NYC Food Forager” I needed to get my act together immediately. But I had a problem – what on earth was I going to make for the Super Bowl that I could get at the farmer’s market? I’m someone who loves Super Bowl Sunday for the beer, commercials, and most importantly the eats. Isn’t half the fun that the eats are usually un-healhty and there is no vegetables to be found? Wouldn’t you kill me if I posted a Super Bowl Farmer’s Market Crudite?! I thought so. I walked myself over to the farmer’s market without a clue what to do and, as always, I found exactly what I didn’t know I was looking for. This Super Bowl Sunday we’re feasting on Homemade Pretzels with LOCAL Beer and Cheese dip!