Oscar Party Menu!

Oscars night is one of my favorites! This year I'm embarrassed to say I've hardly seen any of the movies (mostly because I was pregnant and had a wild toddler for most of 2016). But honestly, I'm mostly interested in the dresses anyways. And the FOOD! I love cuddling up on the couch with a glass of bubbly and some tasty appetizers so I can nosh all evening. From red carpet to best picture, I'm in it for the long haul.

In case you're hosting a viewing party, I've teamed up with Bolthouse Farms MAIO to create a fun vegetarian Oscar Party Menu. I came up with 3 delicious finger foods that use their better-for-you, rich and creamy, yogurt-based MAIO spreads. All of these dishes can be made in advance and served warm or at room temperature. MAIO is available in the refrigerated produce section at Northern California Safeway Stores (where I do most of my shopping).


vegetarian finger foods for 6

  • Lentil Pita Sliders
  • Tzaziki Dip with Steamed Artichokes
  • Chipotle Deviled Eggs

These Lentil Pita Sliders can be made in one bowl and only take a couple minutes to assemble.


for the patties:

1 (15 oz) can of lentils, drained

1 medium carrot, finely grated. (squeeze extra liquid out)

1 egg

1 T hummus

1 T Garlic MAIO

3 T breadcrumbs

oil for frying (I use olive)

Mix all above ingredients in a bowl. Fry heaping 1 T scoops of the mixture over medium heat for about 2 minutes on each side or until browned, to create small patties. Makes about 12 patties.

for the sliders:

3 round pita breads

Garlic MAIO

1 bunch fresh cilantro

hot sauce (I use Sriracha)

1 small red onion (sliced into thin rounds)

dill pickles

Quarter the pita breads (making triangles). Spread MAIO inside each pita, then add hot sauce, a lentil patty, pickles, cilantro and red onion. Enjoy!


Alongside the sliders, I'm serving a Tzaziki dip which is made by combining one container (8 oz) of plain MAIO, a third of a cucumber (peeled and finely chopped), 3 sprigs of fresh dill (finely chopped), and a pinch of salt. Serve with 2 steamed artichokes (or pita chips, fresh pita, carrot sticks, celery, etc...).

And because I'm obsessed with Deviled Eggs (see herehere and here), I had to try a new variety. For 6 people, hard-boil about 8 eggs. Peel and halve them, then mix the yolks with an equal amount of Chipotle MAIO (you can just eyeball it). Spoon or pipe this mixture into the egg whites. (I snip the corner off a plastic bag and squeeze the filling in.) Sprinkle the eggs with olive oil, coarse salt, chili powder and red pepper flakes. YES.


Since everything is more fun with Champagne, why not serve some bubbly?! You can always put fresh pomegranate seeds in each glass for added festivity. Maybe make a Champagne Cocktail. Or even make this beauty and call it a Red Carpet Fizz!

Happy Oscars and Cheers!

This sponsored post was done in partnership with Bolthouse Farms MAIO, a tasty product I have fun cooking with and hope you will, too! All opinions are my own.

Warm Potato & Arugula Salad with truffle oil and avocado

Baby Max has arrived! He's already been to his first protest, to the snow in Tahoe, and wine tasting. He's 6 weeks old today and so sweet. 

I've taken the past few weeks off from the blog, but am starting to come out of the fog and felt inspired to photograph my lunch today. It was this simple but filling bowl of arugula topped with warm potatoes and avocado chunks, dressed with truffle oil and red wine vinegar. It's what happened to be in the fridge, but it was delicious enough to share. It's simple and quick to make (I made, ate and shot the whole thing while Max slept!). Would make a lovely lunch or dinner. Enjoy!

Happy 2017!

Happy New Year! We are anxiously awaiting baby boy #2 which could arrive any day! I'm doing a little cooking to keep some healthy things on hand in the fridge.

Here are a few easy ideas for lunch or dinner from the archives for refreshing after the holidays and starting the new year out well:

Cheers to the New Year!



Happy Holidays!

Hope everyone had a lovely Christmas! Holiday festivities are continuing all week at our house with Hanukkah.

Here’s a little round-up of Forest Feast Holiday favorites:

Holiday Book Giveaway!!


This contest has ended– please see the bottom of the post for winner announcements.

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Holiday Book Giveaway TODAY!!

There were so many amazing cookbooks and other books that came out this year and I have done a round up of my favorites to gift this holiday season. I encourage you to run out and support your local indy bookstore in these final days before Christmas and Hanukkah instead of ordering online! I think it's great to Shop Small and Shop Local whenever you can.

My beloved publisher, Abrams, has generously offered to give away 3 of the books in my list:

To enter, just sign up for my newsletter via this link. Three winners (one for each book) will be announced here in this blog post and on Instagram tomorrow morning 12/21/16 at 10am PST. (Sorry, U.S. only!)



  • Everything I Want To Eat by Jessica Koslow. I have never been to this popular restaurant in LA but have been following it on Instagram for years and really want to go. She has super-unique ideas for healthy comfort food.
  • Butter & Scotch by Allison Kave & Keavy Landreth. Booze + Baked Goods = Brilliant. I have never been to their bakery/bar in Brooklyn but NEED TO. I recently had their brownies and went crazy over them. This book has such fun retro-style photos and delicious treats.
  • French Country Cooking by Mimi Thorisson. Perhaps the dreamiest blog out there, Mimi chronicles her life in food (plus a gaggle of dogs & kids) in a chateau in France, and it's now in book form, too.
  • Molly on the Range by Molly Yeh. She has one of the most fun and most popular food blogs out there and her book is just as fun! I want to make her scallion pancake challah.
  • In the Company of Women by Grace Bonney. From my favorite design blogger, stories about business and inspiration from women working today in creative fields. 
  • Love & Lemons by Jeanine Donofrio. Vegetables galore from this popular blogger. I wish she'd make me her recipes every day so I could eat like this always.
  • Small Victories by Julia Turshen. I have already made a few of her recipes (like the lasagna) and they are simple crowd pleasers when you just don't know what to make!
  • Home Baked by Yvette van Boven. This is from last year but I had to include it! I love her incorporation of watercolor into the layouts- such an artful and useful baking book.

Good Luck & Happy Holidays!!


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UPDATE 12./21/16: And the winnners are......

Tera Schoeneck, Kathleen Casazza and Susan Wilson. Congrats, you 3! You should have received an email with winner instructions (if not, email studio@theforestfeast.com). Thank you so much to everyone who entered and HAPPY HOLIDAYS!