Over the weekend we visited my cousins and their beautiful home + mini farm in Sonoma County for a festive outdoor fall brunch with the kids. I made this apple galette (from my 1st book), and the kids collected tomatoes and eggs from the backyard that @jaimestich & @nanomers used in a Caprese and a skillet frittata. My parents also had a ton of tomatoes from their garden that we used to make a tomato tart (from #forestfeastgatherings book!). My cousin Jaime grew up in this beautiful stone house in wine country and I spent a lot of time here when I was little— it’s so fun now to see our kids get dirty out back like we use to. 🧡🍁
On my drive home earlier this week I saw a vineyard being harvested and pulled over to take a few pics. Fall is so beautiful in California but also quite fragile as we’ve been reminded by scheduled power outages all over the Bay Area this week. Ours has been out since Wednesday in an effort to reduce the risk of wild fires as the warm winds pick up. The past 2 years at this time have been so traumatic here— we know several people who lost homes in the fires and hoping this year is different!🧡
Hey, Bay Area! I will be in the east bay TONIGHT (Thurs 10/10), in Danville, CA for a book signing at 7pm...come join us @rakestrawbooks !
Tastes from #forestfeastmediterranean will be served and I’d love to meet you! (If you cant make it and would like a signed copy, just call the shop📚)
Yom Kippur starts tonight and the cooking has begun! We have a big dinner this evening and then most of us fast all day tomorrow. We often eat apples and honey, round challah, honey cake, pomegranates, figs and dates. I’m still playing with the menu a bit and looking to some of my go-to fall recipes (like the Zaatar Carrots & Apple Matchstick salad from #forestfeastgatherings). Follow along on stories to see what I cook up! #yomkippur #shanahtovah
We did our annual pumpkin patch visit over the weekend to our favorite spot in Half Moon Bay with @magsyang + family. Nothing beats a pumpkin field with an ocean view! 🧡🍁🎃 (thanks for this pic @magsyang !!)
For many of the food backdrops in #ForestFeastMediterranean I used photos I took while traveling and printed them poster size to place under the plates. This particular one under the golden beet + orange salad is a photo I took (on my phone!) of Gaudi’s tiled benches at Park Güell in Barcelona. I had to get written permission from the city to use the photo in the book which wasn’t easy, but worth it!
The 2nd pic is the one I printed for the backdrop, followed by a shot of the bench, and then us sitting on it that day with @maddyb24 —Max & Ez were so small! 💛🍊 Anyone else been to this spot? It’s really something.
Happy weekend from the woods! #theforestfeast #shabbatshalom
Happy 5th birthday to this little book that changed the course of my entire career and continues to create so many opportunities for me. I couldn’t be more grateful! The Asparagus Tart continues to be the most popular recipe, and here are a couple of my other favorites from the book. Back in 2014 we celebrated with a launch party at @anthropologie in NYC which was a dream— while I was pregnant with Ezra. Shortly after he was born the book became a NYT bestseller (another major dream!). What continues to make me the happiest is seeing people cook from the book and share vegetarian dishes. THANK YOU to all my readers who keep me inspired and cooking!!
When we were in Barcelona, we saw baked provolone on several menus. It usually came in the dish it was baked in, served with bread. I did my own take on it for #ForestFeastMediterranean with garlic and fresh herbs. It’s best right out of the oven when it’s melty! Here are a few behind the scenes shots from when I photographed it last year. #bts #meltedcheese4eva
Last night we hosted our annual Rosh Hashana dinner and had one of our biggest groups yet. It was too cold to eat outside so we moved all the furniture onto the deck to squeeze all 30 guests in our little living room for a seated vegetarian feast—lasagna, roasted vegetables and a bunch of salads. And of course honey cake for dessert alongside fresh figs & dates, and platters of apple slices to dip in honey to sweeten the new year.
Kind of wish I had this couch out here all the time now! #shanatova 🍯🍎