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Pear Sauce

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Think apple sauce, but made with pears instead. You actually don’t need anything but pears for this recipe! If the pears are ripe, the slow cooking will bring all the sugars out and it will be lovely and sweet. To speed up the process you can add a splash of water if you like, and cinnamon can be added as well for an extra kick- but I encourage you to try the simple version! (You might be surprised!) I just mashed mine with a fork, but if you like it super smooth, just pop it in the food processor for a minute.

There’s been a lot of rain here lately which makes for brilliantly green moss everywhere! It’s so cozy to be inside by the fire with a bowl of warm pear sauce.

By Erin Gleeson for The Forest Feast

Bloody Mimosa

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Citrus is in season, so why not add a bit of it to cocktail hour?! This drink lies somewhere between a blood orange champagne cocktail and a mimosa and using rose brut gives it the most dreamy color. Perfect at brunch or anytime!

photos and illustration © Erin Gleeson

Tu B'shvat Celebration

It is the Jewish holiday of  Tu B'shvat  today, the New Year of the Trees! Those who celebrate it have a meal this evening with 15 different types of fruits and nuts, drink 4 cups of wine and plant a tree together. Lovely idea, isn’t it? In modern times, many Jews have connected Tu B’Shvat with ideas of environmental awareness and sustainability.  photo © Erin Gleeson

It is the Jewish holiday of Tu B'shvat today, the New Year of the Trees! Those who celebrate it have a meal this evening with 15 different types of fruits and nuts, drink 4 cups of wine and plant a tree together. Lovely idea, isn’t it? In modern times, many Jews have connected Tu B’Shvat with ideas of environmental awareness and sustainability.

photo © Erin Gleeson

Blood Orange Cabbage Salad

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This salad is so simple and colorful. Just slice or chop 2 carrots, 1 purple cabbage, 5 radishes and 2 blood oranges. Toss together with a handful of golden raisins. Make a simple dressing of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and the juice from one more blood orange. Use a couple of the outer cabbage leaves as bowls for a pretty look. A wintery citrusy delight!

Photos and Illustration © Erin Gleeson