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Curly Kale and Curly Pasta (Salad)

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Pasta, Beans & Greens! Also easily made with gluten-free pasta, and can be vegan if you use a dairy-free pesto. This is a good one for entertaining because it’s easy to make ahead and great warm or at room temperature.

This post was done in collaboration with on Better Homes and Gardens.

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These avocado/pesto stuffed peppers are a great appetizer for entertaining (or to bring to a holiday party, you could just use red peppers with the green filling!) You can often find these mini sweet peppers in bags at the super market. To make the filling a little richer, you can also add 2T cream cheese. Try to get the avocado mixture as creamy as possible with a fork, and I have found that the heavier freezer type ziplocks work the best for piping. Enjoy, and happy weekend!

By Erin Gleeson for The Forest Feast

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This pesto uses scallions (a.k.a. green onions) instead of basil. Cooking them just a bit before you process them takes the onion-y edge off and adds flavor. I spread the pesto on toasted bread to make little crostini, but you can also toss it in pasta with roasted vegetables. Bon Appetit!

By Erin Gleeson for The Forest Feast

Passover Seder in the Woods

Spring has sprung in the woods! Passover is this week and to kick it off, we hosted a first-night Seder.  We spent 2 days cooking all the traditional Jewish dishes: Matzah ball soup, Haroset (a paste of dried fruit and nuts), Farfel (quiche-like squares), Tzimmes (a sweet potato carrot dish), plus a roasted chicken with rosemary and lemon. The seder plate has items that represent different parts of the meal and the Passover story of slavery and freedom, including a hard boiled egg, horseradish, parsley, matzah, a shank bone and the modern addition of an orange. In this story of Exodus, when the Jews fled Egypt, they didn’t have time for their bread to rise, so this week we eat matzah instead of bread as a reminder that there are still people today who seek freedom. Chag Sameach and Happy Passover!

Photos and illustration by Erin Gleeson

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