Chili Oil


For a year in college I studied art in Italy’s culinary capital, Bologna. I lived with 4 Italian girls who made endless variations of pasta and always had homemade chili oil on hand. It’s basically just olive oil and red pepper flakes- you can add whole dried peppers to the bottle if you have them (my parents grew and strung these for me last summer). Most restaurants in Bologna had some sort of spicy oil available as well and I grew to really love the stuff! It’s a sinch to make and makes almost everything better- especially cheese pizza.

By Erin Gleeson for The Forest Feast

Bread Sticks with Cashews and Sunflower Seeds


These breadsticks made from pizza dough are super easy and soooo good when warm right out of the oven. You can use any seeds or nuts you want, but I chose sunflower seeds and chopped cashews. The cashews are from Essential Living Foods, a company that sells lots of GMO-free, organic and ethically sourced products. You could also add garlic and parmesan. For the full recipe and more pictures, check out my post over at Better Homes and Gardens.

Photos by Erin Gleeson, recipe by BHG

Caramelized Onion Pizza


I loooove onions that are slow cooked with balsamic vinegar. Red or white onions work. Cook them at a medium/low temperature for a long time, at least 20 minutes, until all the liquid is gone and they start to get very soft and a little golden/caramelized. If they need more time, you can always add more balsamic vinegar. Throw the onions on top of a (store-bought?) pizza dough with a little cheese and bake in the oven. (For a non dairy version you could just use sauce, or even pesto).  I like to drizzle mine with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper before serving.  Yum!

By Erin Gleeson for The Forest Feast