vegetarian recipe

Brown Butter Tomatoes from The New Greenmarket Cookbook

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I know I am spoiled by the produce in California, but I have to say- I do miss the New York City Greenmarket. The produce that pops up in Union Square (and in farmers’ markets all over the city) is truly spectacular, especially in late summer. Coming out of the subway at 14th Street and seeing all the farmers amidst the cityscape is so unique and exciting. While at the market, it’s common to see big city chefs shopping for their dinner menus and The New Greenmarket Cookbook tells the stories behind these chefs and recipes.

The cookbook is by my friend Gabrielle and it’s beautifully compiled with so many fresh ideas. I shot with a lot of these chefs when I was working as a food photographer in New York, so it’s really fun to have this collection of their recipes. Here’s one super simple summer recipe I tried the other day that was a total winner. I made it while visiting my parents’ little cabin up in Sonoma County, where they have an enormous garden with 50+ tomato plants growing this summer (crazy!). Such a simple idea and SO delicious. Happy cooking!

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BROWN BUTTER TOMATOES

From The New Greenmarket Cookbook by Gabrielle Langholtz and GrowNYC. Reprinted with permission from Da Capo Lifelong, © 2014

Recipe by Amanda Hesser, Food52.com and Provisions

2 large or 3 small ripe beefsteak tomatoes

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

Flaky sea salt, such as Maldon

Coarsely ground black pepper

Baguette or other country bread, for mopping up the butter

Most locavores have more recipes for tomatoes than Eskimos have names for snow. But this preparation, which drizzles beurre noisette over tomatoes in place of the classic olive oil, will stop you in your tracks. As surprising as it is simple, it’s the kind of thing you can slap together in mere minutes for a solo snack or serve to guests on fine china.

Core the tomatoes and slice them 1⁄3-inch thick. Divide the slices among four plates (preferably warmed), overlapping the slices just a little. Place the butter in a small, heavy-bottomed saucepan and set over medium heat. Let the butter melt completely. It will begin bubbling. Let the butter simmer away, cooking off its water, until it begins to smell nutty and brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Swirl the pan every 30 seconds or so. When the butter turns the color of a hazelnut, remove it from the heat. Use a soup spoon to ladle it over the tomatoes. They’ll sizzle! You want to dress the tomatoes with the butter, as if you were pouring ganache over a cake—be generous!

Season the tomatoes with salt and pepper, then rush the plates to the table so everyone can taste the tomatoes while the butter is hot. Mop up the butter and tomato juices with good bread. Toast to summer!

Serves 4

Overnight Chia Oats

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I feel like I’ve been seeing Overnight Oats and Chia Pudding everywhere on blogs lately, and so I thought I’d do a combo of the 2! It’s a perfect warm weather breakfast. You simply combine Almond Breeze Almondmilk, rolled oats, chia seeds and mashed banana in a jar and refrigerate it overnight (or for about 6 hours). In the morning you have a creamy, vitamin packed, chilled porridge to eat with fruit. It’s also an easy on-the-go breakfast to take to the office! Just add fresh fruit to the jar and grab a spoon.

I have been getting so much gorgeous summer melon in my CSA farm box, that I served mine in a half of a cantaloupe. And because we have blackberries growing off the back deck, I topped mine with those, plus some pomegranate seeds. Feel free to get creative and add other items to the jar before chilling or when serving (chopped fruit, honey, cinnamon, nuts…).

This recipe serves 2. Enjoy!

This post was done in partnership with Almond Breeze (a brand I personally use daily), but opinions are completely my own.

Artichoke Potato Salad with Arugula

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I love a good potato salad, and I find roasting the potatoes a bit tastier, perhaps for those crunchy edges. My mom puts sweet pickles (cornichons) in her potato salad, and I thought I’d try a twist on that by adding marinated artichoke hearts. They add some vinegary tang which I like. Plus the spiciness of the arugula makes for a good combo. Happy outdoor summer dining!

This recipe was part of a fun summer BBQ menu that I put together for InStyle Magazine. Check out the whole menu HERE.

Photos and illustrations by Erin Gleeson for The Forest Feast

Almond Banana Fudgiscles

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Now that it’s summer, I think it’s fun to have some popsicles in the freezer in case you need a sweet treat. These are super simple and vegan! They just have chocolate Almond Milk, bananas, and almond butter. (You can also use peanut butter if you prefer.) Just blend the 3 ingredients, then pour into popsicle molds or little cups and freeze. If you don’t have popsicle sticks, you can always use a little spoon.

*This recipe makes about 6 (3 oz.) pops.

Enjoy! And happy summer :)

This post is in partnership with Blue Diamond Almond Breeze, but opinions are completely my own- I have been buying their almond milk weekly for years. Thank you for supporting the sponsors that make The Forest Feast possible.

Blueberry Pecan Arugula Salad

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In a couple weeks we are heading to Vermont for a family get-together, and I can’t wait to go blueberry picking! Usually it’s so hot that I can’t manage to bake a pie, so instead I love throwing the fresh berries in salads. Click on over to my Better Homes and Gardens post for the full recipe and more photos. Cheers to outdoor summer meals!