SPANAKOPITA + BAKED KALE CHIPS + SPICED SWEET POTATO FRIES + FARMER’S CHEESE & APPLE PHYLLO CUPS
Tonight’s special Easter plate appearance was made by Spanakopita, a stalwart Greek who frequently hangs out at diners across the U.S. Somewhat breaking with tradition, a smidge of kale mixes with his ancestral spinach but it hasn’t made him bitter in the slightest. How could he be when joined by Greek Yogurt and Honey Blend? Sweet, creamy, flaky and hearty, the two make a great pair.
Next up are Kale Chips and Spiced Sweet Potato Fries, both crisped in the oven rather than deep fried. They may be health fanatics but they’re always up for a veggie party.
As a fruit-heavy dessert, Farmer’s Cheese and Apple Phyllo Cup managed to snag an invite. Her slightly tart Granny Smith apple center is balanced with a bit of creamy farmer’s cheese and a few layers of delicate phyllo.
MAPLE BALSAMIC STUFFED PORTOBELLO MUSHROOMS WITH HAVARTI + WALNUTS + SPINACH
I’ve never liked mushrooms. Combine the unappealing idea of eating fungi along with a rubbery texture and “earthy” taste (i.e. a polite way of saying they taste like dirt) and now you know why I never particularly dug these decomposers.
Did I think they looked cool? Of course. I always liked the shape as you can probably tell by the drawing below.
I always found mushrooms to posses an unusually alluring aesthetic. Some sort of odd combination of funkiness and beauty.
C’mon, a naturally growing circle of mushrooms is called a fairy ring so I can’t be the only person with mixed feelings about these fascinating organisms
Recently I’ve tried to be a little more open minded and have done some experimentation with mushrooms. Culinary experimentation only, thank you.
In July, I had some sesame flavored enoki mushrooms in ramen. In September, I made an apple-goat cheese risotto with both dried porcini and fresh mushrooms. And just last week I posted the recipe for my cremini mushroom mac ‘n cheese.
But mushrooms were never the main component of any of these dishes. It was time to cast the humble mushroom in the lead role.