The Novel Bakers Present The Forest Feast Gatherings by Erin Gleeson


I’m joining the The Novel Bakers with The Forest Feast Gatherings: Simple Vegetarian Menus for Hosting Friends & Family by Erin Gleeson, New York Times bestselling author of The Forest Feast. Forest Feast Gatherings is her new gorgeously illustrated cookbook, packed with 100 brand-new vegetarian recipes and fan favorites from her blog, designed for relaxed entertaining.


I loved Erin Gleeson’s first cookbook, The Forest Feast, and was thrilled when I saw she had a new cookbook this fall geared towards entertaining. You can find The Novel Bakers review of The Forest Feast, here.


Lushly illustrated with hundreds of watercolor drawings and photographs, The Forest Feast Gatherings is an inspiring reference for anyone who wants to share good food with good friends, simply, easily, and beautifully.


Artfully designed menus are tailored around each season with inspiration for gatherings, parties, buffets and feasts!


My inner dishaholic was wowed by the endpapers in the book and inspired to do some dish gathering to go along with the feasting in this book. ;)


You can see my collection of turkeys gathered at the table in anticipation of the Thanksgiving feast, here.


I loved the floral/edible table runner for entertaining! Forage for your greenery from your shrubs and trees or pick up some greenery from the florist or grocery store.


I cut some green oak leaves, along with some purple-tinted loropetalum from the shrubs, and the last of the hydrangeas.


Our maple tree peaked this past week and its crimson leaves are joining white pumpkins for their last hurrah at the table.


Pomegranates, artichokes, apples and pears from the grocery store add some color and texture for an edible runner.


I found a 33-piece set of Robert Sprays by Wedgwood for $19 at antique mall a month ago.


Some of the pieces had a few chips and some crazing but there were 7 dinner plates in good shape so it’s making its debut at the table to pair with this floral and edible runner.


I tucked the leaves in among the hydrangeas and pumpkins and added some votives to light along the length of the table.





We’re fans of butternut squash as well as hummus so this mash up of Butternut Hummus sounded like a perfect fall appetizer for us.


Easy, oh so good, and much better than store-bought hummus!


My grocery store sells butternut squash already cubed which is a real time saver.  Toss your butternut squash with olive oil, salt and pepper and place on parchment lined baking sheet and roast at 425 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes, stirring occasionally or until fork-tender.


In the bowl of a food processor, combine your roasted butternut squash with:

1 (15 oz.) can of chickpeas, drained

1/4 cup olive oil

2 tablespoon tahini / sesame paste–> my addition

1 teaspoon paprika

1/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 teaspoon garlic powder (or 3 cloves minced)

Juice from 1 lemon


Purée ingredients until smooth. I reserve some roasted butternut cubes to garnish top of hummus. Spoon into bowl and sprinkle with paprika and olive oil.

Serve with veggies or choice and/or tortilla or pita chips.

Butternut Hummus! Delicious hummus for fall and better than store bought! #fall #appetizer #healthy #squash ©

I picked up some rainbow carrots and Terra Real Vegetable Chips. These chips are healthier than regular pita or tortilla chips, colorful and tasty too.


I was wowed by the purple color and texture shade of cabbage when I was at the grocery store so I picked some up to line the tray.


Butternut Hummus

Fans of butternut squash and hummus will love this flavorful mash up in a delicious and healthy fall appetizer.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, butternut squash, fall, healthy, hummus
Servings: 10 servings


  • food processor
  • oven


  • 1 1/4 pounds butternut squash peeled and 1-inch-diced
  • 1 15 oz. can of chickpeas, drained
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon tahini sesame paste
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder or 3 cloves minced
  • Juice from 1 lemon


To roast butternut squash

  • You can find butternut squash already cubed in most grocery stores these days which is a real time saver. Toss your butternut squash with olive oil, kosher salt and pepper and place on baking sheet and roast at 400 degrees for 30 – 40 minutes, stirring occasionally or until fork-tender.

To make hummus

  • Reserve 1/4 cup of squash for garnish and transfer the rest to the bowl of a food processor fitted with the steel blade.
  • Add other ingredients to food processor and purée until smooth.
  • Spoon into bowl and sprinkle with paprika and drizzle with olive oil and garnish with reserved butternut cubes. Serve with veggies of choice and/or tortilla or pita chips.


I loved the idea of an Endive Bar for an easy self-serve appetizer!


I had a set of Just Desserts Square Bowls that I used for the fillings.


I used the recommended filling ingredients plus a few more including pancetta, a violation with a vegetarian cookbook :)

Roasted butternut squash cubes; crumbled blue or Gorgonzola cheese; ricotta cheese or other soft cheese, Boursin, or cream cheese;  cubed pancetta; chopped toasted walnuts or pecans; caramelized red onion; dried cranberries; fresh thyme and chives; seedless red grapes, halved; fig jam; salted sunflower seeds. Hummus, scallions, honey, and pomegranate seeds would be good too!


Have your guests fill their endive leaves their fillings of choice.

We like a combination of sweet + savory + creamy + crunchy


Sweet = fig jam, grapes, cranberries, pear

Savory = butternut, caramelized onion, pancetta

Creamy = ricotta, blue cheese, hummus

Crunchy = walnuts, sunflower seeds




Visit Novel Bakers Jain, Michael Lee, and Linda for a taste of The Forest Feast Gatherings

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Rattlebridge Farm

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The Novel Bakers return Wednesday with more feasting and gathering!

Fans of butternut squash and hummus will love this flavorful mash up in a delicious and healthy fall appetizer. #appetizer #fall #squash #healthy #hummus ©

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  51 comments for “The Novel Bakers Present The Forest Feast Gatherings by Erin Gleeson

  1. Michelle
    November 14, 2016 at 7:34 am

    All looks so festive and appetizing! Have a great week🍁🌴😎🦃

  2. Kim
    November 14, 2016 at 7:48 am

    Mary, this is such a beautiful job for a post of this spectacular book by Erin Gleeson. I’m a California girl and her aesthetic is so comforting and gorgeous. I hope Erin sees your post. She’s a favorite of mine, unique and confident. Your table runner you created is so appealing and your talents continue to make you one of my favorite bloggers.

  3. November 14, 2016 at 7:56 am

    Mary, truly a feast for my eyes this morning! The edible centerpiece is stunning along with your terrific Wedgwood find! The butternut hummus sounds and looks delicious! Have a wonder-filled Monday!

  4. a quiet life
    November 14, 2016 at 8:16 am

    oh its so good to be back, to be jealous of everyones creativity and fun food and decor again! i am cracking up how similar we view things, i too wanted to share dishes like the front jacket, but i live by the sea and this was a forest book, i couldn’t see stacking up octopus, mermaids, seashells and starfish dishes when i really wanted to pull off i am deep in the forest feast mood ;-)

    I LOVE your runner! i did an edible one for our bookclub at a winery this summer, i think they are simply the best decoration a table can have… i envy all your props, leaves, poms, shades of home, it just magical pulling them all together. your shots are stunning, i could look at 1000s of pics like this and never ever tire, every angle is magical to me!

    the colors in your humus shot are over the top the fun, brilliant contrasts with mouthwatering delights! i am wild about purple meets fall~

    your endive bar is fabulous! i truly do love her cookbooks, they are beautiful, fresh, simple and pack a lot of punch. i snicker at your pancetta, on wednesday i share a little cocktail spread, i brought a taboo item but couldn’t get myself to mar the moment… your choices look fabulous, i would have had a feast!

    DANG THAT WAS FUN! i hated for it to end! please pin ALL your shots, you know i have bandwidth issues and want to see all this beauty lumped together again :-) this was great fun, thanks so much for playing with me in the forest today!

  5. November 14, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Mary, I LOVE your display of dishes — it must have been a huge project yet very enjoyable to gather them all together and organize them so carefully! I too was intrigued by the end papers in this lovely cookbook. The hummus does sound so delicious! The endive bar is such a clever idea. I’m especially drooling over your grape/ricotta/walnut combo and I’ll eat the fig jam on anything. They are all tempting. I think guests would love this idea. Looking forward to you next concoctions! Linda

  6. Donna
    November 14, 2016 at 8:49 am

    Yum. . .that was a feast for my eyes and my tum.

  7. November 14, 2016 at 9:33 am

    Oh, awesome Mary! I have been ewanting that book! Thanks for sharing!

  8. November 14, 2016 at 9:44 am

    Mary! This is so incredibly appetizing – food AND dishes! Holy moly, can’t believe you found 33 pcs of the Wedgwood for $!9!! Lucky you, and I need to get down to your area for a trip with my sisters. I really like how you used labels on the graphic for your endive bar buffet square bowls – makes the id’ing for pinning that much better – thank you!
    You gals on this Novel Baker series are all so awesome. You certainly inspire to want to buy the cookbook and try a few things – bravo.

  9. Linda L
    November 14, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Gorgeous, gorgeous post!

  10. November 14, 2016 at 10:23 am

    Mary: Everything is so lovely! Your dishes are displayed so beautifully! I just want to know, when is YOUR book coming out? With all due respect to the author, your presentations are just as gorgeous! I love the idea of an endive bar. I bet it’s a huge people pleaser. Thank you for this wonderful feast!

  11. November 14, 2016 at 10:24 am

    Oh boy, I can see this book under the Christmas tree and an endive bar on the horizon! What a perfect time for the Novel Baker’s to review this Forest Feast Gatherings, just in time for the holiday stuffing season :) Your toppings for the endive bar are scrumptious Mary, and your edible runner is divine! The butternut hummus is a color wheel of fall, gorgeous! I am a semi vegetarian, always looking for unique recipes, I can’t wait to read this beautiful book!

  12. Cheryl
    November 14, 2016 at 10:39 am


  13. November 14, 2016 at 11:17 am

    Beautiful, Mary!

  14. Debbie
    November 14, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Everything looks so lovely.

  15. Vanessa
    November 14, 2016 at 11:38 am

    This post makes me want to visit Replacements LTD. Eye Candy! That is the “Mother Ship”! :o) and one of my Happy Places. Thank you for this very beautiful post.

  16. November 14, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Impressive! I am so hungry and would love to taste your offerings! Fabulous post as always! Can’t think of enough accolades!

  17. November 14, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Exquisite as always

  18. November 14, 2016 at 1:52 pm

    Oh Mary, I love your runner of edibles, flowers and leaves, and I’m swooning over the dishes that you found at the antique store for $19.00! Now they have a new home where they will be loved by you. The hummus sounds and looks beautiful, and I’d be violating the vegetarian rules, too, with the endive bar. Thanks for the wonderful inspiration.

  19. November 14, 2016 at 2:19 pm

    Mary, I was smitten with this book when the Novel Bakers first introduced us to it. You girls are AMAZING! I like the idea of the natural centerpiece and want to add some of these ideas to my Thanksgiving table. Love the endive cups filled with a choice of ingredients. I often make endive cups for my lunch. They make a perfect healthy, low cal meal.
    Have a beautiful day! This post has certainly started my day with abundant beauty. I’m off to order the book. I’ve been editing out collections as I make headway with the things in storage. Your dish photos have me rethinking parting with some of my plates. :-)

  20. rattlebridge farm
    November 14, 2016 at 2:53 pm

    Mary, you brought TFFG to life, showing all the magic. I love your centerpiece with the foraged beauty from your neck of the woods, and the dishes…swoon. A sight that will enthrall any dish lover–and will convert non-dish people into collectors. Just beautiful! Your tree is in full glory, a blaze of fiery hues. And the presentation of the book itself, surrounded by dishes and bounty is a feast in itself. The endive bar looks inviting and is displayed with such flair, so enticing. I am tempted to try the hummus, as I became smitten with butternuts during our tour of the last FF book, and the dip has all the items on my dietary list (no nuts, ever again), and you have made it look scrumptious. The vibrant purple cabbage and colorful carrots and crisps are a gorgeous compliment to the dip. I will definitely add the tahini/sesame paste. It’s such fun to play with you and to come away inspired and happy. Being here lifts the heart and soul.I’m so looking forward to Wednesday to see what magic you’ve cooked up.

  21. Sheree
    November 14, 2016 at 3:20 pm

    I love fall and I love everything about your post. Your table is stunning. You really do have the Midas touch. :-)

  22. melissa smith
    November 14, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    Mary you kill me when you do beautiful. Such a feast and for the eyes too.
    Thank you!

  23. November 14, 2016 at 6:39 pm

    So much beauty in one blog post! Thank you for sharing the book, I just ordered it for my daughter for Christmas :)

  24. November 14, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Such an exciting feast!…and what luck to find the dishes and at such a bargain price!!!

  25. November 14, 2016 at 9:54 pm

    I love this post so much because I love The Forest Feast! I’ve made every salad and dressing in there… it! And there’s plenty of eye candy: The photography is so pretty!

    I rarely find bargains unless it’s seasonal stuff at the end of a season!

    The endive appetizers look fantastic! I haven’t made them yet.


  26. November 14, 2016 at 11:36 pm

    What a beautiful post of many things that are a feast for the eyes!….Beautiful presentations such as the wonderful Endive Bar….A great dinner party appetizer!

  27. Stella Boatman
    November 15, 2016 at 12:30 am

    This has been the best post ever! I also love dishes, cookbooks, and lovely table sittings. All the colors were a feast for my eyes.

  28. November 15, 2016 at 9:13 am

    Your creations are always so gorgeous… Lovely table setting and the runner looks spectacular… Nice book… Thanks for sharing with us… :)

  29. November 15, 2016 at 2:10 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this gorgeous spread! I love the centerpiece and the clever additions of Terra chips and rainbow carrots to the hummus. And those turkey dishes are amazing! Happy holidays and so glad to see you’re enjoying the book. Thank you!

  30. November 15, 2016 at 4:59 pm

    This is absolutely divine!

  31. November 16, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    What a fabulous post, food, dishes, settings, just everything. Mary, you do need to make wallpaper for the comp and the walls of your dish pages…Honestly everything I love in one place, such a great idea…makes me want to change my blog page. Grins, and THANKS for your creativity and love of all that is beautiful. Sandi

  32. November 29, 2016 at 5:23 pm

    Fabulous post…your photos are amazing!!!

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