Hens = Ladies. On Friday, a group of radically diverse, joyous, and empowered hens gathered to celebrate local food and libations. We are all fairly new to Ithaca, by way of our partners, our studies, our careers or spontaneity. So naturally, we played the name game to clear the formalities out of the way and begin the festivities.

Watch Lauren tell us how she made Spinach & Cheddar Squares.

The Feast

7 Layer Vegetarian Dip with Tortilla Chips (made by Ursula the Urchin)
Spinach and Cheddar Squares (made by Lauren the Llama)
Roasted Beet, Apple, and Goat Cheese Salad (made by Wendy the Wallaby)
Tom Kha Gai soup (made by Erica the Egret, Chris behind the scenes)
Roasted Red Pepper Kale Chips (made by Erica the Egret, Chris behind the scenes)
Local Grass-fed Sliders with Cheddar on Whole Wheat Buns (made by Stef the Seahorse)
Caper-Deviled Eggs (made by moi – recipe coming soon…)
Sun-dried Tomato, Olive, and Prosciutto Pasta (made by moi – recipe coming soon…)
Butternut Squash stuffed with Mushrooms and Toasted Nuts (made by Shoshi the Starfish)
Couscous Porridge with Pomegranate and Tamari Almonds (made by Sefra the door frame dancer)
Grand Finale: Apple Crisp (made by Emita the Emu, another Chris behind the scenes)
with Vanilla Purity Ice Cream (brought by Nora the Nightingale)

Erica the Egret, with dehydrated roasted red pepper kale chips.
Erica the Egret, with dehydrated roasted red pepper kale chips.
Look at these gorgeous leaves! Erica - we need the recipe!
Look at these gorgeous leaves! Erica – we need the recipe!
From left: Ursula the Urchin, Emita the Emu, Emma the Elephant, Lauren the Llama, Wendy the Wallaby, Shoshi the Starfish, Stef the...shoot I forgot!, Erica the Egret.
From left: Ursula the Urchin, Emita the Emu, Emma the Elephant, Lauren the Llama, Wendy the Wallaby, Shoshi the Starfish, Stef the…shoot I forgot!, Erica the Egret.
Made with apples from the orchard of Emita's partner, Chris (One of Kind Orchard). Crisped to perfection.
Made with apples from the orchard of Emita’s partner, Chris (One of Kind Orchard). Crisped to perfection.
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