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Sometimes there are people who are just meant to be in your life—and in your kitchen. And food television personality & chef Eden Grinshpan, of the Cooking Channel show Eden Eats, is one of those people.  A boozy encounter at the Veuve Cliquot polo classic with this food-loving free spirit led to an in-depth conversation about all things culinary, and more importantly, all things Mediterranean—the food that both Eden and I seriously swoon over. A woman after my own heart who cannot live with out lemon, garlic, EVOO, and herbs (PRAISE YOU) but who also introduced me to using cumin and coriander more in my own cooking. Well, often people talk the talk but this little lady walks the walk, because just a few days after meeting, we had plans to cook together in my kitchen.

Just 5 minutes after Eden arrived we were chatting our life stories, giggling, and kooking out like childhood friends. Eden is truly magic; she puts people at ease and has this insane ability to infuse the energy in the room with her carefree, fun nature.

As we shared our tales, from marriage & muscles, (this chica has some serious guns!) to travel and our journeys into food, we chopped, toasted, spread, and then nibbled Eden’s delish cherry and feta crostini recipe that she shares here with all you swooners.  Fun doesn’t even come close to describing the afternoon we shared together … and there is more to look forward to, as we dive into what has become my (and I promise will become your) favorite Middle Eastern inspired fish recipe …. shared here on Camille Styles swooned after site!  Hop on over to Eden’s blog to dive into more of her recipes.

Photography by Winnie Au 

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Feta & Cherry Crostini

Eden Grinshpan

  • Ingredients

      • 1 fresh baguette
      • 1 cup Bulgarian (sheeps milk) feta (if you cant find, use the creamiest feta you can find)
      • Honey
      • 1 ½ cups fresh cherries, cut into half, pits and stems removed (you can also substitute with fresh figs, apricots, peaches, strawberries, etc)
      • Ground cracked black pepper
      • 1 bunch fresh mint, small pretty leaves picked
      • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
      • A little sea salt to finish
  • The Prep

    • 1.  Pre-heat the oven to 350° F.

      2.  Slice the baguette on the angle ¼ inch thick. Place on a pan and drizzle all over with a little olive oil. When the oven is hot, place in for 3-5 minutes letting it get a little golden and toasty on the outside, but keeping it fluffy on the inside. Spread a nice amount of feta on every piece of bread, place 2-3 pieces of cherry on top, drizzle with a little bit more of the olive oil, crack freshly ground pepper all over, drizzle WELL with honey and garnish with some fresh mint. Sprinkle on top with a little sea salt and enjoy!

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