Honey & Hive Classic: Olive Walnut Tapenade

This recipe is my go-to. Whether having the gals are over for drinks, entertaining for a holiday party, or couch snacking with the boyfriend, this is my favorite recipe to whip up. It’s so easy, tastes fancy, and doesn’t break the bank. I’ve made it for a solid decade now, so it’s definitely a tried and true.

I don’t remember where I got the initial copy of this recipe, I do remember once I accidently swapped the vinegar measurements for the olive oil. That was a mistake I only made once.

Make it fresh and people swoon, but it's even better the next day if you can make it ahead. So spread it on, stuff it between, or serve it with just about anything. Feel free to talk it up as a much more sophisticated recipe. I’d be lying if I said I hadn’t, just a bit. Hope you enjoy!


Olive Walnut Tapenade

  • 4.25 can oz chopped black olives
  • 4.25 oz chopped green olives
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • olive oiltbl3
  • 2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder

Combine ingredients. Serve on a toasted baguette or crackers. Also yummy stuffed between chicken breasts.

*The trick to this recipe is buying the right olives. You don’t need to buy fancy ones, but buy the black olives pre-chopped in a 4.25 can. Then, chop up the green olives in a food processor, and use the black olive can to measure. That get’s it just right.

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Nan's Lazy Sunday Coffee Cake

Reading these cookbooks is the best part of our job. We get a glimpse at the love and friendship shared between siblings, old roommates, coworkers, bridesmaids, the list goes on. This recipe was shared from a recent client and we thought it sounded too tasty not to pass on. We certainly can relate to 'Lazy Sunday' recipes! Enjoy.

This is an excerpt from a cookbook with our begonia template. Recipe shared with permission from lily junker.

This is an excerpt from a cookbook with our begonia template. Recipe shared with permission from lily junker.

Free Download | Recipe Cards for the Holidays (And 20% off!)

The holidays are a time of family, reflection, and of course, food. Like many folks, I love this time of year because it’s an opportunity to whip up all those hand-me-down recipes. Typically, though, I can’t make my Nana’s Perfect Coconut Cream Pie without a phone call to my mom.

‘Is it canned or frozen coconut?’

While these phone calls home have now become part of the tradition, I’ve promised myself this is the year I record all those recipes.

If you're in the same spot, our Honey & Hive recipe cards can help. Download them for free by clicking the button below. 

Oh, and as you begin the hunt for the perfect gift for that foodie in your life, I’d like to extend an offer for our cookbooks. If you start a cookbook with us before December 14th, you’ll receive 20% off your order. Click here to get started!

From my family to yours, Happy Holidays! 

Four Types of Recipes Perfect for a Collaborative Cookbook

‘What type of recipe should I submit?’

This is a question I often get when working on a cookbook with a group of folks. While I can’t share our personal suggestions (Yet! Stay on the lookout, though!), I’m happy to share some common themes I see in these cookbooks. This post shares four recipes types perfect for a friend or family member’s cookbook. Have another idea? Let us know in the comments!

Your Speciality

You know the one I’m talking about. The one you always make. The one that everyone wants a copy of. The one that even if it’s kind of a pain in the buttocks, you still go through all the efforts to make.

This recipe, your recipe, is a perfect one to share. For me, it’s my Nana’s Coconut Cream Pie. Don’t worry, I’ll share it soon.

An Inside Joke

Sometimes, the best thing you can share is more of a ridiculous memory, and less of an actual recipe. See below.

A recipe submitted for a collaborative cookbook. Not recommended.

A recipe submitted for a collaborative cookbook. Not recommended.

A Salute to Your Community

The great thing about food is it’s so easily associated with a time and a place. Recipes that are location specific, say a good New England clam chowder or your rendition of the bread pudding from Commander’s Palace, can take you back ages.

So consider the places that represent your relationship with the recipient. Maybe it was the paella from when you traveled abroad together, or those fish tacos you shared from that food truck outside, or that whiskey sour recipe from that mixology place that uses egg whites.  

The Classics

The reality is, everyone needs a good meatloaf recipe. Well, okay, vegetarians may not need a meatloaf recipe, but hopefully you see the point here. If all else fails, and you’re not sure what to submit, go back to your traditions – the perfect chocolate chip cookie, homemade tortillas, corn beef and hash. You can’t go wrong with the classics.

These are just a few themes to help when mulling over (oh, maybe a nice mulled cider?) a recipe to submit. The important bit is to remember to have fun and make it personal. Everything else will fall into place.

Ready to get started?

Why Wedding Cookbooks

Honey & Hive cookbooks are designed to be a collaborative gift between friends and family. What does this actually look like? Think of the love child between your Facebook page (edited content, of course) and a Julia Child episode, in book form.

So, why is this the best gift ever for a wedding? Well, let me explain.

Because it’s not as time-consuming as that idea from Pinterest.

What makes this process great is we take care of the project management for you. (Forgive us for using the jargon - but basically, we do all the grunt work.) This means we contact your contributors, provide them with a unique link to submit their pictures and recipes, send reminder emails, design our template with your style and pictures, and ship it right to you. So much easier than that organic-photo-collage-bench-cover you re-pinned four months ago. 

Because A Target Registry toaster oven doesn't quite do your friendship justice.

You’ve known each other for years. You’ve shared thousands of laughs, late nights, good meals, and maybe even a couple cocktails. Your gift should speak to those times. There are many ways to do that – and a collaborative cookbook is just one of them. It just happens to be our favorite.

Because no one actually wants corn cob skewers. 

We’re in an interesting time. Minimalism is increasingly popular. People are getting married later, and often live together before marriage. Their houses are established. People aren’t registering for ‘stuff’ and they want things they can use and engage with on a regular basis. So when it comes to gift giving, we need to be more intentional. This is what we hope to provide – A gift that will be used and loved.

Because a KitchenAid Mixer costs are as much as the plane ticket to the wedding.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m in love with my mixer. And they’re a fabulous gift, but they’re not exactly affordable. Wedding cookbooks are designed to group gifts, which mean if you have a 150 dollar cookbook divided amongst 10 people… well, I’ll let you take it from there.

Our books are lovely, tailored, and as unique as your friendships. Give our process page a click around and see if a Honey & Hive cookbook makes sense for your upcoming wedding, anniversary, birthday, etc. Got a question? Reach out! We’re here and happy to help.