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Roasted eggplant with a creamy twist

Roasted eggplant with a creamy twist

The days are growing shorter, as happens every year. And every year I go through the same emotions of letting go of the robust summer garden with its avalanche of tantalizing vegetables. In July and August I had to harvest every day to stay ahead of the ripening abundance. Now I walk through the garden…

Make your own hydrosol (“flower water”) with this stovetop hack

Make your own hydrosol (“flower water”) with this stovetop hack

The last six weeks has been more difficult than usual as we recover from our big forest fire. It was actually a little one for the forest, clocking in at under 10 acres, but it was big to us given the circumstances. Apparently when you are evacuated from a deep sleep to a 20-foot towering…

A simple onion dip like you’ve probably never tasted

A simple onion dip like you’ve probably never tasted

Just the memory of this dip makes me want to run to the kitchen and caramelize some onions. This is a dippy treat for all onion lovers. I have adapted the recipe a bit from Kitchen Simplicity (here). Thank you, Cheri. We’re loving it! The only thing that keeps this dip from being an almost…

A gluten-free lightweight zucchini bread that is almost cake-like

A gluten-free lightweight zucchini bread that is almost cake-like

Once the zucchini gets prolific (which is most of the summer), I find myself grinding up a huge bowl of it about once a week. Rather than the knuckle-scraping grater, I employ the food processor. So easy. So quick. The mountain of ground zucchini is destined for the freezer, but it beckons and charms to…

A super-hot salve to tame your arthritis pain

A super-hot salve to tame your arthritis pain

Leave it to nature to provide remedies for the things that ail us. This particular one grows wild in Mexico and has become a staple here in California and throughout the southwest. Known as being some of the hottest peppers on earth, they are not for the faint of heart. Before this summer I had…

 Flavors of the Forest

Take a walk and find something edible. Taste it in a tea. Taste it in a soda. Taste it in a cocktail. ;) Taste it. Check out these tasting ideas. (Read more about our flavors here.)


Rich and Dense Nettle Soup

Rich and Dense Nettle Soup

Are you looking for a spring tonic, possibly an almost-free spring tonic? Stinging nettle can be your answer. We have decided that it is on the top of our list for staying healthy. With renewed focus and dedication to nettle, we are tracking it’s life cycle and finding new stands of it. By far, the…

A springtime nettle soup, full of so much flavor and health, it has changed our lives…

A springtime nettle soup, full of so much flavor and health, it has changed our lives…

How could anything this healthy be so totally delicious? Nettle soup has a growing fan base across the country and for good reason. Nettle leaf is delicately flavored and cooks to a smooth silky texture. The prickly little needles are completely gone. No other vegetable in our experience provides the texture that nettle does. And…

A refreshing way to down a bunch of nettle tea

A refreshing way to down a bunch of nettle tea

The development of this amazing power drink comes from a mania I have had since college back in the 1960s. I was obsessed with recouping nutrients most people saw as “throw away”. Obviously, the liquid left in the pot from cooking vegetables or meat, had flavor. It also had to have nutrients. I used it….

Springtime dandelion tea for fluid retention and more (and a bonus farm visit)

Springtime dandelion tea for fluid retention and more (and a bonus farm visit)

It’s springtime. We’re recovering from winter around here, trying to get some fresh air and exercise as our bodies adjust to the massive amounts of pollen in the air. A friend asked me about fluid retention — she’s retaining a lot of water right now and she’s trying to figure out why. I gently formed…

Tea to nourish your brain, heart, and immune system

Tea to nourish your brain, heart, and immune system

Elder is in full bloom in central California. It blooms from early spring and well into the summer at various elevations here. We harvest in the valley in early spring and into higher elevations as the season passes. Elder loves water and so we find it along creek beds. Some of the bushes have managed…

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Whether it's a forest flavor, a turmeric flavor from India, or grandma's simple salad, these are the most popular posts on our site.

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate

Strawberry season hits in the valley below us about two months before our own berries begin to ripen. Strawberries cause the two little guys in this house to go into orbit. Alastair got the attention of all the shoppers at a local fruit stand when he squealed “stwawbawwies!” Then he announced to anyone who would…

It’s the world’s healthiest chocolate and served with pumpkin. You can’t go wrong.

It’s the world’s healthiest chocolate and served with pumpkin. You can’t go wrong.

On our first snow as we shivered getting used to the suddenly-freezing temperatures, this warm drink was fun to make and a huge hit with all ages. I used fresh pumpkin puree. You could use puree of any winter squash. Of course, you could also use canned pumpkin puree. Substitute a strong cocoa drink for…

Turmeric Benefits, Uses: The weird and the wild and the really orange…

Turmeric Benefits, Uses: The weird and the wild and the really orange…

You have likely heard of turmeric and its cancer-preventing and disease-inhibiting property curcumin, at least if you have eyes to read or ears to hear. It is now the most-studied spice on the planet. It has a long history of use in traditional medicine and increasingly is being recognized in western circles. We are here…

A refreshing and simple citrus soda mix, ready for your seltzer

A refreshing and simple citrus soda mix, ready for your seltzer

The summer of 2013 has been the warmest we’ve had in six or seven years. The stress of the heat always challenges us to find new ways to survive it. This season is no exception. This is the first year I have tried taking a shower and going to bed wet. It works! I stayed…

Inexpensive and tasty onion and garlic powders

Inexpensive and tasty onion and garlic powders

It is so convenient to pull powdered onion or garlic off the shelf to add to soups and sauces but the quality of the powder is not always what you would hope. For improved quality and potentially as a cost-savings, you should consider making your own. I realize this is one of those tasks in…


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And so it begins #sage obsession #native plants http://t.co/00HzJfPXnO
Ancestors speak of cold white stuff on #mt #whitney. I looked for some on our recent trip.... #seqouiahttp://t.co/mU967KmOl7
This bad boy was on the road in the Kern Canyon. He did mosey out of the way and allowed a picture… http://t.co/wYXxxVVOEZ
Mono Lake -- salt plus tufa and calcium craziness. A total of four people were taking a dip. You have… http://t.co/mTgjZj72PB
Spotted in Truckee California -- "May you life someday be as awesome as you pretend it is on… http://t.co/WJWMz2LlVY
Somehow on my shock and trauma I didn't post a picture of our #forest #fire. It burned part of our… http://t.co/DQ4FOiHWMd
Alastair (5), an early reader, asked, "Do they sell licorice here?" And FTR it was an important Nevada… http://t.co/ndM74Uip9l
Here's a FAQ at a restaurant in Virginia City -- the first and last FAQ are downright in-American.… http://t.co/ZiKfKoiiDj
We're having a "fir taste off." We've found Douglas fir and white fir. White wins fragrance but… http://t.co/s7qDtvrDOA
A box of sugar #pine cones. Day 1 of 10. Luckily the car is big #seqouia #foraged http://t.co/H6RLExRaFC