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An extra-nutritious polenta with some added wild greens

An extra-nutritious polenta with some added wild greens

I remember the first time we tasted polenta. Margaret Falcinella stirred up a giant kettle for a family affair. We were not blood family so had no idea what we were digging into: polenta topped with sausages and marinara sauce. It was so good I wanted to lick the plate. Everyone must have felt the…

A simple solution for stinky shoes

A simple solution for stinky shoes

Frankly, I haven’t had to worry much about “stinky feet” until lately. My husband and (increasingly) my almost-teenage son perhaps have had a bit of a problem, but my shoes were fine. However, that all changed this winter when I upgraded my footwear. You may have seen my big project on Instagram or some such…

Sinus relief, right here

Sinus relief, right here

Oh, sinuses. As allergy season kicks in, sinuses may become a bigger problem for you still. For some natural sinus relief, we turn to respected herbalist Susun Weed who offers three remedies in the video below, each a bit more difficult (read: painful) to implement. She recommends (and so do we) that you start with…

Treat your hair with this hot oil, feel refreshed and have great hair

Treat your hair with this hot oil, feel refreshed and have great hair

Amanda’s note: Here is another wonderful contribution from Ramya Venkateshwaran who writes from her home in India. Find her on her website WildTurmeric.net for more ideas on healthy living. ~~~Hot oil treatment for hair is an ancient tradition that is still followed in India. When I was growing up, every Friday there was a big…

How to harvest stinging nettle without getting completely eaten alive

How to harvest stinging nettle without getting completely eaten alive

We love, love, love, love stinging nettle as a food. We harvest this wild green regularly and use it primarily in our very dense greens soup. Five years ago I would not have imagined that I would be harvesting nettle regularly. Even the slightest brush up against it would leave me with an aching rash…

 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.)


Chilled Elderberry Soup

Chilled Elderberry Soup

Since discovering the wisdom of consuming elderberry shots and elderberry tea to strengthen our immune systems, we are finding wild elderberries in places unnoticed –under our noses but unnoticed until now. Having this sort of bounty allows us to experiment a wee bit, looking for new ways to consume more elderberries. That’s how I came…

Gather this berry in the forest and then season your salad with it ;)

Gather this berry in the forest and then season your salad with it ;)

Herbal vinegars are a fun hobby. They are quite simple to make: place and herb in vinegar and let it sit. Strain out the herb and use the vinegar. It is so easy, in fact, that many of us have a shelf of vinegar ready to be used on something and we wait patiently on…

Homemade mustard — your blueprint (with some cool foraged variations)

Homemade mustard — your blueprint (with some cool foraged variations)

A gourmet condiment is a game-changer. When we land a good mustard especially, we look for ways to use it, spreading it on anything that looks like a bread or tortilla or any little wedge of cheese. It’s great fun to enjoy a mustard with depth and this is how you achieve it in your…

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…

This tea or infusion may knock out your seasonal allergies or may just keep you healthy

This tea or infusion may knock out your seasonal allergies or may just keep you healthy

Nettle is popping up all around us here in the Sequoia National Forest, giving us a great chance to nourish ourselves for the cost of fresh air, some clipping, and steeping or cooking. We rely on a frozen nettle stash through the year for our nettle soups but when it is fresh and right outside…

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Homemade tartar sauce so wonderful and simple you’ll be looking for new reasons to eat it

Homemade tartar sauce so wonderful and simple you’ll be looking for new reasons to eat it

Once you make your own tartar sauce, you will never go back to the jarred version again. The tartar sauce in restaurants will not be quite as appealing either, but you will have an eating experience at home that is cheap, easy, and unparalleled in tartar sauce flavor. Begin with a good mayonnaise, either homemade…

Five teas to improve your blood pressure (that actually taste good) and forest fire pictures as a bonus…

Five teas to improve your blood pressure (that actually taste good) and forest fire pictures as a bonus…

I knew I had hit that “middle age” milestone pretty squarely when I had to think about this issue at all. Through my younger years, my blood pressure was an enviable 105/65. Of course, a number of demographic factors have lined up against me since, namely advancing age and weight. Those demographic factors were lined…

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…

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…

This heart-healthy tea may be as effective as Captropil at lowering blood pressure (with cholesterol-lowering properties as a bonus)

This heart-healthy tea may be as effective as Captropil at lowering blood pressure (with cholesterol-lowering properties as a bonus)

This family has long enjoyed hibiscus tea on hot summer days but having grown up in a largely-Hispanic part of California, we don’t call it “hibiscus,” we call it by its Spanish name, “jamaica.” Though spelled like the island country of Jamaica, it is actually pronounced “Ha-Mike-Ah” in Spanish. It is a striking deep red…


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The first #strawberries of the season though I hate to admit that I didn't run and get my kids. Had I… https://t.co/dSMPsBiNPo
I have been working on a rock garden. It is hard to describe just how big this garden actually is. It… https://t.co/aQvQ9TDAL4
Most of the trees on our property affected by the #forest #fire in September survived but it looks… https://t.co/mH4OOc8HfV
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We're removing some of our old cattle fence that was burned in our recent forest #fire. There are a… https://t.co/G4MEB9BLvt
As I closed up my makeshift #greenhouse last night (it's the plastic in the background) I was treated… https://t.co/gAXfAnbBop

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