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Kids taste scorpion candy

Kids taste scorpion candy

“We can just eat it but not eat the scorpion part. Are you with me?” asks Alastair and the boys set off on their goal wondering if the dead and dried scorpion is going to sting them while they suck on the sucker. The kids also crowd source an answer to the important question: “Does…

Here are three methods to preserve your lemons with salt!

Here are three methods to preserve your lemons with salt!

Since you are even looking at this post, I assume you either love North African food or you have 337 ripe lemons on your tree in the backyard and you’re wondering what in the world to do with them. I offer you three tasty ideas. Preserved lemons sound exotic to those of us in North…

Opening a can of Pillsbury crescent rolls, like a jack-in-the-box?

Opening a can of Pillsbury crescent rolls, like a jack-in-the-box?

Inspired by the popular Facebook meme, the Half Pints opened a tube of Pillsbury crescent rolls for the first time. Do you remember the first time? It had been many years since I’d even been around a can of rolls or biscuits that I have to admit, it was a lot of fun and brought…

Herbs for hair loss in a lesson from India

Herbs for hair loss in a lesson from India

Amanda’s note: Here is another wonderful contribution from Ramya Venkateshwaran who writes from her home in India. Ramya describes traditional remedies for hair loss. Find her on her website WildTurmeric.net for more ideas on healthy living. ~~~Hair loss is a common problem for both men and women and it is only increasing over the years….

Kids taste “ant candy” and even survive

Kids taste “ant candy” and even survive

What would kids do if faced with tasting ant candy? The Half Pints work it out, eating as little ant as possible. Some quotes: “I think I tasted a little bit of ant!” “Can we get this candy without ants?” “Why would people want to eat ant candy?

 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.)


Gooseberry Sampling (and a Syrup Recipe)

Gooseberry Sampling (and a Syrup Recipe)

For years I had seen the formidable gooseberries in the forest. Green with long spines, they looked like berries from a far-away planet. No one I knew did anything with the gooseberries so I opted to hike on by and leave the berries to the brave wildlife that had learned to manage all those prickly…

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….

Turn these weedy flowers into culinary treasures and even improve your skin!

Turn these weedy flowers into culinary treasures and even improve your skin!

This year was really our dandelion year. We’ve been gearing up for the last few: gathering a small batch here and there in the spring and making little recipes. This year we went big with about three big harvests — one in March, one in April, and one in May. The strange weather of California…

Greens Soup, A Nutritional Powerhouse

Greens Soup, A Nutritional Powerhouse

In the spirit of using our abundant garden produce and foraging the beautiful wild greens around us, we are eating soup so loaded with leafy greens that it looks like extracted vegetable juice. This stuff is GREEN! It has been fun to figure out how to combine greens that would usually end up in the…

Try some of these bay leaf uses. You’ll be amazed.

Try some of these bay leaf uses. You’ll be amazed.

As part of our adventures on “The Lost Road” (here) discovering new flavors, tracking wild beasts, and simply getting fresh air and exercise, my boys challenged me to use bay leaf in a new way and we have been enjoying bay leaf dessert treats ever since. You probably know bay leaf as that leaf you…

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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…

TEDxLAMiracleMile: One simple change to improve free choice of food in the U.S. (You’ll never forget the leading story in this video…)

TEDxLAMiracleMile: One simple change to improve free choice of food in the U.S. (You’ll never forget the leading story in this video…)

It was a food politics moment I never imagined possible: at TEDxLAMiracleMile, the man who grew the Southern California farmers markets for Organic Pastures Dairy Farm, Maurice Kaehler, spoke to the 150 people in attendance at the Sunset Boulevard venue in Hollywood: “There was a time when I despised Amanda Rose….” The audience laughed. I…

Homemade mint/peppermint extract — Two keys to success you have not read anywhere else (probably…) with cool 3-D photos to boot

Homemade mint/peppermint extract — Two keys to success you have not read anywhere else (probably…) with cool 3-D photos to boot

There is something magical about the bright flavor of peppermint. I love to add peppermint extract to my coffee, particularly when I need a little extra perk. The freshness perks me up. With mint growing all over our yard and increase in the forest nearby, of course I’ve wondered how to make peppermint extract myself….

Strawberry lemonade concentrate — A new beverage experience

Strawberry lemonade concentrate — A new beverage experience

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…


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