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Dried tomatoes packed in garlic oil

Dried tomatoes packed in garlic oil

Tasting oil-packed sun dried tomatoes for the first time, I fell deeply in love. Chris Cantelmi brought me some from one of his adventurous trips. He was known for introducing me to delectables like this, not to be found anywhere locally. Times have changed and you can purchase these tomatoes in most large groceries. Back…

Homemade tomato soup concentrate — Your solution to canned tomato soup

Homemade tomato soup concentrate — Your solution to canned tomato soup

My whole adult life I have not eaten tomato soup. I VOWED never to eat it again. In the early years I got to eat tomato soup every day: every.single.day. It came from a can and tasted like a can. Surely you can understand my vow. Both my young grandsons think tomato soup is splendid….

Dehydrated tomatoes — In the sun or in your dehydrator, this is how you do it

Dehydrated tomatoes — In the sun or in your dehydrator, this is how you do it

Sun dried tomatoes are a great treat. You can buy sun-dried tomatoes or dry tomatoes yourself should you have access to a bumper crop. Either way, you can enjoy the rich, musky flavor of a sun dried tomato all year round. Where to Buy Sun Dried Tomatoes You should be able to find dehydrated tomatoes…

Dry your persimmons in slices and check out how our neighbor dries them whole

Dry your persimmons in slices and check out how our neighbor dries them whole

Late fall days in the Southern San Joaquin Valley of California can be gray and leaning toward foggy. Driving down the back roads, you get the impression of color being drained from all vegetation not gone dormant. At least, that is the impression until you come upon a persimmon tree, bare of leaves yet covered…

So you want to bake a pumpkin pie? Don’t use pumpkin at all. Use this instead….

So you want to bake a pumpkin pie? Don’t use pumpkin at all. Use this instead….

The best pumpkin pies have no pumpkin whatsoever. Butternut squash has a flavor that is more dense, it is sweeter, easier to peel and cut, and is widely available in the marketplace. You will improve your pumpkin pie considerably by not choosing pumpkin at all. In fact, canned pumpkin is usually butternut squash. If the…

 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.)


Elderberry for Flu Symptoms

Elderberry for Flu Symptoms

Home remedies for common illnesses such as the flu are exciting by all counts, but elderberry may be particularly exciting because, in our case, it grows wild near us. We can harvest it easily and for free. We use it in elderberry syrup and elderberry tea. Is elderberry really effective against the flu? In our…

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

Homemade Elderberry Syrup

If you have access to elderberries, fresh or dried, consider making your own elderberry syrup. Use the elderberry syrup in tea, baking, or eat it right off the spoon for some of its immune-boosting properties. (Read more about elderberries.) We are lucky enough to have local access to as many elderberries we could possibly ever…

Have you ever tasted pine needles? Here you go…

Have you ever tasted pine needles? Here you go…

Our adventures on “The Lost Road” turned piney with Frederick’s request for harvesting pine needles and turning them into some sort of dessert (read more here). Thanks to some help on Facebook, I discovered that pine needle infusions were a thing and that we were about to embrace extreme coolness in our activity. Apparently the…

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….

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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Start your day with this “Golden Tea,” while fighting cancer and building your brain at the same time (including key flavor options and a “pro tip”)

Start your day with this “Golden Tea,” while fighting cancer and building your brain at the same time (including key flavor options and a “pro tip”)

On my recent trip to Kauai, I was spoiled by the wide availability of fresh turmeric, so much so that I created a daily ritual of turmeric tea. Research comes out every day linking turmeric to decreased risk of cancer and to improved brain health. Adding a daily beverage made with fresh turmeric may be…

Your new migraine remedy: A simple and inexpensive herbal tincture

Your new migraine remedy: A simple and inexpensive herbal tincture

The feverfew began blooming this year and my son announced, “We need to pick some of that for my headaches.” My head jerked around in his direction. “Really? How did you know feverfew is good for headaches?” He couldn’t remember. In my quest to get this emerging teenager outside with me and engaged in projects,…

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…

“Golden milk” for cold, flus, depression, and more (in a recipe that actually tastes good…)

“Golden milk” for cold, flus, depression, and more (in a recipe that actually tastes good…)

Turmeric is fast becoming a popular remedy for just about everything that ails you. I became an avid enthusiast on a trip to Kauai when I actually had access to the fresh root for the first time. I was recovering from a drastic dermatological procedure and it was not the optional sort — I had…

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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