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A probiotic walnut dip for your next casual gathering

A probiotic walnut dip for your next casual gathering

From time to time we enjoy a dinner of just vegetables and a dip. These are times when we sit and talk, visit with friends — casual slow times. For these occasions to feel like dinner rather than a snack, the dip needs to be substantial, carrying some protein. Hummus qualifies. So does this walnut…

Your next persimmon dessert (that you can enjoy year-round)

Your next persimmon dessert (that you can enjoy year-round)

Persimmon season comes late and ends far too soon, but leaves behind a treasured stash in our freezer. Inevitably some of the persimmons become overripe: heavy with sugar and deeply colored. We blitz these in the food processor then freeze the pulp in 1/2 cup measures. It is so handy for treats like this custard….

A fritter to celebrate your summer produce

A fritter to celebrate your summer produce

While we are not vegetarian, be assured that each summer season we enjoy many meals that are primarily from our garden. This could sound boring except that I consider cooking an art form. No one gets bored. Guests are shocked occasionally, but never bored. As any artist, I am always on the hunt for new…

How a flower saved me from going completely bananas (aka “How I survived the Grand Jury”)

How a flower saved me from going completely bananas (aka “How I survived the Grand Jury”)

There are some experiences adults should never have, some we cannot ever even talk about, and yet, there we find ourselves dead in the middle of it, silent. On occasion, time itself affords us an opportunity to make mention and so time has passed and I mention how I came to love this particular herb,…

The two boys who won’t eat vegetables, a story that has nothing to do with hiding greens in meatloaf or zucchini cake…

The two boys who won’t eat vegetables, a story that has nothing to do with hiding greens in meatloaf or zucchini cake…

I know that three of you reading this post have children who eat vegetables. First off, clearly God loves you more and, second, you may still like the recipe that makes up the grand conclusion of this post. For all of the other parents of picky children, I’ve got a great story for you. As…

 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…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

These simple citrus salts may make you very popular among your friends…

These simple citrus salts may make you very popular among your friends…

Last year I was inspired by Heidi Swanson’s post to make my own citrus salts. The process is such a no-brainer, drop-dead easy one! Heidi offers suggestions on how to most enjoy these salts as “finishing” salts on things like avocado slices. I was inspired. It took me a whole year to work on the…

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…

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,…


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Alastair (5), an early reader, asked, "Do they sell licorice here?" And FTR it was an important Nevada… http://t.co/ndM74Uip9l
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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
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Waterfall at the Mt Whitney trailhead #18summers http://t.co/z8TyhlYemb
#FlavorsOfTheForest project, tasting a sagebrush soda: "Kids, the flavor of California cowboys!" Kid: "It tastes dirty, like a cowboy." ;)