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“Almost Instant Soup” secrets

“Almost Instant Soup” secrets

Over the years I’ve had comments from folks who’ve said, “When there seems to be nothing to eat, time to shop for groceries, you put a great meal together out of what appears to be nothing.” As I finished the post below, I realized that these are some of my secrets to whipping up good…

Sweet & sour spicy slaw to combat your salad boredom

Sweet & sour spicy slaw to combat your salad boredom

Do you suffer from salad boredom? It’s so easy to fall into a rut when it comes to salad-making. A week’s supply of Romaine lettuce and a couple of good homemade dressings can keep you in almost instant salads for a week. It’s a great time saver, but after a while the salads all taste…

Spicy tomato powder hummus

Spicy tomato powder hummus

How handy that hummus has become a comfort food in this home! It’s simple to make, it stores well for several days, travels wonderfully, and is so adaptable to different seasonings. It could become a regular stand-by in your kitchen too. If you have tried cooking with tomato powder, you already know how beautifully it…

A sun burn remedy mask for heat and redness (with a food that may surprise you)

A sun burn remedy mask for heat and redness (with a food that may surprise you)

Amanda’s note: Here is another great recipe tutorial from Ramya Venkateshwaran, writing in India from her website WildTurmeric.net. She shares here a sun burn remedy used in India that we had simply never considered. Interesting! ~~~ This homemade face mask made with fresh apples and ground oatmeal treats sun burn and will also give your…

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….

 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…

Flavors of the forest, adventures, and #18summers

Flavors of the forest, adventures, and #18summers

And so it has begun. We get 18 summers with our children and quite a few of those summers are usually behind us before we realize it. With our two boys, we have seven summers left with one and thirteen with the other before they end up being completely legal men. We have the emerging…

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….

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…

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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 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…

This cabbage salad is light, bright, and fresh with a delicate combination of flavors

This cabbage salad is light, bright, and fresh with a delicate combination of flavors

Put away any notion you might have of what a cabbage salad should be if you have only experienced mayonnaise-based coleslaw they offer in many restaurants. A traditional coleslaw is great and has its place, but there are many other ways to make non-traditional cabbage salad. The flavor of this cabbage salad is light, bright,…

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…

Natural allergy relief that is so complete and immediate (and cheap), it may blow you away

Natural allergy relief that is so complete and immediate (and cheap), it may blow you away

My 10-year-old son has increasing problems with seasonal allergies — we brace ourselves as spring comes with its pollen because this kid really reacts. Last year we kept him comfortable with over-the-counter medications, local honey, regular elderflower tea, lavender oil in a nebulizer/diffuser concoction as he sleeps, and a chest rub of lavender and eucalyptus…


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