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Patriotic popsicles with a key tip on color

Patriotic popsicles with a key tip on color

They are bright, tasty, and even patriotic. Every day is a good day for a refreshing fruit-based popsicle, but they are especially choice on patriotic holidays. We keep popsicles like these stock in our freezer. My boys get excited over the treat and, frankly, it’s a pretty easy and healthy way to treat yourself. As…

Agua de jamaica — A hibiscus punch for a hot summer day

Agua de jamaica — A hibiscus punch for a hot summer day

If there is one thing Mexicans do better than just about anyone else it is “stay cool in the summer.” Mexican cuisine is loaded with refreshing beverages. Agua de jamaica is one of my favorites because not only does it keep you cool and hydrated, it helps you maintain a healthy heart. I wrote about…

Fermented orange and onion (in a vinegar base)

Fermented orange and onion (in a vinegar base)

This is a very simple and fun ferment. One of these days you will have these three ingredients sitting around and you will just need to try it. It is simply fresh oranges, red onion, and white wine vinegar. You could add garlic and, basically, anything at all to suit yourself. During the fermentation, the…

Enjoy the full flavor of cilantro with this cilantro pesto (preserve it this way too)

Enjoy the full flavor of cilantro with this cilantro pesto (preserve it this way too)

When I realized that fresh cilantro could be frozen, keeping most of its earthy flavor intact, I was really stoked. You might want to read the post on that first excursion in saving one of my favorite seasonings, if you haven’t already (freezing cilantro). Freezing cilantro means no need to pay outrageous prices for cilantro…

Strawberries and cream on a stick (Popiscles from the Half Pint Hacks)

Strawberries and cream on a stick (Popiscles from the Half Pint Hacks)

Of course, there are never too many ways to try strawberries and very few ways to mess them up in any real way. The Half Pint Hacks (Fresh Bites Daily’s youngest generation) combines strawberry with cream in a can’t miss combination of flavors. Freeze it and enjoy it in the shade on one of these…

 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.)


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…

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…

Elderberry Tea for Flavor and Health

Elderberry Tea for Flavor and Health

With our focus on building our immune systems this flu season, elderberry is an important tool. It can help prevent getting the flu or perhaps can help reduce our symptoms. In our own area we can actually harvest wild elderberries and make syrup that we freeze for the winter. It is that syrup we use…

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…

Pickled dandelion. Ha! Yes, these are some very good pickles.

Pickled dandelion. Ha! Yes, these are some very good pickles.

Amanda’s note: Here is another fun post by Carol Little of Studio Botanica. She mentioned the concept of dandelion pickles in her post here on dandelion vinegar and I said, “Carol, we NEED to know more about that.” She sent me a recipe, I made it, waited around for two weeks before I could taste…

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Whether it's a forest flavor, a turmeric flavor from India, or grandma's simple salad, these are the most popular posts on our site.

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,…

“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…

A super-hot salve to tame your arthritis pain

A super-hot salve to tame your arthritis pain

Leave it to nature to provide remedies for the things that ail us. This particular one grows wild in Mexico and has become a staple here in California and throughout the southwest. Known as being some of the hottest peppers on earth, they are not for the faint of heart. Before this summer I had…

Introducing 3-D pictures at FreshBitesDaily — it’s super-cool new tech (including pictures of “the hobo kitchen”)

Introducing 3-D pictures at FreshBitesDaily — it’s super-cool new tech (including pictures of “the hobo kitchen”)

Deserving mention on its own, I wanted to introduce a new type of “photo” you will find here on FreshBitesDaily.com — “3-D” photos made with the Lytro Illum camera. (Find the camera here at our Amazon partner and prepare for sticker shock….) The photos below are not regular JPG or TIFF image files. They are…

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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