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Dried orange slices — More than just decorations or additions to your potpourri

Dried orange slices — More than just decorations or additions to your potpourri

A few years ago Marilyn Beard of Just Making Noise wrote about how she was drying orange slices. I’ve done that to use the slices as Christmas tree decorations but the thought of eating those dried discs never occurred to me. Marilyn has a cool blog with great ideas, so we HAD to give this…

And you wondered what to do with all that orange peel … perfect gifts!

And you wondered what to do with all that orange peel … perfect gifts!

Do you have an abundance of citrus and regularly squeeze up a pitcher of orange juice? Your counter tops are likely filled with a pile of squeezed out orange skins. They do compost well, but you might consider another route. Candy them! Candied orange peel is a nice finisher for a garlic-laden meal. It cuts…

Ginger Powder: How to Make Your Own and What To Do With It (in a Lesson from India)

Ginger Powder: How to Make Your Own and What To Do With It (in a Lesson from India)

Amanda’s note: I always love opening up my emails from Ramya because I get to read great new content like this one. Ramya writes from a coconut farm in India where she shares traditional solutions to daily problems and some of her best kitchen techniques. Drying your own ginger is one of those techniques. Find…

Gourmet potato salad with dried tomatoes (for your next entertaining adventure)

Gourmet potato salad with dried tomatoes (for your next entertaining adventure)

Whenever anyone tells me they are bringing potato salad to a potluck, I cringe. Usually that means a quart or gallon of potato salad from Smart and Final or Costco. The only discernible flavor? Mayonnaise! In my opinion, the big box stores have just ruined the reputation of potato salad. Make your own and raise…

A soothing drink for your upset stomach

A soothing drink for your upset stomach

When I read Ramya’s post about how to make coconut milk from fresh coconuts (here), I took note of the little nugget in it: If you have an upset stomach, combine coconut milk and cardamom powder with a little sweetener as a beverage to sooth your stomach. It’s hard to go wrong with coconut milk…

 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.)


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…

Nettle seed soup for a quick nutrition fix

Nettle seed soup for a quick nutrition fix

This soup recipe may be a great little nugget for you nettle foragers out there. We make use of the immature seed that fell off our nettle harvest in late spring as we processed nettle. The nettle had put on seed heads but the seeds were not so mature that you would plant with them….

More adventures and flavors on “The Lost Road” (and a remedy for grumpiness…)

More adventures and flavors on “The Lost Road” (and a remedy for grumpiness…)

It was a *very*grumpy* morning for me when I walked into our living room and belted out, “What should we do when your mama is tired and grumpy?” “Go to The Lost Road!” Alastair (5) shouted. “Wow, good idea,” I thought. “That really might do it!” But I was suddenly in a fix: Frederick had…

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…

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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.

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…

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,…

Turmeric Benefits, Uses: The weird and the wild and the really orange…

Turmeric Benefits, Uses: The weird and the wild and the really orange…

You have likely heard of turmeric and its cancer-preventing and disease-inhibiting property curcumin, at least if you have eyes to read or ears to hear. It is now the most-studied spice on the planet. It has a long history of use in traditional medicine and increasingly is being recognized in western circles. We are here…

“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…

This heart-healthy tea may be as effective as Captropil at lowering blood pressure (with cholesterol-lowering properties as a bonus)

This heart-healthy tea may be as effective as Captropil at lowering blood pressure (with cholesterol-lowering properties as a bonus)

This family has long enjoyed hibiscus tea on hot summer days but having grown up in a largely-Hispanic part of California, we don’t call it “hibiscus,” we call it by its Spanish name, “jamaica.” Though spelled like the island country of Jamaica, it is actually pronounced “Ha-Mike-Ah” in Spanish. It is a striking deep red…


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One of the structures we lost in the forest fire was a cold frame made out of vintage oak reclaimed… http://t.co/w9jpedshn7
And I say "uncle" to my lemon balm seedling project. I have 64 seedlings repotted now. That ought to… http://t.co/N0T9mNDv3I
I ran out of potting soil before seedlings. I potted 27 lemon balm seedlings. #herbs #gardeninghttp://t.co/X0HKiOIjeK
I'm digging up lemon balm seedlings in preparation for a large planting in the spring #herbs #seqouia http://t.co/3NrALGewQk
Strangeness. #hiking today I found what looks like a honeycomb dislodged from an underground locale.… http://t.co/6x23e9IGxT
Estate sale finds -- #Pyrex and more http://t.co/93nZJ5t8cL

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