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Not your everyday broccoli deli salad

Not your everyday broccoli deli salad

When the mayonnaise/yogurt broccoli salad swept the country years back, everyone wanted it. It was a treat with lots of interesting ingredients. At this point, however, it has been around so long that it is almost a cliche. If you have tired of the old stuff from the deli, consider this recipe a welcome change….

Roast your beets to take them to a new level (with two approaches)

Roast your beets to take them to a new level (with two approaches)

With growing interest in health and nutrition, interest in beets is on the rise but most people do not know what to do with them. Roasting beets is a wonderful entry-level skill to develop. In fact, learn to roast beets and you can use those little darlings as the base for some of the most…

A bowlful of garlicky goodness with the crunch and flavor of red cabbage

A bowlful of garlicky goodness with the crunch and flavor of red cabbage

This salad is defined by the salad dressing itself — rugged garlic dressing — from the superb Cabbagetown Cafe Cookbook for a cabbage salad flavor that may even surpass sauerkraut. If you do not have that cookbook, there is an empty place on your shelf that needs to be filled. You may also have to…

Garden trellis ideas for climbing vines

Garden trellis ideas for climbing vines

Winter time is our time to work on our soil-building and garden structures here in California and so we are all about trellises right now. They won’t be covered in vining plants for many months but they will be ready. As you build your garden it is important to consider the needs of your future…

A simple way to enjoy roasted cauliflower

A simple way to enjoy roasted cauliflower

‘Tis the season! I found cauliflower for $1 a head. After bringing home four heads, I hit the Internet for new ideas on roasting cauliflower, or any new cauliflower idea for that matter. Jadan Hair and her Steamy Kitchen offered an enticing path which I proceeded to follow. At least I followed it to a…

 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.)


Your handy “flu shots” and what research says about using this fruit to recover from the flu

Your handy “flu shots” and what research says about using this fruit to recover from the flu

Home remedies for common illnesses such as the flu are exciting by all counts, but this fruit 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…

A weedy salad. You may find ingredients growing in the cracks of your driveway :)

A weedy salad. You may find ingredients growing in the cracks of your driveway :)

Glorious Summer! Wander out to the garden and gather some crunchy cucumbers, a ripe tomato or two, and a handful of purslane for the main ingredients of a memorable salad. Purslane? Yes, that weed you’ve been tossing into the compost is a wonderfully nutritious summer green – as well as tasty. Purslane is a bit…

Another fun forest flavor in a soda

Another fun forest flavor in a soda

Magical things happen when you take two hours to yourself for the first time in a month. I grabbed some bags, clippers, and gloves and headed out to gather something else entirely when I stumbled upon a prolific stand of native chamomile. Chamomile grows readily here in the Sequoia National Forest but it is a…

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….

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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Five teas to improve your blood pressure (that actually taste good) and forest fire pictures as a bonus…

Five teas to improve your blood pressure (that actually taste good) and forest fire pictures as a bonus…

I knew I had hit that “middle age” milestone pretty squarely when I had to think about this issue at all. Through my younger years, my blood pressure was an enviable 105/65. Of course, a number of demographic factors have lined up against me since, namely advancing age and weight. Those demographic factors were lined…

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,…

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,…

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…

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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My sons announced, "Mama, we would like to attend the 'Barbie Princess Charm School'!"
A side view of our house we seldom see -- from across an undeveloped area #Sequoia http://t.co/Wxgv4rQ8MY
Doing chores with a friend in his hand. #parenting #chickens #homesteading http://t.co/g7AjfjI1WD
I now have 135 #lemonbalm seedlings in my #greenhouse. I expect I have enough. LOL #Herbs http://t.co/q6fIdc3R5y

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