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A natural itch remedy, perhaps right in your backyard

A natural itch remedy, perhaps right in your backyard

Pardon me while I GUSH about a home remedy for itching. It started one May with relieving a rash from stinging nettle. We were foraging for lambs quarters to make our very green soup and ended up in a stand of stinging nettle as well. I am quite allergic to stinging nettle but I harvested… Continue Reading

Do you have your flu shots on hand? Elderberries — Harvesting, buying, using, nutrients, and just about everything else, right here

Do you have your flu shots on hand? Elderberries — Harvesting, buying, using, nutrients, and just about everything else, right here

This post was last updated on September 12th, 2017 at 05:55 am Elderberries are native plants in many areas and ripen in the summer. They are widely enjoyed for their flavor and they may even support your immune system. If they are abundant in your area, you may be able to harvest them all summer… Continue Reading

Turmeric tea in many new flavor combinations

Turmeric tea in many new flavor combinations

I know a lot of you love turmeric tea and I certainly know from experience that it is easy to tire of the same old flavors that you are producing in your kitchen. That’s why I was pleased to stumble upon a turmeric tea sample package when the Half Pints and I attended ShiftCon back… Continue Reading

Cleaning your garden greens

Cleaning your garden greens

I remember having a lovely lunch in a restaurant by Fisherman’s Warf in San Fransisco. Everything was perfect: wonderful view of the ocean, sterling service and then I felt a crunch of sand in the spinach Florentine. How could such a high caliber kitchen fail to thoroughly wash those greens? It happened years ago but… Continue Reading

Exploring the world of sweet peppers

Exploring the world of sweet peppers

Particularly if you frequent farmers markets, you have had the opportunity to try different types of sweet peppers. If all you have ever cooked with is bell peppers, the world of sweet peppers will be a new culinary delight for you. Until I was 40 years old the only sweet pepper I was familiar with… Continue Reading