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Kids taste scorpion candy

Kids taste scorpion candy

“We can just eat it but not eat the scorpion part. Are you with me?” asks Alastair and the boys set off on their goal wondering if the dead and dried scorpion is going to sting them while they suck on the sucker. The kids also crowd source an answer to the important question: “Does…

Here are three methods to preserve your lemons with salt!

Here are three methods to preserve your lemons with salt!

Since you are even looking at this post, I assume you either love North African food or you have 337 ripe lemons on your tree in the backyard and you’re wondering what in the world to do with them. I offer you three tasty ideas. Preserved lemons sound exotic to those of us in North…

Opening a can of Pillsbury crescent rolls, like a jack-in-the-box?

Opening a can of Pillsbury crescent rolls, like a jack-in-the-box?

Inspired by the popular Facebook meme, the Half Pints opened a tube of Pillsbury crescent rolls for the first time. Do you remember the first time? It had been many years since I’d even been around a can of rolls or biscuits that I have to admit, it was a lot of fun and brought…

Herbs for hair loss in a lesson from India

Herbs for hair loss in a lesson from India

Amanda’s note: Here is another wonderful contribution from Ramya Venkateshwaran who writes from her home in India. Ramya describes traditional remedies for hair loss. Find her on her website WildTurmeric.net for more ideas on healthy living. ~~~Hair loss is a common problem for both men and women and it is only increasing over the years….

Kids taste “ant candy” and even survive

Kids taste “ant candy” and even survive

What would kids do if faced with tasting ant candy? The Half Pints work it out, eating as little ant as possible. Some quotes: “I think I tasted a little bit of ant!” “Can we get this candy without ants?” “Why would people want to eat ant candy?

 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.)


This tea or infusion may knock out your seasonal allergies or may just keep you healthy (with a brewing “pro tip”)

This tea or infusion may knock out your seasonal allergies or may just keep you healthy (with a brewing “pro tip”)

We are lucky to have nettle all around us here in the Sequoia National Forest, for nearly nine months a year at various elevations, giving us a great chance to nourish ourselves for the cost of fresh air, some clipping, and steeping or cooking. We rely on a frozen nettle stash through the year for…

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….

A foresty vinegar for your gourmet stash

A foresty vinegar for your gourmet stash

I have had to train myself to harvest pine needles which feels a bit strange but makes sense: When you grow up with a garden and a tomato harvest every August, you don’t have to train yourself that August is tomato month and that you will be very busy slicing and blanching. Who grows up…

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…

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….

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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…

Apple chips are a great way to store apples (if you don’t gobble them up first…)

Apple chips are a great way to store apples (if you don’t gobble them up first…)

Apple chips are a great delight and they are simply dehydrated apples, a process you can do in your own home each fall and enjoy apple chips all year round. We use our Apple Peeler Corer Slicer to turn out as many apple slices as our dehydrator will hold. Where to Buy Apple Chips in…

A traditional Indian remedy for arthritis pain with pro-tips from India itself

A traditional Indian remedy for arthritis pain with pro-tips from India itself

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. Using dried ginger to relieve the pain associated with inflammatory…

Strawberry lemonade concentrate — A new beverage experience

Strawberry lemonade concentrate — A new beverage experience

Strawberry season hits in the valley below us about two months before our own berries begin to ripen. Strawberries cause the two little guys in this house to go into orbit. Alastair got the attention of all the shoppers at a local fruit stand when he squealed “stwawbawwies!” Then he announced to anyone who would…

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…


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