Mabon, Harvest, and a recipe for Miniature Pumpkin Bundt Cakes

The ancient holidays and festivals emphasized hope, renewal, and gratitude.  Mabon is the second of the harvest festivals.  Today the day and night are equal and we prepare for the darkness and the introspection that comes with winter.  But now we light a bonfire and have a feast and celebrate with our village and our families the bountiful gardens that…

Dining During the Depression

I am reading a beautiful book that my penpal, Holly, sent me.  Reading through the simple recipes from a time where creativity and positivity led to survival and the simplest of foods were treasured inspires and delights me.  The stories that are interspersed through the book are lovely memories that remained despite the harrowing times. …

Preserving Chilies and Herbs for Winter

The winds caught everything in its grasp in unusual tyrannical fits this last spring. It lifted trees and roofs in some places. At our house, some branches came down and the ristras decorating my porch went flying. Their seeds settled in the gardens and have been growing better than the ones I started myself from…

Wild Canning and Red Chili

  Sure, just going to the store and buying cheap cans of vegetables is easy but there is just something about canning that is so satisfying.  From choosing what you are going to preserve, to preparing it, to hearing that lovely lid popping sound, to opening up a jar in the winter to find yourself…

Daring to Live (part 1-Become a Gourmet Chef)

I sometimes wonder if Emily Dickinson had the right idea.  Lock yourself away from the world in your house and write.  One can write about spiders without overthinking it.  What Miss Dickinson taught us is that intuitive, highly sensitive, intelligent women suffer from anxiety.  It’s built in.  I have been overthinking everything since I was six years…

Nourished (Preparing Whole Grains)

I have really never felt so nourished.  The prolific garden is heady with earthen smells of recent rain and the corn is already knee high before fourth of July.  The cabbages burrow into themselves, creating crisp, rotund rounds.  Wild food grows prolific.  Birds of many types and squirrels prance through the garden spaces to eat. …

Mulberry Walnut Quick Bread (and the Mother’s generosity)

  She is rich with generosity.  I have never eaten so well.  On this large city lot food is everywhere.  Rich carpets of wild greens.  Nuts ripening.  Fruits forming.  Mother Earth pushes water and nutrients to my seeds and smiles as seedlings emerge and take shape with shocking speed.  Roses fill the spaces with vibrancy.  My…

Mulberry Summer

Gifts from nature and our new land.  A cross between a blueberry and a raspberry.  Juicy and tasting of early summer, these gifts plentiful across the vast branches of the trees we could not identify.  This is indeed a new world of beauty and bounty. Mulberries.  I had heard the name but had never experienced…

Foraging for Goose Foot (cooking with wild foods)

You needn’t search far for goose foot, also known as lamb’s quarters.  You can see by the shape why it was referred to as goose foot.  You could also look for common mallow.  Or purslane (The highest source of Omega 3 available.)  And of course, dandelions. Oh my, the list does go on.  Mother Nature…

Of Simmering Beans and Days of Dreams

The kitchen wishes for a long rustic table of family and friends, arriving with kisses and laughter, and voices rising with the steam from the pot.  The snow is too high and treacherous today, so just an intimate dinner in our quiet abode for two.  The cats rest warmly on the sofa as a book can hardly…

March 20,2017-Spring and Wild Greens

Spring stretches her arms and yawns.  She wakes to see the sun shining in to greet her, hears chirping of the birds in the trees, the warming ground pulsating with life.  She gets up to throw open the shutters and wave good morning to the many spirits about.  The plants, the rocks, the trees, the…

The Power of Purslane

Purslane, you sly fellow.  There he is coming up through the cracks in the pavement even though last week he was shot with poisonous chemicals to kill him.  Yet, the mighty purslane prevails. I do find it just a smidge ironic that we as a society are so fiercely lacking in nutrients in our current…