Dual Extraction Tincture

This dual extraction tincture of Reishi mushroom has been 5 weeks in the making. Start by foraging (or buying) your mushroom of choice, here we have Ganoderma tsugae, cut, dried, and packed into a Mason jar with enough 80 proof vodka to cover the material. This will sit in your cabinet for 4-5 weeks or…

Lemon Shortbread with Wood Sorrel

Wood sorrel (Oxalis) grows all over North America. You’ll find it on lawns, popping up in gardens and in the cracks of sidewalks. This little plant was my first wild edible. One of the neighborhood kids on Blueberry Lane told me to taste it, that it was sour like a pickle. Since I love pickles,…

Sourdough

Sourdough bread starts with sourdough starter. Combine the following in a 1 quart wide mouth mason jar: 1/2 cup your choice of flour (I tend to swap back and forth between whole wheat + all purpose) 1/3 cup water Stir vigorously and cover with a coffee filter or cheesecloth, and place in the warmest spot…

Bluff Point State Park

Bluff Point Coastal Reserve is an 800 acre piece of undeveloped land along Long Island Sound. There are hiking and biking trails, areas to barbecue, places to fish with spectacular views, and beaches to sunbathe. We go for the wooded hiking trails, salt filled air, and beach roses. We park, load our backpacks with water,…

Immune System Boost Mushroom Tea

Tiny flecks of snow are falling down to the ground on this tenth day of November and one way to warm the kitchen is to have a big pot of mushroom tea simmering atop the stove. The tea I’m making today is comprised of three of the most medicinal mushrooms known. First up is reishi,…

Nature Nurtures

Nature nurtures us. Nature teaches, inspires, and provides. As far back as I can remember, it has always done these things for me. My parents divorced when I was two and I would visit my dad every other weekend. He lived in a rural area, where roads were dirt and the sound of howling coyotes…

CrossFit Heals

Much of my adult life has been learning to heal from childhood trauma. I’m still working on it and I suspect I always will. Healing is the process of becoming sound or healthy again. CrossFit is helping me heal. I was reluctant to try it. I didn’t have time for it. I was sure it…

Cranberry Juice

The very best version of cranberry juice is made with wild cranberries, but if you can’t find them, the cultivated version in the grocery stores is very similar and still possesses much of the beneficial phytochemistry of its wild predecessor. Cranberries contain antioxidants, antimicrobial compounds, vitamin C, manganese, vitamin E, vitamin K1 and potent flavonol…

Autumn Olive Fruit Leather

This shrub can grow to be about 10 feet tall and grows everywhere in New England. Elaeagnus umbellata goes by many names; autumn olive, japanese silverberry, and spreading oleaster, to name a few. It is native to Asia but was planted for wildlife management and has become invasive in our part of the world. We gather the…