Japanese Knotweed Crumb Cake

Japanese Knotweed is an invasive species that shoots up in the spring. Lucky for us, this plant is edible and delicious. As with all wild edibles, it must be collected in a clean area. I picked a few choice specimens, packed them in my bag and brought them home to wash and chop. I like…

Grids

Five years of photographs. Twenty seasons. Holidays. Birthdays. So much growth.

The Best Things In Life

September brings abundance. Most weekends in September, you’ll find us wandering the forest looking for chicken of the woods mushrooms, their orange glow beckoning.  After many seasons, our eyes are now calibrated to recognize their shape in the shadows. These early fall days are warm and bright, colorful and bountiful. The scent of wild grapes…

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

A dear friend at the gym offers excess zucchini. There’s no doubt what you’ll make. Chocolate Zucchini Bread or simply chocolate cake, as we’ve come to call it. This mix of chocolate batter and shredded zucchini makes a fudgy, decadent chocolate bread/cake. A well worn loaf pan awaits. Forty-five minutes later…. Enjoy with a mug…

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,…

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,…