This first weekend of fall, Thomas and I were working our way down the mountain after a morning of hiking. We were nearing the last of the trail when we noticed some big white balls sitting in the brush near a field. What a score! Giant puffballs! We split one in half and happily made … Continue reading Puffball Parmesan
Hey guys! I put together a few of my favorite recipes utilizing wild edibles. The new book is available on Amazon in paperback and eBook format. Take a peek and let me know what you think!
Pizza starts with, you guessed it, pizza dough. Pour a cup of warm water and 2 1/4 teaspoons of active dry yeast into the bowl of a stand mixer. Let this sit for about five minutes before adding 3 cups of flour, 1 teaspoon salt and 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Using the dough hook, … Continue reading Maitake and Pepperoni Pizza
When we reach the end of this life, the only thing that really matters are the relationships we’ve nurtured over the years. It doesn’t matter how much money we’ve made, how big our house was, which car we drove, or how successful our career was. One thing my Gram was good at was nurturing relationships. … Continue reading The End
Black Cherry trees are full of ripe berries bursting with flavor, ready to be picked and made into something mouth watering. Our last foray out on the landscape yielded wild black cherries, rosa rugosa rose hips, and a handful of crab apples. We added equal parts wild black cherries (mashed) and sugar to a jar, … Continue reading Wild Black Cherry Cordial
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 … Continue reading Japanese Knotweed Crumb Cake
Here's to another 25!
Five years of photographs. Twenty seasons. Holidays. Birthdays. So much growth.
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 … Continue reading The Best Things In Life
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 … Continue reading Chocolate Zucchini Bread