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Magical Sage Throat Healing Potion

There are a number of teas that sooth the throat but none more available as a home remedy than Sage! It grows everywhere and as a woody herb, usually remains vibrant in the garden year round. Sage works so well it’s really pretty incredible. I will typically make this as a tea and drink it straight, however those who tend to complain about a scratchy throat in this house (the smaller people) are more likely to accept this with a drop of honey. It can also just be used as a gargle for a sore throat. Sage has numerous properties that are known to fight infections of the throat. Read more…

Rustic Cran-Pear & Acorn Muffins

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Fall and holiday flavors may just be the most distinctive and cherished of all the seasons. Here, some of the usual holiday ingredients combined with one you probably have not used before, the earthy acorn flour, which grounds these lively flavors and ties them together for something old world unique. Read more…

Pumpkin Puree

Making your own pumpkin puree is really pretty easy and totally worthwhile. It can be used to make pumpkin pies, pastries, as well as smoothies and even chili. For this recipe it’s best to use medium sized “baking” pumpkins rather than Halloween “carving pumpkins” as they have a little more sweetness. However regular pumpkins work too if you have some on hand that need to be used for something other than just becoming a jack-O-lantern. Read more…

Ugly Apple Sauce

Making apple sauce is a great idea especially if you have an old apple tree in your yard and have more apples than you can eat. These trees are often heirloom varieties and may not look perfect but are a perfect for preserving apples. Read more…

Oregon Grape Jelly

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Oregon Grape may just be the most underused yet widely available foraging opportunity out there. Oregon Grape grows all over the northwest and beyond, it’s also an especially popular landscaping plant. Read more…

Deconstructed Spring Vegetable & Fish Soup

If you did your garden up just right you might have all the vegetables you need as this is a fairly common group of late spring/early summer garden offerings.  Of course they will all be easy to find at farmer’s markets as well. If you have never tried plucking pea leaves off and cooking with them, this is a good chance to give it a try. Baby spinach is a good substitute if you don’t have peas actively growing in the garden. Read more…

A Better Vegetable Stock

Vegetable stocks frequently come out dull and flavorless. This recipe attempts to remedy some of the missteps that prevent these veggies from reaching their full potential. Unlike a meat based stock that would be covered and cooked for hours, this recipe is cooked much quicker as the volume of liquid reduces to concentrate the flavor. The most important ingredient in a vegetable stock is anything from the onion (allium) family as this is where much of the flavor will come from. Read more…

Lavender Tea

Teas made with fresh herbs and spices often tend to come out a little weak. Once dried however, these ingredients are much more prone to releasing their flavors and properties when emulsified in liquid. The trick to rendering the flavors out of fresh herbs is to first agitate them before infusing. In some cases, grinding or a pestle and mortar can work but for this tea all that’s needed is to simply chop up the blossoms a little. Read more…

Spring Scorched Vegetables

DSCN0619Sometimes it’s nice to have limited ingredient choices as this helps to direct the creation of a recipe. Here I use almost everything that’s ready in my early spring garden this year. Although every fruit is a perennial plant, only a few vegetables are, asparagus being an exception. Read more…

Roasted Cauliflower

Roasted cauliflower may not be one of those foods you have a craving for but it just might be once you try roasting it. I roast vegetables of all kinds but for some reason I did not figure to roast cauliflower for a long time. At this point countless heads of cauliflower have been consumed by my kids over the years thanks to this simple method. Read more…

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