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Nutritious culinary and healing recipes collected from the North American garden, orchard, forest, river and ocean

Stuffed Zucchini Blossom and Heirloom Tomato Salad

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Zucchini blossoms are a great seasonal ingredient and a fun one to work with. Yes, you will get a little less zucchini when you harvest the flowers to eat but I think anyone who has grown zucchini can agree that this is just fine. The fried zucchini blossom sitting atop a fresh heirloom tomato salad is a divine treat. Thank you, garden! Read more…

Herbal Teas

herbtea4Making tea out of your fresh garden herbs is so easy you will wonder why it took you so long to start doing it, I did at least. Any fresh herb can be dried and made into tea. You can make tea from just one herb variety or combine several to make a more complex tasting herbal tea.
This quick drying method is fast, simple and works the same for any fresh herb you have on hand. Rather than let the leaves slowly air dry (which does work) using the oven on low heat quickly achieves the same result. 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…

Cod with Morels and Garden Peas (Surf n’ Earth)

DSCN0838If I could only eat two categories of foods, they would be fish and vegetables. Cod is a mellow tasting fish, ready to be prepared with other ingredients and it really shines when fried up with only butter cooked up hot and fast. Read more…

Clarified (Ghee) Butter

gheefiveWhen the milk solids are removed from butter what’s left is just the healthy fat and this is a tremendous cooking fat. The butter can now be heated to high temps without being damaged. Read more…

Bones n’ Guts Recipes

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Eating something a little different can be exciting. Maybe you have not tried it before or are not sure if you want to eat it altogether. We are not generally grossed out by a chicken breast or a slice of ham but those pieces are only part of the animal. 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…

Green Eggs

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It’s almost spring and my herb garden has already sprouted back to life, I am ready to put fresh herbs up front in any recipe I can, and the chickens are nearly back to full production of eggs. Adding a goat or cream cheese into the mix and you wind up with a scramble that is creamy and scrumptious. Read more…

Seaweed Salad

seaweedSeaweed has become a much more common food in the western world lately and that is a great thing as seaweed is a nutritional powerhouse. Although it is bountiful on the west coast very little of our local seaweed is ever consumed. Read more…

Cherry Bison Stew

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Winter goes on for awhile in the west and the usual meat ‘n potato recipes can become a little stale. Bison, cherries, and butternut squash bring three completely different flavors and textures together for a stew that breaks up this boredom. Read more…

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