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RECIPE: Northeastern Kvass

October 18, 2018

When you’re on a fall hike, taking in the colorful leaves, sharp snaps of twigs beneath your feet, marveling at the beautifully knotted roots of the trees in front of you, you’re probably not thinking about how delicious they all taste together. But boy, you should be! Almost every ingredient in this nature-infused Northeastern Kvass…

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Move Over Squirrels, It’s Acorn Harvesting Time

October 16, 2018

One thing you can count on this time of year is an abundance of acorns underfoot. But if you think that your friendly neighborhood squirrels are the only ones who care about the bounty at our feet – think again! These fruits from the oak tree are not only completely edible they are also a…

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Foraging Up the Perfect Fall Picnic

October 12, 2018

Sure, summer picnics are great and all but have you ever dined al fresco under the vibrant colors of fall foliage? There’s something magical about the crisp autumn air and the radiant hues of oranges and yellows and reds. It’s a picture reminiscent of a quintessential New England town. But if that’s not enough to…

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RECIPE: Low-Carb, Keto-Friendly Cracking Crackers

October 10, 2018

If you’re anything like me, you know how hard it can be to resist the delectable crunch and pure happiness that comes from enjoying your favorite snack cracker. Unfortunately, when you need to cut carbs it can be hard to find a substitute that truly quenches the cravings. Until now. These Cracking Crackers from The…

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RECIPE: Cilantro and Pumpkin Seed Pesto

October 8, 2018

It’s October which means you’re probably chopping, roasting, and pureeing plenty of pumpkins. But what do you do once you get sick and tired of toasting all those seeds? Make the most of the season’s bounty with this recipe for Cilantro and Pumpkin Seed Pesto. The following recipe is from Cooking Close to Home by…

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How To Make Your Own Chèvre Using Natural Ingredients

October 5, 2018

Making cheese at home may seem like a time and labor-intensive process, but what if you could make a delicious, high-quality cheese that practically makes itself?  According to David Asher, author of The Art of Natural Cheesemaking, you can. The following recipe for all-natural chèvre will change the way you look at homemade cheese! Related…

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Recipe: Lost Nation Cider Pie

October 3, 2018

Fall means apples: Walking through orchards picking apples, finding wild apple trees, and best of all … eating apples! We’ve had the privilege of publishing many books with delicious apple recipes over the years but one of our all-time favorites has to be the Lost Nation Cider Pie from Michael Phillips’ The Apple Grower: A…

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How to Harvest, Store, and Cure Squash

September 26, 2018

Are you a squash newbie, afraid of ruining your crop due to rudimentary (at-best) knowledge? Fear not! Expert gardener and squash-enthusiast, Carol Deppe has some tried-and-true guidelines to make sure you  reap the benefits of your hard work. So before you even think about cutting a stem, read this! The following excerpt is from The…

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Why Cows are the Premier Dairy Choice

September 24, 2018

Let’s be honest… cows (should) rule the world. Well, at least the dairy world. While many grazing animals have been milked throughout the course of history (reindeer and horses included), none have been more valued than the cow – a producer of wealth and nourishment and stability. The following excerpt is from Keeping a Family…

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Easy to Make Drying Trays

September 18, 2018

Looking for a new way to enjoy your harvest well into the winter months? If you said, yes, then this one’s for you! By following this simple tutorial, you can expand the lifespan of fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, and even herbs. It’s not only easy, environmentally friendly, and inexpensive — it also means you can enjoy…

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Recipe: Fall Harvest Garden Fries

September 12, 2018

Got a lot of root veggies in your fall harvest? Garden fries are an easy and delicious way to use them up! Enjoy them sans sauce, with ketchup, or if you’re looking to impress dinner guests pair them with a garlicky leek dipping sauce. Bon appetit! The following recipe is from Cooking Close to Home…

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Drinking to Good Health and Other Ancient Customs

September 10, 2018

It’s a little-known fact, but we here at Chelsea Green Publishing love a good piece of trivia. (Did you know beavers have a second set of lips behind their teeth?) When we found out that the saying “to the last drop” comes from an ancient Danish drinking custom, you know we were thrilled. Who doesn’t…

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Four Ways to Preserve Your Green Bean Bounty

September 7, 2018

It’s harvest season and if you’re anything like us you’ve got green beans up the wazoo. If you’re looking for a new way to preserve the bounty for the winter months, these four salt-based techniques should help. Here’s to months of delicious green beans ahead! The following is an excerpt from Preserving Food Without Freezing…

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Ancient Nourishment: Cooking with Mesquite

September 6, 2018

Mesquite has been a staple in desert dwellers’ diet for far longer than maize or even livestock.  With its nutritional value (it’s filled with both complex carbs and protein!) and endless possibilities for preparation, it’s no wonder it was once an integral source of sustenance for such a large region. If you happen to get…

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A Wild and Exacting Food Writer Gets Her Due

August 31, 2018

Now available in paperback, Fasting and Feasting by biographer Adam Federman tells the remarkable life story of Patience Gray: from her privileged and intellectual upbringing in England to her trials as a single mother during World War II to her career working as a designer, editor, translator, and author to describing her travels and culinary adventures…

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RECIPE: Crunchy Candied Tree Leaves

August 29, 2018

The miraculous bounty that nature provides us with knows no limit. No matter where we turn, there’s something to be found in the wilderness that can be consumed and enjoyed in ways we may not have thought of before. Take for example, tree leaves. They’re everywhere, and yet, we most often only notice their abundance…

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Foraging 101: Where to find your bounty

August 28, 2018

We’ve given you descriptions. We’ve given you recipes. We’ve given you (hopefully) inspiration to explore. And now we’re giving you the information you need to begin foraging on your own: where to do it and how to be safe. So go forth, young foragers, and start gathering your bounty. The following excerpt is from Forage,…

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The Hunt for Huckleberries (Plus, a New Recipe!)

August 24, 2018

Huckleberries are a true prize for fruit foragers. Describing them as “intense, juicy,  and addictive,” Sara Bir has the lowdown on where and how to harvest these little guys. And if you’re one of the lucky ones who brings home a bountiful harvest, Bir’s recipe for Buckwheat Huckleberry Buckle is a MUST make. Trust us.…

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Photo by Jereme Zimmerman

Brewing from Scratch: Malt Your Own Grain at Home

August 21, 2018

Do you think making a 100%-from-scratch beer is near-to-impossible? We’re here to tell you, it’s not! With just a few ingredients and a little patience, you can malt your own grain at home and get started on a brewing a batch of beer completely from scratch! The following excerpt is from Brew Beer Like a…

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Gathering Honey from a Weed: The Life of Patience Gray

August 16, 2018

Iconoclastic food writer, forager, and force of nature Patience Gray always found the good in the simple.
 In Fasting and Feasting, Gray’s biographer Adam Federman discovers that her life was never simple. “Struck by Patience Gray’s mind, her vision and her prose, Federman went in search of her past. . . . He’s done the…

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RECIPE: Fermented Honeysuckle Cordial

August 14, 2018

Oh, honeysuckle how we love thee. Your sweet scent evokes memories of days gone by: afternoons spent lounging in the warmth of the spring sunshine, summer nights under the stars, the list goes on. If only there was a way to capture your essence so we can enjoy you more than just in passing… But…

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DIY Weekend: Build a Wood-Fired Oven at Home

August 10, 2018

Do you have a love affair with wood-fired pizza? Can’t resist a fresh from the oven loaf of bread? Are always looking for another DIY project? If you said yes, then one’s for you! Richard Miscovich, bread expert and wood-fired oven builder, offers a few useful tips and general masonry guidelines to help you get…

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Recipe: Summer Herb Flower Vinegar

August 7, 2018

Olivia’s mom, Lola, is famous for her potato salad that seems so simple, but has a certain je ne sais quoi—the secret ingredient: chive-flower-infused vinegar. She recalls, “As a child I was enchanted by the apothecary bottles lined up on our kitchen shelves, stuffed with purple pompoms—I just knew there was magic happening inside.” By…

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Six Principles to Follow When Starting on an Autoimmune Diet

August 6, 2018

Inspired by a combination of his work treating patients with autoimmune disease and working in his garden, Dr. Cowan has developed six principles to help patients create healthy, natural diets. He emphasizes the importance of sourcing quality food from your immediate environment and consuming the correct macronutrients. The following excerpt is from Vaccines, Autoimmunity, and…

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To Hop or Not to Hop?

August 3, 2018

In celebration of International Beer Day, we’ve decided to explore the notion of “to hop, or not to hop?” a question posed by author and homebrewer Jereme Zimmerman in his new book Brew Beer Like a Yeti. For you IPA-loving readers, you may be asking yourself if there is any legitimacy to our query: The…

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