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green beans

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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mesquite in desert

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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fasting and feasting

A Wild and Exacting Food Writer Gets Her Due

August 31, 2018

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 in later years.…

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candied tree leaves

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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mushrooms

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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huckleberries

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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malt grain 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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Patience Gray

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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honeysuckle

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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wood fired oven

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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herb flower vinegar

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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produce

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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hops

To Hop or Not to Hop?

August 3, 2018

For you IPA-loving readers, you may be asking yourself if there is any legitimacy to our query: The answer, of course, is TO HOP. But what if we told you there is another way? It’s okay, you can keep drinking your IPA while you read this but by the end, you may be rethinking everything…

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beer

Miracle Brew: The Science and Magic of Beer

July 27, 2018

Think back to science class… remember those lessons on photosynthesis? We sure don’t, which is unfortunate as we now know that it is crucial to the beer-making process. Perhaps if we realized that simple biochemistry could turn barley into brews, we would have paid better attention. The following excerpt is from  Miracle Brew by Pete Brown. It…

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ice cream

Beat the Heat and Be Good to Your Gut: Dairy-Free Ice Cream Recipes

July 26, 2018

On a cone or in a dish: No matter your preference, no summer day is complete without ice cream! If you’re looking to enjoy everyone’s favorite summertime treat but are worried about how the dairy might affect your gut – fear not!  Using the principles and approved ingredients of the GAPS diet*, even a classic…

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amaranth

An Amaranth Love Affair

July 23, 2018

Our love affair with amaranth began long before the pseudo-grain became a trendy staple for gluten-free folk. The luscious leaves of this annual plant are not only packed with a plethora of health benefits – high levels of protein and calcium, aids in digestion and weight loss, and helps improve vision, to name a few!…

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purslane

The Promise of Purslane

July 19, 2018

Are you quick to grab a shovel at the mere mention of purslane for fear it will overrun your garden? If you nodded your head “yes” as you read that, might we suggest taking a second to rethink your attack? This semi-succulent annual not only boasts the highest-yet-measured levels of omega-3 fatty acids (hello, health…

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cherries

RECIPE: Summer Cherry Cornmeal Cobbler

July 16, 2018

It’s that time of year again: Outdoor barbecues are a weekend staple, trips to the beach and pool are becoming more frequent, and cherries are ripe for the picking! In their book, Cooking Close to Home: A Year of Seasonal Recipes, authors Diane Imrie and Richard Jarmusz provide a seasonal guide chock full of recipes…

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applesauce

No Forbidden Fruit: Life-Changing Applesauce Recipe

July 13, 2018

In her book The Fruit Forager’s Companion, author Sara Bir encourages readers to embrace the magic of hunting for foraged fruit—delivering a how-to guide devoted to the secret, sweet bounty just outside our front doors. Bir, a seasoned chef, gardener, and forager, primes readers on foraging basics, demonstrates gathering and preservation techniques, and shares nearly…

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raspberry yogurt

Recipe: Simple, Greek-Style Yogurt

July 11, 2018

If you’ve got cows, you likely already know the joys of making your own yogurt. It’s easy, delicious, and oh-so-rewarding! If you don’t have cows, we think this recipe will convince you that you need some. The following excerpt is from Keeping a Family Cow by Joann S. Grohman. It has been adapted for the…

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elderberries

Recipe: Country Elderberry Wine

July 10, 2018

There’s really nothing better than sitting down after a long day with a glass of wine and the sun setting in the distance. Unless of course you foraged for the berries for said wine, crushed them by hand, added in some sugar, water, and citric acid, bottled it up, and waited six months before you…

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daylillies

Daylily Dangers and Delights

July 9, 2018

Got some invasive daylilies taking over your garden? Instead of weeding them out why not eat them instead? A common vegetable in China and Japan, daylilies are more than a pretty flower. In her new book, Forage, Harvest, Feast, forager, and author Marie Viljoen describes their taste as “Green bean meets white asparagus by way…

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crab apple

The Surprisingly Sweet Secret of Crab Apples

July 6, 2018

Sure, visiting an orchard to pick apples is fun but foraging for crab apples in your neighborhood is even better! These often overlooked pieces of fruit are the unsung heroes of the apple family for many reasons: they’re all over town, easy on the wallet, and, with a little creativity and patience, can be used…

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fruit in jars for summer drinks

5 Creative Summer Drinks to Help You Cool Off

July 4, 2018

Now that we’re in the “dog days” of summer, the heat can feel a little unrelenting. When it all becomes too much to bear, there’s no better way to cool off than with a refreshing, cold beverage – especially when it’s made with local, organic ingredients that can give you an added health boost! Our…

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public garden

Agroforestry Versus Permaculture: Which Approach to Use for a Community Food Forest

July 2, 2018

Ok, so we’ve gone over some basics of community food forests:  Now it’s time to figure out how to plan one. There are two schools of thought on the best approach to building a community food forest: agroforestry or permaculture. The former offers a science-based approach while the latter incorporates elements of social design. Both work…

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