Salve Making: The Lotion Alternative

Salve Making: The Lotion Alternative

Hello again after an extend period of blogging drought! Life has a way of sweeping you up and then suddenly it's been months since you've last posted something. Yet here we are, mid January, and what better way to start off the new year than with a post to help nourish ourselves. Note: You'll notice that blog posts will now incorporate recipes related to not only wild foods but also self-care and herbalism.

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White Currant Juice

White Currant Juice

White currants are something of a rarity. They aren't apt to be stocked at your local grocery store as they are extremely perishable. They will probably even be absent at even the most kitschy farmers' markets because I'll just say it...they are a pain in the pinfeathers to harvest.

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Zuni Cafe Roast Chicken & Chicken Stock

Zuni Cafe Roast Chicken & Chicken Stock

It's human nature to make things difficult right? Worry, fret, overzealous mental chatter...or maybe it's just me. Hopefully you are better equipped at dealing with your inner gremlins. I'm working on it. ;)

So in honor of making my week a little less complicated I give you a lovely Zuni Cafe recipe for oven roasted chicken. To follow the recipe for a super nutritive and extremely uncomplicated chicken stock.

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Dandelion Capers

Dandelion Capers

Dandelions...Taraxacum officinale. Homeowners despise them and although I'm not quite yet a homeowner I do believe I've found the solution that will raise the lovely dandie from green lawn perfectionist's arch nemesis to a tasty value added condiment. Folks may I present the dandelion caper. Call me crazy but yes this actually works. Even better the capers actually taste great.

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Rhubarb & Strawberry Freezer Jam

Rhubarb & Strawberry Freezer Jam

We all have to work through things and today in Minnesota I'm quite certain that's exactly what mother nature was doing. Snow pellets, blustery winds...but smattered in between the extended periods of cloud cover...tiny glimmers of sunshine. In hopes of giving the lady of all things green a little encouragement to power through her mood swings I scampered over to the garden for inspiration. And wouldn't you know as luck would have it baby rhubarb shoots!

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Stinging Nettle Tea

Stinging Nettle Tea

Most folks wait for their tulips or day lilies to pop up in the spring. This lady, I wait for the nettles. Yes those pesky persnickety bothersome plants that light up your short wearing summer legs like a California wild fire...those nettles.

Thankfully my love affair with Urtica Dioica didn't occur from a short short/ dense wood experience. Instead the plant whose latin genus name means "to burn" stole my heart through a simple cup of tea.

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Pickled Ramps

Pickled Ramps

There are reasons as to why I only harvest a handful of ramps when there are thousands in my "ramp patch." As are there reasons why I comb the woods mid March in a ridiculous-looking 1980s snowmobile suit--just in case one uber-early ramp might have peeked through the soil without me seeing. And sometimes those concrete examples as to why we love some things aren't quite necessary. Ramps, Allium tricoccum, generally sprout out around mid to late April in damp forest-like conditions.

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