Cattail Shoots

Cattail Shoots

Cucumbers...you wouldn't think I would begin a post relating to cattail shoots referring to a mid summer Cucurbitaceae but I am.

No, I haven't gone crazy, bonkers...cukoo cukoo bananas. It is just that cattail shoots for the forager are nature's early summer cucumber. Crisp with water-saturated flesh that resembles  the texture of a large scallion these precious early summer gems are marvelous.

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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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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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White Spruce Tip Tea

White Spruce Tip Tea

It's funny how things can sneak up on you. Yesterday I got off work ready to walk my furry four-legged companion and whamo. Two hops and a skip out the door I look up and green little spruce growth is staring back at me. And not just any spruce growth...tip growth!

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Maple Syrup

Maple Syrup

At certain the times the world is like "Booyah" in your face. Today that happened with the thermometer. Exhibit A:

Damn near 70°F. Two days ago I was wearing my winter parka. Today Minneapoltins were running in shorts and tank tops. One brave little boy topped everyone. Swim trunks, Lake Harriet and a very apprehensive looking mother. Wow.

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Dried Elderberries & Oatmeal

Dried Elderberries & Oatmeal

Cold. Does anyone like it? Perhaps it's just that first blast of a 20ºF morning. 20ºF, 20 mph Northwest winds...oh yes and I decided I would go biking. Yes that type of morning. Cold not quite the best descriptor of how popsicle-like I felt. More post John Beargrease Dog Sled Race. Space heater, leg warmers, SAAD light...oh where out thou?

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DIY Nutritional Yeast...Puffball Seasoning Salt

DIY Nutritional Yeast...Puffball Seasoning Salt

Watch out nutritional yeast! There's a new cat in town and boy are they frontin' some fierce competition.

That's right folks this stuffs the bomb-diggity. Yes, I just said bomb-diggity. I don't know what they even means but who cares?! The heck with that  old vegan standard and overly processed nutritional yeast! Meet puffball seasoning salt.

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