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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The Everything Pumpkin Seed

The Everything Pumpkin Seed

I don't do gluten. It's a sad thing that I've dealt with and overcome. There are however those certain times when my glutenous cravings go 75 in a 30.

Exhibit A: The Everything Bagel. A splendid little entity that contains a plethora of pleasantly palatable seasonings sprinkled atop doughy decadent bliss. Five days a week I have to stock these blasted things. Freshly baked and still warm wafting their delectable belly aching aromas into my poor gluten deprived nostrils.

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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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Pink Oven Roasted Apple Sauce

Pink Oven Roasted Apple Sauce

Fear not!!!! No berries were harmed during the making of this applesauce. In fact, no berries were even involved in the making of this applesauce. Truth! 100% pure apple goodness here ladies and gent.

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Maraschino Spiced & Pickled Crab Apples

Maraschino Spiced & Pickled Crab Apples

Okay, okay. So they aren't really maraschino crab apples. No, they won't be like those over liqueured cherries that you find skewered on pastel cocktail swords afloat in Shirley Temples. Sorry folks... THESE ARE BETTER!  Bejeweled little ruby delights these glamour bombs are a visual stunner and will have your taste buds wishing you had preserved more!

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Wild Mushroom Salts

Wild Mushroom Salts

Often times wild foraging is more about the hunt than searching out food for survival. Leaves rustling, wind blowing, nettles, burdock...then you stop. Gadzooks, mushrooms! Adreneline pumping you look both ways (don't want anyone to know you've found anything!) and your mind's focus abruptly shifts from woodsy whimsy walk to a heart-thumping hasty harvest.

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Rendering Duck Fat & Duck Fat Roasted Squash Seeds w/ Truffle Salt

Rendering Duck Fat & Duck Fat Roasted Squash Seeds w/ Truffle Salt

Want that Thanksgiving aroma in your home minus the wacky relatives and the over-expanding waist band on your pants? Render duck fat! No trussing, no fussing, that warm, slightly nutty aroma of succulent browning turkey can now be made by simply adding a splash of water and duck fat to a saucepan. Stick in a 200°F oven, walk away for 6-12 hours and presto! Thanksgiving aroma, lovely rendered fat for cooking and no turkey day hassle.

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