Often times in life we have preconceived notions of how things should be. We build up people, places--in my case an overly complex radish based horseradish sauce-- and create these ideals that will inevitably never attain our lofty expectations. Today life gave me that pleasant little reminder that plan, formulate as much as I'd like the best things often just happen, surprise us and give us that kick-in-the-butt reminder why being present in the here and now is so incredibly important.Read More
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.Read More
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!Read More
I admit it. I am obsessed. Some dabble in fine wines, others craft beers...this little nettle is becoming a full fledged gastronome amidst the refined world of fruit and vegetable powders.
For those of you who haven't been around the ol' Urban Nettle blog lately you won't have any idea what I'm talking about. If you're a regular however you'll probably be groaning, "Gracious Urban...another powder?"Read More
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?Read More
Alright folks, why do onions and garlic always get the shelf space on the the spice rack? There are other alliums! Shallots, scallions, chives, my personal favorite ramps. Apparently there are well over a thousand allium species. Note: If you are blanking on me here with what an allium is no worries. Alliums are the genus (taxonomic category) name of the onion family.Read More
Sane people plan their fall vacations around reasonable temperatures and peak leaf color. I, the unconventional sort of person that I am, am not one of those people.
No folks. Late October and I'm spending my paid time off down in the south eastern corner of the state donning long underwear and on ocassion my -20ºF rated Will Steiger Mucklus.Read More