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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Brussels Sprout Capers

Brussels Sprout Capers

Yes, I admit it! I am one of those people...the dreaded foodie. The individual that prides themselves in knowing every ingredient, how to prepare it, what it should go with. My leisure reading...what cookbook shall we start with? Guilty. Some have a shoe fetish.  Others dabble in sports. I am obsessed with food.

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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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Preserved Kumquats

Preserved Kumquats

Colds are not fun. Thankfully there are many remedies aside from over the counter medications to help...like getting to play with these delightful little cherubs of sunshine.

Folks, meet the kumquat. Along with my three day nothing but chicken soup, fruit and tea cleanse, these little darling have me on the way to being mended shortly. Estimated time of departure cold...NOW. Yes, little pest, I'm kicking you out!!! 

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Vinegar Sweetened Frozen Strawberries

Vinegar Sweetened Frozen Strawberries

Sometimes simplicity is all one needs amidst the chaos of our every day lives. This effortless treat surprised me. It came about as a result of my shrub obsession and having a ridiculous amount of frozen strawberries in the freezer. Shrubs, if unfamiliar, are an infusion of vinegar, sweetener and fruit. The vinegar is brought to a boil and combined with the sweetener which is then poured over fruit to infuse. Generally, fresh fruit is used, but I was low on fresh and figured why not use frozen.

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