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Datura is doing great this spring!

May 10, 2022

Some kind of bug is eating the leaves. Datura is psychoactive and poisonous to mammals so we wonder if the bugs get high… or dead.

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Easy ways to get yer greens

November 12, 2020

It can be tough to follow Michael Pollen’s. prescription: “Eat food, not too much, mostly plants.” As Lynell has battled cancer her tastes change dramatically and we tend to drift into a brown/white dominated diet. Here are some fast, tasty ways I’ve been adding greens to the menu. Vegan Leafy Pancakes Modified from 1 […]

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Pickle ferment gear and tips

November 7, 2020

I’ve tried a lot of things and would love others to get started so here’s my best advice on pickling equipment. Just to be clear though… You don’t have to have all this stuff! You’ll get good results with any old jury rigged system you come up with so long as you use the right […]

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Learning to love turnips

November 7, 2020

I have never liked them. 10 years ago we joined a CSA for a weekly box of vegetables and for a while we got some every week. What do do with them? I tried sautéed, au graten, mashed with potatoes, quick vinegar pickles. Blech. Blech. Blech. Blech. This year we started our CSA box again […]

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Weaning myself off of Amazon

November 6, 2020

It’s the Walmart of the internet, grinding up small businesses and sucking up huge sectors of the economy. My small act of eschewing their marketplace won’t turn the tide… but I’ll feel a whole lot better about every purchase. I’ll keep updating this post as I find new sources. 1st Option: The seller website Sure […]

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My favorite kvass recipe

July 16, 2020

I’ve tried a number of variations including traditional bread kvass. This one is my favorite! A tart, fizzy, probiotic beverage with lots of vitamins and minerals. Great over ice on a hot day. Clean water 1/2 sweet potato, shredded 1/2 beet, shredded 1 c shredded carrot 1 Tbsp dried orange peel 1 Tbsp dried lemon […]

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Nopales and Hot Sauce

March 8, 2020

My first adventure in foraging! The nopales are an experiment. It’s the same paddle cactus that you see everywhere that also makes prickly pear fruit aka tuna (spanish). I’ve also seen a local brand of moonshine made out of paddle pulp, sort of like tequila is made of agave. Projects for another day! I also […]

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Daikon Radish, Beets, Carrots

January 21, 2020

It’s spring, the time of rejuvenation and resolutions. I’m slowly rallying myself to restart various food related hobbies. Yogurt, cold brew, sauerkraut… spring pickles! Hopefully it’s not jinxing things to share the recipes before I see how they turn out. Tip: For spices, buy some re-usable tea bags. Cotton, nylon, whatever. This keeps your spices […]

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Pickled Eggs

July 27, 2019

Eggs! Eggs! Eggs! Completely obsessed. Here are three clay ostrich eggs I made with the plaster mold from our last craft day: Obviously, the next step is to bring together crafting and pickling! I started with this recipe. It’s salt by volume (argh!) so I converted to metric and weight. 17g salt / 118 ml = 14%  Dang that’s […]

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Plaster Egg Mold

July 7, 2019

Way back in 2015 Kathy and Allan gave me a couple ostrich eggs. I’ve been semi-obsessed with them but slow to scratch my creative itch. A couple years ago I made a latex mold… and forgot to add keys so the two halves fit together properly! Har har. Today K&A had us over for craft […]

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