Dandelion greens with dinner

Dandelion greens Autumn, among other things, is one of the best times to experiment with greens. Dandelion greens aren’t that fancy or new to us, but they don’t taste as bitter when the weather is cool. And that makes them a great addition to any fall meal. These greens pictured above are from the grocery…

Okra- oven roasted

Oven roasted okra I was never much a fan of okra. I think I may have mentioned this before. I always thought of okra as slimy and I don’t really like my vegetables to be slimy. But, A few years back I discovered that I do like pickled okra, and just recently I decided to…

What to Grow in a Northern Fall Garden: In October

The fall garden I am just not ready to give up the garden. It is October and the farmers and gardeners around me are turning over the soil and putting their gardens to bed for the winter. Just the other night the temperature dipped down to 23°F. But, nestled in their cozy beds, my plants…

Updating the 1000 foods list

Wow, what a busy summer! We haven’t posted for a while, but we are hoping to start sharing soon some of the amazing foods and varieties that we have enjoyed over the summer. From the garden to the farmers market to the great outdoors, we have been pursuing health, adventure and culture in diversifying our…

The Extreme salad, inspired by Stephen Barstow: 30 ingredients or more

The Extreme Salad, inspired by Stephen Barstow, is becoming a new family meal time tradition. Stephen Barstow Stephen Barstow is the world record holder for making a salad with the most different varieties of plants. 537 different varieties of plants, all in one salad!!! That is inspiring. And, he lives in Norway near the arctic…

Fruits and roots: Malanga rhubarb medley

Malanga at the store There are 2 varieties of malanga at the market where I buy it. One is long and skinny, the other looks more round like a potato (with hairy skin). I had some fresh rhubarb, so I thought, I should make some fruits and roots. And that is how the malanga rhubarb…

Banana flour tortilla recipe: a great grain free alternative

Banana flour A while back I wrote about a banana flower recipe. Today, I am writing about a banana flour recipe: specifically a banana flour tortilla recipe. There are so many different types of flour at the grocery store. The options are far greater than you could find even just 2 years ago. I have…

Radish mini challenge: #5 Rosa radish

Rosa radishes, the 5th radish in our challenge. It is getting harder to find new radishes at the store. Next stop, the farmers market! These rosa radishes are such a pretty pink color and pretty large. Not too spicy, these ones we just snacked on and chopped up in our salads. I think I need…

Radish mini challenge: #4 French Breakfast radish

Radish #4 in our radish mini challenge is the French breakfast radish. Typically this radish has been served with toast and butter for. . . breakfast of course. I’m not a fan of butter on my radishes, but shredded radishes in a tortilla wrap or on a sandwich is a nice treat.

Radish mini challenge: #3 Cherry Belle radish

Cherry belle radishes- radish #3 in the mini challenge. I wonder how many varieties I will be able to find this summer. These cherry belle radishes are easily found at our local grocery stores. They are a nice large mild tasting radish. We served some with our dinner salad, but we also cooked them up…

Radish mini challenge: #2 Daikon radish with Culantro

Daikon radish Daikon radish is not a new radish to us. It is actually one of our favorites. It is a mild tasting radish, easy to snack on. The kids like it raw and pickled, or served in soups and salads, and with veggie dip. I think its a favorite because it is nice and…