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…

Salmon with house leeks and lemon thyme

Salmon with house leeks and lemon thyme I had some thyme left from our csa bag, and I was brainstorming how to use it for dinner. Tomorrow is our next csa pick up, so I wanted to have last weeks vegetables used up. I like salmon with thyme, and house leeks are supposed to taste…

Bush cherries and Cherry trees: Ripening fruit

The cherries are getting ripe! As we get close to the time for the Traverse City Cherry festival, we have been checking all the cherry trees for ripe fruits. There have been a few ripe cherries each day and several more on the way. Our tree cherries are getting ripe, but so are the bush…

Baby apples!

Scarlet surprise Prarie spy Golden delicious Baby apples Scarlet surpise, Prarie spy, and Golden delicious apples are three of our apple trees in the orchard that are starting to produce this year! The first 2 varieties are not so easy to find at the store. And Golden delicious apples are delicious, in applesauce especially. I…

Radish mini challenge: #1 The Cincinnati radish

In the effort to increase diversity, one mini challenge is to pick different varieties of the vegetables that we eat all the time. So, we have the Radish mini challenge. Our first radish of the challenge: the cincinnati radish. It is a red icicle type radish, and we are going to use it in salad….