Asparagus: tasty spring vegetable

I love asparagus! I grew up on steamed asparagus that my mom usually served with lemon butter. More recently I have had asparagus baked into a casserole and roasted asparagus. Mmmmm! There are just so many delicious ways to eat asparagus. Fresh asparagus is still best in the spring. But frozen asparagus can be used…

Maple syrup: Preparing for the harvest

It’s that time of year, mid winter, when we start to run out of last year’s maple syrup and start thinking about the upcoming harvest. Now It’s not quite time to harvest the syrup yet, but with wild foods you always want to prepare ahead so you don’t miss your harvest window. In the past…

A Treat on the Trail: Finding Bearberry hidden in the snow.

  Trail Surprise We took a little winter vacation last week and spent sometime cross country skiing and snowshoeing. It was a much needed break from all the busy tasks we have been focused on. We all had a refreshing and fun time in the snow. And vacation lives on, because our legs are still…

Chia seeds: Banned into obscurity, but back and more popular than ever

Chia seeds. In recent years we find them in smoothies, in breads, crackers, puddings, granola, cereal, even in our juices and drinks. So how did chia migrate from the “fur” on our chia pets to our daily menu? Chia, salvia hispanica, was a traditional food crop of the Aztecs, and grows native in Mexico and…

Banana flower salad: another way to eat banana

Up until a few weeks ago, I had never heard of banana flower salad. I have always enjoyed bananas, but I had never heard of eating a banana flower at all. At a specialty produce store I saw the banana flowers and decided to buy them and figure out what to do with them when…

Week One: The Challenge Accepted

It’s the first week of our one thousand foods challenge, and we are off to a great start. Everyone is enjoying the variety in the meals. I hope we can keep the momentum. With our recent trip to markets near Detroit, we have tried a lot of new things. Even our picky eaters have risen…

Ten Ways To Eat a Diverse Diet

  Sometimes we’re all picky.  Sometimes new foods might give us pause.  Here are ten ways to eat a diverse diet without your kids (or you) turning up a nose : 1.  Try different varieties within the same species: One of the easiest way to spread the nutrient love around in your family’s diet is…