Sweet Violets, and a Look-Alike.

Making a Backyard Salad I love making salad with spring greens. This salad that I made from picking plants in my backyard is mostly violet greens and flowers. I plan to mix in some red lettuce and top it with oil, vinegar, blueberries and some goat cheese. Violets are pretty easy to identify with their…

Morels while mowing

A little gift from the effort of mowing the lawn.  These morels, might look a normal size in the picture but they were actually as big as a hand.  (See the spoon for reference.)

Mother’s Day and Morels

Morel season is about the same time of year as Mother’s Day where we live. On Mother’s Day weekend our small community throws its annual mushroom festival which usually marks the beginning of morel season in our area.  For these three days people from all around the surrounding areas come out to celebrate this weird…

Roger Phillip’ s Wild Food Has Got me Looking Forward To The Spring

Roger Phillip’s Wild Foods Features lots of little known Wild Edibles For several years now we have been eating and preparing wild foods. Every spring, we look forward to the spring greens and morels. And then summer and fall come with all the fruits and nuts and berries. Throughout our foraging experiences, we have relied…

Seven Reasons Why You’ll Want to Eat Wild: Wild Food Matters (Part 2)

  In our previous post on wild foods, we mentioned some of the reasons that people don’t go out foraging.  In this post, we review some of foraging’s benefits. Benefits of wild food What characteristics does wild food have over agricultural food?  Well, first, it’s impractical to think we could live entirely off wild food…

Bark Is Food Too: Feeding Your Inner Porcupine

Mountains, Falcons, and Bark For Breakfast Once when I was a young, I read a book about a boy around my age who survived in the New York wilderness through an entire winter.  The book, My side of the mountain, inspired me.  At the time, I thought I might go out and live my own…

Chutney Recipe: Tamarind and High Bush Cranberry

A Chutney Recipe for our locale Chutney is a delicious condiment which originated from India and spread far and wide thereafter.  Chutney usually combines a multitude of taste sensations — sweet, sour, hot, spicy, bitter–so that the mouth is overwhelmed with flavor.  During colonial times, the British brought this food over to the West, adding…