Spoonful of Elderberries

22 Jun

Pouring Pancake Syrup
  Castor oil is a centuries-old household remedy with demonstrated immune stimulating and antiviral properties. Once upon a time, a misbehaving child was punished with a spoonful of castor oil.  It’s foul tasting!  Than   [. . .]

Artisan Bread Making

15 Jun

La Boule
  I will never take freshly baked bread for granted again. The work and time it takes to produce the perfect crumb, raw dough gently massaged in the cup of one’s hands, back and forth, a gentle weaving rhythm – it’s a   [. . .]

Ricotta Cheesecake with Blueberries

7 Jun

Tastespotting Ricotta Cheesecakes
Little Bear and Little Sal’s mother and Little Sal and Little Bear’s mother were all mixed up with each other among the blueberries on Blueberry Hill. Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey (1948)     Flower:  De   [. . .]

Bittersweet Chocolate Impulse

26 May

Three Glasses Espelette Chocolate
      Take an impulsive thought and put it down on paper.  Don’t overthink it.  Let it go.  Don’t get bogged down in the details.  Just sketch it out. In 1957, Richard Berry wrote the lyri   [. . .]

The Elder’s Gifts

18 May

Strawberries & Cake Overhead
Once upon a time, the Elder Tree was considered sacred, inhabited and protected by a female spirit named the Elder Mother, and the tree’s gifts were regarded as her blessings. Today’s recipe honors my own Italian    [. . .]

Edible Wild Urban Foods

13 May

Feral Kevin GG Park
Kevin Feinstein leads Wild Food Walks in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park and surrounding areas. Originally from Tennessee, Kevin grew up with the standard American diet and lifestyle, never having eaten a fruit from a tree until his    [. . .]

A Forest Swim

6 May

Morels & Mistletoe too
The morel mushroom is the fruit of a fungus that sprouts in the moist soil of woods and forests. The most common are the black morels and yellow “blondies.” Both have a stem and conical body covered with pits and ridges like a h   [. . .]

Fellowship Found

1 May

Madani Stirring
Foraging is less about the finds and more about the intangibles.  Into the woods and wild blue yonder where the wild things are.  A “forest bathing” or shinrinyoku, as it is called in Japan, is simply a    [. . .]

Imperfectly Perfect

23 Apr

Overhead Plated
  Wabi-Sabi is a concept derived from Buddhist teachings.  It embraces the beauty in the imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.  The Japanese words do not translate easily, but Wabi in the modern age connotes    [. . .]

Sweet Nothings

13 Apr

Banana Bread Butter Spreading
It’s a guarantee. Life throws curve balls. Life also waits for no man. Commitments, gatherings, appointments, deadlines and dishes. All of it, good stuff. Every day, everyman stuff. The daily stuff of goodness. But when those darn cur   [. . .]
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