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The Kitchen Floor

The Kitchen Floor

We spend a lot of time on the kitchen floor. When Suzanna started crawling, we barricaded off an area with chairs and padded the floor with colorful spongey squares. When she started climbing the chairs, we replaced them with baby gates. She soon began moving the plastic fences and slipping around them, so they too went […]

Eating Mustard Flowers

Eating Mustard Flowers

Across the West Coast, mustard flowers are budding and beginning to turn the hills and fields brilliant yellow. At this stage, just before the blossoms open, the flower heads resemble broccoli florets and taste even better. Mustard, like broccoli, is a a brassica, and the flavors are similar. Mustard packs a bit more punch, but the tender buds […]

Superpowers of Stinging Nettles

Superpowers of Stinging Nettles

Many of us have long known nettles for their bee-like sting to the ankle as we sweep by the leaves along a trail or wade into them in the corner of the yard. I was introduced to nettles when I fell into a patch while on a hike as a kid. Via tiny hollow hairs, the plant delivers […]

Fine Dining: Wild Salad

Fine Dining: Wild Salad

Every day when I get home, or before lunch on weekends, I put my daughter in the Ergo carrier or pull on her boots, and we go out to the field to pick greens. Most goes into salad, which we enjoy with simple chutney vinaigrette or oil and vinegar at least once every day. Others […]

Simple Potato Pancakes

Simple Potato Pancakes

This is a great morning treat to mix up the eggs-and-toast routine. If you’re like us, the ingredients are always on-hand. Crispy, golden potato pancakes are one of my very favorite things, and when they’re served with homemade applesauce, there’s nothing like them. Potato Pancakes Serve these hot cakes with apple sauce, sour cream, or hot […]

Vegetarian Refried Beans

Vegetarian Refried Beans

Our family makes burritos and tacos at least once a week. A large batch of refried beans provides plenty of leftovers for quick bean and cheese burritos for daily lunches. These beans were a revelation when we began making them– so incredibly delicious and rich, the first time my huband made them we ate most of […]

Lavender and Honey Gin Fizz

Lavender and Honey Gin Fizz

Last night we hosted the first of several Christmas celebrations. The evening comprised a small group of friends and family, a large piece of beef, oysters just plucked from the ocean, and delicious herbal cocktails. The cocktail, an herbal gin fizz made with lavender and honey, would be superb in warm weather but was also a lovely […]

Wild Greens with Polenta and Chutney Vinaigrette (and A Note On Foraging)

Wild Greens with Polenta and Chutney Vinaigrette (and A Note On Foraging)

Sporadic rain has nurtured the fields into a thriving salad bar. By waning sunlight with my daughter in the carrier on my back yesterday evening, we gathered an impromptu dinner of curly dock, young mustard, mallow, and brown field and meadow mushrooms. All three of the greens are widely known as prolific and problematic weeds. […]

Meadow and Brown Field Mushrooms

Meadow and Brown Field Mushrooms

The geese or crows have been quick to dine on the bounty of fungi emerging across our property, so I rushed to gather our share. Last night we had burgers with sautéed mushrooms, a pile of wild greens, bleu cheese and fresh aioli. My husband fried potato chips for the side. Tonight we’re having chicken-fried rabbit […]

Goose Down

Goose Down

I’d read numerous warnings about the arduous task that plucking the goose would be. Perhaps the dreadful anticipation contributed to my positive surprise. Yes, it took at least two hours, maybe three with the final tweezing of the pinfeathers. But the work was pleasant, almost meditative. I sat out in the yard in a cloud […]

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I'm Kelly. Writer, crafter, forager, country winemaker, cook. Mama of an awesome toddler and married to my best friend. We recently returned to the Pacific Northwest, where we're setting out to grow, make, and learn as much as we can as the future unfolds.

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