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Braised Greens in Spicy Broth

My husband and I share (and sometimes fight over) the meal-cooking duties in our home– he’s the wildly talented cook, really– but there’s one dish in particular that brings me to the stove most often. It’s a household favorite that evolved from classic Southern collard greens, though I often use kale, chard, or dandelion. We […]

Canning Blackberry Jam Without Pectin

We’ve been eating wild berries everyday for weeks, but now that blackberry season is in full swing, picking is getting more serious. In the intense dry heat, many of the blackberries are small and firm, but their flavor is intense when cooked. The aroma of simmering jam in the kitchen is intoxicating. Many blackberry jam […]

17 Tips for Easy Homemade Broth

17 Tips for Easy Homemade Broth

Chicken, vegetable, and other broths are some of the most versatile and easy-to-make staples in the kitchen. They turn a spent carcass or papery onion skins into one more meal– almost for free! Most importantly, homemade broth is dramatically superior to what you can buy in a can or box at the market, and without […]

Making Mustard From Wild Seed

When the mustard flowers were flush and the fields bright yellow, we spared several patches when mowing for the benefit of the bees and butterflies. Then as the petals dropped and the plants grew brown and brittle, I decided to collect their seed and make the beloved condiment. My husband suggested making mustard a while […]

Pickled Cat’s Ear Buds

Pickled Cat’s Ear Buds

The population of edible plants growing from our driveway down to the creek and up the hillside is astounding and exciting– beyond the salad greens we eat almost daily to include vegetables for roasting and stir-frying, fermenting and pickling. I have been topping our daily wild salads with dandelion buds for months, split in half to reveal their […]

Making Plum Wine

Making Plum Wine

  After early blossoming, the plum trees already have surprisingly sizable fruit showing, and it has me thinking about last year’s wonderfully successful venture of country winemaking. Plum was my first attempt, and it’s been one of the best among apple, mint, nettle, pumpkin, mead, pomegranate mead, jujube, and rosehip. Until last year, I was […]

No-‘Poo Hair Care

No-‘Poo Hair Care

I’m now four months shampoo-free and in love with the results! My hair has never been so soft, frizz-free, quick-drying and easy to brush out. It feels healthier, and if I do say so myself, it looks great. Shampoo and conditioner were the last products in my shower rack loaded with carcinogenic chemicals. After a […]

Comfort Food: Split Pea and Ham Soup

Comfort Food: Split Pea and Ham Soup

Split pea and ham is one of my all-time favorite soups. It’s rich, delicious, and easy to make. It also uses the inexpensive ham hock and a short list of ingredients we usually have on-hand, so it’s a very cheap meal with plenty of leftovers. The sugar in this recipe caramelizes the juices of the […]

Sautéed Wild Mustard Greens with Dock, Garlic and Onions

Sautéed Wild Mustard Greens with Dock, Garlic and Onions

We gather wild greens from the field daily, and mustard is currently the  star attraction– buds as broccoli, flowers and young greens in salads, and cooked older leaves. I think these hold up even better, in flavor and texture, to sauteing than does spinach. We often mix with dock leaves for a bright lemony accent. […]

Chili Con Carne

Chili Con Carne

At the beginning of the week, we like to make a sizable pot of food that makes great leftovers for lunches and to share with my dad: split pea and ham soup, baked beans, beef stew. The weekend temperatures finally dipped down to near-freezing, so a spicy pot of chili con carne was perfect to warm the […]

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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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