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Firsts Among Fungi

Firsts Among Fungi

My husband and I have spent enough time morel-hunting over the years to border on embarrassing considering we have never found a single one. That is until now, or rather, our last week at our new home. Best or most ironic of all: it was in our own backyard. We had purchased a bagful at […]

Up Close

Up Close

Forest land brims with energetic life, beckoning us to be still and let the sounds and creatures and flora creep slowly into our awareness. One of the most magical aspects of our new home is its likeness to our most beloved place on Earth, the family cabin. To have woods and a chortling creek in […]

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. […]

Morning

Morning

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 […]

After The Rain

After The Rain

Most people probably don’t give grass a great deal of thought or attention. At least not usually. I’m sure I didn’t before we moved to the Central Valley of California. It always gets hot here, topping 100 degrees for great stretches of the long summers. I remember visiting my grandfather as a child and marveling […]

Mushroom Hunts

Mushroom Hunts

We’ve found a surprising number of mushrooms during in our time in California, considering the drought and lack of local wilderness.  Whenever and wherever some source of moisture reaches the earth, though, voyeuristic fungi spring up here and there. Our front pasture last year was crowded with meadow mushrooms; blewits occasionally line a nearby bike […]

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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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