wild foods feast, part 1: intro + dandelion!

i’ve been devoting a lot of time and energy lately to the natural motherhood series, and while i’m going to be continuing that as normal, i wanted to branch out and offer something that would appeal to the un-pregnant majority (a complete assumption) of my readership.  i was thinking about what i could add to my current series, which include the wheel of the year, natural motherhood, and herbal preparations, and my husband ingeniously suggested a series on wild edibles.  yum yum! Read the rest of this entry »

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make your own goat cheese!

in my attempt to revive antiquated kitchen skills, i’ve learned to make chicken stock, pickled veggies, jams and jellies, but one of my favorite d.i.y. things has been goat cheese.   i’m tempted to pick some up every time i go the store.  it just stares at me from the cold shelves of the “gourmet foods” section of the grocery store, all creamy and rolled in exotic herbs.  it says “buuuuy meeeee” (softly, and with the voice of mike rowe from “dirty jobs” lol). i pick it up, and i aaaaaalmost buy it—but then i look at the price—and i put it down.  let’s be honest.  it wouldn’t make it a day in my fridge—especially if there’s melba toast within reach.  i rarely buy it because i can’t justify the expense.  sorry mike. Read the rest of this entry »

healthy greens for potato chip addicts: kale chips

if you’re the kind of person who can sit down in front of the tv and eat a whole bag of potato chips at once, then this recipe is for you.  i found out about kale chips while surfing through raw food videos on youtube (my official opinion on going raw, btw, is that it’s difficult, unhealthy, and time consuming—but that doesn’t mean that using raw foods as part of your diet is a bad idea!)

so anyway, i found this recipe and was intrigued by it.  at first, i didn’t believe the claims about the rockin’ tastiness of dried kale, but i was looking for healthier snacks and it seemed something i might be able to try.  i used the raw foods method, meaning that my chips were dehydrated, not baked, but you can do either and i’m including instructions for both ways. Read the rest of this entry »