Brassicas: Wild and Tame

I’ve been walking through my neighborhood lately to the library instead of driving. Its a nice four mile round trip loop that starts out in a pretty nice area with big properties and then through some open spaces where I’ve been keeping tabs on the overgrown wild plants. Lots of nettles, mushrooms, pepper tree, nasturtium,Continue reading “Brassicas: Wild and Tame”

Wild Black Sage + Turkey Tail Mushroom Tonic

One of my favorite pairings of local wild flavors is the complex minty aroma of black sage (Salvia mellifera) with the rich heaviness of cacao. Its been a crowd-pleaser in my black sage truffles from last year, but I wasn’t in the mood for a heavy chocolate dessert. Instead, I opted to infuse some freshlyContinue reading “Wild Black Sage + Turkey Tail Mushroom Tonic”

Herbs for Dealing with Wildfire Smoke Inhalation

As the winds die down here and the danger of the wildfires have passed, we are left with our valleys filling with harmful smoke that can impact our breathing and health. Those with lung or heart diseases and other health conditions are the most at risk for complications due to exposure. Children and the elderlyContinue reading “Herbs for Dealing with Wildfire Smoke Inhalation”

Wild Nettle Soup (vegan)

Welcoming springtime also means the onset of weed season. While many reach for their choice of mass plant destruction (with herbicides being of greatest concern), there are gentler and more sustainable ways to manage the green overgrowth in our yards and public spaces. Many of our wild plants that find their way into our gardensContinue reading “Wild Nettle Soup (vegan)”

Raw Hummus with wild Tumbleweed

This morning I was walking around the farm assessing the non-native plant situation where I’m planning to start my epic herb garden. Most things are going to seed and dying at this point in the season except one prominent plant that I’ve been seeing popping up on the local hillsides lately. They are better knownContinue reading “Raw Hummus with wild Tumbleweed”

Fermented Raw Nut Cheese & Wild Spices

My fermented raw nut cheeses have been quite a crowd pleaser (for vegans and non-vegans alike, which is a total win!) and with so many requests for the recipe and process, here it is! My first go at this I used some wild harvested pinyon pine nuts which, let me tell you, was the mostContinue reading “Fermented Raw Nut Cheese & Wild Spices”