Wild Greens and Pinyon Pine Cream Sauce

I think the first "wild food" recipe that I ever made was a nettle pesto. I would speculate, though, that is probably most folks initiation into wild foods. It is abundant, found nearly everywhere, and quite simple to make without messing it up too bad. Success is fairly inevitable. Now, after many years of diving … Continue reading Wild Greens and Pinyon Pine Cream Sauce

Cactus & Corn Tortillas

Last weekend I hosted the incredibly knowledgeable Enrique Villasenor, local healer in training, who taught all about how to use Opuntia species of cactus (aka prickly pear) for healing a vast array of health conditions. It all goes back to "balance" he says, and this plant helps us do that. Even if we aren't suffering … Continue reading Cactus & Corn Tortillas

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 freshly … Continue reading Wild Black Sage + Turkey Tail Mushroom Tonic

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 gardens … Continue reading Wild Nettle Soup (vegan)

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 most … Continue reading Fermented Raw Nut Cheese & Wild Spices

Prickly Pear Mead [Recipe]

Probably one of the most delicious fermented brews that I've enjoyed is Prickly Pear mead. Okay, maybe technically its called a "melomel" because it is fermented honey and fruit. But, technicalities aside, with prickly pear fruit in season now, its a great time to make use of this delicious abundant native fruit here in Southern … Continue reading Prickly Pear Mead [Recipe]