Food & Recipes

Burdock: Its What’s For Dinner

When I was a kid there was a ravine near grandma’s house that had a hidden treasure: raspberries. No one told me about the surrounding burrs.  My cousins thought it was hilarious that I came back covered in burrs instead of carrying a bucket of raspberries.  And, yes, yes, I think we all know they…

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Learning About Wild Mushrooms

Warning:  Do not eat any mushroom if you are not 100% certain it is safe.  Consult local experts and do thorough research. I see mushrooms.  I see them everywhere.  I have a supernatural ability to see what is hidden to most people.  Okay…well, really not, but now that I’m actually deliberately looking for mushrooms on…

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The Kale Calcium Connection: Grow & Eat Leafy Greens Series Part 4/5

The Calcium Kale Connection: Grow & Eat Leafy Greens Series 4/5 Kale makes me happy. It’s a veggie that does TRIPLE duty: 1) Grows anywhere. 2) Filled with nutrients. 3) Easy to include in meals.   HEALTH BENEFITS OF KALE According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, kale is one of the most nutrient dense foods on…

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Kale Blueberry Vanilla Smoothie

Kale is one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Its so versatile and I love it so much,  I could eat it at every meal including breakfast. And I do. This recipe is for a smoothie you can have any time of day but I like it for breakfast.  Its filling and keeps me…

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Why I Eat More Arugula: Grow & Eat Leafy Greens Part 3/5

I have to admit, the first year I grew arugula, I rejected it as a foul tasting weed, decided to ignore it and left it to go to seed. Good thing. Being a prolific self-seeder, it came back, year after year, until finally, my taste buds developed a liking for leafy greens and I gave…

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Thimbleberries: The Cutest Fruit to Forage For

Thimbleberries.  The Cutest Fruit to Forage For My goals over the next few years include reducing my reliance on store-bought food and getting most of my food from my own garden and from the surrounding forest.  This is my first year on the homestead and after a few months of getting just some of my…

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Mesclun Greens: Grow & Eat Your Leafy Greens Part 2/5

Mesclun Greens – Grow and Eat Your Leafy Greens Part 2 Mesclun greens is the name used for a mix of leafy salad greens. Depending on the seed mix it may include anywhere from 5 to 12 different varieties of lettuces and other leafy plants such as mustard greens, arugula, endive, radicchio, frisee, and dandelion…

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Black Eyed Peas with Baby Mesclun Greens Balsamic Dijon Recipe

Mesclun greens are a mix of salad greens including different lettuces and other leafy greens like mustard and endive.  The mix usually tends towards more bitter flavors.  I like to use baby greens when I’m eating a fresh salad.  So I plant mesclun greens seeds every two weeks then I don’t run out. It just…

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Grow and Eat Your Leafy Greens: A Series

A Series About Garden Greens: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet   MUSTARD GREENS (NUMBER 1 OF 5) Mustard greens are the perfect plant for laissez-faire gardeners like me.  They are durable and robust.  I don’t believe in struggling to grow plants that require babying, fertilizing, or covering.  If it won’t grow where I live…

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Mighty Mushroom & Bok Choy Immunity Soup

Mighty Mushroom & Bok Choy Immunity Soup Green vegetables, including bok choy and broccoli, contain lots of usable calcium.  According to Dr. Joel Fuhrman, vegetables strengthen bones, and high consumption of green vegetables can help reduce hip fractures.  Mushrooms contain powerful phytochemicals that enhance our immune systems and Dr. Fuhrman calls onions and garlic ‘anti-cancer…

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