Tomorrow morning at 4:30 a.m. I head to ABQ and the airport…next stop Madison, WI. The Midwest Wild Harvest Festival is in Prairie du Chien this weekend, and I look forward to it every year: three days with a great group of curious, cooperative foragers. This year I’ll be teaching classes on cooking with wild herbs and spices, and making foraged desserts. Read more
Do you ever play the game: What would you eat if you got lost in the woods?
Last weekend I was in Austin for the 10th annual Garden Bloggers Fling. Garden bloggers from all over the country convened to visit, admire, and be inspired by private and public gardens. I was apprehensive at first, because I’m more of a plant person than a garden person. I don’t get a thrill out of magnificent, cultivated landscapes, or perfectly groomed yards and gardens. Ornamental edibles (or is that edible ornamentals) are what float my boat, so I approached each Austin garden from my own point of view. Read more
Mushroom hunting is generally pretty low tech, but there are a few items that make your mushroom hunt easier and more productive. Obviously, you wouldn’t wander out into the woods without good walking shoes, a water bottle, sunscreen, and foul-weather clothes, but here are a few essential mushroom hunting tools you might not have considered.
How do you get started as a forager?
If you’re lucky, you learn from a friend. But not everyone has a foraging friend. So you go on foraging walks, you read everything you can get your hands on, you take classes, you watch videos, you sign up for wild foods weekends. And now you have another option: you take my beginning, online foraging course. Read more
We have just driven 2000 miles east and Michael, bless his heart, has done all the driving. Which gave me ample opportunity to gaze out the window, watching the edible plants go by, and looking forward to lots of summer foraging in lush, verdant Pennsylvania. Read more
Have you ever asked yourself, “What does HERE taste like?” Foraging for local herbs and spices lets you add unique flavors to all sorts of dishes; combine your favorites in an easy foraged dry rub. Read more
I’m more than a little obsessed with crabapples. (Is obsessed one of those words that shouldn’t be modified, like excellent and unique?) Read more