CHANTERELLES: A French Recipe For Wild-harvested Mushrooms

  The goats have been escaping.  They are penned in with electric netting in an area of about five woodland acres, loaded with new, brushy growth and grape vines.  It should be goat heaven, but they can’t stand to stay in for more than a few hours.  I am going in, walking the fences to…

Wild Plum Harvest

This is the time when the wild plums are dripping from the branches.  They are tart, glowing and fragrant.  Some trees bear large fruits, some small.  Some are red and some are yellow.  It is interesting to taste each tree’s offering, getting a different mix of sweet, tart, and bitter plum flavor with each one. …

Wild-harvested Stuffed Grape Leaves

I’ve always wanted to try making my own brined, pickled grape leaves.  Not only are the ones in the store shockingly expensive, they are not organic and have weird preservatives. I always loved stuffed grape leaves, but I haven’t made them in years. This spring the wild grape leaves in the forest looked so green…

Eating Weeds

Anyone who has known me from childhood will remember that gathering and eating weeds has always been something I’ve done.  I would run all over our apartment complex, finding edible plants to make picnics and feasts for my friends and family – and I still do!  This time of year some of my favorite edible…