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Sea and Her Weeds

Annually, for close to a decade I have taken a pilgrimage to an Island located in Washington State’s San Juan Islands. I travel to this island in order to be close to the Sea and Her Weeds. Two of my greatest teachers. The benefits of harvesting and spending time with the sea and her weeds […]

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Aronia Berries: Foraging this Native Shrub

Aronia (Aronia melanocarpa) is a native shrub in the eastern part of the United States. It is also grown as ornamental shrub in many areas. This shrub produces a berry that has become popular in the past couple of years for it’s health benefits. It is sometimes called chokeberry. This common name gives a clue […]

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Cultured Milk for Health, Nourishment, and Fun!

Originally Posted December 22, 2014 Our kitchen is a very busy place. We make the majority of our food from scratch and cultured milk products are a big part of our kitchen rituals. Kefir, yogurt, piima, tara, viili, these are all varieties of cultured milk that we enjoy. Ingesting and creating these at home is one […]

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Nourishing Herbal Infusions

Originally Posted November 9, 2014 Creating nourishing herbal infusions is easy and fun!! For certain herbs we are looking for the nutritive qualities of the plant ie vitamins and minerals. These nutrients “live” behind the cell wall of the plant and release themselves only after steeping dried plant material for 4-8 hours. *drying makes the […]

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Crab Apple Chutney

Originally Posted April 9, 2014 Crab apples are abundant this time of year. I am thrilled as I preparing to make one of my annual favorites Crab Apple Chutney. Below is the recipe in case you too are rich in this amazing pectin rich fruit. Fun Fact: Pectin is a wonderful prebiotic which helps to […]

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