saute pan containing flowers
Spring sprang past and everything’s running to catch up. Flowers are blooming and invitations are starting to flow for garden parties, graduations, weddings, and the like. For some, flowers will be featured on the menu as well as on the decor list. In the 19th century, edible flowers were pretty […]

Edible Flowers

Eat dandelions? Yes, and the nice thing is that 100% of the dandelion is edible! Historically, Europeans brought dandelions to America as a food crop but now it is considered to be one of the most annoying weeds plaguing the suburban lawn. Yet, a 55 gram serving of Dandelion contains […]

Eat Dandelions: 100% of the Dandelion is Edible

Cacao beans and powder
On the food calendar, there are days for celebrating chocolate in various forms: dark (February 1; the whole month is devoted to chocolate and has multiple observance days), cake (January 27), candy (December 28), to name a few. This Friday, October 28, is a general yay-for-chocolate day. In recent years, […]

National Chocolate Day

Butternut squash recipe: spicy and nutty
As we move into autumn, squash moves into the forefront of seasonal cooking. A variety will grow quite well in Mid-Atlantic gardens. But the next thing, after they’re grown, is what to do with them. Most recipe sites offer soup, casseroles, or ravioli but I wanted something different. So, coming […]

Spiced Nutty Butternut Squash Recipe

Forage for ramps
In Northern Ohio and many other places, April and early May is the time to go out into the woods and forage for Ramps, also known as wild leeks. Walk 10 feet into any deciduous forest during this time and you are very likely to see these easily identifiable garlicky […]

Forage for Ramps, Wild Leeks, and Chives

mint smoothie in a glass
Smoothies are all about health, nutrition, and feeling good. For many, it’s a no-brainer to incorporate herbs into their smoothie for flavor and functionality. While in past centuries herbs were a common feature of medical texts, such has not been the case here in the US since the 19th century. So […]

Mint Smoothies

make dandelion coffee
Part of our Backyard Farming / Urban Homesteading operation consists of growing dandelions and harvesting them to make roasted dandelion coffee. The roasted roots can be ground after roasting and put into jars or tea bags and sold online or at Farmers Markets. It doesn’t taste like coffee, but it […]

How to Brew Dandelion Coffee

smoothie garden
In a previous post, I wrote about vertical gardening, an artful option for growing smoothies. That got me thinking of how to capture the garden’s abundance for the dark months ahead. Freezing is an ideal way to do that. The Old Farmer’s Almanac says that produce kept at 0°F (-18°C––) or […]

Harvesting and Preserving Your Smoothie Garden

Pour-over coffee being made with simple tools
As mentioned in my previous rant on Instant Coffee, I wanted to put together an article about how to easily brew bistro quality coffee anywhere using very basic equipment. We’ll cover the best methods for brewing a gourmet cup of coffee on the fly and also discuss how to grind the […]

Brew Gourmet Coffee Anywhere Using Basic Tools

herb smoothies in glasses
There are endless combinations of produce, grains, and nuts for creating smoothies for taste and for more purposeful uses; commonly touted smoothies are designed to detox, build the immune system, shed weight, clear skin and so forth. If you’ve ever wondered whether rosemary, basil and other common garden herbs can […]

Enhancing Smoothies with Garden Herbs

Backyard Farming Jack-o-lantern
The large jack-o-lantern pumpkins we carve in the fall do not make great pies. For that you need to Harvest them when they are small. But there are wonderful additional uses for your carved pumpkin leftovers! Roasted Pumpkin Seeds Recipe Nothing beats homemade roasted pumpkin seeds. Half of the reason […]

Pumpkin 3 Way: Uses for Your Carving Pumpkin