Spices and Condiment Recipes

Taste of home: create your own foraged spice blend

What does your home taste like? What is the terroir of your territory? The plants, herbs, trees, and fruits that you grow can yield a...

Garlic Mustard Pesto Recipe – guilt-free foraging

Garlic mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is out and about in my corner of North Carolina. This early summertime plant is lush, green, and easy to pull...

Misozuke: Miso Fermented Vegetables Recipe

I have a dear friend who has been an inspiration to me and to my culinary and herbal pursuits for many years now. When I...

Wild Greens Pesto

There is a bounty of wild and cultivated green goodies just waiting to be enjoyed once you know they are there. Once you know what...

Recipe Box: Pickling Spice Blend

Spice blends...from your grocery store shelves to a bulk herb market, there's a nearly endless variation of piquant, pungent, salty, savory, or sweet blends out...

Small Batch Lacto-Fermentation is easy!

I experimented on my own before I learned the best practices of lacto-fermentation, and while my first batch of sauerkraut worked out well, a few...

Recipe Box: Spicy Citrus Salt Blend

  I just hate to waste leftovers in the kitchen, don't you? My mind is often busy with trying to figure out how to repurpose the...

Make your own Fire Vinegar (aka Fire Cider)

The weather in western North Carolina can be a tease. We had our first freeze in early October and since then the temperatures have been...