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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...
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I’ll be teaching at the Good Medicine Confluence 2019!


The sun peeks through the clouds, so once more into the fray…

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Elderflower & Lemon Cordial Recipe (The Boozy American Kind!)


Herbal Relief for Bartholin Cysts


Nettles – a feast on the forest floor

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How to use Garlic Mullein Ear Oil for Earaches

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Foraging for Rose Hips in Winter


Using Motherwort for Grief

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April is a tease!

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Things I Love: Relishing the light, diving into the dark


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Recipe Box

Bacon Fat Gingersnaps [and Honey Cream Cheese Dip]

Thanksgiving is synonymous with turkey and mashed potatoes, pumpkin pie and (shudder) green bean casserole, but in my household, it always means the annual appearance of Bacon Fat Gingersnaps. There is a lovely piece of pottery that lives on my stovetop, and it is into this gooey ceramic jar that I strain my bacon grease…

Herbal Hot Toddy [with Mint-Infused Bourbon]

You can make a traditional Hot Toddy with only a few ingredients: whiskey, honey, water, and lemon. It is simple, but it’s good to have a simple recipe that doesn’t require a lot of thought to make while you shuffle around the kitchen, wrapped in a blanket, with tissues hanging out of your nose. It’s…

Elderflower & Lemon Cordial Recipe (The Boozy American Kind!)

The summer solstice brought many things alive in the garden, plants I’d been waiting to see bloom to know that summer was truly upon us in these sweet old mountains! One of those that I was excited for was Elderflower. A few years ago I offered some spare soapwort plants on a Facebook group for…

Bone broth: Thoughts and Techniques

[wpsm_quote author=”Amber Pixie” float=”left” width=”100″]I always save bones and scraps for making soup stock and bone broth! Enjoy this recipe and technique from Liane.[/wpsm_quote] Recently, I jumped on the bone broth wagon.  Whilst going through difficult emotions in my personal life this winter, I had an intense craving for broth. The warm, fatty, nutrient dense…

Linden Leaf Salad: Foraging, Identification, and Use

[wpsm_quote author=”Amber Pixie” float=”left” width=”100″]I love linden tea, but have never met the live tree myself. Thank you to Ashley for providing a great guide to this wonderful plant friend![/wpsm_quote] When most foragers think of wild spring greens, their minds go to dandelion greens and chickweed or any number of other herbaceous spring greens. A…

Eggless Cake Ideas to Inspire

[wpsm_quote author=”Amber Pixie” float=”right” width=”10″]I have chickens and so an abundance of eggs, but Craig from CakeJournal has taught me something new with many of these egg-free cake ideas![/wpsm_quote]There are many reasons you may wish to avoid eggs in your diet. Unfortunately, in baking, most recipes require eggs to bind all of the ingredients. However,…

Aussie Pavlova: a Gluten & Dairy-Free Recipe

[wpsm_quote author=”Amber Pixie” float=”left” width=”100%”]I only recently learned about Pavlovas from the Great British Bake Off, and I’m delighted about this recipe adding decadence to the lives of my gluten-free and dairy-free friends! Thanks, Zara Lewis![/wpsm_quote] Organizing huge dinners is a pretty big deal in my family. Most of the time I’m just in a…

Garlic Mustard Pesto Recipe – guilt-free foraging

Garlic Mustard (Alliaria petiolata) is on the loose! This late spring and early summertime plant is easy to pull out by the roots, and you should make an effort to do so if you find it in your hedgerow! It is considered an invasive plant across the United States, as it spreads vigorously and crowds…

How to use Garlic Mullein Ear Oil for Earaches

For some reason, ear infections seem to be a common childhood complaint. If you begin to recognize the symptoms of an ear infection very early, you can head it off with this remedy and avoid regular antibiotics as are often prescribed by doctors. Olive oil infused with garlic and mullein flowers is is a traditional…

Recipe: Gluten-Free Tahini Cookies

This is a guest post from Ben at The Online Grill, who says he is a lazy cook. I can totally appreciate that sentiment! Cheers, Ben! I have a confession: I’m a honey addict. I have great memories of growing up with my mum’s beehives ever present in the garden. Twice a year she’d strip…

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