Fiddlehead Salad

The fiddleheads are here!  It's a sure sign of spring when seasonal wild edibles begin to appear at the market.  I was thrilled to find these at Whole Foods last weekend and begin planning my first fiddlehead meal. Fiddleads are actually the coiled tops of the Ostrich Fern.  They are harvested in the wild before the fern has unfurled.  They … [Read more...]

Healing Miso Soup

Healing Miso Soup

What better way to take care of your body after a holiday weekend of indulgence than by feeding yourself nourishing foods?  One of my favorite healing powerhouse foods is miso soup.  Miso is made from fermented soybeans, so it boasts all the nutritional benefits of fermented foods (probiotics, enzymes, vitamins etc.).  This method for making miso … [Read more...]

Homemade Sauerkraut

Homemade Sauerkraut

I first experimented with making my own sauerkraut last year.  Let's just say it didn't go well.  I ended up with mold, a fermented smelling kitchen, and a grumpy husband.  I had to really work my wifely magic to get T to agree to let me try krauting again this fall.  Luckily he went for it and the kraut was a huge success! It all started with … [Read more...]

Tongues of Fire Beans

Tongues of Fire Beans

How could I resit these beautiful beans?  I found them at the farmer's market and had to give them a try.  The farmer selling them told me they are called Tongues of Fire because of their pink shells and described them as a mixture of fresh summer beans (think green beans) and dried winter beans.  They are semi-dried, so they need to be cooked, but … [Read more...]

Roasted Celeriac and Brussel Sprouts

Roasted Celeriac and Brussels Sprouts

Celeriac is absolutely delicious, but often overlooked by cooks due to its bizarre physical appearance. Celeriac is the root of the celery plant and has a mild and sweet root vegetable flavor with hints of celery. Celeriac is harvested in the fall and can be stored throughout the winter.  It can be eaten raw or cooked in salads, stuffings, soups, … [Read more...]

Summer Veggie Quinoa Salad

Summer Veggie Quinoa Salad

I am a big believer in quinoa.  As someone who focuses on a mainly plant based diet, this complete protein grain is a terrific addition.  Plus it tastes great and I like the little squiggly grains. I use quinoa a number of ways, but by far my favorite is in salads.  You can use virtually any vegetables you have on hand and create a delicious, … [Read more...]

Refrigerator Pickles

Refrigerator Pickles

I love pickles!  I've had good luck making big batches and officially canning them, but I also enjoy making small fresh batches to enjoy throughout the summer.  Making small batches allows you to use whatever veggies you have and avoids the full canning process, which can be hot and daunting. I started two large ball jars in my fridge at the … [Read more...]