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Violets are Blue… Food and Medicine for You

Violets are not the stuff of bouquets, with their delicate purple, blue and white tops and heart-shaped leaves barely peeking through the Spring landscape for just a few short weeks.  Yet, both the flowers and the leaves are not only edible, they are loaded with nutrients, including Vitamins A and C, as well as minerals.Make sure you collect from a spot that has not had any chemicals applied (such as lawn fertilizers, fungicides, etc.).  We add the flowers and leaves to our salads and ...

The Delicious Magic Of Nixtamalization

The flavor of metate-ground fresh masa tortillas is unlike anything else: soft, warm and tender in the middle with tons of real corn aroma, nothing like the bland and neutral store bought corn tortillas many of us are used to. On a recent trip to Mexico, I was lucky enough to have small town women regularly hand-make these tortillas for me and my group. Even the tortillas made from masa harina, or dried masa flour, do not compare to the depth of flavor you get when the masa is made from freshly ...

Pumpkin Seed “Cheeze” (Non-Dairy) with Garlic and Herbs

Here's another vegan fermented “cheeze,” this one nut-free for those who do not want or cannot eat tree nuts like cashews or almonds.  Pumpkin seeds are a great source of fiber, protein, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and potassium.  They are also reported to help lower cholesterol and address cardiac issues.Tasty as a dip, filling for pasta (think stuffed shells or cannelloni), or in grilled sandwiches, this cheeze packs a punch with lots of fresh garlic, spicy ...

Spicy Radish Kimchi aka Kkakdugi

Wikipedia explains that Kkakdugi  is a Korean kimchi side dish reportedly developed by a princess wife in the 18th Century.   Of course.Having recently been gifted two giant daikon radishes (which are not the traditional Korean radish but close enough for us), we remembered the delicious radish kimchi sample we had from Mother-in-Laws and figured, “How hard could this be?”Crunchy, tangy and spicy, this is one of those recipes that is ridiculously easy and is a great condiment that ...

It’s Time! Easy Roasted Tomatoes

We've reached the height of summer , the time when the tomatoes are ripening faster than we can eat them fresh, the garlic has been mostly harvested and the basil is abundant.  That means it's the beginning of Tomato Roasting Season.A cross between fresh and sun-dried, roasted tomatoes have an intense flavor and residual juiciness, making them perfect on their own, in salads or as ingredients in other dishes (say zucchini stuffed with roasted tomatoes and pine nuts).  Another bonus - even ...

Chewy Smoky Vegan Jerky (Raw)

Spicy, smoky, chewy.  These are flavors everyone seems to love, likely explaining why jerky is a perennial favorite, especially handy for sustenance while hiking and camping. These delicious "jerky" sticks, inspired by Gopal's Power Wraps, are a delicious way to get your vegan fix of flavor, loaded with healthy seeds and mouth-watering spiciness.The first time we made this recipe, they didn't last 24 hours so be forewarned - you may want to double it!  Depending upon the level of chewin...

Tangy Non-Dairy Cheesy Spreads: Your Mouth (and Crackers) Will Thank You

By now, even the semi-sleepy among us know that some people don’t eat dairy.  There are lots of reasons for this, which deserve a post of their own.  So, while some people have been dipping and spreading to their hearts’ content, folks who have jumped off the dairy train have seemingly been destined to miss the tanginess, creaminess and umami-ness of a rich soft spreadable cheese.As we recently reported, fortunately, there are now companies that make dairy-free cultured products ...

More Microbe Action: Brew Your Own Kombucha

Microbial activity never ceases to fascinate us… maybe it’s something to do with the trillions of microbes we each have in our bodies that play a crucial role in immunity, digestion, metabolism and other vital functions. Maybe we just like the taste these little fellows impart.Kombucha, made of a Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast (a SCOBY), is one of those tasty microbial treats.  While it’s been around for a long time, it’s only in the last few years that it has come into ...

Conscious Cookery: Savoring Our Attention

In the last few decades, meditation has undergone a media makeover.  Once the province of Eastern mystics, oddballs, hippies and woo-woo adherents, it’s now mainstream, touted as a treatment for high blood pressure, auto-immune diseases, cancer, PTSD, depression and more.  Top universities and scientists are hooking up long time meditators to discover what’s going on as practitioners engage in the simplest of acts – simply paying attention to their own minds.  No matter the specific ...

Saving Seed for the Apocalypse

If you haven't heard of the looming 2012 apocalypse end-times yet, you must be totally off the grid and out of touch (in which case you won't be reading this either).  Technically, "apocalypse" doesn't mean the end-of-the-world, it means the revealing of something hidden, but that's OK.Of course, these are expedient times, which basically means we're allowed to be loosey-goosey with terminology and not only get away with it, we're followed, liked, linked, and accolade-ed (ok we made ...