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Lacto-fermented Pickles

Fermented pickles are definitely superior in taste and health benefit than vinegar-brined cucumbers.  Basically, you get a probiotic pickle. In the past, I’ve always made lacto-fermented pickles using whey (the liquid that separates from curds in milk). Whey inoculates the brine with lactobacilii and makes the ferment go faster. It was always a reliable method … Continue reading

Lard and Kitchen Memories

“Every part of Creation is indebted for its life to the other parts of Creation that have died and decayed so that it might live.” ~ Jessica Prentice, Full Moon Feast The past couple of days involved a recent kitchen experiment — rendering lard. While rendering the lard (purifying the lard), I couldn’t help but … Continue reading

Prickly Pear Jello

“Cactus grow from Alaska to Argentina, or chilly Canada to chilly Chili, and other parts of the world. People have been eating Nopalea/Opuntia for at least 9,000. It’s not too late to join them.” ~ Eat the Weeds Prickly pears are ripening on their thorny thrones right now.  And, considering their widespread presence in North … Continue reading

Pistachio Purslane Pesto

I don’t know why I haven’t thought of this before.  A traditional pesto recipe has the green goodness of sweet basil that requires the zing of a little lemon juice. Enter purslane, stage right. Purslane is THE Omega-3 powerhouse of the plant kingdom.  It also has a slightly sour taste to it, making it an … Continue reading

Borys’s YUM Lactation Cookies

Dairy-free.  Egg-free.  Gluten-free goodness for little ones with a milk protein sensitivity… Yeah.  I hadn’t heard of that either until it happened to my little one.  Boo. So, my husband, Borys, has been such crucial support during my postpartum period after our little one’s birth.  We couldn’t just order take-out.  We couldn’t just cook as … Continue reading

Hearty Homemade Crackers

When I moved away from San Francisco in 2009, I was sure to take with me a small binder of recipes my nutritionist friend had given me.  She was the one that had exposed me to whole foods, traditional food ways, and the Weston A Price Foundation (which focuses on food, farming, and the healing … Continue reading

Tasty Quinoa Pancakes

I came up with recipe some time ago when I bought food in rather large bulk quantities.  At that time in my life, I had purchased a 25 lb bag of quinoa…  Needless to say, I figured out ways to be creative and inventive with it. For those of you that have had quinoa before, … Continue reading