Part ll: The Bitter Truth & Orange-Rose-Cardamom Bitters

I am a dreamer. One day I get it in my head that I want to live way out in the hilltowns, the next I’m planning my move to the city. I have about 500 new business ideas a week. As I dream, I keep catching myself thinking someday (when I’m in the country with…

Part l: Eating the Whole Orange

Hello again, friend! It’s been a million years since I’ve written a post. Well, seven months to be exact. Now that I work full time managing an urban farm, I’m usually too doggone tired to think about cooking anything special much less photographing it and writing about it, but weekend mornings are an exception. That’s when I really…

Elderberry Elixir with Chaga and Ginger

European black elder is a majestic being indeed. I’ve been blueberry picking a couple of times lately at local farms, which is thrilling in it’s own right, but there’s something very special about foraging and gathering food in the wild. Elderberries are one of those wild foods that you have to get just in the…

Pickle-inspired Cucumber Salad

Yesterday was my last day at the pickle factory. I’m taking an exciting new job, but I didn’t leave that cooperatively-run, lacto-fermented pickle joint without a little bitter-sweetness. In fact, a co-worker made tulsi ice cream for everyone as a good-bye Margot treat. First of all, no one has ever celebrated me leaving a job…

Recipe Symbiosis: Fresh Almond Milk and Almond Meal Tabbouleh

Sometimes it just seems as if the world is going to fall apart at any second. Disheartened by more than a few tragic acts of violence in the news this week, I was comforted and inspired by my friend Hannah’s blog post this morning on fear, grieving and love. Though it’s certainly not a replacement for…

Elderflower and Strawberry Popsicles

I know, I know, it’s nearly too late to be posting this since strawberries in Western Mass are starting to dwindle and the delicate lace-y elderflower heads are swelling into future berries. You may have a few days left to try making these, depending on where you live, or you can file it away for…

Part II: Violet Honey Pancakes with Coconut Whipped Cream

Winging recipes definitely does not always work out splendidly for me. In fact, most times I spontaneously throw ingredients into a dish, the result is me thinking “that tastes interesting…” and making a mental note not to combine those things in the future. Then there are those rare and mournful occasions when one of my…