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…

Part I: Violet Honey

Just the words “violet honey” are poetic enough to invoke delightful images in even the dullest of imaginations. Just wait until you taste this fragrant, sweet, drippy nectar of the Gods! Oh yes! medicine really can taste this good!  The common violet (Viola sororia),  is native to North America and thrives in the middle and eastern United…

The Genius of Tamales

Spring is in full swing here in the Connecticut River Valley of Western Massachusetts. My heart swells with contentment when I look out toward the hills and see the trees like lime green and chartreuse fireworks covering more and more of the shrinking wintery backdrop. The birds are getting busy and so am I. Between working 4…

End-of-Winter-Squash Soup with Bacon and Apple

Right about when March rolls around in wintery regions of the Northern Hemisphere, those of us who try (when possible) to eat local and seasonal food, begin to dread the monotony of storage crops.  Not only are we totally sick of mashed turnips and steamed beets, but vegetables stored in a root cellar all winter are also…

Not-quite-spring Tension and Turmeric Tonic

There’s something about the brightness of fresh turmeric, both in flavor and in color, that livens up the spirit just perfectly in these late February days. On my winter walk through the woods this morning I saw that the ice covering a stream was swirled with mud, creating a marbled effect. That slurry of ice…

This Broth has Good Bones

We are suddenly yearning for a homestead of our own, and so my husband and I are learning to de-code the lingo of real estate. I could go into all the euphemisms meant to spruce up sub-par situations, but you’ve probably already figured out that “cozy” actually means cramped and so on. I have to…