Designing our Suburban Food Forest: Part 2

Designing our Suburban Food Forest: Part 2

After our initial consult with our landscape designer, Marjolein Schuit, she created a classic permaculture zone and sector map of our property. This isn’t a design, but rather a map to sort of show what’s happening with our property and what will be in each area as she designs. It includes wind patterns (the...

Muy Verde Salsa

Muy Verde Salsa

Muy Verde means very green – and this vegan dip is indeed that, plus creamy, crazy tasty, and packed with veg to boot. Use vegetables straight from your garden, or supermarket staples to blend up this Muy Verde Salsa – either way is delightful. And I’ve got a couple ideas for more green add-ins...

Tip: Use Up Fruit in Simple Syrups

Tip: Use Up Fruit in Simple Syrups

One of my favorite ways to use up fruit that’s just this side of the compost bin is in simple syrups.  Even strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, peaches (or just about anything else) that aren’t quite good to eat fresh and raw any more, will lend their flavor to a simple syrup — and from there...

Innovations in Vanilla

Two things converged recently that lead me into a new arena of baking trickery. First I read a Facebook post by Good Cheap Eats about buying vanilla beans in bulk from Amazon. Reaction #1: Whaaaaahhhhttt?! Reaction #2: Duh! I buy everything else off Amazon, why not vanilla beans? Reaction #3: How had that not...