Category Archives: Profiles

Skunk Cabbage: When Foraging Goes Awry

~ ~ ~ Skunk Cabbage We have a plant here that locals call “skunk cabbage.” Over a year ago on a lark I actually picked some and tasted it. Somewhat predictably it was skunky. In fact it was so bad that I could not palate it at all and I spit it out — I’ve…

Sardines: Why To Love, Where To Find This Super Food

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Sardines are associated with Mediterranean cuisine and are, in fact, named for the Italian island Sardinia where large schools of sardines were found. In the U.S. there are schools of herring as well, often labeled “sardines” or “herring” and filling that same need we all have for a fatty fish. Whether in the Mediterranean or…

Pumpkin Flowers

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Pumpkin flowers are a culinary treat found occasionally mixed in salads, soups, sautes, or cheese-stuffed and batter-fried. You may have the opportunity to buy a small bundle at a farmer’s market. If you do, enjoy the opportunity but plan to cook your pumpkin flower that day. They do not last long in your refrigerator. If…