Traditional Foods Recipe
Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate (Saving Tired Strawberries)

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate (Saving Tired Strawberries)

Strawberry season hits in the valley below us about two months before our own berries begin to ripen…[more]

Traditional Food Profile

Skunk Cabbage: When Foraging Goes Awry

~ ~ ~ Skunk Cabbage We have a plant here that locals call “skunk cabbage.” Over a year a…[more]

Data Bites: Predigested Science
Elderberry for Flu Symptoms

Elderberry for Flu Symptoms

Home remedies for common illnesses such as the flu are exciting by all counts, but elderberry may be…[more]

Announcing A New Site: Fresh Bites Daily

My mom and I have a big announcement: We have migrated many of our real food recipes to a new website in an effort to branch out just a bit from food to include more of our lifestyle here in the Sequoia National Forest. Expect to see new recipes regularly, more beverages and seasonings (upon...…[more]

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...…[more]

Gone Fishing


We’re on a break leaving no stone unturned in the Sequoia National Forest (or at least sitting in a chaise lounge and looking at it). We may even literally be out fishing. (Fingers crossed.) As we rest, recover, and take in fresh mountain air, we’re taking a posting break. In the backgro…[more]

Saving Lemon Zest – Quick Tip


Scratch into the skin of a freshly picked lemon. Take a deep whiff. It’s a heady experience, isn’t it? The zest of the lemon carries a powerful amount of flavor, flavor you can enjoy long after the lemon itself is gone. When faced with a need for lemon juice, as in making lemonade, consi…[more]

Depression In Pregnancy and Postpartum: Pregnant Again? (Survival Tools)

Postpartum Depression and a Second Pregnancy: Survival Tools

Anyone who has struggled with postpartum depression knows how painful the question can be: “Should I have another baby? Will it be worse?” The question plagued my husband and I so much that we did not plan to have another. In my first pregnancy I had psychotic episodes just before the bi…[more]

Strawberry Lemonade Concentrate (Saving Tired Strawberries)


Strawberry season hits in the valley below us about two months before our own berries begin to ripen. Strawberries cause the two little guys in this house to go into orbit. Alastair got the attention of all the shoppers at a local fruit stand when he squealed “stwawbawwies!” Then he anno…[more]

Lemon Curd


When it comes to assembling stunningly simple and elegant fruit desserts, you will need a stash of lemon curd. You can buy the curd in a jar…for quite a few bucks. It is much more satisfying and healthy, however, to make your own with good honey, butter, and eggs from your own chickens (or may…[more]

Dried Orange Slices


Last year Marilyn Beard of Just Making Noise wrote about how she was drying orange slices. I’ve done that to use the slices as Christmas tree decorations but the thought of eating those dried discs never occurred to me. Marilyn has a cool blog with great ideas, so we HAD to give this a try....…[more]

Patriotic Popsicles


They are bright, tasty, and even patriotic. Every day is a good day for a refreshing fruit-based popsicle, but they are especially choice on patriotic holidays. We keep popsicles like these stock in our freezer. My boys get excited over the treat and, frankly, it’s a pretty easy and healthy wa…[more]

Tomato Basil Bruschetta Dip

Tomato Bruschetta at

Inspired by a beautiful jar of tomato powder from our fall harvest, we whipped up this dip to take to a friend’s party. While it is a mix of familiar flavors combining tomato and basil, it is unusual for a dip. We set some aside and gobbled it long before the party started. We used...…[more]

Candied Orange Peel


Do you have an abundance of citrus and regularly squeeze up a pitcher of orange juice? Your countertops are likely filled with a pile of squeezed out orange skins. They do compost well, but you might consider another route. Candy them! Candied orange peel is a nice finisher for a garlic-laden meal. …[more]

Fertility, Food, and a Mind-Blowing Factoid


There is a powerful statement about fertility that may blow your mind: All of your mother’s eggs were formed in her body in your grandmother’s womb. We women are born with all of the eggs we will ever have and the egg quality we are born with varies from person to person. As time marches…[more]