Smoky Honey Onion Smothered Wild Salmon


Monica King here with a fun and delicious honey recipe using wild-caught salmon. Salmon in the Southwest? Sure! In this era of airplane travel, sometimes friends escape the heat and head to Alaska on a fishing trip. Failing friends with full ice chests, many local stores carry fresh salmon. Wild Versus Farm Salmon There areRead moreRead more

Grilled Zucchini


Uncle Smokey here again in after only one week. I got my arm twisted because August 8 is National “Sneak Some Zucchini on you Neighbor’s Porch Day.” Well, I wish somebody would celebrate this national holiday in my direction! I love the taste of grilled zucchini. It’s even tasty the next day as leftovers, butRead moreRead more

Honey Barbecue Marinade

“Uncle Smokey” here this week to share a marinade sauce I created and have been refining for barbequing beef or chicken. I use it before cooking, as a marinade, and during cooking, to help infuse flavor. I confess, I have not written much yet on this site, mostly because it’s summertime in the Southwest. DuringRead moreRead more

Honey Roasted Lamb Breast


Monica King here to share a new way of cooking an old family staple. Indeed, lamb has been a staple in my family for ages, it replaced many turkeys on the holiday tables. Although I do not raise any on my farm (yet) I always look for US grown cuts at my local grocery storeRead moreRead more

Desert Mistletoe Is Edible


This week, Jacqueline Soule is here to discuss a plant that can be highly useful – desert mistletoe. There are many species of mistletoe around the world, parasitic and hemi-parisitic on a number of trees. The mistletoe plants are all toxic. The berries of almost all species are toxic. The one exception is the SonoranRead moreRead more

Go Wild – Drink Some Roses


As it heats in the Southwestern valleys, many of us head to higher elevations, seeking coolness. Some Southwesterners live in higher elevations all year long (think Flagstaff or Santa Fe.) Either way, a charming wild plant to forage has city garden cousins, and both are wonderful to use – the wild rose! Which Roses TheRead moreRead more

Dress Those Greens with Sweetness


Mom used to nag, “Eat your vegetables!” I would gag them down, but my little kid taste buds didn’t like spinach served with a dash of vinegar. Why hadn’t Mom ever served cooked greens with salad dressing instead of plain cider vinegar? Vegetables taste great dressed with something designed to enhance greens! Meanwhile medical researchersRead moreRead more

Mesquite No-Bake Cookies – Great for Off-Grid Living


Summertime in the Southwest. In a word, it is hot. Hot. Especially if you live off-grid and every watt of power is closely watched, trying to conserve enough to run the fans and swamp-box. Less heat in your living space is certainly desirable. But sometimes you just want some cookies! Here is something I oftenRead moreRead more

Celebrate Pollinators – Keeping Honey Bees

Monica King here with my first ever book review: “Honeybee Hobbyist, The Care and Keeping of Bees.”   Excitedly I pondered, how difficult could this bee? I am a third generation beekeeper reading the recommendations of a well known and highly respected researcher in our industry,  Norman Gary, PhD. Overview Good – But As IRead moreRead more

Savor Southwestern Iced Tea Treats

The tea industry has declared June “National Iced Tea Month.” Savorist Jacqueline Soule – on her site Gardening With Soule – discussed growing some native plants for herbal iced teas. Now, let’s look at using those natives plus other tasty Southwestern plants to forage (or landscape with) and use for herbal iced tea. Sweet Tea?Read moreRead more