101 Chicken Keeping Hacks – Book Review

This week Monica King writes her review of a book about keeping chickens. Along with keeping bees she keeps chickens and other fowl and farmyard animals – so she is our local go-to gal for this type of information. 101 Chicken Keeping Hacks by Lisa Steele of Fresh Eggs Daily This book is right up my coop! First of all, any book full of color photos is appealing to me. Once cute pictures have my attention, I read content. I am very short on time and it is so fun […]

Honey Glazed Grilled Starfruit Chicken

Starfruit you wonder? Yes! You can grow starfruit in the Southwest, although it is not native to the area. Watermelons aren’t native either, and yet the Native peoples embraced growing this luscious fruit and have developed a number of cultivars found no where else on earth. So, while many of our posts feature Southwest wild harvested or home grown products, every so often we offer products that many of our readers may have to forage from Southwest supermarkets, or from their yard. Succulent Starfruit Starfruit (Averrhoa carambola) is a short […]

Corn Season

Corn season is upon us and there are many great ways to enjoy this fruit. (Garden Geek reminds us that if it has seeds it’s a fruit.) Mexican Corn Each region of Mexico prepares corn slightly differently. Down in Chiapas, street vendors served their roasted ears of corn with a paper packet of some spice blend that included salt and oregano. The paper was quarter sheets of old newspapers. Move to the opposite end of Mexico, to Chihuahua, and the roasted street corn on the cob comes with a wedge […]

Rabbit with Safflower Sauce

There are so many flavors and ways to use various spices and herbs – some of them unusual, like safflower. In this weeks post Monica King shared how to make a basic white sauce or gravy and how to bump it up a few notches with some exotic safflower. Let’s Trade! Back in April, I (Monica King), received a call concerning bees in a rafter that the homeowner wanted safely removed. Upon arrival I found a small hive established itself in the corner of their roof. Setting my equipment up […]

Use Herbs & Spices Carefully

A dear friend is in hospital today and may not make it. Not Covid-19 – some herbal tea served to him by a neighbor. He is on blood thinners for health reasons, and she served him a herbal tea rich in coumarin – a natural blood thinner. Tasty  Tea There are any number of tasty herbal teas. Some you can grow in your yard. Some you can harvest in the wilderness. Many you can simply buy in the supermarket! Just because it’s sold in the supermarket does NOT make it […]

Make Mine Migas

Celebrate National Breakfast Month with some tasty migas. Migas are not found on any restaurant menu, but they are a very common breakfast dish in homes throughout the Southwest and across Latin America. Use Up Those Leftovers! Chuckwagon cooking often included migas for breakfast – it’s a way to stretch a few eggs between many cowboys.  We call them “migas” but no doubt those rough and ready riders had a more colorful name for this staple of camp cuisine.   Migas are found around the world, especially within Spanish and […]

Harvest Rosehip Delights

If you harvested your rose petals for rose drinks carefully this summer, there should be some rosehips ready for harvest right now. (Recipes for rose petals = Drink your Roses – here.) This is especially true for those readers at higher elevations in the Southwest or elsewhere in the USA. (Welcome new readers in Michigan and Colorado. Thanks for signing up!   Rosehips Abound The wild Western rose, also called Wood’s rose (Rosa woodsii) is found throughout the Southwest and has lovely rosehips to forage. Wild rugosa rose (Rosa rugosa) […]

Epazote – A Handy Herb that Loves Southwest Summers

Epazote is a summer growing herb that’s easy to grow and use. It is useful because it helps predigest the “gassy” bean compounds. What’s in the Name? Epazote is basically pronounced “eh-pa-zo-tee.” There. Now you know a word in Nahuatl, the language of the Aztecs! * The name is the same in Nahutal, Spanish, and English. *Word-Nerd Note: If you can say Mazatlan, you are also speaking the Nahuatl name of the town, it translates to “deer place.” Epazote (formerly Chenopodium ambrosoides, now renamed Dysphania ambrosioides) is in the same […]

Savory Sunflowers – An All-American Treat

Sunflowers are an American native plant, used for centuries by the Native people. The plants once grew only in North and Central America (the “New World”). Once Europeans “discovered” sunflowers, they were rapidly carried and planted around the globe. Indeed, sunflowers are one of the plants that were part of the “Columbian Exchange” that we discussed earlier this year in our post about Strawberry Fennel Salad (here). Many Sunflowers to Choose From There are over 70 different species of sunflower (Helianthus). Best known is the garden sunflower (Helianthus annus) which […]