Chicken Soup from the Soule

All this cold weather we’ve been having, some nice chicken soup is just what we need to warm us up! Jacqueline Soule here this week with an old Soule family recipe for chicken soup.. Old Soule Family Recipe My parents grew up during the Great Depression back in the 1930’s, followed by WWII and ration books for food. My grandmothers on both sides did the best they could to feed their families, often getting quite creative about meals. As a child, I would watch the meal preparation process with fascination […]

Savory Scones with I’itoi Onions

Wintertime is the time to turn on the oven and bake some yummy treats like these scones with a hint of onion.  It’s just a hint of onion because we are using I’itoi onions – a mild-flavored perennial onion that grows well in the Southwest winter season.  They retreat underground with the heat of summer. Where to Find I’itoi Onions I’itoi onions (pronounced “e-e-toy”) are shared around Southern Arizona by gardeners and afficianados. They are also sold through Native Seeds/SEARCH (NS/S). NS/S says that the ones they offer “resemble the […]

Savory Cinnamon – A Holiday Treat

Many of our holiday offerings include cinnamon. Cinnamon is traditionally used in winter cooking, like pumpkin pie, snickerdoodles, and gingerbread. Why cinnamon? The Botany of Cinnamon If you want to – skip this section and go to the recipe. But because I, Jacqueline Soule, am an ethnobotanist, and I am fascinated by human uses of plants, I present some of the interesting history of this spice. The word “cinnamon” is directly from Hebrew.  In the Old Testament “kinamon” is mentioned in the same context as the treasures of gold, silver, […]

Poppy Seed & Barrel Seed

This post goes live on November 11.  We honor veterans today and every day. The poppy is often used as a symbol of this day.  Last week on Gardening With Soule – Jacqueline discussed how to Grow Poppy Flowers. Since this is a food blog let’s look at the poppy seeds, and the easily harvested Southwestern alternative to them. Using The Whole Poppy Many cultures use poppy seed for food. In Europe bakers use poppy seed whole to decorate their products or milled and mixed with sugar as a sweet […]

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 […]

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 […]

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) […]