Chia Honey Pudding – Ancient Treat for Modern Diets

Did you resolve to eat better? Monica King is here today with a healthy paleo desert that is simple to make.  Best of all it uses the seeds of a Southwestern wildflower – chia.  This wonderfully light pudding that fits perfectly into low-carb, keto, gluten-free, paleo diet and is extremely versatile. Chia The key ingredient is chia seeds. These seeds are hydrophilic, they can absorb over ten times their weight when soaked in liquid and develop a mucilaginous coating that gives them a gelatin type texture. If you have never […]

Fried Green Tomatoes

The tomatoes of summer do not appreciate the frosts of winter. If you have to harvest your tomatoes before they are ripe – here is one way to use them up. Green Tomato Roots Many of us are Southwest at heart but arrived here from other parts of the country, or even the world. Personally, I – Monica King – dug my feet into the caliche over twenty-five years ago. I was born in the south and enjoyed life as a migratory beekeeper’s daughter, thus I have been lucky to […]

Deer Season – Grilled Deer Heart

Hunting season for deer has begun across much of North America, thus this post with an excellent way to prepare the deer heart. You can also make this dish with beef heart, available at many local butcher shops. Monica King here to talk about one of my favorite places: Sonora, Mexico. Not the border towns, but deeper into the heart where some of the most beautiful people and country exists. Where life is like rural life in United States sixty or more years ago. Into the Heart of Sonora Our […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]