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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 […]

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 […]

Pecan Turtles

Do you have pecan trees?  Many people in the Southwest do.  Now how to use all those pecans while they are fresh and tasty?  Here is a recipe shared from a friend who lives north of the border – the other border! Janet Davis lives in Canada and makes these yummy “pecan turtles” for the holidays. Janet Davis, our guest author This creative lady is a garden writer like Savorist Jacqueline Soule.  Janet is also a photographer – and her words and images have been featured in numerous books, magazines, […]

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, […]

Sonoran Sausage Soup – Hearty with Beans

Uncle Smokey here today with an old family recipe for the cold winter days – sausage soup. It’s a thick and meaty meal – and best of all – it only needs one pot! Love one pot meals since I don’t much like doing dishes. Cover photo is a batch with lots of beans and cheese sprinkled in. Warm Soup for Cold Winter Days I call it soup, but it is bordering on a stew. There is little water left when you are done, and mostly just thick filling bites. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]