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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 […]

Tuna Crunch Dip

Easy and tasty – here is one way to turn a simple can of tuna into a satisfying summer meal. Avoid the scourge and money pit of purchasing fast food. Food Building Blocks This tuna dip is especially handy after a long day when it is too easy to make poor food choices. Protein, carbohydrates, and some healthy fats – all the building blocks your body needs for health. Also some fiber to keep your intestines working well. And they keep telling us to try to eat fish once a […]

Drink Your Roses!

The flavor of roses is one of those subtle flavors that will delight your taste buds. If you haven’t tried rose petals yet — you are missing a treat. Today we will look at two drinks to make using roses. Which Roses To Use? Really any true rose * will work. The wild Western rose, also called Wood’s rose (Rosa woodsii) is found throughout the Southwest. It makes an excellent rose to forage due to it’s intensely flavorful petals. In the garden, the gallica roses (originally from Persia) have the […]

Greens and More – Amaranth

Summer eating tends to be lighter than winter fare. In North America we tend to eat more greens and salads and less soups and stews. And what a collection of greens we can select from in the Southwest, including amaranth! Amaranth One of my (Jacqueline Soule) favorites – and easily found in many areas, is amaranth. It’s considered a weed, and abounds in vacant lots in Southwestern cities, as well as at the edges of agricultural fields. Where I live, alongside ample rabbits and javelina, about two seconds after an […]

Watermelon Gazpacho

Watermelon meets the fruits and flavors of the Southwest in this refreshing summer soup. This melding of summer flavors started centuries ago when plants of the Old World and the New World melded in the Columbian Exchange.  And all this – just in time for Forth of July! Exchanging Plants We mentioned the Columbian Exchange in our post on Fennel & Strawberry Salad in June. Watermelon was another highly popular introduction to the Southwest, and various Native tribes quickly selected for plants that would grow well in their corner of […]