Barrel Cactus Fruit – Lemony and Luscious Gluten Free Cake

Here in the Southwest, there are so many native plants that provide food for the table. One that has a hidden bounty at this time of year is the barrel cactus. Barrel cactus is the generic term for a number of species of large barrel-shaped cacti. The one with the most edible of fruit isRead moreRead more

Deer Heart – Corazon Asado con Salsa de Bandera

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Monica King here to talk about one of my favorite places: a ranch in 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 the United States was – sixty years ago. Into the Heart of Sonora Our first stopRead moreRead more

Ancient Desert Treat for Today – Chia Honey Banana Pudding

Monica King today to ask you – Looking for a healthy paleo desert? Here is a wonderfully light pudding using chia seeds that fits perfectly into your diet and is extremely versatile. Chia The key ingredient to this dessert is chia seeds. These seeds are hydrophilic, they can absorb over ten times their weight whenRead moreRead more

Time for Some Thyme – Soup

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Summer time is an excellent time for thyme soup. Soup in summer is super! As we sweat during the day we lose minerals (electrolytes) and while there are drinks that claim to restore electrolytes, they are sugar-laced and of questionable overall health benefit. Besides, I prefer sipping something savory over sipping something sweet. Finding ThymeRead moreRead more

Smoky Honey Onion Smothered Wild Salmon

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Monica King here with a fun and delicious honey recipe using wild-caught salmon. Salmon in the Southwest? Sure! In this era of airplane travel, sometimes friends escape the heat and head to Alaska on a fishing trip. Failing friends with full ice chests, many local stores carry fresh salmon. Wild Versus Farm Salmon There areRead moreRead more

Grilled Zucchini

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Uncle Smokey here again in after only one week. I got my arm twisted because August 8 is National “Sneak Some Zucchini on you Neighbor’s Porch Day.” Well, I wish somebody would celebrate this national holiday in my direction! I love the taste of grilled zucchini. It’s even tasty the next day as leftovers, butRead moreRead more

Honey Barbecue Marinade

“Uncle Smokey” here this week to share a marinade sauce I created and have been refining for barbequing beef or chicken. I use it before cooking, as a marinade, and during cooking, to help infuse flavor. I confess, I have not written much yet on this site, mostly because it’s summertime in the Southwest. DuringRead moreRead more

Honey Roasted Lamb Breast

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Monica King here to share a new way of cooking an old family staple. Indeed, lamb has been a staple in my family for ages, it replaced many turkeys on the holiday tables. Although I do not raise any on my farm (yet) I always look for US grown cuts at my local grocery storeRead moreRead more

Mesquite No-Bake Cookies – Great for Off-Grid Living

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Summertime in the Southwest. In a word, it is hot. Hot. Especially if you live off-grid and every watt of power is closely watched, trying to conserve enough to run the fans and swamp-box. Less heat in your living space is certainly desirable. But sometimes you just want some cookies! Here is something I oftenRead moreRead more

Barrel Cactus Seed Harvest

Recently I (Jacqueline Soule) gave a presentation on edible flowers, and we got sidetracked onto barrel cactus fruit. Barrel cactus fruit are one of my favorites foraged foods because they are easy, plentiful, and even a beginner will be successful! Plus barrel fruit are one thing you can find and forage in almost any monthRead moreRead more