Jicama – for Delightful Roots & Fruits Salad

Jicama is a crispy root with a light flavor that lends itself well to summer salads, or as a crunchy snack with dip on a veggie platter. You Know some Ancient Nahuatl Epazote, avocado, and jicama are all plants that were cultivated in MesoAmerica at the time the Spanish Conquest, and what they are called today comes to us directly from the Nahuatl names for them. We are going to use both jicama and avocado in this roots & fruits salad.   The Best Kitchen Tool In several of my […]

Summer Salad with Honey Mustard Dressing

Summer is salad season! The heat of summer is ideal for lighter meals including robust salads, like this salad of greens, some of them foraged.  In honor of National Pollinator Week, the third week of June each year, we are sharing this recipe that uses honey.  Thanks bees!! Summer Greens There are many to choose from for your salads – depending if you garden or forage. Once the traditional Southwest summer monsoon rains start (usually after June 24) there will be even more greens to forage. (Yes, I am an […]

Fennel and Strawberry Salad

Thanks to Father Kino, the Southwest was part of the great Columbian Exchange. Foods like fennel and strawberries were not native to the region but once introduced became highly popular. The Columbian Exchange We all know that “In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” And we know he was looking for spices. On the first trip he filled his ships with seeds and cuttings of plants he found and sailed home (he came back a few times too). The Exchange was the start of the widespread transfer of plants, animals, […]