Scents of the Desert – Make A Sonoran Pomander


Pomanders and potpourri add fragrance to your space, just as creosote adds a lovely fragrance to our Sonoran desert world. Pomanders are more of something you create to hang in a space, like your closet, or wardrobe back in the day. Potpourri generally sits in a dish.  In this litigious age, Botanist Dr. Jacqueline SouleRead moreRead more

Time for Some Thyme – Soup


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


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


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 Roasted Lamb Breast


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

Go Wild – Drink Some Roses


As it heats in the Southwestern valleys, many of us head to higher elevations, seeking coolness. Some Southwesterners live in higher elevations all year long (think Flagstaff or Santa Fe.) Either way, a charming wild plant to forage has city garden cousins, and both are wonderful to use – the wild rose! Which Roses TheRead 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