"In wildness is the preservation of the world." -H.D. Thoreau

Why eat from the wild? The answer is obvious to anyone who has felt the emotional uplift from the weight of a basket brimming with morel mushrooms, the earthy-sweet scent of digging Sassafras roots, or the heavy pulsing of a fish testing the limits of your fly rod.
There are a million reasons to eat wild, to get dirty, to taste fresh food. It is here where we connect to the Earth, our Ancestral past, immediate present and hope for a healthy future...

"Nothing else can build such awareness as surely and powerfully as practicing the ancient ecological art of humankind - foraging. It is not observation of, but rather participation in the phenomena of Nature that brings us to our greatest understanding of our place in the mosaic of life."
-Samuel Thayer The Forager's Harvest

Foraging in the Tip of the Mitten!

Sunday, October 14, 2012

Fables and Fermentations

I've returned home from nearly two months on the East Coast and pretty much dropped the ball on the Full Moon Feasts. Summer's heat does little to inspire me. But finally! Sweater weather is here and it is my favorite time of year. The colors have peaked, the Salmon are running and ducks are headed south. Several have already found their way into my oven and mingled gently with Elderberry sauce over a plate of fresh basil.

You can read my recipe for this decadent sauce and more about the Elder shrub in my article "Fables and Fermentations: the Cultural and Culinary Elderberry." Its in the latest issue of Edible Grande Traverse Magazine:  http://www.ediblecommunities.com/grandetraverse/online-magazine/fall-2012/wild-thing.htm

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