The Hunt

Piñon Nut Brittle

When traveling in the Southwestern United States, wild piñon nuts are everywhere. The landscape in many areas is dominated by a mixture of piñon pine and juniper, but many don’t realize that these pines bear delicious and edible pine nuts like the ones you buy at the grocery store. For me, that realization was a […]

Yarrow Compound Butter

Yarrow is one of those plants that, even if you don’t know it right now, you have seen it a thousand times, and once you know what it is, you’ll see it everywhere. It is lovely, fragrant, and very useful. It is an herb that has been used in traditional medicine (and other, more unique, […]

Watermelon Mint Gazpacho

Mint is a very common forageable plant, particularly in urban and suburban areas, as it has a tendency to creep out of a cultivated garden and then take off on its own. One plant can quickly turn into a dense patch if not properly contained. While the tenacious growth of mint can be the bane […]

Fried Milkweed Pods

Milkweed pods are one of the stranger looking fruits out there. Milkweed itself pops out of the grass looking pretty typical, but as the season progresses, it takes on something of an extraterrestrial quality. It begins with the flowers. Milkweed flowers come in large clusters, like an over-sized Martian broccoli, the flowers popping into little […]