The Meal

Elderflower Liqueur

Elderflowers are the short-lived and delightfully fragrant flowers of the elder plant. If you aren’t familiar, you have at least likely heard that oft repeated quote from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, “Your mother was a hamster and your father smelt of elderberries!” At least that was MY first knowledge of the elder plant. […]

Nettle Wafer Cookies

This week I originally hoped that I would have some wild strawberries to work with, but it was still a bit early at my favorite strawberry spot. But while we were in the woods there we did find a couple nice things. First of all, the columbines were in bloom and absolutely stunning. On top […]

Pineappleweed Liqueur

Pineappleweed. If you haven’t ever encountered it, you can probably already guess what is significant about it. This particular weed is closely related to chamomile and yet, when crushed, it gives off a potent smell of pineapple. What a delightful thing to find in a little herb that grows on trail edges. This plant has […]

Nettle Custard Pie

For me, there may be no better dessert than a custard pie–that indescribable richness of a good custard balanced with a salty, flaky pastry crust and nice dollop of whipped cream. It really doesn’t get much better. And it also serves as a wonderful platform for exploration of flavors. In this case, I’ve flavored my […]