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Sautéed Mushrooms and Nettles

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Category : Recipes, Side Dishes, Vegetarian, Wildcrafting

Photo of Sauteed Mushrooms and NettlesFor many people, stinging nettles conjure up images of nasty burning sensations caused by brushing against the nearly invisible spines or flowers of an otherwise lovely green plant. Nettles grow wild in damp, shady woods, and can reach several feet high.

However, when picked fresh before they start blooming, nettle leaves are a healthy spring tonic and a nutritional powerhouse. Cooking breaks down the chemical that causes the stinging sensation on skin, so cooked nettles are perfectly safe to eat. Continue Reading

Spring Cleanse Menu

Category : February, Seasonal Menu Ideas

Photo of plated Spring Cleanse MenuCurrants, plums and forsythias are beginning to bloom, crocuses sprouted several weeks ago, and the gardeners among us  are wearing dirt under their fingernails and big smiles. Spring is definitely coming, if not already here, and it’s time to think about spring cleaning, both inside and out. Stay with me for a minute and I’ll show how that’s related to this week’s menu. Continue Reading