Botched Dutch Oven Pineapple Upside-down Cake

Everything tastes better when cooked over an open fire. Even a botched upside-down cake. Everyone in the group declared it the best cake for miles around -- not hard to accomplish on a sandbar in the Wisconsin River. Here's how to do it right: 1) At home cut 2 pieces of HEAVY-DUTY aluminum foil big … Continue reading Botched Dutch Oven Pineapple Upside-down Cake

Raspberries in the Garden

 I am fascinated by our ancestors' ability to forage for wild foods. I get a thrill whenever I find wild onions, ramps, mushrooms, and even pawpaws. Today the raspberry bushes behind the garage drooped beneath the weight of the red and purple berries.  My bucket filled in no time.      My challenge was to bake … Continue reading Raspberries in the Garden

Wild Food – Morel Mushrooms

I’ve detested mushrooms all my life and cringe at the memory of the slimy buttons in chop suey. That is until two years ago when I fell in love with morels. On a backpacking trip to Deem Wilderness in southern Indiana, Doc, a fellow hiker spotted a few of the honeycombed fungi at the base … Continue reading Wild Food – Morel Mushrooms