Try this yummy pesto made from wild ingredients. I love the idea of collecting nature's bounty and making something delicious. The main ingredients are chives and ramps. What is a ramp, you ask? Ramps are a delicacy in some NY restaurants and the first green popping through the forest floor in the woods behind my … Continue reading Wild Pesto Recipe
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
It feels wrong not to know basic survival skills our ancestors knew. We’ve let too many fade from our collective knowledge. I try to do my part by learning outdoor skills the pioneers used, so I was thrilled to receive an antique book, Camping and Woodcraft, as a gift. Horace Kephart wrote the first edition … Continue reading Baking in Ashes
In early April the woods behind my house look dead and hopeless. I wait for the day when a patch of brave lime-green leaves poke through the damp forest floor to signal life amid the ugliness. I thought perhaps they were a non-flowering variety of lily-of-the-valley until a fellow hiker on Manitou Island pointed out … Continue reading Wild Food – Ramps. What’s a Ramp?
Fall is my favorite time of year––summer hangs on, but winter whispers in my ear. Maple trees turn neon yellow and orange, oaks a deep red. Last Saturday was one such gorgeous autumn day in central Illinois. We piled into the SUV with my grandson and headed for Champaign, IL. Our first stop was the Paxton … Continue reading Dutch Oven Recipe