Dark Chocolate Chip and Macadamia Nut Cookies: Insanely Good and Easy

Chocolate Chip Macadamia Nut Cookies

Apologies in advance for these cookies. Food this good should be harder to make, if only for the sake of our pants’ size. One bowl easy and classic (yet somehow better) chocolate chip cookie decadence. If I had known this recipe would be good enough to share I would have taken more pictures of the [Continue Reading...]

Never Buy A Rotten Avocado Again

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Where I live, far from avocado country, it’s not unusual for organic avocados to be $2.50 or $3 each. “Oh, waaah, you big crybaby,” locavore purists might argue, “avocados are expensive because you live in Seattle, so stop buying non-local food!” To which I reply: “The zombies can have my guacamole when they pry it [Continue Reading...]

Buying An All American 30 Quart Pressure Canner: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

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If you are part of the NW Edible community on Facebook, then you may already know about the pressure canner that brought me to tears. I had some birthday money, you see. Visions of pantry-ready, home-canned stock danced in my head. And so, after some research, I look the plunge into pressure canners. It was a [Continue Reading...]

The Spring Garden That Wasn’t: A May Photo Tour

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This is a very strange spring. I have foot high corn and foot-across squash but hardly any of the typical spring crops. There’s a few heads of lettuce, and peas of course, but for the most part when I should have been most focused on putting in more complete spring garden I was instead mucking [Continue Reading...]

Canning Swirly Fruit: An Easy Way To Prep Pears and Apples

Canned Pears

Here’s a lovely way to save some time when you prepare apples or Asian pears for canning. Use an apple peeler-corer (see mine at work here) to make beautiful coils of automatically-cored firm fruit. The swirly fruit looks fantastic in the jar, and packs in well for a nice, well-filled raw pack. Don’t get too [Continue Reading...]

reCAP Mason Jar Cap Giveaway Winners

reCAP lid

You all had so many great ideas for how to use reCAP Mason Jar Pour Caps. Thanks to everyone who entered. Our five winners were: Ryan Darla S Ellen Toni Wolfie Winners, you’ve been emailed so check your inbox for details on how to claim your reCAP prize. Thanks all for entering and for reading! [Continue Reading...]

Battling Mulch Mountain at the Chicken Coop Door

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I suspect anyone who has a chicken coop with a human-sized door has encountered the problem of door-blockage. Chickens adore kicking and scratching in the straw and dirt and debris of the coop floor, and tend to make little mountains and valleys from their scratching efforts. Mulch Mountain The mountain chickens create is always immediately [Continue Reading...]

When She Got There, The Cupboards Were Bare: Assessing Your Larder

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How’s your larder looking? Mine is pretty spartan. This is a great time of year to assess your larder and see what you’ve eaten tons of and what hasn’t been a hit. If you make some notes now about what your family really eats, before the furor of canning season comes upon us, there’s a good chance [Continue Reading...]

Giveaway: Mother Earth News Fair Weekend Passes

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Are you tired of amazing giveaways yet? Nah, me neither. The second annual Mother Earth News Fair in Puyallup (“pyew-AL-up,” for non-Washingtonians) is happening soon, on the weekend of June 2-3, and I’ve got a pair of tickets to give away. We went last year and it was fantastic. I saw Joel Salatin, who is [Continue Reading...]

Mother’s Day: A Radical Act of Defiance

Time Mother's Day Cover

Secretly, creeping through the brain and heart and blood of every mama there is a deep, dark fear that we are Not Mom Enough. We snap at our kids, or grab the sharpie out of their little hand a bit too roughly before they can decorate another piece of furniture, or are the last to [Continue Reading...]

Notes From A Synthetic Environment

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For the past five days I’ve been living in an unreal, unearthly limbo. I’m at a professional conference, in a 34 story hotel, in Chicago. I could easily have no idea what time it is. I certainly have no idea what the weather is like. My menus over the past few days read something like this: [Continue Reading...]

Giveaway: ReCAP Mason Jar Pour-Spout Lids

I freaking love my reCAP lids. I have 10, a thank-you gift for supporting the initial Kickstarter fund-raising campaign that helped turn reCAPs from a really great idea into a really great reality. The BPA-free plastic, pour-spout lids transform any regular mouth mason jar into a leak-proof, easy-to-use pourable container. I have my Mason Jar Stir-Fry [Continue Reading...]