Nettle Seed & Dandelion Blossom Energy Bars: Wild Superfood Goodness

My sister-in-law Gloria is an avid rower who races frequently with her Dragon Boat Team. Last year as a special request, she asked for a wildcrafted energy bar. I knew I wanted to make something with nettle seeds (tell you why shortly) but I could never find enough seeds on hand without decimating entire nettle…

Wild Bewitching Pesto: Conjuring Culinary Magic

Fresh, vibrant, tangy, zesty, spicy and garlicky are only some of the adjectives used to describe wildcrafted pesto. But how about spell-binding? From dandelion, garlic mustard, sorrel, and lemon balm, these “weeds” and herbs not only have a long magical history, they can be transformed into tasty and nutritious sauces, dips and condiments—and served with…

Witches, Plants, Healers: A Halloween Ode

I’m currently enrolled in a herbalist apprenticeship program, so we spend a lot time talking about witches and how the iconic Halloween brewing cauldron tells of centuries of “wise women” who practiced the art of healing through plant potions and decoctions. I’m not going to go on about how generations of these women were persecuted and…