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Cherimoya Love (With 3 Recipes)

Posted in Beverages, Condiments, Raw & Fermented, Soups | 9 comments

Here in Southern California, land of amazing food, grown year-round, there is a fruit in season now called the cherimoya.

Being an East Coast native, I had never seen one before, because cherimoyas have a very short shelf-life and therefore aren’t successful in commercial production. The yummiest, healthiest foods usually aren’t.

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Dandelions are No Lawn Menace

Posted in Beverages, Gardening, Raw & Fermented, Salads | 46 comments

Many wild plants and “weeds” are some of the most nutrient-dense greens you can eat. It is only in the past 100 or so years, as our food system became more and more industrialized, that wild superfoods dropped out of our diet. So I try to include them in mine when I can.

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Homemade Coconut Milk

Posted in Beverages | 59 comments

Coconut milk is often a staple for people with food allergies, as well as an outstanding dairy replacement and healthy fat source for those who are adhere to a raw, GAPS or Paleo diet. Fortunately it is very easy and cheap to make at home.

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Seasonal Sapote

Posted in Beverages, Raw & Fermented, Treats | 5 comments

One of the nicest things about living in Southern California is the endless, year-round bounty of mouthwatering, local produce. This week my CSA box came with peaches and something called a black sapote, all of which were picked the day before from a local farm—in October!

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Lavender Lemonade with Honey

Posted in Beverages, Gardening, Raw & Fermented | 35 comments

Lavender is beginning to bloom now in my garden, not only looking and smelling beautiful, but attracting bees and other pollinators to the rest of my plants. I harvest it for its beauty, and dry it for use as food and medicine.

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Tropical Smoothie Paradise

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Ever since the purchase of our Vitamix, we have been enjoying a daily smoothie. Since I am not a big fan of eating leafy greens like kale and cabbage, yet I know I need to eat them every day, I would rather drink them mixed with a taste-enhancing amount of fruit.

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