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I call this recipe Walleye Minot because it is an ode to North Dakota, and because I caught the walleye on Lake Sakakawea near Minot, ND. Pretty much everything in it speaks to that state, which was so good to me when I visited in October.
If you want to know what I am munching as I hit the road for a very long book tour, it’s these cookies. Acorn flour makes a damn good shortbread because shortbread doesn’t really need gluten to be good. These are nutty and sweet, with a hint of vanilla and maple.
I’ve made acorn flour for years, in several different methods, and I’ve settled on this particular method — a cold process that takes a few days to leach out the bitter tannins in the acorns, but leaves them with more flavor and preserves some of the key starches in the nuts.
Wild hazel nuts are everywhere, but no one seems to be able to see them. Here’s how to recognize and harvest wild hazel nuts, which are in season right now.
The Lathyrus clan, which most of us know as wild peas, get a bad rap. But I am here to tell you that wild peas are indeed edible, contrary to what you may have heard. Here’s the science behind why.
I recently met a Tlingit Indian woman in Alaska who dried sea beans, a/k/a Salicornia, saltwort, sea asparagus, etc. and used it as a seasoning. It occurred to me: Why not take it one step further and make “sea bean salt.” Here’s how you do it.
Gooseberries are among the tartest, most aromatic of all our berries. No matter what variety you find, grow or buy, you can make a pretty sorbet from the juice of the berries. Perfect for a hot summer dessert.
Ah, the gooseberry, an unloved berry if there ever was one — especially here in North America. We have more than 100 varieties here, yet few people, even foragers, both with them. Pity. Here’s what you need to know to gather ye gooseberry in style.
Cattail pollen is one of the great zephyrs of the natural world: One day it’s here, the next, dried up and blown to the four winds. I finally caught it at the right moment this year, and finally got to make a dish I’ve been wanting to make for years: Cattail pollen pasta.
Don’t be fooled by the fancy name. These are your standard ricotta-spinach gnocchi, only made with wild cow parsnip greens, and the carrot consomme is fiendishly easy to make. A knockout dish that’s pure simplicity.