Welcome to my personal blog. To those of you who know me, I also blog for my day job. But this site is for me, for my avocation, not my vocation. Here’s where I hope to tell you about the foods you can’t get at the supermarket (mostly), foods you must grow or hunt or catch or gather yourself. I live near Sacramento, California, and spend much of my free time collecting good things to eat, cooking them (or pickling them or freezing them or drying them), as well as learning about what we’ve lost in this modern world. Our diets were once far more diverse than they are today: Look at an old cookbook or a restaurant menu from the 19th century and you will see. Muskrat was served at Delmonico’s in New York. I have an 18th century cookbook with a dozen recipes for salsify. And our ancestors knew what to do with a quince or a chestnut or a brace of hares.
My hope is for this site to be a resource for those who hunt, fish, grow unusual vegetables or gather wild plants. I am planning to post recipes for everything and share with you my enjoyment of a meal unbought. Thanks for reading!