wild flower crackers

Here's another recipe that Cindy made for the Wild Food Weekend last month.  The crackers make a great medium for incorporating super nutritious wild seeds into a meal.  And making crackers means there's one less thing to buy.  You can also crush and freeze them to use later as breadcrumbs in other recipes.

The watercress cheese actually seems to taste better after 3 days.  Just be sure the water is clean wherever you forage for watercress. 

venison chili

This is by God the best chili I've ever tasted, and I'm really not even much of a chili fan.  Cornbread fan, yes, and the cornbread is damned good, too.  My mom comes from South Georgia farm country and cornbread is a staple around here.  Cindy, on the other hand, moved to the South from Connecticut, but she's given over to most our ways.  It took her a little longer to realize that the virtue of cornbread lies not in the sweet, but in the savory. 

hibiscus flowers

Making stuffed blossoms is a pretty and delicious way to use wild edible flowers.

watercress

Watercress (Nasturtium officinale) is a water plant that can be found throughout the United States, southern Canada, Europe and Asia.

Elderberry (Sambucus canadensis), common elderberry or American elder, is a shrub that is commonly found throughout eastern North America. Its characteristic clusters of small, cream-colored flowers are often seen on the road-side in late spring and early summer. Elderberries have opposite, elongated, toothed leaflets that are three to four inches long.

Wood sorrel tart

Wood sorrel is one of those "weeds" that, once you've got it, you've got it everywhere. At least around our place. It grows in the garden, in flower beds, and generally all around the yard. It's sometimes mistaken for clover but wood sorrel's sour, lemony flavor and heart-shaped, folded leaves set it apart. 

wood sorrel

Wood Sorrel (genus Oxalis), or sourgrass, is a medium sized edible plant that occurs throughout most of North America. Within the genus Oxalis, there are several species. Wood sorrel typically grows a maximum of 15 inches tall. Its small heart-shaped, "folded" leaves grow in groups of 3. Its tiny flowers are typically white or yellow though they can be pink or violet depending on species. Oxalis means literally "sour" and is named as such due to its oxalic acid content.

Chanterelle Risotto

One more chanterelle recipe to finish up the season. My quality control (read guinea pig) says this one is "awesome".  It's a deliciously delicate combination of wild mushrooms and comfort... sort of a refined version of mac and cheese.  If you have chanterelles put away, this will make a great wintery weather soul warmer when you need it the most.

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