The weather this summer has made for weird and confusing timing for the wild harvest in Northwest Wisconsin. Normally, we would have started picking blueberries on the barrens a week or so ago, but in my neck of the woods they are just beginning to ripen. I have not found any ripe ones yet, but … Continue reading Wild Harvest Season: Unusual Timing
I obtained a really tasty 4-year-old sourdough starter from a friend a year ago that has been festering and bubbling on and off in a 1/2 gallon jar stored in the door of my refrigerator. In honor of it's 1 year anniversary in my house and it's 5th birthday (give or take a few months, … Continue reading Wild Rice Sourdough Bread
Of the hundreds of wildflowers found in this area, there are only a handful of orange-flowered ones. I saw four of them today on a quick drive through Crex. The only one I did not find today was Michigan Lily. Butterfly Milkweed. One of the hosts of the Monarch caterpillar. Orange Hawkweed, an introduced and … Continue reading Orange You Glad I Didn’t Say Banana?
When I think of wild rice recipes, I usually think of fall dishes. But wild rice is a versatile base for many different flavors. My cousin likes to eat it plain with some maple syrup and butter for breakfast. I have made many different wild rice dishes, such as Wild Rice and Venison Meatloaf with … Continue reading Summer Wild Rice
I recently acquired a fishing boat, and a new vehicle to pull it. After spending a couple hours installing the trailer hitch on Saturday (yes, by myself - girl power!), I took my fishing partner out to a nearby lake to catch us a mess of panfish. We found a great spot where mostly keepers … Continue reading Fishing fun!
There are a lot of ways to cook a chicken, but I think this is the best way for amazing flavor and juicy tenderness. Start with a cut up chicken and a hot grill with the coals covering one half of the grill. Season the chicken pieces with salt and pepper, then place on grill … Continue reading Dutch Oven Chicken on the Grill
In June as many as a dozen species may burst their buds on a single day. No man can heed all of these anniversaries; no man can ignore all of them. ~Aldo Leopold
I think my favorite family of flowering plants has to be the Heath Family, because of it's diverse plant types, useful fruits and generally small but beautiful flowers. The Latin name for this family is Ericaceae, which is derived from the Greek ereike, which means, loosely "heather". Members of the Heath Family can be found … Continue reading The Perfect Flower Family
Each spring I look for blueberry flowers and monitor their progress. The timing of their bloom can determine the abundance of blueberries each summer, and a late frost can do serious damage and even completely destroy an entire year's worth of the delectable crop. In the past dozen years, there has been a late frost … Continue reading Wild Blueberries
I love rice, and I enjoy making pilafs with various veggies and spices. One shortcut I often deploy is to start with rice-a-roni and jazz it up by adding my hand-harvested wild rice and whatever vegetables I have on hand. The main course tonight was grilled salmon and I was in charge of a side … Continue reading Another Rice Pilaf