I found a patch of giant dandelions behind my workplace yesterday so I picked some, with the intention of experimenting with various ways to use the plant. I perused a few recipes and came up with this one for breakfast this morning. Fry 2 strips of bacon, remove all but 1 tsp grease. Lightly sauté … Continue reading Egg Scramble with Dandelion Greens, Ramps and Bacon
Adeline, Annie and I ventured down to the St. Croix River at Raspberry Landing to take a walk in the forest. We took a lot of pictures.
I encountered a couple of Turkey Vultures cleaning up an old deer carcass in a farm field near Cushing WI the other day. All part of the Circle of Life!
My mother is visiting this weekend so she and I took a trip south on the River Road along the St. Croix River. (with a quick detour in through Fish Lake Wildlife Area) in search of wildflowers and birds. We found some nice flowers and a few good birds. Here are my flower shots (taken … Continue reading Wildflower Adventure
Today on the way home from Wildwood Glen we encountered a snake on East Refuge Road in Crex Meadows Wildlife Area. I stopped next to it, thinking it had been hit by a car. It was lying on its back, but would twist and turn back to its "front". I have seen Eastern Hognose Snakes … Continue reading Master Bluffer
Spring is the time to harvest ramps, or wild onions, and this recipe is a good one to highlight their savory garlicky onion flavor. I cooked some of the wild rice that I harvested last fall and added some sliced mushrooms and wild ramps to create a flavorful side dish that paired well with grilled … Continue reading Wild Rice with Mushrooms and Ramps
Adeline, Annie and I ventured down to the St. Croix River Valley yesterday evening to look for ramps. On the way down the hillside we stopped to check out the Skunk Cabbage which is emerging all over the place filling the wet areas with its green leaves and purple spathes. We found a couple small … Continue reading Venture Down To The River
A walk in the St. Croix River Valley this time of year will restore your soul from the weariness that a long, snowy winter can bring. When the snow has melted away and the sun rises higher in the springtime sky, and before the trees leaf out, the forest floor becomes alive with a vast … Continue reading Spring Ephemeral Wildflowers
Asparagus will soon be coming up in the garden. My favorite way to prepare asparagus is on the grill, but any way of cooking that creates a char works nearly as well. I also like using lemon juice, and sometimes make a hollandaise sauce if I am feeling adventurous. We had asparagus with dinner last … Continue reading Asparagus Time!
I’m in North Dakota today and we drove some backroads between Valley City and Jamestown. I forgot to bring a card reader so this is the only way I can share some images. Tomorrow we drive from Jamestown to Sioux Falls. u