I’m Thankful for This Soup

KevinBacon, Charcuterie, Dairy, Fall Veg, Foraging, From Local Farms, From the Cellar, From the Garden, From The Wild, Mushrooms, Nature's Green Acres, Pork, Smoky Valley Goat Cheese, Vegetables3 Comments

I’ve been really grateful for the abundance around me lately. I feel a little like I’ve won the lottery [I don’t buy tickets]. This soup kind of summed up my happiness of late. It’s a purée of winter squashes from my former lawned front yard, with celery and leek from my backyard garden + a whack of chevre from Holly. … Read More

Highbush Cranberry Wine – 2010

KevinForaging, From the Cellar, From The Wild, Highbush Cranberry Wine, Wild Fruits, Wine11 Comments

Last Wednesday evening, upon light prompting [read: suggestion] from friend Valerie, I headed back into the bush to pick another round of the abundant crop of highbush cranberries. I’d picked 20 lbs already. I really didn’t need more. But only a few days prior, I’d been out to En Sante Organic Winery and Meadery [who are going to be undergoing … Read More

Highbush Cranberry-fest

KevinForaging, From The Wild, Wild Fruits, Wine6 Comments

I’d had enough of reading about Karlynn‘s foraging successes, especially having spent far too much time harvesting far too few berries of the low-bush variety. Rather than a sheet pan one layer deep of low-bush, roughly the same amount of time spent picking highbush yielded 21 lbs of fruit. As you can see in the photo, highbush cranberry grows rather … Read More

Low-bush Cranberries

KevinForaging, From The Wild, Wild Fruits9 Comments

At a recent farm stay over the weekend, the smell was everywhere – that pungent, somewhat stinky odor…not of manure, but of fall cranberries. I looked, and looked, and looked – nothing. Until I looked down instead of up. I’m good and used to harvesting high-bush cranberries, and even have some planted in my yard, but have never come across … Read More

Shaggy Parasols – September 2010

KevinForaging, From The Wild, Mushrooms2 Comments

I recently reviewed my posts to check the time of year these guys had appear in my back yard in the past, and it turns out  they tend to make an appearance once in July, then again in September. Well. It’s September, and here they are. The big cap in the photo weighs a half-pound. The entirety weighed in at … Read More

Shaggy Mane Hunt – 2010

KevinForaging, From The Wild, Mushrooms6 Comments

This photo is an epic one illustrating the dark side of the force relative to shaggy manes. These things get goopy, black, inky, drippy, disgusting, and look like the dude at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark melting to their doom. And it happens shockingly fast. So the trick to foraging this mushroom is not just knowing where … Read More

Drying Herbs

KevinForaging, From the Garden, From The Wild, Herbs, Kevin TV8 Comments

Kevin TV – Episode 3: Drying Culinary Herbs from Kevin Kossowan on Vimeo. A quick, shotty peek at my herbs and my drying set up this year. I’ve dried vastly more than previous years already, and it’s time to start jarring up the ones that are good to go.

Shaggy Parasol Spore Print Verdict

KevinForaging, From The Wild, Mushrooms5 Comments

About 5 hrs into the wait for my ‘supposed’ shaggy parasol mushroom to leave a spore print, I hopped online to check what I might be looking for. If you trust Wikipedia, their info on these mushrooms says “The gills and spore print are both white in colour.” Perhaps more importantly, it goes on to explain the print of the … Read More