May 2015

Foraging for Dinner: Ramp and asparagus risotto


I have never really considered myself an expert at anything, but if I were an expert at something, I would have to say it is foraging and using ramps. Ramps are the wild version of onions that grow in shady and sandy forest areas, often near rivers and streams, which is why I usually come across them while I am trout fishing. 


Years ago, I would go out looking for ramps and not find a single one. I must have spent an entire season looking for ramps and didn't find any. Now it seems like they are all I see. If there are ramps around, I can find them.  


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Kitchen DIY: Homemade tortillas


The more I experiment in the kitchen, the more I learn how easy it can be to make stuff from scratch that I never thought about making before. Homemade tortillas are a perfect example. I’ve always bought them from the store and haven’t really given them any more thought than that.


However, I recently made a pulled pork recipe from a new cookbook, and while it didn’t call for tortillas, I thought that not only would they be a great excuse to try making them from scratch, but also that they’d be a great addition to the recipe. And they were! 


These are ridiculously easy to make, with ingredients you probably already have on hand.


Homemade Flour Tortillas

Recipe makes 12 6-inch tortillas

2 C all-purpose flour

1/2 tsp salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tbsp shortening

3/4 cups water


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