Summer Travels

cold-water-smCan you guess which part of this summer’s vacation made me whoop with excitement?

Okay, I did whoop a little from the shock of the temperature of this cold water just above a waterfall in Yosemite;

And I was happy to be sous chef for Ricky’s yummy shakshuka at one of our campsites.shakshuka-sm

Having one’s toes nibbled on by a squirrel is fun,

toes-squirrel-smthough not as fun as the deer that crossed my path while I was foraging wild catnip, raspberries, and elderberry blossoms.deer-sm

Hanging out with Ricky, friends, and family was really the whole point of my travels this summer,yosemite-clan-sm

which included going up north to Mt. Shasta, near where my mom and her husband live.

shasta2-smThere were breathtaking views, loving company, and delicious meals throughout the trip, but I confess I whooped loudest when I found this chicken mushroom just a few feet away from the picnic table at one of our campsites:


Not saying that was the best moment of the trip, but it was an unexpected treasure find. I cooked it over our campfire and turned it into a pasta sauce.

Heading back to Brooklyn tonight.

Foraging tour in Central Park August 18

Food preservation workshop in Brooklyn August 25

The Locavore’s Handbook: The Busy Person’s Guide to Eating Local on a Budget

Botany, Ballet, & Dinner from Scratch: A Memoir with Recipesyosemite-tree-sm

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