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The Backyard Forager

Are you a Beatles fan?

Last month we subscribed to Disney+ just so we could watch the 8-hour Beatles documentary Get Back!, and now I lie awake at night with their lyrics going through my head. I have no idea what John Lennon meant by "I dig a pony" but I can't stop singing it.

I mention this because when cold weather limits what I can forage for, I turn to my chest freezer and begin to process what I've gathered during the year. (Because seriously, who has time to do that when you're spending hours in the field?) And when I'm making jams and jellies and chutneys and extracts and infusing booze, I like to listen to music. This month you'll find me in the kitchen, preserving my harvests, with the volume turned up to eleven.

If, like me, you've got a freezer full of blanched greens, foraged fruit, and cleaned mushrooms, now is the time to play. You've done the hard work of hunting and gathering, so turn on your favorite music and get creative. This month, I'm sharing some of my favorite recipes made with wild edibles fresh from the freezer. 

And if any of you know what the significance of "I dig a pony" is, please enlighten me! 

Happy Holidays and Happy Foraging!
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cherry cocktail

Chokecherry Bounce

Did you stash your chokecherries in the freezer? I did. Make this magical adult beverage with fresh or frozen fruit. Cheers!
chestnut cakes

Chestnut Pound Cake

I always freeze my chestnuts before cooking with them. (To get rid of the maggots...I'm not one of those "extra protein" people.)
mushroom puff pastry

Mushroom Puff Pastry

Do you have frozen (or fresh) mushrooms on hand? Turn them into this fancy-but-easy dish.
apricot squares

Apricot Crumble Squares

I have gallons of apricots in my freezer. Apricots are a common street tree in Santa Fe and now's my chance to enjoy the harvest.
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