Trail Mix

Trail mix isn’t just for hikes! Have it on hand as an after-school snack for kids. Roasted nuts make the crunchiest trail mix, but use raw nuts if you prefer. Substitutions can easily be made: switch out the raisins for dried cranberries or candied papaya, or use cashews or peanuts instead of hazelnuts. Avoid using…

Stinging Nettle Soup

Equip yourself with tongs and scissors to harvest stinging nettles and snip the leaves off the stems. If you are sensitive to nightshades, use 1 sweet potato in place of the potato and carrot. The bigger the potato, the thicker the soup. Peel/trim and dice: 1 potato 1 carrot 1 onion 1 rib celery 2…

Fusion Marinade for Shish Kebabs

East meets West in this tangy, pungent, heavily salted marinade made with widely available Japanese and British condiments. The complex flavors won’t be overshadowed by the charring and caramelization produced by grilling. Combine in a blender: 3/4 cups oil 3/4 cups tamari soy sauce 1/2 cup lemon juice 1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce 2 tablespoons mustard…

Rosewater Champagne

This elegant cocktail is made with true rosewater, also known as rose hydrosol, a by-product of rose essential oil distillation. Rosewater is very fragrant and much more flavorful than rose petal infusions, which should not be used in this recipe. Choose only food-grade rose hydrosol with no additives. Pour into the bottom of a Champagne…

Hummus

This popular Middle Eastern dip is extremely easy to make. Canned chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans) make the smoothest hummus. Drain: One 15-ounze can of chickpeas Put the chickpeas in a food processor with: 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1 tablespoon tahini 1/2 teaspoon salt 1 crushed garlic clove Process until…

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie with Yuzu

Yuzu essential oil and nutmeg add a new dimension to this classic combo. Red mandarin essential oil—or a teaspoonful of grated zest from any citrus fruit—also works well in place of yuzu. Bake on a preheated pizza stone to keep the bottom from getting soggy. For the crust, combine with a pastry blender or food…

Mom’s Cool Salad Dressing

A gem unearthed from the family recipe box, featured here in an updated version. Choose a neutral-tasting oil rather than extra-virgin olive oil to let the other flavors shine. Same goes for the vinegar: save your balsamic for another use. Combine in a jar: 1/2 cup oil 6 tablespoons ketchup 1/4 cup vinegar 1 tablespoon…

Chia Pudding with Tigernut Milk

Inspired by horchata de chufa, this nutritious, naturally sweet pudding is great for breakfast or dessert. Chia seeds are lauded by many for their high fiber and omega-3 content, and tigernuts are a tasty treasure packed with vitamin E and resistant starch. Soak in water for at least 8 hours: 1/2 cup tigernuts Drain tigernuts and…