Last weekend I got invited to do a youth food cooking demo at the 14th annual Indigenous Farming Conference. This event is located at Maplelag, which is a cross country ski resort in northern MN. The indigenous peoples of this land are Ojibwe ( Anishanaabe). My family and I had a great time and learned … More Sharing the the abundance; Indigenous Farming Conference 2017
Last week my family and I went to EcoFarm at Asilomar State Park in Pacifac Grove CA. EcoFarm is a conference where farmers, gardeners, activists, chefs and foodies come together to celebrate organic food and farming and to share new ideas on how to feed ourselves sustainably! At EcoFarm, OSA (Organic Seed Alliance) hosted a … More Celebrate Squash!
Every year my family and I have a tradition of making tamales to celebrate mid-winter. We all gather around the kitchen table that is covered in colorful bowls of fillings and masa dough, we laugh and talk as we scoop up handfuls of masa dough made from last years corn that we grew in our … More Tamales, tasty little bundles of happiness
Don’t you love the smell vanilla beans! Vanilla is such a versatile spice you can use it in ice cream, baking and even perfume. Here are a couple fun facts about vanilla! – The Totonac people, who inhabit the East coast of Mexico in present-day state of Veracruz were the first to cultivate vanilla. – … More Vanilla, a fragrant orchid from Mesoamerica
Corn has always been a central part of me and my family’s life. Growing up on a farm in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of CA, we have always grown a couple of different varieties of heirloom corn every season. Some of my favorite varieties are Strawberry Popcorn, Mohawk Red Bread Flour Corn, Navajo Robins Egg … More Corn Mother’s Gifts
Two days ago I had a wonderful indigenous drink called Atole. Our friend Clayton, a farmer at Tesuque Pueblo in northern NM, made this Atole with finely ground blue corn meal and granulated maple sugar from Gun Lake Potawatami. In the Pueblos of NM this drink is called ah-geh. Atole is a hot corn drink … More Atole, a delicious indigenous drink
Two weeks ago I had the great pleasure of teaching an interactive cooking demo to a group of children at my local homeschool charter, Twin Ridges Homestudy. I got to teach ages 5-9 how to prepare healthy indigenous food that’s also really simple! Together we made a wild rice and roasted squash pilaf (which you … More Healthy Cooking Class
Two weeks ago I had the great pleasure of going to the Great Lakes Intertribal Food Summit at Red Lake Nation in MN. This was a gathering of many nations to celebrate food and culture of the indigenous peoples of the Great Lakes region and beyond! I was invited to teach a native food … More Festival of Flavors; Red Lake Indigenous Food Summit 2016