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Wild Rose Petal Jelly & Scottish Scones

Wild rose petal jelly and authentic Scottish scones befitting of the most elegant “tea time” treat. Elevating foraged fare and biscuits to sublime levels. I talk a lot about scent memories.  Scent is closely tied to memory and emotion.  Scents…

The Tale of Two Walnuts

Embracing all that the walnuts have to offer, recipes for vin de noix/nocino/walnut wine and pickled English walnuts might just tickle your walnut fancy. I have great affinity for all things walnut.  When I was a “wee” one, my great…

Lovely Strawberry Jam With Elderflowers

  Perhaps those things in nature that appear simultaneously have an affinity for each other. With this strawberry jam with elder flowers, I think they must. Strawberry season is the unofficial start of summer in my part of the world….

Shades of Spring: Rhubarb Jam

The rosy, ruby hue of this delightful rhubarb jam will shake you right out of the winter blues and the flavor will brighten up anything you add it to! Spring came early this year for folks in the Pacific Northwest. …

Cranberry Sauce with Orange, Ginger & Tea

A reinvented jewel of the holiday table, this jammy cranberry sauce is at once bright, fruity and earthy. An easy “make ahead” dish for the holiday chef! It is a cold, awful, perfectly horrible, completely normal November day in the…

Ginger Grape Jam: Grape Jelly Grows Up

Not your childhood grape jelly, this ginger grape jam recipe is sophisticated and a bit exotic. Resist the urge to eat by the spoonfuls… Before we get down to the nitty gritty about why this Ginger Grape Jam is so…

Roasted Tomatillo Salsa Verde

Deep complex flavor, a bit of heat and great texture make this tomatillo salsa verde equally welcome on a chip or mixed into a cheese sauce for enchiladas. I have always been intrigued by green salsa made with tomatillos.  But,…

Fig Preserves with Lemon

Fig Preserves with Lemon offer a truly splendid, luxurious treat for the taste buds. I think that my love of all things fig started with my father.  Born in southern California, he spun tales of eating juicy figs right off…

Mustardy Zucchini Relish

Zucchini Relish. The condiment no family ever knew they couldn’t live without! So you plant your garden and wait with tremendous patience for it to bear its offerings.  The first few weeks you pick these tiny, adorable “baby” vegetables because…

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Meet the Nitty Gritty Mama, Devon!

I am an herbalist, farmer, cook, and forager. I get my hands dirty and am not afraid to do things the "hard way". Sharing my Nitty Gritty Life with you! Read More



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