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Gourmet Foraging and Advanced Acorn Processing

It’s acorn season in Southern California. I’ve long been interested in acorns, knowing that they were the staple food of the native people who lived …

Urban Foraging: Wild Edibles In Cities -- Collect And Eat Fruit, Greens, Snails And More! (PHOTOS)

Eating locally is a big deal these days -- but few people know about all the edible treats growing wild in cities across America. Here at HuffPost Green, we think the most adventurous way to eat local is to throw on your wellies and go foraging for urban goodies. From delicious fruits to weeds you …

Seattle Forager Inspires Others To Learn About Wild, Forgotten Foods

For Langdon Cook, a walk in the woods isn't that different from a walk through the produce section of the supermarket. He's a writer, blogger and all-around outdoorsy type, but in outdoorsy Seattle, he's made his name primarily as a forager.<p>He's kind enough to let me tag along on a mushroom hunt in …

The Foraged-Beer Trend

Five years ago, when the American microbrew scene was exploding, craft beers were still largely made from grains and hops grown by factory farms. Slowly, though, brewers began embracing the locavore trend, planting hops on nearby acreage (like Michigan’s Founders) or using local spring water (like …

A beginner’s guide to spring foraging

There are many pleasures to be gained from eating from the wild and with spring in full swing, it's an ideal time to go foraging and add a new dimension to your food<p>I love to eat from the wild and I've done it from my earliest years. The flavours, textures and nutrients are elemental and vital; …

Foraged Flavor: All About Juniper

The Japanese say that walking in an evergreen forest and "taking in the atmosphere" (shinrin-yoku, or "forest bathing trip") is therapeutic for the health and the spirit. If that's true, then surely hanging around for hours foraging juniper berries is good for the soul. Whenever I'm foraging among …

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America's Coolest Small Towns 2014

Who wouldn’t want to live in the Coolest Small Town in America? Budget Travel's 9th annual contest saw some of the liveliest competition ever, with …

The Southerner’s Handbook: A Guide to Living the Good Life

<i>Garden & Gun</i>, a bimonthly magazine which is published in Charleston, South Carolina, is the unlikeliest magazine ever to become successful, win …

Three Great Sauces for a Venison Roast

<i>Photo by Johnny Miller</i><p>Great sauces are like an insurance policy for venison roasts, which can easily overcook or dry out. Beyond their ability to …