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Easy to Make Summer Salads

Dear Nidobak [friends], I hope summer is finding you happy, healthy, and ready to say "yes" to any and all social invitations. Bring an "easy to make" summer salad. You probably hav... — Updated 7/17/2018


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I love strawberries, both wild and cultivated. Wild ones are small but contain more flavor than those big, beautiful ones in the market. Fragaria chiloensis is a coastal strawberry... — Updated 5/21/2018


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What does "Indian Life" mean anymore? To me it means "best life," which I try to live and know that others do too. It means living in harmony in all ways with nature and other... — Updated 3/16/2018


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Here comes another year, another cycle, a clean slate and a new chance to feel happy. In Abenaki, happy is alamizwidahomgwad. As an admitted “foodie,” each year I search and hope to... — Updated 1/4/2018


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Dear Nidobak (friends), another year is slipping by, this time dropping changes left and right, both good and not so good. Even apple and pumpkin time is flying into eggnog and cand... — Updated 11/16/2017


Memories of summer delights and plans for harvest

Summer was so lovely with visits from lots of old and new friends. My mind is still dreaming about new ways to fix lobster and other seafood. However, with boxes and baskets of... — Updated 10/5/2017


Some Dishes go with Everything

Dear Nidobak(friends), Whenever the sun is out and you are, too, it is time for a party. You can be as formal and fancy as you’d like or keep it totally simple. I put some ideas b... — Updated 7/15/2017


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The old adage "the more things change, the more they remain the same" has rarely been truer. So many ways to prepare things, all trying to be so different. Okay, so we give this a t... — Updated 5/12/2017



You may feel differently but I think this winter went quite fast and was so mild. It was a good year for zogalosobonek (maple sugar, sap or syrup). Even just a little in a recipe... — Updated 3/13/2017


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On cold winter days I always think of how hard it must have been for our ancestors who lived in inhospitable lands, how they struggled to keep warm and find food. I dare say they... — Updated 1/9/2017


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Greetings Nidobak! I hope life is going well for you. Harvest should be in, the kids happily back to school and everyone who likes to cook is in their kitchen. I like to stay... — Updated 11/14/2016


End of Salsa Time

I just blinked for a second and summer disappeared! Now, we have to think about school lunches, hay harvesting, all things ‘fall-ish’. That’s all right, every season has its own positive notes. There is a big ol’ movement that has... — Updated 9/9/2016


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Dear Nidobak, The glorious time of year we wait for is here and we can revel and play in this warmth and sunshine! So many foods we grow are now ready for us to pick, prepare and... — Updated 7/19/2016


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Nidobak (Friends), Spring makes me happy and I dare guess most of you readers as well. Foraging is an ongoing endeavor so it is time to focus on planting so foraging can always be... — Updated 5/14/2016


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Dear Friends, I hope this winter is going fast for you as it seems to be here in the Northeast U.S. Either that or I have been rushing about too much. From everything I've been... — Updated 3/24/2016


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Kway, kway, Nidobak (Hello friends), When the weather gets really cold and frigid, my thoughts go to Mexican food of the American southwest and comfort food in general. HOMINY SOUP... — Updated 1/17/2016


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Kwai, Kwai Nidobak (Greetings Friends), How does time fly? I have no idea but I do know that it is Harvest Time and it brings a lot of work and happiness as well. Bushels of vegetab... — Updated 9/10/2015


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Now is it, now is our time to breathe in the aromas and bathe in the sunshine. Sure, there will be lots of time and occasions when the weather is perfect and cooking outside is no... — Updated 8/1/2015


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Dear Nidobak, I do believe we have made it through another nasty, hard, mean and clingy winter with our optimism still in place! There are still a few foods that are universal,... — Updated 5/12/2015


Spring: A season to be grateful

Dear Nidobak, It is now early spring “wskizigwaniwi” a season we are all quite grateful for, I’m sure. There is nothing like hope and sunshine to put a smile on anyone’s face. B... — Updated 3/21/2015


Time to Stay Inside and Get Things Done

We Abenaki call January Alamikos, Forgiveness month. February is Biaodagos or literally, falling in pieces branches moon. Personally, together I would like to call January and Febru... — Updated 1/17/2015


Yum and Double Yum!

Hello Dear Friends, I have missed you, here it is Fall already! We have not had snow yet, but are nearly knee-high in leaves. This was a bountiful year for some things. We are fortunate to have many chestnut trees on this property... — Updated 12/4/2014


Abundance and Beauty Reign

Abundance reigns, beauty as well! With so much fruit and produce available now, I have so many choices to pick from to write about. I got to thinking about another time in my life a... — Updated 7/23/2014


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Dear Nidobak (friends), I’m sure we all were thinking spring would never come this year after such a cold, mean and tumultuous winter, one of the worst ever. A couple of nice d... — Updated 5/25/2014


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Gezandami Nidobak (Dear Friends), It is the time of the cracking trees, I can hear them right now. There will be major cleanup this year. As you all know, the big push is on food... — Updated 3/15/2014


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