Thursday, April 18, 2013

It's the Last Day of the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop!

It's the last day of this celebration of spring. I have to say it was a fun change of pace for me.

The Grand Prize is an eReader plus a gift certificate, and each of the 63 participating author are offering something as well. The winners will be chosen from comments left at each blog so be sure to leave your email address when you stop to share a few words with us.

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Authors in Bloom!

Wood Sorrel

Just about everyone has seen the three-heart leaves of wood sorrel in their yard or garden. (You can't miss it. It looks like a large shamrock). The tender leaves have a tart, almost lemony, bite that adds a depth of flavor to your salads. The flowers are edible too. Just use a bit to add dimension to a salad. Too much oxalic acid isn’t good for you. The petals broken into hearts make a beautiful garnish too.

Pick your own lovely salad

A few wood sorrel leaves broken into individual hearts
1 small handful of tiny lamb’s quarters leaves (topmost leaves)
1 loose handful of chickweed
1 small handful of the innermost leaves of dandelion
½ cup cashews, macadamia nuts, or hazelnuts
1 loose handful of violet flowers with stems removed
A few rose petals from your garden (if you treat your roses with any chemical, DO NOT USE)

Add to:
Lettuces – Romaine, iceberg, mesclun, etc

Toss all of the above. Then top with this:

Raspberry Vinaigrette
Mix together the following:
½ c. extra virgin olive oil
½ c. orange juice
3 T balsamic or red wine vinegar 
¼ t lemon or orange zest (optional)
¼ c. mashed raspberries

Important to know about wild foods:
Whether you're new to wild harvests or an old pro at munching your way through the weeds in your backyard, I think it's
worth repeating a few things. Some populations of plants are barely surviving due to competition by aggressive invaders and  mindless harvesting. Just because you can eat that native species, doesn't mean you should. It's best to just eat the weeds and leave the rest, especially mushrooms which play an important role in the ecosystem. As far as exotic species go, munch away. They don't belong here anyway and they taste great.
Be safe! Before you start picking, be sure  no pesticides or herbicides have been used there. Only pick where you know for sure.



  • But before you go, I'd like to say just a little bit more. Would you believe I've walked on fire three times? Or that I once took a job as a DJ to combat shyness, and my ipod has over 8000 songs? Did you know I had a 48lb pet rooster, or that I've read the entire WorldBook Encyclopedia cover to cover? (it took me 6 years) Did you know I only got into writing romance novels to learn the publishing business on, and that I have a much larger project planned for my future? A few of my romances have won awards too. Huh, that's something for me to consider as I contemplate leaving the romance genre. In the following links, you can discover a lot about me. 

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After you've visited all the wonderful Authors in Bloom blogs one last time today, check out my main blog.
I'm posting an interesting topic a day through the alphabet in the month-long A to Z Challenge. 

So this is goodbye to the Authors in Bloom Blog Hop. The winner of my prize will be contacted in the next few days. If you've won, you'll hear from me. To see who the winner of the grand prize is, visit the Authors in Bloom site for details. Thanks for playing along in this fun blog hop. I hope you've enjoyed my unusual posts and I look forward to meeting you again around the web!  


  1. thanks for participating in this blog hop and best wishes with your writing

  2. I did a salad, too. Yours sounds yummy and healthy!