New inspiration to enjoy native, wild foods

A new way to enjoy native plants (and animals) just appeared with the publication of “Cooking Wild in Missouri” by Bernadette Dryden. I made the mistake of opening to the incredible photos, tips and recipes just before lunch. Now I’m really starving!

For many years Cy Littlebee’s cookbook was the Missouri Department of Conservation’s main source of recipes, but that was first created when lard was a fat of choice. Grilled trout stuffed with tomato and basil, blackberry gelato, and venison moussaka are recipes of a different century.

I used to work with Bernadette and whenever birthday treats rolled around, you always knew which dish she brought—it was the most beautifully presented as well as delicious.

Chanterelles are starting to pop up now, so the first recipe I might try is the chanterelle and polenta foil packs, or maybe the smoked salmon and chanterelles bruschette, or…. So much eating and so little time.


About Lorna Domke

Since 1981, I've lived on the land that surrounds, and will eventually be integrated into, the Prairie Garden Trust with my husband, Henry. Our long-term goal is to build on what Henry's parents began and create a nature garden of sorts for others to enjoy. Over the years I've planted prairie, mowed trails, created a website and done whatever I could to enhance what's here. For a few years I served on the board of the Missouri Prairie Foundation. Since I retired from my role as Outreach & Education Division Chief at the Missouri Dept. of Conservation in 2010, I've started to put more time into the PGT. The PGT Nature Garden blog is one result.
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One Response to New inspiration to enjoy native, wild foods

  1. John Storjohann says:

    Great suggestion for a cookbook, Henry…it sounds like a winner!

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