Berry Good Times

My all time favorite fruit is the raspberry. Followed closely by watermelon and white peaches, the raspberry is far sexier and more fun to eat and it has that little umami after flavor that is so satisfying.

But I’ve heard of a new berry, a cloud berry.

It is a highly treasured wild berry, and I’m a little obsessed.

I’m a member of a canning group on Facebook, and  that’s where I heard of these little fruity beauties. They grow on a single stem, with a single berry, in boreal bogs. Yes, I had to look that up, kind of a cool thing, bogs…  and then there’s the boreal part, who knew?

My friend Doug, from Alaska, is looking for volunteers to do some research on berry harvesting in the great tundra.  There was a little back and forth from potential participants, about giving up the location of secret berry patches. No one is asking for that, phew. But if you’re a berry picker in Alaska, check it out!

Oh, it applies to all berries, just not cloudberries.


I’d share a recipe, but I don’t have any cloudberry recipes!  So for now, I leave you with  another preservationist’s harvest. Life is good.

Photo credits:  The last two pictures are from my canning friend in Canada, Marcie Bast.

Super Fun Nibbles & Sips Pictorial

Well, that was fun! We had our semi-annual Nibbles & Sips last week and it sure makes for an entertaining evening! I changed up the routine, with the plant based buffet outside, all tray passed appetizers and a separate table for fruit desserts and one for chocolate desserts. It was an excellent call, and the flow was on point. Of course, we started with our signature cocktail, the Chilmark!

I always push a plant-based menu, any chance I get.  No one ever misses what they don’t have, if  the offerings are delicious and intriguing, and, of course, we do that. The crowd, always a full house, with a few hard core vegans and omnivores,  who get their mind blown by a full on vegan buffet that satisfies and inspires.

But seriously, the highlight was the face painting from “We Adorn You.” I’m not sure if I mentioned that BOTH my daughters are engaged! Allison’s  number one request is a face painter…  we got that hook up!


My friend Chef Jo brought her friends from the East Coast and they got bedazzled together. There’s another teenager who was working hard on looking bored… until Elise showed up!

Sending some love over to Lee Dyson over @heymisterdj for  providing the music for the evening. No party is a party without some good tunes! P.S. If you’re looking for a DJ for your next event, ask for Lee Dyson because he’s fabulous!

Of course, the food was flowing all night, as well as the cocktails (six offerings!)

I should probably mention all the boozy deliciousness, or you can just have a look. Oh, the yummy buzz!

But really, like I said, it was all about the face painting. I slept in mine and kept it on the entire next day. It’s like nobody noticed. I guess I always have a rainbow shooting out from my third eye. It’s true. The team went out after, but DJ was denied entrance to the local bar… no tigers allowed. Only in Echo Park!

Did I mention, there was pie. A classic crostata with apriums that was epic in the delicious department. Thanks Jessica!  It was worth every calorie! Nothing better than ending the night on a sweet note!  (oh, and folks are still raving about your vegan whipped cream!)