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A couple weeks ago, a friend posted a video of her toddler son gleefully admitting, “I ate flower!” And then, “Whole thing.” His older sister chimes in, “He really did!” We tend to regard the plants in our neighborhood as off limits in terms of edibility. But there are so many edible flowers out there […]


  • Kathy Forsyth - Have you ever tried nasturtiums? They have a peppery taste to them.ReplyCancel

    • Taste of France - I was going to mention nasturtiums, too. Edible flowers were a big fad in the late 1980s. I remember laying out a spread for an article….which I no longer have because it was pre-digital.
      I stick to foraging in my own yard, where I know no chemicals have been sprayed, or in the woods. I avoid even the country roadsides, because of the car emissions if not spraying.ReplyCancel

      • Kimberley - @Taste of France: that’s a great point about spraying the sides of roads, which I instinctively avoid too, but I live in a semi-rural area and the side roads are definitely not sprayed. I would’ve loved to have seen that article. I think edible flowers have transcended fads since I don’t think they really go out of style in adding color and texture to food. (PS: The cover of my cookbook actually features nasturtiums.)ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - Oh yes! They’re actually on the cover of my cookbook. I love nasturtiums, but haven’t seen them blooming yet up here in the PNW.ReplyCancel

  • thalia - so beautiful, Kimberley , there’s so much to still be discovered about cooking with flowers. thank you for including my parfaits! XxReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - Thank you! Your parfaits are epic. I love the idea of adding chamomile to yogurt.ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer Wren - Hi Kimberly,
    I am a food blogger and caterer. I love using edible flowers in my food displays and as edible garnishes on passed hors d’oeuvres and cheese displays, tossed in to salads or whatever! I love the purple violets that come on early. Love your beautiful pics! Check out my blog on my website if you have the chance.ReplyCancel

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Spring is slowly, finally emerging in Portland. What a first year to land here, with the record rains and wild winter followed by an unusually cold spring. (I did say that I craved seasons, and oh did I get them.) I have been getting outside more, finally exploring the many trails of Forest Park — […]


  • Taste of France - I never would have combined lentils and asparagus, much less with Mexican seasonings. But this looks fantastic. Great idea!ReplyCancel

    • Kimberley - thank you! It is all so surprisingly good, and a great reminder how flexible lentils are.ReplyCancel

  • Ashley @ The Naked Food Life - Delicious! There’s nothing like a well-thought veggie taco!ReplyCancel

  • Sarah Snell - Oh wow!!!
    Never could be better than this. Just awesome. If you ever tell me, i would reply “FANTASTICALLY BEAUTIFUL”. This is the word i could find for you and about this recipe!!ReplyCancel

One of the things I love most about Andrea’s approach to cooking is that it is really about solving problems: what to do with these weird root veggies (which, I’m pretty sure, occupy a special place in her heart, which makes her a gal after my own), and how to keep it simple? When I […]


  • Emily Bayliss - I totally agree about solving problems. This is my year of solving my biggest problem – not being a confident cook (I read a few books on techniques and they really helped, especially this one that was free – How to Cook: An Easy Guide to Cooking Techniques). Now I’m trying recipes which is how I found your blog. Next year, I’m going to tackle my fear of flying problem! It won’t be as delicious as this year!ReplyCancel

  • tracey paterson - Yum, what a delicious looking meal, can’t wait to try it. Agree sometimes it is the simple dishes that can be the most satisfying. Thank youReplyCancel

  • Sodexo Meal - Hi,

    This meal is looking good and delicious. We love vegetarian food a lot. Vegetarian meal is good for health and we always encourage our employees to eat vegetarian food only.

    Recently we have added Caesar Salad in menu. Salad is a healthy food.

    We will also follow your mean diet plan in the upcoming days!