Everyone knows the idiom, you are what you eat. If this is true, do we know who we are? Increasingly people are trying their hand at the old foodways. We are preserving: Food, culture, community, ourselves.
Chef-owner Bruce Kalman of Pasadena's Union infuses the vinegar with serrano chiles, then pours the cooled brine over perfectly shaved vegetables. Mustard seed and, of course, a little bit of dried oregano give it extra oomph.
When the nights are still cold but days begin to warm, sap rises in the maple trees, and it's time to tap into this sweet resource. Even if you live in a fairly urban setting, you may be able to tap your own and boil it off for some DIY syrup.
One of the earliest foraged foods of spring, stinging nettles require a little special handling (they're called stinging nettles for a reason, after all), but once their formic acid-laden hairs have been tamed, nettles are quite delicious.