• About Rachel

    I live to eat and eat to live, planning every meal to include as much local and seasonal abundance as possible. My favorite color is purple, my favorite vegetable is whatever is fresh and local, and my favorite drink is whatever you're pouring. Follow me @racheltayse


    The Cost Of Freedom

    by  • June 24, 2014 • City Chickens, Featured, Home & Family • 11 Comments

    backyard chicken slaughter

    Find the cost of freedom, I mentioned that we recently switched our chickens from a small yard to a much larger pasture system. We loved giving our girls more space to forage and rotating them to a new area when one was hen pecked. They seemed healthier for having the freedom to roam around....

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    Edible Plant Flowers

    by  • June 18, 2014 • Featured, Gardening & Pets • 1 Comment

    poppy flower

    Lil doesn’t have much patience for gardening some days because “it’s all about vegetables!” She plants her garden in flowers instead of food and she’s taught me to appreciate beauty for beauty’s sake alone. But most of the food we grow comes from flowers too. Can you identify these flowers from edible plants?  ...

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    Sourdough Challah {Recipe}

    by  • June 8, 2014 • Featured, Recipes & Meals • 6 Comments

    braided egg bread loaf

    What is there to write about the best bread ever? The sourdough challah that Alex spent a year perfecting? The recipe we’re baking for the third time this week today? Alex’s sourdough challah tastes mildly tangy, sweet, and rich. The texture is dense but smooth.¬†We eat it plain, with butter, covered in honey (Lil’s...

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    Garden Experiments 2014

    by  • May 29, 2014 • Featured, Gardening & Pets • 9 Comments

    artichoke seedling

    I don’t believe much of anything that doesn’t have some evidence to go along with it. Maybe I have issues with authority, or maybe I’m too well-trained as a scientist, but sometimes I don’t even believe evidence provided by other people. I like to test things myself. The garden is my experimental lab. I...

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    Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market

    by  • May 15, 2014 • Farm & Market Tours, Featured • 0 Comments

    westerville farmers market

    Lil and I needed to pick up vegetables for dinner yesterday and decided to visit the Uptown Westerville Farmers’ Market. The market is held on Wednesday afternoons at the corner of North State and East Home streets. It is a small market but highly selective about vendors, choosing the best vegetable growers, meat farmers,...

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    Tiny Turtle

    by  • May 13, 2014 • Featured, Gardening & Pets, Ohio, Travel • 0 Comments

    juvenile midland painted turtle

    Guest post today by Lil! We found a tiny turtle at Magee Marsh along Lake Erie this weekend. It was so cute I wished I could take it home.   I observed that it had a very orange belly and some stripes on its shell. It looks like its shell was layered like shingles....

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