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The Art of Growing Edible Weeds

Today, I'd like to share "The Art of Growing Edible Weeds"; an article recently published at Yahoo! Contributor Network. As a Featured Food and Wine Contributor for YCN, I've published well over 100 food articles , but haven't shared many of them via The Cheap Gourmet blog.

The other day, I was talking to a friend about cooking with edible weeds and directed her to the article. She called back a few hours later and said she had no idea I had published so many cooking articles and wanted to know why I wasn't sharing them via the blog. Good question!

I'd love to hear your feedback and find out if you would like for me to share more of my cooking articles here. I think I have a lot of good food stories and many of my articles are connected to true life events.

Due to licensing agreement, I can only share part of the article here. However, just click on the link at the end to read the rest of the story. This browser will remain open in case you want to return and continue perusing The Cheap Gourmet blog.

Excerpt from "The Art of Growing Edible Weeds"

Back in the late '90s, I worked as a vegetarian chef at a health food store. The Executive Chef, Leslie, was the poster child of natural living. She took great care in securing  organic food purveyors and carefully inspected every piece of produce that entered the store.

Leslie ordered fresh edible flowers every day to ensure all entrées were accompanied with what she referred to as "gifts from Heaven." She enlisted help from a local farmer and commissioned him to grow edible weeds and medicinal herbs. Every day, he would arrive with an armful of green goodies which had been fertilized using remnants of fruit and vegetable pulp derived from juiced drinks prepared at the store's juicing bar.

Prior to working with Leslie, I considered weeds as a nuisance. As a child, I spent countless hours helping my mom pick weeds out of the garden. Past experience made it difficult for me to understand Leslie's passion for them. That is, until I tried her burdock root stir fry. From that moment on I was hooked.

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