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Introducing... The Woodland Kitchen!

by Tara
Tara Turning Greenwood Spit

Hello hello! Tara here, dropping in after a very long radio silence to tell you all about what I've been doing instead of updating Going Slowly with our goings-on. For the past year or so, I've been pouring myself into a project near and dear to my heart (and stomach!). It's called the Woodland Kitchen and it chronicles my adventures connecting with our Vermont homestead through my favorite medium: FOOD!

Foraged Nettle, Dandelion, Violets

When I say "connecting to our homestead" I mean that I've been tromping through the woods, learning to forage for wild edible plants, tap maple trees for syrup, and roast meat outside on a spit like a Game of Thrones character. And of course, I've been documenting it all like crazy for The Woodland Kitchen.

Foraged Woodland Mushrooms Sauteed in Butter

I am thrilled to announce that as of today, the Woodland Kitchen landing page is live, sporting a launch video that explains the project in greater detail. I would be honored if you'd head over there to check it out! I have a feeling that if you've enjoyed Tyler's and my previous ventures, you're going to enjoy this one.

Strawberry Rose Panna Cotta in SPARQ Ramekins

For many years now, I've been tackling projects that are so thoroughly outside my comfort zone and skill-set that they require immense amounts of courage and inept floundering just to survive past the learning curve. These adventures are certainly rewarding / amazing / life-changing, but they do make me feel as though I'm constantly paddling (pedaling?) against a powerful current.

Tara Hitting a Pothole in a Flood

This isn't the case with The Woodland Kitchen, however! Though it requires plenty of learning and growing, it's a project that actually utilizes and celebrates my innate talents. As I (metaphorically) float along with the (metaphorical) current, happily accomplishing each step of the process with competence, I think "WHOA, so this is what it's like to do what I'm good at! This is AMAZING!"

Motto of New Belgium Brewery: Making our Love And Talent Manifest

Needless to say, I am a very happy camper to be working on The Woodland Kitchen. I'm thrilled to be fostering a wilder, more adventurous connection to the food I eat, and I'm passionate about helping others do the same. Please, join me over at my new page to hear more about the project!

Mixing Cranberry Juice in Glaze
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Excited to follow along with this project! Congrats Tara!
Posted by Lola on June 6th, 2017 at 5:04 PM
Yes! I love this new idea of yours and looking forward to learning more. We've been following you since 2010. You guys are such an inspiration!
Posted by Ana on June 14th, 2017 at 8:16 PM
Lola - Thanks so much!! :D

Ana - Aw thank you, Ana! <3 Thanks for following along. :)
Posted by Tara on June 23rd, 2017 at 7:50 AM
So, I received an email from you advising of the Woodland Kitchen (so awesome) and I signed up, but I didn't receive an email to authenticate. Hope I still receive notifications!
Oh, and by the way, we done!
Posted by Jodie on June 24th, 2017 at 12:10 AM
Hi Jodie! Thanks for your excitement! I just checked, and it looks like I don't have you in the system. Would you mind subscribing again? I'm not sure what went wrong there! Be sure to enter your name and email before hitting the "sign me up!" button. :)
Posted by Tara on June 24th, 2017 at 8:28 AM
I would to see what your home looks like. Have you finished the slate roof?
Posted by Marian & Bob from St. Louis on September 8th, 2017 at 7:57 PM
Hi Marian and Bob! We have finished the roof-- it turned out great! You can see photos of the process here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/tylerkellen/albums/72157672449762836

Posted by Tara on September 21st, 2017 at 4:59 PM
Thanks for great post
Posted by happy new year images on October 5th, 2017 at 1:09 AM
Hi Tara and Tyler! I saw this article in the NYTimes today, and, for some reason, thought of you two! Check it out: https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/jobs/nyt-52-places-the-trip.html?rref=collection%2Fsectioncollection%2Ftravel&action=click&contentCollection=travelĀ®ion=rank&module=package&version=highlights&contentPlacement=8&pgtype=sectionfront
Posted by Nancy Kane on October 24th, 2017 at 1:57 PM
Hi Nancy, whoa, this looks awesome! Thanks for thinking of us!! :D
Posted by Tara on October 30th, 2017 at 12:15 PM
Posted by happynewyear2018 on December 14th, 2017 at 1:50 AM
Really cool photos. Wish you safe travels whenever you are. :)
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