Huckleberry harvesting


I found this unpublished post this morning, and why not? I’ll post it now. Prime huckleberry picking is in August, so plan ahead. I’m not eager to share our perfect spot, but you’re welcome to bribe me. Who knows, in the right mood, I may share.

While campering near Mt St Helens last summer, huckleberries were the motivating factor for our destination. We had heard about huckleberry fields filled with crowds of eager pickers, car lined roads to navigate, so we weren’t holding out hope that we would be successful in our goal of coming home with enough berries for a pie. But miracles do happen, and we arrived at a spot where the only other creatures in the vicinity were the black bears that live in the nearby forest (well, we didn’t actually see any… but I’m sure they were keeping a close eye on us).

Silence. We spent two days and a night here. Alone. And pick huckleberries we did! These are small, tasty berries, much smaller than a blueberry and take hours to fill a tiny container.







New name, new location


It’s official! I’ve moved. Several things led to my decision to move from Portland Peeps over on blogspot. I wanted to have my own dot com address so there’s room to evolve and grow, and I wanted to be an official food blogger. Portland Peeps started out as a place to discuss chicken keeping, but as I began to place more focus on food, the title no longer seemed like a good fit. Keeping chickens is still one of the ways I feel I have a little control over the quality of ingredients that go into my basic recipes, besides the fact that they’re very entertaining to have around. But they are only a part of a larger equation. Making decisions about what and how we eat has a large effect on our lives, and I look forward to sharing some of the delicious combinations of ingredients I discover with you.

Something else happened recently that brought me to this change. I fell head over heels in love with food photography. I’m finding it challenging and rewarding in ways I never expected. It is here at The Decisive Cook that I plan to feed this passion. I will be sharing with you all things culinary, which at times may include chicken keeping, growing some of your own food, and incorporating plenty of simple, healthy ingredients into everyday meals.

Thank you for following along on my new adventure!