Adrian White

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Adrian WhitE

Writer Emeritus

Adrian White is an organic farmer, gardener, and certified herbalist based in the Iowa City area of Iowa.

When it comes to writing about food, she loves indulging in the growing and agricultural aspect of it – as well as its potential for health and healing. Food, agriculture, and herbalism form her trifecta of passions.

Adrian has written many food, herbalism, and health-oriented articles that have been published around the web. She has also ghostwritten nearly a dozen published Amazon Kindle e-books on these subjects, many of which are bestsellers.

Adrian’s interest in food began in 2008, with the culture surrounding its production, sustainability, and environmental impact igniting her passions most of all. This sparked her to set up an immersive college internship in Ecuador to learn organic food production – which later led her through many U.S. regions: southern Oregon, Appalachia, the Southwest, and the Midwest.

Adrian has learned CSA management and microgreen production as a participant in projects near Houston, Texas; infrastructure and start-up practices in northern California; animal husbandry and mushroom cultivation in North Carolina; as well as the basic tenets of organic vegetable production in these places and more, including Oregon and Minnesota throughout 2008-2011.

Her educational path finally led her to eastern Iowa in 2012, where she became Field and Pack-Shed Manager, CSA Administrator, and Web Master at Echollective Farm & CSA – an organic farming business she still remains connected to and involved in today.

Adrian strongly insists that growing food is more her niche than cooking it (though she does try)! She adheres to a low- to no-gluten diet, but absolutely cannot resist breakfast foods and crab meat rangoons.

Otherwise, Adrian loves to tinker with fermented beverages more than anything else, like kombucha and shrubs, as well as healing herbal preparations.

Her main food, farming, and herbalism endeavors have sprouted into her own project, Deer Nation Herbs, a developing LLC that grows and produces healthy, organic veggies and greens along with herbal simple syrups, bitters, and shrubs.

She is a cooperative grower with the Greenshare LLC of the Iowa City area, making her produce and products available to local restaurants.

Body of Work:

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Roasted Carrot Onion Soup with Dukkah Spice

You’ve never had carrot soup like this before. This buttery, slightly sweet roasted carrot onion soup gets a serious kick of flavor, thanks to a sprinkle of homemade dukkah spice on top. It’s sure to warm you up from the inside out! Read more now to add this spiced soup recipe to your collection of cozy favorites.

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Magdalenas (Spanish Lemon Muffins)

Like sunshine in the morning, these bright and buttery Spanish lemon muffins make breakfast or brunch a delight. Traditional magadalenas are a popular treat that’s fluffy and moist, sweet, and bursting with citrus flavor. And they’re easy to make, too! Read more now to add this recipe to your list of favorites.

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Super Easy No-Knead Oat Bread

This easy oat bread doesn’t require any kneading at all. It’s simple and flavorful, a recipe that you’ll be eager to make again week after week. The ingredients are straightforward basics and the rising time is limited to 30 minutes – so you can have fresh baked bread in under two hours! Get the recipe now.

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Power Up Your Baking with the Ankarsrum Assistent Original

Do you bake a lot of bread, but want a mixer that can be used for so much more? The Ankarsrum Original is a large mixer that’s ideal for all your basic baking prep tasks, with the added bonus of many add-on accessories to ensure that working in the kitchen is fun, exciting, and as easy as possible. Read our review now.

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Italian Lentil Soup: A Hearty Meal for Busy Days

The next time you’re craving a simple, comforting meal, make this Italian lentil soup. Bursting with vegetables and simple, classic flavors, it tastes just like a meal Nana would make. Perfect with a slice of crusty bread, read more now to add this recipe to your collection of family favorites to enjoy all winter long.

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How to Cook Carrots in an Electric Pressure Cooker

For a quick and easy side dish, everyone should know how to cook carrots in an electric pressure cooker. It doesn’t matter if you love regular or baby versions of the vegetable, this guide provides everything you need to know to cook them perfectly in just a few minutes, seasoned however you like. Read more.

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