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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Classic American Pulled Pork for Sandwiches and More

Piled on a plate or served on a sandwich, this classic American pulled pork is so versatile, and making it is totally foolproof – even a barbecue beginner can master this simple recipe. Cooked low and slow for hours, the results are smoky and tender, and the tangy sauce pops with flavor. Learn how to make it now.

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Blueberry Pomegranate Chia Fresca

If you’re on the hunt for a hydrating beverage that’s full of flavor and healthy nutrients, set your sights on this fruity chia fresca. It’s got a tart bite from antioxidant-rich pomegranate juice, a touch of crunch from the chia seeds, and a bubbly kick of sparkling water. Read on for the full recipe.

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How to Cook Whole Wheat Pasta in the Electric Pressure Cooker

Here’s how to cook whole wheat pasta in the electric pressure cooker. Whether you are using the pasta in a bake, salad, or as a main with plenty of protein, this type is a healthier and heartier option to go with. When you’re busy, this is the technique to master to make mealtime a little easier. Get the full how-to.

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Simple Summer Tomato Cucumber Salad

Perfect for feeding a crowd or keeping all to yourself, this summer salad is a colorful medley of crunchy veggies and fresh basil coated in fruity olive oil. Open wide because when juicy tomatoes meet crisp cucumbers and tangy, acidic vinegar, you’re in for a mouthful of magic. Read on for the refreshing recipe.

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Homemade Chorizo and Potato Tacos

When you can’t get those gloriously spicy Mexican flavors out of your mind, give this recipe a try. Skip the line at the taco stand and roll up your sleeves. These carefully crafted handhelds are layered with a homemade chorizo-potato pairing, herby cilantro, chopped onions, and loads of lime. Read on for the recipe.

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Quick and Easy Butter Chicken

When you’re craving complex spice from a quick and easy dinner, turn to this recipe where juicy chicken pieces are seared until golden, then simmered in a buttery blend of sweet onions, tomatoes, and citrusy coriander. Turmeric lends an orange hue while milk gives the sauce a silky mouthfeel. Read on for the recipe.

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