high desert test kitchen
january theme: sticks and stones
january 15, 2018 at copper mountain mesa community center



JANUARY THEME: STICKS AND STONES

This month we’re trying something different. January’s dinner is the first of two in which we’re not featuring an ingredient, but instead focusing on concepts. The winter is an ideal time to step back and evaluate our relationship to the plants we’ve been harvesting; have we been harvesting in a sustainable manner that doesn’t harm the plant? Are we overharvesting, or diminishing food supplies for wild animals? How can we be better stewards and nurture those plants that we visit for sustenance and culinary inspiration? So while the plant kingdom takes a nap, we’ll leave them alone and instead play with inorganic or non-living materials that create the backdrop for our resting greenery.

submit an entry for the 2018 desert destination log!
a collaborative collection of information about local sites of interest
submission deadline EXTENDED to january 15, 2018

Do you have a passion for a must-see destination in the High Desert area or beyond (up to a day-trip's distance from Joshua Tree)? High Desert Test Sites and A-Z West are now accepting submissions for the 2018 edition of our Desert Destination Log! The A-Z West/HDTS Desert Destination Log is a collaborative collection of information about local destinations and sites of interest that have been either gathered over time for research purposes, or have been submitted by friends of HDTS and A-Z West residents. The second edition will come out in early 2018, and will be available to purchase at the HDTS HQ, on the HDTS web store, and at a few other exciting locations TBA! 

kip's desert book club
mojave desert sanctuary by gary j. george
january 1, 2018



I can't think of a better way of enjoying the first day of 2018 than by coming to my place for a Desert Book Club meeting at 7pm. We will be reading Mojave Desert Sanctuary by Gary J. George which is the third in his series of mysteries set in the Mojave desert around the fascinating town of Smoke Tree. This book features an intelligent and beautiful Japanese Vegas show girl, wise guys from Chicago and ranch hands from the Mojave Preserve with the cool factor of 1961 to make it even better. I can't wait to read the other books in the series.

Kip's Desert Book Club
Playa Works: The Myth of the Empty by William Fox
December 4, 2017 at Boxo House

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Dry lake beds have been a subject near and dear to my heart for a long time. It turns out that a very insightful book was written about them in 2002. I am looking forward to our December 4th meeting at Bernard Leibov's BOXO House at 7 PM to talk about Playa Works: The Myth of the Empty by William Fox. A PDF copy of Playa Works can be found on the Project Muse site, https://muse.jhu.edu/book/5955