My-Heart-Beets-for-You Cupcakes

Yes, V-Day is on the horizon once again — how did that happen??  As usual, there’s not nearly enough time for my ideal love-fest of baking so this year all the devotion I can summon is packed into this one delectable cupcake recipe.  There’s something about a little cupcake that simply bellows a gigantic, I…

Old Friends & Raspberry Bar Redux

This is not the ambitious, informative post on digestion I had planned for mid-January.  Honestly, I was too grumpy to work on it.  The first week back to classes was a bit of a rough re-entry … senioritis struck hard — and then settled down to lurk.  Nothing’s actually wrong … in fact, everything is…

Caring for You in the New Year (…and Always)

Woohoo, here we are in the annual blitz of resolutions, gym memberships and general high dives toward ever-elusive realms of personal betterment.  For some of us this is the month that our deeply-ingrained penchants for self-criticism are turned up to full power — those nagging, constant voices inside our heads, yelling at us to do…

Nourishing Solstice Balance

As I write this it is just getting light here on the shortest day of the year.  I have a rare day with nothing scheduled but catch-up work, and as I light some candles in my tiny apartment, I reflect on the fact that just three years ago that I was spending the Solstice on…

Heirloom Grains North Woods Hermits

For better or worse at this time of year my brain gets distracted by a single thought:  Cookie Baking.  I think it’s in my blood as I was always told that Swedes need to have seven varieties of cookies on hand at all times throughout the Christmas season.  I’m not sure where this comes from,…

Your Body as a Landscape

This past term, I have been fortunate to take an innovative class on acupuncture point location, taught by our clinical dean, Andy McInytre L.Ac.  The premise of the course is that if we study the ancient Chinese classical texts, it is clear that, living close to nature as they did, their authors viewed the body…

Divine Holiday Macaroons!

Oh, December!!  In my dreams I would never leave the kitchen and could fill the whole month with daily recipe posts.  This year I’ll be in New Mexico for Christmas, and my brother’s family will be far away in New Jersey.  But on my recent trip home to Maine for Thanksgiving, we all got the…

Giving Thanks for the Wisdom of Autumn Foods

It’s Thanksgiving again.  How did that happen??  Time is absolutely flying!  This week’s recipe is thanks to my friend and fellow-student, Chelsea, who brought a divine gingerbread loaf to one of our recent evening classes.  Chelsea is studying to be a naturopathic physician as well as an acupuncturist (this woman is smart!) and is clearly…

Back-to-the-Roots Viking Braise

The season has finally shifted here — a bit late, but it’s rounded the corner, and things are blustery and wet by turn.  The clocks went back last night, and I slept late for the first time in a very long while.  Candles are burning, and I’m thinking about the festive season ahead and all…

Dancing with the Sugar Demon

Halloween approaches, and Portland is fully in the swing.  On my evening runs I pass everything from broom-riding witches smashed against telephone poles to skeletal hands reaching up out of lawns to towering neon blow-up ghosts.  I was scared out of my wits the other night by a dark hooded figure hunched under a bush…

A Little Self-Care with Acupressure

Now that I’m doing more acupuncture with my patients, many of whom have never before experienced it, I’m being asked more good questions about what it’s doing and how it works.  One of my classes this term is devoted to trying to answer those questions.  The truth is, we’re far from a complete understanding in…

Time for Pumpkins! And a Super Simple Autumn Soup …

This is usually the time of year that I can’t stay out of the kitchen.  As the days shorten and cool down, all I want to be doing is stirring pots, fermenting things in crocks and turning on the oven.  But this final fall of school is proving to be a bit hectic as my…