Summertime Ratatouille 2.0

For some reason I’ve been craving eggplant for the past few months.  Not sure why, but it’s way better than craving doughnuts or ice cream so I’m just going with it.  Eggplants are among the undersung superheroes of the vegetable world — they’re FULL of fiber, and, like mushrooms, lend a substantial, meaty quality to…

The Joys of an Empty Jar…

On Thursdays my friend, Laura, and I have a two hour gap in a long day of classes.  We make a beeline for New Cascadia, a favorite gluten-free cafe and bakery, for lunch, then head across the street to a giant Goodwill to poke around for an hour.  I never leave without a treasure.  Recently,…

A Toad for Mom

These are my great-grandparents, Carl & Genevieve (Jennie) Olson, who came separately and each alone as teenagers from Sweden to New York City, where they met at a Salvation Army dance.  I snapped this photo of their wedding portrait that hangs in our family home.  I’d forgotten all about it, and when I happened across…

Spring Chicken Salad with Arugula

At the moment it looks as if it might actually be spring here in Portland.  It’s been a rainy, stormy April, but with the start of May tomorrow, I think things are going to shift.  I don’t know why spring makes me think of chicken salad, but it does — a springtime picnic on a…

24 Karat Golden Milk

There is certainly no shortage of recipes for golden milk floating around out there in cyberspace, but I’m adding my own today especially for my brother.  He recently had surgery for a bum knee that has troubled him since high school.  With my neophyte’s grasp of Chinese medical theory, I’m just beginning to understand the…

Simple, Sustaining South Asian Dal

Some foods are so comforting and nourishing, they feel like home in a bowl.  This simple lentil dish is one of those foods for me.  Various people in my life have made various versions.  They all boil down to this one — simple and fail-proof.  Recently, I was talking with a patient about good alternatives…

Pizza-Style Roasted Eggplant

The inspiration for this week’s recipe hit last Sunday night in the middle of a text-conversation with my good friend, Liana.  It revolved around deep needs for wine and pizza.  For the record, there is a pizza place right next door to my clinic, which is also very near  my apartment.  Too near.  I happen…

Cardamom & Rose Nowruz Cookies

These cookies don’t need any adjustments to be gluten-free; they are traditionally made with rice flour.  Nowruz, which begins on the vernal equinox, is the marvelous Persian New Year celebration that has become one of my favorite rites of spring, even though my festivities are not exactly traditional.  This year it again lands right at…

Get your GREEN on with Asparagus!

Is there a vegetable more emblematic of spring than the slender asparagus?  Today we can get them in supermarkets at any time of year, but I first experienced the true wonder of asparagus, living in the hills of western Massachusetts on a farm that had its very own asparagus patch.  After the long, cold winters,…

How To Make Amazing (Fast) Healthy Vegetable Soup!

Did you love the story of “Stone Soup” as a kid?  I did 🙂  I remember imagining all the ingredients that each person brought, plopping, one by one, into the big empty pot with the rock at the bottom … three beans … a carrot … two potatoes … and so on … I still…

Nurse Laura’s Ginger-Lemon Cold & Flu Buster Tea

What do doctors do when they get sick?  For the most part, I’ve observed, we’re particularly terrible patients — pushing through, soldiering on — popping Sudafed and Ibuprofen, when sleep and warm fluids are really what’s called for.  Part of this is just our culture’s general obsession with work.  But physicians especially have traditionally been…

Big-Love-Badass-Low-Carb Chocolate Cake xoxo

Happy Valentine’s Day, sweethearts … between exams, bizarre weather and political mayhem, it’s been a while since my last post.  But if anything could pull me out of hiding, it’s February 14th.  Say what you cynically may about commercially hyped holidays, I love Valentine’s Day.  I also happen to be working very hard to practice…