Healing with Brownies

In general I don’t recommend sweets as healing foods.  However, when it comes to heartbreak, I do expand my medicine chest.  Perhaps you’ve noticed it’s been a bit quiet in the kitchen recently.  I’ll spare you the gory details, but these brownies were made.  This is a super-charged version of a recipe on my old…

Crazy Life?? Make a CASSEROLE!

Why is this post featuring an off-center, confused-looking snowman, melting in the sunshine with no mouth?  Because I’m honestly not sure how it’s gotten to be late March.  But somehow it’s happened.  It’s been a doozy of a winter for the flu and viruses of all kinds.  People close to me are moving to challenging…

… and now for a little sunshine

This recipe snuck into the tail end of February to spread a little bright orange citrusy magical joy.  I heard the news that two beloved pets have passed to the other side last week just as I was writing my last post on dogs.  There is general grumpiness and angst lurking around on the late…

Meatballs for Earth Dogs!

With the turning of the Lunar New Year last Friday we moved from the year of the Fire Rooster to the year of the Earth Dog.  Not a moment too soon as far as I’m concerned.  I know absolutely zero about Chinese astrology, but right about now I’m pretty sure I’d prefer an earth dog…

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…