The Joys of Pesto and a New Friend

Once a term — ie., every three months — my Chinese Medicine program sends us all to retreat centers outside of Portland from Friday to Sunday for intensive gigong study.  For those unfamiliar, qigong is a Chinese technique for moving Qi or energy through the body. There are many lineages, some of which share a…

Making Old-Fashioned Flower Cordials …

At some point in my childhood, my charmingly eccentric Russian violinist Grandpa nicknamed me Mona Lisa.  On visits to his house in New Jersey, he would reach into an extremely dusty antique cabinet and say, “Come, Mona Lisa, drink vodka with me …”  I always declined and have never developed much of a taste for…

Basic Bone Broth & Mom’s Chicken Soup

During the week leading up to my Mom’s death, I did a lot of cooking with my niece and nephew.  It was so nice to be with them every day for a chunk of time.  And during hard times, eating nourishing food together is so important.  I also felt like it was an homage to…

Disappearing Paleo Muffins

This week I have a truly terrific recipe and not much else to say!  (It’s rare that words fail me.)  I actually had almost a whole post written, and then when I returned to it — poof!  It had mysteriously disappeared.  Normally, this would be a tragedy, but strangely I didn’t really care.  This may…