Warm-the-Middle Carrot & Ginger Soup!

Recently at school, we’ve been learning about the importance of warming the CENTER.  According to Chinese medical theory, the torso and abdomen are divided into three sections, which have no counterpart in Western medicine — the upper, middle, and lower burners (jiao).  The Spleen & Stomach (which are NOT the same as Spleen & Stomach…

Marvelous Mushrooms & Kasha

Back in the wild and wooly days of childhood in Maine, my mother had a regular weekly cycle of hot cereal with which she fortified us prior to heading out the door for the mile long trek through the snow that was the first leg of our daily trip to school.  Oatmeal, wheat berries, rice…

Easy (Low-Sugar Option) Lemon Curd

When life hands you lemons … Make lemon curd!  I can’t really say life has handed me lemons recently, but I am on the eternal quest to reduce the amount of sugar in my life, and am trying to follow the advice of my Chinese herbal formulas teacher, Michael Givens LAc.  In a class last…

Unexpected Tomatillo Salsa

What, you ask, does a ceramic pig have to do with salsa?  Nothing.  But he looks a bit surprised, which fits with the general theme today.  Sometimes things just end up in your lap.  I recently promised my Uncle Bob in Maine that I would try my best to limit exotic ingredients in recipes here. …