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…

Breakfast in a Cookie? Okay!

It’s the last day of September.  How did that happen??  After a few giddy days of honey sweet Indian Summer here in PDX, I think it’s officially fall.  There was a nip in the air when I went out to run last night, and it’s dark in the mornings when I get on my bike…

Southeast Asian Nostalgia Food (Spicy & High-Protein!)

Anyone else been having disturbed nights to match the disturbed days recently?  Hurricanes, earthquakes, forest fires, political tumult … check!!  Last week I dreamed I was using an ice pick to excavate my mother and a dead raccoon from a block of frozen urine.  Top that.  I’m not sure if that had anything to do…

Paleo Blueberry Pancakes

In Maine August is full-tilt blueberry season.  This is the land of Robert McCloskey’s beloved classic, Blueberries for Sal.  (*If you somehow missed this in childhood, drop everything and sprint to your nearest library this instant!)  The wild, low-bush variety carpets the rocky fields of Down East, their leaves turning vast expanses an incredible flaming…

How to Deal with a Giant Zucchini (and its Relatives)

It’s August!  You know what that means … the Godzillas of the vegetable kingdom are out there, lying around in gardens everywhere, growing bigger by the second.  Any day now the neighbors will be knocking on your door with a gift of one (or ten) of these green monsters that they suddenly discovered are taking…

Too Hot for Anything Complicated

My brain feels like it is slowly braising in a crock pot.  The Pacific Northwest has been in the sweaty grip of a record-breaking heatwave.  Blah.  My least favorite kind of weather.  I’ll take months of rainy darkness over a blast-furnace any day … but anyway … one must still eat, and the tomatoes at…

A Better Birthday Cake!

Is there anyone out there, who is trying hard to eat better but would really prefer not to give up chocolate cake??  ….. I think I see a few hands.  Okay, this one’s for you!  (And yes, I do realize that there was another chocolate cake recipe posted just back in February.  That was a…

How to Dress a Salad Well …

Summertime lends itself to glorious green salads, right??  According to the principles of Chinese medicine, though, eating raw veggies isn’t the greatest for health because they are considered cold in nature.  The idea is that healthy digestion is like a nice warm roaring fire, processing everything that comes down the hatch.  You don’t necessarily want…

If You Must Eat Hot Fudge Sauce…

Yes, if you must eat hot fudge sauce this summer, let it be this one!  This recipe is EASY & FAST, and you can keep the ingredients on hand in your cupboard for those hot days when the need for a tasty frozen treat strikes hard.  I created this recipe quite some time ago for…