Book Lovers’ Cranberry and Goat Cheese Bites

It’s November and I am thankful for many many things, but especially fresh cranberries!  I buy several bags of them to make into Fresh and Raw Cranberry Relish, chutney or jam, and to freeze so they can be enjoyed long after their fresh season has ended. After whipping up 2017’s first batch of relish a… Read more »

Fresh and Raw Cranberry Relish

One of my favorite foods arrives in mid-fall: cranberries!  They are loaded with vitamin C, flavor and a host of ways to enjoy them. This relish is easy to prepare and abides as a staple in my November refrigerator.   FRESH AND RAW CRANBERRY RELISH 1 – 12 oz package fresh cranberries 1 organic orange,… Read more »

Soup Season Has Arrived!

Leaves are glowing yellow, orange and crimson – and so are the beautiful squashes and carrots fresh from the earth. Why not make a batch (or two!) of this soup to eat part of this healthful rainbow? It’s abundant in nourishment for the body and soul. ASIAN CARROT SOUP 1/2 Tbsp. dark sesame oil 10… Read more »

I’m Changing Valentine’s Day and You Can Too

It’s Valentine’s Day.  Again. Maybe this excites you.  Maybe it makes you groan with annoyance or painful emotions.  No matter your reaction, I think it needs a rewrite. When a knee-jerk holiday or observance day rolls around on the calendar, my inner, anti-commercialized and ‘make it all meaning-full’ voice asks: What’s this about?  How could… Read more »

Best Pancakes Ever…and Gluten Free If You Want Them to Be.

When in need of a great tasting, nutritious, and easy to prepare batch of pancakes, go to your pantry, bypassing the purchased bag of mix.  Whipping together your own ‘cakes from scratch is better for your total health: you get to choose exactly what’s going into them (I bet you’ll pass on including stabilizers and… Read more »

Why You Need to Get the Lead Out of Your Water!

Thanks to the crises in Flint MI, Newark NJ and our own Portland OR, virtually everyone not living under a rock is aware of the prevalence of lead in drinking water across the U.S. What most people don’t know, is how serious its health effects are for young and adult humans alike. Here’s the scoop:… Read more »

The Walk in the Woods

It was an exquisitely beautiful and heart-filled celebration of life.  My musician friend died far too young, with so much music still inside of him.  The heavens will benefit as his soul soars and cruises through the ethers playing his fascinatingly complex blend of guitar loops. Thankfully for those of us left walking the earth,… Read more »

DIY Chai, the Traditional Way

Chai is a traditional Indian drink that has become a familiar beverage in the U.S. Using several (healing) spices to create the classic cup of chai is not difficult, nor very time consuming, especially when you consider the delightful end result! Making your own allows you to adjust the ingredients to suit your preferred flavors… Read more »

Have You Kondo’d Yet? It Will Transform Your Life.

I believe in – and practice – living simply.  Heck, I used to teach a seminar by that very name. There’s a book that’s taken the world by storm that is changing the lives of the folks who follow its program. It’s Marie Kondo’s best seller “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up”. Even though de-cluttering… Read more »