Borscht with sour cream (photo credit: Liz West from Boxborough, MA [CC-BY-2.0 http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.00] via Wikimedia Commons

  Borscht: a soup of many traditions in Eastern Europe. Depending on who you talk to about borscht, there are many right and wrong ways to make this delicious soup. I encourage you to find your favorite borscht recipe. When searching for a good recipe, make sure to read the comments at the end of […]

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Spring is upon us. As many of us plot our gardens, and springtime yard projects, it is fun to check in how the seasons connect to our internal biorhythm. In Chinese medicine the season of the spring relates to the liver and the gallbladder. These organs have a rich relationship to the epic growth that […]

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Balsamic Beet Salad Recipe Ingredients: 9 small beets 6 green onions 1 bunch/head cilantro 2-3 T balsamic vinegar 2 T olive oil 1/4 tsp ground pepper pinch of salt (optional, I often omit the salt) Directions: Chop the greens and the root tails off of the beets, and peel them. If you don’t want your […]

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I am excited to announce that I am working on a book describing the relationship of Chinese medicine to our emotional and cognitive functions. I plan to release it in ebook form mid to late summer 2014. This is an excerpt from  my book, Conquering Your Inner Demons: A guide to Emotional Health And Balance With Chinese […]

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In an effort to make a as many meals in one cooking push as possible, I started playing around with roasting up a medley of vegetables on a Sunday, and doctoring up the leftover throughout the week. If you roast your vegetables with minimal seasoning, you can make three very different meals from your veggies […]

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The benefits of turmeric: turmeric is a natural anti-inflammatory and pain reliever.  It is an excellent spice to use when suffering with inflamed tendons, joints or muscle strains.  Turmeric provides short term pain relief.  Turmeric also pairs perfectly with cauliflower. Ingredients: 1 head of cauliflower 1 head of lacinato (dinosaur) kale 1 cup button or […]

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Chinese medical theory is based  strongly on a relationship between the natural world and the human body.  An understanding of health and illness is achieved by observing patterns in nature, both generative and destructive. Wind storms ripping apart  trees or turning into funnel clouds, versus the ebb and flow of oceanic tides all inform the […]

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I developed this recipe because there are very few places in my city where I can find country or breakfast sausage that does not contain high fructose corn syrup or other questionable additives. Luckily, we have an amazing, local butcher with hormone, antibiotic, and additive free meats that I can use as a base in […]

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Why do some people suffer from acid reflux? 1) Too little stomach acid- AKA hypochlorhydria Ironically, given the high use of heartburn medication that reduce stomach acid, one of the main causes of acid reflux is low stomach acid, called hypochlorhydria. When someone suffers from low stomach acid, a few things happen that can lead to acid reflux. […]

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This is my highly modified version of Tom Kha soup. I modify it because I do not always have all of the traditional ingredients for Tom Kha here in Walla Walla.  I also like to have both meat and a plethora of vegetables in my soup. Ingredients: 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed 4 […]

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