Year: 2015
Dec 2015

Starrylights are hand-made, hand-painted luminaries (each one is deliciously different).  We are so lucky to have found Beth, whose creations these are!  With a votive candle lit inside, they dance by day and create a light show by night. … Debra

Dec
2015
chestnuts
Dec 2015

Remarkably simple. Simply remarkable. Just two lovely ingredients, roast with lemon, olive oil, and garlic.

Dec
2015
raw chocolate frosting
Dec 2015

It doesn’t get easier than this. 100% raw. 100% unrefined sweeteners. 100% healthy oils.

Dec
2015
alphabet
Dec 2015

A is for Acne, B is for Bruises, C is for Canker Sores… This month, the lazy Health Writer will relax by not doing research, not using complete sentences, not justifying or explaining his recommendations, not citing sources, and not going into depth. Enjoy!

Dec
2015
butternut squash with hemp pesto
Nov 2015

Two recipes in one. You get the orange+green Squash & Pesto. And then you get the leftover pesto, for… whatever. Fresh green herbs and hempseeds are both veritable superfoods. This is a powerhouse dish!

Nov
2015
pink salmon sketch
Nov 2015

Demystifying the multisyllabic world of omega-3 fats. What kinds? How much? And, what if you don’t eat fish?

Nov
2015
lavender fields
Nov 2015

Smell can trigger memories, emotion, creativity, and can help heal. This science of smell and how it affects us is called “aromatherapy.”

Nov
2015
Oct 2015

Gosh, hard for me to pick one favorite. For the Thanksgiving table, I love Stoger pumpkin seed oil to drizzle on salads with a handful of pumpkin seeds. Great on mash of parsnips, squash and carrots. Or instead of butter on baked potatoes. Or drizzled onto a favorite pumpkin soup. … Debra

Oct
2015
Oct 2015

“We all love what comes out of our amazing kitchen … everything is a favorite!!” When planning your Thanksgiving feast, don’t forget to order that special something … here is our Thanksgiving Kitchen Order Form.

Oct
2015
Oct 2015

I loved this when I read it in the Natural Foods Merchandiser back in 2003, and love it still today! It reminds me that we’re not as smart as we think we are… “Chimpanzees can tell the difference between organic and conventional fruits.” Zookeepers at the Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark, began putting both types of bananas

Oct
2015
Wild & Brown Rice Pilaf with Nori & Broccoli
Oct 2015

As much vegetable as grain. A fusion of flavors. Wild rice from the Minnesota lake region. Olive oil from the Mediterranean. Sushi ginger & soy sauce from Japan. Subtle sweetness from the carrots…

Oct
2015
powdered turmeric & ginger
Oct 2015

a pinch or two of warming spice, rich healthy fats, and honey transform toast into a delectable treat.

Oct
2015
Thai emmer farro salad
Sep 2015

Chewy + crunchy + fresh. Egyptian grains + English vegetables + mild Thai flavors. Another fusion dish from the Debra’s kitchen.

Sep
2015
Aug 2015

“Grass-fed whey is one of my favorite superfoods. Boosts immune function, increases youthful vitality and more!” … Jay

Aug
2015
Aug 2015

“Pecan  Shop Native Pecans – a true, wild food. First, they’re delicious.  So clean and fresh and sweet! Native, wild pecans are also less than half the size of “improved” pecans, i.e. pecans bred for high yields and commercial farming. And since native trees are suited to their climate, the thrive without the need for

Aug
2015
thakkali thokku just starting to simmer
Aug 2015

“With the flavor intensity of sun-dried tomatoes, reinforced with rich sesame oil and the bright pungency of Tamil spices, this is currently my favorite thing on Earth!” -Adam

Aug
2015
borage flower
Aug 2015

Got red, dry, flaky, itchy skin? You may be one of 15 million Americans who suffer from a non-contagious skin condition called eczema. Borage seed oil can help.

Aug
2015
Ratner's Soup
Jul 2015

“We all have fond memories of special food. When my family made the trek each summer to NYC, we always ate in Ratner’s, a famous Jewish deli founded in 1905 …”

Jul
2015
flax seeds
Jul 2015

Of all the changes we have wreaked on traditional diets over the last hundred years, our drastic reduction in fiber intake might very well be the most significant. The impact on our health — our weight, our hearts, our long-term disease risk — are profound.

Jul
2015
tuna balls
Jun 2015

Another appetizer that’s easy to make, using quality ingredients, that will have your guests going “what a clever idea! — and DE-licious!”

Jun
2015
Jun 2015

Flower growers have used blackstrap molasses to get stronger, longer lasting blossoms for ages. Molasses supplies trace minerals along with bio-available sugars that feed plants.  Milk, too, is a soil and plant food.

Jun
2015
scientists with microscopes
Jun 2015

Why research on natural medicine is often “better” and “cleaner” than research on pharmaceuticals

Jun
2015
May 2015

From a 2005 Debra’s Natural Gourmet newsletter. I still find it interesting, sez Debra! In Jack Challem’s book, Feed Your Genes Right, Mr. Challem says nutrition feeds our genes, which not only are found in every one of our 70 trillion cells, but which contain the basic biological instructions for everything from eye color to

May
2015
berry sorbet
May 2015

When you’ve got a turbo blender, all you need to make this is fruit (and a little cinnamon) (and a little stevia).

May
2015
image of a man potentially with a concussion
May 2015

Athletes, and the rest of us — we’re learning to take concussions seriously now. Natural medicine can help.

May
2015
Apr 2015

Been told by your dentist that you need gum surgery because you have periodontal disease and have deep pockets in your gums? You might want to try something old-fashioned before making an appointment for surgery that will be painful, may or may not work, and is not covered by insurance.

Apr
2015
smoothie with flowers
Apr 2015

Recipes include the Classic Berry, the The Choco-Banana-PB’Splosion, the Bird of Paradise, Swamp Thing, and Turkey Day (which does not contain turkey).

Apr
2015
Mar 2015

Thanks to those of you who came to our olive oil tasting that snowy February evening! Did you know that real olive oil is simply the juice pressed from the fruit (the olives) of the olive tree? Pressing olives for their juice is the way olive oil has been made for thousands of years. Why

Mar
2015
Mar 2015

Our television cooking show, Eat Well Be Happy, is releasing four new shows in March. We are having fun! And we’re happy to announce that Eat Well Be Happy is now airing in Cambridge Sundays at 5:00 p.m. and Tuesdays at 10:00 a.m. We need a resident sponsor for Watertown, Newton and Wellesley. If you

Mar
2015
napa cabbage on a cutting board
Mar 2015

This is a snap to make, and a colorful, cleansing salad (it’s the beets and ginger). Lemon *and* lime juices add complexity of flavor.

Mar
2015
cloud of question marks
Mar 2015

We’re settling this once and for all! More than just “rules,” we’re going to tell you WHY…

Mar
2015
chocolate truffles
Feb 2015

What is halvah? Halvah is a quintessential dessert in the Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East, and India — as much a part of these cuisines as ice cream and apple pie are to America’s.

Feb
2015
ginseng roots
Feb 2015

The daily energy that gets us out of bed with a spring in our steps and a twinkle in our eyes; that maintains our focus throughout the day; that keeps us lively even after work, and the kids are put to bed.

Feb
2015
Feb 2015

Crooked Row organic farmer, Elena Colman, has ordered some pretty strange, exotic-sounding seeds that many of us can’t wait to try. Of course we have the tried and true veggie seeds as well.

Feb
2015
Feb 2015

Staffer Jocelyn sent this email, “A customer who just bought castor oil waxed eloquent about your protocol for dry eyes. She said she’d tried everything for chronically dry eyes, and that finally out of desperation, she started dropping castor oil in her eyes both morning and just before bed.  Her doctors at Westford Family Eye

Feb
2015
Jan 2015

The tried-and-trues and strange, exotic-sounding seeds. I grew ground cherries last year and fell in love (they’re easy to grow, taste great; kids love ‘em!) Another thumbs up: a trailing nasturtium, which covered my fence, bloomed forever, made a fantastic garnish and were spicy and delicious too!

Jan
2015
curried coconut sweet potato soup
Jan 2015

Our kitchen makes this lovely soup, and you’re right that it doesn’t appear in our cookbooks, so we’re sharing it with you here even though it’s proprietary. We’re trusting you with a “secret” recipe because we love you.

Jan
2015
Jan 2015

The mad rush is over and the holidays have come and gone. To get back on track, here’s a gentle detox, which is a modified fast. Start off every day with 2 tablespoons raw, organic apple cider vinegar or fresh lemon juice and a splash of liquid chlorophyll in water (with some raw honey if

Jan
2015
red lentil ginger soup with shiitakes
Jan 2015

Another soup for winter. This one has ginger, to aid digestion, and sweet carrots. Red lentils are unlike the brown lentil you might know. They dissolve when you cook them.

Jan
2015