Year: 2019
pecan pie on a tablecloth
Nov 2019

Perfection is the result of very, very good ingredients, and zero fillers. It’s sweet, but not cloying.

Nov
2019
sick kids in a vintage hospital
Nov 2019

I love handing adults little vials of foul-tasting “herbal elixirs,” or handfuls of giant-size horse pills. I say “here – take this – it will make you feel better.”  And they do.  And it does.  Adults are easy. Kids, not so much… Medically, they could take the same medicines.  But often, they just won’t.  If

Nov
2019
Oct 2019

Extracts of citrus and seaweed to the rescue! Alkaline water and even melatonin play roles.

Oct
2019
Sep 2019

Chronic cough and throat clearing? Phantom congestion? Lump in the throat? Frequent infections?

Sep
2019
sketch of the muscles of the torso by Leonardo da Vinci
Aug 2019

FIBROMYALGIA PART 2: HERBS & SUPPLEMENTS PART 1 LAST MONTH: The Basics, Sleep & Stretching You can catch up on last month here. Magnesium: The mineral magnesium is the one-size-fits-all solution for fibromyalgia. At Debra’s, magnesium is our best-selling mineral, outpacing even calcium. People buy it for bone health, heart health, and muscle health1. In

Aug
2019
cobbler
Aug 2019

Ahhh, cobblers…! Mostly fruit, some whole grains, a little healthy fat and unrefined sweeteners. Easy to make, easy to bake. Serve with ice cream for dessert, or yogurt for breakfast.

Aug
2019
falafel on a platter
Jul 2019

One of the great global street foods comes home. Debra’s rendition adds a touch of buckwheat (instead of wheat flour), for depth of flavor and no gluten.

Jul
2019
a sign that says "citizenship"
Jul 2019

“Dear Senator Barrett, Thursday morning, June 13, 2019, we awoke to the news that a policy statement regarding the sale of CBD…”

Jul
2019
Stark Sisters maple almond
Jun 2019

‘Best of Boston’ Boston Magazine and ‘Best Mail Order Food Gift’ The New York Times, are just a few of the rave reviews Stark Sisters has garnered. Bon Appetit called it “one of the best we’ve ever tasted.” Featured in Boston Globe as “Hit of the Week,” Stark Sisters was dubbed “the Ultimate Granola.” For

Jun
2019
Stark Sisters Granola
Jun 2019

It’s been 25 years. A quarter century. It’s been a good run. But we’re closing the doors on my Stark Sisters granola.

Jun
2019
A woman with beautiful hair in the forest
Jun 2019

Let’s talk about hair, skin, and nails. This is a Part 2. Part 1 (last month) was “Eating for Beauty.”

Jun
2019
A woman holding two tomatoes
May 2019

This is an article about skin.  Not “problem skin” – we’re not going to focus on problems like acne, eczema, or psoriasis – but supple skin that glows with health, and ages gracefully.  It’s about thick, luxuriant hair, and strong nails. 

May
2019
May 2019

This Persian egg-and-herb fritatta is more herb than egg, almost a salad. Fresh greens and eggs celebrate the return of spring and fertility.

May
2019
How to cut a mango, step by step
Apr 2019

Mango, papaya, pineapple… granted, the kiwis are from New Zealand, and the berries are European in origin. Still, we’re going to call this one “tropical.” Because that’s how it feels!

Apr
2019
shiitake mushrooms
Mar 2019

What are mushrooms anyway?  They’re not vegetables, they’re not fruits.  They don’t grow leaves, roots, flowers or make seeds.  They don’t require sunlight to grow, or produce chlorophyll.  They live off decomposing plant matter. Well, mushrooms are in fact fungi whose only happiness lies in releasing spores into the air so they can procreate.  And

Mar
2019
masoor dal
Mar 2019

This soup isn’t a traditional chowder.  But we’re going to call it a chowder anyways, because it’s creamy and chunky at the same time.  Red lentils (masoor dal) cook quickly and melt into the base of rich coconut milk, bright tomatoes, and gentle spices. Shiitake mushrooms give you something to chew on, and you can

Mar
2019
albizia flowers
Mar 2019

CBD is great! But it’s not the end-all, be-all. For pain, anxiety, and sleep, there are other herbs and nutrients that help CBD work.

Mar
2019
A historical illustration of a demon stabbing a rich man's toe
Feb 2019

In which we strongly question dietary orthodoxy! Plus, we find relief in a fruit, a root, and a seed. .

Feb
2019
Roasted Cauliflower with Ras el Hanout & Ghee
Feb 2019

Roast veggies. Moroccan spice powder. Japanese breadcrumbs. Indian clarified butter. Italian (sort of) pesto. A rich, mostly plant-based roast for the last nights of winter.

Feb
2019
tide detergents in a retail store
Feb 2019

It’s getting harder and harder to live a simple life.  I’m not talking about politics.  I’m talking about being able to take a walk without having to breathe in the “fumes” from people’s laundry.  I’m talking about being subjected to the smell of people’s detergent and dryer sheets when you go anywhere in public. Advertisements

Feb
2019
Kale to Feed an Army
Jan 2019

This will take you literally 15 minutes, tops.  It’s all sorts of green.  It’s hearty, tastes great, works equally well as a side and a main, and you only have to clean one pot. What’s not to love? It also uses some ingredients you may not be familiar with.  Trust me: get them.  And not

Jan
2019