Author: Head Honcho
Feb 2017

Organic Valley is a cooperative of organic independent organic farmers. Yes, they’re national “big organic.” But they’re also “real organic.”

Feb
2017
Feb 2017

n olive oil or water, salted and unsalted, or with marinara or lemon sauce. Rich in brain-healthy omega-3s. With capers, makes a salad into meal.

Feb
2017
Feb 2017

These lovely dariy-free shreds melt and streeeetch in the oven, and in the skillet. Soy- and gluten-free too.

Feb
2017
Feb 2017

Rich with organic coconut milk, sweetened with coconut sugar & honey, with tonic herbs and spices. These are really, really wonderful.

Feb
2017
Nov 2016

“Wrap your loved ones in beautiful soft scarves from Novica and Shupaca. Stay warm!” ~ Gregoria

Nov
2016
chocolate fudge ice box pie
Nov 2016

This dessert takes 5 minutes to make. Raw foods. Superfoods. Antioxidant-rich goodness. It’s stunning, delicious, and you are absolutely going to want to make it for every special occasion.

Nov
2016
cranberries
Nov 2016

Another of those super-easy fruit dishes, equally suited to the dessert table with ice cream, or the breakfast table with yogurt.

Nov
2016
Oct 2016

“The Hen of the Woods, ‘Maitake,’ a rare woodsy treat to add flavor to your favorite stew or sauté.” – Alex “A Fall delicacy straight from the woods.” – Charles

Oct
2016
Germ
Oct 2016

Natural medicine absolutely SHINES at handling common respiratory viruses such as colds and flus. This stuff works. We’ll walk you through the basics.

Oct
2016
Sep 2016

RUNA’s mission is to improve livelihoods for indigenous farmers in the Amazon. “We believe people everywhere can benefit from the bounty of the rainforest without destroying it.”  

Sep
2016
brown rice pilaf with beets
Sep 2016

Golden orange if you use carrots. Ruby red if you choose beets. Parsnips are a third option, if you want beige… Another dish that’s hard to pin down to a single culinary tradition. Shades of India, Indonesia, Bulgaria… and 1960s health foods stores!

Sep
2016
menatetrenone vitamin MK4
Sep 2016

It is becoming increasingly obvious that a high calcium intake is not the solution for osteoporosis. It isn’t how much calcium we get, but how well we use it. Calcium management nutrients not only help calcium go to the right places, but also keep calcium out of the wrong places.

Sep
2016
Sep 2016

“Luna & Larry’s Organic Coconut Bliss in Salted Caramel & Chocolate is simply delectable! Non-dairy and soy-free, too!” … Debbie

Sep
2016
Sep 2016

“I’m excited about these new organic sundae cones and ice cream sandwiches from Three Twins Ice Cream. Sitting in the grass on a hot summer day with a chocolate chip cookie ice cream sandwich is as good as it gets! The individual packaging works well for treating yourself without going overboard on portion size. Yum!” … Dave

Sep
2016
Aug 2016

“MyKind Organics Men’s Multi: Certified USDA Organic, non-GMO, vegan, gluten-free multi made from real whole food!  Specifically for men under 40 with 30 organic fruits, vegetables and herbs. So good you can even chew them.”  … Jay.

Aug
2016
Aug 2016

RUNA, a clean energy drink with Guayusa from the Amazon.  RUNA’s on sale, and there’s an extra 10% off when you buy a case.  Come in to enter our RUNA-cycle raffle (bike goes home with a winner on August 31st!) … Kerstin.

Aug
2016
eggplant
Jul 2016

Eggplant Caviar is a kind of chopped salad native to Russia, Armenia, Bulgaria, etc. We’ve added green peas for a shock of green, and an apple for sweetness.

Jul
2016
calcium tablets
Jul 2016

After decades of being told to simply “take more” calcium, we now have convincing evidence there may be such a thing as “too much.” We go through the research. The safe and effective dose may be less than you think!

Jul
2016
Jul 2016

We have bone broth and it’s Epic!  Up to 10 grams of protein in each serving and available in three delicious flavors: homestyle savory chicken, turkey cranberry sage, and beef jalapeno sea salt. Just like Grandma used to make!

Jul
2016
Jul 2016

Feeling hot, hot, hot? Beat the heat with the new Nano-Ice Necklace! Pop in the freezer for a couple of hours, tie it on, and you’ll be the coolest “kid” on the block!

Jul
2016
peaches
Jul 2016

The addition of Masala Chai mix to the fruit adds a little something special to this otherwise pretty-darn-special cobbler. You can also sub in apricots or nectarines for the peaches. Just slice, mix, top, and bake.

Jul
2016
hibiscus lemonade
Jul 2016

You can make your own diet icy beverage using only natural ingredients. If you use mineral water, you get not just a natural diet soda, you get a natural diet *mineral* soda!

Jul
2016
Jul 2016

With all the turmoil in the world, all the violence, all the hatred, I was thinking about how to make the world a better place. I was thinking about things that are important to me, remembering Tip O’Neil…

Jul
2016
Green beans
Jun 2016

Another recipe from our cooking show, Eat Well Be Happy, streaming from this website and natural food stores around the country. Asian flavors + garden vegetables.

Jun
2016
white bean salad with artichokes
Jun 2016

Another easy-to-make, easy to travel salad. It also keeps for 3-4 days. And this one gets you to eat more beans, which Dr. Furhman says is a good thing. Beans fill you up, not out!

Jun
2016
Galileo facing the Roman Inquisition
Jun 2016

Simple answers are easy and comforting, but they are rarely accurate or complete. They don’t account for individual differences in fitness, reproductive status, metabolic function, medical history, genetic predisposition, time of day, time of month, and time of life. They don’t tell you the whole story, and they don’t listen to your story.

Jun
2016
Jun 2016

Tea-rrific Ice Creams. No gums, no fillers, just wonderful ice cream the old fashioned way.  Infused with teas. Lovely, and featured in the Boston Globe! … Debra

Jun
2016
May 2016

Olivegevity Armonikon extra virgin olive oil.  Product of organic farming, where each tree is regarded as sacred and olives are harvested the old-fashioned way. … Debra

May
2016
May 2016

Matiz Gallego sardines. Artisan fishing methods and old master cannery. Oh so flavorful. Try with lime.  Featured in Bon Appetit too! … Debra

May
2016
farro spaghetti with kale
May 2016

Farro is an heirloom wheat, earthy and rich. Kale adds green. Pecorino romano cheese adds salt and bite. Simple, comfort food. On a higher plane.

May
2016
smoothies
May 2016

A good smoothie has a lot more in it than just fruit. Ingredients that add flavor, texture, and supercharged nutrition — if you use them right. Here, we talk about Bee Pollen, Cacao, Chia, Probiotics, Coconut Oil, and Maca Powder

May
2016
Apr 2016

“Debra’s can’t wait to try some new heirloom veggie seeds. Have you tried red celery, scarlet kale, Ananas Noire tomato?”  

Apr
2016
Apr 2016

The natural products industry occasionally honors one of its own for outstanding contributions to the industry — but more so, to the movement. This year, Debra was honored.

Apr
2016
Apr 2016

A good smoothie has a lot more in it than just fruit. Ingredients that add flavor, texture, and supercharged nutrition — if you use them right. Here, we talk about protein powders, frozen fruit, greens powders, and fish oil.

Apr
2016
Mar 2016

“The only gochujang spicy sauce I’ve found that doesn’t have white sugar, that is also GMO and gluten-free. A little dollop will do you!” … Debra

Mar
2016
Grains and beans
Mar 2016

This essential mineral is crucial to healthy bones. Plus it can help with leg cramps, anxiety, high blood pressure, migraines headaches, and constipation, too.

Mar
2016
bi bim bap in a stone pot
Mar 2016

Bi Bim Bap is the national dish of Korea. It looks like a lot of work, but it’s actually not complicated. Just a lot of different vegetables, arranged on top of rice, with eggs + special sauce. And DELICIOUS!

Mar
2016
life changing bread
Feb 2016

Since we first published this recipe (adapted from a blog post by Sarah Briton), we began making the bread in our kitchen. It has become one of our customer’s all-time favorites. All fiber, healthy fats, and proteins. No grains, almost no carbs.

Feb
2016
Jan 2016

Raw Avocado Almond Pie – “Freeze it & it’s like ice cream!  Made in our kitchen with lots of love.” … Casey

Jan
2016
Jan 2016

“The best sauerkraut I’ve ever had! I eat it right out of the jar. Made right here in Massachusetts.” … Savannah

Jan
2016
Jan 2016

“Chai is my favorite tea–so glad they made it into an ice cream. Delicious & flavorful.. I haven’t had anything else like it!” … Emma

Jan
2016
eating cupcakes like a beast!!
Jan 2016

According to Dr. Mark Hyman, family physician and a four-time New York Times bestselling author, we’re battling a “diabesity” epidemic. Diabetes + Obesity.

Jan
2016
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
blue cornbread
Dec 2014

When did we start expecting cornbread to taste sweet like cake? When did we start adding other flours in addition to corn meal? This recipe makes a rustic, real-deal cornbread that is not sweet.

Dec
2014
Dec 2014

We love that you are watching Eat Well Be Happy, our cooking show. If your public access TV station isn’t airing, ask them to because you pay for programming with your tax dollars. If you don’t have a TV and want to watch on line, go to: http://actontv.org/on-demand/public. The latest? Eat Well Be Happy is

Dec
2014
creme caramel
Nov 2014

Made here with full-fat coconut milk so it’s dairy free. I also love this recipe with cow or goat milk.

Nov
2014
channa masala
Nov 2014

A shortcut to Indian food. We used canned chickpeas, and a spice packet. You add oil, and your own optional vegetables. Just heat and eat!

Nov
2014
Nov 2014

We were thrilled to be awarded 2014 Retailer of the Year (Community Engagement) at Natural Product Expo East. A quarter century as your natural market, and now the 2014 Retailer of the Year (Community Engagement) in the US natural products industry. Thank you for walking through our doors.

Nov
2014
sleeping baby
Nov 2014

Having a hard time getting to sleep? Staying asleep?

Nov
2014
Oct 2014

Mark your calendar – Debra’s Natural Gourmet Turns 25! Birthday Party and Non-GMO FOOD FAIR, Saturday October 18. 10:00-2:00. We will have birthday cake and ice cream, of course, but also a ton of our favorite companies sampling food. Come have a great time and help us celebrate! We’re all grown up! And, as a

Oct
2014
Injera
Sep 2014

The traditional Ethiopian pancake bread uses a sourdough fermented batter, and the gluten-free grain, T’eff. It’s easier than you think!

Sep
2014
glowing brain
Sep 2014

Can natural medicine make you smarter? Can it help with dementia, like Alzheimer’s? There are mountains and mountains of research out there. And that research is, for the most part, highly nuanced, and still inconclusive.

Sep
2014
Sep 2014

For those of you who have been asking, we have more Vitamix 7500’s on the way, and you, too, can reserve a black, white or red one at the extraordinary price of $479.  Call today so we put your name on your new whirlwind of a machine.  This is a great price, and Vitamix has

Sep
2014
Sep 2014

Are you watching our television cooking show on your public access TV station?  Let us know because soon we’re going to launch a chance to win something if you watch us on TV… You can watch on line too.  http://actontv.org/on-demand/public

Sep
2014
Aug 2014

Eden Foods Puts Their Money Where Their Mouth Is, and Now We Wish They’d Put Their Foot Where Their Mouth Is, But We Still Will Not Boycott Eden Foods In our industry, there’s a very, very short list of companies that have stood the test of time, managing to grow large and successful without compromising

Aug
2014
Aug 2014

Eat Well Be Happy, our great new cooking show on Public Access TV is airing happily in many towns.  Now in Concord (showing Monday at 5:00, Wednesday at 9:00, Thursday at 2:00 and Saturday at 4:00), Littleton (showing Tuesday at 12:30, Thursday at 5:30, Saturday and Sunday at 7:00), Lexington (showing Monday at 1:30, Wednesday

Aug
2014
green gazpacho
Aug 2014

A bit of fresh pear or mango adds natural sweetness to this cooling summer soup. Avocado adds richness. This is really a salad — masquerading as a soup.

Aug
2014
the gout, historical illustration
Aug 2014

No longer “the disease of kings,” this painful affliction can strike any of us. Natural medicine to both prevent and address gout symptoms.

Aug
2014
tomato and watermelon salad
Aug 2014

“Combining tomatoes and watermelon seems to be all the rage today.  Typically such recipes call for adding feta cheese too, but I skip that because I think the feta makes the salad look messy.”

Aug
2014
Jul 2014

Did you know that flower growers have used molasses to feed the blooms for decades in order to get stronger and longer lasting blossoms?  Molasses supplies trace minerals along with bio-available sugars to feed the plant immediately.

Jul
2014
Jul 2014

This just in from the Boston Business Journal: Harvard University School of Engineering and Applied Science got a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation to run a five-year project to build RoboBees. Yep, fake bees to pollinate… Why?

Jul
2014
running legs
Jul 2014

Cordyceps mushroom is a rare, high-altitude medicinal treasure to maintain endurance and lung function. Creatine is a dietary supplement to increase muscular force.

Jul
2014
mango chia pudding
Jul 2014

This is an easy one — but your guests won’t know. Just soak the chia, chop the fruit, and layer in a nice glass.

Jul
2014
sabich
Jun 2014

Also known as Sabich in throughout the middle east, this combo of baked (or fried) eggplant, eggs, vegetables, and hummous is a winner every time.

Jun
2014
Jun 2014

Thank you to everyone who shopped the day before Mother’s Day, a benefit day for Vitamin Angels.  We were able to send Vitamin Angels a check that allowed them to reach an additional 5,000 children with the essential nutrients they need to grow strong and healthy. Vitamin Angels recently visited beneficiaries in Honduras and found

Jun
2014
street sign that says Heartburn
Jun 2014

Painful heartburn is an occasional pitfall for enthusiastic eaters. Or an everyday fact of life for others. Either way, natural medicine can put out the fire.

Jun
2014
Apr 2014

Rooibos Tea Rooibos tea is red tea from South Africa, and we’ve carried it since 2001. We love all our organic rooibos teas (we have bulk red tea and red tea in tea bags; we have some red tea in tea bags in combination with other plants and herbs too). One tea box says, “Since

Apr
2014
Apr 2014

We’ve got shows in the can. Local friend, Nancy Kaplan, has played the music for our theme song. My brother, David Stark, has done some fun graphics, and we’re shooting four more cooking shows at the beginning of May. Not long now until our cooking show will air. What’s the show called? Eat Well, Be

Apr
2014
Apr 2014

Many of you, our customers, are fabulous cooks. How do we know? Well, over the years, we’ve all exchanged recipes and cooking ideas and they’ve been great. So, to celebrate warmer weather, we’re holding a cooking contest!

Apr
2014
woman sneezing
Apr 2014

Allergies are the result of a healthy, robust immune response — at the wrong time. You attack pollen or animal dander like it’s a dangerous invader. Sneezing and hives ensue…

Apr
2014
beet salad
Apr 2014

Cultured veggies are sort of like pickled veggies, except better and more delicious. Instead of preserving vegetables by pickling them in vinegar, culturing involves live healthy bacteria – sort of like the bacteria that turn milk into yogurt.

Apr
2014
lemons on cutting boards with herbs
Apr 2014

We sell cleanse kits where you take the herbs, follow some simple instruction, and can keep eating pizza. This one, though, isn’t just a cleanse, but a reset for the entire diet. AND — you won’t be hungry.

Apr
2014
dukkah
Mar 2014

Dukkah comes from the Arabic word for “to pound.” Traditionally made from pounded sesame seeds, salt, and savory spices, we make ours in the food processor.

Mar
2014
Mar 2014

We had a great run with Benbow’s Coffee Roasters out of Maine. And we’re still going to keep many of the old flavors in bags for you die-hard fans. But we’re switching to Dean’s for our bulk bins because: Dean’s supports Fair Trade and social justice like nobody’s business Dean himself gave an awesome speech

Mar
2014
Jan 2014

I found this simple recipe for koji (Japanese gruel) in my files at home and it reminded me that sometimes the simplest foods are what do a body good. That the old time remedies really work. They not only soothe, they make us well. Their very simplicity is in itself calming and healing.

Jan
2014
succotash
Dec 2013

As we explore the cuisines of the world, we sometimes forget the Native American traditions. Succotash’s colors look like autumn. But its warming, hearty sweetness is perfect for deepest winter.

Dec
2013
Dec 2013

Like you, I was sad to read that Dabbler’s, a store in West Concord, is going out of business. And I grieve that others in our surrounding communities may have to close too. I fear that newspapers as I know and love them, newsprint and all, are going away. My world, our community is changing,

Dec
2013
Dec 2013

We were so pleased to read our name on the Boston Globe’s Top 100 Women-Led Business list.We couldn’t have gotten there without each and every one of you! May 2014 be a happy and health New Year for you and yours.

Dec
2013
Dec 2013

IIn the spirit of the essay above, I managed to buttonhole these four bodyworkers in the store (and I know there are tons more excellent bodyworkers in the area, so accept my apology in advance!). The four below enthusiastically want to offer you, our customers (just mention Debra’s Natural Gourmet) 20% off an Introductory Session

Dec
2013
Dec 2013

Children with colds are an especial challenge. They can’t always communicate much, except being PROFOUNDLY UNHAPPY. Plus, the remedies have to taste good.

Dec
2013
cranberry fig
Oct 2013

This makes a wonderful pie or tart filling. It’s also a wonderful chutney-like “compote” served with a dollop of whipped cream, ice cream, etc.

Oct
2013
Oct 2013

In March of this year, Whole Foods Market announced a commitment to full GMO transparency by giving their suppliers five years to source non-GMO ingredients, or to clearly label products with ingredients containing GMOs. Well, that’s good for the rest of us because Whole Foods has clout. As a national, natural products supermarket chain, when

Oct
2013
kelp noodles in a bowl
Oct 2013

Kelp noodles are made from the fiber in seaweed. They are a chewy “blank canvas” with almost no calories. Here, we paint that canvas with roast cashews, olives and garlic, brocolli florets, and brewer’s yeast.

Oct
2013
Sweet Rainbow Sugar Cookies
Sep 2013

According to nationally reknowned, locally-based Dr. Mark Hyman, family physician and a four-time New York Times bestselling author, we’re battling a “diabesity” epidemic.

Sep
2013
Aug 2013

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.”

Aug
2013
hibiscus lemonade
Aug 2013

Thanks to Adam, we’ve been enjoying this recipe for some years now. I run the recipe each summer. It can also be found in our third cookbook, Blue Ribbon Edition.

Aug
2013
The Vitanica logo
Aug 2013

One of our very rare posts where we partner with a supplement company, to recommend their products. But Vitanica is more than a supplement company; it’s Dr. Tori Hudson’s company…

Aug
2013
Aug 2013

You understand soluble vs. insoluble fiber. You know how to seek out fiber-rich foods. Now, here are four supplements to your diet.

Aug
2013
beluga lentils
Jul 2013

This is a variation of Amanda’s Green Potato Salad with Cilantro and Spinach featured in our Blue Ribbon Edition cookbook.

Jul
2013
Jul 2013

Wondering how to avoid genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in your food, worried about the new reports that show our gut flora are being affected by them? The short answer is, Buy organic. Buy products verified Non-GMO by the Non-GMO Project because you’re not a science experiment. We’re doing our best to make sure we only

Jul
2013
beans and legumes
Jun 2013

Fiber is arguably our most-important-yet-least exciting nutrient. Does it really prevent cancer and heart attacks? Help us lose weight? Keep us from feeling tired? Detox the liver? Make the world a better place? And what about soluble vs. insoluble fiber?

Jun
2013
Jun 2013

EFFECTIVE JULY 1. Including the senior citizen discount (a.k.a. “Wisdom Discount.”) There’s good news, and bad news. More good news than bad news, for most of us. The good news first: We are lowering the pricing on the Debra’s Natural Gourmet brand protein powders by an average of 25%. This isn’t a sale, it’s a

Jun
2013
Jun 2013

Shortened oldie but goodie by Debra. Long version available in store What is nail fungus? Typically caused by microscopic organisms with the sweet name of “dermatophytes,” nail fungus manifests as discoloration and thickening of the nail, most commonly the toe nails. When you’ve got it, sandals are out because the nails are unsightly, and as

Jun
2013
Jun 2013

Thank you to everyone who shopped the day before Mother’s Day, a benefit day for Vitamin Angels. We were able to send Vitamin Angels a check that allowed them to reach an additional 5,000 children with the essential nutrients they need to grow strong and healthy. Vitamin Angels recently visited beneficiaries in Honduras and found

Jun
2013
chicken tagine
May 2013

This recipe is equally delicious with chicken, seafood, and tofu.  Preserved lemons and olives are a classic flavor combination in both Persian and Moroccan cuisine.

May
2013
nettle leaf with seeds
May 2013

Amidst the buying and selling and marketing, the big natural products trade show had some oases of traditional herbalism.

May
2013
curried chickpeas
Mar 2013

Curries are wonderful ways to empty your fridge of leftovers. A can of this, some chopped-up that… the curry spices and coconut milk are very forgiving!

Mar
2013
berry smoothie
Feb 2013

“I’m in the mood for ice cream, and this is like a big bowl of soft, melty blueberry ice cream without the guilt or calories. I’ve been eating this every morning lately…”

Feb
2013
antique acupuncture chart
Feb 2013

Is there really an herb for this? How quickly does it work? And how can we slip it into Bob’s coffee without him noticing?

Feb
2013
Feb 2013

Most of you are familiar with my article on dry eyes and castor oil. (If you’re not, talk to me!) You know I’m a castor oil fan and always have a bottle on hand at home. But last month, Susan Feist, LMT of Concord Sports and Therapeutic Massage was in our store and spoke about

Feb
2013
assorted winter squash
Jan 2013

We use winter squash flesh, toasted squash seeds, and toasted squash seed oil as a drizzle. Sweet, creamy, savory, earthy, and crunchy — all from the same vegetable.

Jan
2013
a package of tamiflu pills
Jan 2013

Never before have we written for the sole purpose of criticizing a specific drug, or pharmaceutical company.

Jan
2013
Dec 2012

The Boston Business Journal’s Top 100 Women-Led Business list has our name on it again this year. We are so pleased, and we know we couldn’t have gotten there if it weren’t for each and every one of you who come through our doors. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. We wish you

Dec
2012
Dec 2012

The labeling of genetically engineered food. California voters rejected Proposition 37 by 53.1% to 46.9%. Chemical and food company giants outspent proponents 10 to 1 during the campaign. Gary Hirshberg, Stonyfield Yogurt, Chairman of Just Label It called the spending spree an “an unequal contest between the single voter and corporate money.” Don’t despair, polls

Dec
2012
Dec 2012

Debra Stark (published originally in 2002!) Don’t you wonder why everyone doesn’t get sick when the cold and flu is going around? It boils down to how healthy your immune system is and whether it has the strength to stop those invading bad bugs. I rarely get a cold and ‘tis true (for the record!)

Dec
2012
four kinds of salt
Dec 2012

Is salt destined to always raise our blood pressure? Debra says no!

Dec
2012
sauteed mushrooms
Dec 2012

Greek-style sauteed mushrooms are a wonderful weeknight side dish alongside almost anything. Put those mushrooms on toast, and it suddenly transforms into a very-classy-indeed appetizer.

Dec
2012
brownies
Oct 2012

Paleo means no grains, no beans, no refined anything — just fruit, nuts, chocolate, etc… anything a caveman or woman could pluck and eat. Believe it or not, these brownies qualify!

Oct
2012
avocado and lemon on a cutting board
Oct 2012

This salad makes a sage addition to the holiday table. Not only is it easy to make, pretty to look at, but it will help everyone’s tummy feel better too. I’ve used Real Pickle’s cultured beets and red cabbage both.

Oct
2012
Oct 2012

What are GMOs? Genetic Modification (GM) is when genes from one specie of bacteria, viruses, insects, animals or even humans, are forced into the DNA of another specie. GM crops share two main factors: they’re engineered to survive application of weed killers and their altered genes produce poisons to kill bugs. An example: Monsanto’s Round-Up

Oct
2012
spring rolls
Oct 2012

If you’re like us, you’re not an expert Spring Roll Assembler, and you’ll have a few tears in the delicate spring roll paper. That’s okay! And may we say, the (optional) curry powder in this recipe is a stroke of genius.

Oct
2012
Oct 2012

A good night’s sleep is absolutely foundational to good health. Without it, we see an increase in heart disease, brain disease, weight gain, depression, lowered immunity, and wrinkles.

Oct
2012
jambalaya
Sep 2012

Jambalaya is a New Orleans take on paella: rice, vegetables, seafood and sausage, with French, Native American, and Carribean influence. You could serve it as a side, but its heart and soul is as a one-pot meal.  

Sep
2012
Sep 2012

We loved the way The Wool Pack in Acton introduced their Point of Sale System (POS) to their customers.  Here’s what they said, “The tables have turned, figuratively speaking.  For years, we have been recognized by our customers for our levels of understanding and patience…But now it’s your turn.  We implemented a new POS with bar codes

Sep
2012
stomach pain
Sep 2012

Irritable Bowel Syndrome is more common than you might know. Alternating constipation and/or diarrhea, often (but not necessarily) worsened by stress.

Sep
2012
green gazpacho
Aug 2012

Gazpacho with tomatoes is relatively new, believe it or not.  Here I’ve used lemon and/or lime instead of vinegar, and saved tomatoes to slice and plate with fresh mozzarella.

Aug
2012
Aug 2012

What kind of salmon are you eating?  Thomas May, a writer we’ve met at trade shows, wrote an article entitled, Farmed Salmon Found Higher in Pollutants, which says don’t eat salmon raised in ocean net pens because their diet of concentrated fishmeal pellets contains high levels of toxic chemicals which may pose a health threat

Aug
2012
cashew dipa
Jul 2012

Elena Volkova made this in our store, and everyone loved it. There’s perfect balance between sweet and salty, and Elena says if you’re taking the Chinese approach, this is wonderful over bitter, dark greens.

Jul
2012
May 2012

Do you walk into our store and feel overwhelmed? Our local friend, Hilary Boynton, Certified Holistic Health Counselor, offers hour-long tours of our store. You’ll discuss what’s on our shelves and Hilary will share tips on quick, healthy cooking strategies. You’ll get simple recipes and handouts. Mother of 5, Hilary is passionate about food. Call

May
2012
edamame salad
May 2012

This salad keeps everyone happily chewing, which means you get the pleasure of each other’s company around the table for longer than it takes to wolf down a burger and fries.

May
2012
bi bim bap in a stone pot
May 2012

Bi Bim Bap is a Korean dish like a stir-fry, except you don’t stir-fry things together. And then you put an egg on top. Plenty of veggies, whole grain rice, kimchee… and an egg on top.

May
2012
castagnaccio (chestnut flour bread or cake)
May 2012

Rich, dense chestnut flour is a good source of fiber and protein — and 100% gluten-free. Olive oil and rosemary add flavor. Pine nuts are optional, but highly recommended.

May
2012
May 2012

I admit it. I’m a coffee snob. My love affair with coffee goes back to my years in Paris during the ‘70s, when my lips first uttered the words “un café, s’il vous plait.” I can live without many of life’s pleasures, but I cannot, no, I will not live a life without coffee. It

May
2012
May 2012

More than half a million Americans received angioplasty in 2007 (the most recent year for which data is available). This invasive procedure involves inflating a thin balloon in a narrowed artery; a stent (a wire mesh tube) is often then left behind to keep the vessel open. When used during a heart attack, angioplasty can

May
2012
May 2012

Mary Jane’s Gardening Handout & Rescue Remedy for Seedlings Growing veggies? Pick up one of Mary Jane’s handouts on gardening hints. We’ve run it in our newsletter in the past, and I re-read it each year before I plant. It’s great! Concord citizen, Debbie Bier, said she waters her seedlings with water made magic (my

May
2012
Armenian kofta
Mar 2012

Keofta (or Kofta) are meatballs. Here, we replace with meat with split peas and cracked wheat and carrots and onions and celery. Golden raisins and paprika add a hint of smoky sweetness.

Mar
2012
maitake asparagus sautee
Feb 2012

I made this on New Year’s Day, and it was a hit. People asked for the recipe, though one person said she couldn’t believe “those ugly mushrooms could taste that good!”

Feb
2012
krill
Feb 2012

Both krill oil and fish oil are sources of healthy omega-3 fats. But which is better — better for us, and better for the environment?

Feb
2012
lentil soup
Jan 2012

This is a gloriously unimaginative, pedestrian, almost boring take on the classic lentil soup. Which is sometimes, exactly what we need! Serve with a thick slice of bread, and a thick slab of butter.

Jan
2012
Jan 2012

Not only herbs and supplements that can turn the tide, but surprising research on fatty foods, sugar, and milk.

Jan
2012
lentil varieties
Jan 2012

Different kinds of lentils dissolve (or don’t dissolve) at different rates. Combine them all in a soup, you get something to intact, something soft… a variety of textures, and plenty of leguminous nutrition!

Jan
2012
holiday delight chocolate truffles
Dec 2011

Why was I struggling to find something that uses whole sesame tahini?  Whole sesame tahini is a nut butter made from the entire brown seed.  This is important. 

Dec
2011
fresh purple figs
Dec 2011

We use use dried figs, because they’re available year-round, and they keep just about forever. You can always use fresh figs, though… Just make sure to eat them within a day or two of dipping.

Dec
2011
umeboshi plums drying
Dec 2011

“When I was a child and had an upset stomach, my mother used to make me a hot drink that helped tremendously.”

Dec
2011
sun in a blue sky
Dec 2011

We make vitamin D when our skins are exposed to sunlight. The health effects of this “sunshine vitamin” are far-reaching and profound.

Dec
2011
sun in a blue sky
Nov 2011

Just a decade ago, dose recommendations for vitamin D ran around 1,000 iu a day. Now, often, they’re 2,000, 5,000, and even 10,000… what changed?

Nov
2011
chocolate mousse
Nov 2011

This vegan wonder requires no cooking, and almost no prep. Just blenderize the organic, vegan superfoods, and then chill. You chill, and the dessert chills too.

Nov
2011
granny smiths
Nov 2011

A mildly sweet, somewhat savory hash, using crisp tart apples instead of potatoes. Use a well-seasoned cast iron skillet.

Nov
2011
sweet potato hummous
Oct 2011

“Yams (or sweet potatoes) are one of my favorite foods.  And they’re #2 on the Center for Science in the Public Interest’s list of veggies in terms of overall nutrient content.”

Oct
2011
kelp noodle recipe
Sep 2011

It’s all about simple.  This is tres simple and tres delish.  If you haven’t discovered kelp noodles or Austrian pumpkinseed oil, well, now’s your chance. 

Sep
2011
grated radish and carrot
Aug 2011

This recipe appears in our last cookbook, The Blue Ribbon Edition. Grated root veggies + more veggies + home-made dressing. Yogurt in the dressing adds live probiotics + protein.

Aug
2011
Jul 2011

From 1989. It fell by the wayside, until Roxanne and Alyssa resurrected it and suggested we serve it this year at Tastes of Concord. Not only was this dish a hit, but meat eaters couldn’t believe it was vegetarian! TVP is a high-protein product made from soybeans used in lieu of meat. Is soy in

Jul
2011
hydrogen peroxide molecule
Jun 2011

Of course hydrogen peroxide is a tried-and-true remedy for toenail fungus. Here, Debra goes over some of the other things we use this versatile compound for.

Jun
2011
May 2011

So much is written about beets these days.  According to a new study in the journal, Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry, consuming high concentrations of dietary nitrates found in beets, celery, cabbage and some lettuces, can help keep brains healthy. The study found that drinking 2 C of beet juice at breakfast for just four

May
2011
antique illustration of lungs
May 2011

We can prevent asthma even as early as in utero. We can reduce the frequency of attacks. And we can control attacks when they happen. You’re never going to throw away your rescue inhaler — just in case — but hopefully, you’ll need to use it a lot less frequently.

May
2011
honey varieties in bottles
Mar 2011

In part 3, the A-to-Z guide continues with two natural sweeteners, and two artificial sweeteners: saccharine, sorghum molasses, stevia, and sucralose.

Mar
2011
Feb 2011

Alyssa in our kitchen says, “Edamame, fresh soybeans, are a delicious and low-fat source of protein.  When the kitchen inherited a giant box of edamame we got by mistake, I had the opportunity to create this recipe to use them up!  I’ve adjusted the amounts so you can make this at home.”

Feb
2011
Feb 2011

We’re so happy the sustainably harvested, best-tasting-ever scallops from Port Clyde are back.  Last year we ran out and had to wait until the season came around again.  This year I personally plan to buy enough so I have a supply in my home freezer… What do I like about Port Clyde scallops besides the

Feb
2011
honey varieties in bottles
Feb 2011

In part two of the alphabetical guide, we cover fruit syrup, high fructose corn syrup, honey, licorice, lo han, maple syrup, and miracle berry.

Feb
2011
honey varieties in bottles
Jan 2011

We begin Three Fundamental Sweetener Concepts, and then the A-to-Z begins with acelsulfame-K, agave, aspartame (Nutrasweet), barley malt, coconut sugar, and date sugar.

Jan
2011
Dec 2010

(Also known as Incan Berries or Cape Gooseberries) One of the superfruits. Indigenous to South America, goldenberries were brought to South Africa in the 1800’s and are grown today in countries far and wide such as China, England, Scotland, Norway and India. Rich in vitamin C, Ayurvedic medicine (the medicine of India) says goldenberries flush

Dec
2010
Nov 2010

I prefer yams or sweet potatoes to pumpkin because you don’t have to peel them, and they’re more vibrantly colored.  Even though sweet potatoes are related to morning glories, and yams are related to the lily and grass families (and are drier and starchier), I use them interchangeably.  I love the red Garnet yams!

Nov
2010
Sep 2010

In a study published in the December 2006 Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, 47 adults participated in one of two eating plans (5 weeks duration) that provided the calories sufficient to maintain their current weight, one plan supplemented with equal calories of cooked chickpeas, and the other with cooked wheat. The chickpea-supplemented diet resulted in

Sep
2010
chest x-ray
Sep 2010

After decades of being told to consume “more calcium for your bones,” we see compelling evidence that we need to question that advice.

Sep
2010
Aug 2010

I first made this recipe with shrimp, for a staff make-your-own taco party. It was a hit.  I made it the second time for friends with scallops, which was scrumptious too.  Here it’s made with Port Clyde sustainable chowder pieces (the “hamburger of the sea world,” says Adam).  This is delicious too and perfect for

Aug
2010
the gout, historical illustration
Aug 2010

natural medicine can both prevent the painful stabbing pain — and its underlying causes.

Aug
2010
Jul 2010

The word cauliflower means “cabbage flower.”  It’s one of the few vegetables I find it hard to grow because in buggy New England the worms always seem to win, and eat before I get to.  Maybe I’ll have better luck next year if I refer to the great gardening book we have called Tiny Game

Jul
2010
gao report
Jul 2010

The Government Accountability Office released a report on herbal supplements, alleging that they are often marketed deceptively, and contaminated with heavy metals.

Jul
2010
Jun 2010

This is a lovely combination from Amanda who is herself deliciously pregnant.  This was the soup that was served at Tastes of Concord, and it was a hit.  Simple to make and easy on the pocketbook, don’t be afraid to eat potatoes because they’re nutritious and satisfying.

Jun
2010
chewing gum
May 2010

Chewing gum can improve dental health (of course!), reduce the risk of ear infections, and even help children focus in school. It can help with appetite and digestion. A miracle remedy?

May
2010
May 2010

One raw, one cooked.  Two beet recipes where beets are scrubbed and grated (no need to peel).  Can you choose to make both recipes with raw beets?  Make both with roasted or boiled beets?  Yes, yes, and yes!  The only advice I give here is to use a food processor so the grating part is

May
2010
Apr 2010

Ifugao violet glutinous rice, which you can find in our bulk bins, is still grown and irrigated on the same rice terraces that were constructed in the Philippines by people called the Ifugaos more than 3,000 years ago. Their efforts, it is said, match the effort that went into building the Egyptian pyramids.  Located in

Apr
2010
Mar 2010

Every March, I remember all over again that March can be awful because weather is often cold and snowy, or dreary and rainy.  It’s not winter, and it’s not summer or even spring.  That’s why soup is perfect in March, and sharing soup with friends takes the bull by the horns.  Sharing soup helps keep

Mar
2010
nac
Mar 2010

This simple molecule is profoundly beneficial for human health, rivaling even fish oil omega-3s and vitamin D. Research on flu prevention, cardiovascular health, mental health, detoxification… the list is almost endless.

Mar
2010
Feb 2010

Somebody asked me recently, “What the heck is KLB6?”  Still around after all these years, this formula is an old-fashioned diet aid was all the rage when I was in college in the 60’s.  KLB6 is shorthand for kelp, lecithin and vitamin B6.  Our house brand formula also contains apple cider vinegar, but I guess

Feb
2010
Feb 2010

This new recipe is a result of a group effort back in our kitchen.  Thanks to Piera, Alex (Alex Mong who never liked cabbage until this!) and Amanda, the kitchen not only came up with this delish slaw, but had the wild and creative idea to use it in a Miso Tofu Wrap, a popular

Feb
2010
cutting board
Feb 2010

This isn’t just about weight loss. This is about all those other diets: gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian, low-purine, paleo, FODMAP, and more.

Feb
2010
Dec 2009

So easy! Keeps for weeks in the fridge. I like to store in old glass peanut butter jars. Goes with more than turkey… in fact, this fruit sauce is so right for this time of year because it goes with just about everything. For instance, do you have company and want to make oatmeal or

Dec
2009
Nov 2009

For the vegetarian and the carnivore.  Both will happily eat this… Everyone knows what an onion and a potato are. But tempeh? Tempeh is a fermented, natural soy product that is high in protein and usable calcium.  Traditionally, tempeh is made from whole soybeans fermented with rice or millet wrapped in banana leaves.  Made under controlled conditions

Nov
2009
lomatium dissectum leaves and flowers
Nov 2009

Sometimes an herb comes along that barely has a shred of research to back it — but it’s amazing. It’s the best we’ve got. Lomatium is one of those herbs.

Nov
2009
Oct 2009

Butterbeans are a tender, smaller variety of lima beans.  I always keep a can of Eden butterbeans at home to throw into soups or stews.  They’ve light, flavorful and cute!  Paired with green beans and peas here, they’re perfecto.  This is nice transitional recipe so good for fall when it’s either glorious and sunny, or

Oct
2009
eggs sunny side up
Oct 2009

Actually, we kept going, and got as high as 13 Healthiest. Some of what made the cut may surprise you!

Oct
2009
pineal gland
Sep 2009

Melatonin is normally produced in our own bodies, in the pineal gland. It is also available as a supplement. It’s the brain’s way of signaling to itself — and the rest of the body — that it’s time to sleep.

Sep
2009
Sep 2009

I love to feed people, but like you, don’t have time to fuss in the kitchen.  I got so many rave reviews about Dinner with a Friend (my March 2009 newsletter recipe) and pleas for more easy dinners to make in a flash.   So have fun with this meal.  Again, it’s nothing fancy, but is

Sep
2009
wasabi
Sep 2009

… in which we sarcastically (caustically, even) address the allegations that a popular condiment can make you psychotic. Because that’s how the media talks about healing herbs.

Sep
2009
Aug 2009

I’ve been making this recipe for years. It’s great in winter or summer, and my wife and I, and my book group (five hungry men), love them. The combo of organic grains, beans and vegetables satisfies. Which beans to use? Eden beans are cooked with kombu, which makes them more digestible, and Eden doesn’t use

Aug
2009
acai berries
Jul 2009

Sometimes a legitimate good-for-you food is overtaken by its own marketing. There’s nothing wrong with the acai berry. But it isn’t half of what people say it is…

Jul
2009
Jul 2009

I love this recipe by Amanda.  The website, “WhatsCookingAmerica.net” has wonderful information about potatoes such as archaeologists working in Peru and Chile found potato remains dating back to 500 B.C.E.  The Incas of Peru not only grew and ate potatoes, but buried them with their dead, so revered were they.  Potatoes were also dried and

Jul
2009
Jun 2009

An easy, easy, easy summer dish around which to build an even easier summer meal.  What is Za’atar? Otherwise known as “The holy hyssop,” it’s a Middle Eastern seasoning mix made from hyssop, Israeli sumac (different than American sumac, which cannot be eaten), sesame seeds, sesame oil, wheat bran, parsley and sea salt.  Refrigerate after

Jun
2009
A flu virion
Jun 2009

“Public Health bulletins are sounding more and more these days like a Dr. Seuss book, evocative less of mass pandemic death than whimsical barnyard shenanigans.”

Jun
2009
May 2009

Another creative, delicious recipe from Amanda.  We all know dandelion is used as a spring tonic, liver-cleansing.  But did you also know that the USDA ranks dandelion in the top four green vegetables in overall nutritional value?  Dandelions are said to be nature’s richest green vegetable source of beta-carotene, from which vitamin A is created.

May
2009
Apr 2009

It’s too early for tomatoes, zucchini are still expensive, and we aren’t ready for cold salads.   In April, we get one rainy day; one sunny, gorgeous day.  Weather is still all over the map, but no matter what, it’s cool enough to turn on the oven, roast vegetables, and dream of summer!  What are you

Apr
2009
Mar 2009

Recently I invited a friend to dinner.  I was delayed at the store and got home literally five minutes before she arrived at my house, and we were heading out to something that evening, so time was of the essence!  Well, dinner was on the table in 30 minutes and my friend kept saying, “I

Mar
2009
healthy hair
Mar 2009

There are a lot of products out there claiming (or at least strongly implying) that they’re going to make you a whole lot prettier.  When it comes to hair and nails at least, there are two that actually work. 

Mar
2009
Feb 2009

From Amanda.  Simple and delicious.  Beautiful to look at.  And don’t you find when you eat this way that you feel full, but not too full, and you don’t feel thirsty afterward either!  Amazing how changing what one eats and including more vegetables in one’s diet really does change the way you feel.  It’s as

Feb
2009
Jan 2009

Ready in 15 minutes, this is fast food the natural way!  Lentils are eaten around the world, at least twice a day in “any self-respecting Indian household,” says Kavita Mehta, founder of Web-based Indian Foods Co.  Eaten everyday in Morocco, too, but especially during Ramadan, they not only taste great, but give us protein, cholesterol-lowering

Jan
2009
Jan 2009

This recipe was given to us some years ago by Stacy M., who still stops in and says “Hi!”

Jan
2009
Dec 2008

From Amanda.  “Have you ever made blinis?  They’re a yeasted savory pancake, traditionally served with caviar and crème fraiche.  This version with mushroom caviar is fun to make (and gluten-free because buckwheat is not related to wheat and is actually a fruit).  Use any mushrooms you like, and get creative with seasonings too.  Make these

Dec
2008
x-ray of arthritic ankle and foot
Dec 2008

Arthritis hurts! Here, we review and differentiate some of the supplements that put out the fire, ease the pain, restore eroded joint cartilage, and lubricate the joints. Some work quickly. Some take longer…

Dec
2008
Nov 2008

The Walnut Surprise cookies in my first cookbook are, surprise! not brownies.  Unprepossessing, they are delicious and always a hit.  The best cookie ever.  But now I use the basic formula to make great flourless and gluten-free cookies.  I love the fact, no matter which variation, all it takes is a bowl, wooden spoon, and

Nov
2008
x-ray of arthritic ankle and foot
Nov 2008

The first step is understanding the different kinds of arthritis — rheumatoid, osteo, etc. — and understanding how your diet and lifestyle interacts with this degenerative condition.

Nov
2008
Oct 2008

Serve this over lentils, rice, millet or quinoa.  Below, I’ve used black lentils because the contrast is striking, and because I like lentils!  All you butternut squash lovers out there, I don’t begrudge you the squash, but I have a hard time finding time to peel and cut squash.  If I can’t buy it already

Oct
2008
cheeses on a cutting board
Oct 2008

The other day as the store was about to close, I turned to the fridge to make my important decision for the evening: what kind of cheese to buy to melt over my broccoli, black beans, and diced tomatoes for dinner?  It was down to two finalists — Neighborly Farms organic, pasture-fed Green Onion Cheddar;

Oct
2008
1,4 dioxane
Oct 2008

We shop in the store, just like you do, because we believe in natural and organic, because we want to leave the planet a better place, and because we want our families to be healthy and happy. When we put a product on the shelves, it’s because it’s something we might want to buy! So it was

Oct
2008
Oct 2008

I was one of the lucky ones who got to attend Amanda’s cooking class in September (thanks to Lindsay for stepping in and helping out too).  Every dish was great creative and gorgeous, as you can see by the following recipe.  (The next “secret ingredient” class taught by Amanda and Lindsay will feature hot peppers. 

Oct
2008
Sep 2008

Amanda says that this whole-grain rice tastes great, looks awesome, and cooks in only twenty minutes.  Himalayan red rice is an ancient short-grain rice grown 8,000 feet up in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan.  Irrigated with 1,000-year old glacier water rich in trace minerals, this exotic rice has a nutty flavor, soft texture and beautiful

Sep
2008
Sep 2008

By Adam Stark A few months ago, I came across a news item claiming that the newest food trend in Japan is black food: black sesame seeds, black rice, black vinegar, black soybeans, etc. Well, that piqued my interest.  I mean, don’t get me wrong: I hear about a different food trend every week, and

Sep
2008
Sep 2008

For years, people didn’t pay much attention to vitamin D.  We knew that adequate levels were important to prevent osteoporosis, rickets, and other bone and joint diseases.  And that was about it.  Get enough, but not too much, and that was about that. The last few years, though, vitamin D has been thrust into the

Sep
2008
Aug 2008

Thanks to Adam, we’ve been enjoying this recipe for some years now.  We love this recipe so much that we put in our third cookbook, The Blue Ribbon Edition: From our kitchen to yours. We all know stevia is a South American herb that tastes much sweeter than sugar.  The good thing is that stevia

Aug
2008
Aug 2008

Amanda started making this old-fashioned, light, comfort food in our kitchen, and many of you have asked for the recipe.  Well, here it is. Tapioca is made from the cassava root.  Cassava grows well in poor soil, is resistant to drought and can live without fertilization, which makes it a godsend in hot climates.  It

Aug
2008
Jul 2008

Five minutes is all you need for this dish.  The only ingredient needing advance prep is the spelt berries.  I often cook up a pot-full when I’m reading the Sunday paper to use during the week, or to freeze in two-cup portions for future use.  So invite neighbors for dinner.  Don’t worry about slaving over

Jul
2008
Jul 2008

We can’t keep Chia in stock.  Chia has been on Oprah.  The Chia of Chia pets, you ask?  Well, yes!    Chia, a member of the mint family (it’s also gluten-free), grows from the Mojave Desert to Argentina.  The Aztecs relied on Chia, and Native Americans of the Southwest and California Coast cooked Chia seeds with

Jul
2008
Jun 2008

Adam says that Anne has created a creamy, dairy- and gluten-free mac’n’cheese worthy of the original.  And the vegetables sneak in right under the radar.  A culinary feat!  Anne says she wings it with the veggies.  All quantities are approximate, and you should always use whatever’s fresh and fun.

Jun
2008
Jun 2008

Teff is a grain native to Ethiopia, and a nutritional powerhouse smaller than a poppy seed.  If you’ve ever had injere, Ethiopian pancake-bread, you’ve had teff.  In the recipe below, you can sub potato starch for the corn starch, but don’t use potato flour, which is made from ground whole potatoes, rather than just their

Jun
2008
Jun 2008

The Peppers: Once, when I was a kid, my mother had a friend, and her friend had a son, and when my mother hung out with her friend, I was expected to hang out with the son.  Well, I found this son to be particularly annoying.  And in my youth, I was not very tolerant

Jun
2008
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