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Episode 335

with Debra Stark & Robin Johnston

  • Rice Noodles with Peanut Sauce and Crunchy Veggies
  • Corn, Bean & Cauliflower Salad with Basil Pesto
  • Grilled Eggplant Slices
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Of Note

Royal Jelly and Aging

Debra Stark, oldie but goodie

This is foundational in my personal repertoire.

What is royal jelly?  It’s the food the nurse bees manufacture for the sole purpose of sustaining the queen bee.  It’s the superfood that keeps her healthy and allows her to live longer and be stronger.

In “Royal Jelly in Dermatological Cosmetics,” Hans Weitgasser, M.D., a German dermatologist, wrote: “Through local application as an ingredient in face masks, cream and lotions, royal jelly has tremendous effects at the cellular level.  In regular use, the skin becomes soft and wrinkles disappear.”

Who we are.

This Monday, almost two dozen members of the DNG family are scheduled to work. We’ll meet the early deliveries, open the doors, stock the shelves, chop and cook, help you find what your looking for, and show you to the door with a smile. If you’ve shopped here before, you probably recognize some of us.

Most of us are U.S. citizens by birth. But among us this Monday will be more than one immigrant, and two legal permanent residents awaiting citizenship; one of us who came to the U.S. as a child refugee; and at least one of us whose spouse holds a green card. Wherever we came from, and however we got here, we’ll spend the day together. At the end of the day, we will return to the neighborhoods we share, as each other’s neighbors and friends.

Without any one of us, we wouldn’t be the same. We couldn’t imagine it any other way.

We’ll see you Monday.

For Valentine’s Day.

Flourless Chocolate Torte From Our Kitchen … it is to die for, but please don’t! These just happen to be gluten-free, flourless as well. Order a 6-inch torte ($35) or an 8-inch torte ($45.00) and we’ll treat you to a FREE ½ pint of house-made organic strawberry sauce. If you prefer, order 4 small hearts, which are perfect for sharing, or not…!

Speaking of Dates, Al Ajwa Dates

We had the opportunity to taste Al Ajwa dates at a trade show some months back. We thought they were unique, and so despite the fact they are called “the world’s most expensive dates”, we bought them for you.  I have some at home and treat myself to one each day.

What makes Al Ajwa dates different? They are the lowest glycemic-index date grown, and have been proven to be effective in controlling glycemia in type-2 diabetic patients (J. Agric.Food Chem. 2013, 61, 5834-5830); and they show moderate COX-1 and -2 enzyme inhibition, similar to ibuprofen for inflammation – but taste a lot better than ibuprofen (J. Agric. Food Chem. 2013, 61, 5834-5840).  Like all dates, they are rich in potassium to help with things like blood pressure, and full of magnesium to keep bones strong and heart rhythm steady. Do they contain fiber? Lots of fiber.

Things That Are Important to Me

From Debra Stark

With all the turmoil in the world, all the violence, all the hatred, I was thinking about life in general, and how to make the world a better place. I was thinking about things that are important to me, remembering former Massachusetts resident, Speaker of the United States House, Tip O’Neill, who said that all politics is local, that change starts on our street, in our communities.

Can each of us, by talking to our neighbors and co-workers, be a catalyst to affect change? Our voices are powerful, and I think we sometimes forget that. Instead of cynicism, let’s remember that we elect our legislators (I know you vote….), and for the most part, they do want to hear from us. They want to know what we think, how they can serve all of us.

I know this is an oversimplification. Do-gooding won’t stop violence, but if we don’t speak up, behave differently, then there truly is no hope. Here are things I want to work on. What’s on your list?

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Vegan Lemon Pudding

I’m always looking for Easter and Passover desserts that are not as heavy as some, and ones that just about everyone can eat. This recipe has simple ingredients and takes about 10 minutes to make. I serve it in pretty wine glasses or custard cups with fresh berries on top.

Light Spring Miso Soup


It’s spring, and we’re trying to eat lighter to lose winter fat we’ve camouflaged under sweaters and winter coats. I always think of miso soup as a perfect way to waltz into spring.

This recipe take about 10 minutes total to make. It’s good the next day, too.

What is miso? It’s a traditional Japanese fermented food made from a paste of soybeans with a live culture known as koji, often with other ingredients. WebMD says miso “can get your digestive system moving. Probiotic-filled miso is often used to make a salty soup that’s low in calories and high in B vitamins and protective antioxidants.”

Puttanesca 3-in-1


From Adam …

The first time I made this, I knew it would become a staple in my repertoire.  For a healthy weeknight supper, it whips up in 15-20 minutes, in a single pan, using ingredients you already have.  Or, with the smallest twist, it transforms into an indulgent weekend feast.  Or switch it up once more, and it effortlessly wows the most sophisticated dinner guests.  Thus, the “3-in-1.”

My inspiration was the intense savory punch of Italian puttanesca sauce – tomatoes, olives, capers, garlic, anchovies, and chili pepper.  Here, we replace the anchovies with that underutilized health food store staple, brewer’s yeast (aka “nutritional yeast”).  And we add heft and substance, transforming the sauce into a stew.  We also leave that carb-y pasta behind. 

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Broken Ankle, Healing Bones

From the desk of Debra Stark

Who hasn’t broken a bone or doesn’t know someone who has?

Two days before New Year’s I was hurrying into an exercise class called Ageless Grace when I skidded on black ice and took a spectacular fall.  Four cars on Commonwealth Avenue stopped, four kind men leapt out to help me up.  I insisted I would be fine, that it was just a bad sprain. I hobbled around the rest of the day, did cooking for a New Year’s Day party with a darling daughter-in-law, and then the next day while scooting around the store on a utility cart was persuaded that the emergency room was a good idea. Both sides of my left ankle were each the size of large grapefruit. An X-ray said the ankle was fractured.

Natural Medicine for Focus and Attention (in children and adults)

Part 2: herbs and nutritional supplements

Natural medicine does not offer a one-size-fits-all solution for focus and attention.  We don’t have a “natural Ritalin™” that works immediately for everyone.

As the truism goes, everyone is different.  One distracted person may simply be sleep-deprived.  Another may be anxious.  A third may be dealing with a sensory-integrative disorder, or apathy, or compulsive thoughts.  Or food allergies.  Or they may be bored by the subject matter.  Or, they may actually be plain “hyperactive.”  Or all of the above.

So, as the other truism goes, we treat the individual, not the illness.  Remedies, then, can be as diverse as those individuals.  So, this topic is way bigger than the three pages it’s going to get today.  Hopefully, however, those three pages can be a start.  In no particular order…