Debra’s ode to the real thing. (Beware of imposters!)
Debra’s ode to the real thing. (Beware of imposters!)
Vitamin C. Echinacea. Elderberry. Vitamin D. Probiotics. CBD. More. Controversy abounds about common vitamins, herbs, and supplements. Can we settle it, once and for all?
Debra’s mother started making these cookies in the 1950s — as far as we can remember, with a recipe cut out of Prevention magazine. Sweet enough for the holidays. Healthy and hearty enough for breakfast.
Shak-shouka is a North African dish, made by poaching eggs in a fragrant rustic tomato salsa. We use chickpeas and butternut squash instead of eggs.
CBD (mostly) lives up to the hype. We look at pain, anxiety, neurologic disorders, addiction, irritable bowel syndrome, and more.
Fresh thyme (or dried) lends its lemony-basil aroma to the sweetness of the roots, and the earthiness of the mushrooms.
The annual Natural Products Expo in Baltimore is a circus, a madhouse; the intersection of idealism, creativity, and commerce. Four of us went this year. This is what we saw.
Part 2 Next Month: CBD: What it Does & What it Doesn’t Do.
We’re home for the holidays, 2018
Beautiful skin comes from the inside. Debra speaks about her personal journey to bring what’s inside, out. And good news: cleansing masks don’t need to be goblin green anymore!
Borscht is like pizza: simple, inexpensive, easy to make, delicious, and good for you (if you do it right). And then you can “do it up” with as many topping as you like!
One of our most crippling chronic conditions. And there are simple solutions that seriously WORK!
You don’t need to cook corn; it’s crispier raw. The smokiness comes from smoked olive oil. Avocado creaminess provides a counterpoint to all the freshness.
A delightful raw soup, cool as a cucumber (or two). Corn gives crunch. Berries add a sweet-tart ZING.
Contrary to popular belief, nuts are good food! Yet we tend to shun them. “High in fat!” we cry. Which is true, but so very much beside the point…
Mom always used extra virgin olive oil and garlic in her potato salads. The best! No mayo… This is summer heaven, with Russian & Greek flavors that get your attention.
Want to optimize health and vigor — subjective and objective wellbeing? We’ll talk about ginseng, shizandra berries, deer antler velvet, cordyceps and reishi mushrooms. How they work, and how to use them.
Originally published in the Concord Journal June 2018.
A DELICIOUS burger, made from roughly 40% bean, 40% fresh vegetables, and 20% whole grains. A pinch of berbere spice powder is the “secret” ingredient!
The strongest antioxidants are not in the berry patch, but in the kitchen garden and in the spice chest.
Blackstrap molasses and milk will both feed your plants.
Heartburn Tea. Chocolate Pregnancy Milkshake. Coconut Milk Mango Omega-3 Ice Cream. Plus, we preach the gospel of eggs!
Ben Franklin is credited for bringing rhubarb to North America in 1772, but it took until the early 1800s for it to become popular. Today, we love rhubarb because it means spring is truly here!
Recipe courtesy of Women’s Voices for the Earth (www.womensvoices.org) You will absolutely love this recipe to use on kitchen countertops, stoves, bathroom sinks, etc. Keeps 2 years in a sealed glass jar. 2 C baking soda 5 or more drops essential oil, such as tea tree, rosemary of lavender ½ C liquid castile soap
We add a Middle Eastern flair to the traditional winter roast veggies. And we use spring veggies. Salty, savory, and just a little sweet.
Yes, you can use TUMS and banana skins to grow healthier tomatoes. 40 years of gardening in Concord yields this, and many other useful tips, in MJ’s annual bulletin.
Five supplements EVERY pregnant woman should take. Plus a few more, just in case…
Honey is a good-for-you (in moderation!) sweetener. But a lot of honey in the U.S. is cut with cheaper, less wholesome corn syrup. This is unethical. This is illegal. And it’s a lot more common than you’d think.
This dish makes the transition from winter to spring a little more delicious. It has infinite variations. Here it is vegan and still sooooo good!
Three eggs a day is a start. But what about nuts and seeds? What about caffeine? We provide guidelines, if not necessary rules…
Colleen S. | Customer Service & Bodycare: Your search for baby-smooth skin is over! This is hands-down the BEST exfoliating product I’ve ever used. It’s natural, it doesn’t have any plastic, anywhere in it. It’s the right amount of roughness to invigorate, without scratching.
Adam S | Co-Owner. Exotic enough to tantalize your taste buds, with harissa, capers, and North African spices. Normal “tomato sauce enough” you can still put it on spaghetti. I also like to dump it over steamed broccoli. Or I use it as a base for pizza, with sharp cheddar & Moroccan oil-cured black olives.
David A. | Assistant Manager. I tend to Choc-o-lot about this because it’s NUT your average chocolate! Raw and delicious. Hard to argue with that logic.
MARY K | SUPPLEMENTS DEPARTMENT: “I tend to be a-stragal(us)er with colds and flues, but I zinc that this keeps them away!” Wellness is loaded with vitamins and minerals and herbs that pack a punch in the short term. Astragalus builds my immunity in the long term. These ones really work!
Pongal is both the name of a harvest festival in South India, as well as a rice porridge served to celebrate the festival. We’ve streamline the traditional sweet pongal recipe, replaced the rice with oats, and upped the fruit and nuts, for a wholesome weekday breakfast
Probably in our top-5 most popular recipes of all time, made weekly in our kitchen. Fudgy perfection, and all natural ingredients.
CBD is a healing compound from the hemp plant, a close relative of the marijuana plant. Contrary to popular belief (and a lot of seedy marketing), CBD does not get you high! It is, however, useful for certain kinds of pain and agitation.
Vegan pesto — pesto without cheese — is arguably a more versatile sauce. On pasta, spooned over protein, as the base of a risotto… And of course you can always add cheese later!
Diabesity? Sounds fattening! Debra “weighs in” on the epidemic sweeping our nation, and has a few suggestions.