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January 31, 2018

Oysters have never been better than they are right now. Their fattening time begins in October as the weather cools off.  They go right on improving and being well worth eating until early spring.

Oysters have never been better than they are right now. Their fattening time begins in October as the weather cools off.  They go right on improving and being well worth eating until early spring.

After April they slim down, but are still edible and yield Omega 3 fat, iron, copper, and zinc.  I recommend you get yourself a copy of Sharon Montoya-Welsh’s book Oyster Cookery, first published in 1984, and recently updated and republished,  for inspiration.  

January 17, 2018

Each year, according to Brad Lemley, in his book The Secrets of Underground Medicine published in 2017, 2,00,000 people in America get the frightening diagnosis of cancer of some sort.  Despite millions of dollars spent yearly on cancer research,  and on treatments, the percentage of those cured does not rise.

Each year, according to Brad Lemley, in his book The Secrets of Underground Medicine published in 2017, 2,00,000 people in America get the frightening diagnosis of cancer of some sort.  Despite millions of dollars spent yearly on cancer research,  and on treatments, the percentage of those cured does not rise.

January 2, 2018

In my previous column  I mentioned Chicken Soup for flu prevention and to ease symptoms if you already have a cold, stuffed up nose, or the flu. How do you know the difference between a cold and the flu ? With a cold you don’t have a fever; with the flu you have cold symptoms plus both a fever and aches. Both are caused by viruses.

In my previous column  I mentioned Chicken Soup for flu prevention and to ease symptoms if you already have a cold, stuffed up nose, or the flu. How do you know the difference between a cold and the flu ? With a cold you don’t have a fever; with the flu you have cold symptoms plus both a fever and aches.

December 20, 2017

To remain healthy through this coming holiday season, we need to pamper our immune systems. Iron feeds the immune system. Think red meat, the best food source. Think zinc gluconate, a 13 milligram  lozenge of it at the very start of a cold, every two hours for up to a week but not longer. Too much zinc actually weakens immunity says Reader’s Digest book 1801 Home Remedies.

To remain healthy through this coming holiday season, we need to pamper our immune systems. Iron feeds the immune system. Think red meat, the best food source. Think zinc gluconate, a 13 milligram  lozenge of it at the very start of a cold, every two hours for up to a week but not longer. Too much zinc actually weakens immunity says Reader’s Digest book 1801 Home Remedies.

December 6, 2017

On Thanksgiving Day eleven to fourteen family members--counting heads is like trying to count a flock of chickens--will gather around my dining table to feast on smoked turkey, cranberry relish and whatever  dishes the others contribute.

On Thanksgiving Day eleven to fourteen family members--counting heads is like trying to count a flock of chickens--will gather around my dining table to feast on smoked turkey, cranberry relish and whatever  dishes the others contribute.  Not everyone in our large and growing family can make it on T-Day, so there will be another  smaller group for dinner on the next day. They will enjoy Turkey Tetrazzini, my favorite dish to make with  meat salvaged from the turkey carcass. At least that is the plan at the moment.

November 19, 2017

You start with the leanest, cleanest, grass-raised beef. You can ask the butcher to grind a pound of round steak for you. Besides its yummy flavor, each low fat serving provides 20 grams of high quality protein, 3 mg Vitamin B12, 5 mg niacin (the happiness vitamin) and a smidgeon of B1, B2, and B6, also 258 mg of potassium.

You start with the leanest, cleanest, grass-raised beef. You can ask the butcher to grind a pound of round steak for you. Besides its yummy flavor, each low fat serving provides 20 grams of high quality protein, 3 mg Vitamin B12, 5 mg niacin (the happiness vitamin) and a smidgeon of B1, B2, and B6, also 258 mg of potassium.

The herbs you mix into it contribute flavor and good health. The marjoram  aids digestion and the sage helps proof you against fall and winter colds and flu.

Meat Balls in Mushroom & Madeira Sauce

November 8, 2017

Now that most of the deciduous trees have cast down their leaves and we’re having  cooler weather, often with a brisk breeze that makes it feel even cooler, we’re also hearing complaints of aching joints. Of course, those are always with us, but now the cold and the dampness actually interfere with people’s ability to do what they need and want to do.

Now that most of the deciduous trees have cast down their leaves and we’re having  cooler weather, often with a brisk breeze that makes it feel even cooler, we’re also hearing complaints of aching joints. Of course, those are always with us, but now the cold and the dampness actually interfere with people’s ability to do what they need and want to do. What can we do to mollify those aching knees, arthritic fingers, and painful backs?

October 11, 2017

I got my wish, folks, a lesson in how to make a delicious Syrian salad, by taking notes as Jamila made Tabula in my kitchen. Her daughter Iylaf, a third grader, and speaks excellent English already.  My daughter Suzanna has an app on her cellphone that translates between Syrian and English.

I got my wish, folks, a lesson in how to make a delicious Syrian salad, by taking notes as Jamila made Tabula in my kitchen. Her daughter Iylaf, a third grader, and speaks excellent English already.  My daughter Suzanna has an app on her cellphone that translates between Syrian and English. These  helped us communicate with Jamilla who is in English language classes but doesn’t yet have a very large vocabulary. Iylaf (say EE-laff) made sure I spelled her name right this time, to my joy.

October 10, 2017

They are extremely brave people. They’ve escaped civil war in their home country, Syria, a conflict that cost them family member’s lives, their homes and all their valuable things. Jamila left behind her olive orchard and ten gold bracelets. The gold could have provided capital for funding her new life here in the USA, but there was no way she could save both her jewelry and her family.

They are extremely brave people. They’ve escaped civil war in their home country, Syria, a conflict that cost them family member’s lives, their homes and all their valuable things. Jamila left behind her olive orchard and ten gold bracelets. The gold could have provided capital for funding her new life here in the USA, but there was no way she could save both her jewelry and her family. They fled to Lebanon, to Turkey, and finally to America as refugees.

September 13, 2017

People from India are noted for their high intelligence, for which they credit turmeric. It’s the spice that gives Indian dishes their  yellow color. The intricate blend of other spices gives Indian cooking it’s mysterious and delicious flavor.  Most gourmet cooks believe that, if a dish contains coconut in any form

People from India are noted for their high intelligence, for which they credit turmeric. It’s the spice that gives Indian dishes their  yellow color. The intricate blend of other spices gives Indian cooking it’s mysterious and delicious flavor.  Most gourmet cooks believe that, if a dish contains coconut in any form, it’s from southern India. Not so: Malai Murgh, or Chicken in Coconut Sauce, comes from northern India.  The word murgh means chicken.   

August 30, 2017

We do a lot with quickly cooked and marinated dishes like the ceviche recipe I grave you most recently in which briefly cooked fish marinated in lemon juice featured. This time we’ve enjoyed and pass on to you a dish deliciously presenting Thai rice noodles, shrimp and coconut cream.

We do a lot with quickly cooked and marinated dishes like the ceviche recipe I grave you most recently in which briefly cooked fish marinated in lemon juice featured. This time we’ve enjoyed and pass on to you a dish deliciously presenting Thai rice noodles, shrimp and coconut cream. It’s a rich , brightly colored dish with an Indian accent contributed by turmeric. This is the ingredient credited with giving people in India good health and brilliant brains.

August 16, 2017

It’s a rare cool, cloudy August day as I write this, but on the day I cooked the dish in the recipe below, the temperature in my kitchen was 81 degrees.  Son Steve, visiting from China, and I had no desire to turn on the cookstove. Instead, we pressed my microwave and rice cooker into doing cooler cooking.

It’s a rare cool, cloudy August day as I write this, but on the day I cooked the dish in the recipe below, the temperature in my kitchen was 81 degrees.  Son Steve, visiting from China, and I had no desire to turn on the cookstove. Instead, we pressed my microwave and rice cooker into doing cooler cooking. I made golden rice with pumpkin seeds for our main dish, and Steve made a salad to go with it. The microwave briefly thawed and cooked baby green peas.  He relished that third serving  of golden rice and pumpkin seeds for breakfast the next morning.

August 2, 2017

My son Steven, home from years of teaching in Chinese Universities,when asked what  he would like for dinner, replied, “Not another stir-fry. That’s all we get in Zhengzhou.”

My son Steven, home from years of teaching in Chinese Universities,when asked what  he would like for dinner, replied, “Not another stir-fry. That’s all we get in Zhengzhou.”

July 19, 2017

Don’t tell me there’s no global warming, Mr. Trump. We’ve already had some pretty hot days, and there are more to come. Our first winter in Washington after arriving  from Okinawa where the temp never goes below 50 degrees, here it snowed two feet.

Don’t tell me there’s no global warming, Mr. Trump. We’ve already had some pretty hot days, and there are more to come. Our first winter in Washington after arriving  from Okinawa where the temp never goes below 50 degrees, here it snowed two feet. How long has it been since Vashon Island had more than three inches?  Summers, though, were hot and moist there, up  to 95 degrees. Your swet never evaporated.

July 5, 2017

Do you ever walk into a room and not remember why you went there? Open your refrigerator and find only that you can’t remember what you meant to get from it? Struggle to introduce a newcomer to someone you’ve known for years and suddenly come up blank on your old friend’s name?  Or be introduced to someone and within five minutes forget that person’s name?

Do you ever walk into a room and not remember why you went there? Open your refrigerator and find only that you can’t remember what you meant to get from it? Struggle to introduce a newcomer to someone you’ve known for years and suddenly come up blank on your old friend’s name?  Or be introduced to someone and within five minutes forget that person’s name?

June 29, 2017

Hurried day, too-full days, or lazy days call for ideas for quick, satisfying meals. Yet we want to give our families, and ourselves, healthy foods. Here are some ideas that work for us.

Hurried day, too-full days, or lazy days call for ideas for quick, satisfying meals. Yet we want to give our families, and ourselves, healthy foods. Here are some ideas that work for us.

June 21, 2017

The colors and scents of spring and summer flowers cheer us, but not their pollen. Some us must cope with continual runny noses, bouts of sneezing , and sinus congestions when we combat those effects with antihistamine. I thank the good Lord and the highway department for eliminating most of the Island’s Scotch broom, but there’s still grass pollen, alder pollen, ragweed and many others.

The colors and scents of spring and summer flowers cheer us, but not their pollen. Some us must cope with continual runny noses, bouts of sneezing , and sinus congestions when we combat those effects with antihistamine. I thank the good Lord and the highway department for eliminating most of the Island’s Scotch broom, but there’s still grass pollen, alder pollen, ragweed and many others.

June 7, 2017

Everybody I know seems to like chicken: the thrifty, because it’s a less expensive meat than most; the novice cook because the recipes range from simple to more complex as skill increases; the hurried because a skinless breast or boned thigh

Everybody I know seems to like chicken: the thrifty, because it’s a less expensive meat than most; the novice cook because the recipes range from simple to more complex as skill increases; the hurried because a skinless breast or boned thigh, quickly cut in bite size pieces, is sauteed in  minutes; and the culinary world traveler because every country in the world has its own favorite chicken dish.

May 24, 2017

I sort of remember last time saying something about a partial report from Arizona in need of completion. As it is, sort of remembering is kind of how it is these days, which I believe can at least partly be attributed to creeping old fartism, combined with a certain lack of urgency in many of my filing systems.

I sort of remember last time saying something about a partial report from Arizona in need of completion. As it is, sort of remembering is kind of how it is these days, which I believe can at least partly be attributed to creeping old fartism, combined with a certain lack of urgency in many of my filing systems. Most times, when there is an uncertainty factor that also creeps in, I usually go back to check, which in this case has indicated that I do need to finish a report from the wet and dry desert and a swimming event we attended there.

May 10, 2017

This week’s column features an Italian recipe for vegetarians and vegans, but anyone can enjoy it, even those who normally shun beans for fear of flatulence. The trick is to start a couple of days before you want to serve the delicious  dish. You start from scratch with dried beans that you soak overnight, drain,

This week’s column features an Italian recipe for vegetarians and vegans, but anyone can enjoy it, even those who normally shun beans for fear of flatulence. The trick is to start a couple of days before you want to serve the delicious  dish. You start from scratch with dried beans that you soak overnight, drain, let breathe for a while, rinse, let breathe, repeat until until you see tiny white tails fon most of the beans. In summer this can take only 18 hours; in winter, a couple of days.

May 10, 2017

For some reason we find ourselves this week somewhere outside of Phoenix, dodging wildfires and driving around looking at all the development, the already oversized freeways waiting to be clogged with newcomers, and wondering,

For some reason we find ourselves this week somewhere outside of Phoenix, dodging wildfires and driving around looking at all the development, the already oversized freeways waiting to be clogged with newcomers, and wondering, with all the deserty appearing plants everywhere, what happens when the water ways that are currently feeding the water taps of the area are jeopardized, or maybe even trend toward looking like the part of the Salt River that just ends in the middle of town, as what remains of it there is shunted off for some other purpose than being a river.

April 26, 2017

Some time ago I wrote a series of columns on which foods and herbs help people combat which ills. Now some readers have inquired what they can to remedy for their problems.  One of them asked what to do for fatigue. Besides recommending that she turn off TV and computer after supper, and to reduce the evening light level in her house, I suggested a little extra Vitamin Bl.

Some time ago I wrote a series of columns on which foods and herbs help people combat which ills. Now some readers have inquired what they can to remedy for their problems.  One of them asked what to do for fatigue. Besides recommending that she turn off TV and computer after supper, and to reduce the evening light level in her house, I suggested a little extra Vitamin Bl.

April 12, 2017

It will be a small family gathering that assembles at our house this Easter. The Oregon group of five is preoccupied with waiting for the newest member to be born, due the day after Easter, but not expected to have to wait quite that long.    

It will be a small family gathering that assembles at our house this Easter. The Oregon group of five is preoccupied with waiting for the newest member to be born, due the day after Easter, but not expected to have to wait quite that long.         
The traditional centerpiece of the Easter dinner is a leg of lamb cooked on a rack poised over a pan of sliced raw potatoes. Drippings from the lamb wonderfully flavor the potatoes. a la Potatoes Anna, which would be saturated with butter instead of lamb drippings.

March 29, 2017

Long, long ago when Basque fishermen of Escadia, a province of northern Spain  first discovered the codfish-thronged undersea banks in the northwest Atlantic Ocean, they came home with their ships laden to the gunwales. Word soon spread to the fishermen of Genoa in northern Italy.

Long, long ago when Basque fishermen of Escadia, a province of northern Spain  first discovered the codfish-thronged undersea banks in the northwest Atlantic Ocean, they came home with their ships laden to the gunwales. Word soon spread to the fishermen of Genoa in northern Italy. They, too, began to fish the Grand Banks for cod. But, alas, cod is not very flavorful. Although the plentiful, cheap cod provided protein for the poor. Even the poor preferred spaghetti marinara to spaghetti with cod.