Marj Watkins and Suzanna Leigh

Island Epicure – Smørrebrød
June 2024, Recipes

Island Epicure – Smørrebrød

By Marjorie Watkins with Suzanna Leigh A favorite hot-weather meal inspired by our Danish relatives When I was a young woman, “Onkle Hans” came to America from Denmark to visit his cousin Lily, my mother-in-law. He always remembered that. When we were coming back from Crete in 1974, we went up to England and took…

Island Epicure
April 2024, Recipes

Island Epicure

By Marjorie Watkins and Suzanna Leigh Marjorie With the thermometer on my balcony reading 40 degrees, the temperature in the kitchen is cool enough to make a baked dish for dinner. How about a custard or a quiche? People have been eating mixtures of eggs and milk heated to thicken them since at least ancient…

Island Epicure – Interview at 99
March 2024, Recipes

Island Epicure – Interview at 99

By Marjorie Watkins and Suzanna Leigh Suzanna: Marjorie, you are almost 100 years old! Marjorie: This is true. A few months away from 100. Suzanna: And you are healthy, too. You say you never have a headache or the flu. How is that? Marjorie: Magic potion. It is a very tasty solution. It is cloves…

Island Epicure – Chicken Soup Season
December 2023, Recipes

Island Epicure – Chicken Soup Season

By Marjorie Watkins with Suzanna Leigh Winter winds mean it’s chicken soup season! For soup stock, you can use canned chicken broth or chicken broth cubes and water, or you can make your own broth with chicken bones. My grandmother Fanny taught me how to make the bone broth. Fanny and Albert, my grandfather, came…

The Island Epicure – Cold Soup for Hot Days
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The Island Epicure – Cold Soup for Hot Days

By Marj Watkins and Suzanna Leigh This summer is promising to be plenty hot! How can we stay out of the kitchen and away from the hot stove and still serve nourishing, satisfying meals? Cold soups are refreshing, nourishing, and surprisingly nutritious. Here are some ideas. Marj’s Cold Potato Soup Make this ahead in the…

Away With Allergies
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Away With Allergies

The blessings of flowers cheers us immensely, but kerchoo! Their pollen has us sneezing our heads off! What can we do? Plenty, really. Nature provides antihistamines. Nettles can sting you, but also provide an antihistamine, so make nettle soup! Take a paper bag and scissors, find a roadside rife with nettles, or a patch of…

Kitchen Medicine – Consider Trees
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Kitchen Medicine – Consider Trees

Marj remembers a Sitka spruce, on the ridge above the Siletz River in Oregon where she grew up, as sacred to the indigenous coastal people who lived in the Siletz Valley. Marj says, “When I was a girl, we had many Indian friends. I was told that sick Indians would climb up to the spruce…

Kitchen Medicine
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Kitchen Medicine

There are many things in our kitchen cupboards that can bolster our body’s ability to heal itself. Every mother is a bit of a medicine woman, and what do you do if no doctor is available? Prevention is of course the best medicine. We all know that fresh air, fresh vegetables and fruits, and plenty…