The Lung and the Short of Healthy Eating this Fall

sweet-and-wild-rice-imageBy Patricia Becker This is one of my articles I wrote for the Harbin Hots Springs Quarterly Magazine in about 1987 during my 5 years as a resident chef, cooking class teacher and diet coach.  I dusted it off the article, freshened it up.  It also is at Peace Quarters. Welcome to autumn! I would like to begin with a thought from Lao Tzu: Nature alternates dynamically when it completes what it is doing, then it starts over again. All that is springs from such alternation.   As we observe Read more...

Crunchy Oriental Salad

asian noodle saladCrunchy Asian Salad 1      head Napa (Chinese) cabbage, cut finely 2      ears corn, de-cobbed 1      carrot, grated 1/2    bunch cilantro, cut finely 1      small cucumber, peeled and cubed into 1/2-inch bites 1      tomato, diced, or 1/2 red pepper, diced 1      package Westbrae or Soken ramen noodles 1 1/2  teaspoons sesame oil 1/3    cup brown rice vinegar 2      tablespoons mirin - Japanese cooking sake 2      tablespoons tamari 2      Read more...

Healthy Gut Bacteria

Caraway SauerkrautGood news - you can cultivate a new microbiota, formerly known as gut flora, in just 24 hours—by changing what you eat. “Did you know we are only 10% human? 90% of our cells are nonhuman, microbial cells. Since our diet influences our microbes, it’s true: We really are what we eat. Bacteria that live in our intestinal tract flourish off of colorful, plant-based foods.”The good news is that you can cultivate a new microbiota, formerly known as gut flora, in just 24 hours—by changing Read more...

Patricia’s POWER BARS!

Do you eat the power bars? With more and more to choose from, how's a person supposed to decide which is best? Surely, the bars you make yourself! Let me help you with my favorite no bake recipe;  Power Yummy Bars! 4 ounces crispy brown rice cereal 6 to 8 ounces almond butter 6 ounces rice syrup- at Country Sun or Gold Mine Natural Foods 1 tsp  vanilla extract 1/4 t sea salt 1 t cinnamon powder 1 1/2 T cocoa powder 1/3 C  chopped walnuts 1/3 C dried cherries, raisins or chopped Read more...

Mushroom Onion Gravy

Mushrooom Gravy Sept 2015Medley Mushroom Season -Vegan Style 1            tablespoon sesame or olive oil 1            medium-size, yellow onions, diced 1            cup, thinly chopped maitake, shitake and /or chanterelle mushrooms 3            cloves garlic, minced Pinch sea salt 1            tablespoon Italian seasonings 2            teaspoons prepared mustard 2 ½        cups stock or water 3            tablespoons tamari 2            Read more...