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Save Your Honeysuckle

June 24, 2013

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Finally it stopped raining long enough to start to smell the honeysuckle. Along with the linden trees, I’d vouch any day for June being the best smelling time of year. Unfortunately, it’s also one of the most allergenic times, and, along with the abrupt switch to hot weather, it’s not at all uncommon for immune […]

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The Pom Above

April 14, 2013

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It’s Spring again, and, after a long hiatus, I’m hoping to get back into the blogging habit. If you’re anything like me, Spring (meaning April or later here in New England) means a new pair of shoes, a renewed commitment to regular exercise, a slightly reduced butter consumption, taking pictures of the same flowers you […]

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Summer: A to Zucchini

September 11, 2012

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What with the weather going through its very sudden transition into autumn, and the light being not at all what it was less than 15 days ago, it is no longer time for seasonal denial; fall is not only coming, it’s here. If summer is the time for salads, early fall is a time for […]

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Corn and Tomatoes

August 29, 2012

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While on the subject of seasonal August eating, I will shift my focus to my absolute favorite two things in the whole wide world: corn and tomatoes. It’s probably because they come of age at just the same time- tomatoes reach their sweetest and juiciest potential while corn hits that super sugary, crunchy and thick stage, characteristics […]

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Pain Bagnat

August 15, 2012

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This recipe doesn’t really have much to do with Chinese food energetics, but as a New Englander, I often think local and in season trumps any sort of theoretical knowledge, no matter how old it may be. Besides, even according to the acupuncturist’s calender of dos and don’ts, August is “earth time,” damp and plentiful, […]

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Salad While You Can

August 3, 2012

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For most of the year, I’m not a huge advocate of “the salad.” I see people ordering icy cold plates of lettuce and raw peppers in January and I can’t help but cringe. But, when we finally hit summer’s muggy humid heat, when bare feet become the footwear of choice and gardens offer up endless […]

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From Scratch: Vietnamese Soy-Grilled Chicken

August 2, 2012

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Due to my own propensity to various food and chemical sensitivities, I try to stay away from things like preservatives in my food. I’ve currently narrowed down the culprits to sulfites and benzoates, both very common additives in prepared sauces, and nearly impossible to avoid when eating out. Both sulfites and benzoates trigger asthma attacks, which can mean […]

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Summer Hangover Soup

July 13, 2012

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It’s mid-summer. Let’s talk heat stroke, shall we? This is the one area you don’t need to have a deep philosophical understanding of Chinese medicine to get. I mean, when you’re hot and feel kind of sick from it, you’d probably love to dump some excess heat. Typical reactions to the malaise, nausea, headache and […]

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Indonesian Coconut Chicken Lettuce Wraps

June 28, 2012

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Last week I wrote on the health benefits of turmeric, and I’ve kind of been obsessed with it ever since. Because of its actions as an anti-inflammatory and, in Chinese medical terms, as a blood mover, it is especially good for women during “that time of the month,” and anyone experiencing chronic pain. Most importantly […]

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Turmeric: More than Orange

June 19, 2012

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Turmeric is widely present in many everyday foods (like yellow happy mustard and curry powder), but most Westerners don’t consider it an ingredient. If you do, you likely have only encountered it dried and powdered, an excellent spice in its own right, but vastly different from the fresh juicy rhizome, save for a slight bitter […]

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