Peninsula Macrobiotic Network Newsletter
Number 103            December 2003 / January 2004            Peninsula Macrobiotic Community

Welcome to the newsletter of the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community! For information on our organization, click on About Us.

16 Years of
Vegetarian Dinners
Chef Gary Alinder
Every Monday, 6:30 PM
First Baptist Church, Palo Alto
305 North California Avenue
at Bryant
1/4 mile East of Alma
Sit Down or Take-out, $13
Reservations Required:
Call 650 599-3320 by
Monday 9:30 AM.
News and Announcements
Best Wishes for a Safe and Happy Holiday Season, and a Happy New Year! Dinner will not be served on Dec 22 or 29.

Your help is needed to support our organization, especially after a slow year. Donations to the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community (PMC) are accepted in any amount. $10/year is suggested to support the newsletter; larger amounts are applied to both the newsletter and other expenses, primarily insurance, and will also give us additional operating flexibility to handle rising costs. See From The Editor | Tax-Deductible Contributions for details on contributing by mail. Donations, including $10 amounts to support the newsletter, are tax-deductible, as the PMC is a nonprofit organization.

Chef Gary Alinder prepares a Turkey-Free Holiday Dinner on Thursday, Dec 11, 6:30-9:00 PM, at the Foundation For Global Community, 222 High Street, Palo Alto. After Dinner, Chef Gary will demonstrate preparation of three cranberry dishes for the holidays: Cranberry Relish, Cranberry-Apple Crunch, and Cranberry-Nut Bread. EarthSave Bay Area is the sponsor. Advance payment required by Dec 4 to reserve: $25 members, $27 non-members, $2 off if reserved by Nov 28. Visit, call 408 380-1214, or mail check to EarthSave Bay Area, P.O. Box 865, Cupertino, CA 95015.

Coming Events
Mon Dec 15 : Patrick McCarty speaks on Optimal Wellness With Macrobiotic Shiatsu.

Mon Dec 22 : No Dinner, Happy Holiday!

Mon Dec 29 : No Dinner, Happy Holiday!

Sat Jan 24, Jan 31, Feb 7, Feb 14 : Chef Gary Alinder teaches Cooking Classes at First Baptist Church in Palo Alto, 10:30 AM - 1 PM, call 415 552-5449.

Mon Jan 12 : Michael Rossoff speaks on Still Crazy After All These Years: The Psychology Of Wellness.

Macrobiotic Counselor and Acupuncturist Michael Rossoff will be available for personal consultations in Woodside, Monday Jan 12 through Thursday Jan 15. His 34 years of experience with macrobiotics, acupuncture, and Chinese medicine make him highly sought after as a counselor. Call 650 366-4285.

Monthly Vegan Potlucks! Sunday, December 14, 6:30 PM, hosted by Leslie and Sylvia Pollak in Palo Alto, call 650 462-1046 to let them know you're coming and to get directions. For information on the January potluck, or to host a future potluck, call Harold Stephenson at 650 856-1125.

Compassionate Cook Colleen Patrick-Goudreau, founder of the Oakland Chapter of Unitarians for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (UFETA), teaches vegan cooking classes monthly ($35) at the First Unitarian Church of Oakland. For information, contact her at 510 238-5004 or Food information and recipes from 17 of her cooking classes are posted at An exceptional recipe for Harvest Stuffed Acorn Squash, perfect for the Holidays, is available from her Nov 2003 class, Fabulous Feasting: Thanksgiving for the Birds. Other notable classes with posted information and recipes include Gorgeous Grains and Beautiful Beans and De-mystifying Tofu & Tempeh. 

Be honorable yourself
if you wish to associate
with honorable people.

Welsh Proverb

The weak can never forgive.
Forgiveness is
the attribute of the strong.

Mahatma Gandhi

There is no need to go to India
or anywhere else to find peace.
You will find
that deep place of silence
right in your room, your garden
or even your bathtub.

Elisabeth Kubler-Ross

Cooking and Classes
Learn the secrets of the Monday Dinners! Popular Chef Gary Alinder teaches a rare set of Cooking Classes on four consecutive Saturdays in Palo Alto: Jan 24: Soups, Soups and Even More Soups; Jan 31: Japanese Vegetarian Favorites (Macrobiotic Comfort Food); Feb 7: Quick and Delicious Fish Cuisine; and Feb 14, Valentine's Day: For Your Sweetheart (and Sweet Tooth). Classes run from 10:30 AM-1 PM, in the kitchen at First Baptist Church, $40/class or $110/3 classes or $130/4 (sliding scale for those on low and fixed incomes), call 415 552-5449 or email to register.

Cookbook Author Meredith McCarty teaches three Saturday Cooking Classes in Mill Valley on the theme of Grains, Beans and Vegetables: Jan 31, Feb 7, and Feb 14. 10 AM - 12:30 PM, includes mini-meal, $50/class or $135/series; $35/new friend. Call 415 381-1735 or visit Meredith's informative website,

Macrobiotic Counselor Michelle Nemer teaches Strengthening Health Cooking Classes and Macrobiotic Workshops in Oakland. On Jan 17: Cooking - Quick & Easy Meals in 20 Minutes or Less; Workshop - Group Health Consultation / Focus on Personal Concerns. On Jan 31: Cooking - Lunches, Leftovers & Snacks; Workshop - Digestion & Immunity: Common Ailments & Remedies. Cooking Classes run from 10 AM-12:30 PM, Workshops 2:30 PM-5:30 PM. $40/class or workshop, $75/full day program. Call 510 527-4367 for info and registration.

James Holloway, frequent Guest Chef at the Monday Dinners, does personal home cooking in Palo Alto, in macrobiotic and classical styles, call 650 852-9182.

Anne Mark does takeout meals and lifestyle recommendations, and teaches macrobiotic cooking classes in Palo Alto, call 650 843-0255.

Meekk's Kitchen prepares a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes in Palo Alto, menu updated weekly, call 650 424-3900,

Carolyn Peters offers private cooking and catering in San Francisco. She is experienced in macrobiotic, vegetarian, and conventional styles. Email, or call 415 552-5879.



Cooking & Classes




After-Dinner Events
Speakers receive a gratuity from the audience; please show your support and appreciation with a donation ($5-10 suggested).

   Macrobiotic Shiatsu by Patrick McCarty
Macrobiotic Shiatsu
by Patrick McCarty,
at French Meadows
Summer Camp
On December 15, Macrobiotic Shiatsu Counselor Patrick McCarty will speak on Optimal Wellness With Macrobiotic Shiatsu. Living in today's fast-paced world means subjecting ourselves, unavoidably, to physical and emotional stresses. What does stress do to us? How can we best cope?

Patrick will describe the physiological effects of stress on our bodies, from the medical perspectives of both West and East. He will then introduce the energetic approach of Oriental Medicine, which is the theoretical basis of Macrobiotic Shiatsu. Finally, he will demonstrate the practical application of Macrobiotic Shiatsu on volunteers from the audience, including diagnosis of ailments, appropriate shiatsu treatments to free energy blockages, simple self-massage techniques, and recommendations of dietary adjustments.

Patrick studied at the Kushi Institute in Boston and the Shanghai College of Traditional Chinese Medicine, and co-directed the East-West Center for Macrobiotics in Eureka. For many years, he has studied and taught with Shizuko Yamamoto, the originator of the technique of combining shiatsu massage with macrobiotic dietary counseling. Patrick's enthusiastic demonstrations are especially powerful because they make the energetic approach very clear--don't miss it!

On January 12, Macrobiotic Counselor and Acupuncturist Michael Rossoff will speak on Still Crazy After All These Years: The Psychology of Wellness. There is a pressing need to find psychological and emotional stability in a world filled with chaos and extremes. Once we realize that we have control over our own thoughts, actions and reactions, we can take responsibility for our well being and create balanced mental health for ourselves. In Chinese medicine, our mind is governed by the Heart, thinking by the Spleen and our emotions are carried through the blood. In this talk, we will use the principles of Chinese medicine to understand and explore ways to improve and take control of our mental health, without tuning out the world around us.

Michael Rossoff brings 34 years of experience with macrobiotics, acupuncture and Chinese medicine. He has counseled many thousands of people, taught in the USA, Canada, Europe and Israel. Besides his counseling and acupuncture practices, he is now the academic dean of the Atlantic University of Chinese Medicine, near Asheville, North Carolina.
Winter Solstice Celebration
December 15, 2003

Sparkling Juice

Winter Vegetable Chowder

Basket of Breads

Quinoa-Wild Rice Loaf with
Onion Gravy

Mashed Potatoes

Steamed Broccoli,
Cauliflower and
Green Beans with
"Hollandaise" Sauce

Mixed Salad Greens with
Pomegranate Vinaigrette

Cranberry-Nut Bread

Grain Coffee and Herbal Teas


More Dinner Menus...

Cranberry Relish
• 1-1/4 cups brown rice syrup
• one 12 ounce bag fresh or frozen cranberries, washed and picked over
• 1 pear, cored, peeled and diced
• 8 ounces dried pears, diced (or substitute 1 cup golden raisins)
• pinch sea salt
• one lemon, use the zest, minced and 2 teaspoons of the juice
• 2 teaspoons ginger juice (grate a 2-3 inch piece of fresh ginger and squeeze out the juice)

Heat rice syrup in a thick-bottomed sauce pan over medium heat. When it begins to foam, add pears, dried pears and lemon zest and simmer for five minutes. Add cranberries and salt and simmer over medium low heat, stirring from time to time to prevent sticking on the bottom. Cook ten minutes or until most of the cranberries burst and become tender (frozen cranberrries will take a few minutes longer). Stir in the lemon juice and the ginger juice. Cool to room temperature or chill before serving.

by Gary Alinder.

From The Editor
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