Peninsula Macrobiotic Network Newsletter  
Number 125 August / September 2007 Peninsula Macrobiotic Community

to the
of the
Peninsula Macrobiotic Community
in Palo Alto,

For information on our organization, click on About Us.

     Diners at the Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners in Palo Alto

How do I attend the Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners?
Chef Gary Alinder, since 1987
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, $14
Reservations Requested:
Call 650 599-3320 by
Monday 9:30 AM.
Open to everyone. Communal seating--new people easily integrate into our friendly group, which includes many singles. Make new friends on Mondays!

Coming Events
Monday, August 27
Joe Deisher speaks on Standing Up Straight and Settling Down for Health with Qigong.
Friday, September 7 - Sunday, September 9
11th Annual Relationship Seminar hosted by Al Lampell in Los Gatos.
Monday, September 17
Community Art Show: Let others appreciate what you enjoy, whoever the artist! Sign up with Dinner Manager Miklane Janner.
Thursday, September 20 - Sunday, September 23
53rd Pacific Macrobiotic Conference in Pacifica, CA.
Monday, September 24
Al Lampell speaks on Introduction to Spirituality.
Saturday, September 29 - Sunday, September 30
World Vegetarian Festival, San Francisco County Fair Building, Golden Gate Park.
News and Announcements
Make a date with a friend to meet at a Monday Dinner, or come by yourself and make new friends! Either way, you'll get a great meal and a lot more--everyone wins!

Help publicize the Monday Dinners! An easy way to spread the word about our weekly community gathering is to click on the Tell-A-Friend link in the upper left of this page. Just fill out the form with the email addresses of up to two friends, along with any personal comments you'd like to add, and click Submit--this emails your comments along with pre-written details of the Dinners and a link to this website!

Another way to help is to post a copy of our Dinner Menus in public locations. For a pdf file suitable for printing, click here.

Let others appreciate what you enjoy--our Fourth Community Art Show will take place on Monday, September 17! This show is for any art that you admire, whether your Grandmother's glass candy dish, a painting from a yard sale, or a print by a Master, regardless of who created it--you don't need to be an artist to participate! Everyone is encouraged to display favorite pieces, sign up with Dinner Manager Miklane Janner.

Monthly Vegan Potlucks! The Peninsula Veggie Potluck People, a spinoff of the Monday Dinners, sponsor monthly vegan potlucks. On Sunday, August 19, 6:00 PM, romantic couple Diane Wohler and Laith Sinawi will host in Sunnyvale, call Diane for directions, 650 704-0669. They hope that all will come to celebrate their upcoming wedding, with cake and champagne provided! For details on the September potluck (information in the printed newsletter is incorrect) or to host, call Diane or Harold Stephenson at 650 856-1125. For more information, see

Loving, joyful, and fulfilling relationships are achievable! Come experience what wonderful relationships look like and how to achieve them! Monday Dinner regular Al Lampell hosts his 11th Annual Relationship Seminar, the weekend of September 7-9 at the beautiful and serene Presentation Center in Los Gatos, for singles and couples. $325/person (double occupancy) or $450/person (single), includes lodging, all meals, seminar, and materials. Info: , 408 296-0567, http://www.conscious- For more on Al, see the description of his presentation on September 24 in After-Dinner Events.

The 53rd Pacific Macrobiotic Conference takes place September 20-23 in Pacifica, CA. Gather together for an inspiring and relaxing weekend--make new friends, share meals, and discuss topics from a macrobiotic perspective. Subjects covered at past conferences have included the world economy, oriental diagnosis, sea salt, love and sex, yin and yang in everyday life, macrobiotic community, spiritual practice and meditation, emotions, healing and prayer. The gathering is conducted by the participants, who set the agenda. The conference is for everyone practicing macrobiotics, from beginners to seasoned veterans. Cost is $120 and includes all meals (Thursday Dinner through Sunday brunch), partial attendance possible, lodging to be arranged. For information and registration, contact Kaare Bursell, .

The Eighth Annual World Vegetarian Festival takes place Saturday, September 29 and Sunday September 30, 10 AM to 6 PM, at the San Francisco County Fair Building, 9th Avenue and Lincoln in Golden Gate Park. The festival features international vegan cuisine, healthy food demos, eco fashion show & Ecoville, live entertainment, children's corner, pet adoption, and more! Speakers include Dr. John McDougall, Dr. Gabriel Cousens, Dr. Michael Greger, Howard Lyman, Dr. Milton Mills, Dr. Caldwell Esselstyn, Dr. Elliot Katz, Meredith McCarty, and more. $5 suggested donation; kids, students, seniors with ID free, free to everyone before 10:30 AM. Sponsored by the San Francisco Vegetarian Society, In Defense of Animals, Varnashram, VegNews Magazine, Friends of Animals, and Living Light Culinary Institute. Information:, 415 273-5481.

The North Bay Macrobiotic Potluck Group usually meets the first Sunday of each month in Santa Rosa, contact Stephen Starkweather (), 707 542-9739,

Veteran macrobiotic teachers David and Cynthia Briscoe of Macrobiotics America in Oroville, CA have just unveiled a new website,, filled with practical information on macrobiotics. They offer a variety of classes online.
Chinese Delights
September 24, 2007
Gingery Corn, Napa Cabbage and Noodle Soup

Braised Tofu with
Savory Black Bean Sauce

Long Grain Brown Rice with Peas

Slow Simmered Daikon, Carrot and Lotus Root

Chinese Greens Stir-Fried with
Shiitake Mushrooms and Garlic

Peanuty Brown Rice Crispy Bars

Jasmine Green Tea

More Dinner Menus...

Cooking and Classes
Chuck Collison, Assistant Chef of the Monday Dinners, is a personal chef and runs a meal service in Marin. Call 415 258-0528.

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.

Marin-based cookbook author, lecturer, and macrobiotic food coach Meredith McCarty offers the following activities:
· Sunday, August 12 Chef's Demo, Marin County Farmer's Market, 10:30-12:30
· Tuesday August 21 Cooking Class (Easy Summer Meals with Two Desserts)
· Tuesday September 18 Cooking Class (Tempeh--The Super Soyfood), $50/class, Homestead Valley Community Center, Mill Valley, 6:00-8:30 PM
· Saturday September 29 Lecture (Diet for Prevention and Recovery from Cancer) and Cooking Demo (Sumptuous Soups), World Vegetarian Day, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco.
For more information, visit or call 415 381-1735.

Carolyn Peters caters and teaches cooking classes in San Francisco. Call 415 810-3496.

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

On August 27, Joe Deisher will speak on Standing Up Straight and Settling Down for Health with QiGong. Originating in the East, QiGong is a system that we can use to train (gong) our internal, metabolic, energies (qi). Classically, all QiGong systems manage three factors: carriage, breath, and attention. An advanced practice may also include diet, exercise, social connectedness, and introspection. While Qigong approaches health differently from the West, some Western strictures like "standing up straight and settling down" are also good from Qigong's point of view, though for different reasons.

"Standing up straight" can be understood as aligning oneself with the currents of metabolic energy, change, or process--Qi--that flow both within ourselves and between heaven and earth. Personal alignment strengthens both flows, internal and external. "Settling down" points out two factors: one lies in the direction of calming the body-mind complex, reducing the agitation, noise, or static in the system so that more subtle signals become perceptible in consciousness; the other lies in the direction of increasing recognition of one's organismic presence, one's groundedness, in the earthly ecosystems in which we all participate. In the course of the presentation we will review some basic techniques of alignment and grounding.

Joe Deisher went to Japan in 1964 to study the martial art Aikido and the board game Go; during his stay in Japan he discovered Macrobiotics and the underlying practices and theories of Traditional Chinese Medicine. By the time he left Japan in 1972 he had begun teaching TaiChi Chuan for health. Joe has continued his transcultural approach to studies in do-it-yourself, good-health care.  
When you meet anyone,
remember it is a holy encounter.
As you see him,
you will see yourself.
As you treat him,
you will treat yourself.
As you think of him,
you will think of yourself.
Never forget this, for in him
you will find yourself or lose yourself.
A Course in Miracles
Join us on September 24 when Al Lampell will present Introduction to Spirituality. Upon reflection, can we find connection, sense, and meaning in seemingly unrelated life experiences? Are we inseparably connected to others, to nature and the universe, and to God/Spirit/Divinity? Is there an intangible, higher purpose to life that transcends our everyday existence and ourselves? Life on the physical plane is at best two dimensional. A third dimension awaits; let Al introduce you to your spiritual self.

Al is a student/teacher/counselor of A Course In Miracles, a psychological and spiritual study of the human condition. Also a trained facilitator and mediator, Al is involved in the Dispute Resolution Program of Santa Clara County, performing case input and mediations. Most importantly, Al is a regular and beloved member of our Monday Dinner group--his attendance dates back to our Menlo Park beginnings in 1987.
Faux Chicken Salad
Yields 8 servings as an appetizer. Published by popular demand, after an auspicious debut at a recent Monday Dinner!

  • 2 packages tempeh (8 oz each), crumbled by hand or pulsed in a Cuisinart
  • 2-3 T oil (olive or canola)
  • 1/2 onion, minced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced small
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 c veganaise
  • 1/2 block fresh tofu (soft or medium), puréed
  • mirin, salt, and pepper to taste
  • dill pickles (optional)
  1. If tofu is not fresh, first boil or steam it for 2 minutes; purée tofu and add to a bowl.
  2. Add minced onions and diced celery.
  3. Crumble tempeh, or pulse it in a Cuisinart.
  4. Sauté tempeh in oil until lightly browned.
  5. After sautéing, remoisten tempeh by adding 1/4 c mirin.
  6. Add veganaise and sautéed tempeh to bowl, mix all ingredients.
  7. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Garnish with scallions and serve.
by Chuck Collison
Community Connection
From The Editor
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