Peninsula Macrobiotic Network Newsletter  
Number 139 December 2009 / January 2010 Peninsula Macrobiotic Community

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     Join the fun 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, $15
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, December 14
Maral Haddeland demonstrates The Ginger Compress and Other Macrobiotic Home Remedies.
Monday, December 21
No Dinner, Happy Holidays!
Monday, December 28
No Dinner, Happy Holidays!
Monday, January 18
Claudia Delman speaks on Flower Essences and Their Potential for Healing.
News and Announcements
On January 18 at 8 pm, Claudia Delman will speak on Flower Essences and Their Potential for Healing. For the location of the lecture, see the sidebar at left. For a description of the presentation, click here.

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.

Best Wishes for a Safe and Happy Holiday Season, and a Happy New Year! Dinner will not be served on Dec 21 and Dec 28.

Thank you to those who have contributed to our Fundraising Drive. If you have not yet contributed, your help is needed--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 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 has started a blog at Tune into Gary's views on a variety of subjects including food and health, and leave your comments! He has also posted 101 Menu Ideas for Thanksgiving and the Winter Holidays and a recipe archive which includes soups; main dishes; sauces, gravies, and dressings; and desserts and snacks.

For an interesting view of current health topics, check out the online articles written by Suzanne Olson for the San Francisco Examiner. Suzanne is a regular at the Monday Dinners.

Monthly Vegan Potlucks! The Peninsula Veggie Potluck People, a spinoff of the Monday Dinners, sponsor monthly vegan potlucks; for details, visit To host a potluck, call Diane Wohler at 650 704-0669, or Harold Stephenson at 650 856-1125.

The North Bay Macrobiotic Potluck Group usually meets the first Sunday of each month in Santa Rosa, contact Stephen Starkweather ( ), 707 542-9739,
Winter Solstice Celebration!
December 14, 2009
Holiday Punch

Caramelized Onion and
Veggie Broth with
Herbed Croutons

Neat Loaf with Mushroom Gravy

Mashed Potatoes

Sweet and Tart Red Cabbage

Maple-Glazed Butternut Squash
with Dried Cranberries

Brussels Sprouts with
Warm Walnut Dressing

Persimmon Pudding with
Slivered Almonds,
Pomegranate Syrup
and Tofu Cream

Assorted Teas

$18 Sitdown, $16 Takeout

More Dinner Menus...

Cooking and Classes
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 teaches a New Year's Resolution Cooking Class on Tuesday, January 26; 6:30-8:30 PM, Redwood High School, Room 120, 395 Doherty Dr., Larkspur, $50. Also, she will do a lecture, Healthy Eating for Healthy Aging, on Thursday, January 28; 6:30-8 PM, Tamalpais High School, Wood Hall 148, 700 Miller Ave. at Camino Alto, Mill Valley, $25/lecture. Register for cooking classes or lectures at or call 415 945-3730. For more information, visit Meredith's website or call 415 272-5525.

Macrobiotic Health Counselor Michelle Nemer, based in El Cerrito, teaches The Power of Foods workshop series in Albany on December 3, 10, 17; and the Macrobiotic Healthcare workshop series on January 14, 21, and 28; Thursday nights, 7-9:30 PM, $35/class. She also teaches a variety of seasonal cooking classes on the following Saturdays: December 12, January 16, 23, 30. 1-4 PM in Kensington, $45/class. For details, email or call 510 527-4367.

Macrobiotic Counselor Julie Ong teaches macrobiotic cooking classes and does macrobiotic consultations in San Francisco; visit or call 415 312-0241.
There are children playing in the street who could solve some of my top problems in physics, because they have modes of sensory perception that I lost long ago.
J. Robert Oppenheimer
If the pace and the push, the noise and the crowds are getting to you, it's time to stop nonsense and find a place of solace to refresh your spirit.
Charles Swindoll
During the great storms of our lives we imitate those captains who jettison their weightiest cargo.
Honore de Balzac
After-Dinner Events
Speakers receive a gratuity from the audience; please show your support and appreciation with a donation ($5-10 suggested).

On December 14, longtime macrobiotic practitioner Maral Haddeland will demonstrate The Ginger Compress and Other Macrobiotic Home Remedies. The ginger compress consists of placing hot towels, or compresses, on an area of the body in need of treatment. The towels have been soaked in hot water containing grated ginger. Ginger has both strong yang energy because it is a root, and strong yin, dispersive energy which is released by grating it. The heat of the water and the energy of the ginger penetrate deeply, breaking up stagnant accumulations and improving circulation.

Compresses can be applied to any part of the body that needs them. The macrobiotic teacher Kaare Bursell is a strong proponent of applying ginger compresses to break up chronic intestinal stagnation in the large intestine, the result of eating a modern diet over a lifetime. Maral applies the compresses to the kidneys, to increase energy, decrease feelings of fear (associated with kidneys), and cope better with cold weather. With warming, relaxing, and energizing effects that are immediately apparent, doing a ginger compress on a friend is a precious and bonding gift.

In addition to demonstrating the ginger compress, we encourage participants to share any remedies that they have found beneficial.

In the 1970s, after watching a friend use macrobiotics to overcome a chronically tired condition, Maral immersed herself in studies with teachers Michio Kushi, Herman and Cornellia Aihara, and Patrick and Meredith McCarty. She has been doing compresses on herself and friends for over 30 years.

On January 18, Claudia Delman will speak on Flower Essences and Their Potential for Healing. Flower essences are energetic medicine which can help us heal on many levels. They can reduce stress and enhance our health by providing us with emotional support when we use them. They are simple to take and are a wonderful way to make subtle yet significant changes in our lives. During her talk, Claudia will explore a few of the ways flower essences and energetic medicine can help us live more to our potential.

Claudia holds a Master of Public Health degree and has been working with flower essences for more than 20 years. She treats both people and animals with essences and has created a line of essences to help people and animals adjust to life's challenges. 
Sweet Vegetable Jam
Helpful to warm and nourish the body, to strengthen immunity, stabilize blood sugar, and give gentle endurance.

  • 2 cups each onions, sweet winter squash, carrots, cabbage; cut into 2 inch pieces (onions can be cut smaller)
  • spring water
  • pinch sea salt
1. Place vegetables and add 1 inch of water to the bottom of the saucepan.

2. Bring to a boil, lower the flame and cover.

3. Simmer for 2-4 hours until the vegetables have "cooked down."

4. Add water as needed during cooking to prevent scorching, but add only a little so the vegetables don't become watery.

5. Season with small pinch of sea salt 15 minutes before end of cooking.

6. Mash in the pot or puree through a hand food mill.

  • Substitute parsnips for the carrot for a very sweet taste.
  • Use only one vegetable or two - carrot onion or simply squash butter.
  • Try onion jam and lightly pre-sauté the onions in sesame oil first, season at the end with a small amount of white miso for a sweet and savory treat.
  • Add 1/2-1 cup chestnut puree to squash butter for a sweet, rich, fat free treat.
  • Add 1-2 TB of pre-made apple butter to carrot or squash jam for a sweet and fruity variation.
  • Add 1 TB of tahini or almond butter to any combo after cooking for a richer taste.
  • Serve hot, warm or room temperature.
  • Serve as a side dish or use as a topping on morning porridge, steamed sourdough bread, or steamed mochi.
  • Keeps for a week refrigerated.
  • Use as a stuffing for baked turnovers in cold weather special occasion treats. Use whole wheat pastry flour for the dough.

Napa Cabbage-Sour Apple Drink
  • 3-5 leaves Napa or Chinese Cabbage
  • 1/2-1 sour green apple (Granny Smith and Pippin work well)
1. Pass the ingredients through a juicer.

2. Drink the remedy raw or simmered lightly for 2 minutes.

3. Best on an empty stomach 20 minutes before eating or 45 minutes afterward. Benefits are increased if taken first thing in the morning after arising.

Benefits: helps relieve stagnant liver and gallbladder conditions caused by overeating, especially heavy roasted, baked, salty and fatty foods. Helpful for some menopausal hot flashes and other male and female reproductive ailments, as well as more chronic liver and gall bladder imbalances. Safe for children, pregnant women and elders. Contraindicated for some weakened blood conditions and some respiratory imbalances. Consult a trained and experienced counselor when in doubt.

By Macrobiotic Counselor Michelle Nemer
Community Connection
From The Editor
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