Peninsula Macrobiotic Network Newsletter  
Number 141 April / May 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, April 19
Michael Rossoff speaks on From Ancient to Modern Times: Pillars of Health.
Monday, May 3
Dr. Tia Rich speaks on Breathing for Longevity, Love & Livelihood™.
Monday, May 10
23rd Anniversary Dinner and Celebration!
Monday, May 31
Memorial Day, No Dinner.
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.

Chuck Olson, a kind and friendly presence at our Monday Dinners and monthly potlucks for many years, passed away on April 29. For more on Chuck, click here.

On May 11, 1987, Chef Gary Alinder cooked a Gourmet Vegetarian Dinner for the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community at St. Bede's Church in Menlo Park. That first cooking gig marked the start of a regular Monday Dinner event-along with its associated friendships, educational activities, and community-which has repeated itself well past 1000 times. Join us on May 10 to celebrate our remarkable 23rd Anniversary!

Macrobiotic Counselor and Licensed Acupuncturist Michael Rossoff will be available for consultations April 20-22 in Woodside, call Ken Becker at 650 366-4285. Be sure to attend Michael's presentation after dinner on April 19, see Events.

Julia Ferré, who did a fine presentation on Working with Energy for Healing to our group on February 22, will be in San Rafael from April 10-13 for Reiki sessions (she is a Level 3 practitioner) and hypnotherapy, and will teach a Reiki class if there is enough interest. Contact:

Celebrate Earth Day fittingly with chef Laura Stec and atmospheric scientist Dr. Eugene Cordero, who will speak on Solutions to Global Warming - A Culinary Perspective on April 22, 7 PM, Redwood City Library, 1044 Middlefield Road. Laura and Eugene are the authors of the superb new book Cool Cuisine: Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming. Visit their website

Facilitator Al Lampell offers valuable seminars on communication, relationships, love, spirituality, parenting, and related topics. Info: 408 296-0567,

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 a recipe archive which includes soups; main dishes; sauces, gravies, and dressings; and desserts and snacks.

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 George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation has a new website! Visit for information on macrobiotics, books, the latest issue of Macrobiotics Today magazine, and the French Meadows Summer Camp!

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.

The North Bay Macrobiotic Potluck Group usually meets the first Sunday of each month in Santa Rosa, contact Stephen Starkweather ( ), 707 542-9739, 
Chuck Olson, a kind, friendly, and fun-loving presence at our Monday Dinners and monthly potlucks for many years, passed away on April 29. He often hosted the potluck from his home in Santa Clara. He was also a regular at meetings of the Widows and Widowers Association in Los Altos.

Chuck was a retired electrician. He served in the Air Force in Germany, flying in the B-36 bomber, one of the largest warplanes ever built. He said that he had a lot of fun with his buddies in the Air Force, which was obvious from the way he told his stories.

From Newsletter Editor Gerard Lum, "Chuck was very helpful to me when a room in my house lost electrical power. A friend and I tried to figure it out, but we got nowhere. When I asked Chuck if he was an electrician, his eyes lit up and he asked, excitedly, 'You got a problem?' The problem was mysterious, requiring several visits; each time he came with a different piece of test equipment, which he really knew how to use. On the third or fourth trip, as some kind of test, he connected a long wire from the circuit breaker on the first floor to the room on the second floor. Something popped--whatever his test was supposed to do caused the power to come back on. He never did figure out what the problem was or how he solved it, but it has stayed on ever since. We laughed about it."

An avid member of the Electric Auto Association (EAA), Silicon Valley Chapter, he drove a 1965 Saab that had been converted to run on electricity, and which he modified to run on a higher voltage. He participated in the EAA Rallies, gave rides in his Saab, and displayed the vehicle when requested. He was recently in the process of converting a 1969 Saab, but heart problems prevented him from finishing.

Chuck is survived by his three daughters, who had arrived from out of state one day before he passed. He hadn't seen them in a couple of years and was really looking forward to their visit. From his friend Terry Wilson, "The last time I saw Chuck, his daughters had just arrived at his hospital bedside. He was grinning from ear to ear. That was the last image I have of Chuck."

A memorial service is scheduled on Tuesday, June 15th at 10 AM, at Mission City Memorial Park, in Santa Clara.

Thanks to Terry Wilson of the EAA, who contributed much of the above information.
23rd Anniversary Celebration!
May 10, 2010
Lemony Spinach-Rice Soup

Warm Pita Bread with Creamy Fava Bean Hummus

Garbanzo-Veggie Cutlets with Parsley-Tahini Sauce

Cracked Wheat-Scallion Salad

Braised Spring Vegetable Melange

Greek Salad

Walnut Cake with Meyer Lemon Syrup Glaze and Fig Compote

Mint Tea


More Dinner Menus...

Cooking and Classes
Barbara Johnston-Brown and Susanne Jensen teach macrobiotic cooking classes on Saturdays: April 17, Awesome Whole Grains and Leafy Greens; and May 15, (title pending); 11 AM - 2 PM, Willard Middle School, 2425 Stuart Street, Berkeley, CA 94705. $75/class includes lunch. To register, contact Barbara at 925 286-1395 or or Susanne at 415 661-4764

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.

By popular demand, Marin-based cookbook author, lecturer, and macrobiotic food coach Meredith McCarty teaches Saturday cooking classes in nearby Menlo Park:
  • April 24, Tempeh Temptations: The Super Soyfood
  • May 15 (and May 11 in Marin), Low-Acid Eating: The Best of Macrobiotic, Vegan, and Raw
  • June 12, Light & Luscious Summer Desserts
  • Healing Cuisine flier (pdf) describing the three classes above
$60/class or $55/each for two or more. To register, contact Patty Evans at 650 988-9342 For other activities by Meredith including events in Marin, visit or call 415 272-5525.

For information on macrobiotic activities in the East Bay, contact Macrobiotic Health Counselor Michelle Nemer in El Cerrito, or 510 527-4367.

Macrobiotic Counselor Julie Ong teaches macrobiotic cooking classes and does macrobiotic consultations in San Francisco; visit or call 415 312-0241.

The Bay Area Vegetarians sponsor Secrets of Vegan Baking Classes taught by Christine Dickson. The next class is on Saturday, April 24, Berry Sweets, 1:00 - 2:30PM, Whole Foods Market, San Mateo, $25/class. Before registering, you may want to review for details of the classes, as these classes may differ from macrobiotics in their approach and choice of ingredients. Register at
Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and spring. If there is no response in you to the awakening of nature—if the prospect of an early morning walk does not banish sleep, if the warble of the first bluebird does not thrill you—know that the morning and spring of your life are past. Thus may you feel your pulse.
Henry David Thoreau
Breathe. Let go. And remind yourself that this very moment is the only one you know you have for sure.
Oprah Winfrey
Be careful about reading health books. You may die of a misprint.
Mark Twain
After-Dinner Events
Speakers receive a gratuity from the audience; please show your support and appreciation with a donation ($5-10 suggested).

On April 19, Macrobiotic Counselor and Licensed Acupuncturist Michael Rossoff will speak on From Ancient to Modern Times: Pillars of Health. Ancient Chinese medical texts and thinking continue to illuminate our definitions and perspectives on health and healing. Among the many insights they offer are an understanding of the core reasons for disease and the primary ways for healing. We will explore the three primary causes of sickness, which begin with emotional unrest. Then we will investigate the five methods of healing, which begin with the need for spiritual awakening. Food as healing is the second powerful method to transform sickness into well-being. While these ideas may sound new-age, they originated over 2,500 years ago and remain central to the secrets of true healing.

Michael has been involved in macrobiotics, acupuncture, and Chinese medicine for 38 years. He studied macrobiotics with Michio Kushi in the '60s and '70s. In addition to teaching and counseling, he directed various macrobiotic centers in the Washington, D.C. area for 20 years, and published the macrobiotic magazine MacroMuse for seven years in the 1980s.

Michael studied acupuncture in England in the 1970s, and began practicing in 1978. He was the academic dean and a core teacher for three years at Atlantic University of Chinese Medicine, near his current residence of Asheville, North Carolina. Michael has counseled many thousands of people in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Israel. Visit his website at

On May 3, Tia Rich, Ph.D. will guide us in breathing practices to relax, unwind and thrive in her presentation Breathing for Longevity, Love & Livelihood™! Oxygen-rich breaths are the perfect complement to delicious, nutritious food. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, the lungs and large intestines are seen as related. The function of the lungs impacts the function of the large intestine so that skillful breathing improves digestion. Breathing techniques that have played an integral role in Eastern traditions of mind-body health are now being recognized by western science as effective for reducing stress and alleviating physical and emotional health problems.

Dr. Rich teaches Breathing for the Stanford Prevention Research Center. She will guide you in techniques that infuse vitality into your body after a demanding day, bring pleasure into an intimate moment, or focus concentration in the midst of frenzied activity at home or work. You will learn the science of breath and the specific benefits of a variety of practices including diaphragmatic breathing, warming versus cooling techniques, and calming and centering skills. Diaphragmatic breathing has been recognized for its importance for stress reduction and relaxation. Let your INSPIRATION begin! Experience the pleasures of breathing. Dr. Rich, founding Assistant Director of the Stanford Health Improvement Program, has been teaching breathing, mindful yoga, meditation, compassionate communication and stress management at Stanford University and Stanford Medical Center since 1982. As a psychotherapist and executive coach, Dr. Rich helps individuals to enjoy optimal health, fulfilling relationships and successful careers (see To register for her four week class Breathing for Longevity, Love & Livelihood™ (Fridays at noon, May 14-June 4 at Stanford), visit (search on the class name) or call 650 723-9649. 
Colcannon - Irish Potato Cabbage Dish
Susanne Jensen, who teaches cooking at Willard Middle School in Berkeley, contributes "a recipe I did with my students, to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. However, it could be made at any time. The students loved it." An occasional potato dish is a welcome change from the usual grains of macrobiotics. Serves 6-8.

  • 10-12 potatoes (yellow Fins are wonderful), chunked
  • ¾-1 cup soy or rice milk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4-5 turns pepper
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 6 cups chopped cabbage
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
1. Put potatoes in a pot, cover with water and bring to a boil. Cook until soft.

2. Drain potatoes and mash.

3. Add milk, salt and pepper and mix until fluffy.

4. In a frying pan heat oil and add onion; sauté for a few minutes, until onion is soft and shiny.

5. Add cabbage and salt; cover pan and cook until cabbage is soft, stirring once in a while.

6. When cabbage is soft mix into the mashed potatoes.
Community Connection
From The Editor
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