Peninsula Macrobiotic Network Newsletter  
Number 159 April / May 2013 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 (map)
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 29
Julia Ferré speaks on Awakening and Developing Intuition.
Monday, May 6
26th Anniversary Celebration!
Monday, May 13
Laura Stec speaks on Cool Cuisine - Feed Your Body, Mind and Planet,.
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!

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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 6 to celebrate our remarkable 26th Anniversary!

For a superb vacation, attend the 44th Annual French Meadows Summer Camp, sponsored by the George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation, in the Tahoe National Forest, July 13-21 (partial stays possible). The camp includes vegan meals prepared by expert staff, lectures on macrobiotics, cooking classes, shiatsu massage, yoga, Qigong, hiking, dancing, variety show, and much more! For information, call 530 566-9765 or visit

Michael Bauce cooks and Kaare Bursell lectures at a monthly macrobiotic dinner and lecture at Michael's home in Berkeley, 1922 Ward St, on April 10 (The Unique Principle of Yin And Yang) and May 8 (Liver and Gall Bladder), dinner ($12) is served at 6:30 pm, and the lecture ($10) begins at 7:00 pm; by Monday. For more information on this monthly Wednesday event, see (find the August 19, 2011 entry in Older Posts).
26th Anniversary Celebration
May 6, 2013
Chef Gary Alinder

Creamy Cabbage and Rice Soup with Spring Greens

Kidney Bean-Braised Veggie and Sweet Potato Stew

Polenta-Corn Triangles with Cilantro Pesto

Garlicky Broccoli and
Snap Pea Sauté

Romaine/Arugula/Radicchio Salad with Walnuts and
Toasted Sesame Seeds

Crisp Pickled Red Cabbage
and Jicama

Raspberry Thumbprint Cookies

Selection of Teas


More Dinner Menus...

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.

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

Cooking and Classes
Macrobiotic cook Michael Bauce teaches a macrobiotic cooking class. Learn to cook delicious, healthy, vegan macrobiotic meals or sharpen your present skills. Learn to minimize your time in the kitchen and still enjoy balanced, home-cooked, satisfying meals. Sunday, April 7, 10 am-1 pm, $30, at Michael's home in Berkeley, 1922 Ward St. To register, or call 510 841-5420,

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 cooking classes and lectures on health topics. To register, please visit or call (415) 945-3730.

Cooking Classes are held at Redwood High School, Room 120/Staff Lounge, 395 Doherty Drive, Larkspur, CA 94939, $50
  • Cooking Whole Grains: Sushi & Dessert
    Tuesday, April 16, 6:30-8:30 PM
  • Beans & Greens!
    Tuesday, May 14, 6:30-8:30 PM
Lectures, at the locations listed, $25
  • Plant-Based Whole Foods Menu Planning
    Thursday, April 18, 6:30-8:00 PM, Tamalpais High, Wood Hall Rm. 151, 700 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
  • Healthy Eating for Healthy Aging
    Thursday, May 16, 6:30-8:00 PM, Tamalpais High, Wood Hall Rm. 151, 700 Miller Avenue, Mill Valley, CA 94941
  • Healthy Vegan Home Chef
    Thursday, May 30, 6:30-8:00 PM, Sir Francis Drake High School, Rm. 102, 1327 Sir Francis Drake Blvd., San Anselmo, CA 94960
For more information on Meredith's activities, visit or call 415 272-5525.

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

Macrobiotic Counselor Julie Ong teaches macrobiotic cooking classes and does macrobiotic consultations in San Francisco; visit or call 415 312-0241.
The act of putting into your mouth what the earth has grown is perhaps your most direct interaction with the earth.
Frances Moore Lappe
The mind can assert anything and pretend it has proved it. My beliefs I test on my body, on my intuitional consciousness, and when I get a response there, then I accept.
D. H. (David Herbert) Lawrence
Only the pure in heart can make a good soup.
Ludwig van Beethoven
After-Dinner Events
Speakers receive a gratuity from the audience; please show your support and appreciation with a donation ($5-10 suggested).

On April 29, Julia Ferré will speak on Awakening and Developing Intuition. Each person has a relationship with food that is personal, unique, and long lasting. Your relationship starts at birth and continues for your entire life. Learning about food and your relationship to it can help you develop healthy habits that not only support your well-being, but also supports intuitive awareness. Likewise, you can learn how to use intuitive awareness to reinforce healthy habits of food selection and consumption.

This lecture summarizes some of the key points from Julia's course, Food and Intuition 101. Julia introduced this topic last year at the Monday Night Dinner, and is returning with copies of the book for sale. Newly released, Food and Intuition, 101 is a 2-volume set and is available for purchase at special pricing. Come join in the release of this long awaited book.

Julia Ferré, CHT is a certified hypnotherapist, Reiki master, and an integrative facilitator in helping to enable consciousness. Her work includes personal one-on-one sessions, group sessions, workshops, and writing for a worldwide audience. Julia has received certification from the American Council of Hypnotist Examiners (ACHE) and Sylvia Browne and offers sessions for energy, attunement, and personal growth. She is author of the newly released Food and Intuition 101, Basic Macrobiotic Cooking, and French Meadows Cookbook. Julia and husband, Carl Ferré, manage the George Ohsawa Macrobiotic Foundation and the nonprofit East West Center for Macrobiotics, and write for and publish Macrobiotics Today magazine. The Foundation sponsors an annual summer gathering--the French Meadows Summer Camp. Julia lives in northern California with her family. For more information, see

On May 13, chef, educator, and author Laura Stec will speak on Cool Cuisine - Feed Your Body, Mind and Planet. Foods that are best for the health of our people are also best for the health of our planet. Is this statement accurate, why does it matter, and most importantly if it is true, what's in it for eaters? Based on the book, Cool Cuisine - Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming, and work by Harvard University in partnership with the Culinary Institute of America, this talk links the four key U.S. dietary concerns (overweight and eating too much sodium, poor carbohydrates, and red meat) to major problems affecting environmental health. We show how the problems (and solutions) contribute to the taste and nutrient-quality of our food, and how teaching food/environment connections is an important motivator (especially in youth). We review The Shoppers Challenge, a food industry take on how grocery shoppers choose what to buy, and discuss ways to inspire eaters toward healthy, full-flavored choices. A discussion of the "energetics of food," plus a mini cooking demo, complete the presentation.

Laura Stec is a chef, educator, and author, specializing in sustainable food education and product research and development. She is Culinary Health Educator for Kaiser Permanente and volunteer with Michelle Obama's Chefs Move to School program. Laura is former chef instructor for Lifelong Inc. and consulting chef for the International Culinary School. As Corporate R & D Chef for Pescadero Foods Inc., Laura worked on farms with pasture-raised chickens, and on a local-food line for the National School Lunch Program. In 1988 she founded EcoEaters, a premiere food and environment education program in the U.S., and currently lectures nationally and internationally about healthy people, healthy planet connections. Her book, Cool Cuisine - Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming, is co-authored with atmospheric scientist Dr. Eugene Cordero. Visit her website  
How to Get Breakfast on One of Those Days
Inspired by Julia Ferré's article, the editor prepared this dish of Lacinato kale and carrots in five minutes, starting the day with a nutritional powerhouse!
It has been really busy lately, so busy that I resort to toast and tea for breakfast, the quickest breakfast that I know of, outside of a banana, which I'm not particularly fond of.

My habits seem to have caught up with me though, as I would rather have miso soup, rice, and vegetables. So this day I vowed to test myself. Can I make miso soup and vegetables with my toast and accomplish it in the same amount of time?

I had 5 minutes, or what I figured was the time to boil water and pop bread in the toaster.

First, I put 1½ cups of water in a pan to heat, and covered the pan.

Second, I placed bread in the toaster.

Third, I filled a basin with water, and tore bite-sized pieces of kale off of the stem, estimating how much I wanted to eat. It was two medium-sized leaves. I didn't use the stems.

Fourth, I dunked the kale in the water and removed to a strainer. This is a crucial step. Running water over kale to wash it wastes time. It is much faster and cleaner to dunk them, as the entire surface bathes at once and any residual dirt falls away easily.

Fifth, the toast popped up and the water boiled simultaneously. (I grinned.)

Sixth, I popped kale into the boiling water, and left the cover off of the pan.

Seventh, I removed the toast from the toaster and spread ripe avocado on top. Peanut butter would have worked, but there happened to be a perfect avocado ready to eat. If I had hummus or sprouts in the refrigerator, I would have used them. If I weren't rushing, I would have sliced pickles and added them. Next time.

Eighth, I removed kale from the boiling water to the plate.

Ninth, I dissolved about 1 tablespoon of miso into the water and then poured the broth into a cup.

Tenth, I checked the clock-5 minutes!

Now, some of you have probably figured out quick breakfasts and never are in a crunch. For those of you who need impetus, here is a suggestion. If you can make toast and tea, you can blanch greens in the same amount of time and make a quick miso soup.

by Julia Ferré  
Community Connection
From The Editor
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