Peninsula Macrobiotic Network Newsletter  
Number 160 June / July 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, June 24
Michael Bauce speaks on Macrobiotics: An Alternative to Superfoods and Supplements.
Monday, July 1
Observance of Independence Day Holiday, No Dinner.
Monday, July 8
Dr. Samia McCully speaks on Food Allergies and Gluten Intolerance: Could That Be Me?.
Saturday, July 13 - Sunday, July 21
French Meadows Summer Camp in the majestic Tahoe National Forest. Call Carl Ferré at 530 566-9765 for camp information and registration.
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.

To reduce expenses, the newsletter is no longer printed and mailed, but will continue online here at To be added to an email list for notifications of newsletter updates (every two months) and other events,

Can you talk so others can hear you? Can you listen so others can talk to you? Good communication has to be learned. Al Lampell, a teacher in A Course in Miracles and a regular at the Monday Dinners, hosts his Communications Seminar on Saturday, June 22, 9:30am-5:30pm, 151 Buckingham Dr., Santa Clara, CA 95051. $65 suggested donation, 408 296-0567,

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 (the camp has reached capacity but you can add your name to a waiting list).

Michael Bauce cooks and Kaare Bursell lectures at a monthly macrobiotic dinner and lecture at Michael's home in Berkeley, 1922 Ward St, on June 12 and July 10, dinner ($12) is served at 6:30 pm, and the lecture ($10) begins at 7:00 pm; by Monday. For lecture topics and more information on this monthly Wednesday event, see (find the entry in Older Posts).

Teachers Susanne Jensen and Michael Bauce Funding Cut for Cooking and Gardening Programs in Berkeley Public Schools: Chef Susanne Jensen teaches cooking at Willard Middle School in a unique cooking and gardening program in the Berkeley public school system, see Making a Difference Through Cooking, An Interview with Susanne Jensen. Macrobiotic cook and counselor Michael Bauce, who will speak on June 24, teaches cooking in a similar position at Thousand Oaks Elementary School, also in Berkeley. Unfortunately, funding for the program has been cut severely, to about 20% of what the federal government grant was paying. See the following articles: You can help in the following ways:
  1. Sign a petition. The students of Willard Middle School and our Berkeley, California school district are losing most of our Garden and Cooking program funding in October 2013. Our program has been a national model, but due to federal cuts we now have only 20% of required funds. Michelle Obama champions such programs and rightly so ... but we need funding! That's why a petition has been created to Tom Bates, Mayor, City of Berkeley, Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, The California State House, The California State Senate, Governor Jerry Brown, The United States House of Representatives, The United States Senate, and President Barack Obama, which says: "Demand that the federal government fully fund public school-based cooking and gardening!" Will you sign my petition? Click here to add your name:

  2. Donate to the Berkeley Unified School District (BUSD) Garden and Cooking Program through the Berkeley Public Schools Fund:

  3. Donate directly to Willard Middle School, where Susanne Jensen teaches. From Susanne, "We are looking to raise $170,000 at Willard Middle School alone, where I have taught cooking for the past 14 years, to be able to continue the very important job of teaching young people healthy eating habits and where their food comes from. The students at Willard have hands-on cooking and garden classes every week. If you ask any student what their favorite subject is they will immediately say cooking and gardening. This is about to be lost if we do not find alternative funding for the federal grant we will be losing at the end of September." Write checks to "Willard PTA" with the memo "Garden and Cooking", and mail to Susanne Jensen, 2654 46th Avenue, San Francisco, CA, 94116.
Mediterranean Delights
July 8, 2013
Chef James Holloway

Summer Vegetable Soup with White Beans

Garbanzo Patties with Mixed Mushroom Glaze

Roast Summer Squash,
Corn, and Carrots

Tabouli and Quinoa Salad

Greek Salad with Tofu Feta

Coconut Date Nut Bars

Cool Mint Tea

After-Dinner Presentation:
Dr. Samia McCully speaks on Food Allergies and Gluten Intolerance: Could That Be Me?

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 Light Summer Cooking, 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, June 23, 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 offers two activities in June/July:
  • Summer Potluck and Vegan Demo: Summer Sushi and Sorbet, Saturday, June 15, 6:00-8:15 PM, San Francisco Vegetarian Society, Unitarian Universalist Center, 1187 Geary Blvd at Franklin, San Francisco. $2 with vegan food to serve 10, $12 without food. RSVP 415 273-5481.

  • Cooking Class: Healthy Thai Cuisine, Tuesday, July 16, 6:30-8:30 PM, Redwood High School 120/Staff Lounge, 395 Doherty Dr., Larkspur, CA. $50. For reservation, call 415 945-3730 or visit
For more information on Meredith's activities, visit or call 415 272-5525.

Macrobiotic Counselor Julie Ong teaches macrobiotic cooking classes and does macrobiotic consultations in San Francisco; visit or call 415 312-0241.
Mystery creates wonder and wonder is the basis of man's desire to understand.
Neil Armstrong
A blind man knows he cannot see, and is glad to be led, though it be by a dog; but he that is blind in his understanding, which is the worst blindness of all, believes he sees as the best, and scorns a guide.
Samuel Butler
I want my boys to have an understanding of people's emotions, their insecurities, people's distress, and their hopes and dreams.
Princess of Wales Diana
After-Dinner Events
Speakers receive a gratuity from the audience; please show your support and appreciation with a donation ($5-10 suggested).

On June 24, macrobiotic cook and counselor Michael Bauce will speak on Macrobiotics: An Alternative to Superfoods and Supplements. It seems as if we are all looking for magic pills in the forms of drugs, supplements, super-foods, etc. These substances not only get us quickly off-track, but may also have unintended consequences. They often end up in the magic pill graveyard. Macrobiotics offers us an alternative to the quick fixes and solutions being bought and sold today by allowing the body to slowly clean house and regain its normal functioning.

Michael Bauce has practiced macrobiotics since 1988. He was a main chef at both the Macrobiotic Grocery and Learning Center in Oakland, California from 1990-1995 and Manzanita Restaurant in Oakland from 2006-2009. He has conducted private and group cooking classes at youth centers, schools, senior centers, summer camps, hospitals, and Farmers' Markets. Michael has been teaching cooking and health at Thousand Oaks Elementary School in Berkeley as part of the California Nutrition Network since 1999. He is available for consultations and cooking classes. Contact him by or visit his blog:

On July 8, naturopathic physician Dr. Samia McCully will speak on Food Allergies and Gluten Intolerance: Could that be Me?. Food has an enormous impact on our health. A healthy diet for one person is not necessarily a healthy diet for everyone. Food sensitivities, allergies and gluten intolerance can be the cause of almost any health concern that exists. From weight gain and allergies to constipation and arthritis - these health concerns can all be improved or eliminated by discovering if you have food allergies or a gluten intolerance. Come join us for this fascinating discussion - learn how you can improve your health today!

Dr McCully holds a doctorate in naturopathic medicine from Bastyr University, the world's leading school for natural medicine. She owns and operates Wellness Architecture in Menlo Park. Dr. McCully specializes in digestive problems, fatigue, insomnia, weight loss, Bio-Identical hormones, pre-conception planning and anxiety/depression. She enjoys speaking engagements, writing and is an active member of the CNDA (California Naturopathic Doctor's Association). In her free time, Dr. McCully enjoys travelling, yoga, experimenting in the kitchen and spending time with her husband and children, Max and Zoe.  
Whole Grain Salad
  • 4 cups brown rice, cooked
  • 1/2 cup chickpeas. cooked
  • 1/2 cup carrot
  • 1/2 cup celery
  • 1/2 cup broccoli
  • 1/2 cup parsley or cilantro
  • 1/4 cup roasted almonds
  • 1 tsp toasted sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp tamari soy sauce
  • 1 clove garlic (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp dried basil (optional)
Dice carrots, celery and parsley, break broccoli florets into small pieces. Steam carrots, celery and broccoli and set aside. Cut parsley into small pieces. Crush almonds, and mix all ingredients together. Mix oil, vinegar, soy sauce, garlic and basil and add to other ingredients. Mix well.

by Michael Bauce  
Community Connection
From The Editor
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