Peninsula Macrobiotic Network Newsletter  
Number 161 August / September 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, August 12
Summer Break, No Dinner.
Monday, August 19
Kathleen Marie leads a free workshop on Primal Posture™ for a Pain-Free and Productive Life.
Monday, September 2
Labor Day Holiday, No Dinner.
Monday, September 30
Al Lampell and Kate Latham host A Community Dance Night (free).
News and Announcements
The menus for October/November are now available, click here. The newsletter is being prepared and will be posted here on the weekend of October 5-6.

Coming Events:
October 14: Meir Schneider, LMT, PhD, speaks on Natural Vision Improvement
November 11: Free screening of the film Genetic Roulette

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,

Al Lampell, a regular at the Monday Dinners, gives an Introduction to A Course in Miracles on Saturday, August 17, 9:00am-1:00pm, 151 Buckingham Dr., Santa Clara, CA 95051. If you are curious, if you are searching, if you want change, if you are ready to awaken, if you want peace, love, and bliss in your life, this is the seminar for you. Contact Al for information, 408 296-0567,

Michael Bauce cooks and Kaare Bursell lectures at a monthly macrobiotic dinner and lecture at Michael's home in Berkeley, 1922 Ward St, on August 7 and September 11, 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).
Far East Flavors
September 30, 2013
Chef Gary Alinder

Creamy Chana Dal and Veggie Soup

Long Grain Rice with Shredded Carrots and Coconut

Curried Red Kidney Beans with Roasted Squash Triangles

Succulent Mixed Vegetables

Wilted Cabbage, Kale and Collard Salad with Toasted Golden Mustard Seeds


Crisp Coconut Cookies


After-Dinner Event:
Al Lampell and Kate Latham host A Community Dance Night (free)

More Dinner Menus...

The 65th Pacific Macrobiotic Conference takes place September 19-22, 2013 (Thursday through Sunday) in Pacifica, California. The conference starts with dinner at 5:30 PM on Thursday. Friday and Saturday feature full day sessions with lunch and dinner provided. Sunday features a morning wrap-up session and a farewell brunch.

Cost is $120 for all sessions and six meals. Reduced rates are available for partial attendance.

At recent conferences we have discussed such diverse topics as patriarchy, peak oil, developing macrobiotic community, certification, candida, cancer, macrobiotic teacher training, raising children macrobiotically, sustainable agriculture, macrobiotic directory, other healing modalities as suitable adjuncts to macrobiotic practice, and vision improvement.

The gathering is conducted by the participants, who are responsible for setting the agenda for the conference and the meetings are conducted in a cordial atmosphere where every one is encouraged to make their contributions both verbally and non-verbally. The conference is for everyone practicing macrobiotics, from beginners to seasoned veterans.

More information on the Pacific Macrobiotic Conference, including registration details, is available on Michael Bauce's blog:

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
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 Class: Easy-Peasy Autumn Soups, Tuesday, September 24, 6:30-8:30 PM, $50, Redwood High School 120/Staff Lounge, 395 Doherty Dr., Larkspur, CA 94939.

  • Lecture: Low-Acid Eating, Thursday, September 26, 6:30-8:00 PM, $25, 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.

Macrobiotic Counselor Julie Ong teaches macrobiotic cooking classes and does macrobiotic consultations in San Francisco; visit or call 415 312-0241.
If you follow your bliss, doors will open for you that wouldn't have opened for anyone else.
Joseph Campbell
Passion is universal humanity. Without it religion, history, romance and art would be useless.
Honore de Balzac
The miracles of genius always rest on profound convictions which refuse to be analyzed.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
What do I know of man's destiny? I could tell you more about radishes.
Samuel Beckett
After-Dinner Events
Speakers receive a gratuity from the audience; please show your support and appreciation with a donation ($5-10 suggested).

We are marvelously designed creatures. We have inherent grace and strength, like every other creature on the planet. Our bodies heal spontaneously, and if we respect our natural design, we can function well for close to a century. We have a right to a pain-free back, neck, hips, knees, feet...

Since we aren't born with a user’s manual, we rely on our culture to guide us. About a century ago, our culture took a wrong turn. As a result, in the United States:
  • 90% of adults experience back pain at some point in their lives.
  • This year, 50% of working Americans will experience back pain.
  • Back pain is now the leading cause of disability in people under 45 years old.
  • By age 15, more than 60% of all adolescents have experienced back and/or neck pain.
We have lost sight of what constitutes healthy posture; in fact, many popular guidelines for "good posture" are just plain wrong.

On August 19, Kathleen Marie, a teacher of the Gokhale Method, will host a free workshop, Primal Posture™ for a Pain-Free and Productive Life. Named after founder Esther Gokhale, the Gokhale Method uses primal posture and movement to help you re-establish your body's structural integrity and regain a pain-free life--see an article from the New York Times, The Posture Guru of Silicon Valley, published May 11, 2013. Join us for a free introductory lesson and learn several techniques that you can start using immediately to improve your posture and reduce musculo-skeletal pain. This is a free event, no donation required.

Kathleen Marie is a Gokhale Method Teacher who believes in the importance of treating the whole person as appropriate to one's body and particular situation. Teaching the Gokhale Method Foundations course combines her love of movement, fascination with human anatomy, and desire to help others to restore their primal posture--the posture we were all born with.

On September 30, Monday Dinner regulars Al Lampell and Kate Latham will host A Community Dance Night. This will be a very fun evening with group participation, no dance experience required. Al and Kate will demonstrate some exciting dances from the 20's and 30's, then teach and lead some group dances, including a popular and easy folk dance, and a circle dance based on a cross step waltz. The evening will conclude with open dancing. No donation is required for this event.

Al Lampell is a student/teacher/counselor of A Course in Miracles®, and a facilitator/mediator with over 17 years of experience. Kate Latham is a past professional tennis player, amateur triathlete and current swimmer, bike rider, take-out dinner helper and Monday night macro attendee since 1986.  
Strawberry-Blueberry Pie in Hazelnut Pastry
The original version of this pie took First Prize in the Humboldt County (northern CA) Fair’s Million Dollar Dessert Contest, Specialty Desserts division. I’ve reduced the fat content by lowering the volume of nuts in the pastry and by increasing the volume of fresh fruit in the filling.

Makes 10 servings

Hazelnut Pastry:
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 3/4 cup unbleached white pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup hazelnuts, toasted and skins rubbed off and discarded, finely ground (yields 6 tablespoons)
  • 1/8 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup light vegetable oil (Spectrum walnut oil preferred)
  • Water to texture desired, 1/4 to 1/3 cup
  • Glaze: 1 tablespoon brown rice syrup mixed with 1 teaspoon water
  • 1-1/2 pounds or 3 pints strawberries, about 5-1/4 cups, de-stemmed, halved or cut in similar size
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 cup brown rice syrup (Aunt Patty’s, Suzanne’s or Sweet Cloud brands preferred)
  • Zest of half a lemon or orange
  • 1 tablespoon agar sea vegetable flakes
  • Thickener: 2 tablespoons kuzu root starch or arrowroot powder, dissolved in 2 tablespoons cool water
  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • Mint sprigs for garnish
1. Preheat oven to 350°. To prepare pastry, mix flours, nuts and salt. Work in oil and add water gradually. Roll dough out between sheets of waxed paper. Flour the bottom sheet and the top of the dough. Transfer to an oiled 9-inch pie pan. Trim edges to rim of pan and fold inward to flute edges. Bake 15 minutes, brush rim with glaze, and return to oven until golden in color, about 5 minutes more.

2. To prepare filling, place 2 cups strawberries in a 3-quart pot with salt, syrup, zest and agar flakes. Bring to boil and simmer until agar dissolves, about 10 minutes.

3. Add remaining strawberries, stir, and cook until barely tender, about 3 minutes. Stir thickener mixture and add it to the pot with blueberries. Stir and cook until mixture thickens and bubbles in the center, signifying thickener is cooked. Transfer filling to pastry. Allow to cool. Garnish with mint sprig to serve.

For 10 servings, per serving:
Calories: 225   Protein: 3 gm   Saturated Fat: 0.6 gm
Fiber: 4 gm   Carbohydrate: 36 gm
Fat: 8 gm   Cholesterol: 0   Sodium: 62 mg
Calories from Protein: 5%
Calories from Fat: 30%
Calories from Carbohydrate: 65%
Note: With just 2 tablespoons nuts in crust, calories from fat are 28%.

by Meredith McCarty,  
Community Connection
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