Peninsula Macrobiotic Network Newsletter  
Number 173 August / September 2015 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
Chef James Holloway
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, $18
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 17
Raines Cohen speaks on Cohousing.
Monday, September 7
No Dinner, Labor Day Holiday.
Thursday, September 17 - Sunday, September 20
68th Pacific Macrobiotic Conference in Pacifica, CA.
Monday, September 28
Laura Stec speaks on Manage Your Microbes.
News and Announcements

Reservations are requested for the Monday dinner. To reserve, call 650 599-3320 by Monday 9:30 am (to bypass the message, press "#"). You can also reserve online through our Meetup group. For the dinner location, see the information box to the left.

New! View a slideshow of the Monday Dinners and other activities of the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community!

Visit and like our Facebook page, The Monday Night Vegetarian Dinners in Palo Alto!

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!

Concerned about greenhouse gas emissions and the health of the planet? One of the best ways to reduce your carbon footprint is to choose locally grown, vegetarian foods. Try it out at the Gourmet Vegetarian Dinners in Palo Alto (where the food is actually vegan, even better)!

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A regular at the Monday dinners for many years, Maral Haddeland, 88, passed away peacefully in her sleep on July 6. A devoted follower of macrobiotics, she hosted several after-dinner events, generously sharing her macrobiotic knowledge and personal experiences, and demonstrating the ginger compress home remedy, which had helped her tremendously. She often expressed her gratitude at having found macrobiotics. She was a wife, mother, teacher, and body worker--she was a founder of the Body Therapy Center in Palo Alto. For a full obituary with more details of Maral's extraordinary life, click here.

Celebration Service Honoring Maral Haddeland
  • Saturday, September 26, 2 pm
  • Unitarian Universalist Church of Palo Alto
  • 505 E Charleston Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94306

The 68th Pacific Macrobiotic Conference takes place September 17-20, 2015 (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.

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.
Late Summer Cooling Macro Meal
Chef Susanne Jensen
August 24, 2015
Gluten-Free except Dessert

Potato, Fennel, Celery Root Soup

Late Summer White Bean Vegetable Ragout over Long Grain Brown Rice

Onion Corn Frittata

Romaine Salad with Avocado Dressing and Radish Slices

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Herb Tea

More Dinner Menus...

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.

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

Support the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community (PMC)! Your help is needed—donations to the PMC are accepted in any amount, and are applied to food costs, a large, required insurance payment, and other operating expenses. Donations are tax-deductible, as the PMC is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit.

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
Michael Bauce and Marta Serda prepare takeout macrobiotic meals on Tuesday and Thursday nights, pick up from 5-6:30 PM in Berkeley. All meals are home-cooked and macrobiotic using locally sourced and organic food. For information or to order, email Michael () . For upcoming menus, visit the Berkeley Organic Meals Facebook page, and for Michael's blog, visit

Patricia Becker does health and wellness counseling, and teaches yoga, see or call 650 494-1620.

Patricia leads a Yoga Hike at Hidden Villa on Saturday September 26, 9:30 am-2 pm at Hidden Villa, 26870 Moody Rd, Los Altos Hills, $55 (register here), a fun and social way to have a whole new yoga experience while enjoying Hidden Villa trails. Combine the cardio benefits of well-paced hiking with strengthening yoga moves for an intimate group workout that is accessible to yoga practitioners of all levels. Patricia Becker teaches yoga for Stanford School of Medicine and is a knowledgeable Hidden Villa trail guide who lived as staff on the farm for 5 years. This Yoga Hike is limited to 15 participants to foster a fun social atmosphere and ensure that you have the attention you need for the best possible experience. We will rediscover resilient wellness. If you are looking for something awesome to do outdoors, want to explore the gorgeous trails of Hidden Villa, or just love taking on a new fitness challenge, register soon. Bring a lunch, light weight yoga mat or bath towel, water and your smile. Patricia will share her homemade organic chocolate chip cookies sweetened with maple syrup!

James Holloway, Chef at the Monday Dinners, does personal home cooking in Palo Alto, in macrobiotic and classical styles, call 650 302-1251.

Meredith McCarty, Certified Diet Counselor and Nutrition Educator based in Marin, teaches cooking classes and lectures on health topics. To register for the events listed below, please visit or call (415) 945-3730.
  • September 29 Cooking Class: Bountiful Beans - The Perfect Protein, Tuesday, September 29, 6:30-8:30 PM, $50, Redwood High School 120/Staff Lounge, 395 Doherty Dr., Larkspur, CA 94939.
For more information on Meredith's activities, visit or call 415 272-5525.

Meredith McCarty speaks to the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community.
Meredith McCarty speaks to the Peninsula Macrobiotic Community.
After-Dinner Events
Speakers receive a gratuity from the audience; please show your support and appreciation with a donation ($5-10 suggested).

August 17
Cohousing Coach Raines Cohen will speak on Cohousing. From The Cohousing Association of the United States:

Cohousing is a type of intentional, collaborative housing in which residents actively participate in the design and operation of their neighborhoods. Cohousing provides the privacy we are accustomed to within the community we seek.

Cohousing residents consciously commit to living as a community. The neighborhood’s physical design encourages both individual space and social contact. Private homes contain all the features of conventional homes, but residents also have access to extensive common facilities such as open space, courtyards, a playground, and a common house.

I want you to be everything that's you, deep at the center of your being.
What we see depends mainly on what we look for.
Sir John Lubbock
Lead with your own participation in a way that you believe will create value and will invite others to do the same.
Suzanne Mayo Frindt
Raines and his partner Betsy Morris, also a cohousing coach, provide personal and group consultations, offering perspective, intruction, tools, trainings, and referrals for finding and creating cooperative housing communities, and, helping current ones thrive. Raines and Betsy live together in Berkeley Cohousing.

Information on Raines and Betsy is available at For links to videos, click here. (More information will be added as it becomes available.)

September 28
Laura Stec, Chef, Educator, and Writer, will speak on Manage Your Microbes. Did you know humans have more cells from another species, than we have from ourselves? 10 times more bacterial cells—in and on our body. What are they doing there? Recent studies are unlocking the amazing life of the microbiome, from dirt to digestion. For instance, we know "beneficial bugs" that accompany a balanced weight seem to prefer a high-fiber, plant-based diet. Learn fascinating new information about your gut life, and look at the "energetics of food," in a whole new way. Chef Laura shares some up-to-date research from her next book (in partnership with Stanford University), and best ways to make sure your new found family eats a healthy diet!

Laura Stec is a chef, educator and author specializing in events and products for healthy people and the planet. She is a private and corporate chef, and Culinary Health Educator for Kaiser Permanente and Bay-Area corporate wellness programs. The Food Party! is her featured blog for San Francisco-based Embarcadero Media. Past positions include 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-farm 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. She lectures nationally and internationally about healthy people and healthy planet connections. Her book, Cool Cuisine - Taking the Bite Out of Global Warming, is co-authored with atmospheric scientist Dr. Eugene Cordero. Laura also volunteers with Michelle Obama's Chefs Move to School program.  
Susanne Jensen's Chocolate Chip-Oatmeal Cookies
Makes 20-22 cookies

  • 1-1/2 cups rolled oats, ground to a coarse meal in a food processor or blender
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup hazelnuts, chopped coarsely
  • 1 cup malt sweetened chocolate chips
  • 1/2 cup walnut or canola oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup rice syrup
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

2. Oil cookie sheet.

3. Place ground oats, flour, salt, baking soda, hazel nuts and chocolate chips in a large bowl. Mix well.

4. In a smaller bowl, combine oil, maple syrup, rice syrup and vanilla. Whisk together.

5. Stir wet ingredients into dry.

6. Shape dough into golf ball-size balls and place on baking sheet. Flatten dough to a thickness of 1/3 inch.

7. Bake for 15-20 minutes. Transfer cookies to a wire rack for cooling.

by Susanne Jensen  
Community Connection
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