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Lacto-fermented Pickles

Fermented pickles are definitely superior in taste and health benefit than vinegar-brined cucumbers.  Basically, you get a probiotic pickle. In the past, I’ve always made lacto-fermented pickles using whey (the liquid that separates from curds in milk). Whey inoculates the brine with lactobacilii and makes the ferment go faster. It was always a reliable method … Continue reading

Winter Warmth: Chicken Bone Broth

Key themes for winter: * stillness * storage * retreat * restoration * receptivity * kidneys * adrenals * cooked foods * bone broths * spices * roots * soups & stews * warming foods * immune support * nourishing * “For many of us, our interest in seasonality is somewhat selective. We want the … Continue reading

Restoring Digestive Health

“All diseases begin in the gut.” ~ Hippocrates I just taught an intensive in Asheville, NC for the Organic Grower’s School on Restoring Digestive Health and it got all kinds of juices flowing on this topic (smile).  Distant memories from my psycho-spiritual break-down (and break-through) re-emerged and reminded me how far I had come.  Truly, … Continue reading

Ginger-garlic Sauerkraut

Somehow, I have not posted my ginger-garlic sauerkraut recipe yet on my blog.  And, with spring cabbages beginning to roll in, I decided to whip up a batch…while listening to Sade.  I think that Sade makes the lactobacilii happy (smile)…especially Smooth Operator. So, I really wish I would have been a foodie, plant-lover, and fermenter … Continue reading

The Honored Middle and Gut Health

Some thoughts on gut health ~ Practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) say that gut health actually provides the necessary ingredients to protect the heart (where spirit or “shen” resides). In Japan, the large intestine is referred to as both the “honored middle” (onaka) and “center of the spiritual and physical strength” (hara).  The soul … Continue reading

I Was Born to Do This

This is my most personal blog post ever.  Please be forewarned that it is long.  This is my first attempt to express and explore the complex world of my experience of trauma and recovery ~ and a psycho-spiritual break. (When you are done reading this post, check out this post on the link between mental … Continue reading