Category Archives: Medicinal Food

5-Element Kitchen: Chopping into Spring

In the traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) 5-element system, spring corresponds to the Wood element. If you think of Wood as bamboo, and not an oak tree, it’s a bit easier to see how wood’s correspondences make sense: the wood element exhibits characteristics of upward movement and flexibility, birth and new growth and it’s color is bright green. Those […]
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Pantry Prescriptions: Ghee Whiz!

In yesterday’s post about whole grains and kichari, I mentioned toasting spices in ghee. Gee, you might have exclaimed, what’s ghee?! Ghee is a type of clarified butter commonly used as a cooking fat in traditional Indian and Ayurvedic cooking. You may have already gleaned that I love learning about ancient food traditions.  In my […]
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Falling Back in Love with Whole Grains.

Passover has ended and now I’m liberated from eating matzoh! Welcome back whole grains, breads, legumes and flour, where have you been all my life?! It just so happens that today’s back-to-regular-diet-after-passover-day coincides with an exciting initiative launched by the Whole Grain Council, a not-for-profit consumer advocacy group that works to increase consumption of whole […]
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Superfruit and Superaromatic Charoset

This article was originally posted on The Jew and the Carrot (3/21/13), the food blog associated with the Jewish Daily Forward.  Let’s face it: even without the charoset, we honor mortar on Passover. The food of this holiday isn’t—how can I say this nicely?—easy on digestion. Matzoh, potatoes, eggs, various proteins, cheese, it seems that most of what we […]
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Garlic Love

I am the only person I know who didn’t get sick this winter. Sure I wash my hands frequently, and try to stay hydrated and well-rested, and sure I don’t work around kids, but you know what I think the actual reason is? Garlic. Garlic is a potent therapeutic agent according to both ancient wisdom and […]
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