Thanksgiving Day Recipes

Thanksgiving, that most famous Chinese Metaphysics holiday of the year.  I attempt to explain to my foreign friends (read: non-so-called- ‘Americans’) what Thanksgiving holiday was, is and what it will be. They still don’t get it. I don’t blame them. I would be confused too. Due to popular demand by my friends and patients,  I am going off the reservation for today’s post and providing several recipes for the holiday meal.  So forget your Day Master’s woes and let the feast begin!

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These are side dishes.

Creamed Greens with Chestnuts-

Creamed Kale, Chard, Mushrooms studded with Chestnuts

Prep: 40 minutes

If you cannot find the Chestnuts, then Hazelnuts and Mac Nuts will be a great substitute.

Ingredients

  • 1 bunch kale, tough stems discarded and leaves roughly chopped (11 cups)
  • 1 bunch collard greens, tough stems discarded and leaves roughly chopped (5 cups)
  • 1 bunch Swiss chard, stems removed, chopped, and reserved and leaves roughly chopped (1 cup stems; 5 1/2 cups leaves)
  • Coarse salt
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 large shallots, peeled, halved vertically, and thinly sliced crosswise (3/4 cup)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced (1 tablespoon)
  • 5 ounces shelled chestnuts, roughly chopped (1 cup)
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of red-pepper flakes

Directions

  1. Step 1

    Wash all greens, and shake off excess (but not all) water. Heat a large saute pan over high heat, and add kale, collards, 1 teaspoon salt, and wine. Cover, and cook until greens wilt, about 2 minutes, turning occasionally. Reduce heat to medium, and cook, turning greens occasionally, until almost tender, about 15 minutes. Remove cover. Add chard leaves, and cook, turning with tongs, until wilted, about 3 minutes. Transfer greens to a bowl.

  2. Step 2

    Add 4 tablespoons butter to pan, and melt over high heat. Add shallots, garlic, and chard stems, and saute until softened, about 3 minutes. Stir in chestnuts, and saute 1 minute. Return greens to pan, stirring to incorporate, and remove from heat.

  3. Step 3

    Melt remaining 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Add flour, and whisk to incorporate. Slowly whisk in milk and cream, and bring to a simmer. Simmer, whisking constantly, until sauce thickens slightly and begins to coat the back of a spoon, about 2 minutes. Add nutmeg and red-pepper flakes. Season with salt.

  4. Step 4

    Stir sauce into greens, and cook over medium heat until warmed through. If not serving immediately, let cool completely, then refrigerate. Reheat over low heat before serving.

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Gluten Free Macadamia Nut Stuffing (Modified)

Ingredients

1/4 cup turkey drippings

1/2 cup onions, chopped

3/4 cup celery, chopped

1/2 cup chanterelle mushrooms, sliced

4 cups of gluten free seasoned bread cubes

1 cup of macadamia nuts, chopped

1 cup of turkey stock, (you can use chicken stock if this is sans turkey)

1/2 tsp. of ground sage

1/2 tsp. Hawaii salt (Big Island Hawaiian Alaea (baked Hawaiian Clay) Sea Salt

1/2 tsp. white pepper

Directions

Saute mushrooms, onions and celery until tender crisp. Stir in bread crumbs and mac nuts. Add turkey (or chicken stock), beaten eggs, seasonings and fold thoroughly. Place in buttered pan and bake in a pre-heated 350 degree oven for 30 minutes until heated through. Serves 8.

Happy Eating!!

Love in the Time of Cholera

When I first read El amor en los tiempos del cólera, Love in the Time of Cholera, in 1985, I could not help but be reminded that love, no matter how distant and or how remote it may seem, that somewhere, in the end, love will find a way.  To find out more about one of my favorite all time authors click here. 

Columbia

Gracias Sr. Marquez!

Looking for Love in All the Wrong Places

The BaZi Suan Ming, the Life and Destiny Map also known as the Four Pillars of Destiny, can help you understand the nature of love in all relationships. Let me repeat: In all relationships. Have you ever wondered what went awry in a relationship?  Have you ever wondered if you are with the right person?  Have you ever been looking for love in all the right and wrong places?

Mark Sugar Ray

Who me?

Yes Mark McGrath, you too can understand how the BaZi can help you in Love whether you have Cholera or not….

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Healer, heal thyself

A funny thing happened to me last week. I threw out my back.  For those of you who know me, it is almost laughable that this traditional medicine man of Mexican-Apache descent from South Texas, who is a martial arts expert,  has a sudden onset of back pain for no apparent reason.  Initially the pain “on a one to ten scale” was a 12. There was no heavy lifting involved.  There was no yard work or mixed martial arts cage fighting involved.  There were no other activities that involved my back that would lead me to conclude of one factor that precipitated a back injury.  All I could think of at first was “why me?” and “why now?”  As I start this road to recovery, it reminds me once again that I am only human.  Which is too bad…unfortunately.

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The emperor is not as forgiving…yes yes I know this.

Have you ever had pain you seem to revisit ever so often?  Have you ever had low back pain?  Do you want to know some helpful hints on your road to recovery?  If so, Please read on…

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The Path to Healing

Through the last several weeks I have been doing some soul searching about life and thinking of my own mortality.  The passing of Dr. Pert gave me time for some reflection- (albiet abrupt reflection) – however it was also a renewed vigor on what it means to live.  The past holds many gifts- some negative, some positive and some in between. While living in the moment is the thing to do, knowing when those singular moments of clarity is upon us is something else.  Why settle for silver when you can attain gold?

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Wait..you are telling me this is possible?

The path to healing begins with you and your BaZi.  If you feel stuck, have decisions you need to make or really just want to generally Open the Door to Your Destiny, please read on.

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The Molecules of Emotion: Candace Pert 1946-2013

Several weeks ago a light went out in the world of healing.  The scientific community lost one of its pioneers.  Women’s rights lost one of their true trailblazers for women in science and medicine.  The alternative medicine community lost one of its most powerful and respected voices.  I lost a friend, mentor, colleague and a patient.

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Candace Pert, scientist, mother, pioneer

Once in a great while we witness genius among us.  We often do not see this as it is happening, only when it has passed.  I was lucky enough to know Candace both professionally and personally.

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My Karma Ran Over Your Dogma

When you look for any kind of resolution to a problem we attempt to do one of three things- (or for the creative ones in all of us, a combination of the following: [1] shoot it [2] eat it [3] attempt a 9 month to 15 year relationship of codependency with this particular person, thought pattern or situation.

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Yeah, can I get that with two sugars?

Have you ever felt torn by a decision you had to make?  Between a rock and a hard place? Or just looking for a rock to put yourself under?  Have you ever been afraid or at the very least wary of a decision to make?  Open Your Door to Your Destiny. Here is how you can do this.

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Three White Horses

Are you having one of those weeks where it seems the saying “opinions are like…..” applies virtually everywhere?  Well, we can add whatever colorful expletive you care to add to the finish the phrase and it still comes down to an opinion.  The heart of the matter is that we do control our destiny, our fate- but that is only partially true.  We are born into this life and eventually we all pass away from this physical body.  So, in the meantime,  Are you tired of being tired?  Are you fed up with where you are?  Do you want to improve the quality of what you care for and not listen to any more excuses?

BaZi GroundSpring

Yes Mr. Bird, I am also “done waiting.”

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