Home Remedy for Dry Cough

This time of year it seems like most people are over the hump of cold and flu season but many people still have coughs that linger for weeks on end.  Dry coughs especially can be hard to recover from without the proper support.  There are herbs you can take and acupuncture is important too, but whenever a patient is trying to kick a dry cough I always recommend adding steamed pear to their diet until the cough subsides. Pears and apples in Chinese... Read More

Farmers’ Market Haul – February 16th, 2014 – Atwater Village Market

Going to the farmer’s market is like a ritual for me.  I have gone to a market nearly every week for probably 5 or 6 years now.  I used to work at a few different markets, helping shy farmers sell their gorgeous organic vegetables. That’s actually were I met my boss and mentor for whom I currently work.  I’ve just continually been pulled back, week after week, season after season.  I feel a sense of community at the market,... Read More

Savory Hand Pies – with Leek, Apple and Sheep’s Cheese

I’ve been wanting to make a pie lately, perhaps in the spirit of Thanksgiving.  But I’ve been craving the savory variety and wanting them small enough to be hand-held.  I had two large leeks I knew I wanted to use and my instinct was to mix them with some type of strongly flavored cheese, which ended up being kashkaval, a hard sheep’s milk cheese I got at the Armenian market near my house, but you could easily substitute a... Read More

Vegan Apple Cinnamon Stuffing

I spent a lot of time playing around with recipes for a turkey substitute.  The idea of a tiny seitan loaf stuffed with tasty stuffing and surrounded by roasted vegetables excited me to no end.  I thought I would finally find a lovely way to bring the whole vegan thanksgiving dinner together with a main dish, so it felt like more than a bunch of side dishes. But whether it was too crunchy, too chewy, or not flavorful enough, I couldn’t... Read More

Spicy Carrot Apple and Ginger Soup

Carrot apple and ginger juice was one of my favorite drinks when I used to work at a juice bar.  I kept seeing recipes for carrot ginger soup, so I put the two together and made up a sweet and spicy soup perfect for Autumn time. It has several different layers of spicy, from the soothing and warming spice of the ginger to the hot and sharp spice of the pepper.  It warms you from the inside out just like any great soup should. If you want a... Read More