Latest Posts

Monday Night Dinner

Palo Alto’s best kept secret is nestled in one of it’s sweetest neighborhoods. Every Monday night, approximately 75 people come together for one of the most delicious and healthy meals on the Peninsula. It started 30 years ago with a group of committed individuals who wanted to form a community around macrobiotics and cooking for a healthy body and planet.
 Every Monday night you are served a healthy 5 star meal prepared by rotating chefs (Gary Alinder and James Holloway). The gourmet vegetarian meals are created with seasonal ingredients and truly inspirational flavor profiles inspired by simple Japanese foods. A traditional meal consists of tea, soup, grain, beans/tofu, veggies and a dessert (see menu and details People come for the food but stay for the community. Seating is communal, with an emphasis of making newcomers feel welcomed. It brings together people from every generation, ages range from 0-100.

However, the true magic happens in the kitchen. This crew of committed volunteers and team members are guided by their fearless chef who goes to the market every Monday morning to choose the freshest ingredients for their ever evolving / rotating menu. The Wild Skillet team was fortunate enough to spend a lovely afternoon video taping the magic behind the scenes. It’s clear to me that food cooked with love always tastes better!

Check out the video to learn more about macrobiotics and the magic behind the scenes of Monday night dinners. I hope to see you at the next one!

For more information:
First Baptist Church
305 North California Ave
Reservation required (take-out meals are available)

Kale + Walnut Pesto

Whether you’re cooking it, growing it, reading about it, or eating it, food brings people together.

Today, we’re highlighting someone special. Someone who is teaching it and bringing it altogether using tools from her vocation and her passion for food.

Dr. Linda Shiue, M.D. started The Doctor’s Spice Box after a continuing education program at the Culinary Institute where she came to the realization that combining cooking and her job as a medical doctor is not only something that she could do, but something she should do. 

She gathers inspiration from her culinary adventures all over the world from Trinidad to Hawaii and creates delicious recipes with healthy twists for her blog. In addition, Dr. Linda Shiue hosts cooking classes for not only her patients but also the general public interested in health and cooking. 

For this article, we are featuring one of Dr. Linda Shiue’s simple and easy to make favorites:


Kale + Walnut Pesto
1 medium bunch kale chopped
1 medium bunch basil chopped
1/4 cup walnuts
1/2 cup olive oil
kosher salt
freshly ground black pepper


Add the olive oil first to a food processor. Then, add equal amounts of kale and basil. Lastly, add the walnuts and process to a coarse purée. Salt and Pepper to taste.

Cocktail Alchemy: DIY Bitters

Spring has been warming us up to Sunday picnics, evening dinner parties, and most nostalgic of them all, summery sips of infused drinks and mixed cocktails.  A glimpse of the botanical abundance found in everyday cocktails was first introduced to us in a book, The Drunken Botanist, by Amy Stewart. Why not add more of an aromatic flavor experience to our cocktails this summer!


If you’d like to craft a more complex taste then handcrafted bitters is a simple way to make familiar drinks seem new again!

Bitters are concentrated liquor flavorings that are mixed into drinks to give a deeper and more complex flavor. Back in the day, they were used a medicinal tonics to help with indigestion but slowly have become a essential ingredient for mixologists and their tasty cocktails.

SONY DSCThe bitter taste can be derived a few different ways. Most commonly it comes from citrus peels or bitter roots and bark. The bitter taste is then extracted using alcohol that is at least 100 proof. The higher the proof, the more easily flavors are extracted from your ingredients. For our bitter creations we used bourbon whiskey and Everclear (whew 151 proof!). Once you have your bitter agents and alcohol you’re ready to experiment with more complex and subtle flavors.
SONY DSCMaking bitters is an aromatic experience. You are encouraged to relax and enjoy this creative process of experimenting with different ingredients. It’s easy to get wrapped up in creating a complex blend of herbs, spices, and fruits. I found a plethora of unique aromatic ingredients I enjoyed sampling and selecting was found at the nearest organic grocery store in the herbs and spices section. A trusted resource for some “hard to find ingredients” is Mountain Rose Herbs (

Here’s our own bitters recipes along with a few suggestions for other ingredients you can use to create your own variation of bitters. We hope you enjoy making these as much as we did. Remember, a little bit goes a long way!


SONY DSCA Wild Bitter Treat

  • 4 – 1” slices of Grapefruit zest
  • 2 – 1” slices of lemon zest
  • 1/4 tsp – Anise Seeds
  • 4 – 1” slices of burdock root
  • 1 tbsp- Cacao Nibs
  • 1 tsp – Cloves
  • 1 tsp – Dried Cherry
  • 1/2 tsp – Fennel Seed
  • 1 tsp – Juniper Berry
  • 1 tsp- Licorice Root
  • 1 tsp – Peppermint Leaves
  • 1 tsp- Peppercorn
  • 5 whole – Rose hips (dried)
  • 2 whole – Start Anise

Savory Cocktail Bitters

  • 4- 1” Slices of Lemon Zest
  • 1 tsp- Anise Seed
  • 4 springs – Dill
  • 1 tsp – Fennel Seed
  • 3 cloves – Garlic
  • 1 Tbsp- Ginger
  • 4 sprigs – Parsley
  • 1 sprig – Rosemary


1. Place the aromatics and bittering agents into a canning jar
2. Add the alcohol & gently muddle the ingredients.
3. Store at room temperature and shake the jar every few days for up to 30 days.
4. When the desired flavor is achieved, strain the infusion through cheesecloth.

Enjoy bitters in cocktails, soda water, tea, and almost anything!

Storage Tip: Securely close the jar and store at room temperature away from sunlight. Best used within a year.

Don’t be afraid to experiment and try some of these unique ingredients!

The Bittering Agent
Burdock Root
Orange zest
Grapefruit zest
Lemon Zest
Dandelion Root

The Solution
Everclear (151 Proof)
Bourbon Whiskey

The Aroma
Anise Seeds
Bay Leaves
Carroway Seed
Dried Currant
Dried Cherry
Fennel Seed
Juniper Berry
Licorice Root
Peppermint Leaves
Rainbow Peppercorns
Red Clover Blossoms
Rose Hips
Star Anise
Cinnamon Sticks
Cacao Nibs

Bone Broth

Homemade broth reminds us of home, the familiar smell of stock on the stove brings back memories of mothers, grandmothers, leftovers, and of course, hot soup.

brothBroth is one of those essential items to have in your kitchen. Not only delicious and comforting, it also is packed with health benefits. There’s a reason why grandmothers all around the world considered it a staple. It’s full of nutrients, comforting flavor, and it’s easy to make at home.

What is it exactly? It is essentially boiled down bones with some vegetables and spices for enhanced flavor. The classic vegetables added to stock are called a mirepoix, which includes carrots, celery and onions. Traditional spices include peppercorns, parsley, and thyme. Adding additional flavoring agents such as garlic enhance the flavor further but aren’t necessary. You can use chicken bones, beef bones, duck bones or even fish bones.

It’s best to use grass fed, organic animals because you will be boiling down the core of the animal and extracting all of those minerals and nutrients. When the bones are cooked, the structures breakdown and several beneficial compounds are released, including collagen and minerals such as calcium and magnesium. You can add stock to dishes to add depth of flavor or enjoy it on it’s own.

Next time you have leftover bones from your dinner, put them aside and start your own stock. Within a few hours (4-6 for chicken) you will have a delicious stock to either freeze for later use or have the next day with lunch. Now go try making your own!


Chicken Bone Broth Recipe



2 lbs of organic turkey or chicken carcass
2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
3 carrots
2 celery stocks
2 onions
3 cloves of garlic
tablespoon of peppercorns
2 bay leaves
several springs of fresh parsley, lemon grass, rosemary or thyme (whatever you have handy)

Add all the ingredients to 6 quarts of water and place in either the slow cooker for 8 hours or on the stove for 4-6 hours.

Lemon Miso Vinaigrette

Spring is in the air, stew season is finally over and fresh salads are ready to take center stage. As you all know, a salad is only as good as its dressing and your dressing is only as good as your ingredients.

spinachhave often stocked my kitchen with various cold pressed oils and bowls of fresh lemons but it wasn’t until my visit to Esalen that I starting incorporating miso paste.

miso2What is this delightfully tasty concoction? It’s a mixture of fermented soybeans, salt and koji.

Miso outranks many other flavorful ingredients in nutrition as it is high in protein, vitamins and minerals. It is a secret ingredient used to add depth and balance to your meals.

The video, at the beginning of this article, is of Esalen Institute’s Chef. Phillip Burrus teaching us how to create a simple, but umami inspired vinagrette in the garden. We hope you enjoy!


lettuce miso4


6 tablespoons of almond oil or olive oil
2 tablespoon of freshly squeezed lemon
1 teaspoon of miso (maybe a dash more if the miso is mild)
Pinch of sea salt
Fresh ground pepper

Whisk the ingredients then pour them over your favorite salad, kale or fish. If you are feeling bold, add some fresh ginger and black sesames seeds to this golden mixture.

Preserved Lemons w/ Chef Phillip Burrus

The Wild Skillet team had the amazing opportunity to visit with one of our favorite chefs, Phillip Burrus, executive chef at Esalen Institute located in Big Sur, CA. The food at Esalen is world-renowned. People come from all over to enjoy the flavors of fresh-picked ingredients aligned with a synergy of ancient & modern cooking techniques.

In Esalen’s gorgeous garden, between the rows of leafy green crops and perennial flowers, Chef Phillip taught us one of his favorite techniques, lemon preservation.


A Moroccan delicacy, mellow but bold in flavor with a heightened essence of vibrant lemon zest. Preserved lemons are an affordable and a practical method of enjoying lemons long after they have been harvested. There’s something very instinctual about food preservation, as it has permeated almost every culture and helped humans survive extreme climates. Although preserved lemons are usually associated with Mediterranean cooking, after a little digging, we’ve found out that they’ve been used in recipes all around the world from the Greeks to Russians, and even in early 19th Century English cookbooks!

When you’re craving the loud flavor notes of lemon, but don’t want to accidentally overpower more subtle flavors, the magic of preserved lemons will shine in your dish. A versatile ingredient, it can be used to substitute any items that calls for lemons and adds another level of complexity that fresh lemons lack.

3Chef Phillip demonstrates how easy it is to make your own jar of preserved lemons. Check out our video below.

Lemon Preserves
A Quick & Easy Recipe


  • 6 lemons (or however many you want to make)
  • 6 tablespoons coarse sea salt or kosher salt
  • lemons juice


1. Wash the lemons and cut a deep cross all the way from the top to within 3/4 inch from the base.
2. Stuff each lemon with 1 tablespoon of the salt and place in the jar.
3. Push down on the lemons so they are squeezed together tightly.
4. Fill lemon juice to the top.
5. Seal the jar and leave in a cool spot for 1 month.

*the longer you leave them, the better the flavor.

Lemons also have many health benefits thanks to their high concentration of vitamin C. They have powerful antioxidant properties which can help lower your risk of asthma and cancer while boosting your immune system and increasing the production of collagen in your skin. A glass of lemon water every day has been shown to aid in digestion, balance your bodies PH, freshen breath and can even help with weight lose.

Feed your Face w/ SuperFoods

Skin care products make bold promises. But, the truth about chemicals and other hard to pronounce ingredients are rather blurred. Here at Wild Skillet, we only showcase REAL (delicious) foods that contain nutrients and anti-aging properties which help promote healthy, radiant skin.

Kim Sevy, our friend and founder of Alkim Me, shows us how easy it is to pamper and heal your skin with natural ingredients found in your home. Save that overly ripe avocado that’s been sitting in your pantry! Kim Sevy’s Avocado Cocoa Facial is a beautiful reason to save that trip to the esthetician!

Avocado Cocoa Facial
made with Avocado, Honey, Cocoa Powder and YogurtAlkim Me2

1 Large Ripe Avocado
1 tsp of raw organic cocoa powder
2 TBSP Raw Organic Honey
2 TBSP organic plain yogurt

Remove the pit from the avocado and scoop the flesh of the avocado into a bowl or place in a blender. Add the Honey, Cocoa and Yogurt and blend or mash with a mortal and pestle until smooth and creamy. Apply the mask to freshly washed and warm skin, allow the mix to sit for 15-30 minutes. After the time has passed rinse well with warm water and a gentle wash cloth. Your skin will feel amazing smooth, hydrated and fresh.

nothing but the truth

Honey is one of natures best humectants (or moisturizers) and also has antibacterial properties beneficial for acne prone skin.

Cocoa is loaded with antioxidants which are our “superheroes for skin,” fighting off free radicals and reducing inflammation in the skin.

Yogurt gently exfoliates while soothing your pores. The protein you get from eating dairy helps the skin become firmer and more resilient to forming lines.

Avocado helps the body better absorb nutrients, providing the skin and body with essential fats. This is good for getting your skin glowing and heart healthy. It hydrates the skin and has some amazing skin softening and wrinkle reducing qualities.

Also, take a peek at Kim Sevy’s Magic Sour Cream Facial tutorial video!

Winter Tonic with Ginger and Turmeric

It’s positively bone chilling out there! While your first instinct might be to go for a cup of fatty-rich hot cocoa or caffeine-riddled coffee, why not give this option a try?

Ginger Tea (6 of 8)

It’s dairy free, aromatic, and LOADED with immune system boosters. It contains ginger, a spicy holiday flavor that has anti-inflammatory and digestion aiding properties. Plus, this tonic has a heavy hit of marigold-colored turmeric which has been shown to help arthritis, upset stomach, and even fight some types of cancer. Add some sweet honey and rich coconut milk, and you will be hoping that winter lasts all year long.

 Wild Winter Tonic

Ginger Tumeric Coconut Milk2Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon Tumeric
  • 2 1/4 – inch peeled slice of Ginger
  • Tea leaves (any preference: we used an herbal blend of floral tea)
  • 1 teaspoon Honey
  • Coconut Milk (added to taste)
  • 1 1/2 cup hot water

Add the above ingredients into a mug and stir until all the ingredients have been infused into your mixture. The sliced ginger can be removed before drinking or finely grated to taste.

Our winter tonic is a great way to stay warm and bright as you endure the winter season!

Hangover Begone!

Your inbox is overflowing with holiday party invitations and caroling soirees. Yet, with each fete, the chances of getting a hangover increases. It’s the perfect storm of too many parties, family gatherings, and flutes of champagne on pretty silver platters floating around you.

Now, how do you survive the holiday season hangover free?

First, start the day with lots of healthy food, water, your vitamins (especially Vit B) and perhaps even a run or yoga class before the shindig starts. As a bonus, these steps make your skin glow as well as prepping your body for a night of festivities that won’t have you reaching for a painkiller the morning after.

Full-proof ways to avoid a hang over

1. Start the party with a glass a water, then alternate between glasses of water and alcohol. Your host/ waiters/ friends probably likes to see a full glass in everyone’s hand, it means that guests are taken care of and the party is a success. It’s psychological, but even a glass filled with water will put everyone at ease. Besides, let’s face it, you could always be more hydrated.

2. Eat something healthy before the party even if the invite says dinner will be served. Keep in mind that trays of drinks could be passed around for at least an hour before food is served. Who has not made this mistake before? Am I right?

3. Remember the Do’s and Don’ts from college: don’t mix different types of booze, clear alcohol is less likely to give you hangover then bourbon, and sugary drinks are just wrong. Lastly, stay away from Champagne. There – I said it – even if it makes me unpopular. Those fairy bubbles look innocent enough but they will ruin your week especially if it’s the cheap stuff loaded with sugar.

4. Snack on saver food throughout the night, it will slow the absorption of alcohol – skip dessert to skip the headaches and your waist line will thank you in the morning.

5. Don’t succumb to peer pressure. Even the most conservative partner in the firm will want to let loose around the holidays, ring in the new year, and so forth. These people are also notorious for luring you down the rabbit hole with them. Don’t be fooled by the innocence of the tea party or the cute white rabbit dressed in a vest and top hat. Have a plan before the party; for example: “I will leave by 1:00am and will only have 2 glasses of red wine because I am ___XYZ____ (i.e.  fighting a cold, training for a marathon, busy saving the world).

If for some reason you were tempted or pushed down that rabbit hole and you feel like a bar mop the next morning, take heed. The best medicine is rest, water and healthy food. Ideally, a cup of chicken soup and a green smoothie. You may be tempted to do “hair of the dog” or a greasy McMuffin but these recipes below will serve you better.

Green Smoothies Detox Green Smoothie

Vegan Hangover SoupVegan-Hangover-Soup

Morning-After Eggs


There are some things that, when experienced, ruin you forever. Your first expensive watch. Flying business class. And, of course, freshly grated horseradish. Once you taste freshly grated horseradish you will never go back to buying store bought. It can be added to  anything mashed potatoes to grown-up baked mac and cheese to a quick jus. Making your own horseradish is super easy; in fact we turned it into a completely ridiculous 2 minute video just to prove how simple it is:


How to Grate Horseradish

Vibrant Health Benefits:
  • Not only is horseradish a perfect low-calorie, non-fat way to boost the flavor of your food & cocktails, it’s also nutritious.
  • It has powerful antioxidant properties that can alleviate sinus discomfort and sinus infections by ridding our bodies of excess mucus.
  • It also hosts antibacterial properties which can destroy the harmful bacteria in the throat and reduce the chances of bronchitis and coughs, as well as increasing blood flow to the infected area and help rapidly remove waste products from the body.
  • The glucosinolates in horseradish have the potential to increase human resistance to cancer and environmental toxins.
  • Research suggests horseradish can increase the liver’s ability to detoxify carcinogens and may suppress tumor growth.
  • While many green, cruciferous vegetables contain glucosinolates, horseradish contains up to 10x as much as vegetables such broccoli and brussels sprouts.

My favorite way to eat it is on top of oysters [Oyster Article] or on a beet salad [Beet Article]. If you are feeling  more adventurous, try these tasty treats!

Spicy Salmon
with Pink Peppercorn and HorseradishSalmon With Horseradish

Raw bar-style Roasted Cocktail Sauce

Cocktail-styleNautical Mary

Bloody Marybloody mary garnishes