Porcini Mushroom Turkey with Mushroom Gravy

PORCINI MUSHROOM TURKEY WITH MUSHROOM GRAVY

INGREDIENTS

Mushroom Butter:

  • 1 ounce dried porcini mushrooms*
  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3/4 cup (1 1/2 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Turkey:

  • 1 14- to 16-pound turkey, rinsed, patted dry inside and out; neck, heart, and gizzard reserved for Turkey Stock
  • 10 fresh Italian parsley sprigs
  • 6 fresh rosemary sprigs
  • 6 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups Turkey stock or water

Gravy:

  • 1 pound crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallot
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 2 cups turkey stock
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 5 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint

PREPARATION

For mushroom butter:

  1. Place porcini in small bowl; add 1 cup boiling water. Let stand until softened, at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hours. Drain mushrooms, reserving soaking liquid. Chop mushrooms. Transfer half of chopped mushrooms (about 1/3 cup) to small bowl; reserve for gravy.
  2. Chop garlic finely in processor. Add butter and next 6 ingredients, then remaining porcini. Blend to coarse paste. DO AHEAD: Can be made 2 days ahead. Transfer to bowl. Cover and chill mushroom butter, reserved chopped porcini, and mushroom liquid separately. TRUE GRIT: When using the porcini soaking liquid, pour it off slowly so that any grit or sediment at the bottom remains in the bowl.

For turkey:

Set rack at lowest position in oven and preheat to 325°F. Sprinkle main turkey cavity with salt and pepper. Spread with 2 tablespoons mushroom butter. Starting at neck end of turkey, carefully slide hand between skin and meat of breast, thighs, and upper drumsticks to loosen skin. Spread mushroom butter over thighs and drumsticks, then over breast meat under skin. Fill main cavity with herb sprigs. Tie legs together loosely to hold shape. Tuck wing tips under.

Place turkey on rack set in large roasting pan. Rub outside of turkey all over with oil; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour 2 cups stock into pan. Roast turkey until thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 165°F to 170°F, about 3 hours. Tilt turkey so juices from main cavity run into pan. Transfer turkey to platter. Tent very loosely with foil; let rest at least 30 minutes (internal temperature will rise 5 to 10 degrees). Reserve pan.

For gravy:

Scrape juices and browned bits from reserved roasting pan into large glass measuring cup. Spoon off fat, reserving 3 tablespoons.

Heat reserved 3 tablespoons fat in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add crimini mushrooms, garlic, and shallot. Sauté until mushrooms are tender, about 6 minutes. Transfer mushrooms to bowl and set aside. Add wine to skillet. Boil until reduced to 1/2 cup, about 3 minutes. Add reserved 1/3 cup chopped porcini mushrooms, reserved mushroom soaking liquid (leaving any sediment behind), 2 cups stock, and degreased pan juices. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer to reduce slightly, about 10 minutes.

Add cream and crimini mushrooms to skillet. Mix 2 tablespoons water and cornstarch in small bowl until smooth. Whisk into gravy. Continue to simmer until reduced to desired consistency, whisking occasionally, about 5 minutes. Mix in parsley and mint. Season gravy to taste with salt and pepper.

Gratitude

Gratitude

By: Lili Scott

As we transition into the season of shorter, colder days, it’s a wonderful time to consider our relationship with gratitude, and to be grateful for the gifts in our lives.

In Chinese Medicine, our Qi is said to follow our intention or mental energy. Different mental and emotional patterns do different things to our energy: overthinking and worry knot the qi; anger makes it rise up, fear sinks it, sadness dissolves it and so on.

It is my experience that gratitude provides a kind of gentle buoyancy and softening to life – I’ve used it to shift out of many less desirable mental/ emotional states.  Of course the so called ‘negative emotions’ are part of life and it’s important that they be fully felt, digested and integrated. But when any mental/ emotional state becomes excessive, or limits our ability to experience anything else, it’s time for an intervention. And gratitude is a great one.

Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life, it turns what we have into enough and more. It turns problems into gifts, confusion to clarity, chaos into order, failures into successes and the unexpected into perfect timing. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.

My practice, evergreens, the ocean, sunshine, rain, a strong, healthy body, a roof over my head, my amazing patients, sight, music to listen to…these are just some of the many things I am grateful for.

In the months to come may you find peace, balance and gratitude!

 

Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

Oatmeal Protein Pancakes

These oatmeal pancakes are packed with protein and fiber. The cinnamon gives this recipe a warming element and the local honey is a good way to boost your immune system during the changing of the seasons.

INGREDIENTS:
Makes 2- 3 servings

  • 1 c. old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 c. fat-free cottage cheese
  • 8 egg whites
  • 2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

PREPARATION:
Heat griddle to medium high heat and coat with coconut oil. Combine all ingredients and blend with an immersion blender until a smooth batter forms. Pour or scoop batter onto griddle in round pancake-like circles. Let cook until tops of the pancakes begin to bubble and then flip and let cook until they’re no longer doughy in the middle and slightly brown on both sides. Top with local honey, nutmeg, or fresh fruit.

8 Steps to a Pain Free Back

By: Colleen Bunker, LAc

I treat a lot of chronic back pain in my practice and more likely than not, the pain didn’t start with a specific injury. In many cases, the pain started with a tight achiness that just gradually got worse over the years until that fateful morning when they simply bent over to tie their shoes or sneeze and Bang! their “back goes out”. They limp into the clinic and hopefully, with the help of acupuncture, massage and chiropractic treatment, the acute pain is relieved. Unfortunately, it often only temporary relief until the next time they sneeze wrong or lift something “they shouldn’t have”.

That’s why I was so glad to have discovered Esther Gokhale’s book, 8 Steps to a Pain Free Back. Esther’s premise is that most chronic back pain simply stems from poor posture and that by following her protocol, you can correct your posture and therefore end chronic back pain. Esther traveled the world and closely studied cultures that don’t suffer from back pain and found that it was correct posture that allowed them to use their backs, often for many hours of manual labor, without pain. This isn’t a book about exercises that you do for the rest of your life to manage symptoms, it’s about learning how to sit, stand, walk, sleep and lift in way that corrects and then maintains proper spinal alignment. And then you just live it. This is a very inspirational book, and if followed, can be curative of most chronic back pain. This book is very easy to follow, with lots of good illustrations and beautiful pictures of people around the world with excellent posture. Esther has a great website with lots of resources and lists locations for free monthly demonstrations here in Portland. I highly recommend this book!

Nettle and Parsely Pesto

Nettle and Parsley Pesto

By: Leah Scott

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups fresh nettle leaves
  • 1 bunch of Italian parsley
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • ¾ cup pine nuts
  • ½ cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • ¾ cup shredded parmesan cheese (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Stinging nettles are abundant in our part of the world and host many health benefits.  They are particularly useful in reducing inflammation and alleviating allergy symptoms, arthritis and skin complaints such as eczema.  As an iron-rich green, they are an optimal blood builder.  Foraging nettles is tricky due to the stinging quality, but wear gloves and gather the younger leaves on your next wander through the woods or along the banks of the Columbia.  The leaves must be blanched prior to use and the water can double as a nourishing tea to sip!

First blanch the nettles for a few minutes in a rolling boil, strain and allow leaves to dry thoroughly.  In a food processor, add garlic, olive oil and lemon juice.  Alternate adding nettles and parsley in pulses with pine nuts and cheese (if you choose) until the pesto comes together in a paste with some texture still.  Add salt and pepper to taste.

Buckwheat Crepes with Pears, Arugula, Hazelnuts and Balsamic Caramel Sauce

Buckwheat Crepes with Pears, Arugula, Hazelnuts and Balsamic Caramel Sauce

By: Christine Stecker

Crepes are one of my favorite meals to have with a gathering, as all the fillings are really the best part and they accommodate the savory and sweet eaters alike.  Buckwheat is an excellent flour to use for added protein, fiber, magnesium and B vitamins.  In fact it’s a seed rather than a grain making it gluten free and low-glycemic.  Buckwheat has a nutty and hearty quality that I like in baking but it can be quite dense, which is why I love it in this crepe recipe, as it gives the crepes a sturdiness that allows robust flavors in the filling without losing the container.  I highly recommend these with lox and cream cheese or prosciutto and blue cheese, or for a savory meets sweet as in this a pear, arugula, toasted hazelnut and a balsamic caramel syrup filling.

Yield: 6 large crepes
Crepes:

  • 2 eggs
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3/4 cup milk or milk substitute
  • 2/3 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/3 cup white flour or gluten free substitute
  • salt
  • 1/2-1 cup water

Whisk wet ingredients together, add dry ingredients in thirds.  Mix thoroughly, batter should be thick and sticky.  Then add small amounts of water until the batter reaches a thinner pourable consistency.  Refrigerate for 1 hour and up to 48 hours before cooking.

Balsamic caramel sauce:

  • 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • zest from 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons butter

Add lemon zest and balsamic in a small pot on medium low heat for 5 minutes, add sugar and keep slightly above simmering for 10 minutes stirring continuously.  Add butter and stir until fully incorporated.  Finally, add a bit of water if necessary to pour like syrup.

  • 1/2 cup chopped hazelnuts, toasted
  • 2 pears, sliced thinly
  • 2 cups arugula or spinach

 

Check in with Your Body

Check In With Your Body Series – Body Awareness

By: Nicolette Wood

It is well known that regular massage therapy is good for increasing relaxation, decreasing muscle tension and generally improving ones well-being. In addition to the physical benefits, massage therapy can also contribute to body awareness. Sometimes the daily grind of life prevents us from noticing our bodies’ indications that a treatment may be in order. Busy schedules and life responsibilities can allow you to ignore that trigger point in your shoulder, tension in your hips or tightness in your low back. Incorporating a massage session into your busy month as a regular “to-do” item can allow you to catch and address those muscle pains and allow you to increase your well-being, and therefore, productivity. Receiving monthly massage can also give you more body awareness to know which muscles or areas of your body are needing regular or additional attention. You can expect as a part of a routine massage session that a massage therapist may notice potential abnormalities on exposed skin during a session and note them to the client to be addressed further. To help keep your body in check, make an appointment and set aside an hour each month to increase and maintain your own body awareness.

Quadratus Lumborum

Quadratus Lumborum

By: Erik Cannard, LMT

Here in the Pacific Northwest, the early days of spring and their occasional sun-breaks are the perfect time to head outside and get as much gardening done as possible. I tend to see a lot of people developing low back and hip pain from overwork during this time. The longer lasting of these aches and pains can often be traced to one muscle in particular, Quadratus Lumborum (QL). QL is a roughly rectangular muscle that attaches to the tiny 12th rib, the sides of several lumbar vertebrae and to the top of the pelvis. It is just behind the infamous psoas and is the deepest muscle to still be located on the “back of the back.” While its biggest movement is probably side-bending, I find the QL’s most important function is assisting with the regular stability of our lumbar spine. It holds everything in place really well.
Bending over in the yard for hours at a time pulls QL taut as it balances the spine. These taut muscle fibers will often cause pain to manifest across the hip and buttock as well as the low back area itself.

Massage geared toward the QL usually starts with slow fascial techniques to soften up the surrounding “gristle.” Work will also be done from the side toward the spine instead of top down to create the idea of space between the muscle layers. I typically use some friction across the fibers of QL to encourage circulation and keep everything moving, giving the cells in the area an opportunity to heal and reset. Usually, some side stretches in the days after massage can help maintain the relief of the work itself.
Just knowing that working in such a small area of the back has the potential to give people so much relief makes Quadratus Lumborum one of my favorite muscles.

Reset, Revive and Resource Yourself in Just 1-minute

Reset, Revive and Resource Yourself in Just 1-minute.

By: Tamra Holder, LMT

If you sit at a computer regularly for long periods, you’ve probably felt it, that pain in your upper back, shoulders and neck from the posture you’ve sunk into while your eyes are locked into the narrow focus obliged by a computer screen. Well, you are not alone, this happens to most everyone, but you do not have to submit to this painful state of being. Freedom from suffering in relationship to your computer can be yours without imposing a rigid and equally painful militaristic posture. So, how can you RESET your posture and find neutral, a place of ease and dynamic equilibrium in relationship to gravity and it’s opposite: ground reaction force? How can you REVIVE yourself, break free from the tension holding you in that familiar statuesque position of Rodin’s “The Thinker” to feeling the dynamism of being wholly alive in each moment? How can you gain access to all your inner RESOURCES in just 1-minute?

Well, set your timers for once every thirty minutes AND TRY THIS:

Starting position:set the height of your seat so your hips are 1”- 2” higher than your knees and scoot to the edge of your seat so your thighs are mostly off of the seat. Use a firm cushion if your seat will not adjust to the height you need. Rest your hands on your thighs. Inhale here.
Flexion:give a slight push into your feet and rocking on your sitting bones, send the top of your pelvis (the back of your waist) backward as you begin to melt your spine into a fairly even curve. Begin to exhale about midway as you sink into this C-shape in your spine. Feel the support of your pelvis while you let yourself relax into flexion. Allow your hands to slide out toward your knees.
Prepare for Extension:On the pause after your exhale, take your C-shaped spine and it rock slightly forward on your sitting bones. Slide your hands up close to the crease at the top of your thighs.
Extension:Now, push down into the ground through your sitting bones, feet and hands to give you the upward impulse for coming into your fullest length. Inhale just after you push off, enjoying a new deep breath.
Finding Neutral:As you exhale, rock back on your sitting bones just enough to center your pelvis and allow your spine to settle with gravity into balance. Feel this new place of supported alignment in neutral.
Repeat entire sequence 3-6 times (about 1-minute)or longer when you want to unwind more deeply held tensions.
If you’re having difficulty getting your muscles to release tension, make an appointment and one of our practitioners will be happy to assist you so you can let go the burden of tension and enjoy the freedom and ease of being fully alive again.

Repetitive Use Injuries

Activities of Daily Living

By: Erin Rose Turner, LMT

Here are some thoughts I’ve compiled from a few years of listening, observing and working with the healing of “Repetitive Use Injuries” and their related actions because, any time we bring a new and consistent posture/movement into our daily lives, it’s a good idea to consider a few important points:

1. Diversity of use keeps the whole joint active and lubricated. Change up the way you hold and move things.

2. When putting pressure in toward a joint, make sure to flex the muscles that surround that area first, and actively use them to guide your body though the movement, to avoid over exerting the less-flexible ligaments and tendons affected.

3. Recognize when you have an activity that is so repetitive it could harm your joints if performed carelessly so that you can be proactive, intentional and strength building in the process; instead of injurious.

4. Remember that stretches and exercises have many different applications and desired outcomes. For example, there is “Athletic” stretching for paced progress/deadline based-goal reaching and, there is “Recuperative” stretching for recovery and gentle, body-led progress. One is for healing and the other is for strengthening. Both are an important part of wellness but, are best used at different times.

5. With cooling temperatures this winter, even the most limber person experiences a decrease in flexibility if not deliberately warmed up. Give your muscles time to ease into to any repetitive efforts you’ll be making. Even if your day includes 2-3 hours of commuting, consider 3-5 minutes of medium-depth stretching (every hour or so) to build a healthy rhythm of joint lubrication and muscular flexibility into your lifestyle.

6. Stay hydrated with water and tea. Coffee and juice aren’t enough to fully hydrate you. We all need water throughout the day.

With these 5 simple steps, you’re directly supporting your own injury prevention, improved circulation and decreased muscle aches; all very good things. Happy Healing.