Author: WinterJade

Italian Sausage Soup Adapted from an Allrecipes recipe



2 Tbs. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, chopped
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 lb. sweet turkey Italian sausage (equivalent to 4 links – look at you being so healthy with the turkey!)
1 tsp. dried basil
1 tsp. dried rosemary
1/4 tsp. dried crushed red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. dried sage
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes (try fire roasted!)
3 cups chicken broth
2 cups water
1 can cannellini (white kidney) beans
1 cup dried pasta shells


In a large pot, sauté onion and carrot in olive oil until softened, then add garlic and cook a minute more. Add turkey sausage and brown while breaking it into small bits. Add basil, rosemary, red pepper flakes and sage to pot, stir to combine. Add tomatoes, broth, water, and beans, bring to a boil over medium-high heat, reduce heat and simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in pasta shells, simmer another 5-10 minutes until pasta is cooked, and serve.

Fall Detox Soup Gluten free and vegan


When you are on a cleanse, it’s important to be consuming organic fruits and vegetables as much as possible. Always be sure to properly clean them, as well. You want to be avoiding any and all unnecessary toxins both in your food and in your environment during your detox. Rather than putting the word “organic” before each ingredient, just know you should be selecting organic whenever possible for this soup.

This particular soup is filled with the best of what is in season right now. If some of these ingredients aren’t available near you, improvise with what you do have. This soup was literally inspired by what looked best at the market.

Aduki beans (aka azuki or adzuki beans) are great for a protein, as they are far easier to digest than most other legumes and they are known to help the liver to detoxify. Just a quarter cup of aduki beans contains 100% of the recommended daily intake of molybdenum, a trace mineral that produces the enzyme sulfite oxidase which is crucial for liver detoxification. Aduki beans are one of the highest in protein and lowest in fat and they are loaded with soluble fiber. The high iron content also makes them a good choice for women’s health. In Japan, aduki bean soups are often consumed after menstruation to replenish red blood cells.

This soup is so comforting, so warming and really makes you feel good! It’s got a hint of flavor from the apple cider vinegar that’s added at the end. You could also opt for lemon or lime juice instead. Feel free to use whatever fresh herbs you have on hand and enjoy. Please feel free to tweak this and make it your own.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, coconut oil or ghee
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large leek, cleaned well and cut into half lengthwise then into thin slices
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1-2 pepper(s) of your choice, diced (I went with two Anaheim peppers)
  • 6-8 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, scrubbed clean, peeled and chopped
  • 3 or 4 small rutabagas, peeled and cut into medium dice
  • 1 very small or 1/4 of a medium head of cabbage, core removed and sliced thinly (about 2 cups)
  • 3 cups butternut squash, peeled and cubed (you could also select Kobucha squash or pumpkin)
  • 8-10 cups water
  • Fresh herbs (rosemary and oregano, or whatever you have on hand)
  • 3 roma tomatoes, with seeds and skin, diced
  • 2 cups cooked Aduki beans
  • 1 bunch of kale, stems remove and leaves roughly chopped
  • 1-2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt, to taste
  • fresh cracked black pepper, to taste
  • pinch of red pepper flakes, optional


If you can, use dried beans, cooked beforehand. Feel free to used canned, but it’s best to avoid canned foods while cleansing whenever possible. Feel free to substitute mung beans, lentils or even pinto beans or kidney beans. Just be sure to soak any beans than need soaking, before cooking them.

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add in the onion, leek, celery, pepper(s) and garlic. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring often. Add in the carrots, rutabagas, cabbage, squash and any fresh herbs you are adding. Cook for about 5-7 minutes. Stirring often.

Add the water, tomatoes and beans, take it up to a medium-high bring it to a light boil then drop the temperature down, cover and simmer the soup over a low heat for 30-45 minutes. The longer it simmers, the better and more intense the flavor will be. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add any additional herbs or spices you would like.

Just before serving add the kale and the apple cider vinegar. Stir well and serve.

Adrenal Support Good for stress




 1 lb green beans

1 C celery, chopped

3 zucchinis, sliced

1 medium onion, chopped

2 C tomato juice

2 C spring water

2 Tbsp raw honey

2 tsp paprika

2 C chicken broth

Any other spices to taste (pepper, garlic, etc.)


  1. Combine ingredients and simmer for 1 hr, just until veggies are tender.

– OR –

  1. Combine in a crockpot and let cook until veggies are tender.



Consume daily.




Chef’s Note: this recipe is surprisingly delish, AND, so very refreshing, plus it’s visually exciting! Use EITHER the mint or the cilantro, but don’t combine them in this recipe. Too, the SEASONED RICE WINE VINEGAR has just the right taste. You can use other vinegars, but it’s just not the same, I’ve tried it. Seedless varieties are the obvious choice for this recipe.

Chef’s Tip: if you wish to use the watermelon carcass itself as the serving bowl for this dish, slice off a thin slice from the underside of the watermelon, after washing the outside of the melon very well with a mixture of 1 Tbsp. vinegar and 2 cups water. This way, the “bowl” won’t roll around.


  • 1 small WATERMELON, seedless preferred, rinsed in mixture of 1/3 vinegar and 2/3 water, cut per instructions in Chef’s Tip above
  • 2 ENGLISH (seedless) or regular CUCUMBERS – peel, if not organic, and remove seeds from the regular cucumber using a large spoon, then cut into 1” square chunks to match size of watermelon chunks
  • 1/3 cup SEASONED RICE WINE VINEGAR — please please please don’t substitute other vinegars, it will adversely affect the overall flavor
  • ¼ cup FRESH MINT or FRESH CILANTRO — washed and rinsed well, then pinched into small pieces using your clean thumb and pointer finger nails
  • SEA SALT and freshly cracked BLACK PEPPER to taste


  1. Cut watermelon chunks and cucumber chunks into same size chunks and place in a non-reactive bowl (glass or plastic) and refrigerate until time to serve;
  2. Remove from refrigerator and finish with sprinkling of rice wine vinegar, salt and pepper and cilantro OR mint;
  3. Place salad in the carved out watermelon carcass, if using, or in a pretty bowl;
  4. Finish garnishing with fronds of mint or cilantro and serve well chilled.

This salad is such a fantastic summer salad and goes well with just about anything you would serve for dinner or lunch!

CHICKEN FRUIT SALAD A favorite recipe of Relief Society sisters in Pasadena, California

Mix together:

3 cups cooked diced chicken

2 1/2 cups seeded grapes that have been cup in half

2 cups diced celery

1 can of pineapple chucks, drained

1 can of mandarin oranges, drained


Blend until smooth:

1 1/2 cup mayonnaise

6 tablespoons milk

1 1/2 tablespoons chutney

1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder

1/4 teaspoons salt


Pour sauce over chicken mixture and refrigerate for a couple of hours.  Serve over lettuce with wedges of cantaloupe or other fruit on side.  Another option: serve on a croissant as a chicken salad sandwich.  Yummy!

Just a personal note about the recipe:  I decrease the curry amount – it is a little strong for me.  I also decrease the milk and mayo if I am serving it on rolls as a sandwich.

Peanut Noodles Mmm!

The assembled dish can be refrigerated up to a few hours. Or put together the sauce a few days in advance to make final prep a breeze with the cooked noodles. The more of the optional vegetables you add, the better the noodles get.

This rich, slightly sweet peanut sauce works almost as well on plain pasta as it does in its traditional incarnation using egg or rice noodles.

You can toss raw, julienne carrots and bell peppers or steamed snow peas and broccoli with the noodles and peanut sauce. Leftover sauce can be refrigerated and served with cooked rice and raw or cooked vegetables.

Servings: 4 – 6


  • 1 pound spaghetti or Chinese egg noodles

  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil

  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced on the diagonal, plus more for garnish

  • 1-inch piece fresh ginger, minced

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 teaspoon Asian chili paste or to taste (optional)

  • 2 tablespoons light or dark light brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup creamy peanut butter (may use natural peanut butter)

  • 2 to 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce, plus more as needed

  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar (optional)

  • 6 to 10 tablespoons hot water

  • Salt, as needed

  • 3 tablespoons toasted sesame oil

  • 1 tablespoon sesame seeds

  • Cucumber slices

  • Carrot sticks

  • Red, orange or yellow bell pepper slices

  • Fresh cilantro or mint leaves


Cook the pasta according to package directions, and drain it well. If a cold dish is desired, rinse the pasta under cold running water to cool, and drain again.

Meanwhile, in a small pot over medium-low heat, heat the peanut oil. Add the scallions, ginger, garlic and, if desired, chili paste and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the brown sugar, peanut butter, soy sauce, vinegar if desired and 6 tablespoons hot water. Stir until the sugar is dissolved and the mixture smooths out.

Remove from the heat. If necessary, add additional hot water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to achieve the desired consistency. Taste and add more soy sauce or salt, as needed.

Return the hot or cold noodles to the pot in which they were cooked, add the sesame oil and toss to coat. Add as much of the peanut sauce as desired and toss again to coat. Transfer to a serving bowl or individual plates and sprinkle with additional scallions, sesame seeds, cucumber, carrot, bell pepper and cilantro or mint. (May cover and refrigerate up to several hours.)

FINDING CLASSICAL CHANNELS BY FEEL September 8 - November 10, Tuesdays 3-6pm

classical channels radiate into the FieldFINDING CLASSICAL CHANNELS BY FEEL

LEVEL 1 of a 3-level, 1-yr course taught at Zen Shiatsu Chicago – 30 hours
Do you sometimes wish you knew for sure if you are really on the meridian? Do you wish you felt secure enough in your hand’s sensitivity to trust that you found the point? Do you wish there was another way to learn meridian and point locations besides memorizing anatomical landmarks? Then let’s turn your wishes into reality!

Discover how to locate meridians and points by sense of touch. Learn the missing information that makes it so much easier to feel what you’re looking for. In this course we will consult meridian charts like we do maps – to get an idea of the “landscape” of the meridians. Then, we will palpate the actual channels the way we follow a trail – by literally entering into the “territory” (with our thumbs) and experiencing it through our senses.

Skill-building will include: finding the most effective angles, recognizing when your touch has penetrated into the whole body, confidently finding and treating the whole channel between each point, not just “point-to-point’.
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John Lennon on school assignments

What a strange time we’re living through! And no better time for MAKING ENERGY MANIFEST: BECOMING A HIGHLY EVOLVED SPECIALIST! Why do I say that? Because this pandemic has made people realize how much we miss connecting on a real and deep level. More than ever, people are needing what we shiatsu specialists offer. They need it and they know it. Many of us are feeling the call to answer that sincere need. Aligning our energies with the emerging new paradigm will make us strong, ready and available. Now is our opportunity for a profound healing and upgrade.

Being a good practitioner has very little to do with the techniques we use and how well we execute them. It has much more to do with what we bring from within ourselves to their skillful execution . . . from our soulful, heartfelt efforts on behalf of our clients. That’s where the healing comes from. The skillset is simply the means we use to focus and stay engaged throughout the treatment.

Testing vs. learning

Maybe all this upheaval and change is telling us it’s time to reject the dominant narrative and move away from the current paradigm that makes believe we can prove our competency by testing for measurable outcomes. The time is right to adopt a new paradigm that values IM-measurable outcomes, like understanding, perception, insight, empathy, feeling, receptiveness, intuition, responsiveness, sensitivity, subtlety. We may not be able to test for these qualities, but they are the ones we really need in a health and healing practice – and what our clients rely on from us.

So, let’s not “pivot our business.”

Let’s, instead, go deeper into it.


Making Energy Manifest for clients

In that spirit, I plan to honor my pre-pandemic vision of MAKING ENERGY MANIFEST: BECOMING A HIGHLY EVOLVED SPECIALIST, albeit with the new paradigm in mind. Here’s a reminder of the topics we’ll cover:


  • Gridding the client’s energetic field to understand the unspoken language of harmony within. the meridian system
  • Discerning differences between meridian energy and other types of energy (muscle energy, organ energy, chakra energy, etc.)
  • Distinguishing between physical & emotional energy in the same meridian (e.g. if the GB meridian comes up in your hara diagnosis, what does it indicate? tight shoulders? anger issues? dietary needs? impending decisions?)
  • Experiencing and assessing expansive and contractive states of energy
  • Aligning your body for working in the expansive state
  • Heightening, deepening and strengthening your sensitivities for directly experiencing meridian energy
  • Interpreting the information coming through the meridian energy (Hara diagnosis & Kyo/Jitsu)
  • Confidently directing your client’s energy to balance and harmonize (treatment)
  • Establishing a beneficial change in your client’s energy pattern that they will be able to repeat and maintain on their own (extended treatment plan)
  • Reviewing and refining meridian locations and angles of palpation (of course! it’s the #1 essential, never-ending, continually on-going practice of dedicated practitioners!)

BUT . . . the backdrop for these themes will go a little further. In addition to “a very advanced and specialized body of information” (as stated in the February newsletter), we will add the goal of “a very advanced and specialized inner development of the practitioner.” The information will not change. But you will. Your experience of your work will; the way you take in information will; the way you put out your talents will.

Making Energy Manifest is for big-picture people 🙂


MAKING ENERGY MANIFEST: BECOMING A HIGHLY EVOLVED PRACTITIONER proposes to review what you’ve been practicing for the past however many years, and make it new again. The endeavor is to purify and fortify the higher vibrations of your energy field. You don’t need any new techniques – you already have plenty of them. But a qualitative upgrade and refinement of your meridian energies and chakras will alter your quality of touch and help your client reach deeper levels of healing within themselves.

Making Energy Manifest through your hands

  From your touch . . . receive clearer information

  Through your touch . . . understand and radiate compassion

With your touch . . . transmit healing


MAKING ENERGY MANIFEST: BECOMING A HIGHLY EVOLVED PRACTITIONER utilizes your favorite techniques and shiatsu skills as the means to further develop the healer in you. You don’t need to play small, hide your light, or be afraid to become all of who you are. There is great support in this workshop to spread your wings. It doesn’t matter if you fly or just flap them to get stronger. Go for it!

Refresh your knowledge

Revamp your skills

Reinvigorate your Imagination


Our tribe supports our evolution

Come into your fullness.  Embrace your whole Presence. In this new paradigm, we grow together. We support each other. We practice seeing the inner beauty in each other – both as colleagues when we’re sharing, and as clients when we’re practicing on one another. We restore each other. We build up our own healing talents and foster each other’s. We avow these values as our standards.


Proud of you

Envision! the new paradigm

Embrace! your Whole Presence

EVOLVE!  into a master specialist



The workshop fee includes:

  • individual private room with bath
  • 3 meals per day 
  • instruction
  •  materials

See early registration deadlines below. Payment plans are also available.

For our third annual Residential Workshop Retreat, the significantly discounted rates from last year are available for the last time.  Take advantage of this year’s lower prices if you can.

by this due date
amount due
8/8/20 $697.00
8/22/20 $769.00
9/17/20 $830.00
Until 9/23 $920.00

Making Energy Manifest
$31.28 (processing fee)
Total: $951.28


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Will you recognize it when you MAKE ENERGY MANIFEST? [Does it matter?]
Maybe you can tell by the way I mixed graphics with cartoons that I fully intend for all of this “serious” work to bring us a lot of joy and laughter!  😊

Wishing you peace, love and healing



The Wood Phase in Asian Medicine The Wood Phase is the time of Growth

The Wood Phase in Asian Medicine goes with Spring, the time of Growth

For those of us who live in the colder climes, February seems too much like Winter to think of it as the beginning of Spring. However, Mother Nature has, indeed, begun stirring in yet unseen ways. Think of the gestation of an embryo. Although it is months before a pregnancy “shows,” an intensely powerful effort of growth is taking place in the womb, unbeknownst to everyone. Typically, even the mother is unaware until her Moontime is late. This formidable potency of life bursting forth is the energy of the Wood Phase. Intense. Powerful. Growth that will not be stopped. Up and out in all directions. Manifestation. The perfect symbol for the Wood Phase is a tree: as soon as Spring arrives, its roots grow down; its trunk shoots up; and its branches stretch out in all directions. Yes, it is intense, but it is glorious!

The Wood Phase in Asian Medicine governs the LIVER and GALL BLADDER as well as the sinews.

In ancient times, the functioning of meridians and organs was explained in terms of political offices, starting all the way from emperor to minister to local officials. The Japanese have updated these explanations with terms used in business from high level leadership to lower management.

In this new categorization, the Liver meridian is the CEO (chief executive officer).  This is the person who holds the big vision and is responsible for making sure there are enough resources to keep the company thriving for many years to come. This is the person who holds the vision for the next 5, 10, 25 years. You can understand how this corresponds to the main functions of the Liver meridian, which are storage and planning.

The Gall Bladder is likened to the COO (chief operating officer).  This person oversees all departments within the company and makes sure that the correct resources get to the appropriate department in a timely fashion. This corresponds to the main functions of the Gall Bladder meridian, which are decision-making and the smooth flow of Qi, or energy.

The Wood Phase in Asian Medicine also governs the sinews (ligaments and tendons).

The Wood-type Personality

If you are a Wood-type person, you work hard and play hard. You are still on the go when everyone else is on their last leg. When you finally get tired, all you need is a nap or a few hours of sleep and you’re ready to go again.

Because you enjoy working hard, you may not notice when you are overworking until you realize that you have become so easily irritated by by everything and everyone that you are “biting their heads off.” Frustration and irritability are your negative go-to emotions. In the extreme, they can tend toward depression and/or heavy drinking.

However, when your Wood energy is healthy and harmonious, you are quite naturally good-natured, kind, compassionate and generous. The classics say that the virtue that goes with Wood is benevolence. If Wood is dominant in your personality, you are sympathetic, understanding and gentle. At your best, you are organized, practical, independent, challenging and direct. You push yourself to be better at whatever you do. At your worst, you can be stubborn, inflexible, close-minded and prejudiced.

On the physical level, when you are healthy, you have more energy than the average joe. But you can tend to get stiff in your joints. Remember the sinews? Ligaments hold bone to bone, and tendons hold muscle to bone. So, the sinews basically hold your joints together. Achiness and stiffness in the neck, shoulders, hips and ankles are very common complaints. more about the season of the Wood Element

When balanced, the Wood person is a natural leader – a powerhouse of energy and productivity. Wood people tend to be in positions of power and responsibility.  Liver-type people are often entrepreneurs or CEOs of companies because they have a clear vision and they see the big picture.  They can effectively stay on top of things and tirelessly influence people and events to ensure the realization of the vision.  They enjoy working hard and playing hard.  They seldom get angry, but when they do, you do not want to be around!

The Gall Bladder type is similar but a little less intense.  They make excellent vice-presidents and middle-to-upper level managers, capable of making good decisions and supervising employees.

When Wood-type people are out of balance, they tend to overwork to the point of compromising their health.  They commonly overeat and/or drink too much alcohol.  Emotionally, they may waiver back and forth between ideas, unable to come to a decision.  Anger management may be a problem, as in irritability and frequent bursts of temper that are unpleasant, even if they don’t amount to anything.  Common physical symptoms are shoulder problems, stiff or painful joints, headaches, migraines, eyestrain, hyperacidity, constipation, flatulence, prostate or menstrual problems.

Wood-type people respond exceptionally well to bodywork. In the Asian classical texts, the recommended treatment for Wood people is regular bodywork and exercise. People who have a lot of stress in their lives – even if they thrive under it (remember, Wood people like to take on responsibility and work hard) – weekly treatments and daily exercise makes sense. This is also true for entrepreneurs and people in private practice. It is even true for the stay-at-home parent in charge of scheduling all three kids’ after school activities, keeping the home running smoothly, coaching the baseball team and chairing the condo board meetings.  If you are this type of take-charge person, self-care means letting someone else take care of you for an hour a week! 🙂 If your responsibilities or your stress are not so pronounced, once a month may be all you need.

Recommendation for the WOOD Phase

Although we typically think of Spring as starting on the Equinox around March 21st, that is really the mid-point of the season.  If you look at it from the viewpoint of growth, Spring begins closer to Groundhog Day.  In Asian Medicine, Springtime is the best time for fasting and/or cleansing, as the Liver is the main organ of detoxification. As soon as you shake off that winter chill, you can embark on a gentle cleansing of your system. Check out my favorite gall bladder cleanse.

Once that is complete, the other customary recommendation is to add exercise back into your routine (people typically do less during the Winter).  Walking, jogging or swimming are the most common suggestions.  Pick the activity that gives you the most pleasure and enjoyment.