Margaret Walton

WHIDBEY RECIPES | Faith and hope are the important messages of this season

When disaster strikes, with little or no warning, it gives life a whole new perspective.Unless it happens to you, personally, it’s almost impossible to imagine… Continue reading


WHIDBEY RECIPES: Teachers help shape the people we become

If I were to ask you what you consider to be the most important job in the country, what would you answer? President? CEO of any of our huge major industries? Secretary of State, or Treasury? The general in charge of our everlasting war in Iraq?


An uniquely American holiday – and our time to be thankful | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Here we are, on the eve of Thanksgiving, wondering how that came to be when Halloween was only last week. Forget that old saw, “Time flies when you’re having fun” — the truth is time flies whether you’re having fun or not.


Our tech-savy society is feeling the hurt in this Internet age | WHIDBEY RECIPES

It’s a lethal combination, cowardice and vitriol. And that lethal combination is seeping into one of the most society-changing, communication revolutions of our lifetime.

Pop Tarts and pretzels? What in the world were they thinking? WHIDBEY RECIPES

There are times when words fail me, although some friends and family would no doubt disagree. This morning was one of those brief periods when I was struck dumb, sputtering and wordless because I couldn’t believe what I was reading.

WHIDBEY RECIPES | Never heard of geoduck? And you call yourself a supercook

Remember when you were a kid and played “Let’s Pretend?” That’s what we’re doing today, so even if you were backward as a child and didn’t play “Let’s Pretend,” just go along with it for a bit.

A kitchen can also serve as a healing place | WHIDBEY RECIPES

It’s been a tough week, a strange, confusing, terrifying and very discouraging week. As remote as we are from the recent Colorado massacre, it’s impossible not to feel within ourselves some of the pain and suffering everyone involved there must be going through. We may never find out or understand what triggered such insanity in the previously brilliant mind of a seemingly promising young man, but the questions this event has raised may be with us for a very long time.

Berries with the Beatles rings the bell | WHIDBEY RECIPES

This morning, about an hour ago, I sat in our “TV-office-all purpose” room, a bowl of freshly hulled, perfectly ripe Bell’s Farm strawberries, topped with a small dollop of Greek yogurt, in my lap, and listening to the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” on our nearby ancient phonograph.

Recipes to loosen up your hippocampus | WHIDBEY RECIPES

The hippocampus is connected to the neuropath, the neuropath’s connected to the cortex, and the cortex is connected to your brain, so hear the word of the brain doctors.

To bean or not to bean, that is the chili question | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Yes, I know Shakespeare is spinning in his grave, and I’ve been playing fast and loose with that quotation, but it was just too much fun to pass up after I read about the momentous decision made recently by The International Chili Society.

Too much of too many good things? | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Why does it always seem to be either feast or famine? We go for months without so many things we love, then suddenly, come July, we’re up to our ears in too many good things.

Why was Thanksgiving Day so readily skipped over? | WHIDBEY RECIPES

I am so ticked off, really angry right now. What happened this year to Thanksgiving, one of our most traditional, non-religious, rooted-in-history holidays, and one I have very much looked forward to every year since I was a child?

WHIDBEY RECIPES: When life gives you lemons …

We’ve all heard to the point of tiresome the old saying, “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”Well, I have a better idea. When life… Continue reading

Sweet holiday recipes for my first love: Dad | WHIDBEY RECIPES

My first love was the epitome of that romantic cliché “tall, dark and handsome.” He was slender, with sky-blue eyes that crinkled at the corners when he smiled, which he did often. I fell for him, hard, the first time I saw him.

Pesky pickle? Cagey caper? I have a gadget for that | WHIDBEY RECIPES

“Gadget: A small specialized mechanical device, a contrivance.“Gadgeteer: A person who designs, builds or delights in the use of gadgets.“Gadgetry: Gadgets collectively.”According to my American… Continue reading

Homemade cookies add sweetness to the holiday season | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Whether you’re Christian, agnostic, Muslim, pagan, Jewish, Druid, atheist, Buddhist, Catholic, Protestant, Mormon, Seventh Day Adventist, or any other appellation you can come up with, it really shouldn’t matter when it’s the holiday season (or any other time, as far as I’m concerned.)

Looking for a better life? Expert says to try a little happiness | WHIDBEY RECIPES

A woman named Gretchen Rubin, attorney, former Supreme Court clerk and author, has been much in the news lately after her book, “The Happiness Project,”… Continue reading

When summer arrives too soon, fire up the grill and enjoy | WHIDBEY RECIPES

There’s no denying that we who live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, especially in the greater Puget Sound area, go a bit nuts when summer comes early, as it has just done.

WHIDBEY RECIPES | Oysters are an easily savored taste of the sea breeze

Note: If you are among the many who cannot abide the thought of eating an oyster in any form, just pass up this column today.John… Continue reading

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Nature at its worst, and best

It's last Friday morning as I’m writing this; you remember last Friday morning, don’t you?