Margaret Walton

Margaret posted 232 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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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.

  • Oct 16th, 2012 9:53pm

It’s not Eve’s fault apples taste wonderful | WHIDBEY RECIPES

And what did Adam say, when asked about biting into that forbidden fruit? Why, he blamed Eve, of course. “The woman whom thou gavest to be with me, she gave me of the tree, and I did eat.” (Genesis 3:12)

  • Sep 29th, 2012 6:00pm

Never too much fruit for late summer recipes | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Right now, on one countertop and in the fridge there are pears, peaches and plums, keeping company with apples and berries. They are all ripe, ready and in need of attention.

  • Sep 25th, 2012 9:25pm

Old school’s new life prompts edible memories | WHIDBEY RECIPES

If you’ve been driving in and out of Langley lately, on Langley Road, you may have noticed the unusual amount of activity in and around the old Langley High School building, perhaps wondering what was going on.

  • Sep 22nd, 2012 8:00pm

Autumn apples are perfect with cheddar, caramel | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Everywhere I go, I see them: the apples of autumn. Three of my neighbors have trees, loaded with ripe and ripening apples, many already falling to the ground, to the delight of the ever-present deer. And along the drive I take from our end of the island to anywhere else, apple trees dot the wayside, all currently heavy with fruit.

  • Sep 4th, 2012 9:33pm

Back to school: good news for some, not so for others | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Back in one of my other lives, I looked forward eagerly to the beginning days of the new school year. I was a teacher, then, and couldn’t wait to meet my new batch of students. My own kids, of course, were moaning and groaning about having to give up their too short summertime fun and put on those stiff new “back-to-school” shoes and clothes.

  • Aug 21st, 2012 9:32pm

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.

  • Aug 3rd, 2012 9:40pm

Sunshine ends famine, brings feast of wonderful things | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Are you ready for the onslaught? After the lousy June, slow springing spring, we’re suddenly thrust into summer, and not a moment too soon. However, it also means it’s time to prepare for the deluge of all things wonderful.

  • Jul 10th, 2012 9:53pm

WHIDBEY RECIPES | Nothing to lose trying brain booster recipes

Thanks to readers, friends and family members (who are often trying to reform my eating habits), I receive a lot of food/health related information, which I appreciate even if I don’t always follow through with some of the suggestions.

  • Jun 29th, 2012 10:52pm

Summer is a-comin’ in, eating habits change

Tuesday was officially the longest day of the year and the first day of summer, which means it’s time to celebrate, right?

  • Jun 23rd, 2012 6:00pm

Memorial Day always features memories and good food | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Monday is Memorial Day, the first big summertime celebration, although I still have a hard time dealing with a Memorial Day that doesn’t fall on May 30.

  • May 28th, 2012 6:14pm

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.

  • May 21st, 2012 5:37pm

Rhubarb is rich in taste, vitamins and in memories for writer | WHIDBEY RECIPES

The first column I ever wrote for the South Whidbey Record was about rhubarb, and it appeared on May 9, many years ago.

  • May 14th, 2012 4:00pm

Eating my own words on Pope’s perfume | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Eating one’s words. It’s not the first time nor, I suspect, will it be the last, but I am here today to eat my words; not all of them, just a paragraph or two. Corrections are in order whether or not you even care about the topic.

  • May 3rd, 2012 9:00pm

What would I do without the Pope to liven things up? | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Heaven scent. There’s something new in the air, something that smells of new-mown grass, with overtones of tree blossoms, and just a hint of holiness.

  • Apr 10th, 2012 10:35pm

Cancer in your Coke, peril in your Pepsi | WHIDBEY RECIPES

During all the years you’ve been sipping a Coke, or swallowing a cold Pepsi, did you ever think about cancer as you drank? Of course not; why would you?

  • Mar 21st, 2012 8:39pm

Go ahead and eat that: the expiration of food sell-by dates | WHIDBEY RECIPES

We’re all familiar with pull dates on food, something that didn’t exist when I was first learning to buy our daily bread, and all else at the grocery store.

  • Mar 13th, 2012 10:57pm

Our extra day might be perfect for a leap into romance | WHIDBEY RECIPES

What are you planning to do with your extra day today? Something special, I hope. After all, it only comes our way once every four years and somehow it just shouldn’t be another routine, ho-hum day.

  • Mar 1st, 2012 3:40pm

From spinach to vegetables, what gets given up for Lent | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Today, as I’m sure you’ve noted, is Ash Wednesday. If you’re not Christian, it matters little, although similar periods of fasting and inner evaluation also occur in other religions.

  • Feb 23rd, 2012 5:36pm

Chase away nasty germs with a good bowl of beans | WHIDBEY RECIPES

It’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about rain, snow, sleet or hail, nor February weather in general.

  • Feb 16th, 2012 3:59pm

National Health Month takes on an added, personal importance | WHIDBEY RECIPES

February, as you may already know, is National American Heart Month, and one of the most important days of February, Valentine’s Day, also has to do with hearts. Candy hearts, flower hearts, heart-shaped pillows, T-shirts covered with message-filled hearts; everywhere you look now and for the next week or so, you’ll be seeing hearts of all types, shapes and sizes.

  • Feb 9th, 2012 4:02pm

Daring + dauntless + dynamic + dangerous = dragon | WHIDBEY RECIPES

It began yesterday, the Chinese Year of the Dragon, one of the strongest signs of the Chinese calendar. But if you’re a Dragon yourself, or are closely acquainted with a Dragon, you already know that.

  • Jan 26th, 2012 2:15pm

New technology really kindles a reader’s imagination | WHIDBEY RECIPES

My bedtime reading has changed considerably. I used to fall asleep, my paperback book falling to the floor beside the bed, or ending up somewhere in the bedclothes with me.

  • Jan 13th, 2012 3:00pm

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.)

  • Dec 22nd, 2011 8:01pm

The proof is certainly in the pudding this holiday season | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Most of us who’ve been fortunate enough to grow up in close and loving families have some very strong traditions associated with the holiday season, things large or small that we must have or do, no matter what else happens.

  • Dec 16th, 2011 3:21pm

The holiday season’s magic moments aren’t so far away | WHIDBEY RECIPES

It’s been a rough November, friends and not only because of the weather. The world is a mess, or so it seems when we read or listen to the news.

  • Dec 2nd, 2011 3:59pm

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.

  • Nov 27th, 2011 5:12pm

To dress or to stuff our wonderful bird, that is the question | WHIDBEY RECIPES

I have a Thanksgiving question that some of our readers may be able to answer for me.

  • Nov 16th, 2011 7:12pm

What price peanut butter — or what goes up doesn’t always come down | WHIDBEY RECIPES

The bad news hit newspapers throughout the country last week and it’s no small peanuts (sorry).

  • Oct 19th, 2011 8:57pm

Pumpkins cast a spell on wizards in the kitchen | WHIDBEY RECIPES

They suddenly appeared last week, by the hundreds; from small enough to hold in one hand to huge, round whoppers; all of them a beautiful bright orange.

  • Oct 14th, 2011 2:08pm

Recent studies show what’s bad is what’s good again | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Remember when eggs were on the “poison” list, condemned as potential killers?

  • Sep 30th, 2011 4:00pm

Tart flavor makes green tomatoes perfect for relishes and chutneys | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Well, summer’s end certainly came in a rush. I’d just written about what a beautiful summery few weeks we’d had, then woke up the next morning to clouds and chilly winds. But, in this part of our world, ’twas ever thus.

  • Sep 23rd, 2011 2:56pm

Indian summer? We need to chill out a little bit first | WHIDBEY RECIPES

In typical Pacific Northwest fashion, we’ve gone from moaning over our lack of summer weather to mild complaints about how hot and dry it has been this month.

  • Sep 16th, 2011 2:31pm

Police chief responds to pretzel and Pop Tart criticism | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Following is a letter I received last week regarding last Wednesday’s column in which I sputtered over a malnourished, allegedly starved young girl being fed Pop Tarts, popcorn and pretzels by Mukilteo police who took her in charge for safekeeping until Child Protective Services took over.

  • Sep 2nd, 2011 2:04pm

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.

  • Aug 25th, 2011 3:31pm

It may be boring, but this ‘green thing’ needn’t be bland | WHIDBEY RECIPES

It’s a boring job, but someone has to do it and I really don’t mind; in fact, I rather look forward to it. Every year about this time, it happens; I begin hearing from people with too much zucchini, asking for help. As I said, boring, but what we do with the annual surfeit of green Italian squash need not be.

  • Aug 18th, 2011 4:00pm

My love of cookbooks got its start back in Olden Days | WHIDBEY RECIPES

“The backbone of a nation is the good housekeeper, and the home maker’s greatest asset is the ability to prepare good food. The future happiness of children depends on their health, and health is obtained only through well prepared foods, fresh air and exercise.”

  • Aug 12th, 2011 2:35pm

After a long, long wait, it’s finally time to clam up | WHIDBEY RECIPES

We wait and wait for too many months it seems, for our short but sweet summer to begin; then when it suddenly appears, everything seems to happen at once.

  • Jul 15th, 2011 5:00pm

A quality to be treasured | WHIDBEY RECIPES

It’s important, occasionally, to remind ourselves why we’re celebrating one of our more important holidays of the year. The upcoming Independence Day, aka Fourth of July, was originally created to commemorate the official adoption of the Declaration of Independence, which followed the winning of this country’s freedom from the rule of Great Britain.

  • Jun 30th, 2011 2:50pm

Let’s pretend our summer will actually look like one | WHIDBEY RECIPES

We’ve all played “Let’s pretend” at some point during childhood.

  • Jun 23rd, 2011 6:00pm

I could teach Boeing workers a thing or two about FOD | WHIDBEY RECIPES

With many thanks to Boeing, I’ve finally discovered just the right terminology, as well as an explanation for what most of us experience on a recurring basis in our lives but didn’t know, until now, what to call it or that it’s apparently quite commonplace.

  • Jun 9th, 2011 2:51pm

Still here after the end of the world, and still tapping | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Well, it would appear I’m not among the chosen enraptured few, because I’m still here today and, while I am quite happy, I wouldn’t say I’m experiencing anything close to rapture.

  • May 25th, 2011 5:38pm

Taxpayers’ annual gift of $3 billion doesn’t seem to buy much gratitude | WHIDBEY RECIPES

If someone sent you a check for $3 billion every year, what would you do with it? And how would you feel about the group that sent you that money every year?

  • May 20th, 2011 5:00pm

Who knew that patch of rhubarb would go such a long way | WHIDBEY RECIPES

The affair began innocently enough and, frankly, I never thought it would last as long as it has. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it, and still do.

  • May 12th, 2011 6:25pm

Spring cleaning time already? Better send in the Readybot | WHIDBEY RECIPES

If it’s April, it must be time for spring cleaning. Unfortunately, that happens to be at the very top of my “Most Hated Chores” list, primarily because even before I begin, the job seems virtually hopeless.

  • Apr 28th, 2011 6:27pm

Graying boomers will learn the challenges many of us already face | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Reading in Jessie Stensland’s story last week that the population of Island County is growing grayer by the year was no surprise. Even Boomers are eventually going to gray, no matter what their hair color may appear to be, and we all know there are plenty of them who’ve settled on our island.

  • Apr 14th, 2011 2:27pm

Universe’s ‘dark matter’ sends my gray matter into orbit | WHIDBEY RECIPES

There it was, in the third paragraph of a very brief article about the final flight of Shuttle Endeavour, one sentence that sent my mind into a tailspin and my imagination on an out-of-control binge.

  • Apr 1st, 2011 4:00pm

Looking for a ray of hope from across the water | WHIDBEY RECIPES

In spite of a certain lack of cooperation from the weather, spring is showing itself.

  • Mar 24th, 2011 4:17pm

Catastrophe in Japan leaves little enthusiasm for merriment

Today is St. Patrick’s Day, actually one of my favorite celebratory days…

  • Mar 17th, 2011 4:56pm

Here’s something you won’t want to pick up at the store | WHIDBEY RECIPES

If you’ve just finished breakfast or lunch, or if you’re feeling a bit squeamish, you may want to skip reading this column, at least for awhile.

  • Mar 10th, 2011 11:00pm