Margaret Walton

Margaret posted 232 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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A little — or a lot — of garlic can be the cure to what ails you | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Finally, just when it seemed winter would never end, March has arrived, and if it’s March, spring must be just around the corner.

  • Mar 3rd, 2011 4:00pm

Quinoa: What’s as old as the Incas is new among foodies | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Three thousand years B.C., possibly even more, the Incans were cultivating and consuming quinoa, which they called the “Mother of Grains.”

  • Feb 25th, 2011 3:00pm

Ever-changing news on ‘unhealthy’ foods leaves me scrambling | WHIDBEY RECIPES

What goes ’round, comes ’round, as the saying goes. If you have patience and can wait long enough, that is.

  • Feb 17th, 2011 7:00pm

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.

  • Feb 9th, 2011 6:47pm

The big story behind the sign of the rabbit | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Centuries ago, the Jade Emperor of China decided to throw a party. He invited all the animals to come, intending to designate the first 12 in the order of their arrival as the official animal for each of the 12 months of the Chinese calendar, which he hoped would help his subjects better remember the Zodiac cycle.

  • Feb 3rd, 2011 4:14pm

These tasty soups will leave you grinning like the Cheshire Cat | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Tomorrow is the 179th anniversary of Charles Lutwidge Dodgson’s birthday, and I can already hear your comments. “Who’s this Dodgson character and why would I care if tomorrow is his birthdate?”

  • Jan 26th, 2011 7:19pm

Time to celebrate the dawning of the Age of Ophiuchus | WHIDBEY RECIPES

How can they do this to us? We go all our lives believing we’re born under an astrological sign that partially determines our personality traits, influences major events in our lives, even tells us who would be the best type of person to marry. Not that many of us paid that much attention to the advice, but nevertheless, now we find out it was all a big mistake.

  • Jan 20th, 2011 11:32pm

Open your kitchens — here come the food trends for 2011 | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Goat in the fridge? Kimchee on the stove? Bacon and eggs on your pizza? Gourmet hot dogs on the dinner table? Pie in the oven? A pampered chicken or two in the back yard, waiting to become a humane meal?

  • Jan 14th, 2011 4:00pm

Where did the time go? Yesterday seems like yesteryear | WHIDBEY RECIPES

It seems only a year or three ago that we were in the midst of New Year hysteria, waiting to see the end of the ’90s, counting the seconds until the dawning of that bright, shiny new year, 2000, the beginning of a new millennium.

  • Jan 5th, 2011 6:43pm

Make sure to pack plenty of punch into your holiday season | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Why is it that we only drag out the old punch bowl over the holidays? The rest of the year it sits in the back of a closet or cupboard, neglected until holiday party time, which is too bad because a carefully constructed punch can be a welcome treat any time of the year.

  • Dec 21st, 2010 9:02pm

The Scrooge and the Grinch must be in cahoots | WHIDBEY RECIPES

After reading a couple of newspapers, watching the latest news on TV and logging in to news stories on the Internet, I’ve come to a conclusion regarding holiday spirit this year.

  • Dec 16th, 2010 3:45pm

Not so gnarly, and not so expensive, these ‘truffles’ are a true treat | WHIDBEY RECIPES

There are truffles sniffed and rooted from the ground by pigs and dogs, ugly and costing more than we even want to think about. But, fortunately for us, they’re not the only truffles around, and this is the perfect time of year to tackle truffle-making right in the privacy of your own kitchen. No pigs or dogs involved, unless your best-friend pooch is in the kitchen with you.

  • Dec 9th, 2010 4:54pm

Time marches on, even for our unstoppable Baby Boomers | WHIDBEY RECIPES

If you were born in any year between 1946 and 1964, I probably don’t need to tell you what you’ve been labeled. That’s right; you’re officially a Boomer, part of the surge of babies born after the end of World War II.

  • Nov 30th, 2010 9:25pm

We hope to see you again real soon for dinner, Tom Turkey | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Before we get to the subject at hand, which is leftovers, I have to fix an error in last week’s recipes.

  • Nov 24th, 2010 10:05pm

Best supporting actors will steal the limelight on Turkey Day | WHIDBEY RECIPES

The Oscar for a starring role will go, of course, to the plump, juicy, golden brown turkey, sitting center stage on the Thanksgiving table.

  • Nov 24th, 2010 10:03pm

Fruitcake is one of November’s many mixed blessings | WHIDBEY RECIPES

November is a month of mixed blessings, in my mind.

  • Nov 10th, 2010 4:00pm

Haven’t heard the story behind pumpkins? Then you don’t know Jack | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Once upon a time, long ago and far away, there lived a miserly, mean-tempered but very shrewd grouch named Jack, who happened to be very fond of turnips and often carried one or two with him in his pockets. (Keep this important fact in mind; you’ll need it later.)

  • Oct 28th, 2010 10:23pm

Better watch out for those young bucks looking for love | WHIDBEY RECIPES

“Caller reported a dead deer at the side of the road. Caller reported hitting a deer on Whatever Road. Caller says an injured deer is in their yard.”

  • Oct 20th, 2010 4:13pm

Regular or decaf? Either way, please keep your shirt on | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Margaret Walton wants equality among the barista body-bearing set

  • Oct 6th, 2010 4:32pm

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,…

  • Sep 20th, 2010 4:05pm

Our country and our lives changed forever on that sad September day | WHIDBEY RECIPES

When the phone rang on the morning of Sept. 11, nine years…

  • Sep 9th, 2010 4:06pm

Generation gap is more like a canyon | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Push, pull, push, pull, use even strokes and stay within the lines.…

  • Sep 9th, 2010 3:53pm

Head for the fair, but be careful what you take home | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Ever since they were babies, two of our granddaughters have come across…

  • Aug 18th, 2010 8:15pm

Come out of your shell: All clams are not created equal | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Some of the lowest tides of the year occur during our summer…

  • Aug 10th, 2010 11:37pm

Civet-created coffee is super spendy: $200 a pound | WHIDBEY RECIPES

It’s back. Civet poop coffee is back in the news, now given…

  • Jul 27th, 2010 10:59pm

Newly minted graduates should get ready to expect the unexpected | WHIDBEY RECIPES

This next Saturday afternoon at four o’clock, in the Comcast Arena in…

  • Jun 17th, 2010 5:34pm

Tap-dancing can certainly fix what ails you | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Last week I rambled on about hydrogen peroxide and all the problems it could solve. Well, this week I’m on the same path, only today I want to share a cure for things such as tension, the blues, feeling lonesome, the desire for something new in your life, a need to exercise more but you don’t like gyms, the doldrums and possibly one or two other problems I can’t think of right now. If any or all of these ailments are plaguing you, you need look no further for a solution than a new pair of shoes. I can hear you groaning; “Oh, criminy, she’s not going to use that old saw about a woman curing her blues by buying new shoes or a new hat, is she?” No, I’m not, but this particular cure does involve a pair of shoes that you may not have in your closet now. You may have had them at one point in your life, but not now. I’m talking about a pair of tap shoes, and don’t moan, and quit reading because I’m serious and hope you’ll at least hear me out. And what I’m about to tell you is for men as well as women.

  • Jun 10th, 2010 6:36pm

Familiar brown bottle is chock full of simple solutions | WHIDBEY RECIPES

As I was pawing through an overcrowded cupboard looking for a bottle…

  • Jun 3rd, 2010 10:24pm

The Mom I never knew: Secrets from a little brown book | WHIDBEY RECIPES

After my mother died and we were going through what was left…

  • May 5th, 2010 9:26pm

Women always get blamed for shaking up the world | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Ever since Eve got mixed up with that sly serpent in the…

  • Apr 27th, 2010 11:27pm

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,…

  • Apr 20th, 2010 10:59pm

For an Easter brunch or Passover supper, your guests will flip over flapjacks | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Passover began yesterday and Easter is just around the corner, which means…

  • Mar 30th, 2010 9:36pm

Warning: This column may include adult language and situations | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Over the years, I’ve learned dirty words in several languages. I don’t…

  • Mar 23rd, 2010 9:14pm

It may be ugly, but this much-used root sure has a kick | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Ugly as it is, horseradish root is among the many small delights…

  • Mar 11th, 2010 4:50pm

Prom-shopping granddaughter inspires tears from the past | WHIDBEY RECIPES

Grandchildren, it turns out, are one of the unexpected benefits of having…

  • Mar 3rd, 2010 9:44pm

Cure for stomach pains = live frogs? | (non-frog) WHIDBEY RECIPES

When a couple in Ormond Beach, Fla. found a frog in their can of Pepsi, they were understandably upset. They had originally thought it was a mouse. Personally, when I read the item about the frog, I can only say how happy I was that I don’t drink Pepsi. I don’t, in fact, drink soda pop of any kind, with or without mice or frogs.

  • Feb 24th, 2010 11:26pm

WHIDBEY RECIPES | Mandarin chicken is the right dish for your hungry Tiger

“Tiger, tiger, burning brightIn the forests of the night,What immortal hand or…

  • Feb 10th, 2010 8:49pm

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.

  • Feb 3rd, 2010 7:24pm