Margaret Walton

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.