Margaret Walton

Margaret posted 232 stories to South Whidbey Record.
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WHIDBEY RECIPES | Dinner will be better without that familiar pair

It’s the day before Thanksgiving and most of us have planned our…

  • Nov 24th, 2008 10:18pm

WHIDBEY RECIPES | Too many cooks in the kitchen

You’re probably familiar with the old saying, “Too many cooks spoil the…

  • Nov 18th, 2008 11:50pm

WHIDBEY RECIPES | Now we wait, and we watch

Well, it’s finally over.Just when we thought it would never end, wham…

  • Nov 12th, 2008 12:40am

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Check back in four years

On the last Friday of October, 2004, four years ago,I wrote the…

  • Nov 5th, 2008 12:28am

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Model Ts and dear old Dad

One hundred years ago, in October of 1908, Democratic nominee William Jennings…

  • Oct 14th, 2008 11:53pm

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Broke, and with the blues?

For years, I heard my father saying “What we need is a…

  • Oct 8th, 2008 12:12am

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Trick or tax treat?

No ghoulish masks, no rattling skeletons, no mysterious moans and groans, no…

  • Sep 30th, 2008 11:58pm

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Fall fell fast this year

Did fall come sneaking around the corner far too fast and with little warning? It seems to me that one day we were running around in shorts and T-shirts, hearing talk of record temperatures in a few spots. The very next day, we’re shivering in our sweatshirts and searching for those heavy sweaters we tucked away only a couple of weeks ago.

  • Sep 23rd, 2008 11:52pm

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Looking back at second chances

At a recent luncheon with friends, the conversation turned to “things I wish I’d done differently.” This was triggered primarily by one woman’s lament that she’d waited far too long to take up painting, which is now her passion and which absorbs hours of her time every day.

  • Sep 24th, 2008 7:35pm

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Zucchini, we hardly knew you

Every year, at about this time, you can expect the inevitable zucchini column. For reasons unclear to me, I always feel compelled to write about the many possible uses for the excess zucchini that is typically part of the bounty of late summer/early fall.

  • Sep 9th, 2008 11:33pm

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?

  • Sep 2nd, 2008 11:22pm

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Another bag lady in trouble

The first time I went to Vienna, more than 20 years ago, I went with my stepdaughter, who lives there, to a local market to do her daily shopping. At that time, there were no “supermarkets,” such as Safeway, Albertson’s, PayLess, etc., and most women, working or not, stopped in at local shops for foodstuffs on a daily basis.

  • Aug 27th, 2008 12:09am

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Nothing can compare to our small Island County fair

When the weather cooperates, there is nothing more fun than a small…

  • Aug 21st, 2008 3:59pm

WHIDBEY?RECIPES: Olympics-inspired Asian-style recipes

It gets harder and harder to find good news these days. From e-coli outbreaks, bear attacks, murder trials, food and fuel prices, to a freak fatal stabbing of an American tourist in Beijing just after the uplifting opening of the Olympic Games, I can find little to be joyful about as I scan the newspapers or listen to television newscasts.

  • Aug 13th, 2008 5:11pm

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Finicky eaters become boring

One of our neighbors was chatting over the back fence about friends who were coming for dinner. She was trying to come up with a menu, which surprised me because she’s an excellent cook and I figured she’d have dozens of possibilities. Not so, because, as she went on to explain, the husband of the couple who were coming that evening was one of those tiresome folk who have a list longer than your arm of “I don’t eat that; I don’t like that; I never touch things like that.”

  • Aug 6th, 2008 12:36am

WHIDBEY RECIPES: My bucket list has a hole in it

What’s in your bucket ?

  • Jul 30th, 2008 1:49am

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Fresh berries are worth the wait

“Everything is late this year.”

  • Jul 23rd, 2008 8:50pm

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Column reunites long-lost friends

One thing I’ve learned over the years of writing this column is…

  • Jul 16th, 2008 4:07pm

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Stay out of the rhubarb

When was the last time you found yourself in the middle of a rhubarb?

  • Jul 9th, 2008 12:09am

WHIDBEY RECIPES: (Geo)Duck Hunt – Tips on digging and cooking

After the Father’s Day column about digging geoducks with my Dad, I had several e-mails asking for more information about both digging and cooking ’ducks, as well as a few conversations with acquaintances also curious about ’duck digging.

  • Jun 26th, 2008 3:32am

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Belly fat sticks out as issue for health agencies near and far

Belly fat; if you have it, you could be in for anything from diabetes to dementia to dysfunction. You know the dysfunction I’m talking about, the dreaded ED all those TV ads go on and on about. Belly fat is the current hot health mania, and not just in this country.

  • Jun 26th, 2008 3:32am

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Recipes for dad to remind him of mom

I’ve been thinking a lot during the past few days about gifts I’d like to give my Dad for Father’s Day. Most of all, however, I wish I could give my Dad the one thing I know would make him happier than anything else, the one thing that could bring back that gleam in his eye and make him forget that he’s old and feeble now. I wish I had the power to give him back my Mom, Joetta, the love of his life for more than 70 years.

  • Jun 26th, 2008 3:32am

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Quitting is tough, believe me

Well, what a surprise it was to read in one of those “other” papers that Barack Obama is a smoker.

  • Jun 26th, 2008 3:32am

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Gotta love that Spam!

Spam is making headlines again. No, not the unwelcome flow of useless input that constantly pops into your computer; the other Spam, the pink meaty stuff that comes in a can.

  • Jun 26th, 2008 3:32am

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?

  • Jun 26th, 2008 3:33am

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Something smells a bit fishy with our salmon

“Oh, nuts; salmon again? Why can’t we have something else once in awhile, maybe hot dogs or a hamburger.”

  • Jun 26th, 2008 3:33am


The first time I ever remember missing my mother was about a week after she had deposited me and my paraphernalia in a dorm room, said goodbye, and left me to begin my first year at college.

  • Jun 26th, 2008 3:34am

WHIDBEY RECIPES: When life gives you lemons …

We’ve all heard to the point of tiresome the old saying, “When…

  • Jun 26th, 2008 3:34am

WHIDBEY RECIPES: Let me count the ways

It used to be fairly easy to know if you’d sinned or…

  • Jun 26th, 2008 3:34am