Trifecta Meatballs (W30 compliant)



These meatballs are sooo much better than the turkey meatballs I made last week, which I over-cooked because I was following a recipe that said to use a meat thermometer to check the inside temperature, but it didn’t work and I cooked them too long. I suggest when you think they might be done, take one out and cut it in half to see if it is done on the inside.

I created this recipe because I wanted a meatball recipe that would be Whole 30 compliant and super tasty, and it is! It’s also super easy.

The other reason I made it was because I had a half pound of beef thawed, a pound of veal in my freezer that I didn’t have any idea what to do with – and then I bought some lamb at Healthy Living, which they sell in half pound packages, which is perfect cuz it’s pricey. I found the perfect trifecta of meats (but since I don’t usually stock veal, I’d use pork, turkey, chicken or venison in it’s place).


1 ½ pounds of any combo of ground meat – I used a half pound each of beef, lamb and veal

½ medium onion (red, white, shallots or scallions), finely minced

1 medium carrot, grated

1-2 cloves garlic, minced

1 T Italian seasoning (or do a mix or oregano, thyme, rosemary, celery seed, etc)

1 t Dijon mustard

1 T tomato paste

¾ t sea salt

¼ t pepper

1 egg

¼ cup broth (chicken, beef, whatever)

½ t gelatinIMG_7726


Mix it all together – I used a potato smasher.

Make in advance and store in the fridge. When you are ready to cook them, preheat oven to 400.

Use your hands to make balls about 2 inches big, or bigger if you like, and place them on a cookie sheet. No need for oiling the pan.

Bake for about 15 minutes for 2 inch balls – longer for bigger ones.

The gelatin-broth combo is key for this recipe – it makes them nice and juicy and I think they will be less likely to dry out. That said, try not to over-cook them.

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Zero Balancing, Acupuncture, Physics and Delux Treatments

I have been doing Zero Balancing for about 12 years and certified for nearly 10. Have you heard me talk about it? It is amazing stuff, and I want to share it with you. See below about my Delux treatment.

Zero Balancing works on the level of the bones, ligaments, tendons and fascia. All of these tissues are primarily made up of collagen, which is know to be bio-conductive, i.e. energy can be transferred through these tissues. In Zero Balancing I can feel where there is more held energy or denseness in the bones and tissues. By creating a fulcrum with my hands (light to medium pressure held for a few seconds at at time) the held energy at that spot is able to be released and dispersed to be used in other parts of the body. In physics this phenomenon is known as the piezoelectric effect. An example of this is when you press the button to ignite the grill – friction on a crystalline structure creates a spark. In the body, the bone (and also fascia, ligaments and tendons) is the crystalline structure and the spark is the Qi which can move along the bone or perhaps the fascia.

Fascia is super interesting stuff that is ubiquitous in the body, but lots of people don’t know what it is. Did you ever notice the super thin clearish-white shiny tissue later that separates the muscles in a chicken leg? That’s fascia. It is under our skin, around all of the muscles, separates compartments in our body, wraps all of our organs and are spine. It connects everything inside of us. It has been purposed that fascia is the explanation for how acupuncture works – it is like a fiber optic system in our body where Qi runs through creating channels of communication. Cool, huh?

Zero Balancing can be thought of as structural acupressure. Imagine every time I touch a spot with too much held energy, that energy is released to become available somewhere else in your body and it moves through your body’s fiber optic communication system.

The sessions are v e r y  r e l a x i n g. You lie on the table fully dressed; I use a combination of fulcrums (structural acupressure, if you will) and traction to free up your Qi.

Some of my acupuncture clients have become Zero Balancing converts – or at least they now have a hard time deciding between acupuncture and Zero Balancing (ZB). If you haven’t tried it, I recommend considering trying a full ZB session.

Delux treatments

But you don’t have to decide, you can have both ZB and acupuncture together. My Delux treatment is a Mini ZB (15-20 minutes) plus a full acupuncture session (75 minutes total) for $125.




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New Rates

It is time to raise my rates. My rates for acupuncture follow-up appointments haven’t changed for so long that I cannot remember when I last raised them. After a little research I found that 12 years ago I was charging the same as I am now, so it has been at least 12 years since my last rate increase. So, I am raising my rates by $10. Here is the new fee schedule:

Acupuncture follow-ups (50 minutes): $85

Acupuncture initial session (2 hours): $185 (no change)

Zero Balancing session (35 minutes): $85

Delux treatment – acupuncture + mini Zero Balancing (75 minutes): $125

Thai Bodywork (75 minutes): $125

Shonishin (no needle treatment) for babies and toddlers (25 minutes): $55

Shonishin/acupuncture combo for kids (50 minutes): $85

Herbal medicine – varies but most tablets will increase from $18 to $20 – and concentrated granules (powders) from $.25/gram to $.30/gram. My main goal with herbs is to cover the costs, so I am still making the effort to keep the prices reasonable.




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Happy Year of the Earth Pig 2019


2019 is the Year of the Earth Pig according to Chinese Zodiac. Starting from Feb. 5, 2019 (Chinese New Year) and lasting to Jan. 24, 2020.

Pig is the twelfth in the 12-year cycle of Chinese Zodiac Sign. The Years of the Pig include: 1923, 1935, 1947, 1959, 1971, 1983, 1995, 2007, 2019, 2031, 2043…

Come on out of the doghouse—there’s a party in the pig pen! The pleasant and genial Earth Pig’s arrival is a welcome relief after 2018’s Earth Dog antics. Dogs are pack animals, and in the past year, groups have stuck together out of “loyalty,” at times, to a fault.

People with Chinese Zodiac Pig sign are considerate, responsible, independent and optimistic. They always show generousness and mercy to endure other people’s mistakes, which help them gain harmonious interpersonal relationships. However, sometimes they have a lazy and indolent streak and can lack actions. In addition, pure hearts would let them be cheated easily in daily life.

  • Strengths: Warm-hearted, good-tempered, loyal, honest, gentle.
  • Weaknesses: Naive, gullible, sluggish, short-tempered. Read More »
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Soup Basics: How to Make Soup in 6 Easy Steps

chicken soupIf you know the basics of soup making, you don’t need to follow the recipe word for word, but instead can glean inspiration from recipes and use what you have on hand. With a nice sharp chef knife, a cutting board and a Dutch oven there are endless possibilities. See equipment below.

Step 1: Soup base –  Mirepoix

The base of the soup usually starts with sautéing some vegetables, which flavors the oil or fat. Choose a fat that can handle the temperature. Read more about FATS here.

  • Ghee, clarified butter
  • Coconut Oil
  • Lard
  • Bacon Fat
  • Tallow (beef fat)
  • Butter – keep heat fairly low
  • Olive oil – also not recommended to sautéed at high heat

Warm the oil/fat on medium heat in a thick-bottomed deep soup pan, such as a Dutch oven, and sauté:

1-2 finely chopped onion, shallot or leek

then 1-2 carrots, and if I have it, celery, both chopped finely, or medium-fine, about a half inch chunks.

Sprinkle with sea salt (maybe a ½ teaspoon or so, I dunno exactly, I don’t measure, I add a little as I go along and usually end up needing to add more at the end.)

Chefs call the classic mixture “mirepoix”, otherwise known as the “holy trinity” in the cooking world.

Step 2: More vegetables

If you want to add more vegetables, you can add them to the mirepoix about 5-10 minutes after the carrots and onions.

What do you have in the fridge? Here are some vegetable ideas:

  • Sweet potatoes, parsnips, celerac, butternut squash
  • Mushrooms – crimini, shiitake
  • Bell peppers – green, red, yellow
  • Kale, any variety Read More »
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Gretchen Hidell

headshot_gretchen_smallGretchen Hidell: Intuitive Astrologer, NLP Life Coach, Hypnotist, & Reiki Master

Gretchen has worked with me in my office for, wow, 10 years. If you haven’t had an astrology reading with her, it might be time. Gretchen is just fabulous.

Introducing, Gretchen Hidell:
Make personal discoveries which lead to self-empowerment & healing. Allow me to guide you through the exploration of your Soul’s Blueprint. Release patterns, gain knowledge, and reconnect with your own beautiful Spirit!! I have been studying the art of Astrology for 35+ years now! Both my mother & grandmother had interest in the subject and my mother started buying me Dell Astrology Books when I was just 12yrs old. Since then, I’ve been reading Astrological Charts for friends & family throughout my life. I have many types of Astrology charts to choose from and several styles of Readings.

In addition to my extensive knowledge in Astrology, I also use my Intuition and Physical Mediumship abilities. I am clairvoyant, clairaudient, & clairsentient – meaning I see, hear, and feel energy. I will often have “visions” about missing person cases, medical issues, and remote viewing – using these skills to expertly guide you. Being a psychical medium means that I assist people in connecting with deceased loved ones. After a person (or pet) has passed away, very often our conversations with them feel very one-sided. I love connecting people to remind them that the veil between worlds is actually very thin. Read More »

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Year of the Dog 2018

2018 is the Year of the Earth Dog.

Friday 16 February was the first day of the Chinese New Year this year.

Dog years: 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and 2030…

The Dog is known to be friendly, kind, loyal and pack-oriented. Some of the major themes of the Dog Year are justice, practicality, protection. Honesty and truthfulness are also Dog values.

Bill Clinton and Donald Trump are Dogs.

OK, so obviously we need to take the Chinese horoscope with a grain of salt, along with some common sense. Here are some themes that can help everyone, especially during a Dog Year.

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Spring Cleansing

Every spring for the last 15 years or so, I do a cleanse of some sort. It started with one month of no sugar, and I did that several years in a row. It was such a great reset. I had been finding it hard toIMG_3294 resist all the wonderful sweet treats available everywhere. Quitting sugar for a month was like hitting the reset button and afterwards I definitely found I craved sugar less and was able to resist the sultry temptations. And now to this day, I can walk into Stone Soup and admire the piles of sweet yumminess, pay for my savory selections, and go on with it, without a second thought. Success!

Since then I have probably done about five different cleanse programs, each one a couple times, including Clean and Restart, and now I am 25 days into what I call a Whole 30-inspired month (the Whole 30 with some modifications – and perhaps I will do it for longer than a month). Read More »

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Zero Balancing I in Burlington, Vermont 22-25 March 2018


Zero Balancing I      March 22-25, 2018

A 25 hour professional bodymind therapy training for health professionals with Michele Doucette DC

Zero Balancing is a leading-edge, hands-on, body-mind therapy. It combines the Western view of medicine and science from the field of osteopathy with Eastern concepts of energy and healing from the field of acupuncture. ZB affects the whole person (body, mind, and spirit) by providing both structural therapy and energy medicine simultaneously. It promotes a deeply meditative state in which sub-optimal tension patterns are easily released. Like adjusting the tension on a guitar string, ZB leaves a person more in tune with their essential being, more resonant with their true self…more relaxed, comfortable, resilient, awake, self-aware, grounded, and expanded. Read More »

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Zero Balancing intro Thursday 18 May 2017 and ZB I in September 2017

free Intro to Zero Balancingzba

with Michele Doucette DC

Thurs 18 May, 6:30-8:00 pm
Vermont Center for Acupuncture & Wellness
161 North Street Burlington, VT

Please join us for a free talk and demonstration about Zero Balancing (ZB). Come if you are interested in learning about energy, receiving ZB, or studying Zero Balancing.

Zero Balancing I

A 25 hour professional bodymind therapy training for health professionals
with Michele Doucette DC
September 21-24, 2017
Vermont Center for Acupuncture & Wellness
161 North Street Burlington, VT
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