#6: Food for Thought (31:02)

A talk with my brother, Mark, about food, cooking and gardening.

 I’m Lisa, your host. Welcome to the sixth episode of Seeking Balance a Personal Journey. Thank you for joining me today! I created this podcast as a way to regain a little more of my own personal balance and to share my journey The podcast is available through iTunes, Stitcher, and Googleplay Music.  You can drop me an email at Lisa@VTBalance.com

Given the intense topic of grief last week, I wanted to do something a bit more on the light side. I’d like to talk about food and have enlisted the help of my brother, Mark, to talk about some of our childhood memories of food and gardening.

Mark and Murt

We sat outside to record our conversation while his dog, Murt, waited and watched for her chipmunk friend. Mark lives in the very foodie little village of Hardwick, Vermont. We talked about his work with the local food co-op there – Buffalo Mountain – and how he sources local food from local farms. We also talked about our shared passion for baking.

I could create a dozen podcasts episodes on this topic but am choosing to keep this one more on the light side of things.

Who doesn’t have a fond memory of good food shared with wonderful people? It seems all our life celebrations are centered around food.

I tend to be health conscious so I’m a bit of a “food snob,” in that I prefer to eat REAL food from whole foods sourced sustainably without GMOs or pesticides. I rarely will touch anything that comes in a box, has its own commercial, or a mystery ingredient list. Even my preferred coffee has a fair trade label. I try to avoid added sugars and eat pretty much the way our grandparents, and their parents ate, although I am fairly certain they never heard of quinoa or goji berries.

It’s rare for me to ever consume a soft drink or any drink purchased in a bottle or can, aside from an occasional locally brewed beer or a glass of wine

Got Cake?

I was fortunate enough to grow up in a family that believed in having dinner (or supper as my dad called it) together as a family at the kitchen table. We all worked in the family garden and helped with putting up our bounty.

My love of cooking and baking came very early – at about the age of ten. I have embraced it ever since, perfecting my own styles. 

Let’s get on with the conversation with my brother!

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Peanutbutter Cookies

Isabel Rowell's Peanut Butter Cookies

With only 6 ingredients, these wonderfully tasty cookies whip up in no time at all. The recipe makes about two dozen cookies. It is one of my favorite recipes passed down by my grandmother.


1/2 cup Peanut Butter
1/2 cup Butter
1 cup Sugar
1 Egg (beaten)
1 cup Flour
1 tsp. Baking Soda


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cream ingredients together. Form teaspoon sized balls. Place on cookie sheet about two inches apart. Dip fork in flour and form criss-cross pattern. Bake 6-8 minutes for chewy cookies or 8-10 minutes for crisp cookies.

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The recipe is also available on the recipe pages of the website. I promise to load more recipes soon!

Thank you so much for listening to this episode of Seeking Balance a Personal Journey and for allowing me to share my stories with you.

Until next time, love (and eat) well my friends!

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