Stuffed Delicata Squash

Here is an accompaniment piece for the Kicharee Cleanse. Join Lisa Silverman as she demonstrates a recipe for beans and delicata squash at the 5 Seasons Cooking School kitchen, high atop beautiful Munjoy Hill in Portland, Maine.

This is a simple piece that was shot with one camera, ambient light and sound (shot along with the Kicharee Cleanse). Lisa gives us a celebration of the harvest season, the color yellow, and a prescription for instilling love into your cooking (and every other part of your life, to be sure). The recipe is about stuffing a savory bean concoction into the sweetest of squash boats. Enjoy!

OK, ok, this is not October. I am a proponent of buying locally, and eating in season (even if it means old turnips…gaaakk), but I did not want to wait until the fall, oh, sorry, late summer (the fifth season). Such is the process of video production (at least for me). Still, enjoy! And prepare to celebrate spring, because, if you can celebrate, you must celebrate!

Kicharee Cleanse

After a long hiatus, we are finally getting some more, new materials up on this site and on our Facebook page, the Healing Kitchen.

This is a companion piece to a Delicata Squash episode that will be airing shortly, and wherein Lisa Silverman, of the 5 Seasons Cooking School, prepares the squash with some beans. Delish, and coming soon.

You can also TUNE IN on the Community Television Network’s website,, and on-air on cable channel 5 in the Portland/Cumberland County, Maine area. Community Television Network: local TV.

This is a one-camera, partly hand-held, pretty much ambient sound and light, kind of video. It’s a fun topic, and clearly, some fun was had during the preparations for the kicharee. Hope you like it.

Our opening musical theme, “Sri Ram”, by Brenda McMorrow, from the album “Igniting the Beauty”, White Swan Records, available at:…


5 Seasons Cooking Show Episode 2

There was a glitch in the first HD version of this video. I have replaced it for the nonce with a lower resolution video file, and will try to get an HD version back up soon.

Hello Everybody! Here, at last, is the second pilot episode of the 5 Seasons Cooking Show, with chef Lisa Silverman. We are producing it in Portland , Maine, with Community Television Network.

The first episode, and shoot, took place during the winter, (one of the longest, coldest, in recent memory), and the segues and Poached Pear dessert were shot in the early spring. You, dear viewer, will surely note a major wardrobe change. That reflects Lisa becoming more comfortable in here role as TV chef! Congratulations for not floating off the planet Lisa!

If you like the material, please let us know (OK, even if ya don’t). We welcome your comments. Just don’t be peevish. Or peckish (though we can fix that).

If you would like to see more, as Lisa says in the video, LET US KNOW. Here, Facebook (the Healing Kitchen), or at the CTN website

We will be re-grouping over the (short) Maine summer, and hope to get back to it in the fall. We really need your support as we try to take this project to the next level. Join us!

5 Seasons Episode 2 Teaser

Almost finished editing episode two of the 5 Seasons Cooking show. Here’s a peek at what Lisa Silverman will be covering in the second of our two pilot shows; wakame cucumber salad, KALE!, and poached pears with pecan cream. The full episode wraps up the complete dinner menu that Lisa started with in Episode 1. Enjoy!

Episode 1 is on-the-air!

OK! SO! The first episode of the 5 Seasons Cooking Show is now available for viewing on the Community Television Network website, 5 Seasons Cooking Show  or, go to and search for 5 Seasons.

We hope that you enjoy this first of two pilot episodes. Please let us know what you think!

Lisa Silverman in her kitchen

Lisa gives it up to the Universe


Again, thanks to Brenda McMorrow and White Swan Music for allowing us to use Brenda’s song, Sri Ram, for the video.

5 Seasons April Trailer/ teaser

OK, so I have been deep, deep in the world of post production, especially editing, and learning a new software in the process. It has been ages since I posted here, and I hope that some of you are still around….

We shot some additional footage for the show about a month ago, because we had more than enough footage for one episode (the first of two pilot episodes), but not enough for two. We had to make a couple of connections between what are now the first and second parts so that there is some continuity, at least, but the content is largely the same: the preparation of an entire Macrobiotic meal all the way to Poached Pear dessert! As it is, the first episode is all but done, and the second is not far behind; much of the content is all in place, a format and “look” has been established, and the opening and closing segments are pretty much done. It will still take some serious assembling, but it will not be far behind.

We were extremely fortunate to get some music from Brenda McMorrow, a very happy and upbeat song, Sri Ram, (published by White Swan Music, and used by permission). It really makes the clip sing! Thank you so much Brenda!

Lisa has been fabulous, fine tuning her message, and the delivery. She rocks the table! Tutti a tavola!

We are planning a launch party at Community Television Network in a few weeks, so look for our announcements for that! We’re hoping to have some fun, honor the process and the folks who have made it possible, and make some new friends.

Please stay tuned! In!

What’s for dinner? Well, this is Lisa’s response to my post, maybe, or making a little fun with the title, maybe.

“New and improved black eyed pea croquettes with mustard malt, Nishime carrots squash and parsnips, pressure cooker brown rice with gomasio, kale, grated daikon pickle, miso soup and lemon pudding” — with Jessica Porter.

Dinner….yummo. We have not decided on the menus for the two pilots of The Healing Kitchen video project yet, but this kind of spread looks pretty appealing. We have reached our first goal for funding the pilot episodes thanks to some generous support. Here’s to putting it all on the table!

So I wonder what makes the black eyed pea croquettes new and improved? Maybe we’ll find out on TV!

via Facebook.

What’s for Lunch?

I’m adding another short piece from the screen test that I made with Lisa Silverman back in the summer, in anticipation of the questions, decisions, changes, alterations, and adaptations we might consider when actually taping a segment of our proposed new series on macrobiotic cooking that we’re calling “The Healing Kitchen”.

This little piece is entirely impromptu, without staging or manipulating any of the factors we might consider for a real taping. Sometimes the camera is not even really pointed, just held, so that we might guage Lisa’s comfort in front of the lens. There is some awkwardness, and occasionally she hesitates to think about what she’s saying, and where to take it next, but at its core, I find it very entertaining to smile and laugh along with her. She puts me at ease, especially around the topic at hand, how to cook, and the healthful benefits of the food. Of course, the magic of video editing will be in play for a real episode, but the unvarnished version here has an honest, natural charm.

I am always freaked out by my images of myself, either still or move-ies. Even the recorded sound of my own voice is unsettling. It is a good lesson in understanding the self, and realizing that my sense of self is not really much like what others experience, at least in that physical, visceral way.

What is clearly “real” outside of this notion of self is the knowledge, humor, emotion, sincerity, compassion, and curiosity that Lisa can convey to her listeners, her students. This little screen test convinced me I was on the right track, and that Lisa could pull it off with style, humor, knowledge, and grace.

Won’t you please help us get the ball rolling and consider a donation to the cause? If you use PayPal, we’ve added a link to get you to our Donate page, or if you would prefer to make a donation by mail or by phone with a check or Credit Card, please follow the instructions below. Thank you.

Make checks payable to Community Television Network ( Mail contributions to: CTN, 516 Congress St, Portland, ME, 04101, att: Arthur Nichols. Call Arthur Nichols at 207-775-2900 to make a credit card contribution by phone. All contributions made to CTN are tax deductible. CTN is a licensed NPO. Donors will receive a receipt and a thank you, so please include your return address. Or, you can give contributions to Lisa, and she will pass them along.