Archive for July, 2011

Announcing the August 2011 Cooking with Karen Schedule!

posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Friday, July 29, 2011

Please click on the above image to view the flyer in a larger, easy-t0-read format.

Cooking with Karen is pleased to announce the August 2011 cooking classes. Classes are held Tuesday evenings from 5-7 pm throughout the month of August, and cover a variety of topics from basic beginner’s techniques to the exotic cuisine of Ethiopia. Class sizes are small to ensure hands-on experience and a personal touch, so sign up soon to reserve a space before the classes are all full! Groups are welcome, and in the future we will also be offering cooking classes geared specifically toward children, in which family participation will be encouraged.

Karen Jean Matsko Hood is the mother of 16 foster and adopted children of different ethnic backgrounds, and as such has a great deal of experience cooking for large groups as well as cooking a variety of international cuisines. She especially enjoys designing her own recipes and preparing creative menus with international, regional, and holiday themes. She is also the author of the popular Cookbook Delights series and has appeared multiple times on Good Morning Northwest to demonstrate her recipes. Karen’s love of cooking makes her an enthusiastic teacher, and she loves to share her knowledge and skill with others.

Cooking with Karen provides a unique, affordable opportunity to learn a new skill in a fun, relaxed environment with a knowledgeable and supportive teacher. When possible, organic ingredients from our farm are used in class recipes so that you can be assured the food is not only delicious, but healthy and good for the environment as well. For full details of August classes, please click on the flyer above.

Cooking classes are held in the Getaway Studio Dining Room at Mountain Valley View Farm, located at:

4229 S. Chapman Rd
Greenacres, WA 99016

You can also call 509-928-1200 for more information or to reserve a spot in one of the upcoming cooking classes.



posted by Dr. James G. Hood
Thursday, July 28, 2011

As a dentist, I have all types of people sit in my chair for dental care.  It is always amazing to me the differences in respect that various individual show.

Persons who have served in the military or often those from the South will answer “yes ma’am” or “yes sir.”  I compare this to usually younger people who simply moan “ya.”

Respect is one of those virtues in which the more you give it others the more it is shown to you.  Some simple suggestions about how to show respect:

  1. Use “Yes sir,” “Yes ma’am,” “Yes reverend,” “Yes your honor,” “Yes admiral,” “yes senator,” etc.
  2. Face the other person and make eye contact (in certain cultures eye contact is not respectful – respect those cultures).
  3. Be sure your facial expressions and body language are friendly and open.
  4. Smile (see your dentist if you cannot do this proudly).
  5. Sit or stand straight and not too far from or too near the person you are addressing.
  6. Let the other person talk and express their ideas, concerns, feelings, and perspectives, and listen without interruption.
  7. Speak slowly, firmly, clearly, and calmly, without losing your temper.
  8. Be nice.

Like anything else, “repetition is the mother of skill.”  Practice showing respect and you’ll see quickly how respect is returned.

The Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin’s 1967 hit “Respect” has been around for a long time.  Respect, if you can train yourself to show this virtue, which comes truly from your soul, will be returned to you and also around you for a long time.

There are basically 4 forms of respect, which all of us can work on in one form or another.  They are:

  • Respect for self
  • Respect for others
  • Respect for all forms of life and the environment in which we all live
  • Respect for truth, laws, and the principles set forth by our society

Practice all forms of respect on a daily basis in your home.  More importantly, help others to learn and show respect.

Smiling with respect,
Dr. James G. Hood


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James G. Hood, D.D.S., M.A.
507 North Sullivan Road, Suite A-1
Spokane Valley, WA 99037-8576  USA
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