7 Ways to Make Balanced Meals in a Busy Life

gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, organic lemony-quinoa-saladMy daughter Michelle became the catalyst for some recent change. She is well onto building her own life and getting ready to live a dream abroad. She came home to visit before leaving. One night we started looking through closets and the basement. “Out with the old!” I am now in the process of letting go of old furniture and useless stuff. Boy does it feel lighter! I too am looking to create a new chapter. Continue reading

Infused Oils and Vinegars

CHICOPEE, Mass. (August 6, 2015, Mass Appeal TV, NBC affiliate)  Infusing your oils and vinegars with fresh herbs will add an extra layer of flavor to your dishes! Leslie Cerier, shares information from one of her cookbooks, ‘Going Wild in the Kitchen’  to show us how easy they are to make. Continue reading

Edible Organic Nasturtium Flowers

Leslie Cerier picking organic nasturtiums in the Esalen organic Garden From pale yellow to deep red, organic nasturtium flowers are easy to grow. In fact, they reseeded themselves in my organic garden. Their mildly peppery taste is a great addition to garden green salads, nori rice rolls, croquettes, sandwiches, whole grain dishes, and other gluten-free, vegetarian dishes. You can also eat the Continue reading

Chocolate Chevre Pie with Maca and Goat Cheesecakes

Organic Chocolate Chip Chevre CheesecakeYou might say, I am a cacao-aholic*. I love very dark chocolate, too. So for my birthday, I made a variation of the Chocolate Chip Çhevre Cheesecake I developed for Equal Exchange. Cacao gives you energy; rich in antioxidants, and dietary fiber, one of the highest dietary sources of magnesium, and high in iron and other minerals. Continue reading

5 Tasty Recipes Combining Summer Fresh Herbs and Tomatoes

Chick Peas with Tomatoes and Ginger, gluten-free and veganChickpeas with Tomatoes and Ginger, is a quick and easy dish to make with cooked chick peas with Moroccan combination of ginger, turmeric, cinnamon, cumin, black pepper and fresh cilantro. Vegan, gluten-free, and best of all, delicious! Continue reading