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Organic Vegetarian, Vegan Gourmet Getaway in The Green Room

Welcome to a delicious gourmet getaway. Come for a couple of nights, a week or weekend all year round. Nestled in the peaceful forest, just 6 miles from the center of Amherst, MA, this is an oasis where folks come to rest, relax, recharge, get inspired and experience organic lifestyle. Take hands on organic farm to table private vegetarian, vegan and gluten free cooking classes. Enjoy and eat gourmet meals prepared by Leslie for your health and pleasure. Leslie offers lots of packages for you to choose from and is happy to help you select the experience that best fits your needs.

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Make your own infused cooking oils with fresh organic herbs

August 22, 2019 CHICOPEE, Mass. (Mass Appeal TV, NBC affiliate) – You can preserve the taste of summer herbs by infusing them into organic virgin olive oil. Leslie Cerier, “The Organic Gourmet” personal chef, cooking teacher and cookbook author teaches us how it is done.

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Organic Vegetarian Brunch

Organic Vegetable and Cheese Omelette with edible flowers. A summer treat for brunch made with fresh organic kale, thyme, marjoram, nasturtiums and borage flowers from my garden. Bunching onions & yellow summer squash from my organic CSA, the Brookfield Farm; grass raised organic eggs and goat feta from the Amherst Farmers Market, and from my birthday lunch yesterday from my daughter, Michelle and our local coop, some incredible goat cheese from Vermont. All these ingredients plus lots of love and slow cooking take this over the top. Savor and enjoy every delicious bite!

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Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownie

07 Hazelnut Brownies with Chocolate Chips is Gluten-Free

Smiling at the memory of teaching my hands on farm to table cooking class at Esalen Institute and showing how to make these delicious, absolutely scrumptious Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Brownies, which happen to be gluten free. You can make these brownies with a variety of nut flours like hazelnut and almond flours. Teff flour, coconut flour and brown rice flour work well, too. And sometimes, I use fair trade organic cocoa and other times fair trade organic cacao powder. Always fair trade organic dark chocolate chips. Grass raised organic butter or virgin coconut oil and maple syrup adds richness and sweetness. Here at home, my edible calendula flowers are in bloom and grateful to Tracey Eller for taking this photo and styling it with as Kate Kilday of Woodland Essence taught me long ago that calendula flowers are like eating sunshine. Thanks Kate! You are right.

Happy Sunny Summer Day!

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Summer Gourmet Getaway

Dreamy south facing deck of my home, early morning in July. This is one of my favorite times of the year. Well, I am biased, it is my birthday month. I love the summer heat. Abundant, Organic flowers, some for vases, some for eating, plenty to see in the lush gardens; seasonal veggies, loads of blueberries and raspberries to pick for snacking, adding beauty and nourishment. And by the way, these lilies are edible and gorgeous as a garnish for summer fresh salads.

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