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Cooking with Love

Growing food with love, cooking with love and eating with love

“Gather Ingredients grown with love: cook and serve with love.” Leslie Cerier

February 19-26, 2016, I taught 2 hands on organic, vegetarian, farm to table cooking workshops at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA For the first time ever, no one left the room when the workshop was over. We were in the big love bubble of what we created all week. Tad Torzecki, participant in Improvisational Cooking for Health and Vitality (2/21-26/16) gave me the drawing above as a Thank-you. Continue reading

Easy Hot Chocolate

Organic Dark Chocolate Coconut Mousse

Here’s a recipe I created for a client in a private lesson, a great springboard for luscious variations of organic hot cocoa, or shall I say hot cacao. We used (raw) cacao powder, instead of (roasted) cocoa. Feel free to add spices like a dash of cinnamon, cayenne, and/or 1 teaspoon of super foods like maca and lucuma for a boost of energy and more YUM! Continue reading

Blueberry Acai Buckwheat Pancakes

Strawberry Pancakes made with teff flour

YUM! Quick and easy, delicious, organic, pancakes to start your day. Gluten-free buckwheat flour combined with super foods lucuma, acai, blueberries sweetened with maple sugar is a treat and one of my favorite meals to start my day.  Continue reading

Recipe First Aid

At Esalen, Leslie Stirs chopped fresh herbs into a saladWhen a recipe goes awry…. fixing mistakes in the kitchen…

Mistakes happen even to the most experienced chefs but that’s how new recipes get made… Recently I was cooking for a client, who does not eat garlic or onions. So I explored a new spice Continue reading