Category Archives: Cooking Tips

Treating Noodles like a Slab of Bread

Treating noodles like a slab of bread, topped with pesto and served with a garden fresh salad for a delicious lunch. Some pesto’s are thin; some are oily and others like a sauce. My pesto is thick, more like a spread, a dip and of course yummy on pasta. Today, I made a Vegan Pesto from organic garden fresh kale and wild fresh nettles that was plentiful in my garden. I also added some fresh organic basil, hemp seeds, walnuts, garlic scapes, virgin olive oil and ume vinegar. I love nuts and seeds, and have made pesto with almonds, sunflower seeds and even hazelnuts. Hemp seeds and walnuts pack a wallop of omega 3’s healthy fats. Hemp seeds are a complete protein, high in fiber, vitamins and minerals, a super food. The garden fresh salad with nasturtiums and some local goat feta creates a delicious gluten free, vegetarian rainbow lunch.

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Cooking Tips to Make Greens in Tahini Sauce

Greens in a Garlic Tahini Sauce with Tofu

Greens in a Garlic Tahini Sauce with Tofu. Umeboshi vinegar adds a delicious lemony and salty flavor to the sauce of this nutritious, quick and easy non dairy, vegan dish. Here I am demonstrating how to push the greens aside in the pot when adding organic tahini to the greens and tofu. Thanks to Pat Antaya6 for coming to my hands on vegetarian cooking class for health and longevity and taking this photo.

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Teaching the Art of the Stir Fry

Teaching How to Make Stir Fry Tempeh and Vegetables in a cooking class

Demonstrating how to make an Asian stir fry tempeh with vegetables in one of my hands on vegetarian cooking classes. First, melt virgin coconut oil, Next add your spices: grated ginger and chopped garlic. Add and stir in a tablespoon of tamari and mirin (sweet rice cooking wine) or maple syrup along with slices of tempeh. Once the pan dries, add some water for a juicy, flavorful dish. Next add colorful vegetables like carrots, green cabbage, and celery. In my cooking classes, I teach that you can change the combination of seasonal vegetables all year long for infinite varieties of tasty Asian vegetable stir fry dishes. I also offer cooking tips for you to invent your own recipe variations. Once you understand which ingredients go in first, second and third, you can design your own stir fries based on your local harvest. Eat well and have fun.

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Last Night’s Organic Locavore Dinner

Tempeh with Marinated Dried Tomatoes and Kale, Kasha with burdock, and shiitakes, and Kuri squash

Last night’s dinner was a quick and easy seasonal feast celebrating organic local produce. Kale, Continue reading

Organic Spicy Chick Pea and Cashew Vegetable Stew

Organic and Spicy Chick Pea Veggie Stew

Last night’s dinner was cooked with the organic local harvest. Seasonal veggies: eggplant, chili pepper, onions, collard greens, cilantro and dill from my CSA, the Brookfield Farm; organic tomatoes and garlic from my garden; wild hedgehog mushrooms found in the woods behind my house; organic young ginger and turmeric locally sourced from Old Friends Farms. However, that mild chili pepper was hot for me and I added some organic cashew butter to cool Continue reading