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10 Best Cooking Classes in Massachusetts

At Esalen, Leslie Stirs chopped fresh herbs into a salad

By Kimberly Ripley; July 20, 2017 ;”Best Things Massachusetts”

Sometimes we all need a bit of help in the kitchen. Not everyone learned the basics of cooking as a child. Even those who did often want to increase their skills, learn to cook healthier, or add ethnic dishes to their cooking repertoire. That’s where cooking lessons come into play. They’re fun. They’re educational. And they result in new, amazing dishes to enjoy!

Leslie Cerier is best known as “the Organic Gourmet, Amherst, MA ” and her vegetarian cooking classes are second to none. The internationally recognized vegetarian chef, author and recipe developer teaches private classes and workshops, too. All of her lessons are vegetarian based and concentrate on local, fresh foods for truly healthful eating. Continue reading

7 Health Benefits of Maca

Healthy Maca Root

Maca, (ma-kuh), an energizing enhancing root in the radish family and comes from the Andes of Bolivia and Peru. Dried as a powder/flour, you can add 1/2 teaspoon to 1 tablespoon to everything from pastries, salads, smoothies, juices, and cooked foods to combat stress and fatigue, boost stamina and libido. Maca has a pleasing earthy, nutty flavor. Loaded with vitamins, minerals, amino acids, and healthy fats, a little bit goes a long way. Continue reading

How Does Organic Cacao Farming Help the Environment?

cacao pods

Guest blog post by Kelsie Evans, Equal Exchange Chocolate Products Coordinator.

Cacao, the fruit from which the main ingredient in chocolate is derived, grows in beautiful, tropical conditions along the equator. The cacao tree naturally prefers the shade, especially when young, and can grow in harmony with and in support of the local ecosystem when thoughtfully cultivated by small-scale family farmers using organic production methods. Continue reading

The Organic Gourmet’s Conscious Cooking Gift List

The Organic Gourmet’s Conscious Cooking Gift List

Published December 3, 2013

Story by Zoe Helene Photos by Tracey Eller

For 25 years, Leslie Cerier, aka The Organic Gourmet, has been teaching the art of healthy cooking at some of the finest eco-lifestyle centers and spas in the world. There’s a reason her classes are so popular. Continue reading