Tag Archives: basil

Organic Fresh Basil

Picking Organic Basil at the Brookfield Farm

Every Summer, I love to pick lots of fresh organic basil to make pesto, flavored oils, dressings, among other delicious farm to table vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free dishes for personal chef clients, private and group cooking classes and for myself, family and friends. I also freeze lots of pesto to eat during the winter months and give away as YUMMY gifts. YUM! Above you see me at my organic CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) the Brookfield Farm, the biodynamic farm, I am have been a member of for 30 years. Though, I have my own organic garden, joining a CSA is my food land security. Part of living the super luscious life; locavore, eating with the seasons, stocking up, healthy, organic lifestyle, Continue reading

Spice It Up! Recipes

Marinated Dried Tomatoes, easy to make, gluten-free, vegan recipe

MMM, Thinking that on the first night of Spice It Up! Creative Cooking with Herbs and Spices this weekend of showing how to make our own marinated sun-dried tomatoes with garlic scapes and fresh garden herbs.

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Organic Kale, Cilantro and Basil Pesto

Organic Kale

This week, I made my first Kale Pesto. I read about them and then once I had a fresh bunch of kale and lots of fresh harvested garlic scapes, I blended them with hemp: hemp seeds and hemp oil, some lemon infused olive oil and ume vinegar. I love pesto and have many with hemp seeds instead of the traditional pine nuts. I like hemp because of the exceptional nutritional profile: loaded with omega 3s, high in anti-oxidants, fiber, zinc, magnesium, iron, easy to digest complete protein… I could go on and on. Please email me and ask me more about why I love hemp: but for now, this blog is about pesto. Continue reading

Stuffed Peppers

Stuffed Peppers

When teff is cooked with tomatoes, basil, and a pinch of saffron, it becomes a delicious filling for bell peppers. Filling the bell peppers with hot cooked basil scented teff lightly cooks the peppers. (No need to bake the stuffed peppers, unless you prefer them soft.) Choose a colorful combination of bell peppers to create a festive dish. Continue reading

Basil Pesto in Minestrone

Vegetarian Basil Hemp Seed Pesto

Spring is here in Western Mass. Hurray! Today, I made a tasty vegan minestrone with some of my organic winter storage root veggies: carrots, onions, celeriac, and potatoes. To make the Continue reading