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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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Organic Flavored Oils w/Fresh Herbs & Spices

organic herbs and spices make a delicious flavored oil

When I first learned how to make my own organic flavored oils with fresh herbs, spices, edible flowers, and wild foods, about 30 years ago, I was so in love with them I just about stopped using my usual organic sesame and extra virgin olive oils. The first flavored oil I made was basil oil, which I drizzled on salads, soups, and steamed vegetables. Then I began cooking with it, using it to sauté and roast vegetables and even to fry eggs. I added it to sauces and used it as a dip for bread, as well as a marinade for sun-dried tomatoes and grilled eggplant. Continue reading

Harvest Time Oil de Mary Jane Leaf

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At harvest time, when cannabis is abundant, you can stuff jars with fan leaves, sugar leaves, and buds (sometimes spicing it up with fresh chilies, basil, cilantro, or oregano), cover the plant material with Organic Virgin Olive Oil, and let nature do its work. Continue reading

Vegan Walnut Basil Pesto Video and Recipe

Here is a quick and easy, delicious recipe for vegan basil pesto with walnuts. This pesto recipe is thick, green and so delicious that I guarantee you won’t miss the cheese. Of course, it is perfect on pasta, but also try it as a dip, spread, or tossed with hot cooked grains and vegetables. Continue reading

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