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Western Mass Business Show Interview with Leslie Cerier

Hear Ira Bryck speak with LESLIE CERIERTHE ORGANIC GOURMET about her early experiences with her grandmother, who cooked by feel, and her mother, who was a solid 1950s meal maker. And how Leslie evolved from prescribing food as medicine, to writing cookbooks, inventing recipes for food companies, to personal chef, to teaching people how to feed, please and nourish everyone. Not to mention, her photography is otherworldly! So listen in!

Luscious Organic Lifestyle Retreat

Lush, sweet scented, organic roses

It’s an experience! Immersed in nature, come learn Leslie’s technique for creating “the yum in your life”. Come experience the sanctuary. Leslie will teach you how to incorporate a nourishing home environment with the art of self care, gourmet vegetarian, organic farm to table meals, and “loving kindness” hands on cooking classes. Come for a weekend, a few days or a whole week. The beauty, nourishment and peace will follow you home.

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Luscious Summer Salad Feast

Esalen Organic Green garden salad

Luscious summer salad feast!  With fresh salad green and edible flowers, looks like a delicious party in every bite. You can add feta or chevre, edamame, sauteed tempeh hemp seeds, or marinated beans and pasta are some quick and easy sources of vegetarian and vegan proteins.  Continue reading

Organic Vegetarian Brunch

Organic Vegetable and Cheese Omelette with edible flowers. A summer treat for brunch made with fresh organic kale, thyme, marjoram, nasturtiums and borage flowers from my garden. Bunching onions & yellow summer squash from my organic CSA, the Brookfield Farm; grass raised organic eggs and goat feta from the Amherst Farmers Market, and from my birthday lunch yesterday from my daughter, Michelle and our local coop, some incredible goat cheese from Vermont. All these ingredients plus lots of love and slow cooking take this over the top. Savor and enjoy every delicious bite!

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Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownie

07 Hazelnut Brownies with Chocolate Chips is Gluten-Free

Smiling at the memory of teaching my hands on farm to table cooking class at Esalen Institute and showing how to make these delicious, absolutely scrumptious Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Brownies, which happen to be gluten free. You can make these brownies with a variety of nut flours like hazelnut and almond flours. Teff flour, coconut flour and brown rice flour work well, too. And sometimes, I use fair trade organic cocoa and other times fair trade organic cacao powder. Always fair trade organic dark chocolate chips. Grass raised organic butter or virgin coconut oil and maple syrup adds richness and sweetness. Here at home, my edible calendula flowers are in bloom and grateful to Tracey Eller for taking this photo and styling it with as Kate Kilday of Woodland Essence taught me long ago that calendula flowers are like eating sunshine. Thanks Kate! You are right.

Happy Sunny Summer Day!