Tag Archives: Salads

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

Calendula Flowers Add Sunshine and Beauty

07 Hazelnut Brownies with Chocolate Chips is Gluten-Free

Calendula flowers are edible. Light and filled with sunshine, they make everything pretty from brownies, pies, salads, sandwiches, appetizers, marinated dried tomatoes. I love turning folks on in cooking classes to using edible flowers as garnishes for vegetarian, vegan and gluten free meals. And they are easy to grow organic. Flowering again and again all through the summer and fall in New England, where I live, garden, host an organic B&B and teach private and group hands on cooking classes. I also like to add calendula petals to marinated dried tomatoes, and other Continue reading

Spice Up Your Whole Grains

Organic, gluten-free, Vegetarian Sorghum Salad

Versatile and neutral flavored whole grains pair well with most herbs and spices. Above is my Mediterranean Sorghum Salad, a popular warm weather salad. With a satisfying chew similar to barley, gluten-free sorghum can be stir fried with African spices, or boldly dressed with a ginger miso dressing. Fresh mint, oregano, and chives also make a tasty dressing for this high fiber luscious marinated grain salad. Serve on a bed of lettuce, topped with goat or sheep feta for an Continue reading

Creative Cooking with Sea Vegetables New Class time starts 2PM

Nori Rice Rolls with Ginger Tofu

Sunday, January 21; 2:00PM-5:30PM; Amherst, MA

Hands on Organic Farm to Table Cooking Class

Versatile, tasty, available all year round, sea vegetables are a rich source of minerals, vitamins and fiber. Their health benefits are legendary: regular consumption has been linked to reduced rates of some illnesses and, in sufficient quantity, some sea vegetables are purported to help fight the effects of radiation, plus they’re great for the hair and skin. Alaria, arame, dulse, kelp, nori… learn which are best to flavor soups and which cradle sushi, which complement bean dishes and which sparkle in salads. Join Leslie Cerier, co-author of Sea Vegetable Celebration, for this upbeat and up-close look at vegetables from the sea.  We will eat what we cook for our dinner. Continue reading

Creative Cooking with Sea Vegetables

Egg Rolls with Goji BerriesSunday, January 21; 2:00PM-5:30PM; Amherst, MA

Hands on Organic Farm to Table Cooking Class

Versatile, tasty, available all year round, sea vegetables are a rich source of minerals, vitamins and fiber. Their health benefits are legendary: regular consumption has been linked to reduced rates of some illnesses and, in sufficient quantity, some sea vegetables are purported to help fight the effects of radiation, plus they’re great for the hair and skin. Alaria, arame, dulse, kelp, nori… learn which are best to flavor soups and which cradle sushi, which complement bean dishes and which sparkle in salads. Join Leslie Cerier, co-author of Sea Vegetable Celebration, Continue reading