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Harvesting & Cooking with Organic Garlic

organic garlic harvest

I just harvested 80 garlic bulbs from my organic garden. Imagining all the vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, delicious soups, pesto, sauces, dressings, chili, and more that I will cook up this year for personal chef clients and those that come for my organic farm to table classes and organic B&B: tomato sauce, greens in garlic tahini sauce, garlic bread, kale, basil and cilantro pesto,  garlic flavored oils, sweet putanesca sauce, olive tapenade, zesty parsley garlic dressing, chili, minestrone, and more. Mixing and matching the local organic harvest with beans, grains, nuts, seeds, pasta, healthy fats, herbs and spices for tasty immune enhancing meals all year round. Delicious food as medicine. Meals for celebrations, too. First, I will hang it in my shed to dry and cure for winter storage. Continue reading

Organic, Wild Blueberries

organic blueberries

Feeling the blessing of Mother Nature. She gave me wild blueberries and it is such a joy to go out each morning and graze with the birds on native ripe blueberries. With 20 bushes and many low bushes multiplying and thriving in the woods near my home, there is plenty to nibble. And Continue reading

Garlic Scapes Makes Great Kale Pesto

Organic Garlic Scapes

This week, I snapped off 80 curly garlic scapes., the mildly flavored flowering tops of the bulbs of garlic growing in my organic garden. This encourages the garlic bulbs to grow bigger. As I wait a few weeks to harvest the garlic bulbs, happily, I can eat and cook the tender, garlic scapes to make vegetarian and vegan pesto, hummus, vegetable stir fries, dressings, garlic infused oils, and Continue reading

Monet’s Spring

Monet’s Spring by Leslie Cerier; Copyright © 2016 Leslie Cerier. All Rights Reserved to Leslie Cerier.

A sweet hike through the woods, out the back door of my home, you will come to a beautiful shallow stream. This is where I shot many of my impressionistic nature photos in peak afternoon light.  The spring rains and snow this year brought much life and spring green moss to cover the rocks in this shallow stream. A place of deep peace and beauty.  Continue reading

Garden Fresh Herbs on Salads

Salad with Chives, Olives, Hemp Seeds

Fresh herbs add flavor and jazz up fresh organic garden salads. For a delicious vegan main course salad, I garnished and added hemp seeds for a complete protein. Walnuts, too. Both are tasty and great sources of anti-inflammatory omega-3 essential fatty acids, rich in antioxidants, healthy fats. The chives and chive blossoms, olives, and a light dressing of an organic flavored organic clementine virgin olive oil and one of my own organic flavored vinegar’s, a blueberry vanilla fig balsamic vinegar, make a delicious salad. Great for lunch or dinner, and fun to Continue reading