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Teaching How to Make Minestrone

Minestrone, teaching how to make organic, delicious minestrone in cooking classes

For my Spice it Up, Creative Cooking with Herbs and Spices hands on Vegetarian Cooking class, March 17, 2019, we created a twist on a classic minestrone. Using a little strip of tasty and mineral rich dulse sea vegetable, a pinch of organic saffron and organic bay leaves to simmer and flavor the lentils. Once the lentils began to soften, we added organic grated sweet potatoes, sliced onions and potatoes. When the vegetables were tender, we added organic diced tomatoes, water, sea salt and fresh chopped rosemary and dried herbs: oregano, basil, thyme, and fresh ground black peppercorns. Turned off the heat. Added a handful of organic quinoa macaroni to expand and cook from the residual heat. Eco- cooking tip! We went on to cook up another dish, the curried lentil and vegetable dish cooked in Leslie’s chai.

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Orange Poppy Seed Cake

Orange Poppy Seed Cake is Gluten Free and Delicious

This Orange Poppy Seed Cake can be eaten for breakfast and is fabulous served as a dessert too. Use organic oranges to make your own fresh squeezed orange juice and grated orange zest for a naturally sweet and bold flavor. I like to use 3 different flours – teff, brown rice and coconut – to create a very satisfying gluten-free cake. By the way, don’t worry that the cake batter is unusually thick. You are in for a healthy treat.Ingredients

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Organic B&B Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom Organic B&B

Master Bedroom in my Organic B&B, Amherst, MA features bamboo and organic bedding, lamp shades made by local artist and Leslie Impressionistic Nature Photography for your pleasure and inspiration. Attached to private bathroom, this eco-friendly, green, meditative, healthy, peaceful room is ideal for a 1-2 people. Nestled in the woods in the passive solar home of The Organic Gourmet Chef, Leslie Cerier. Room also has 4 of Leslie’s impressionistic Nature Photographs for your inspiration. House stays cool during summer. Organic Farm to Table Breakfast offered. Additional gourmet farm to table organic vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free seasonal meals and Private and group cooking classes offered for extra fees. Continue reading

Red Cardinal, Nature Photography

May we all find peace and our passions find flight

“Red Cardinal” Impressionistic Nature Photograph by Leslie Cerier; Copyright © 2004 Leslie Cerier. All Rights Reserved to Leslie Cerier.

My artwork is for inspiration and healing. Capturing the Soul of the Moment, I hike into the woods and take photos using natural sunlight. The sun calls me to a spot, I click the shutter, when I see that dancing light, peak light. These patterns are also called refractory patterns of light by scientists. I call them Jewels in the Water. Red Cardinal was taken in the autumn, with colorful leaves in a shallow stream, near my home. Continue reading

Cooking Tips for Organic Kale

Sitting next to beautiful kale plants at her CSA, organic farm in Amherst MA on a sunny day in Autumn, Leslie Cerier, The Organic Gourmet offers cooking tips and delicious vegetarian, gluten free, and vegan recipes for organic kale.

Bottom line: if a good for food doesn’t taste good, why bother!

Leslie offers cooking classes and personal chef services with tasty kale dishes