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Loving Kindness in the Kitchen; Luscious Organic Lifestyle Retreat

Autumn Greetings!

I have been cooking and writing about loving kindness in the kitchen. All the hands of love that have touched our food, from the seed to the table. Will this be a new book. Maybe? However, it is definitely one of the themes of my Fall schedule of presentations, hands on cooking classes, and my new year round Luscious Organic Lifestyle Retreats.

I invite you to join me for classes, events and a luscious organic lifestyle retreat immersed in nature.

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Organic Farm to Table Cooking Classes

Lentil Stew, vegan, and gluten-free

I often teach private and group cooking classes. And sometimes, I travel and teach in delicious places besides my own country kitchen. November 23-29, 2019; and February 8th-15, 2020; I will be the Guest Chef and Cooking Class Teacher at Rancho La Puerta, the Organic Spa in Tecate Mexico. Please join me for fun and inspiring hands on vegetarian, farm to table cooking classes. Set in the heart of a six-acre organic farm, La Cocina Que Canta (“The Kitchen That Sings!”) we will cook our dinner with just-picked organic ingredients. The colors, aromas, and tastes that emanate from our meal are fun to prepare and amazingly delicious.

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Luscious Organic Lifestyle Retreat Packages

Come and experience the sanctuary. Immersed in nature, come learn Leslie’s technique for creating “the yum in your life”. 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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Organic Locavore Green Salad

Warm day, sunny day! Yippeeee! Grateful for all the organic farmers growing great greens this time of year. And of course there is plenty of wild dandelion greens and chives right out the door to add to the fun of fresh harvest. Organic Lawn to table meet organic farm to table.
Time for lunch with locavore organic salad greens that I picked up at the farmers market.
Dressing it up with some organic, fair trade, avocados from my local coop. You can add some nuts, like organic pecans, like I did below or organic olives. Simple! Either way, will be delicious, nutrition and satisfying. For a quick dressing, I like to have on hand organic blood orange flavored virgin olive oil and my homemade infused Strawberry Vanilla Fig Balsamic made last summer with organic strawberries from my CSA (Community Supported Agriculture). YUM!

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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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