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Organic Spicy Chick Pea and Cashew Vegetable Stew

Organic and Spicy Chick Pea Veggie Stew

Last night’s dinner was cooked with the organic local harvest. Seasonal veggies: eggplant, chili pepper, onions, collard greens, cilantro and dill from my CSA, the Brookfield Farm; organic tomatoes and garlic from my garden; wild hedgehog mushrooms found in the woods behind my house; organic young ginger and turmeric locally sourced from Old Friends Farms. However, that mild chili pepper was hot for me and I added some organic cashew butter to cool Continue reading

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

Harvest Basket

Organic Harvest

Summer continues to give and I am gathering. Harvest basket is full of organic heirloom tomatoes, eggplant, onions, carrots, flowers and more. Grateful for the harvest of fresh, abundant vegetables for my farm to table meals, personal chef clients, and cooking classes. Fun to cook up lots of vegetarian, vegan and gluten free dishes mixing and matching the bounty of local, seasonal produce.  Yummy, juicy, delicious, organic produce.

 

Baba Ganoush YUM

vegan, vegetarian, baba ganoush, dairyfree gluten-freeI do a lot of coaching and teaching about eating your way to strong bones. Yet, it is summer and organic tomatoes and eggplant are in season. Here is how I create/cook up balance. When I blend the cooked eggplant, I add garlic, plenty of parsley, some raw, calcium rich and alkalzing tahini, and also season the dip with alkalizing umeboshi vinegar. Lemon and sea salt would also be fine. Also, as you can see from the photo, serving the baba ganoush with greens also add to our calcium, and yellow tomatoes tend to be lower in acid the the red ones.  The red tomatoes posed for the photo. And the nasturtium flowers adds to the YUM! Continue reading

Organic Eggplant Dip with a Healthy Twist

Baba ganoush Salad with noodles with a twist

Frying up organic eggplant and blending it with organic garden fresh herbs: parsley, chives, and garlic chives, raw tahini, and ume vinegar makes a quick and easy, delicious, vegan dip.  Flavorful, farm to table, sweet carrots, local fermented pickles, and noodles create a gluten-free, beautiful, yummy meal. The noodles stand in for pita bread, a twist on the classic way to serve baba ganoush. And since black goes with everything, I chose Forbidden rice ramen. Plus, using alkalizing umeboshi vinegar and plenty of parsley balances  calcium draining eggplant for an eating your strong bones meal. Continue reading