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Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Brownie

07 Hazelnut Brownies with Chocolate Chips is Gluten-Free

Smiling at the memory of teaching my hands on farm to table cooking class at Esalen Institute and showing how to make these delicious, absolutely scrumptious Chocolate Chip Hazelnut Brownies, which happen to be gluten free. You can make these brownies with a variety of nut flours like hazelnut and almond flours. Teff flour, coconut flour and brown rice flour work well, too. And sometimes, I use fair trade organic cocoa and other times fair trade organic cacao powder. Always fair trade organic dark chocolate chips. Grass raised organic butter or virgin coconut oil and maple syrup adds richness and sweetness. Here at home, my edible calendula flowers are in bloom and grateful to Tracey Eller for taking this photo and styling it with as Kate Kilday of Woodland Essence taught me long ago that calendula flowers are like eating sunshine. Thanks Kate! You are right.

Happy Sunny Summer Day!

Vegetarian Cooking Class Feast

A Feast from one of my cooking workshops

A banquet feast of farm to table organic vegetarian dishes; every time I teach, right before we eat, we share our learning experience: cooking with new ingredients. In the photo are vegan, gluten free mac and cheese made with quinoa pasta and a delicious cashew cheese made with veggies, spices and nutritional yeast; teff grain garnished with edible flowers; amazing chèvre vegetable and garden fresh herbs quiche; garden fresh picked salad greens  I love to travel and teach and also love to teach at home. Please come visit, study with me, and stay at my organic b&b or bring me to you worldwide Continue reading

Organic Edible flowers on Salads

Falafel, Salad and Soup YUM

Beautiful organic edible flowers make a meal gorgeous. One of the things I love about teaching cooking is inspiring folks to engage their senses, cook from their hearts, be mindful, creative, sensual, have fun and pleasure cooking and eating healthy food. Continue reading

Buckwheat Flour Makes Great Pancakes

Organic Gourmet Breakfast pancakes and fruit salad

My friend Linda came to Esalen Institute when I taught 2 hands organic farm to table vegetarian cooking classes. She had a revelation after eating my buckwheat pancakes. The quick and easy gluten-free buckwheat pancakes I taught in my breakfast class were deliciously light unlike the heavy ones from her childhood memories. Continue reading

Change from the Inside Out

Love, art from Esalen bridge

This morning, as I looked around my newly painted kitchen, I felt so grateful. While color is a part of it, the process of letting go, paring down, and looking at what I need was transforming. I realized this is the first time, I am looking at letting go of the “just in case” and trusting that I always have what I need… Continue reading