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Cooking with Love

Growing food with love, cooking with love and eating with love

“Gather Ingredients grown with love: cook and serve with love.” Leslie Cerier

February 19-26, 2016, I taught 2 hands on organic, vegetarian, farm to table cooking workshops at Esalen Institute in Big Sur, CA For the first time ever, no one left the room when the workshop was over. We were in the big love bubble of what we created all week. Tad Torzecki, participant in Improvisational Cooking for Health and Vitality (2/21-26/16) gave me the drawing above as a Thank-you. Continue reading

4 Ways to Transform Your Menus

Shop at Farmers MarketsRecently, a Mom with her 3 daughters came to me for a private cooking lesson. The mom and her 2 daughters were flying in from Chicago to visit her eldest daughter who was a first year student at Amherst College. She needed a nourishing place for her and her 2 daughters to stay, as well as a fun bonding activity: a hands on vegetarian cooking class. Continue reading

Edible Organic Nasturtium Flowers

Leslie Cerier picking organic nasturtiums in the Esalen organic Garden From pale yellow to deep red, organic nasturtium flowers are easy to grow. In fact, they reseeded themselves in my organic garden. Their mildly peppery taste is a great addition to garden green salads, nori rice rolls, croquettes, sandwiches, whole grain dishes, and other gluten-free, vegetarian dishes. You can also eat the Continue reading

Esalen, CA Delicious Meals in Minutes Cooking Class

Esalen Delicious Meals in MinutesClick here for more information and to register:  or call 888-837-2536; or Email Leslie

Please join me March 29-April 3, 2015 at the Esalen Institute; Big Sur, CA.  In this hands-on, vegetarian cooking class, gourmet organic chef, teacher, and cookbook author Leslie Cerier presents delicious whole foods that are quick and easy to prepare, health enhancing and nutritious. Each day, we will prepare lunch using our freshly picked bounty with legumes, whole grains, pasture raised eggs, goat cheeses, nuts and seeds. Continue reading

Changing Patterns, Finding Peace

Mom Eileen-meRecently, my mother and I were fortunate to take a trip to Florida to visit family. My mother talked about her favorite cousin, Eileen, for as long as I can remember. They were close as teenagers, but hadn’t seen each other in over 4 decades. She had talked about us visiting them for years, and finally this winter we made it happen. It was a special trip for the two of us. I was looking forward to Continue reading