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.
Local grass raised organic eggs and cheese make a great veggie omelette for my guests with farm fresh broccoli, scallions and herbs from my garden. Slow cooked in cast iron. Fresh picked strawberries stand in for toast. My guests enjoy nibbling on the berries while drinking their fair trade organic coffee for breakfast. Like them, I hope you will come and become one of my very satisfied organic b&b guests. When are you coming for your gourmet getaway visit?
I love being a Personal Chef and cooking up a feast for my clients to celebrate special occasions. We created the menu together based on organic farm to table seasonal ingredients. Everything was gluten free and vegan except the Double Layer Chocolate Cake with Maple Buttercream Frosting. You can see the menu below.
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.
July 26, 2019; 1-2PM; Leslie will be presenting this workshop at Blessfest, Hampshire College, Amherst, MA
Come learn how to mix and match the local organic harvest of vegetables and herbs to make flavorful, quick and easy vegetarian meals that will enhance your life and energy with Organic Chef Leslie Cerier. The dishes from this workshop will be donated to the local Food Bank following the workshop and ingredients also sourced from local producers.